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 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 - 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 Dansting
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a blackish-brown color with a medium brown head. Good lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Mouthfeel was thin and kinda watery. Flavor was malty with touches of chocolate and coffee. Not as flavorful as I would have liked, but decent nonetheless.

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

Pours opaque black with dark brown edging, and a full two inches of tan foam on top.
Aromatics are heavy with instant cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee beans. Nestle's quik with malted milk balls.
Mouthfeel is creamy and fullish.
The pallet is laced with Milk Duds, powdered cocoa, and roasted coffee beans.
Alcohol is lightly warming and enough to keep things interesting, but certainly not within the realm of an Imperial stout as we know it.
Finishes clean and chocolaty with lingering roast.
Pretty tasty, more akin to an export stout, and the cocoa adds a nice twist without becoming burdensome.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
2007 VIntage.

Pours a syrupy, near opaque muddy maple in color. Very creamy light brown head that slowly recedes. Dimpled lacing with average strength.

Dark chocolate with brown sugar and a nutmeg sweetness. Semi-sweet molasses with faint toffee and dried hazlenut.

Creamy, milk chocolate with a smooth, robust mocha character. Hazlenut, toffee prior to notes of dark fruit. An underlying, warm alcohol presence prior to a dark, floral bitterness.

Full bodied; almost syrup-like in texture with a balanced smoothness.

A pleasant Stout with unique flavor additions; however, this tastes much more like a Sweet Stout than a Doulbe Stout. Worth a try anyway despite the style mis-characterization.

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Photo of Wildman
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown almost black color with no light penetrating it. It formed a medium tan foam head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. The body was medium light. A bittersweet finish. The body was lighter than I expected for this style. Not a bad beer, just not a strong double stout.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, with a small tan to no head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and roasty malt. In the taste, a sweet chocolate/ cocoa malt taste, with a dry end. A somewhat bitter mouthfeel, with a dry oatmeal/ malty aftertaste. Nice taste of chocolate, pretty smooth, and easy to drink for an imperial stout.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage, "Stout brewed with chocolate, molasses and lactose". Pours black with a solid half-finger tan head, looks great right off the top and I almost marked it higher for appearance. Slow steady carbonation was a bit subdued, some lacing. The smell is the first hint that there is a lot going on here - rich chocolate, the molasses sure comes through, then a burnt, smoky odour in abundance. The taste is similarly entertaining with chocolate and cocoa and a creamy-textured mouthfeel, rich but not overpowering. Gentle bitterness is nicely balanced with a dry, nutty aftertaste. Long finish. With air and warming, there were hints of sweet caramel, toffee, toast and malt in the choco-cocoa mix, but also a bitter brazil nut astringency that I could have done without. There is a sweetness that, at times was a bit surreal, maybe that was the lactose; it struck me as a bit artificial. Still, this is an amazing stout with layers of complexity to it, if you can get by that label, that is. Another fine purchase from Merchant's in Dearborn.

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Photo of JamesS
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a great dark black with a nice tan head and decent lacing. Does not have much of a scent, just a slight bit of roasted grains and a little hint of why it's an imperial. Taste is rather bland. There are no roated grain hints, just a slight chocolate sweetness and a hint of the alcohol. I think they canceled each other out and didn't leave much else. Goes down all right for an imperial.

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Photo of csmiley
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark, dark brown. No real head to speak of and what little bit of head showed up was gone within a minute.

S - The major player seems to be chocolate. Supporting cast is maple with roasted touch.

T - Once again, chocolate. Maybe some dark malt in the aftertaste. Chocolate seems to over power the other flavors.

M - The flavors of this beer make it kind of heavy. More caorbonation would have helped.

D - Chocolate was just too powerful in this beer. The lack of other strong flavors to balance out the sweetness made it somewhat difficult to finish a 22 ounce bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass, Woa, this is one dark brew. Look just like black espresso. The carbonation is good pushing up a nice brown head about 2 thumbs, and leaving some lace.

The smell is of coffee faintly and not much else.

The taste is very good, this is the porter I go for. Dark roast coffee flavor with notes of chocolate and a slight burn toast crust.

The mouthfeel is good. Nice Porter-like, better then medium body. the carbonation is good as well.

The drinkability is better as it warms, Yup I like this brew. Prosit, MK

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Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Appearance: It's a very dark, opaque brown. Head is a creamy, light brown color and about a finger deep. Retention was somewhat short and lacing was light overall.

Smell: Very light on the nose. If you stick with it, it does have a pretty good smell to it. It's just very faint. Toasted nut and chocolate are the primary scents. Coffee or espresso is secondary.

Taste: Initially it has a strong coffee-espresso taste that is way too acidic for me. It does have a wave of chocolaty malt flavors that follows providing a decent sweet taste to it. It's somewhat bland and leaves you with a bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. ABV is low at 7% for a "big beer." The acidic taste really prevents it from being smooth and hinders drinkability severly. Overall, it's disappointing. I had high hopes for this beer, but can't help but feel let down.

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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 DavidSeanNJ
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber

Poured into my yankee pint glass.

A- Dark roasted coffee color- very small tan head that dissappeared with my first sip- no lacing to speak of.

S- Smell was the best part of this brew. Smell was of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some espresso. Very strong scents.

T- Taste was not as big and bold as hinted by the potent smell. Taste was roasted coffee beans, sugar, molasses, sour milk. These big flavors tasted mild to me.

M- Mouthfeel was dissapointing. Watery and minimal carbonation.

D- This is a decent beer. I have had MUCH better "imperial" stouts. This one, clocking in at 7% ABV, is kind of tame.

Worth a try, but nothing to look for.

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

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle. 2006 vintage.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense light brown head. the head drops slowly to a thick ring around the glass.

aroma is nice. loads of milk chocolate. light caramel sweetness. bit of coffee. light roast. definite lactic character.

taste is good. nice roast. dark and bakers chocolate. caramel sweetness. coffee. bit of lactic character. light bitterness level. hint of orange. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. fairly big body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. really much more of a milk/sweet stout than a double/imperial stout, but quite tasty. thanks jan!

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

Pours a coal color with a frothy tan colored head that disappears. Smell is of chocolate and some dried fruit. Taste is cocao and coffee but both are really mild. Most of the taste is covered up by some dried, not so tasty fruit. Mouthfeeling is watery and somewhat oily. Decent beer, but not outstanding.

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Photo of Vancer
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

WHOOSH, of air upon opening. I have a feeling, and yeah, WAY over-carbed brew. An easy pour and itÂ’s almost overflowing the snifter.

Once it settles down, a coal brown brew with a frothy tan head. Small aroma of chocolate and coffee. Transfers into the quaff, but the overcarbed fizziness interferes with the taste and enjoyment. This has potential, but needs better quality control at the brewery.

A "big beer" in their series that comes in at 7%? Wimpy,

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Photo of bruachan
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

opaque obsidian brew with a tight brownsugar foam

sweet roasty smells. very sweet. a hint of hops

more sweetness, though without a cloyingly big feel. the flavor is not as complex as i might have expected. i am not finding alot to say about this brew, which doesn't seem like it should be a bad thing inherently. however, it seems to me an RIS should be a little crazy (loco?). i do sense some cocoa, but hardly in a loco fashion

at 7% it certainly is drinkable, however

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and coffee with a hint of graham cracker

Taste: Starts with a black bread, molasses 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 though the sour notes continue to hang around

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

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

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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 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 ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with ample lacing. Aroma is cocoa with underlying fruity tart. Flavor follows along, moderate chocolatey sweetness to start, a tartness in the middle, and some alcohol warmth lingers. Mouthfeel is alright, not as smooth as I would have hoped, and drinkability is okay as well. Nowhere near what I was hoping for, have to revisit this sometime and see if it gets beefed up.

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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Polished obsidian that aggressively crowds the edge of the glass, even when bright sunlight attempts entry. The firm, sponge-like, cinnamon colored head is going nowhere fast, leaving me clueless about how much lace will eventually stick (note: not much). Even though I'm a little leery of a 7.0% American double stout, Cocoa Loco sure does look the part.

The biggest problem with the nose is that it smells sour. Spoiled milk sour. There's enough else going on (chocolate mostly) that it isn't a deal breaker. Still, I'm less than impressed.

The label reads 'stout brewed with chocolate, molasses and lactose'. Believe it or not, all three are able to be appreciated. The milky sourness, while an undeniable part of the flavor profile, is less of a factor on the palate. Sweet chocolate, dark caramel and molasses share the spotlight, with citric hops making a surprisingly strong showing. Maybe it's their lemon juiciness that's providing the unwelcome pucker. Molasses becomes especially prominent with warming.

According to the Arcadia website, this is a 'triple chocolate stout' because three varieties of chocolate malt are used. I'm not sure that would hold up in beer court, especially since calling Cocoa Loco a double stout is probably pushing it because of the less than viscous mouthfeel. To be fair, it becomes much more creamy and smooth as it sits and is actually very nice in the bottom half of the bomber.

Cocoa Loco's flavor profile is too disjointed for it to be great beer. My advice would be to cut back on the molasses, the lactose and the citric hops in order to concentrate on the Cocoa portion of the name rather than the Loco part.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a wonderful pitch. nice tan head. very malty nose, pretty sweet at that.

taste is a potent one, butin a good way. incredibly matly. strong chocolate flavors. alchohol is very present in the taste. a surprisingly dry, clean finish. very light. despite this being a stout and having a 7% abv, this is a light, easy drinking beer. finishes with a nice cocco flavor,and very dry.

Nice beer, glad I picked it up

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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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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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