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.

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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 PhillyJ
1.87/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

The name sucked me in but wow what a disappointment it's more like an over carbonated budlight that someone added chocolate syrup to. Definitely not a stout in the traditional sense. So they added the chocolate syrup to a watered down lager and unfortunately the only thing it did was darken said watered down lager and left a slight cocoa flavor the packaging said molasses and lactose and creamy and etc etc you lied to me and it was expensive like $10 for a 4pk which is what'd id gladly pay for any decent craft beer but not dark watery thin Swiss miss lager. Rant over

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Photo of rypkr
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks thin, smells like nothing, tastes okay but redeems itself here by having a slightly peppery taste that I'm not sure wasn't brewed with, and feel was creamy while thin

Overall, pay me to try this again because i won't on my own accord.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of coconut. Flavor is coconut and chocolate with a sweet finish. Flavor is not too strong but you can tell it's there. Has a solid body to the beer and overall this is nice, not great but still nice.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice stout pours a rich blackish brown with a nice head of khaki foam that subsides to a thick big bubbled ring,. slight layer, and light lacing. Nose of cocoa, cream, subtle dark fruit---almost tropical, and roasted malts. Flavors exceed the nose with almost a coconut milk and cocoa mix, subtle coffee, and roasted malts on all sides. Rich, sumptuous, and darn near perfect carbonation that is medium light on the scale making this a prefect sipper with warming booze on the back and a bitter malt and sweet lactose aftertaste. Excellent for the style. Another great from Arcadia who always impress with their keen attention to quality.


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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Chocolate, caramel, and roasted notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with roast and some cocoa.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

damn near perfect beer. so smooth, creamy, milky and chocolatey. An irrisistable beer for chocolate and molasses lovers. not to thick and not too thin

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Photo of q33jeff
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Coffee nose. dark black color; medium tan head. Burnt Grains along with flavors from Aroma. Smooth feel, low carbonation. Nice Beer, but missing something.

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Photo of Raime
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Arcadia Ales Coco Loco.

Debated on grabbing this one for quite some time now and I finally decided to say fukkit and go for it.

Look - Pours a thick pitch black with a small mocha cap that sticks around for about thirty seconds before turning to a cloud formation on the top of the drink. Light does not penetrate the beer so carbontion is impossible to read. Lacing isn't a factor. 3.5.

Smell - Chocolate is on the forefront with a bit of vanilla extract. There really isn't anything else to say here. Bit of roasted malt and barleys but that's about it. 3.5.

Taste - Chocolate dominates on the forefront as expected with some roasted maltyness and a surprising touch of alcohol. Unexpected due to the lower end ABV. Some grape like fruit ness becomes apparent as the beer warms. It will lose points in this category for the booze and the off flavor mentioned. 3.25.

Feel - Body is fairly loose and even a touch watery. A bit creamy with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Does coat the mouth in a good way, so that saves it a bit. 3.25.

Overall - I wasn't impressed with this one. What stout at a meager 7% shows its alcohol? Body was too watery, and the grape ness was just weird. But, it wasn't the worst beer I've ever had. Not even close. Would be fine as a beginners stout. Not sure if this is in the Milk/Sweet stout category but if not it really should be. 3.25.

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Photo of seedyone
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Good solid opaque dark in color with a thin but persistant wisp of a head. The aroma was serious on the coffee side but gave some ground to the chocolate element. The most stricking aspectis the rich texture. This all adds up to a very enjoyableand rich flavor experience. Not sure about a food pairing as this is almost a meal in itself & nearly as satisfying.

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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 daddycard
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a chilled 12oz bottle into a frozen english pint glass. V. Poured dark brown with an off white head which started 2 fingers tall, then receded but stayed throughout my tasting. S. I didn't get much aroma from this brew. Overall pretty plain, almost like a porter, not as deep as a stout. T. Crisp flavors but not much chocolate, more like roasted coffee. Medium body, almost you light too be a stout.
O. The lack in depth of flavor and aroma disappointed me but it was still drinkable. I don't think I'd but again however.

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Photo of mchegash
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Shades of reddish-brown near the edges of the glass. A small amount of light brown head.

Smell - 4/5
Roasty, chocolate coffee notes, with a hint of alcohol, and maybe some fruitiness (bananas) and a tiny bit of spice. Smells really similar to Founder's breakfast porter.

Taste - 3/5
A sweet and dark molasses roastiness, along with a banana fruitiness. An interesting flavor, not sure it really goes well together. After sipping for a little bit longer, I confirm that I am not a fan..

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Smooth, medium to full bodied. A medium level of medium intensity carbonation. Definitely has some creamines to it, though it's not super creamy.

Overall - 3.25/5
Not a terrible beer, definitely has some good aspects, but I wasn't super pleased with the flavor.

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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 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 scratch69
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Almost black in color with a 1/4 inch of quickly fading, tan head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste- Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor with some cocoa and raisin notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Low amount of carbonation.

Overall- There are better stouts to be had than this. While the flavor isn't bad it is rather weak. It needs a little more carbonation also.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/04/13. Poured 3/18/14. $2.69 or something like that for a single bottle. A bit expensive for an Arcadia beer, but I've been craving a lot of stouts recently.

Appearance: A black color with some ruby on the edges. There appears to be a lot of floaters in there as well, but that may be from the Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse that I just had. Not much of a head at all, and only a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Am I the only one disappointed? Truthfully, this smells like a Shock Top attempt at a stout or something. I get a lot of graininess as opposed to roastiness. The minor bit of a cocoa note that I get pushes the rating up just a tick, but really, this is a quite underwhelming smelling beer. I think the molasses that this beer is brewed with is contributing to that grainy smell over the roastiness.

Taste/feel: Like the smell. Man, quite disappointing. It has a cheap grainy flavor to it quite a bit through. With the molasses and grain -- call me crazy -- it has an underlying flavor of caramel popcorn. The molasses sweetness comes off as the kind of sweetness you'd find in a cheap amber, as it tastes artificial and it doesn't exactly add anything positive. Cocoa? I honestly can't say I pick up a specific chocolate flavor. It tastes like a stout loaded with molasses, which again, comes off as artificial tasting. The aftertaste gives a bit of roastiness, but again, it doesn't specifically taste like chocolate to me. The feel is medium/slick with a mild/moderate carbonation.

Not impressed. Would be a recommended buy at $2, but at $2.69, I'd say pass. Rather than compliment, the molasses seems to dominate. Not in that this is an overwhelmingly sweet beer (though it is quite sweet), but in that the flavor of it with the cheap grainy vibe I pick up is just not something worth $2.69 a pop. Cocoa Loco is a pretty good beer, but after having Too Cream Stout, this beer just isn't doing it for me.

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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 dorianmarley
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown with a short, tan head and some light lacing.

Nose has plenty of lactose--sweat cream. It also has chicory, black licorice, a fruity dark chocolate, and almond.

Taste has alcohol up front that fades. It is buttery, with almond milk, Hershey's chocolate, and bitter dried cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. with light carbonation. Very pleasing, soft and creamy finish with a light, butter slickness.

This is a well-made beer. The mouthfeel alone makes it worth a try.

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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 MadCat
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a short tan head and some lacing

Smell: Chocolate, and some strange booze scent

Taste: Chocolate up front, then some carob and toffee. The unusual boozy flavor shows up on the finish. Some dark fruits in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation

Overall: Not bad, but not as chocolatey as the name would imply. Also I don't notice much sweetness in spite of the lactose. For what would seem like a similar brew to Moo Hoo, I'm a bit disappointed. If the weird boozy flavor wasn't there, I would like this better in spite of the low amounts of chocolate.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, light coffee, light anise, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/molasses notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, light coffee, light cream, light anise, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, raisin, light anise, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of bready/roasted malt and cocoa/molasses flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid stout. Solid robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and cocoa/molasses flavors; and very smooth to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out from the 12oz bottle a very dark brown-black color. The head summited at about three-quarters of an inch, before heaving way to a thick tan cap. Not too much lace formed on the glass as I drank the beer down.

One can definitely pick up on the molasses and chocolate in the nose of this beer. Straightforward aromas that pique a drier and roastier curiosity. Hints of minerality, like hard water, and just a touch of lactic acid; but not much, leaving deserved reason as to why this is not a milk stout. Just a hint of dark fruit skins, or maybe a tannic relevance of them. Black cherry or blackberry comes to mind, but no real fruity essence showing up. Hops are low, hard-to-uncover, yet earthy. Malts have that roasty dark bread note, but still almost balances out without much barley grain coming through.

Rich with molasses-like dark sugar bitterness, like it's a little burnt. More grain comes out now, and it too has a nice roasted quality. It's almost enough to stave off the chocolate, which pops up as a melty dark chocolate note that's quite bitter, in and of itself. Further bitterness can be attributed to earthy, yet faintly citrusy, hops. These flavors make a lot of sense to me in this offering. Hints of tree bark, baked earth, toffee, and faint licorice have ways about themselves in the flavor profile. Lactose addition seems to be a bit of a stretch now, but there is an undeniable tanginess to the finish. It's small, but there. More so, I'm picking up on a sweet alcohol note that pulls some good strength on its back and makes this the warming winter seasonal that I think it is (at least, I don't see it on the shelves during the warmer months).

The mouthfeel is relatively thick, purging out a fluttering carbonation sense with body heft. What's irreplaceable, however, is a good sting of warming booze that shoves a little past your typical 7% ale. Again, I like it, because it's affirming. It's just that this wouldn't be best drunk outside on a warm day. Hard to think of an American Stout having those kind of characteristics, but this is knocking on the door of Imperial strength, or at least, so it seems.

All things considered, this makes for a very enjoyable beer, in its own right. Stocky, bitter, gooey, and full of warmth; Cocoa Loco is solid. They really should've upped the ante and threw in some chipotle peppers into the fermenter, but that's just like my opinion, man. Cheers!

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Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle [dated 20 Dec. 2012 and purchased in MI last month] into a snifter after a bit of warming .

Deep, dark brown coming out of the bottle, but black in the glass. A decent sized head forms but is mostly gone before the first sip. Nice coating on the glass with each tip.

S: Too weak and subtle for style, and a bit metaliic. Hints of milk chocolate, roasted malts, hops and a touch of dark fruit.

Taste: Hop level of an Ameican stout but the roasted malt component is too weak. Alcohol too obvious; These form a messy conglomerate with the cocoa. Even the after-taste doesn't gel.

Feel: Smooth and near creamy; full body, medium-low carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

O: Disappointing. ABV seems much higher, say 10%, it lacks balance, and roasted malts lack prominence, I suspect my rating will be noticably low, but I'm actually being a little geneorus, suspecting this may be a bad bottle; but then again, there's no reason it should be.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is lacking, but a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells great! The chocolate and molasses mesh with the roasted barley to make something special. It integrates so well. The lactose then offers a little twang to the mix. The powerful, yet supple roast is balanced by malty sweetness with caramel and even a touch of dark fruits.

3.25 T: Unfortunately the nose is much deeper and better integrated than the taste. Still, it's good, just not great. Moderate to heavy roastiness enhances the hop bitteness. The sweetness doesn't quite balance it out. The chocolate, molasses, lactose combo seems out of balance with the roast. Somewhat of an ashy taste on finish. Herbal and citrusy hops.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. It's creamy, but in a not creamy way. It's hard to explain why I'm not a huge fan of this mouthfeel.

3.25 D: The nose got me interested, but unfortunately this beer falls just north of average.

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