Arcadia Starboard Stout | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Starboard StoutArcadia Starboard Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
1058 OG; 29 IBU

Added by SheepNutz on 08-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
231
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of BeerSox
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with a thin tan head that settles to a rim along the glas. Spotty lacing.

The aroma is dark malts with a little bit of chocolate and coffee.

Thick and chewy malts, dextrins and proteins from the oats make the beer a little more viscous. Full bodied with low carbonation. After each sip, some lingering malts and coffee stay around.

Not a bad oatmeal stout. A sure hit with stout lovers. Not too complex, but hits the spot.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Black with a tan head that barely makes 1cm then quickly falls to a ring that repeats itself in lace as it goes down.

Roasty nose. Lots of coffee/espresso with nuts and a pinch of floral hops.

Again, very roasty. The malts may have been roasted a tad too much as they take on a bitter flavor. The roasted nuts are there too with the same pinch of hops that try to cut through the malts but it just isn't enough.

The mouth is weak for the style. Far too roasted with a thin mouth to be considered tasty enough to session.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of becktone
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Very nice on the eyes. One of the best looking stouts I"ve had. Color is black, or near enough. The head is two fingers, a creamy off tan color with great retention and lacing.

Nose: Heavy chocolate and roasted aromas. Also some sweet malt aromas, not much in the way of hops. Aroma could be a bit more potent.

Tongue: Slight roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Also sweetness that is unlike anything else I've found in the stout. All in all a great brew.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer with a nice full body. This beer has lower carbonation which I find appropriate for a heavier bodied beer, in my opinion. This is a brew that I'd have no trouble drinking all night, however before I buy this particular brew again I'm going to try others of the style as this is one of my first oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a black beer, but with a surprising clarity to the depth of the blackness. It had a tan creamy head. The aroma was very roasty. The taste was very roasty and malty. The mouthfeel was appropriately creamy. Definitely to style but perhaps more roasty than some. An enjoyable beer and quite drinkable.

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Photo of budsboy
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black completely with a smooth tan head.

Coffee and dark fruit aroma and little else.

Strong coffee flavors dominate with a lasting roasted malt aftertaste. No hop presence to speak of, but the dark malts provide bitterness aplenty.

Medium to light-bodied, this one could use a little more bulk.

A nice beer for the coffee lover in me. Rich coffee flavors work to make this one a nice after-dinner treat.

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Photo of ZAP
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremly overcarbonated....1/2 glass head...1/2 glass beer....the cap just about blew off into the ceiling when I popped it...the big head is brown/tan....beer is midnight black...nose is sweet milk chocolate and vanilla beans...nice...A hint of coffee beans too on the nose....

Body is on the lighter side of medium....taste is sweeter chocolate with an acidic coffee finish...a little tart on the finish but overall not a bad brew....I like the nose and the intial taste....carbonation is shitty and a bit acidic on the finish....

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Photo of proc
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out to the usual, dark color for this style with a minimum head. There was a nice taste of roasted malt present with a light hop presence. It was ever-so-slightly thin, but tasty. A good, but not great stout. I would drink it again if I saw it, but wouldn't buy it over Bell's K'zoo Stout.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a opaque black in an american shaker with a finger of khaki head that hangs around for the experience and leaves some lacing. What you would come to expect from a stout.

S: chocolate and dark malts dominate but there is a hint of oats and (not to sure how to identify this) grits or grist.

T: milk chocolate and more oats, no big surprise and nothing too amazing here. Some pine hops balance out what could potentially be a breakfast cereal.

MF: heavy body and a bit chewy, smooth and creamy.

O: nothing overly special with this oatmeal stout. There are better offers and I would probably consider those first but not a bad beer.

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Photo of maxpower
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, huge foamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate-coffee aromas. Fruity chocolate- coffee flavors, nice bitter-sweet feel, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Light to medium body with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, a decent stout.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a nearly black color with a tan head. The aroma is a little bit of roasted malt with fruit. Nutty malt flavor with a little bit of roastiness. Tangy fruit flavors as well. Astringenct is bothersome. The finish is bitter. Medium mouthfeel. This is a decent beer. Nothing too good, but certainly the best of the Arcadia sampler pack.

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Photo of zerk
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Arcadia sampler

Pours pitch black with very little head. Aromas of roasted malt, a touch of sourness, and a slight trace of herbal hops. Flavor was a bit odd for an oatmeal stout... no sweetness to speak of, dominated by roasted malt/coffee. Not overly smooth, and somewhat thin... with a very dry finish. An interesting brew, but not one that I'm likely to seek out.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured about a little over half finger worth of dark tan head. Dark, dark, dark brown, but i found little lacing to be present.

Smells nice and roasty, with a bit of coffee/chocolate/carmel on the back end.

Taste is good, not as complex as it could be. Lots of coffee and cocoa, and I'm pretty sure the only hops I'm tasting are the residuals from the glass of IPA I just drank ;) It's a good stout, but seems lacking.

Not too heavily carbonated, but a bit heavy and oily.. I don't know if I'd return to this offering of Arcadia Starboard Stout until I see it on tap.

While it's definitely worth a try, I won't necessarily go out of my way for it.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A simple black hue, roasty tan head with some bubbly carbonation. Caramel, light roasted coffee beans are lightly detectable on the nose. Creamy malts are in full affect; coffee and a bit of dry hops linger on the palate. Turns a bit astringent with kisses of oats and chocolate. The body is medium-full, the finish is oily. Simple enough for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think there was something wrong with my bottle it was very low in the carbonation. i've had it in the past before and i remember it being better.
poured like a flat draught beer with no head except maybe a few stray bubbles it seems thick and oily in appearance.
the smell has a slight burnt aroma, dark malts, little chocolate
the mouthfeel is a little creamy

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Photo of granger10
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stout pours dark in color with a medium sized tan head. It has a roasted coffee aroma. The taste most noticeable is of oats. Very oaty. Burnt espresso is also noted. Too little of amount of hops are used in this one. Not much of a finish. Tastes decent enough, just not complex or balanced as much as I would have liked it to have been.

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Photo of orfeu
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, a deep brown, almost black, chocolate color with some burnt amber highlights at the edges. Thick rocky dark tan head. Nice color and appearance always endears me more toward stouts that I try -- the darker it is, the more impressed I am. Pity that the nose is not nearly as impressive, with acrid grain funk aromas predominating and a bit of coffee-chocolate roastiness underneath. The taste is somewhat of an improvement over the aroma, with a dark roasted grain husk character showing most strongly, bringing a long with it some modest coffee and ever-so-slight butterscotch flavors. Full body and overall substantial palate; not exceptionally silky, or even all that smooth, but this goes down pretty well, all things considered. Glad to have sampled this, but with one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in the world usually available just a short drive away at select LCBOs, I'll probably pass on this one next time I see it.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crunchy's had this on nitro-tap for a good deal. Went for it. Served in a mug.

A: It looked awesome, a murky, opaque muddy black color with a half inch off white head with reasonable amounts of lacing. Head retained itself the whole time.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal, barley, malts

T: sort of goes down hill here, has a strange taste to it, conflicting with the chocolate, coffee, barley, and malty flavors that are expected. I can't really describe it, it was just weird.

M: Full bodied, fairly carbonated, off balanced by strange after taste

O: overall it was alright, I thought it looked amazing but it didn't taste amazing, won't seek this out again but maybe it was just me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, almost black color with a thin tan head.

S: fresh coffee, oats and dark chocolate.

T: The initial flavor was bitter roasted malt, coffee and dry chocolate. There was some dry oats and a smooth roasted character with some dry vanilla creamer notes.

M: very thin, with a light creaminess and very lightly carbonated with a slick finish.

D: Ok drinkability, not bad, just lacks heart and body. Aroma was more promising then flavor.

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Photo of MJR
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep black that shows a bit of garnet when held to a strong light. A light brown head starts at a 1/2 inch and quickly retires to the side of the glass, leaving nothing in the center.

Smell: Sharp aroma of roasted malt and rich coffee. A hint of caramel is hidden deep in the muck. Maybe a bit of licorice.

Taste: The flavor is all roasted malts and burnt coffee grounds. A sharp, acidic note appears midpalate and sticks around the rest of the time. There's a bit of caramel malt, but it's well buried. A bit of chocolate towards the end. Finishes with a flicker of green hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, with an acidic, dry finish. This brew is seriously lacking the body department. This is supposed to be an oatmeal stout?

Drinkability: Average. There's not much going on with this brew, and the lackluster body and mouthfeel only hurt it more. Lots of room for improvement here...

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to the effervescent beermanbrian

Pours onyx black with a thick brown head that thins. Mior lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very rich and roasty with some dark espresso and cocoa tones.

Taste is very roasty upfront with a slight astringency from the roasted malts. Some nice chocolate and espresso flavors mixed in as well. Finishes with a lingering burnt taste in my mouth. I suspect they get a little crazy with the black patent.

Rather light body, plenty of carbonation.

This could be great, if they would not be so aggressive with the roasted malts. As is, it's drinkable but just generally average.

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Photo of mgavin
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of marcellaproust
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout is as rich as a porter, but still a stout. Mine disappointingly had no head, just a gesture of foam crescent around the rim. Smell was very subtle roasted barley. I'm trying to track the taste, which is good, but the following description might misleadingly convey the reverse: malt and roasted barley up front hastily give way to dried, roasted coffee bean (not brewed but chewed), which then slides into an incredibly satisfying bitter finish, leaving an aftertaste of burnt pan glazing. The mouthfeel a bit on the sticky-thick side for my taste. I don't foresee drinking more than two of these at a sitting. . . .cheers!

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown in color with a tan head that quickly dissapates.

S: Major smells are immediate semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Hints of caramel, mocha, malted barley and sweet cream.

T: The earlier mentioned semi-sweet chocolate seems to really stand out right away, with a sweet, milky follow up. Smooth, but not overly sophisticated.

M: Very light for a stout. Almost too creamy and lacks body that I am used to.

D: A good beer to have every once in awhile...not a great stout though.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

guest nitro tap at rochester mills brewpub. notes from last new year's.

a - black in color with the typical finger of dense creamy head. foam completely coats the inside of the glass.

s - faint roast, faint cola. not much going on here.

t - roasted malt with dark chocolate notes. has a lingering, espresso like bitterness. finishes dry.

m - medium in body with lighter carbonation. very smooth as expected.

o - pretty good but nothing memorable. would oder it again it i saw it on tap.

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Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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