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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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537 Ratings

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007)
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of scratch69
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Almost black in color with a 1/4 inch of quickly fading, tan head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste- Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor with some cocoa and raisin notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Low amount of carbonation.

Overall- There are better stouts to be had than this. While the flavor isn't bad it is rather weak. It needs a little more carbonation also.

scratch69, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of DLSheidy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

DLSheidy, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Alextricity
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Alextricity, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of jagada
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

jagada, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of bilhelm
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

bilhelm, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of alwaysplayin
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

alwaysplayin, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +11.7%

kybeerdrinker, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

cmwilliq, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of rfgetz
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

rfgetz, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of marcb105
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

marcb105, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

brutusmuktuk, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of einman
4/5  rDev +11.7%

einman, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an almost pitch black color with tiny of tan colored head. The heads fades almost instantly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet cocoa and milk chocolate smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of roasted malt as well as notes of cream, vanilla, and caramel mixed within. Overall quite chocolaty and delicious.

Taste – The taste begins of a semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor mixed with a cocoa powder taste. As the flavor moves forward, more sweet chocolate comes to the tongue with it being joined by vanilla and caramel flavors as well. A milkier like flavor grows in the taste with some hints of darker fruits as well. The darker fruits are mainly of a raisin and plum giving a nice balance to the chocolate flavors of the brew. In the end, with a light earthy flavor also coming to the tongue, and with the big dose of sweet chocolate and the lighter darker fruits flavors of the brew, one is left with a pleasant fruit chocolate bar flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation is fantastic for the chocolaty flavors of the brew although a bit thicker of a body would have likely been more appropriate for the style. Overall the mouthfeel is rather decent.

Overall – A rather tasty chocolaty brew with some nice big flavors. Sweet and delicious!

Darkmagus82, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Doublicious
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Doublicious, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

xbrettfavrex, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Josbor11
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JustinWhipple, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

RyanCFriedrich, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MacStinson, Feb 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

ryanpj, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of dorianmarley
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown with a short, tan head and some light lacing.

Nose has plenty of lactose--sweat cream. It also has chicory, black licorice, a fruity dark chocolate, and almond.

Taste has alcohol up front that fades. It is buttery, with almond milk, Hershey's chocolate, and bitter dried cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. with light carbonation. Very pleasing, soft and creamy finish with a light, butter slickness.

This is a well-made beer. The mouthfeel alone makes it worth a try.

dorianmarley, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

bigfnjoe, Feb 03, 2014
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.