joshwoodward (559) - - NOV 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 Meh, it?s not bad but not my style. Too much coffee and chocolate, and too much residual sweetness.
Update, had a glass on firkin. Much better. Still sweet, but tons of flavor.
generallee08 (523) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. The aroma has loads of roasted dark malts that fills the nose with notes of dark chocolate and just hint of the hops. Its flavor 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.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brunzies. Mild roast, bit of chocolate and coffee and Tootsie Roll. Carbonic tang and soy. Dark brown-black clear with thin frothy off-white head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts sweet with cocoa and coffee, Tootsie Roll. Dusty grain and roasted barley. Sweet smooth finish with nutty after, tinny.
voyageurmike (15) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 09/12. Mediocre chocolate stout, molasses and lactose mainly contribute a cloying taste. Lots better chocolate stout is out there.
richc1983 (14) - - MAY 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks and smells great! Like a good stout shoulf...However the chocolate is way too overpowering.... terribly dry finish.... a few slight changes could make this a top notch stout
njager246 (342) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow a great chocolate aroma, flavor is a little weaker and a tad thin, so close to a fantastic beer.
NeoHippie2 (907) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown pour with a light beige head. Aromas of subtle cocoa and sweet malts. Body is thin and the flavor watery malts with just a touch of chocolate. Not anywhere near as rich and robust as I was hoping for. Not offensive, but pretty darn boring.
hfmejias (655) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Cola brown in color, minimal off white head and no lacing. Aroma of chocolate and malts. Taste is a bit bland, chocolate and roasted malts. Not that great, lacks thickness and richness, just OK.
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Opaque black pour with a rocky brown head. Nose is of bitter chocolate, ash and light coffee. Charred malts, bitter chocolate, wood ash and light vanilla in the taste. Moderately astringent. Harsh malts didn’t seem to blend well with the cocoa sweetness here. Just OK. Tasting notes from 12/2011.
Mark_Eck (371) - - APR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black. Aroma is chocolate and some molasses. Taste is dark chocolate and roasted malts.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 12/04/13. Poured 3/18/14. $2.69 or something like that for a single bottle. A bit expensive for an Arcadia beer, but I’ve been craving a lot of stouts recently.
Appearance: A black color with some ruby on the edges. There appears to be a lot of floaters in there as well, but that may be from the Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse that I just had. Not much of a head at all, and only a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.
Smell: Am I the only one disappointed? Truthfully, this smells like a Shock Top attempt at a stout or something. I get a lot of graininess as opposed to roastiness. The minor bit of a cocoa note that I get pushes the rating up just a tick, but really, this is a quite underwhelming smelling beer. I think the molasses that this beer is brewed with is contributing to that grainy smell over the roastiness.
Taste/feel: Like the smell. Man, quite disappointing. It has a cheap grainy flavor to it quite a bit through. With the molasses and grain -- call me crazy -- it has an underlying flavor of caramel popcorn. The molasses sweetness comes off as the kind of sweetness you’d find in a cheap amber, as it tastes artificial and it doesn’t exactly add anything positive. Cocoa? I honestly can’t say I pick up a specific chocolate flavor. It tastes like a stout loaded with molasses, which again, comes off as artificial tasting. The aftertaste gives a bit of roastiness, but again, it doesn’t specifically taste like chocolate to me. The feel is medium/slick with a mild/moderate carbonation.
Not impressed. Would be a recommended buy at $2, but at $2.69, I’d say pass. Rather than compliment, the molasses seems to dominate. Not in that this is an overwhelmingly sweet beer (though it is quite sweet), but in that the flavor of it with the cheap grainy vibe I pick up is just not something worth $2.69 a pop. Cocoa Loco is a pretty good beer, but after having Too Cream Stout, this beer just isn’t doing it for me.