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Arcadia Cocoa Loco | Arcadia Brewing Company

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294 Reviews
Arcadia Cocoa LocoArcadia Cocoa Loco
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

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.

Added by schusterbauer on 02-23-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
294
Ratings:
623
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
22.07%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
46
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 623
Photo of ferrari29
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a dark brown, almost black, rich textured body; opaque and doesn't appear to have much carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass (mainly because I can't see it); barley any head formed, but what did come up was a dark beige colored head and withered away pretty quickly; some lacing

S - wow, explosive dark chocolate and coffee scents; reminds me of cold drip coffee at the bottom of your mus; dark roasted malt scents; hits my senses immediately and reminds me of a dark chocolaty liquor-based candy; some jam/molasses

T - Drip coffee madness; chocolate richness and flavor; great blend of to of my favorite flavors; deep and full; roasted malt back-end; coffee and chocolate notes coat the back of my throat, mucus and make everything taste of chocolate/coffee during retro-olfaction; sweet

M - Kind of thin; consistent body through out the sip, which is great; I was hoping this would be more silky smooth like Arcadia oatmeal stout; slight oily feel, but mostly watery

D - Great dessert drink; full of rich dark flavors and sweet too; needs to rid itself of the drip coffee taste and feel I get; should get a richer and deeper espresso taste to it; still comes well-recommended from me

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a thick dark brown head.

S - Deep chocolate.

T - Lighter than expected but really good chocolate flavors.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is my first sample from arcadia and I didn't know what to expect but I am happily supprised.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This excellent stout is very dark with a thick dark brown head. The roasted malts and hints of chocolate come through on the nose as you take the first swallow. In the mouth it is very thick and creamy with a hint of spicyness that blends well with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Had this beer at The Good Life in Massapequa, NY.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice stout pours a rich blackish brown with a nice head of khaki foam that subsides to a thick big bubbled ring,. slight layer, and light lacing. Nose of cocoa, cream, subtle dark fruit---almost tropical, and roasted malts. Flavors exceed the nose with almost a coconut milk and cocoa mix, subtle coffee, and roasted malts on all sides. Rich, sumptuous, and darn near perfect carbonation that is medium light on the scale making this a prefect sipper with warming booze on the back and a bitter malt and sweet lactose aftertaste. Excellent for the style. Another great from Arcadia who always impress with their keen attention to quality.

Cheers

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

Poured a deep shade of black with a thick creamy cocoa colored head.

Smell was milky and chocolaty with a bit of roasted malts.

Taste was suprisingly light with a nice bit of chocolate flavors, just a hint of burnt malts and smoke with a nice little bit of earthy hops making it very balanced.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a medium body to it.

A very easy to drink stout, I finished off a 22oz bottle in very short order, A little bit on the pricey side, otherwise I would be drinking this regularly.

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

A: Poured dark opaque color almost black with a thin tan head.

S: some dark chocolate, cocoa beans, coffee and a touch of lactose.

T: sweet molasses, dark rich chocolate and some coffee creamer. Big cold coffee flavor, some creaminess from lactose added rounded things out with a smooth finish and lingering coffee fade.

M: Very smooth and light mouthful for a stout.

D: good drinkability, nice complexity makes you look forward to the next sip. rich, dark, yet smooth and refined on the swallow.

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

Pours a two finger tan head that leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Molasses nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is smooth, molasses, some baker's chocolate at finish. $7.10 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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

Cocoa Loco has great color, almost a black color with a nice thin light brown head on it. The aroma of this beer is highlighted by a nice touch of dark chocolate and coco beans with a hint of molasses. The Loco's taste is a little unique. It starts off with a sweet hint of molasses and then comes in with a big bold dark chocolate/coffee. It goes down smooth with a little bit of a bite, that is a quality of most stouts but it doesn't linger.

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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 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 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 techdiver
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense black with a hint of brown where you can see light. Tan foamy two finger head that dissipates to a thin cap.

Roasted malt and cocoa nose.

Taste shows a sweet start showing molasses and leading to a mildly bitter cocoa finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for this style. No coating of the palate, quite crisp.

Drinkability very good considering the modest ABV. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, cool label. Beer is deep dark brown color, a shade off of black, with slightly lighter highlights at the edges. Head is huge and fluffy, dark, and sticks for a while. A little less head might've made this a 5.

Roasty molasses and chocolate smell. Even a bit smoky. There is a slight astringency there too.

Roasty bitter chocolate and espresso with a nice milky sweet finish.

Medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy, with just a bit of carbonation.

Pretty damn good dessert beer, I'll definitely search this one out again.

Tasted on 5/16/08.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I split a bottle of this beer with my friend Pete.
Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer exudes a clear dark cola brown color with soft creamy tan head of 2cm that fades slowly.
The aroma is roasted malt, espresso beans, and cocoa powder. First sip reveals fine tingly carbonation and a smooth velvety texture. Flavor is roasted malt with some sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee dryness. Hints of molasses and general sweet malt as well. No hop presence or hints of ABV. A pretty big beer that is easy to drink. Nice well crafted beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Mahars.

A: Almost black in color with a half finger of mocha head. Good lacing.

S: Nice smell of coffee, chocolate, and roast. A really nice smell. Much deeper and complex than in the bottle.

T: The nose follows the smell. The coffee was much more pronounced on cask than it was in the bottle. The chocolate was simple sublime.

M: Nice thick body. Nice cask carbonation. Really nice.

D: Super drinkable and nice. Got a 12oz on draft and it was perfect. Really great beer. Get it on cask if you can.

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Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent pour...almost black....decent head. Smell is a delicious blend of malt, chocolate, coffee. Taste has a chocolate malt backbone with a strong coffee finish...lingering coffee aftertaste. Just a tad strong. Full bodied mouthfeel. A definite sipper due to strong coffeee aftertaste.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy brown almost black with a thing tan head. Smells like a sweet milk stout can't pick up to much. Taste is big, not a heavy bold drink but a lot of flavors going on. I can definitely pick out the carmel, chocolate, and milk flavors. The sweet milk comes overtop and blend all the flavors together well. A good creamy mouthfeel, no bitterness and good drinkability.

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Photo of oelergud
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown 12oz glass bottle with a brown color scheme label. A guy apparently going loco off to the side.
Opaque brown body topped with a brown tiny to small bubbled head. Decent retention and lace.
Delicious smoked hoppy chocolate scent, almond molasses and sweet cream.
Mild chocolate creamy molasses with just enough hops to keep it in place. Aftertaste is a hop inspired sweet brownish sugar flavor.
Full dense creamy body and moderate coating.
Very drinkable and true to it's name.

-Oelergud

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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 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 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 dgugliuzza
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Holland pint glass

Pours black with a drawn out cascade effect. Thick and pillowy dark tan head. Seems coarse and has good head retention.

Smells of Hershey's cocoa powder with a mix of toffee and vanilla. It's loaded with sweet malts with hints of lactose sugar to boot. The milky sweetness gives way to a bitter finish that balances out the chocolaty sweetness.

The taste precisely mirrors the smell. A heavy dose of cocoa powder followed by some lactose sugar. Plenty of sweetness that is rounded out by some bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thin. Not as much creaminess as I would like in a stout that's dominated by chocolate and lactose. Light carbonation. Goes down very smooth and is easy drinking.

Overall this is a darned tasty chocolate stout. Not as bold or thick as most others which makes it easier to drink, yet sacrifices thickness and creaminess. Has a fantastic and distinct cocoa aroma. This makes for a fantastic dessert beer.

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Photo of naterock
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darke black with a two finger dark tan head. some slight lacing.

smells a bit like banana with a dark cocoa

taste is unmistakable chocolate, and a wierd taste of banana or plantain. not a real coffee taste to speak of.

mouth is thick and oily, bitter in the aftertaste but amooth the whole way down. suprisingly good because the bartender just gave me one and said "you'll like this"

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours an opaque black body with a thin film of tan head. Smells nutty, somewhat chocolatey, maybe some banana? Tastes like chocolate for sure, sweet, some caramel malt, somewhat nutty, some vineous/raisin qualities. Chocolate dominates though. Super-smooth medium to full in body with ample carbonation. No alcohol apparent anywhere. A super-tasty, well-crafted American stout, one I have difficulty finding much wrong with. Very good. Definitely one I'll be snagging again should I see it again.

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