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:
233
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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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 dsa7783
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, deep-dark, ebony hue with a decent sized slightly tan frothy head which left a fair amount of lacing...
Subtle, soft aroma of slight cocoa, malts, and yeast...
Taste was slightly off-balanced and not too appealing... an off-beat balance of bitter and sweet, and the ovrall flavor was really not to my liking and not a great depiction of the style...
Slightly watered-down, loose, non-creamy mouthfeel without not much going on in this department...
Drinkability wasn't that great...
Not crazy about this one...
Not Arcadia's best for sure...

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Photo of marcobrau
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a good deal of carbonation that creates a lasting tan colored quarter-inch of foam on top. No lacing. Nose is tart, perhaps a touch lactic - very interesting - with cocoa asserting itself. Cocoa again on the palate and tart with a port-like fruitiness in the middle and a roasted coffee finish. The hop flavor is earthy and faded. Smooth and slightly slick on the tongue, perhaps from the addition of oats? Perhaps a little thin? This is a very English tasting stout, which I guess makes sense given the Peter Austin system the brewery uses, which I believe incorporates wood, which could explain the tart/sour character of this beer. Remarkably drinkable given the the complexity; but then again maybe I'm just thirsty. Really like the roasted malt and bitter hops finish.

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Photo of strohme2
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with an enormous head that lasted halfway through the beer for me. Good color of what you'd expect from a stout with small glimpses of deep garnet.

Smells of coffee, oats, vanilla and alcohol. First taste reminds me of what a stout should be--lots of dry coffee followed by dark chocolate taste. And finishes with a burnt wood flavor and a mild hop taste.

Feels bubbly in my mouth and a little waterey. Reminds me of a fizzier version of Guinness. It got better for me as I drank it.

Not bad but i expected better things from Arcadia.

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Photo of DackAchan
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good two finger head. Almost no light gets through. Head of mahogany. Once the bottle was cracked, could smell the raisins and oats, sweet smell. Good taste, mixing of bitterness and sweet fruits. Little light on the mouthfeel. Drinkablility was decent.

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Photo of beveritt
2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label depicts a sailboat going full sail. There are notches on the side of the bottle, but not sure how to interpret them.

Appearance: Pours with an absolutely enormous head, probably 1/4 of the glass is beer and 3/4 is head. This settles slowly into a nice, creamy, tan head, leavinf behind a medium amount of lacing. The beer itself is nearly opaque, with hints of mahogany around the edges.

Smell: Slightly sweet yet spicy malts upfront with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Fruity/alcoholy right at first, this flavor pervades the whole drink. In fact, there is not much else here to discuss. No hops, very little roastiness, slight hint of creaminess from oats.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Carbonation is average, but the head produces id well beyond what it should be.

Drinkability: A disappointment, I have had much better from Arcadia.

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

Pitch black stout with a thick creamy tan head.Strong smell of cocoa and alcohol.Taste is malt ,cocoa and alcohol.I am surprised to see that the Abv is only 5.5! Otherwise very smooth and enjoyable stout.Would definetly recommend and would purchase again although I doubt I could drink more than a few at one sitting!!

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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 tempest
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wondering what the weird bottling code means? There's a list on the web site, unfortunately, I couldn't seem to find any record of my beer. Great.

Pours pitch black with a furious tan head. At first the aroma and flavor are just of smooth cocoa and roasted grains with the nice, mild oatmeal element and a slight sour tinge. After a while, however, that sour comes out smelling and tasting like a big, bad Belgian-style infection. Alas. I have to put this one down as I'm not in the mood for a oatmeal stout lambic. Major flaw here, too bad, seemed like the makings of a decent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Coal black baby here, an aggressive pour pops up a frothy tan head that lays a lace ring around the glass. Yeasties on the bottle swirl up nicely.

Classic charcoal, burnt toast with a malty push to it. Quaff is a bit of a letdown, kinda watery and just the charcoal, not much of anything else.

Arcadia is a hit or miss brewery, luv some of their stuff, but this one misses.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a decent sized tan head. Nose is just beautiful. Extremely full with perfectly balanced cocoa character. Calms down as time goes on. Flavor is smooth with an obvious sweet edge. A bitter tone is what you get for an aftertaste. Nice malty smoothness, sure. But not as flavorful as I would love for it to be. The bitter could stand to be overshadowed by something more pleasant. Still, it is a robust stout. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the body of the liquid is pretty good. Overall a nice hearty stout. There isn’t really much to pick on it about.

Added note: I found this was much better at room temperature than chilled at all.

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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 aerozeppl
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split.

A: Super thick 3 finger mocha head. Fairly black color with no light getting through.

S: Roasted barley. Chocolate notes. Booze a little which is not fitting with the ABV. Coffee is in there as well

T: First thing I got was a tart taste. Then the roasted barley. After that is it all roast till the finish which is....roast.

M: Unremarkable for the style. Med body. Carbonation is good but it doesn't feel like the style. Had this after a London Porter by Fuller's so that might have something to do with it since that beer had such a wonderful mouthfeel.

D: I am having 1/2 of a 12oz bottle and that is enough for me. The roasted characteristic is overwhelming. I want a complex porter not a juggernaut.

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Photo of Dalem
2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What I thought was a soft pour was apparently not soft enough. This foamed up like crazy. Could only get about half the bottle in the glass and the head was rising up over the top of the rim and took awhile to calm down. What I could see of the beer it was the dark brown you'd expect from a stout with a (huge) chocolate malt top. Someone went a little too crazy in the carbonation department perhaps. Though this is a oatmeal stout the thing you smell the most is alcohol, which is weird because it's not that high of an alcohol content (5.5%), along with a bit of bitter coffee and vanilla. Not really any oat aroma at all which I find kinda odd.
The first noticed in the taste was a bitterness. Not a pleasant bitterness that a stout should have though. More like a cup of gas station coffee from a pot that has been sitting on the warming tray for a couple of hours too long. A bit of the oat taste shows taste show up too and they are roasty but it's almost like they were caught right before they were burnt to a crisp and tossed in the vat. The bitterness lingers too much in the aftertaste too.
It's a bummer because I would really like to get behind what Arcadia is doing but so far everything I've tried by 'em has left me a dissapointed.

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Photo of enfield249
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours thick and dark, no highlights in the corners. Tan ring of foam that stays around the whole drink.

S - Roasty, sweet and some slight floral smells. Slight coffee.

T - Lots of roast and coffee, with none of the hop flavor that might have had to do with smell.

M - Full but not mouth coating. About a 6 out of 10 on the carbonation scale, which I'm not a huge fan of in this style.

D - Very drinkable. Good to go with meat dishes, which I had with this. A nice oatmeal stout, could be a weekly beer.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SPLITGRIN was kind enough to throw this one in as an extra in our latest trade, thanks buddy.

Pours a dark brown color with a huge 2 fingers of mocha colored head. A mass of tiny bubbles, compact, and soft; I had to wait a few seconds for this to recede and proceed to empty my beer bottle. The head stops at about one fifth of an inch and retains a nice layer throughout, very presentable beer.

The aroma is roasty, with a bit of anise and oddly enough I’m getting some yeast aromas that are characteristic of hefe-weizens; mostly a bit of dry banana-chips comes through and a slight hop presence. In the back I can detect some caramel and oats. Also some milk chocolate and again some chocolate covered frozen bananas. It’s not a big banana flavor at all, it’s quite subtle but that’s what I’m getting from the aroma.

The taste is of roasted malts a bit of roasted barley, grains, and very little chocolate and very little coffee. Not too much after that, a little bland. Mouthfeel is average with a slightly numbing sensation instead of being silky and smooth. It’s a fairly easy beer to drink, always good to try new beers.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a fairly dark stout with hints of brown. Toasted brown/chestnut colored head that did not leave much lacing. Head came and went rather quickly. Not to bad to look at in a glass.

Smell: toasted malt and coffee thing going on. Has a small fruity nose of berries paired with chocolate.

Taste: has earthy flavor that leaves a chalky taste in the mouth. Slighty burnt coffee is the biggest bang in the drink and has a overall roasty character. Has a slight bitter aftertaste from some mild hops.

Mouthfeel: rather smooth and sweet on the tounge. Feels kind of airy and rather light for a stout. drinkable and not to bad overall!

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Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns with a thin tan head. A bit of retention,and decent lacing. Smell is of roasted coffee,and malt. Body is thin,and a bit watery for this style. Taste is of coffee,and dark chocolate,roasted,with a bit of a bite in the finish.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Absolutely pitch black with very minimal light getting through on the edges. A nice light brown head forms and settles to a thin covering that works its way to a ring around the top of the liquid. Very nice.

S- Very roasty with emphasis on the chocolate aspect. The oatmeal is definitely noticeable. I also get some vanilla out of this.

T- Very roasty. Same as the aroma but a little more potent.

M- A little too dry on the finish, but it is silky smooth in the mouth.

D- I was impressed with this one. A great example of the style.

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Photo of bort11
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice solid brown head that stands a finger thick. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. Color is pure black. No light getting through here.
Smell first reminded me of some maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal. There are also more subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is a slightly charred malt that enhances the chocolate and vanilla flavors. It kind of reminds me of a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Bitterness seems to be more from the dark roast than from hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and very drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mahogany with no highlights on this overcast morning. A loud 'pffft' on crown cracking led to a large, reverse cascading, toasted oatmeal colored cap that made me think the brewery hid an unadvertised nitro widget in the bottle. The lid is persisting nicely, but isn't leaving much lace.

I hate to say it, but the nose is pure Arcadia. In other words, there's a 'can't miss it' sourness underlying the roasted malt. There might be a hint of chocolate (and even less coffee), with unripe dark fruitiness having the run of the joint. I have a sneaking suspicion that the aroma will be better than the flavor.

Good call. I can handle a mild, or even a moderate, amount of tartness in an oatmeal stout (although it really doesn't belong), but Starboard Stout goes overboard in that department. Why do these guys have to brew such sour beer? If it isn't intentional, why can't they fix it?

The flavor profile consists of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee beans mixed with a copious quantity of freshly squeezed lemon juice. My taste buds are trying to filter out the juice, but it isn't easy. This is drinkable beer, it just isn't beer that I'd care to drink again.

Given the style and the ABV, the mouthfeel isn't too far out of whack. It's a trifle thin and is gently carbonated, but I can't be too hard on it. If the brewery works on anything, I'd suggest they work on the flavor profile first.

Arcadia Starboard Stout (I've decided not to use the beer's initials) is a pretty typical Arcadia offering. If you like sour oatmeal stouts, then belly up to the bottle. Good thing Michiganders have a whole lot of excellent stouts to choose from.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well rounded stout aroma that boasts of chocolate and patent malts. It's rich with a stiff black malt backbone. The taste is good also. It has a smooth roasted flavor that boasts of patent malts and roasted barley. It's dry and earthy with a mild oatmeal element. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's the only beer from this brewery that I'll probably finish. The yeast is hard to detect. I assume it's from the large amounts of black malts. All in all, a fine session ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap a week or two ago at Mad Mex of course I caught this one during their half off draft happy hora. Came appearing a murky clouded cola brown with ruby highlights nice creamy tan head lacing is thin and sporadic. Aromatics bring roasty malts creamy base with a touch of lactic tartness and a mild herbal hop finish in the nose. Flavor wise that tart lactic flow seems to crush this one for me seems like a nitro sample but that's not the case dark cocoa roasted malts bring a tentative but dry slightly bitter sweetness and the hop flavor is their herbal tea like detected more so in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture is creamy carbonation is airy and light very nitro esque in my opinion. Drinkability decent but if I have the option for their English porter I'll never go for this but in the mood for a decent English style oatmeal stout it's a possibility.

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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 233 ratings.
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