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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

576 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007

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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 296
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3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass an opaque black no light even when held up to the light a large 2 finger fluffy mocha color head atop that settled very slowly into a near creamy-like mass.The molasses and chocolate used in this brew are the main components to the aromas with a light roasted note as well for the most part rather light aromas.Lighter mouthfeel than expected for a bigger stout but it goes down pretty easily,quite dry and earthy on the palate the molasses imparts a light sweetness but its very light the lactose I thought would provide a bit more sweetness all in all its rather dry and earthy the chocolate is there in essence form providing a little depth.Not bad but could much better this brew like alot of Arcadia brews meets with mixed results for me.

Photo of ricknelson
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Cocoa Logo is not as good as others that I've had recently.
It had a little bitter taste to it, like high % dark chocolate does.
Not in the same league as Bar Harbor Brewing's Cadillac Mountain Stout or Hoppin' Frog's Boris the Crusher, which top my list.
I would not buy it again with my dime, but would drink it again.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown, building to near-black that glistens with ruby red around the edges. a vigorous pour yields a tepid half-finger cocoa-colored head, and lacing is disappointingly minimal.

aroma of burnt. not sure what, but smells burnt. burnt coffee, cinnamon bark, a hint of cocoa, and some burnt raisins - like the ones that accidentally fall out of the oatmeal-raisin cookies and char to a crunchy crisp on the baking sheet. it smells like those. maybe it's the molasses, but I'm missing the cocoa punch.

taste follows the theme of the evening. a burnt coffee front, with some burnt molasses, finishing with a touch of toasted cocoa. woody and earthy. lacking the real molasses sweetness I was looking for... almost an astringent roasty-saltiness. the lactose takes a back seat, hiding behind the roast and the hop notes. funky. not bad. but funky.

mouth is a bit thin for the style, and certainly too thin to adequately carry the robust dark fruit and char flavors bottled up in here. ample carbonation is almost out of place.

all in all, I had high hopes, and this didn't really come close. not really together like I had hoped. not as full or rich as I wanted. but the flavors are unfortunately there, begging for a thick, rich, luscious mouthfeel that it just kind of falls flat, like a helium balloon a few days past its prime.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of milk chocolate, dark fruit and molasses but it seems to lack the creaminess that most beers brewed with lactose usually have. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark black color with a decent, frothy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasted malts, cocoa, a hint of metal, and a little bit of an acidic burn. Flavor is sweet and roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and lactic acid. Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, soft carbonated and fairly bitter. Pretty good beer, lots of chocolate, gets more acidic at the bottom of the bottle.

Photo of core42
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcomben
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass 8/26/2011.

A: Black. Minimal head, and no lacing. Beer almost has the appearance of root beer. Not as 'thick' as i would expect a stout to appear.

S: Coffee. A strange sweetness at the end. Not quite chocolate sweet, but something else.

T: Coffee in the front, followed by a overally roasted 'burnt' taste and then finally that strange sweetness that came through in the smell.

M: As stated in the appearance, this stout is a little thin. Not unpleasant, but completely unexpected for this type of beer.

O: The mouthfeel and sweetness really dominated this beer for me. Wanted to really love this beer, but it was a bit 'off'. Full disclosure, i drank this the same evening as i enjoyed a Founder's Breakfast Stout so my scores may be skewed slightly lower. Hard to compare to that one...

Photo of Alextricity
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/04/13. Poured 3/18/14. $2.69 or something like that for a single bottle. A bit expensive for an Arcadia beer, but I've been craving a lot of stouts recently.

Appearance: A black color with some ruby on the edges. There appears to be a lot of floaters in there as well, but that may be from the Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse that I just had. Not much of a head at all, and only a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Am I the only one disappointed? Truthfully, this smells like a Shock Top attempt at a stout or something. I get a lot of graininess as opposed to roastiness. The minor bit of a cocoa note that I get pushes the rating up just a tick, but really, this is a quite underwhelming smelling beer. I think the molasses that this beer is brewed with is contributing to that grainy smell over the roastiness.

Taste/feel: Like the smell. Man, quite disappointing. It has a cheap grainy flavor to it quite a bit through. With the molasses and grain -- call me crazy -- it has an underlying flavor of caramel popcorn. The molasses sweetness comes off as the kind of sweetness you'd find in a cheap amber, as it tastes artificial and it doesn't exactly add anything positive. Cocoa? I honestly can't say I pick up a specific chocolate flavor. It tastes like a stout loaded with molasses, which again, comes off as artificial tasting. The aftertaste gives a bit of roastiness, but again, it doesn't specifically taste like chocolate to me. The feel is medium/slick with a mild/moderate carbonation.

Not impressed. Would be a recommended buy at $2, but at $2.69, I'd say pass. Rather than compliment, the molasses seems to dominate. Not in that this is an overwhelmingly sweet beer (though it is quite sweet), but in that the flavor of it with the cheap grainy vibe I pick up is just not something worth $2.69 a pop. Cocoa Loco is a pretty good beer, but after having Too Cream Stout, this beer just isn't doing it for me.

Photo of HopDerek
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/licorice black with 2+ fingers of creamy tan head. Good retention and some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, and molasses. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, light molasses, raisins and other dark fruits, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Finishes with a touch of coffee beans and some sour milk notes. Medium in body and low in carbonation, smooth and creamy with a light bittering and sour finish, hides alcohol nicely.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Opens with a very decent 'pop/hiss'.
Jesus! A very easy pour just gave me a massive head of more than four-fingers worth of craggy, milk chocolate colored foam. Retention is great and the lacing thick, clumpy, and quite sticky. This sitting on top of a very dark brown liquid.

I'm definitely getting a good amount of cocoa in the smell. Nice presence of milk chocolate, also. Good notes of ground coffee. Brown sugars and a touch of dark fruits. Very light hint of alcohol.

This is like a good cup of chocolate coffee. The slightly heavy-handed presence of dark roasted coffee dominates. It's followed, very closely, by sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes. Nice lactose sweetness. Mild notes of vanilla. A slight touch of oakiness.

Good, solid, medium bodied beer. Sadly, I think that it should/could be so much more. It's very smooth and has a nice creaminess to it. It could just be so much better with some more body.

I'd probably drink this one again, if given the chance. I won't go out of my way to track it down, though. More of a dessert beer than anything.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Ginger Man. Pours black with a pretty dark brown head. Very pretty! Aroma of light roast. Flavor of roasted malt with sweet cocoa powder and a bitter chocolate finish. Slightly artificial sweetness but still pretty good. Nice chocolate beer.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to TheGorgianKnot for this!

Pours near black, with some brownish tinges on the faintest of edges. Very creamy, milky looking medium mocha colored head. Lace was pleasant. A fine looking ale.

Plenty of dark roasted coffee shines through first and foremost. Bits of chocolate and a slight dark fruitiness round it out. Don't get too much more than that, but that's okay, because the coffee aroma is great.

Starts with a bit of bitter coffee on the front of the tongue, moving to some bittersweet cocoa and dark sweetness. There's a good deal of dark fruits on the finish, with a hint of coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is noticeably thin, albeit smooth and creamy. Just doesn't carry much substance.

Overall, looks, aroma and taste is all quite nice. A bit to thin for the style, but this is still something I would be happy having regularly.

Photo of baggio
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle@Oliver Twist, Stockholm

A: Black-brownish with a light-beige lace

S: Chocolate, Cream, Toffee

T: Molsasses, Milkchocolate, Espresso and wee hint of licorice.

M: Very sweet and creamy. A bit overwhelming, like a milk stout on steroids. Low carbonation.

A good stout although a bit too sweet for my taste. Give it a try if you're into milkstouts or similar ales.

Photo of ph2001
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle in pint glass

black color with no highlights. pours smooth with 2-3 fingers of head that cascades its way up. the smell seems mild of maltiness and cinnamon.

seems to be a very mild hint of cinnamon flavor in there too, along with some milk chocolate flavors. it wasn't as sweet as i had expected, but there was a sweet creamy malt thing going on, similar to an irish carbomb. the creaminess was there, but mild. doesn't really seem much like it belongs in the IS category, but it's still decent.

Photo of Dawn30
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color loses its head and not much lacing. Not as smooth as some. A little bite on the back end that somehow shouldn't be there

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.