Arcadia Starboard Stout | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Starboard StoutArcadia Starboard Stout

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
1058 OG; 29 IBU

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Park Bar in Detroit.

What a flimsy looking beer. Brownish and ruby-crimson, pretty damn light for a stout. A tight, java cap forms on tap with good retention, but leaves virtually no lacing behind. Acidic, astringency, and overly roasted, almost-tart dark fruit skins on the nose. Not very good, and nothing really "stout" about it, except for the roast. The flavor is a bit better, but not much. Bitter chocolate, bitter coffee beans, astringent apple skins, and malt that is way too roasty. Carbonated to hell, prickly mouth feel and a dry, scraping finish.

What a disappointment. Have never expected much from Arcadia... This is proof as to why. Just a messy stout that really doesn't even deserve to be called a stout. Avoid this one at all costs, the Midwest has much better stouts to offer.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ferrari29
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from Nitro-tap into Pint Glass @ Map Room

A - Body of the beer was solid black and poured with a one finger cream/coffee colored head; held very well; no visible carbonation was present in the body of the beer; sticky lacing formed in the glass

S - Scented notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and oatmeal

T - Sweet vanilla and lingering oatmeal taste; sip follows up with a nice caramel vanilla wash; slightly bitter aftertaste, not so much hoppy but the bitterness seems to come from bitter chocolate and roasted malt notes

M - Smooth, rich and creamy, finishes with an airy and nitro packed feathery light texture

D - A little light on flavor and aroma; great drink with the right amount of alcohol

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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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3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An oat malt stout, as opposed to the more common non-malted oatmeal variety. This was a silver medal winner in the 2003 World Beer Championship.

Very dark in color, it opens up very nicely as it warms. The nose is the standard coffee aroma, from the chocolate barley, with a cocoa head that dissipates a little too quickly. The flavors are complex, however, as you roll it around the tongue. It almost has a lactic feel to it, with a little silkiness from the oats, but I also detected hints of grape and plum, in addition to the expected coffee and chocolate notes. There is a definite hop presence, but it's not too firm. The lingering after-taste is mainly malt and sweetness.

It's a very nice stout and pretty standard for its style.

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4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Supremely black, with a beautiful tan-caramel head. Looks like an alluring stout, that like a beautiful woman at at pub, begs attention.

S - Not much here. The appearance is sort of a tease here. Very subtle malt and a hint of dark chocolate are all that I could ascertain.

T - Definitely some bitter, dark chocolate, nice malty mid-palate, and a creamy sweet and subtle hoppy and dry finish. Not much complexity. Seems a bit lacking for an Oatmeal Stout. It does bear some of the charter of a good oatmeal, but they almost seem muted here.

M - Very light bodied for a stout. Almost seems watery, with a bit of carbonation. Drinks much like a Guiness, but with less body.

D - I would say this is a very drinkable stout, especially for novices.

Overall, this Oatmeal Stout is very restrained, which may cater to the masses. A stout that would please people who don't care for very bold flavors.

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3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the brewery....

A- Pours a deep black color. One finger tan head that shows medium retention. Some sticky lacing left on the glass as I drank it down.

S- Kind of faint in the smell. Roasted malts in the front with some light anise. Nothing though that really sticks out. To get even this I had to stick my nose pretty much in my beer.

T- The flavor came through a little more than in the aroma. Roasted malts in the front with a little coffee flavor. This gets shut down quickly by a bitter hop bite. The hops seem to dominate everything from this point on.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lacking for the beer personally. Roasted malts left on the palate but a huge hop bitterness lingered in the aftertaste. Flavor seemed to be a little one sided from either malty to hoppy.

D- This beer was a interesting one to say the least. I don't know if I like it or not. I had a glass and a sampler of it and couldn't tell still. Maybe just maybe I'll try this one again.

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3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Ashleys, a bartender recommendation...It pours nice and black with a full creamy head that has really nice lacing, my hopes are high...The aroma is really dead, hard to pull anything out but a little roast coffee, my hopes start to fade...The taste is better than the aroma, it has a light flavor but not much here and its super thin to drink.

This is nothing more than an average oatmeal stout.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is slightly sour but more from roast aroma and not fermentation. A little bit of chocolate malt.

Looks deep black with a THICK tan head. You can put a nipple on it and it sticks for a few minutes. Held up to the light, it has a big red hue and lets light through.

Nice roasty and base malt flavor. Hop bitterness is high but the dark malt is the dominant flavor. Some ale yeast fruit but mostly clean.

Thick and creamy with a pretty big body.

Nice dry oatmeal stout. A good thick brew that would make a great local alternative to Guinness and is a good example of the style.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2-14-10

Pours completely black and opaque, with filmy tan that spicks in chunks to the sides of the glass.

Smell is all very bready malt, light notes of anise and molasses.

Taste is sweet malt at the beginning, followed by a surprising hop bitterness. A bit out-of-place, the bitterness becomes the most dominant character.

Mouthfeel is good, slick but still creamy, it fits the style.

Drinkability is decent, but the bitter kick becomes tiring.

Overall, average, and nothing better.

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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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Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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