Arcadia Cocoa Loco | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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.

Added by schusterbauer on 02-23-2007

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Andrea for this extra!

Poured into a tulip with a 2inch head of coffee colored foam.

A mish mash of roasted flavors. It reminded me of an american stout that had been watered down a bit. Very unremarkable. I've had much worse, though.

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Photo of areich6
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoying with my good friend and fellow Beer advocate pschul4.

A: Has a whole 2 inches of head that lingers for a pretty long time. The color of the head is slightly tan while the beer sits in the glass and resembles a dark cola.

S: As one would expect: fairly chocolately. In addition to this I can somewhat pickup the scent of alcohol. However, I also pick up the faint smell of fruitiness. I don't know, maybe I'm all wet.

T: Pretty decent. Tastes like the bitterness that comes from dark chocolate. Not much else to say honestly.

Mouthfeel: Unimpressive. Pretty light and watery, not terrible, but definitely not very good. Quite a bit of carbonation which isn't very pleasant to me in a stout.

O: Pretty average. Nothing sticks out as that great with this beer. Even the taste which is supposed tp be quite chocolately strikes me as fairly unremarkable.

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Photo of balconybrew
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opague thin motor oil with a tan head, that fell quickly, to a slight layer of bubbles with a little lacing. After the pour it smelled good, but once the head fell, I lost the chocolate scent. Roasted malt, molasses and a hint of coffee lingers. It's smooth on the way down and finishes a little dry, with minimal hop taste and aroma. It's dinkable but not sessionable.

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Photo of jsulko
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark black with a brown head that tends to linger a bit.

Smell is sweet and roasty with a hint of chocolate.

Taste is very sweet almost syrup like. Hints of the chocolate and almost a dark fruit flavor.

Finish is a bit biting with the chocolate and sweetness.

A interesting try but not hitting the mark for me.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, dark brown in color. Slight cocoa tan head. Aroma of burnt chocolate with a slightly stale espresso odor. Ok flavor-decent blend of cocoa and roasted malt but nothing stands out one way or another. Somewhat dry and astringent tasting. Ok body-could use a kick in the pants when it comes to the mouthfeel department-rather thin for a double stout. No big deal overall. I was more impressed with the label then the beer.

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Photo of schusterbauer
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle says "2006 vintage"

black beer with a chocolatey brown head that disappears, returns, swirls...
smells a little odd to me -- standard stout aromas with the off-putting undertones of cola or rootbeer.
tastes pretty good, but i'm left at an absolute loss as to why this is called Cocoa Loco. this will make nobody go loco for cocoa. of the stouts that i've had that make a point of calling out their chocolatey character, this has the least chocolate. charcoal flavors are as prevalent as chocolate (and more so, it sometimes seems), as are roasted malts. chocolate flavors that are present remind me of unsweetened baking chocolate. hops level seems appropriate. this lacks complexity.
everything tastes fine, but the flavors don't blend together to create that smooth silky mouthfeel of perfectly balanced stouts. so, really, what we have here is a semi-well balanced double stout.

drinkable enough. quite sticky, and a bit out of sync, but a decent attempt. if this does indeed turn into an annual, as the bottle indicates, i'll be curious to see if it improves. being what it currently is though, i'm not sure it's worth the price of admission.

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Photo of bruachan
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

opaque obsidian brew with a tight brownsugar foam

sweet roasty smells. very sweet. a hint of hops

more sweetness, though without a cloyingly big feel. the flavor is not as complex as i might have expected. i am not finding alot to say about this brew, which doesn't seem like it should be a bad thing inherently. however, it seems to me an RIS should be a little crazy (loco?). i do sense some cocoa, but hardly in a loco fashion

at 7% it certainly is drinkable, however

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. My wife tries to avoid head (womp womp) but ended up with two fingers of fizz. On mine, though, a proper pour gives me almost nothing which quickly becomes absolutely nothing. No lacing, no cap, just a sad, miniscule ring around the rim. Color is a nice jet black, though. Very beautiful.

Smell and flavor is very subtle. Bitter chocolate, some coffee notes, not much else. Not as strong smell of flavor as most stouts. Warmth on the back end. No bad, but there's not much there.

Full mouthfeel, though. Very nice.

Not sad I tried it, but probably not going to have this one again which is disappointing. Judging by the great overall rating but lackluster recent reviews, maybe the brew has changed.

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Photo of jlandis
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep black with a 1cm brown head. Sweet chocolaty aroma. Acidic yet sweet chocolaty flavor. Moderate mouthfeel. I felt like the slightly sour (yes, somehow it was sweet and sour) acidic flavor was too much for the brew and tended to dominate. I wouldn't mind smelling this beer again, but with all of the great Chocolate stouts out there I'd probably go with something else.

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Photo of alexgash
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if I'm "loco" about the label on this 22 oz. bottle. Pours an anticipated dark dark brown to nearly black. Small, frothy, cappuccino brown head. Settles quickly to a ring of foam. Nose of roasted malts, dark coffee, peppery spice, and dark chocolate. The chocolate aroma is on the bitter side with a light Hershey's syrup sweetness. Pretty good. Light roasted malt flavors greet the tongue, followed by a milky sweetness. Hints of sweet chocolate mix with singed fruits and coffee. Swampy, stale-ish finish is disappointing after a decent beginning. Roasted bitterness in the background, but the swampy cardboard/plastic is unavoidable. Doesn't taste infected but just off. Maybe it's from the chocolate? I don't know. Medium-bodied, with a chalky finish. Would be a nice beer if the finish wasn't off.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured onto a 16 oz tumbler - only slight head with virtually little retension. mild aroma with a decent first taste but a rather musty aftertaste. Not as heavy or as flavorful as you would expect a full body stout to be. weak on flavor. does;t compare w/ most stouts on the market today - will not buy again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours an opaque black for the most part, a touch of ruby/brown on the edge. A decent mocha head falls back and holds at a partial cover and solid collar.

Aroma - chocolatey at first, bittersweet. Charred malt and dark roasted coffee beans. More of that would be better, but the levels don't fade much, which is a plus.

Taste - sweet, dark roasted grain to start. Lots of espresso flavor, not so much chocolate and zero molasses. One dimensional, but it's a pretty good dimension. Finishes with some char and burnt coffee. For a Big Beer entry, it could be bigger.

Mouthfeel - average thickness, pretty zippy carbonation. Needs more of the former, less of the latter.

Drinkability - this is okay, but there are plenty more complex, tasty stouts to be had.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from The Beer Baron (Detroit, MI). 3.39. No bottling date. Served in a Souther Tier snifter.

Pours near black brown with a quarter finger tan head. No lace.

Smells of bakers chocolate, cream coffee and a little honey.

Bitter dark chocolate leads the taste followed by molasses, coffee, smokey cherry, slightly nutty and char. An interesting blend that covers any trace of alcohol.

Light to medium feel with crisp carbonation. Long bittersweet chocolate coffee aftertaste.

Not bad at all. Much more bitter than I'm used to in a stout brewed with lactose but an interesting combination. Worth trying but I don't think I'd pay over $3 for another bottle.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, Not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, roasty malts, cocoa, molasses, vanilla. Some milk notes along with some caramel.

Taste - Starts out with a cocoa, some malts and lactose milk. Kind of odd milky flavor along with molasses. Some raisin and a little cherry show up. Not overly chocolate flavored, and has a bite of alcohol warmth at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts and lactose milk coat the tongue. Palate gets more malts, some cocoa and sugars, along with some alcohol. Aftertaste is milky and weak malts.

Overall - Boring, weak flavored and lacking chocolate. If it wasn't for the molasses this would be one bland beer. Nothing id want to drink again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The third beer this evening for me was the Arcadia Cocoa Loco...and yes there is not question that chocolate was used to brew this beer. The color was absolutely dark with virtually no head. The smell was very chocolately and molassis. The taste was very heavy...almost like a sweet liquior. Definite chocolate (semi-sweet) with molassis. Very rich...plenty of body...just too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel was tough because of the sweetness...not enough balance.

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Photo of richago1
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle dated 2006.

A Poured a very dark brown with a quickly disappearing head and little lacing. Smells of burnt chocolate with a hint of sour milk. Taste much better than the smell, sweet and bitter chocolate with a dry finish. Thin to medium body with medium carbonation.Actually pretty drinkable, I would have another if the price was right.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with ample lacing. Aroma is cocoa with underlying fruity tart. Flavor follows along, moderate chocolatey sweetness to start, a tartness in the middle, and some alcohol warmth lingers. Mouthfeel is alright, not as smooth as I would have hoped, and drinkability is okay as well. Nowhere near what I was hoping for, have to revisit this sometime and see if it gets beefed up.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with no head. Nose is subdued. Slight amount of stout character. The chocolate just barely gets out to your nose. I am giving it a 3 because for a double stout, this should be showing my nose a bit more. Flavor is more towards the roasted side with a slightly metallic after taste. Feel is low on bubble, thick on liquid. Sorry, but I have to give this one a 3 for drinkability. Cocoa Loco? Where's the cocoa man?? A sad example of the style. And for the price...forget about it.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a tiny bubbled tan head. Dark chocolate, oat, leather, and chocolate again domintate the aroma. Nice velvety medium mouthfeel. The taste is sweet up front with a sharp transition to some bittersweet chocolate notes along with some leather notes. Some booze notes as well along with a touch of metallic. Lingering bitterness. Some lace on the glass as the head settles. For being called Cocoa Loco I would like to see this have a more chocolate forward flavor.

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Photo of Beejay
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark black.. Nice tan head, looks yummy.

S: Chocolate, maybe a tinge of alcohol or whiskey-ish smell. Coffee, smells kinda like coffee flavored yogurt.

T: Coffee and chocolate come in first.. then something almost sour-ish. Has a nice aftertaste, but the bulk of it is a bit odd for me.

M: Not as creamy as I would like it.

D: Though this one is not bad, there are so many better stouts out there.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a Brooklyn imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with very slight ruby edges, and a huge amount of dark tan head.

The nose is cocoa, bitter, and deep, but as another reviewer mentioned, slightly soapy.

The flavor is all cocoa up front, if slightly subdued, with mild hops and chocolate flavors finishing the ale. Chocolate malts are notable throughout, but never really given the headlining position.

The mouthfeel is good: neither too thick and sweet, nor too strong. The carbonation level is decent as well.

Drinkability is good for the style and strength. Since nothing about this ale is overwhelming, there is nothing to hurt its drinkability.

Overall, this is an ok chocolate stout. Quite frankly, there are far better versions (Young's, Brooklyn's, Rogue's), but this is worth a try if you've had the others.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, no date that I see, kinda a cool label

Appearance: Black beer, nice sandy cap, good retention

Smell: Very mild aromas, actually. Pretty sweet, hint of oatmeal cereal, but maybe I'm just getting that because I know there are oats in here. Very mild hints of chocolate. Hint of dark fruitiness. Not a ton going on, honestly.

Taste: I actually get a bit of molasses here. Some mild milk chocolate notes as well. Light bitterness, and just a hint of lactic tang. Nothing offensive, but it's pretty understated and a bit dull really.

Mouthfeel: Medium

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: Not bad persay, but not something I'd pick up again either. It's not good, it's not bad, it just

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours hazy brownish black with a medium sized tan head. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, hops, and spice; low intensity. The taste follows exactly with lightly roasted malt, cocoa, hops, and spice; very straightforward and lacking richness. Thin body and average carbonation for the style. Overall, this has a fairly weak cocoa profile contrary to the name and lacks intensity in general. There are better stout offerings on the shelf.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black in color,but some light does manage to peek through. A fingernail thin layer of khaki colored head is present and doesn't cover quite the entire top. Light notes of chocolate are all I get with the aroma. I get predominately sweet chocolate and a light,neutral hoppiness in the front of the palate. The mouth is a bit sticky and viscous. Somehow the chocolate and the hoppiness comes off a bit cloying. Sweet and slightly bitter is odd.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, if not black. Has an off-smell to it that I wasn't really expecting. Aromas were similar to yogurt. Not really something I would associate with beer.

Luckily the sour yogurt are well masked by the taste. Rich bittersweet chocolates, though a little too sweet. Caramel and milk flavors are present as well.

Has a smooth feel that compliments the style. One major downfall for this beer is an acidic feel that leaves it sitting heavy in your stomach. It gets hard to drink, though I suppose it'd be easier with some food.

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 624 ratings.
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