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Arcadia Cocoa LocoArcadia Cocoa Loco

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This triple chocolate stout is a unique interpretation of the style, combining three different chocolate malts, cacao nibs and 63 percent semi-sweet chocolate, creating a sinfully delicious brew. The addition of blackstrap molasses produces an earthy, caramelized tone in an already complex flavor profile. It's creamy, milkshake-like mouthfeel earns this beer the reputation of being dessert in glass.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. 2007 vintage.

Dark black with a hint of highlights when held to light. Thick mocha head hangs on, thick lacing.

Chocolate, malty sweet, roasted grains, molasses and booze balanced nicely. complex but not alot of legs.

Malty sweetness, molasses, chocolate, and roasted grains are largely balanced, but with a moderately dry and bitter finish.

Mildly carbonated, creamy, medium full body, mild warming with dry, bitter finish.

Complexity and balance urges me on. Enough size and bitterness to encourage restraint.

I liked it alot and wouldn't hesitate to have it again, but my brother didn't like the dry, bitter finish. But he doesn't like anything remotely bitter.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage, "Stout brewed with chocolate, molasses and lactose". Pours black with a solid half-finger tan head, looks great right off the top and I almost marked it higher for appearance. Slow steady carbonation was a bit subdued, some lacing. The smell is the first hint that there is a lot going on here - rich chocolate, the molasses sure comes through, then a burnt, smoky odour in abundance. The taste is similarly entertaining with chocolate and cocoa and a creamy-textured mouthfeel, rich but not overpowering. Gentle bitterness is nicely balanced with a dry, nutty aftertaste. Long finish. With air and warming, there were hints of sweet caramel, toffee, toast and malt in the choco-cocoa mix, but also a bitter brazil nut astringency that I could have done without. There is a sweetness that, at times was a bit surreal, maybe that was the lactose; it struck me as a bit artificial. Still, this is an amazing stout with layers of complexity to it, if you can get by that label, that is. Another fine purchase from Merchant's in Dearborn.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Pours nearly pitch black with some reddish highlights in the light. Thick, latte-like head almost pushes over the top of the glass; good stickage on the glass as well. Smells of molasses, cocoa powder, chicory, carob powder and dark toffee with mild dark fruit booziness in the back. Modest carbonation with a creamy, smooth, medium body. Chocolate flavors throughout, hints of burnt sugar, coffee and buttery toffee. Quick splash of alcohol warmth shows a dark fruitiness, hops are timid and merely serve to balance. Some dark breadiness in the semidry and slightly choco-bitter finish.

A standup beer. While not overly big as it holds on to its drinkable character, it's big enough to know that this is a sipper. Two thumb up here. If you are looking to pair this one, don't go for the usual chocolate; try it against some chili-infused chocolate or a spicy mole sauce over chicken.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, very creamy tan head sits on top of a dark brown brew containing ruddy highlights. It's thick and gives the impression of being opaque though it isn't. The head, almost reaching one finger, remains dense and doesn't fade beyond a foam thick enough to keep a solid blanket that doesn't dissipate further. Patchy lacing clings to the glass.
The aroma is sweet and earthy, with a molasses note that seems very much like blackstrap more than anything. It gives off just a touch of something like black licorice. Everything translates pretty exactly to the flavor. Malt-forward for sure, the cocoa promised is evident, and it sits over roast, a light touch of smokiness, molasses and a smooth creamy note without overpowering them. There's some toffee and maybe a hint of dark fruits, something like chicory lurking underneath. All in all it melds well and makes for a nice profile.
t first it seems it's not a particularly big stout, but it does end up having quite a bit of heft. The body is full and rich, with a good creamy bulk to it. It's fortunate that it doesn't sit to heavy, and I think a good balance is struck in the feel as well as in the other aspects. The combination of thickness and sweetness tends toward a sticky feel, but it's ultimately kept in check.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt grain, coffee and a sweet caramel malt.

The taste consisted of an exellent coffee flavor with burnt grain elements and a touch of caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty stout.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle. 2006 vintage.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense light brown head. the head drops slowly to a thick ring around the glass.

aroma is nice. loads of milk chocolate. light caramel sweetness. bit of coffee. light roast. definite lactic character.

taste is good. nice roast. dark and bakers chocolate. caramel sweetness. coffee. bit of lactic character. light bitterness level. hint of orange. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. fairly big body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. really much more of a milk/sweet stout than a double/imperial stout, but quite tasty. thanks jan!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a darkish brown with 1 finger, off-white head

S- Smells of dark fruits, cocoa, toffee, and raisins. Good smell.

T- Taste provides bitter coffee, cocoa, and some dark fruity sweetness. A touch of lactose, but it's muted.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated

Overall- Good brew here, very mocha like. Tasty bl

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer, but much more subtle and down-to-earth than I expected, particularly because the previously drank Big Beers by Arcadia have been exceptional. The beer pours a viscous dark brown color with some chocolate milk-like haze, and an airy froth that laced quite well. The aromas were light and, again, took on milk chocolate notes with light Kona coffee, roasted malts, and caramel malts. The flavors are rich and full, but not agressive or strong by any means. The cocoa flavors rise above the coffee, nutty, malty notes. Light bittering only offers balance for the sweetness and no other contributing flavors or aromas. the body seems full and round, but not heavy or weighted at all -- remains airy. Finishes quite powdery, with a continuous cocoa flavor. Very nice, but quite mellow tasting and feeling for a bigger beer.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice stout, it was actually better than I thought it was going to be -- always a nice surprise. Poured from the bottle (with an upside down label - how cool is that?) into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, near black but not quite there, as there was just a hint of amber that showed through when held up to the light; one finger of dark tan head with a decent retention - no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet and chocolatey, rich and dark roasty malts; very slight burnt coffee roastiness and there is a faint whiff of alcohol in there as well.

Taste: Strong roasty coffee flavors really come through in the aftertaste, but the sweet and bittersweet chocolate is what kicks off the taste; just a faint taste of alcohol as well in the back, continues to become more of a presence as it warms. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Nice - pretty creamy, yet just a little thin; moderate carbonation and fairly sticky coating stays on the palate and I find the mouth waters slightly after it's down the throat.

Drinkability: Not too bad at all - very enjoyable beer with a body that doesn't sit like a brick and pretty moderate ABV. This is pretty close to a sessionable stout.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with dark brown edging, and a full two inches of tan foam on top.
Aromatics are heavy with instant cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee beans. Nestle's quik with malted milk balls.
Mouthfeel is creamy and fullish.
The pallet is laced with Milk Duds, powdered cocoa, and roasted coffee beans.
Alcohol is lightly warming and enough to keep things interesting, but certainly not within the realm of an Imperial stout as we know it.
Finishes clean and chocolaty with lingering roast.
Pretty tasty, more akin to an export stout, and the cocoa adds a nice twist without becoming burdensome.

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Photo of AlexJ
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a dense creamy head of wheat colored froth that retains and sticks well, leaving crusty lace.

Aroma is dark roast malts, scorched brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, and some fruit.

Flavor starts with dark chocolate, dark malt, burnt sugar, and roasted coffee. As it warms more chocolate liquor sweetness and light vanilla notes emerge.

Body a bit north of medium, creamy and slick. Good drinkability, alot of flavor for a 7% brew.

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Photo of nghab
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall Great Divide stemmed glass (wider than a Pilsener, narrower than a goblet)

Appearance: Dark, dark brown colour, not quite black; beautiful thick long-lasting tan head and lace; decent clarity

Aroma: Very inviting aroma of cream and dark chocolate, malty, faint hop character, just a little bit boozy. Could be a little more complex. but still very nice.

Flavour: Malt (and lactose) sweetness is balanced by the bitterness of the cocoa, alcohol is evident. I am NOT a fan of milk stouts, but the sweetness in this beer is not at all oppressive, it has enough bitterness from the cocoa and hops to keep it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-low to low carbonation, very creamy, slightly warming, very smooth for its alcohol content, not at all "hot."

Drinkability: Who says a big stout is not a good summer beer? :-) Very smooth, rich, and enjoyable without being "heavy."

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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick and creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice chocolate and roasted malt scent along with a sweet lactose aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a complex flavor arrangement that boasts of chocolate and molasses as well as a bit of milk sugar. It's dry with a nice roasted edge to it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid chocolate stout. It's beautiful to look at and it tastes great also.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an almost pitch black color with tiny of tan colored head. The heads fades almost instantly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet cocoa and milk chocolate smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of roasted malt as well as notes of cream, vanilla, and caramel mixed within. Overall quite chocolaty and delicious.

Taste – The taste begins of a semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor mixed with a cocoa powder taste. As the flavor moves forward, more sweet chocolate comes to the tongue with it being joined by vanilla and caramel flavors as well. A milkier like flavor grows in the taste with some hints of darker fruits as well. The darker fruits are mainly of a raisin and plum giving a nice balance to the chocolate flavors of the brew. In the end, with a light earthy flavor also coming to the tongue, and with the big dose of sweet chocolate and the lighter darker fruits flavors of the brew, one is left with a pleasant fruit chocolate bar flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation is fantastic for the chocolaty flavors of the brew although a bit thicker of a body would have likely been more appropriate for the style. Overall the mouthfeel is rather decent.

Overall – A rather tasty chocolaty brew with some nice big flavors. Sweet and delicious!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They fought for this name, for some reason...."it suggests imparting hallucinegenic properties", or something, the Feds cried, I think...and they roll out a label with a logo barely readable. "Stout brewed with chocolate, molasses, and lactose"...you mean, milk?

Alright, I plunked down the $6.99, let's go through with this...

Impenetrable appearance, dark, nearly black, with a huge, solid toffee/tan head, lasting long. Quite nice.

Aroma: sweet, creamy, cocoa hints, but the milk is more apparent....a delight.

Taste: sweet, smooth, creamy, with light cocoa laying on the bottom, and slowly rising to prominence, ...feels like cocoa powder lying on the bottom of the mouth, and the dust rises up. But it doesn't really amount to too much.

A very pleasing flavor, here, easy to drink, and quite tasty, 7% abv, but not especially felt. However, as nice as this is, it's not so amazing that it needs to be in a $7 bottle, just my couple pieces of copper.

Would work well as dessert fare, perhaps. But, dammit, it's not big enough to make that much of a fuss about, and not much of a match for other stouts out there.

...though, actually, it is too big for me, alone, right now...oof, should have saved it for my next hot date or something...now, it's kicking in!

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this at macadoodles in Joplin, BBD 0f 08/09

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa, roasty malt & some vanilla

T: Cocoa, roasty malt & dryness up front. Coffee dominates as this warms, along with more dryness & plus some oaky vanilla, Finishes with cocoa, a bit more vanilla, dryness & roasty malt

MF: Fairly oily & rich with minimal carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, not a stout I could pound every night, but going down great on cool April fool's evening... Nice one from Arcadia

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a vague remnant of a bottled on date which I think reads Bottled 09/25/2012. I have had plenty of Arcadia beers in the past, but this has not been one of them. The second beer by Arcadia that I am reviewing here on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Fairly non-aggressive pour yields an opaque black colored body with a tiny thin mocha colored foam which disappeared pretty instantly. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Can definitely smell some cocoa. Dried dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol presence. Burnt brown sugar. Molasses. Vanilla extract. Smells pretty nice, but it could have more going on.

T - Cocoa. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Chocolate cake kind of taste. Tastes like desert in a bottle to me. Decent amount of carbonation, pretty well-balanced. A tasty stout, but there should probably be more going on considering what went into this one.

M - Creamy, milky, subtle cocoa flavor leaves a dry powdery finish on the palate.

Overall, I'm impressed, and it is definitely a beer I'd drink again. The first stout I've tried from Arcadia, and a dangerously drinkable one at 7.00% abv. Arcadia does good things, and I should probably be picking up their stuff more often than I am. A solid stout.

Arcadia Cocoa Loco ---4/5

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes in my Beer Dossier

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a tan/mocha colored, two-finger head that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and caramel. Some floral notes, too.

T - Tasted of oatmeal, coffee bitterness and chocolate. It also had a milky taste.

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

D - This has complex and unique flavors and isn't over the top powerful.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a wonderful pitch. nice tan head. very malty nose, pretty sweet at that.

taste is a potent one, butin a good way. incredibly matly. strong chocolate flavors. alchohol is very present in the taste. a surprisingly dry, clean finish. very light. despite this being a stout and having a 7% abv, this is a light, easy drinking beer. finishes with a nice cocco flavor,and very dry.

Nice beer, glad I picked it up

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brownish black body, trace head, very little lacing

S: chocolate, molasses, hint of roasted coffee

T: roasted coffee, malt, bitter chocolate, molasses, mild boozy finish

M: medium body, mild tongue prick, hint of slick/oily

O: Nice beer. Arcadia has surprised me with this fine sipping brew. Not for everyone, the coffee/bitter choc/molasses with boozy flavor may turn off a newbie to craft beers, but interesting flavors.


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Photo of GRPunk
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Young's nonic.

A- A 2-finger, dense, tan-brown head formed with a bit of a sloppy pour. The dark brown body nears black through the middle. Wonderful, sticky rings are left behind as the head settles into a half-finger throughout the sample.

S- I was met with a rush of chocolate milk at first. Hints of medium roast coffee. A little molasses, as noted on the label peeks through. Light, vanilla accents.

T- the chocolate flavor is of a darker! More bitter quality than the aroma would suggest. Subtle coffee notes. Lighter notes of maple syrup and vanilla, lighter still. Gets a little roast toward the end. Sweet start comes to a clean, dry finish. Very rich and complex.

M- So rich and creamy. Light carbonation, which I prefer in the style. Lightest, alcohol warmth.

O- Stradles the line between a traditional Americn stout and a double stout at 7% ABV. Kind of the best of both worlds, a nice sipper that doesn't knock you over. A lot going on with the chocolate, lactose, and molasses additions. Fortunately they compliment one another and nothing gets lost.

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Photo of Phatz
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia. 7/7/07
OK so this was the last beer/review of the day. Yes it had been a long day of drinking but with another experienced drinker we had been pacing well. ‘My palate is not yet destroyed and is capable of one more review.’ To our surprise Cocoa Loco is on Tap. A beer Aaron had to trade for. With much anticipation we order this nightcap before hitting the road to catch a train. It is good but not quite all I hoped. Was my palate more gone than I thought? I don't think so; the beer simply did not quite deliver the fireworks. Don't get me wrong it is a good roasty beer; but not quite "Crazy Chocolate."

Appearance: Completely opaque black, with a light brown sudsy head and a few spots of lace.

Smell: It didn't quite deliver the wallop I was expecting from this "double" Stout. It was more like an American Stout, IMO. The problem here is all expectations and I realize that because everything else aside it is a pleasant reserved aroma of dark burnt malt roasty bitter chocolate and coffee with cream.

Taste: It has a burnt coffee espresso flavor with a touch of chocolate and cream with a very subtle molasses note but it doesn't get very sweet before the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: I would consider the body big if comparing it to Irish dry stouts but in the tough competition among great American Double Stouts it doesn’t quite come off as big. It is however smooth and dry.

Drinkability: If this were sold as an Irish Dry Stout with coffee and cream, I'd be all over it. (of course I know that doesn't fit exactly either because the ABV is just a little high) but my point is there is not much Cocoa for a beer with the name. It is easy drinking. It is lighter in body and weight than many beers in this style so for that I give it props. My main objection in the name but maybe that is not fair either. Regardless, it is certainly worth trying. I will give it another shot.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a brown head. It doesn't last very long. The aroma is of chocolate, with a hint of vanilla, perhaps some butterscotch as well, although not much. The aroma of alcohol is present as well. Beer tastes a bit hoppy at first, more of a Goldings type flavor, this is followed by a rich roastiness and a malty sweetness, and finishing with a deep roasted note. The mouthfeel is very silky and smooth. Perhaps, I don't taste the chocolate as strongly as it might be implied on the packaging, but I think it's more in the aroma. This beer is pretty darn drinkable!

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Photo of ralree
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich black with a dark tan head. Head dissipates pretty fast, and leaves no lacing.

S: Alcohol, dark fruit, some hops in the background, tons of chocolate. Think alcoholic chocolate bar.

T: Like bitter chocolate - the 99% cacao stuff. Not too sweet, but the cacao comes out insanely. For the chocolate lover, this is a must. Alcohol and just a hint of fruit sit in the background, and make a nice undertone for the cacao.

M: Feels good in the mouth - a slight bit chewy, but with a medium body. Carbonation is right on. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down pretty easy. Not one to have a lot, but a good treat.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep pitch black with a thin spattle of chocolate colored head.
Smell is very malty upfront- very strong cocoa in the nostrils.
Taste is quickly chocolate with a chalky malt taste through the middle with a solid grainy/bread ending.
Finish is long lasting- the flavor is of special dark chocolate or bakers chocolate that is appreciated but not my personal preference.
Drinks great- solid ABV here- a not sessionable but smooth stout.

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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