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

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

Appearance: Black beer, nice sandy cap, good retention

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

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

Mouthfeel: Medium

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

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

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Photo of Richardberg
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - on tap at Village Pourhouse. thick and nearly black. Rich tan cream remains in place long after the pour.

S - typical dark malt smells, but not much of them.

T - thick, almost gritty sensation of bakers chocolate without getting bitter. A bit of the dark fruit that dominated my bomber a year ago but it's faint here - a good thing. Malt character provides a solid foundation throughout.

M - very full bodied. Perfect in that regard. I'd expect more sticky/coating in a 7% brew though. It does finish nicely dry.

D - solid effort top to bottom. Glad to see the bottle I marked down isn't reflected on tap, at least in this batch.

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

22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark black color with a decent, frothy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasted malts, cocoa, a hint of metal, and a little bit of an acidic burn. Flavor is sweet and roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and lactic acid. Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, soft carbonated and fairly bitter. Pretty good beer, lots of chocolate, gets more acidic at the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an enjoyable, fairly complex chocolate beer that marries flavors quite well. The smell is a distinctive dark chocolate and molasses. The beer is full-bodied, clearly showing it's 7.0% ABV, and has strong chcolate, roasted malt and caramel notes. While I enjoyed this, I'd probably stick to just one considering its strong flavor and heaviness.

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

The Cocoa Logo is not as good as others that I've had recently.
It had a little bitter taste to it, like high % dark chocolate does.
Not in the same league as Bar Harbor Brewing's Cadillac Mountain Stout or Hoppin' Frog's Boris the Crusher, which top my list.
I would not buy it again with my dime, but would drink it again.

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Photo of birchstick
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark black with a 1 finger head

S - smells of chocolate and caramel

T - taste of a lot of chocolate and some caramel. The chocolate has a lot of powdery hot chocolate mix taste to it. The powder mix is pretty pronounced at first, and fades to more dark, rich chocolate the more it drinks. There is also a little bit of burnt malt on the finish.

M - nice and smooth. Medium bodied and full.

D - this is a decent stout. At first I was pretty disappointed, but enjoyed it more and more as I drank it. Not bad, but nothing uberly special. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of jcnd9803
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice caramel colored head that was about an inch, which for me is perfect. For the style, a perfect dark brown color with tan light coming through the edges.

S- Strong molassis, chocolate, raisins, and coffee. Also the great Arcadia malts.

T- Chocolate and molassis. A nice balance of carbonation and creaminess. Very smooth.

D- Super drinkable! It went down way too easily and I'm reaching for another one!

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

A: This beer pours a deep opaque dark brown with slightly lighter brown/chestnut hues to the edge when held to the light. One finger of light brown head sits on top and recedes quickly. Some slight wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is rather alcohol ridden, some light cocoa notes, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit.

T: Taste starts with a big dose of dark fruit, raisins and plum really come through. Taste moves in to a sweeter molasses flavoring with vanilla. Finish is deep roasted malts and a touch of cocoa flavoring that gets a bit more of bitter chocolate. As the beer warms the cocoa flavoring becomes more apparent.

M: Medium to fuller body, moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy feel that dries a bit before becoming velvety on the tongue.

D: Decently balanced, goes down quite easily, not an outstanding representation of the style, but it is rather drinkable and I wouldn't turn a pint away.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Brewed with a combination of three different chocolate malts, "Premium English 2-row malted barley", "Premium Pacific Northwest Hops", cocoa nibs, 63% cacao bittersweet chocolate, lactose, and blackstrap molasses. 7.0% ABV, 39 IBUs. 2008 Winner Best in Show, World Expo of Beer.

$3.69 for a 12oz bottle. Pours out to a very dark deep brown, forming a modest light tan head which quickly recedes and doesn't form any lace. The carbonation is mild, requiring a firm pour to achieve a head. The aroma is of cocoa nibs, with the piquant woody vanilla nose that nibs have, followed by slightly sour milk and more milk and a whiff of alcohol when swirled. The mouthfeel is sharp with kiwi acidity. I think this batch might be tainted because it is much more sour than anticipated for the style. I suspect a bottling sanitation issue, which unfortunately seems to be the norm from Arcadia and many other Michigan brewers. In other words, this will not age well so don't even bother. Medium bodied. Taste is a recap of the aroma. Chocolate nibs, kiwi fruit, milk, mild herbal bitterness, medium bodied, with chalky mineral adjuncts and a sour aftertaste. Moderately sweet despite the sourness, but still not a good combo.

I bet this is heavenly on tap, but in the bottle, there is an obvious problem. Drain pour.

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

Thanks Andrea for this extra!

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

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

Next review!

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Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was described to me as a triple chocolate stout. Not sure it was that chocolately but it was a very good stout. As an american stout (not imperial) this is not only very good but will be easy to drink in larger quantities.

Very dark brown, low carbonation, slight chocolate aroma that balances well with the hops and malt. A very good beer.

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Photo of BetterDarker
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz poured into snifter

A--Near black. Barely any head, disappeared quickly, no lacing.

S--Subtle is a good word, some roasted malt aroma, hint of chocolate.

T--Light on the chocolate flavoring; a bit bitter, malt comes through, licorice?

M--Medium to light, decent carbonation.

D--Not a very compelling beer, the taste is okay, many better stouts out there,

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-deep jet black in color pouring two fingers of a thick, bubbly head that is a dark coffee color. The head lingers for some time but leaves virtually no lacing on the glass

S-big roasted malt hits the nose first, some faint chocolate, lots of a pale malt, with some citrus towards the finish

T-pretty much follows the nose, roasted malt, hints of cocoa, pale malt and citrus follows. Nothing stands out and is slightly watered down in taste

M-relatively lighter in body for a stout, very smooth and slick on the back of the throat and a light amount of carbonation

D-average at best, I would not recommend this beer, mostly roasted malt and seems watered down

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Growler from Community Bev. It was either that or the bottomless keg of Duvel Draft. For...ever... young. :P

Poured into one of grandma's small stemmed crystal goblet thingies.

Thin, oatmeal cookie-colored head. Body is coffee with a brown ebony sheen.

Smells like a milk stout. Nilla wafers up front. Cola & acidity, with a dip of coffee. Not quite ST Choklat, it's richer, bolder, roastier.

Taste is mild cold brew coffee, stale Chips Ahoy, & good bit of cocoa powder. It shows promise with some richer char & milk chocolate sweetness that comes through when it's cold, but coffee starts to dominate once it hits the mid 40s. Meh.

Carbonation is small, but biting. More then a bit acidic. Alcohol is a little rough, but not totally harsh. Chalky.

The beer started off alright, but the growler got tired really early. The score is a touch generous. It's merely the sum of it's parts.

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Photo of adamette
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY for a price that I cannot recall which was before I visited the brewery in Battle Creek, MI a few weeks ago. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date. 7% ABV mentioned on label. Part of "The Brew Crew Big Beer Series" according to label as well.

A Pours an extremely dark body that glows a deep, dark burgundy in front of direct light with a nice, fluffy, creamy medium brown head. The head leaves nice lacing as well. 4.0

S Dark roast malt is subtle. Repeated sniffs revealed a nice gentle sweet chocolate, molasses. Smell probably made more gentle by the lactose I suppose. Nice smelling Milk Stout to me. 4.0

T A little too harsh dark roast malt. Harsh in that there is a bitterness to the malt possibly due to the very dark nature of them that is really annoying and strong. In fact, gone is the promise of a nice, gentle chocolate, molasses and maybe even the lactose mentioned on the label due to the biting harshness of the burned malt taste. 2.5

M Ultra creamy head softens the feel but the harsh dark roast malt cannot be helped by the head and it makes the feel too harsh and biting for me. 2.0

D Not really too good due to the harshness of the dark roast malt. I enjoy a good dark roast stout but this one is just so dark that I am distracted by it. I could not drink more than a pint and poured out the remaining 6 ounces. I do not do this very often but this was a bit of a chore to drink. 1.5

Notes: While the harsh bitter dark roast (nearly burnt!) malt reduced my enjoyment of this beer, it is clearly better than several of the other Arcadia Ales in that it provided much interest. Several of the others (Angler's Ale comes to mind) were really boring. Lastly, I do not know how this is not a milk stout.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, impenetrable brown. Head is only a thin layer of brown foamy that quickly fades to a ring around the beer.

S - Primarily a big nose of roasted malt. Hints of sweet milk chocolate and just a touch of spice are underneath.

T - Very sweet roasted chocolate taste up front. Sweetness wins out over the other flavors going on. Light bitterness mid drink that is quickly overmatched by the sweetness. Hints of milk chocolate throughout. Light fruitiness in the finish.

M/D - On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well masked and it is a very easy drinking beer.

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