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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 lurpy1
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Big Ten party store.

Pours a nice dark, not much head something about it looks troublesome.

Smell is strongly chocolate and cream, but it's also got a Nestle-Qwik smell I can't really shake.

Similar results on the taste, somehow it comes off as slightly false and cloying. Plenty of chocolate though. It has a thick consistency, normally I like it, but here it's more of a clogging sensation.

I don't know, this is a somewhat unusual beer what with the lactose, but it wasn't a beer I really got into. I may give it another try.

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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 ChugginOil
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

Pours pretty solid black with some reddish edging. There is less than an inch of tan head that sits briefly. A bit of quick dissipating lace.

The nose has a good amount of milk chocolate and lactose sugars. There is a sweet scent going on with a grainy scent behind it. Meh.

The taste is malty and has that bittersweet cocoa taste bit not in a rich and satisfying way. It tastes artificial and strange. The roasry malts kinda make up for it but not really.

The mouthfeel is too thin and holds like a light lager. This killed it for me.
Overall, not diggin' this brew. Tastes like an adjunct with artificial ou iy chocolate flavors. Drinkable and bearable, but certainly not worth the 11-12 dollar price tag. Pass

chocolate flavoring in it.

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Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle [dated 20 Dec. 2012 and purchased in MI last month] into a snifter after a bit of warming .

Deep, dark brown coming out of the bottle, but black in the glass. A decent sized head forms but is mostly gone before the first sip. Nice coating on the glass with each tip.

S: Too weak and subtle for style, and a bit metaliic. Hints of milk chocolate, roasted malts, hops and a touch of dark fruit.

Taste: Hop level of an Ameican stout but the roasted malt component is too weak. Alcohol too obvious; These form a messy conglomerate with the cocoa. Even the after-taste doesn't gel.

Feel: Smooth and near creamy; full body, medium-low carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

O: Disappointing. ABV seems much higher, say 10%, it lacks balance, and roasted malts lack prominence, I suspect my rating will be noticably low, but I'm actually being a little geneorus, suspecting this may be a bad bottle; but then again, there's no reason it should be.

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Photo of MadCat
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a short tan head and some lacing

Smell: Chocolate, and some strange booze scent

Taste: Chocolate up front, then some carob and toffee. The unusual boozy flavor shows up on the finish. Some dark fruits in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation

Overall: Not bad, but not as chocolatey as the name would imply. Also I don't notice much sweetness in spite of the lactose. For what would seem like a similar brew to Moo Hoo, I'm a bit disappointed. If the weird boozy flavor wasn't there, I would like this better in spite of the low amounts of chocolate.

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Photo of BACTAdam
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Being on a real chocolate stout kick, I must say I was extremely disappointed in this beer said to be brewed with "chocolate, molasses and lactose". It smelled right but tasted very average. And where was the chocolate? The smell and first few sips had some notes of cocoa powder but that taste quickly disappeared and turned into a moderate imperial stout. Slight notes of molasses were overpowered by the taste of burnt. One would think that "lactose" would instill a certain smooth and creamy character to it but I surely must have missed it.

In all, I wouldn't say this was a terrible beer, just not what the name implies and as an imperial stout it's just average.

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Photo of vtfan77
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Very dark brown with a small, light tan head that quickly dissipates. Nothing spectacular.

S- Roasted malt with a slight cocoa edge along with a lactose sweetness and some fruity aromas.

T- Definitely on the sweet side. The lactose is quite prominent. A burnt malt edge accents the sweetness, as does a very slight chocolate flavor. There's a touch of bitterness on the finish along with a lingering milky sweetness. I was expecting much more of a chocolate flavor in this "triple chocolate stout."

M- As with most milk stouts, the mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Almost creamy with a little carbonation to add a nice spritz.

D- I can't give this particularly high marks. While not especially high in alcohol, this is a rich beer, and very sweet. The sweetness almost becomes cloying after a while. In fact, the entire flavor is beginning to wear on me as I drink it. One bottle is plenty, and even that might be a bit much.

I'm not too impressed with this one. I got a little excited when I saw "triple chocolate stout" on the label, but really, this is just your run of the mill milk stout. I don't know why it's classified as an Imperial on here, as it barely resembles any Imperial stout I've ever had. I say skip this one unless you're a big fan of milk/ sweet stouts; only then might it be worth trying. Otherwise, not recommended.

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

A: Dark brown, an inch of tan head tat quickly thins out to just a coating.

S: Smells like Nesquik chocolate milk.

T: Hopped out Nesquik. Nothing more, nothing less. A little burnt chocolate.

M: Thin, watery. A little creaminess after lingering.

OVERALL: Not done very well, but not a beer that I would disregard. It's worth drinking, but I wouldn't do a six pack.

NOTE: Live review.

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Photo of hopdog
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Bottle labeled 2006 vintage.

Poured dark and deep brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of molasses (that seem to step on/mute out the other aromas), light cocoa, and light roast. Tasets follow with a light coffee finish. With 'Cocoa' in the name, I was expecting a nice chocolate presence which wasn't there. Nothing really seemed to work well together. Thinner body with a dry finish. I was disappointed with this one.

Notes from 5/11/07

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Photo of HopHeadHerman
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber of this at the grocery store the other day.

A--Chocolate brown. Some head, but not that much. Disappeared quickly, too.

S--Not much here. A hint of fruit.

T--Not getting a lot of chocolate flavoring; a bit bitter, malt is certainly present, but not very thick.


D--I could enjoy one of these at different times of the day/year.

All in all, not one of my favorite stouts, but an interesting and enjoyable brew for sure.

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Photo of EWSchulenburg
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle marked Vintage: 2006

Pours an opaque brown with an enormous frothy tan head, even with a careful pour. The whipped creamy head lasts forever.

Big chocolate aroma. Roasted,sweet,almost too sweet smelling.

More chocolate taste. Prickly carbonation on the tongue. No hops, but sweetness balanced by the almost yogurty bitterness of the lactose. Thinner than I thought it would be for such huge aroma.

Overall an average milk stout, nice for after dinner. Would've liked a bigger alcohol kick.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz, picked up at Binny's earlier this summer

appearance: reminded me immediately of the starboard stout - pours a dark cocoa tone with a huge gushing chocolate head that quickly borders on out of control - once the head settles, a minimal chocolate lace remains. served into hopleaf

smell: strong tones of chocolate, wet cardboard, sour milk

taste: the mouthfeel is pure shit on this beer - foamy and astringent and it makes the flavor suffer along with it....there are strong chocolate notes but the flavor reminds me 100% of the starboard stout, which i hated. tones of spoiled milk and mildew cardboard ring throughout

mouthfeel: awful - the worst i have ever seen for the style. no texture at all - foamy and abrasive

drinkability; ehh

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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 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 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 BMoney575
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 11-29-08

Pours thick and black, with a hint of red around the top edge. Head is dark and short lasting with decent lacing.

Smell is all chocolate, sweet and also complex, with bits of coffee and and a great bready malt underneath.

Taste is thinner than expected, not as sweet, with the coffee overpowering the chocolate. The finish is bitter and surprisingly acidic, rather harsh.

Mouthfeel is much too thin for the style.

Drinkability suffers from the acidity.

Overall, a good try, but nowhere near thick, creamy, and sweet enough.

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Photo of tpd975
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another brew from BeerTruth

A: Pours charcoal black with a rather wimpy khaki head. Very little carbonation and no lacing.

S: Nice aromas. Nice sweet chocolate aromas with hints of brown sugar and charcoal.

T: Rather flat. The lactic qualities are very prominent. Light chocolate qualities can be noted beneath. Hints of the sweet molasses can be noted and you are left with hints of charcoal.

M: Light in body for a stout, very flat.

D: Since it's so light pretty good, but not the best tasting stout in the world.

Overall: BeerTruth thanks for the try. It's a bit too lactic for me and rather light and thin for the class. I can see some really liking this one though.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick tan head that descends to a thin cover. The cover slowly turns to a lasting patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of fruity esters and sourish milk at first, but some chocolate does break through. It does improve over the initial aroma.

The taste is mild - vague hints of chocolate and lactose. Some molasses might be there, but I think that it is more because I was expecting it (per label). Not as sweet as I expected, considering the addition of chocolate and molasses and lactose. However, the bittering hops add little in the way of flavor. I would not have taken this to be a double stout, rather a mild milk stout. Not as rich or robust as it should be. Wonder what the woman on the label is horrified about - Could it be the lack of richness of this beer? Perhaps. Finishes...well...it finishes - rather abruptly.

The carbonation nearly wrecks it. It is prickly and gives it a thinner feel than it should. Too much. Weak body.

Drinkable, but failed to hold my interest. One 22 oz. bottle was more than enough.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, 2006 vintage. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with a half inch tan head. Not much lacing or head retention. It smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and molasses. The aroma is nice, but it's weak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also an acidic/sour taste in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with medium carbonation. It's smooth and has a dry finish. However, it's a bit thin IMO. Drinkability is OK, but it's nothing special. I was disappointed with this beer. There isn't enough cocoa in this beer for it to be loco. It's drinkable, but for the price ($6.99 a bomber) I think there are much better choices out there for the same price or less.

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

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a tan head that hangs around for a while but fails to provide much lacing

Smell: On the milky side of milk chocolate

Taste: Starts with a black bread and chocolate flavor that becomes rather more like milk chocolate as time goes on; after the swallow a sour fruity element appears to join the flavor parade; the finish is slightly sweet with milk chocolate notes

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is the first time that mouthfeel was my favoritu thing about a beer, but so be it; needs more cocoa flavoring

Can't beat the Southern Tier or Rogue Chocolate.

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