troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
[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 (1998) - - APR 24, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is chocolate and some molasses. Taste is dark chocolate and roasted malts. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
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. ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2014
Hmm. Just not the stout I had hoped for. Very flat and bland tasting. Not rich or creamy. Can't detect pretty much any cocoa on the nose or palate. Drinks more like a pale ale than a stout.
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12oz bottle - pours medium brown thin tan head . Fruity cherry aromas . Taste is lactose sweet , no real cocoa notes . Ehhh ok I suppose .
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TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
(Bottle). Metallic or tinny aroma with no cocoa or sweetness. Appearance is deep brown with quickly dissipating head. The flavor is lacking cocoa, well roasted and slightly bitter. Now labeled as simply Cocoa Loco with new artwork on label. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JoshAWaddell (36) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Chocolate aroma and taste as indicated by the name. Not much else to it tho. Mediocre at best. OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle. Lots of chocolate. Although I figured there would have been more of it. Not very loco. Roast malts and hop notes kind of come through but you really have to look. Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2014
1/24/14. $3.89 bottle @ CBO. First of 2 beers drank that night (nugget nectar the other. Never drank 2 there before). What a HUGE disappoint!! $3.89 seemed high for a beer that was as bland as this one was. Not much nose. Not much head. Not a whole lot of taste. Over priced and overly MEH
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Draft sampler at brewpub, dark brown nearly black pour. Roasted malts on the nose. Taste is roasted dark malt and chocolate, pretty decent.