Arcadia Cocoa Loco | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Cocoa LocoArcadia Cocoa Loco

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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 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 hellcatsjg
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice and dark. What you expect from a stout. Little to no head or lacing.

Smell: Chocolates in the nose. Second pour brings a more sour smell, not sour enough to be bad, but noticeable.

Taste: Chocolate milk. The molasses is not prominent until it warms a bit, but comes on pretty strong then. After a while, a sour taste comes out on the back end, much like with the smell.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected. The beer is lighter than you usually get with this style. Not quite watery, but light.

Drinkability: Decent taste. The chocolate taste is good, but for a triple chocolate stout, I would expect more. Easy to drink at only 7%. I would not search this beer out, but I don't dislike it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Polished obsidian that aggressively crowds the edge of the glass, even when bright sunlight attempts entry. The firm, sponge-like, cinnamon colored head is going nowhere fast, leaving me clueless about how much lace will eventually stick (note: not much). Even though I'm a little leery of a 7.0% American double stout, Cocoa Loco sure does look the part.

The biggest problem with the nose is that it smells sour. Spoiled milk sour. There's enough else going on (chocolate mostly) that it isn't a deal breaker. Still, I'm less than impressed.

The label reads 'stout brewed with chocolate, molasses and lactose'. Believe it or not, all three are able to be appreciated. The milky sourness, while an undeniable part of the flavor profile, is less of a factor on the palate. Sweet chocolate, dark caramel and molasses share the spotlight, with citric hops making a surprisingly strong showing. Maybe it's their lemon juiciness that's providing the unwelcome pucker. Molasses becomes especially prominent with warming.

According to the Arcadia website, this is a 'triple chocolate stout' because three varieties of chocolate malt are used. I'm not sure that would hold up in beer court, especially since calling Cocoa Loco a double stout is probably pushing it because of the less than viscous mouthfeel. To be fair, it becomes much more creamy and smooth as it sits and is actually very nice in the bottom half of the bomber.

Cocoa Loco's flavor profile is too disjointed for it to be great beer. My advice would be to cut back on the molasses, the lactose and the citric hops in order to concentrate on the Cocoa portion of the name rather than the Loco part.

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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 clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma had a lot of sweetness and chocolate with just a hint of roasted malt. The flavor was filled with caramel malts and cocoa notes along with a hint of lactic acid. Very smooth and tasty. Drinks very well for the alcohol and doesn't seem to have that strong of a punch. Thick bodied as well.

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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 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 EStreet20
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber bottle into a snifter.

A - Opaque brew, nearly black with a decent sized dark tan head. Nice look.

S - Fairly subdued scent for a double stout. Some sweet chocolate smell.

T - A bit of sweet chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Drier and less sweet overall than I expected. Missing the heat of many Impy stouts. Still a good, albeit subdued, taste.

M - Medium bodied. Light overall feel for the style.

D - Fairly drinkable brew. For the style though, it doesn't have the big flavors and complexity that make you want to drink it. But on face value, not looking at the "double" classification, it's a nice stout.

Notes: Not a bnd brew by any means, but for the price tag I won't be buying this again. Many stouts both in and out of the "imperial" category that blow this one away for less of a wallet hit.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass an opaque black no light even when held up to the light a large 2 finger fluffy mocha color head atop that settled very slowly into a near creamy-like mass.The molasses and chocolate used in this brew are the main components to the aromas with a light roasted note as well for the most part rather light aromas.Lighter mouthfeel than expected for a bigger stout but it goes down pretty easily,quite dry and earthy on the palate the molasses imparts a light sweetness but its very light the lactose I thought would provide a bit more sweetness all in all its rather dry and earthy the chocolate is there in essence form providing a little depth.Not bad but could much better this brew like alot of Arcadia brews meets with mixed results for me.

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Photo of xav33
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia Cocoa Loco Triple Chocolate Stout
22 ox bomber
Moderate pour in a mug
Unknown brewing, crazied 06/07

Poured black with some brown highlights with a moderate frothy somewhat lasting brown head.

Smelt of moderate roasted grain, chocolate, molasses and light green hops.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter sweet baker's chocolate, roasted grain and some odd light bitter sour green grain taste followed by some strong bitter chocolate and molasses on a long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, softly carbonated, lightly creamy and light to moderately carbonated.

Overall, I was surprised at how light bodied this beer was. A good summer time stout. Lots of new interesting flavors, but it seems to lack character and depth. Just plain pleasurable.

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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 ultralarry2006
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves a one finger espresso-foam colored head that dissappears almost immediately, so no retention, and no lacing. Body is a nice looking black.

Smell - acrid aroma of burnt crust malt bread, some prunes, and a hint of molasses.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Burnt crust malt bread - acrid and bitter. Just a hint of fruit, prune at that. Hint of molasses.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Very dry, bitter, and acrid.

Drinkability - this is a decent beer, but not inspiring, it suffers from that acridity, I would not have it too often.

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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 Higravity
2.39/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At Ashley's in Ann Arbor, I have also had a bomber from the brewery. The Bottle was much worse hence I was willing to try it on tap. The following review is from having it on tap. From the bottle I thin the bottle has more value for the 10 cent refund than the beer inside.

Nice dark black coloring with brown red edges and a thin head of cocoa. The smell is of a stout but were is the chocolate. Loco means crazy right well the lack of a crazy chocolate-like aroma leads to big no real taste of chocolate. I couldn't taste the choclate either and the beer was so thin it reminds me of Kate Moss. Looks can be deceiving and this one really leaves me scratching my head. I really love the regular brews from Arcadia but the big beer series is mostly junk. I hope the start over.

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

Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan colored head that falls to a surface foam rather quickly after the pour. Some spots of lacing appear during the session.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malts, and molassess are easy to pick up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, prunes, and a hint of espresso make up the main flavor profile. The bitterness is strong enough to but does not offend. Alcohol is also slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Heavy bodied beer. Aftertaste is moderate as flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: decent. Not an overpowering double stout, almost a bit thinner than expected, but in no way is thin bodied. Not bad, I would probably have this one again in the future.

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Photo of kpantz
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: My second from Arcadia. I really liked the Hopmouth, so I was hoping for similar results here. Sadly, I think this one misses the mark. Maybe my expectations are too high, but this one left me a little disappointed.

Appearance: Devilishly black - opaque, with a chocolate milkshake head that persists around a finger thick. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, some coffee, fairly dry in the aroma, really. Not too much sweetness apparent. Perhaps a hint of hop aroma. A little bit of a metallic scent as well.

Taste: The deep roasted flavor advertised in the nose is nowhere to be found. Instead, you get a light-flavored stout with a slight chocolate aftertaste. There is definitely a milky aspect to it, but it's not a dominant trait. To me, the flavor is a bit of a disappointment. To be fair, I wasn't expecting an imperial stout with vinuous fruit flavors and prominent alcohol, but this just seems to come up short for a "big beer" with "loco" in the name.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky and also a bit silky, presumably from the lactose. Carbonation level is pretty nice here.

Drinkability: Meh - it's really not that interesting. That said, it's pretty drinkable since the flavors aren't that aggressive. Could work as a crosssover to the dark side (kinda like killing sandpeople).

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Photo of cbl2
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/27/2007 $6.99 22 oz. 7.00% No best by date.


Pours a startingly opaque pitch black topped by 4 fingers of creamy tan/brown head that is slow to settle.


None of the chocolate or sweetness I expected. A slight roasted flavor, and an odd milk sweetness due to the lactose.


Fairly thin mouthfeel for a double stout. Some muted notes of coffee, and what I can only describe as milk stout attributes round out the flavors.

Not a double stout by any means. Flavors aren't in your face, and really fade into the background. I can buy a 6 pack of Mackeson XXX Stout, which is a much better beer, for the cost of one of these. Not worth it IMO.

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Photo of mcallister
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours what looks to me a dark pungent purple color. Mocha head of a good inch that fades slowly into oblivion leaving no lacing.

Where is the aroma? Poured in my tuliped gobles this nose should be jumping at me. Hints of watermelon? Odd. And burnt fruit.

Luckily this drinks better than it smells. Nice layers of chocolate but they lack distinct seperation. Gooey hot fudge mends with a bitter dark chocolate finish. Black currant dominates any fruit profile. Light carbonation and burnt flavors round things out.

Mouth is bitter bitter dark chocolate. Medium-full bodied.

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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 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 neonbrown82
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was alright, but really nothing special. Not really what I was expecting either. The beer pours to a nice blackish, dark brown color. Has a thick cocoa colored head that recedes almost immediately, leaving little to no lace in its wake.

The smell is odd. Smells very soapy, and I'm certain it can't be the glass since I rinsed it out quite well before pouring. Not much in the way of cocoa, as I was expecting. Only a mild hint of roastiness as well. In fact, it hardly smells like anything other than soapy water.

The taste is similar to the nose, though maybe not quite as soapy. The cocoa shines through a little bit more, but it is still not as much as I was expecting. Gentle roastiness, but very watery. Has a hint of a metallic flavor as well.

The body is medium to full with a very gentle carbonation. Still seems watery, which is weird considering the body. Not something I'll ever want to try again.

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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" 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, it's kicking in!

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Photo of Scoobydank
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown milk chocolate heat that dissapears in about 10 seconds. Looking through the glass does not happen, its a rich dark black color.
S:A big burnt chocolate smell.
M:The light bubbles with this make for a slight burning sensation. Not a burn of alcohol, but just a different burn.
T: once again burnt chocolate. A slightly off taste on the back palate.
D:Good, but not the best chocolate stout I have had.

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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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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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