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 jc911s
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, smooth and refreshing. Great head, excellent pour. Great taste, rich chocolate notes, not overly sweet. No aftertaste. Very cold mug insures solid taste for the whole bottle. My favorite brew with dinner, and my favorite hang out brew. All my buddies love the beer, and I love to give it as a gift to beer drinkers who want to try a
New beer.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, very creamy tan head sits on top of a dark brown brew containing ruddy highlights. It's thick and gives the impression of being opaque though it isn't. The head, almost reaching one finger, remains dense and doesn't fade beyond a foam thick enough to keep a solid blanket that doesn't dissipate further. Patchy lacing clings to the glass.
The aroma is sweet and earthy, with a molasses note that seems very much like blackstrap more than anything. It gives off just a touch of something like black licorice. Everything translates pretty exactly to the flavor. Malt-forward for sure, the cocoa promised is evident, and it sits over roast, a light touch of smokiness, molasses and a smooth creamy note without overpowering them. There's some toffee and maybe a hint of dark fruits, something like chicory lurking underneath. All in all it melds well and makes for a nice profile.
t first it seems it's not a particularly big stout, but it does end up having quite a bit of heft. The body is full and rich, with a good creamy bulk to it. It's fortunate that it doesn't sit to heavy, and I think a good balance is struck in the feel as well as in the other aspects. The combination of thickness and sweetness tends toward a sticky feel, but it's ultimately kept in check.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date

pours black, with thin off-white colored head that fades quickly. not a huge aroma, but increases a bit as it warms. a bit of sweet chocolate. taste is not roasty, but not sweet either. mild tastes of bitter cocao and burnt sugar. medium body - medium to higher carbonation. could be thicker.

overall - okay, but certainly doesn't live up to the "loco" chocolate level in my opinion.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours jet black, half inch tan head retains well.

Smells of milk chocolate and caramel.

Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and toasted bread are all notable in the flavor.

Medium to full body with light carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Really flavorful and tasty stout, good rich character, definitely worth trying and I would have it again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a vague remnant of a bottled on date which I think reads Bottled 09/25/2012. I have had plenty of Arcadia beers in the past, but this has not been one of them. The second beer by Arcadia that I am reviewing here on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Fairly non-aggressive pour yields an opaque black colored body with a tiny thin mocha colored foam which disappeared pretty instantly. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Can definitely smell some cocoa. Dried dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol presence. Burnt brown sugar. Molasses. Vanilla extract. Smells pretty nice, but it could have more going on.

T - Cocoa. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Chocolate cake kind of taste. Tastes like desert in a bottle to me. Decent amount of carbonation, pretty well-balanced. A tasty stout, but there should probably be more going on considering what went into this one.

M - Creamy, milky, subtle cocoa flavor leaves a dry powdery finish on the palate.

Overall, I'm impressed, and it is definitely a beer I'd drink again. The first stout I've tried from Arcadia, and a dangerously drinkable one at 7.00% abv. Arcadia does good things, and I should probably be picking up their stuff more often than I am. A solid stout.

Arcadia Cocoa Loco ---4/5

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Photo of jsulko
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark black with a brown head that tends to linger a bit.

Smell is sweet and roasty with a hint of chocolate.

Taste is very sweet almost syrup like. Hints of the chocolate and almost a dark fruit flavor.

Finish is a bit biting with the chocolate and sweetness.

A interesting try but not hitting the mark for me.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured like a stout, thick and black with a nice khaki head that stayed for a minute or two. The scent is weak, a bit of malt, a bit of Graham cracker, even a bit of chocolate. The taste is nice, not overly flavorful, but nice. The chocolate and Graham cracker are there, nothing complex but nice. There's a touch of alcohol on the finish but I like it! This brew is nothing special but I'd certainly drink it again and enjoy it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Buy-Rite in Jersey City recently, having never tried this before. I hadn't had a Stout since the weather changed and this looked like an interesting one to start off with. For some reason, this beer never clicked with me and although I can appreciate the boundary that this pushed, it felt a lot stronger than it was in actuality. This is certainly not one to be enjoyed quickly and even as it warmed up, there was something that didn't quite click with this.

The pour to this was dark - not quite black but a brown that was dark enough to block all the light, even around the edges. Not a lot of head and not as much lacing as I would liked to have seen. Espresso and booze filled up my pint glass as I gave this a whiff and they were joined by chocolate, molasses, some pumpernickel spice, and just a hint of lactose in the mouthfeel. This was a bit thinner than most other Stouts that I've had and the carbonation was present in taste, if not in sight. For some reason, the aftertaste did not do it for me as the roast bitterness was too astringent and the booze just wouldn't let go. If this was more along the lines of a Milk Stout and has some creaminess to it, maybe I could have warmed up to it.

Unfortunately, I never did no matter how much this warmed up. It felt a lot stronger than it actually was and the kind of chocolate that this emulated was not powdery enough to match the flavors and aroma. This was a different Stout but certainly not better and with so many coming onto the shelves this time of the year, there are plenty of better options to spend your money on.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very very dark brown but with noticeable clarity as it pours, thin brown head. Chocolate, asphalt, coffee and faint dark fruit on the nose. As the beer airs out a bit, more chocolate comes through covering up the initial asphalt like smell.

Pretty nice stout. Smooth creamy body with a decent amount of carbonation. Mild chocolate and cocoa powder up front rolls into a bitter black chocolate and coffee taste with an underlying earthy bitterness. Faint chalky mouthfeel. Good balance. Faint alcohol heat and mild bitterness that builds on the back of the tongue. Not overly complex but has enough going on. Overall a pretty nice stout but should definitely come in 6 packs. Alcohol heat and astringency takes away from the beer slightly.

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

Pours used motor oil pitch black color with a big frothy 2 finger dark tan head that faded very slowly and was full of tight bubbles, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of roasted grains, chocolate, cocoa powder, malt, chicory, herbs, caramel, syrup, light coffee grinds and some burnt wood. It’s a mashed up roasted grain nose that has nice chocolate accents that smell sweet and almost like coffee.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted grains, chocolate, cocoa powder, malt, nut, toffee, chicory, molasses, caramel, coffee grinds, charcoal, very light hops, and yeast or a penny aftertaste that’s bitter; pretty much all malt with some alcohol peeking through, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a thick chewy body and a sweet chocolate finish that’s bitter like a strong coffee. A slow sipper based on the weight.

A flavorful stout that is unbalanced and gets better as it warms, but it’s only above average due to the nice complex roasted malts and chocolate flavor that basically rule the taste. It was good and I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t run out to buy it, yet I’d definitely have it again if I saw it at a bar.

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

Bottle poured into my Penn State handled mug. Go State.

A: Pours a deep murky dark shade of brown, with a moderately thick tan head on top that dissipated quickly.

S: Roasted malts, slight touch of coffee notes, and a bit of cocoa present in the nose. All at a moderate volume.

T: The molasses that the bottle indicates is included here jumps out at me first. Nice creaminess. A touch of vanilla. Big notes of chocolate on the back end. Notes of coffee underneath.

There's a touch of roasty bitterness on the back end, likely being supported by a good dry hop presence, that rounds things out and brings it all together.

M: Moderate heft. Good creaminess in the mouth. Carbonation is appropriate.

D/O: Enjoyable and repeatable.

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Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midnight black and opaque with complete absence of color when held to light. Light tan head with average retention but forms a film around to edge of the glass and adds some nice lacing after each sip.

Aroma is dark, primarily coffee, chocolate and charcoal. Alcohol has a sherry-like quality. I can smell some burnt molasses as well.

Solid malt character consisting of burnt toast and cooked corn. Roasted almonds and dark chocolate provide a satisfying bitterness. Molasses lies in the background and the lactose adds a sweet and somewhat tart character to the mix. Hops are subtle with earthy tones that compliment the roasted bitterness quite well.

Medium bodied with a syrupy, chocolately texture mid-drink that lingers into the finish but finishes with a tad more dryness from the hops. Low-medium carbonation but flavors are strong enough to assert themselves with the bubbles available. No sticky feel, a definite plus.

Overall a great stout and I like the creative additions to the recipe. They definitely spent some time with this perfecting the balance and the result is very tasty!

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from The Beer Baron (Detroit, MI). 3.39. No bottling date. Served in a Souther Tier snifter.

Pours near black brown with a quarter finger tan head. No lace.

Smells of bakers chocolate, cream coffee and a little honey.

Bitter dark chocolate leads the taste followed by molasses, coffee, smokey cherry, slightly nutty and char. An interesting blend that covers any trace of alcohol.

Light to medium feel with crisp carbonation. Long bittersweet chocolate coffee aftertaste.

Not bad at all. Much more bitter than I'm used to in a stout brewed with lactose but an interesting combination. Worth trying but I don't think I'd pay over $3 for another bottle.

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

Small, thin tan head. Brown body. A little flat, I think.

Smell is bitter dark chocolate.

Flavor is also bitter chocolate. Somewhat dry. No hops to speak of. Not getting the molasses. It's good, but not all that complex.

Slightly coating. But generally thin.

Overall, it's an OK beer.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a darkish brown with 1 finger, off-white head

S- Smells of dark fruits, cocoa, toffee, and raisins. Good smell.

T- Taste provides bitter coffee, cocoa, and some dark fruity sweetness. A touch of lactose, but it's muted.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated

Overall- Good brew here, very mocha like. Tasty bl

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Photo of MrBluto
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark,dark brown with a smallish, light brown head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Would've liked a little more head.

S: Nice chocolate and molasses tones, especially as the beer warmed up a little.

T: Well balanced with definite chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The molasses flavor was subtle, and considering the label says it was brewed with molasses, it would've nice to have this flavor to be a bit more overt. Overall, however, the flavor was very nice. The beer finishes slightly bitter with sweet malt overtones. Lovely.

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I would have liked a bit more body, but for a beer of this style, it wasn't bad. Again, it improved as it warmed up (I probably had it too cold).

D: Very drinkable. Not the best stout I've had, but overall it was very enjoyable. I would definitely drink again!

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

Pours dark brown in color with a khaki head. Maybe a touch watery on the nose, but otherwise nice roast and chocolate aromas. A hint of coffee and some molasses for sweetness. The flavor isn’t bad, but similarly watery. Cocoa/chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt make up most of the substance. A slight sweetness of toffee and molasses, too. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of GR_Rick
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in June 2012 from a bottle.

A: Nice looking beer, typical of the style. Dark with a little head if I remember correctly (reviewing from notes and I wasn't overly "detailed")

S: Smelled nice and complex. Chocolate and sweetness.

T: Taste had a nice complexity and good balance. Chocolate, roast, and some sweetness. Sweeter than I expected. A strange bitterness that I didn't particularly enjoy toward the finish.

M: A bit too carbonated for my liking, which was ultimately the demise of this beer for me. Less carbonation and it would've been very nice.

O: A decent beer. One I'd gladly drink again, but won't go seeking out.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black color. Poured a giant and fluffy light brown head. It took about 10 minutes to pour because of the head constantly foaming up. It left behind tons of sticky lacing. Looks awesome.

Roasted chocolate, coffee, cocoa. They were all there, but one didn't really stand out from the other.

Roasted malt and a lactose sweetness. Cocoa and coffee. There is a bitternes that lingers on for a bit, but finishes pretty clean.

Medium light body. The brew seemed a bit over-carbonated. There was a bit of an acidity and it was a little bit messy throughout the sip, but the clean finish fixed it.

An awesome looking stout that was very drinkable. The flavors were muddied up at times, but the clean and sweeter finish were the highlights of the beer.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This nice lady on the bottle art drew me to this brew. Poured into a Winking Lizard pilsner glass.

Appearance - Two fingers of luscious milkshake-esque head. The head is creamy like a milky rootbeer float. Appears very sweet. Delicious, cascading lacing. The beer is pitch black and completely opaque. Dark as night with brown hues at the surface.

Smell - Exceptionally strong cocoa in the aroma. The lactose is very apparent - the smell of chocolate milk hits hard. Heavily roasted chocolate that is sweet, rather than bitter.

Taste - A very, very impressive stout. A toothsome roasted waterfall coats the palate. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate. There is no bitterness in the taste, which is good for this beer. Honey, or molasses as the bottle states, slides over the tongue. A light alcohol burn throughout the taste that is not aggressive. A bit of dry cocoa that adds to the beers complexity.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Sweet and smooth throughout the taste. A bit dry on the finish. Medium-bodied and a pleasant, easily drinkable sipper.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Deep brown color with a 1-finger tan bubbly head. Pretty good retention but not much lacing. Lots of bubbles coming to the surface.

S - Definitely sweet with chocolate, lactose, and molasses aromas. There’s maybe a slight undertone of roasted, coffee-like malt.

T - Follows the nose to a tee. Again, very sweet but not sickeningly or artificially sweet. Definite chocolate, molasses, and lactose presence. Also again, there’s a subtle undertone of roasted coffee bitterness. Very, very subtle. All the flavor is here mostly sweet.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. Chocolate and lactose sweetness lingers for a little bit.

O - I’m not sure why everyone is hating on this beer so much. I thought it was a very tasty stout. Yes, it’s mostly all the way over on the sweet rather than bitter side of the spectrum, but not artificially so. I think the lactose blends well with the molasses and chocolate, which I definitely thought had a strong presence here. I thought this was a tasty beer, and I’ll look for more from Arcadia in the future.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured into a tulip glass

This beer pours pitch black with a rather modest one finger of a brown head, not a whole lot of retention. The smell is quite nice on this one, some cocoa and coffee as well as some roastiness, the smell is this beers best quality. The taste of this beer is chocolate, coffee and a nice complex malt variety. I do think this beer could have lost the lactose sugar and been fine because its a little too bitter sweet. Overall this is a solid stout, not as heavy on the chocolate as I would have liked but a pretty solid offering from Arcadia.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. It is dark brown in color, allows some light to pass through, and produces a nice 2-finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. The nose is pretty nice, but a bit faint and subdued. It has some nice hints of cream, toasted malt, licorice, and chocolate.

The beer has a full body, medium-firm mouthfeel, and a nice malt-forward flavor profile. I get a nice combination of chocolate and milk sugar in the front of my palate, then a bit of toasted malt starts to dry things up a bit. Right around mid-palate, you start to get an unusual smoke/burnt fruit/cherry flavor that lingers on the finish. I'm not too crazy about it.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. I picked up a single simply because the description sounded interesting. It's a nice beer, but I probably won't buy it again. I have found better milk/sweet stouts than this.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours a dark, dark black-brown with a thick creamy head of tightly laced bubbles.

I get a stout’s nose full of roast and a bit of the lactic stout aroma. If I was to map the flavor out I’d say that there’s a bit of a roast up front, followed by a noticeable bitterness and a lactic sting, before finishing sweet and malty, yet dry. Flavor coats the mouth and lingers, in a way that I find enjoyable. A big, pleasing, dessert brew that I’d gladly try again if given the chance.

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Photo of stephadelphia
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into an oversized pint glass.

A - This beer is gorgeous. It's pitch black, and has a fair amount of creamy, tan head that laces the glass after about a minute or two. This is exactly the way you want a beer like this to look.

S - You can smell the lactose and the molasses right away, and the sweetness is the biggest part about it all, naturally. The chocolate is not immediate at your nose, but is subtly there underneath the other layers.

T - I am really disappointed to say that this beer fell flat as soon as I took a sip. I had such high hopes after looking at it post-pour, but it was not impressive. I am a large fan of all sorts of stouts; this is not one I'd buy again. I definitely taste the molasses and lactose, but not so much the chocolate. Disappointing.

M - The beer was smooth, and very lightly carbonated. The mouthfeel, like the appearance, was up to par & exactly what I expected.

O - I'm glad I bought only one bottle and not a 6-pack or case. What this beer has in look & feel, it lacks in taste. Wish there were more chocolate notes to this beer, especially if it's labeled as a chocolate stout. It's more similar to a milk stout than anything else, but a very lightly flavored one at that.

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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