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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 dudemuskie
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, with barely any light peeking through on the edges of the glass. Head starts off fizzy tan, then creams up into a lingering/lacey ring.

Aroma- Burnt caramel, pumpernickel breadiness, soft smoke, powdery cocoa, and a touch of herbal hops. Inviting, rich, and intriguing.

Flavor- Bigger than expected herbal hop flavor and bitterness with raw cocoa to start. Sweet, deep molasses and dark caramel round out the middle. Finishes with a slightly boozy, acrid bite that is mellowed by the nice addition of mouthfeel-enhancing lactose. An interesting aftertaste lingers with notes of cocoa, herbal hops, and dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with a creamy texture from the lactose. Sticky with residual sugar. Low-medium CO2, decent balance for a beefier brew.

Overall- Big brew with a lot going on. Drinkability suffers a bit because of it. Feel like some time in the cellar might do it well. Tasty though with some fun mouthfeel thanks to their adjuncts! Cocoa and molasses are evident, but not overwhelming. If I see any more out and about I will lay a bottle or two down for a while to see if the flavors meld together a little better with some time!

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

A - Pours an opaque brown with a thick brown head.

S - Fruity grapey nose, cocoa, molasses, bare hint of banana and caramel.

T/M - Medium-dry and lighter in body than expected. A little bit of acid up front and a burnt, roasted bitterness. A little bit of fruit and dark sugar comes through.

D - Good drinkability for a bigger beer. Might be tough to put too many of these down - I'm really noticing the bitterness.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Dan, for sharing this one last weekend. Poured a deep black color, with a thin beige head. Aromas of molasses, vanilla, creme brulee and milk chocolate. On the palate, this one was rather thin for a stout, with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, with a rather bitter finish.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer. Creamy brown head. Moderate amounts of lacing. Interesting aroma and quite complex. I get the molasses in there, but also heavy chocolate, coffee and black licorice. Overall impression on the buds is fairly sweet, with the lactose and molasses and whatnot. Full flavored. There aren't many beers I'd just want one of, but this is one of them. Really heavy and rich. Definite dessert beer. Full bodied and viscous. Get flavors of leather and licorice as well. Baker's chocolate. Well done actually for the type of beer that it is.

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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 morimech
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dense darkness with a small tan head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Pleasant aroma of something along the lines of chocolate milk and graham crackers. There is a little bit of alcohol that is detectable in the nose. The flavor is not quite so nice because the alcohol is hot for a 7% ABV stout. Otherwise the chocolate malt is featured nicely. Bitterness is moderate despite the lactose addition. Medium body with a nice texture. Not creamy but is soft and nicely carbonated. Not quite a desert beer as it is not very sweet but has some nice chocolate qualities.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: A black body pours deep brownish tint, with a slowly retreating head. The tan leaves only short paths of lacing on the glass. The rim does hold a bit of head retention and leaves a nice layered appearance.

S: The medium aroma shows a nice broad note of molasses, while other subtleties are shown, now really pass beyond. While drinking aromas do express a bit of chocolate.

T/M: The front is a rich snap of sweetness. Burnt sugar, with a blend of dark, bitter, baking chocolate run into the medium bodied mouthfeel. A sweet and bite at the end, that is not induced by a boozy presents, but a sweet bite of what I feel is molasses and the chocolate used. Underlining imperial stout essentials. The body has a nice milk stout cream to it. The finish ends on a dry note.

D: Overall I find this to be a some what good beer. I think that for a imperial stout 4pk. I would look in other places, as well as, if I wanted to show someone a chocolate beer, I would move on. As for this brew, it is a nice session stout, with nice flavors and complex subtleties.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near with with a nearly nonexistent head and no lacing. Somewhat forgivable given the style. Nose brings a good amount of cocoa and roast plus a touch of coffee and vanilla. Really strong cocoa. The taste adds in a bit of extra vanilla flavor, though it's quite faint. Delivers hard on the cocoa with quite a bit of roast in the background. Medium body and somewhat smooth. Actually, really smooth. Drinks really nicely. A solid hit for Arcadia.

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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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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 jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black in color with a thin dark tan head that leaves a little lace. Pretty decent head retention.

Not an overpowering scent, but it smells delicious. Smells very sweet and malty. Picking up notes of chocolate, vanilla, licorice and molasses. Smells rich.

Packed full of flavor is this one. Deep roasted and toasty malts. Bitter dark chocolate, plenty of lactose, molasses, vanilla bean, rum alcohol. Really a nice and rich complexity.

Rich and creamy body that approaches full. Creamy carbonation that is almost ice cream like.

I could do two of these tops, but it's because it drinks like an imperial stout. I am really impressed with this beer. Hard to believe it is only seven percent abv. It is tasty and unique. This is a bit of a hidden gym with an overall score of a B. I recommend giving this a whirl.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

Has a sweet milk chocolate smell, with notes of coffee and alcohol.

Has a sweet alcohol taste to it, with a baker's chocolate bitterness as it finishes.

Milky, creamy mouthfeel appropriate for the style.

With as many good chocolate stouts as there are, I don;t think I'll give this one another try.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arcadia Cocoa Loco is a brown/black beer with a dense light brown head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing. It has a roasty aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice. It's smooth and full bodied with a scratchy, chalky finish. It has a nice, roasty flavor. It tastes just like the aroma. There's some sweetness to it and the bitter finish seems to come from the chocolate. It would be awesome if it wasn't so tongue shredding.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 7% abv. Pours dark brown, nearly black. Creamy mocha head. Head fades rather quickly, leaving little to no lace.

Nose has some cocoa, molasses, dark fruit and a whiff of alcohol.

A bit of lactose sweetness up front. Some roasty and burnt notes, boadering on charcoal. Some cocoa fades in with dark fruit. Dry and almost earthy bitterness at the end.

Lighter body, carbonation is slightly low. Seems thin to me. A bit boozy after a few minutes. Not the amount of cocoa or lactose that I thought there would be. Rather disappointing.

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Photo of mothman
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Darkness snifter

Pours 1/4 finger of light tan head. Fades to a ring, no lace left. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Cocoa, cocoa powder, creamy milk, and some dark fruit flavors. Rich and malty.

Taste: Wow, the lactose really shows here. It sticks from the beginning to the end. There is some cocoa powder and a sticky molasses flavor in the middle, but the lactose is a bit overdone.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, rich. Medium to full bodied with a bit higher of a carbonation level. Ends with tons of cocoa and milk flavors.

Overall, this beer was alright, but I have had much better. Too much lactose flavors. Not very drinkable because of this. I like some of the flavors, but wow this is drinking slow.

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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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, and whiskey.

t - Tastes again of cocoa, roasted malts, whiskey, sweet chocolate. The cocoa is much more prominent in the taste than the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent stout with a lot of nice cocoa/chocolate. Would try again.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and pored with a thin mocha-colored head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of milk chocolate in the nose along with notes of dark roasted malts and molasses.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell--dominated by flavors of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate--along with some hints of coffee. There is a mild amount of bitterness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate and is both smooth and creamy. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer was relatively easy to consume and is a good dessert beer if you are looking for a somewhat dry stout that has flavors of bittersweet chocolate.

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

Poured in to a brandy snifter

A - Bark brown/black colour with a small amount of bubbly white head.

S - Heavy dose of dark chocolate with a nice overall malt profile and some sweet molasses balancing the nose out.

T - Bitter hops up front that also linger in the finish. Roasted malts are not as prominent as I expected. There is also some alcohol bite which further amplified the bitterness of the hops. The chocolate that was so abundant in the nose is not really noticeable at all, which is disappointing. Overall the palate is very good, but I expected so much more from the nose.

M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A very good beer. Would drink ti again.

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Photo of Murchmac
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to flandersned to try something from this brewery.

Dark brown highlights, nice finger foam head.

Booze, cocoa, chocolate.

Roasty, cocoa, molasses, stingy bitter hops.

I was hoping for a malt bomb and got a hoppy mess. The hops they used didnt fit the rest of the beer. Too bitter, west coast hops dont fit with this beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date and the label lists the abv at 7%.

Appearance: It has a very dark brown colored body with a lighter brown colored head on top. The head is thick and very slowly fades to thin cap which hangs on till the end and make for some slick lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads of roasted dark malts that fills the nose with notes of dark chocolate and just hint of the hops.

Taste/Palate: It has big roasted dark malt sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, dark caramel and molasses. Hop flavor comes out in the finish and adds some modest bitterness for balance. Its palate quite firm and has a smooth creamy texture with lively carbonation.

Notes: This beer has a nice mingling of favor notes, firm palate and a very drinkable 7%abv. What is not to like?

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a very dark brown with reddish hues and a very nice 1 finger head of tan foam.

It smells of cocoa and roasted malt with some sweet and some bitter notes. Good aroma.

The taste is nice with some bitterish notes from the cocoa, some sweet that is milk chocolate like, and a light dashing of some coffee. Good taste overall.

Medium bodied, ditto for the carbonation and now that I've had a few sips, I can see some good lacing and, feel some of the alcohol. A bit stronger than the 7% would suggest..I get quite a bit of warming.

Frinkability? A good sipper that I'd only want one of at a sitting but that's no reflection on the quality of the brew as it is good.

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Photo of katan
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Very dark brown to almost black. Amber highlights. Solid head formation, quickly forming to about 2mm - then breaking down to a film.

S - Very light nose. A hair of roasted barley and some bittersweet chocolate. Surprisingly low on chocolate for how the beer was described.

T - Starts off with some light 2-row sweetness, some light chocolate. Mid-stream gets more edgy, some astringency from the roasted barley. Slightly grainy, light american hops. Finishes with a hefty burnt bite, some hopping.

M - An incredible body - amazing for the style. Very creamy, full bodied. Carbonation accentuates a creamy body that finishes very clean. My first 5 in mouthfeel.

D - Moderate drinkability. can be a hair filling - abv is higher, but manageable for light sessioning. Flavors are a hair potent for a multibeer run.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pulled this one out of the cellar, probably has around a year of age on it. Poured into SA sensory glass.

A: pours pitch black with thin creamy head, splotches of miniature bubbles stick to the side of the glass

S: huge notes of dark chocolate and cocoa, smell is bold and robust, some hint of coffee and molasses, a tad of booziness on the end

T: The front is all chocolate, rich and decadent, by the mid palate, the chocolate is very bitter, much like unsweetened chocolate, this flavor is followed by a surprising alcohol presence which I wouldn't expect for 7%

MF: the lactose adds that nice creamy milky texture that milk stouts typically have, this one is extra velvety...very nice

D: the flavors have certainly transformed with a little age, the chocolate and cocoa are much more pronounced, as is the alcohol.

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Photo of UA8
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours an opaque liquid chocolate black with a foamy two finger mocha brown head.

S- chocolate, lactose, a touch of smokey roasted malts, and toffee.

T- heavily roasted char and smoke malts, a touch of espresso, lactic twang, a touch of roasted marshmallow sweetness.

M- medium viscosity with heavy, yet finely textured carbonation.

D- a very average lacto, chocolate stout. I can't say I find anything overly tasty about this beer however I also can't say it's offensive either.

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 623 ratings.
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