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 schoolboy
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was just in the Bahamas in March, at a place Royal Caribbean cruises calls Coco Cay, where they sold drinks called Coco Loco for $8 (plus gratuity). This ain't nothing like that. But it would have been nicer to have this.

It's one of those clean stouts with a lot going on. Clean means a neat balance of malt, hops (weak here, but appropriately), etc. It has the chocolate flavor, but not at all too strong - I could take more.

I am more likely to go on the same cruise than buy this again, but the cruise would have been better had they had this brew.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a black shade, not very viscous and produces a meager amount of light brown head which quickly recedes to
S: very sweet, slightly roast malt but it's mostly dominated by chocolate and hints of coffee
T: dominated by chocolate, a dash of roast flavors, a bit of coffee, and just a bit of input from the molasses. The swallow is bitter chocolate that starts off sharp but slowly recedes and is a bit drying
M: smooth and silky but a touch light with slightly prickly carbonation.
O: not bad, it's a bit of an oddity of sorts as some of the flavors are really indescribable but the complexity is there. It's probably a bit too outside the box for a lot of people and I wouldn't consider it sessionable. Not bad but not great either but if you want to try something a bit different this one wouldn't be bad to give a shot.

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Photo of bobhits
1.63/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

2006cocoa loco

A bit apprehensive of trying these arcadia ales with this much age on them. 7% is a touch iffy.

Opens with a strong "pppshh" and pours a nice tall tan head. Solid legs on this and especially good at 7%. This beer seems a bit thicker than the 7% would indicate.

The aroma is that of sour. This reminds me a lot of the big dick ale I have had recently. My fear is this is a sign the beers have gone bad, but part of me feels this flavor is too similar. Perhaps a similar yeast or something along those lines. There is a faint coco finish to indicate that this is a stout after all.

A sweet/sour strong sour ale like malt opens this beer. Followed by subtle coco and faint chocolate malt. I don't pick up on any lactose effects or the molasses that's supposed to be in this one. After heating the beer up running hot water against the glass, the beer has taken on some more stout like characteristics. An almost sickeningly sweet malt mixes with cocoa flavors that aren't strong or bitter enough to even try and balance things out. No burnt malt flavors what so ever leaves this beer impressively unenjoyable. I can't imagine this was ever a good beer, there just aren't even remnants of one remaining.

This is a drain pour without question. I want to try this fresh but it seems all I see lately are 3-5 year old bottles of Arcadia's beers and they are showing up new to the stores. I have no idea if there's some weird issue with Kentucky's distribution chains or what. Either way I'm skeptical to blame this beer completely on the age considering all their beers seem to give off this odd flavor.

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Photo of foogerd
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a coffee colored head and some lacing.

S- Smells like a milk stout, the lactose is very straightfoward with some bakers chocolate.

T- Again a definite concentration on the lactose, too much to call this an American Stout.

M- The label indicates that its part of the "Brew Chew Big Beer Series" considering that claim I was a bit let down. But if one considers this a milk stout its pretty decent.

D- Nothing outstanding either way, the abv is pretty well hidden and its a decently tasty brew but just not what I expected, I was expecting a big in your face stout. The label says its a Stout brewed with chocolate, mollasses, and lactose, in addition to the claim of it being chewey, it led me to thinking this beer was going to be a monster brew. So dont expect that but know its a very solid tasty brew.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Brewed in collaboration with Sonny (of Cocoa Puffs fame). You never know. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a lovely finger of cream-ecru froth. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, very light molasses, and a touch of char in the background. The taste brings the roast back with a vengeance, along with some of that char and a heaping amount of bitter dark chocolate. It all comes out a bit astringent to the tongue. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta drying finish. Overall, a decent stout, but things didn't seem to come together all the way for me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice dark black with a nice inch of mocha head. Looks decent.

S - I can't get around the smell. Kind of medicinal but I believe it was the harsh smell of molasses. I also get a bit of cocoa powder but man straight but molasses is funky.

T - When I first had this it came off as a brown ale with cocoa powder but my redefined palate now tastes roasted malts, mostly cocoa powder (harsh and gritty) and finishes bitter with dark chocolate tones. Mild lactose makes it more drinkable and less bitter hop profile.

M - It was pretty sip-able but I found it to be medium to full bodied. Harsh yet drinkable.

D - Well for 3.50 a 12oz bottle I would never get it again but with no balance and such harsh roasted malt and cocoa tones it really doesn't seem worth getting again. There are more drinkable stouts out there, so avoid if you can.

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

Opened a 22oz to make ice cream floats. Poured a couple sips in my glass and then made the floats. Truth be told, this was MUCH better in the ice cream than straight. I was surprised the ice cream actually picked up the Coco Loco flavor and that the beer, in spite of becoming much creamier and lighter colored, did not seem to change.

Appearance: Creamy dark brown - nearly black. Seemed matte in appearance.

Smell - Heavy smell of coco and something dark.

Taste - HEAVY tastes here. Very deep tones of unsweetened cocoa powder. Not great to sip, but very nice flavor when in the ice cream.

Mouthfeel - Was not enjoying this one when drank straight, so my mouthfeel impression was diminished - I wasn't paying that much attention.

Drinkability - Not one I would like to drink straight very often. Possibly as something heavy to pair up with an overly sweet dessert. I think this is also best enjoyed in 8oz servings. Very much a sipper, not for quenching thirst.

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

This is from the wifeys latest surprise haul of beer for me..She's definitely a keeper!

Pours darn near black with a somewhat thin, very fine light cocoa head. Fine receding lace was left for the duration.

Musty, slightly metallic and cocoa in the aroma. Can't be mistaken for anything but a stout.

Strong coffee up front..a little bitter, followed by what I perceived as milkiness for lack of a better description.

Mouthfeel is is about what I usually expect from the style being a bit north of thin but by no means full bodied such as a porter would be. The creaminess I get I would guess is helped by the fine cap of foam that comes in with each sip.

This is surely the most charismatic stout I've had thus far and I'll surely look for it again.

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Photo of clarkm04
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Very dark and inviting with a slight tan head retention. The beer looks low to medium carbonation.

Smell- Notes of sweetness predominantly chocolate notes with an undercurrent of molasses. There's a hint of smell that I don't care for. It makes me slightly gag a bit.

Taste- Very sweet forefront taste that is loaded in chocolate. It slides into a finishing note. It's similar to chocolate milk but much heavier and slightly sour on the end. This is one strange beer. The first bottle I had a few weeks ago I absolutely hated it. Having it a second time, I like it better. It is too sweet and funky. Those expecting a typical chocolate stout will be disappointed as this beer is much sweeter and the lactose provides flavor notes that you will either enjoy or dislike.

Mouthfeel- The beer sits nicely on the tongue. Very light and tasty with low carbonation.

Drinkability- For me, it's fairly low. I could probably only drink a bottle or two.

Overall- I'm still torn about this beer. Last time I had it, I would have given it a D but after having it again, I like it better but not by much. It's still a too sweet and off-kilter. I actually drain poured the last part of it.

The beer is kind of a mess. I did find it unique and interesting but other aspects of the beer did not sit at all with me.

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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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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 628 ratings.
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