Arcadia Starboard Stout | Arcadia Brewing Company

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79
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232 Ratings
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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:
232
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Black/dark brown almost opaque with some reddish hue in the light. I" creamy mocha head dissapating quickly to a constaint creamy layer not leaving any lacing behind.

Clean,very roasty aroma,some rolled oats,sweet aromas with hints of cocoa.

Roasty taste with bakers chocolate tastes,hints of minerals,prune tastes,a slight bit of some acidity has a crisp,clean,slightly sharp bitterness,leaving a sweet aftertaste.

Light creamy mouthfeel,a bit watery,leaving a dry feel. Good drinkable beer not too filing could drink a few of these.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When they starboard, do they mean right or left? Or does that matter on which way your facing?

Well face it Arcadia Starboard Stout is a pretty nice dry stout. Although listed as an oatmeal, I’m not calling foul. The color is like looking at the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean in the middle of the night and no moon out. Even tipped there is very little color displacement. There is a nice tan head but quickly dissipates and little lace. The smell is strong roasted barely. If it wasn’t so black I would wonder if that is the only grain they used.

The taste for Starboard Stout is not a stronger roasted malt flavor that I expected but more of a burnt coffee. Black Patent anyone? Although it is not real dominate, there is a sweetness on the aftertaste that gives this beer a sort of tartness knock to it.

The flavor lasts a little in your mouth. Slowly the tartness goes away but the burnt roasted flavor stays. Nice lasting flavor. In my opinion this is more tart than sweet and not really what I like in oatmeal stouts. The body is more of a mid level characteristic which holds the beer back. Well wherever starboard is, I sailed to a decent tasting stout.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable stout, about average on oiliness, roasted barley aroma, mouthfeel, bitterness from Willamette and Cascade hops, above average maltiness including chocolate though still dry aftertaste. A bit on burnt side, significantly acidic and overcarbonated, but drinkable for a stout fan, but still average.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug.

Arcadia Starboard Stout poured an opaque black with a root beer float looking foamy tan head that had good retention and left behind streaks of lacing. The smell and taste is of slightly bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Starboard has a smooth roasted flavor of malts and oats. Mouth feel is medium and smooth.

Starboard is my first Oatmeal Stout. It is a good drinkable stout that is not too heavy or complex.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of an Arcadia sampler: Pours almost black with a medium but quickly dissipating light brown head. Decent lacing. Aroma of coffee and malt. Flavor was creamy and somewhat thin, consisting of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Finish was creamy and slightly metallic. Interesting but not great.

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Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After using my regular bottle opener the cap would loudly burst off, poping highly in the air and to a far away corner of the kitchen. A geizer of steam rose up from th neck of the bottle. The pour proved very difficult, a quarter inch of beer resulted in nearly four inches of bubbly heads. These soapy brown suds continued to rise slowly long, long after the pour. Any try at further attempt only aggrevated the situation. The heads sizzled too, oddly, like water hitting a grill. I waited patiently...

Meanwhile, siiting and waiting I have nothing to do but look at it. Appears black when looking from straight on but actually rather brown from the sides, and even lighter to the light.

A very bold aroma. Filling. More than full of roast and oats. Strong oatmeal. An almost vineous, red-wine character suggesting notes of tenins. Pretty thickly coated.

Mouthfeel surprisingly under carbonated, very smooth. A little lackluster considering how much flavour the aroma packs in. Taste is somewhat thin. There was also a strong lactic component. A near sour lacticness. Flavours do, however, carry a nice silky chocolate finish.

The head would settle into nothing more than half a fingers worth and stay at that down to the finish. Pretty nice looking once it settled down. Both the aroma and flavours seem to fade in and out throughout my tasting. In the end I'd put it at about average. I'll be likely to try more from Arcadia in the future.

Thanks for the adventure Frozensoul327!

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Photo of RedChrome
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color of this was midnight black and completely opaque. Tan head only made a small skin before disappearing. Too dark to see any carbonation. Lacing is watery and only holds in a few spots.

Super strong aroma of plums and vanilla. Oat quality is also present in the first whiff. Additional inhalations leave a light alcohol warmth. Hops bitter quality is non-existent

Burnt oat taste. Crisp on the tongue, but has an interesting alcohol aftertaste with a bit of spent coffee grinds. Bitter ending is a nice surprise after the scent.

An excellent amount of carbonation burst onto the tongue right away. Thickness is just above average.

Decent offering. Decent beer to enjoy with a smoked turkey sandwich. Far more readily available choices in the style offer more flavor quality. This isn't a bad offering, just week next to others.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A-Poured black in color and when back lit, no light came through. One inch, tan head rises to the top and leaves sporadic lacing.

S-Like a good oatmeal stout should. Sweet malts, dark chocolates, smoke, and a touch of hops.

T/M-A little disappointing based on the smell. I thought the hops weren't as sweet as they smelled. The carbonation got in the way as well. Gave the beer a lighter feeling than I like out of my stouts. Finished rather dry and with an earthy hop taste at first, but as the beer warmed, the finish became sweeter. More characteristic of an oatmeal stout.

Overall this was a good beer. It didn't knock my socks off, but you won't go wrong with it.

Cheers....

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Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Been cellared a while.

Pours an opaque black with garnet highlights and a foamy inch and a half tan head that dissipates slowly.

Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and a hint of soy form the aroma.

Flavor is more subtle, with roasted malt emerging late in the sip. Underpinnings of dark cherries, sherry, and chocolate add complexity early, eventually succumbing to toasted nuts at the finish, which is just a touch dry and oatmeal-like.

Body is a little light, possibly exacerbated by slightly high carbonation.

Seems to have held up well. Slight oxidation, but it's easily overlooked for this review. The underlying fruitiness becomes metallic, and is a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of TheDM
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured very small head of fine to medium sized dark brown bubbles and an opaque black body. It has a very strong malt coffee aroma. I eagerly anticipated the first taste after smelling the coffee in the aroma. And I was not disappointed. It has a very strong coffee malt flavor with a slight bite in its finish. There's something else in the flavor. Its well hidden. After reading the ratings before me, I have to agree that its the sweetness that's missing from this "Sweet Stout". It is not sweet with the typical chocolate flavor present in a sweet stout.

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Photo of wingman14
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head. There is tons of carbonation, even a side pour almost caused a spill. I had to wait a few minutes for the head to recede. Smells sweet, burnt, chocolate, and malt. I could smell some alcohol as well. Taste is sweet and bitter, with a burnt bitter aftertaste. I felt like its mouthfeel was lighter than most stouts. The carbonation and bitterness really come through with the other suble flavors. This is a beer worth trying because it is so flavorful but it lacks balance between flavor and bite. I would have enjoyed it much better if the carbonation and bitterness were a bit more subdued, but I still recommend checking this one out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a coffee black color with a small, short-lived, tan head.

S - It smelled of oatmeal. Also, a roasted malt presence in the nose.

T - It tasted quite bittersweet with a smooth roasted malt flavor.

M - It was smooth and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice oatmeal stout. Nothing to scour the planet for, but it certainly is drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, coded C3, bottled on 6/11/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. The aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a burnt/charred taste. Starts off sweet, finishes bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but thin at the same time, as weird as that sounds. Seems a bit on the light side for a stout. However, the beer is smooth and easy to drink so the drinkability is good. Overall I think it's a decent oatmeal stout, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This literally exploded out of the bottle, with about 10-15% going to waste as foam. It finally settled down in the glass to a deep dark brown, with a too-thick tan head. Aroma was a sweet chocolate, and the mouthfeel was tingly and, of course, highly carbonated. The pleasant flavor of sweet chocolate and toffee was somewhat offset by the body that was a bit on the thin side. Finish was decent, but somewhat watery and short in duration, due to a combination of the watery body and low alcohol content.

A so-so beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Dark brown pour, dark white head. Extreamly carbonated, so much so I had to pour twice, extreamly slowly and still eventually just carved off the excessive head. Thought it was potentially infected, but the smell did not lead that way. Mild roast malt, chocolate, some oat, peat, pretty inoffensive. Dry taste of the same roast malt and light chocolates. Like a weak Guiness, made me think this was a dry Irish stout. Finish very clean, but also quite non-descript watery. Drinkability was very good after the mamoth foam was removed. This is the first from Arcadia I've had that seems a bit questionable. I definetely wonder about the age of this one....Worth another try maybe.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five-finger, brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Color is black, no hint of ruby. Light carbonation and light-medium body. Nose is sweet and nutty. Smooth but on the thin side, flavor is roasted chocolate that finishes with a slight baker's chocolate taste. Not nearly as dry as a Guinness. $2.10 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has an opaque black color and pours out with a thick tan foamy head. The head settles to a much thinner layer fairly quickly but doesn't disappear entirely. Roasted, coffee-like malt dominates the aroma. The taste is also dominated by the roasted malt. There is very slight hop finish. It has a medium body with a nice smoothness to it and is moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent example of an oatmeal stout. It's well done and enjoyable.

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Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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