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 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 Brent
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me why oatmeal stouts were one of my earliest favorite styles, and why they still hold a special place in my heart. Full bodied with a well-mannered roasted malt flavor, some hints of coffee and a finish that was smooth with a satisfying bitterness.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a nice two finger tan head that slowly falls to a nice quarter inch cap. I was extreamly cautious in my pour based on other reviews and the extremely noticable carbonation pop when I opened this one but i didn't have the problems with an overflowing head that many others seemed to. Smell of plums up front followed by a burnt malt smell. What i notice at first sip is the high carbonation level. It's so active on the tongue that the malt sweetness that i'm sure is there is covered up. The finish is at first smooth and milky as expected but then a burnt bitter aftertaste quickly shows up to ruin the smoothness. This one started out pretty strong but dissapointed in the end. The Black Heart that I had on tap at the brewery was much better.

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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 mcallister
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pearl black with a thick succulent creamy tan head. Terrific head retention.

Laid back aromas of dark fruits, and a sour type smell I think from the cask.

Tobacco, bitter unsweetened chocolate, almond, malt, and that same cask sourness as in the smell. No hops I can point out.

The sour flavor which I think is a result of the cask is really a turn off for me on this beer. Will re-review if I happen to try it from bottle or draught.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
2.06/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a single from Woodman's in Madison ($1.25) into a pint glass. I guarantee that this bottle came from the same six pack as the one dirtylou reviewed below.

I poured no more than 2 ounces of this into a glass before the head ballooned up and filled the whole glass. It honestly took about six minutes to pour. Huh? Head was a nice color, but it was almost comical trying to get this into the glass.

Smelled boozy, roasty and malty. There is some sort of strange chemical I smell too.

Taste was sweet and toasted, but again there was a recurring chemical candy taste that was just disgusting.

Acceptable in the mouth. Not necessarily overcarbonated, just not fulfilling either.

I wouldn't buy it, I wouldn't recommend it, I wouldn't drink it again. Horrible beer. I wonder if dirtylou and I got a bad batch?

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mocha head over an impenetrable black body. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and dark coffee with a just a faint trace of citric hops in the background. Flavors of Roasted malt and dark coffee with a slight sweet chocolate character as well. Mild bitterness balancing things out. There is a noticable "British" minearal character to the beer as well. Medium to full-bodied, low carbonation. Smooth with a drying finish.

Tastes a bit like a dry stout up front, but the sweeter oatmeal side pulls through placing it in the middle stout range per its style, although a bit toward the dry end of the spectrum. A nicely balanced stout that is fairly complex for the style. A good option for splitting the differences between the extremes of the stout family.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz single, Woodmans

appearance: not sure what is up with this thing, but the head just exploded upon pour...pours a dark brown color, with an exploded foamy chocolate brown head

smell: slightly roasty, very astringent, hard to make out much more...theres some cocoa powder sweetness and some dark fruit but thats about it

taste: a little bitter, roastiness - almost burnt oats tasting, some malt sweetness...taste is very distracted

mouthfeel: thin, over carbonated, not good

drinkability: poor, my first dump, this shit is horrible

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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 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 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 bahumutx
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark and does not let much light through. A very small head that dissipated fast.

Smell: Smells of roasted malt and bitterness come through with a small fruitiness.

Taste: Starts of with a burnt flavor and then moves to a roasted malt and smokiness. Finishes with a grainy flavor. There also hints of coffee and chocolate present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could probably only have or two of these in a sitting. A good brew overall.

This is my first beer from the folks at Arcadia and I think they did a good job. Will pick this one up again.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, Arcadia has a solid winner here. Pours out to a black color which lets little light escape through the glass. Nice amber head stayed constant at about 1 inch or so. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and malt are strong and well presented. Taste is full bodied and robust. Flavors of coffee, cocoa and malt are well presented, along with dark cherries and thick grains. Full mouthfeel is warming and enjoyable. This is a good brew , with decent drinkability. A solid stout, but not for everyday. Recommended.

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Photo of sopor
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you're looking at my reviews and saw how I reviewed the Expedition Stout from Bells, you'll be happy to know that this beer redeemed stouts for me again! I had this for/with breakfast, isn't that what oatmeal stouts are for ? ;-)

Pours like hot molasses with 1 finger creamy tan head that lingers for a while. Just a slight bitter/burnt smell, and as it wamrs you get a hint of fruitiness.

Starts out with surprisingly little flavor and quickly the bitter roasted/burnt malt and oatmeal take over. A slight juicy sweetness and a hint of fruit, that I couldn't immediately place. Then when I looked at my notes again, trying to place the fruity flavor, I saw the word juciy was directly above the word fruit, and it hit me, it wasn't a real fruit that I was tasting (which is why I couln't palce it) it was Juicy Fruit! Is this a result of the oatmeal? It seems like that flavor is present if I eat raw oats (which I do, I like the flavors of raw grains) and they start to break down to sweetness in the mouth. Bitter aftertaste.

Moderate, but not overly thich body, very light carbonation.

Stouts to me are not normally very drinkable. I will almost never drink two. But this beer is pretty drinkable, otherwise it would never have made a good breakfast, which it did!

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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 mattcrill
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Presentation: Label with the letter "B" notched on the side...whatever that means.

Appearance: A deep black carbonated pour with a thin sudsy tan head that quickly fades to some wispy lacing.

Smell: Deep, rich cocoa, oats, figs, all very pleasant and slightly sweet on the nose.

Taste: Rich cocoa, oats, and some chocolate bitterness upfront. A pleasanty grainy and slightly sweet chocolate finish. Fig newtons, cherry juice, and some cream notes pop up here and there. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crispy due to the carbonation, and a nice lingering finish on the palate.

Drinkability: Perfect for a session. Nice character to keep you interested but not heavy at all. Quite a treat! Recommended.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look is blackness. Floaties suspended within the darkness. This beer of mine is sub totally decapitated. Nary a fizzle of carbon dioxide to be observed. Lackluster. Buster.

Smell is subdued. Reminds me of air conditioning blowing over some heavily creamed coffee. Moderate cacao inkling. Utterly unimpressive. Not much salivation is inspired by the aromas. Boo hoo for me.

The taste is lake water with oatish tones and chocolate and cough-ee. Where's the beef? This stout is cachetic at best. The sailboat label seems appropriate here. If there had been a destroyer on the label I would have screamed false advertisement. This one really could use an increase in every bill applicable. I hate to bash, but a stout should be far more bold than this. Much too thin and underemphasized. Dashed hopes. No further purchases considered.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a neat opaque black with a thin almond colored head,aromas of french roast coffee and nuts mainly with a odd spicey/clove,vanilla finish.Well rounded flavors soft and easy,dark roast coffee with a malted milk note as welland the creamy mouthfeel lended to the flavor as well a very nice soft finish makes this brew a winner.Paired well with chorizo sweet potato hash spiciness,pretty solid.

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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 GIVEMEBACKMYSON
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smells like a strong and syrupy cup of coffee. Kind of looks like one too. There was almost no head to begin with and it is now gone without a trace. This is very black and inklike.
Right off the bat this thing tastes like rust. This gives way to a burnt toast flavor, and coffee that's been on the warmer for 10 hours. In the midst of all this there is a vanilla flavor that is our of sorft, but the best thing in this beer. This lacks the carbonation and direction that it sorely needs. And in the back of the throat there is an acidic and drying. Well, there will be no parade of sixers of this marching their way into my fridge.

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Photo of Bighuge
1.58/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Black. Bigass Huge brown head. It takes forever to dissipate. Looks to be a sign of bad things to come (i.e., overcarbonation).

Aroma: Wet cardboard. Chocolate. Dry cardboard.

Taste: Wet cardboard. Astringent husk tones. Dry cardboard. Plastic. Chemicals. Etc...

Mouthfeel: Jacked up carbonation. Gaseous in the mouth. Hardly swallowable.

Drinkability: Yeah, right!! BYE BYE STARBOARD!!!

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Photo of ken3c
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite close to black with a fine textured tan head. Sheets of foam layer the sides. I love the way the beer horizon (the separation between the beer and the head) looks. It stayed that way throughout the beer.

This smells like carmel with a hint of flowery hops.

The taste is like sweet chocalate. The finish is still sweet plus flowery.

Very smooth and creamy. The persistant head creates a "milk" mustache feel. Maybe a little thin.

Very enjoyable. I always enjoy Arcadia beers, especially at the brewpub.

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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 Skidz
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown and sits jet black in the glass with tiny crimson streaks and a small tan head.

Smells of raosted grain, coffee, chocolate. Light fruity esters present, faint pears.

Taste starts out with light fruity estery sweetness and quickly bitters with burnt coffee and heavily roasted malts. Caramel sweetness helps to balance it out. Finish is btter with burnt and roasty flavors sticking around.

Smooth and full bodies; light carbonation. Easy to drink. Nothing extraordinary, but it has its moments, and gots the goods where it counts.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $1.29 for a 12 oz. single.

A dark stout. No head, weak carbonation. Funny medicinal smell, and a hint of that taste in the background. Mostly bitterness overall though. Lingering bitterness with no real other character to back it up. Maybe it's just old, but this brewery continues to confound me with good brews and bad brews. This stout is a bad one. Yuck.

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