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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Starboard StoutArcadia Starboard Stout

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151 Reviews

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 228
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 08-07-2002

1058 OG; 29 IBU
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Reviews: 151 | Hads: 228
Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, coded C3, bottled on 6/11/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. The aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a burnt/charred taste. Starts off sweet, finishes bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but thin at the same time, as weird as that sounds. Seems a bit on the light side for a stout. However, the beer is smooth and easy to drink so the drinkability is good. Overall I think it's a decent oatmeal stout, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of tempest
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wondering what the weird bottling code means? There's a list on the web site, unfortunately, I couldn't seem to find any record of my beer. Great.

Pours pitch black with a furious tan head. At first the aroma and flavor are just of smooth cocoa and roasted grains with the nice, mild oatmeal element and a slight sour tinge. After a while, however, that sour comes out smelling and tasting like a big, bad Belgian-style infection. Alas. I have to put this one down as I'm not in the mood for a oatmeal stout lambic. Major flaw here, too bad, seemed like the makings of a decent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Coal black baby here, an aggressive pour pops up a frothy tan head that lays a lace ring around the glass. Yeasties on the bottle swirl up nicely.

Classic charcoal, burnt toast with a malty push to it. Quaff is a bit of a letdown, kinda watery and just the charcoal, not much of anything else.

Arcadia is a hit or miss brewery, luv some of their stuff, but this one misses.

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Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a coffee black color with a small, short-lived, tan head.

S - It smelled of oatmeal. Also, a roasted malt presence in the nose.

T - It tasted quite bittersweet with a smooth roasted malt flavor.

M - It was smooth and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice oatmeal stout. Nothing to scour the planet for, but it certainly is drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a decent sized tan head. Nose is just beautiful. Extremely full with perfectly balanced cocoa character. Calms down as time goes on. Flavor is smooth with an obvious sweet edge. A bitter tone is what you get for an aftertaste. Nice malty smoothness, sure. But not as flavorful as I would love for it to be. The bitter could stand to be overshadowed by something more pleasant. Still, it is a robust stout. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the body of the liquid is pretty good. Overall a nice hearty stout. There isn’t really much to pick on it about.

Added note: I found this was much better at room temperature than chilled at all.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable stout, about average on oiliness, roasted barley aroma, mouthfeel, bitterness from Willamette and Cascade hops, above average maltiness including chocolate though still dry aftertaste. A bit on burnt side, significantly acidic and overcarbonated, but drinkable for a stout fan, but still average.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split.

A: Super thick 3 finger mocha head. Fairly black color with no light getting through.

S: Roasted barley. Chocolate notes. Booze a little which is not fitting with the ABV. Coffee is in there as well

T: First thing I got was a tart taste. Then the roasted barley. After that is it all roast till the finish which is....roast.

M: Unremarkable for the style. Med body. Carbonation is good but it doesn't feel like the style. Had this after a London Porter by Fuller's so that might have something to do with it since that beer had such a wonderful mouthfeel.

D: I am having 1/2 of a 12oz bottle and that is enough for me. The roasted characteristic is overwhelming. I want a complex porter not a juggernaut.

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Photo of Dalem
2.23/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What I thought was a soft pour was apparently not soft enough. This foamed up like crazy. Could only get about half the bottle in the glass and the head was rising up over the top of the rim and took awhile to calm down. What I could see of the beer it was the dark brown you'd expect from a stout with a (huge) chocolate malt top. Someone went a little too crazy in the carbonation department perhaps. Though this is a oatmeal stout the thing you smell the most is alcohol, which is weird because it's not that high of an alcohol content (5.5%), along with a bit of bitter coffee and vanilla. Not really any oat aroma at all which I find kinda odd.
The first noticed in the taste was a bitterness. Not a pleasant bitterness that a stout should have though. More like a cup of gas station coffee from a pot that has been sitting on the warming tray for a couple of hours too long. A bit of the oat taste shows taste show up too and they are roasty but it's almost like they were caught right before they were burnt to a crisp and tossed in the vat. The bitterness lingers too much in the aftertaste too.
It's a bummer because I would really like to get behind what Arcadia is doing but so far everything I've tried by 'em has left me a dissapointed.

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Photo of enfield249
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours thick and dark, no highlights in the corners. Tan ring of foam that stays around the whole drink.

S - Roasty, sweet and some slight floral smells. Slight coffee.

T - Lots of roast and coffee, with none of the hop flavor that might have had to do with smell.

M - Full but not mouth coating. About a 6 out of 10 on the carbonation scale, which I'm not a huge fan of in this style.

D - Very drinkable. Good to go with meat dishes, which I had with this. A nice oatmeal stout, could be a weekly beer.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SPLITGRIN was kind enough to throw this one in as an extra in our latest trade, thanks buddy.

Pours a dark brown color with a huge 2 fingers of mocha colored head. A mass of tiny bubbles, compact, and soft; I had to wait a few seconds for this to recede and proceed to empty my beer bottle. The head stops at about one fifth of an inch and retains a nice layer throughout, very presentable beer.

The aroma is roasty, with a bit of anise and oddly enough I’m getting some yeast aromas that are characteristic of hefe-weizens; mostly a bit of dry banana-chips comes through and a slight hop presence. In the back I can detect some caramel and oats. Also some milk chocolate and again some chocolate covered frozen bananas. It’s not a big banana flavor at all, it’s quite subtle but that’s what I’m getting from the aroma.

The taste is of roasted malts a bit of roasted barley, grains, and very little chocolate and very little coffee. Not too much after that, a little bland. Mouthfeel is average with a slightly numbing sensation instead of being silky and smooth. It’s a fairly easy beer to drink, always good to try new beers.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a fairly dark stout with hints of brown. Toasted brown/chestnut colored head that did not leave much lacing. Head came and went rather quickly. Not to bad to look at in a glass.

Smell: toasted malt and coffee thing going on. Has a small fruity nose of berries paired with chocolate.

Taste: has earthy flavor that leaves a chalky taste in the mouth. Slighty burnt coffee is the biggest bang in the drink and has a overall roasty character. Has a slight bitter aftertaste from some mild hops.

Mouthfeel: rather smooth and sweet on the tounge. Feels kind of airy and rather light for a stout. drinkable and not to bad overall!

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Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns with a thin tan head. A bit of retention,and decent lacing. Smell is of roasted coffee,and malt. Body is thin,and a bit watery for this style. Taste is of coffee,and dark chocolate,roasted,with a bit of a bite in the finish.

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Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Absolutely pitch black with very minimal light getting through on the edges. A nice light brown head forms and settles to a thin covering that works its way to a ring around the top of the liquid. Very nice.

S- Very roasty with emphasis on the chocolate aspect. The oatmeal is definitely noticeable. I also get some vanilla out of this.

T- Very roasty. Same as the aroma but a little more potent.

M- A little too dry on the finish, but it is silky smooth in the mouth.

D- I was impressed with this one. A great example of the style.

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Photo of bort11
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice solid brown head that stands a finger thick. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. Color is pure black. No light getting through here.
Smell first reminded me of some maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal. There are also more subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is a slightly charred malt that enhances the chocolate and vanilla flavors. It kind of reminds me of a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Bitterness seems to be more from the dark roast than from hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and very drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mahogany with no highlights on this overcast morning. A loud 'pffft' on crown cracking led to a large, reverse cascading, toasted oatmeal colored cap that made me think the brewery hid an unadvertised nitro widget in the bottle. The lid is persisting nicely, but isn't leaving much lace.

I hate to say it, but the nose is pure Arcadia. In other words, there's a 'can't miss it' sourness underlying the roasted malt. There might be a hint of chocolate (and even less coffee), with unripe dark fruitiness having the run of the joint. I have a sneaking suspicion that the aroma will be better than the flavor.

Good call. I can handle a mild, or even a moderate, amount of tartness in an oatmeal stout (although it really doesn't belong), but Starboard Stout goes overboard in that department. Why do these guys have to brew such sour beer? If it isn't intentional, why can't they fix it?

The flavor profile consists of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee beans mixed with a copious quantity of freshly squeezed lemon juice. My taste buds are trying to filter out the juice, but it isn't easy. This is drinkable beer, it just isn't beer that I'd care to drink again.

Given the style and the ABV, the mouthfeel isn't too far out of whack. It's a trifle thin and is gently carbonated, but I can't be too hard on it. If the brewery works on anything, I'd suggest they work on the flavor profile first.

Arcadia Starboard Stout (I've decided not to use the beer's initials) is a pretty typical Arcadia offering. If you like sour oatmeal stouts, then belly up to the bottle. Good thing Michiganders have a whole lot of excellent stouts to choose from.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well rounded stout aroma that boasts of chocolate and patent malts. It's rich with a stiff black malt backbone. The taste is good also. It has a smooth roasted flavor that boasts of patent malts and roasted barley. It's dry and earthy with a mild oatmeal element. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's the only beer from this brewery that I'll probably finish. The yeast is hard to detect. I assume it's from the large amounts of black malts. All in all, a fine session ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap a week or two ago at Mad Mex of course I caught this one during their half off draft happy hora. Came appearing a murky clouded cola brown with ruby highlights nice creamy tan head lacing is thin and sporadic. Aromatics bring roasty malts creamy base with a touch of lactic tartness and a mild herbal hop finish in the nose. Flavor wise that tart lactic flow seems to crush this one for me seems like a nitro sample but that's not the case dark cocoa roasted malts bring a tentative but dry slightly bitter sweetness and the hop flavor is their herbal tea like detected more so in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture is creamy carbonation is airy and light very nitro esque in my opinion. Drinkability decent but if I have the option for their English porter I'll never go for this but in the mood for a decent English style oatmeal stout it's a possibility.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has an opaque black color and pours out with a thick tan foamy head. The head settles to a much thinner layer fairly quickly but doesn't disappear entirely. Roasted, coffee-like malt dominates the aroma. The taste is also dominated by the roasted malt. There is very slight hop finish. It has a medium body with a nice smoothness to it and is moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent example of an oatmeal stout. It's well done and enjoyable.

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Photo of becktone
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Very nice on the eyes. One of the best looking stouts I"ve had. Color is black, or near enough. The head is two fingers, a creamy off tan color with great retention and lacing.

Nose: Heavy chocolate and roasted aromas. Also some sweet malt aromas, not much in the way of hops. Aroma could be a bit more potent.

Tongue: Slight roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Also sweetness that is unlike anything else I've found in the stout. All in all a great brew.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer with a nice full body. This beer has lower carbonation which I find appropriate for a heavier bodied beer, in my opinion. This is a brew that I'd have no trouble drinking all night, however before I buy this particular brew again I'm going to try others of the style as this is one of my first oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Tried it on-tap at the brewery, poured near black with some nutty brown highlights. Tall thick, creamy tan head that shows that familiar downward carbonation. The head refuses to recede. Not much lace left behind however.

Hard to detect a lot through the dense creamy head. Some roasted malt and a slight metallic character. Not much to be impressed with.

Extra creamy and thick. Milky light cocoa and a hint of coffee. Mostly malt and not extremely flavorful. Judging from the reviews from the bottle, I'm curious about some of the differences on-tap. It seems to be a well received brew overall, but I was unimpressed with the flavor.

The mouthfeel was a saving grace however. Creamy and milky with some light carbonation. In my opinion many of this beer’s characteristics are similar to those of a dry Irish stout instead of an oatmeal. Solid, but not at all what I expected.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty good looking near black colour with a thinner than expected, creamy off-white head that leaves a small amount of residue on the glass,

The aroma is somewhat sweet, with some cocoa in the mix along with some caramel and a bit of coffee. Well blended but a touch thin.

The flavour is essentially more of the same: some general cocoa and caramel sweetness, with some coffee notes and other maltiness that make for a more rugged taste than expected from the aroma. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and just way too thin and watery for an oatmeal stout. There's just something way off and unattractive here.

I wasn't a fan of this one overall. Aroma and flavour are average at best and the mouthfeel really kills this one. It just seems to take any balance that might be here and throw it out the window. Not horrible, but borderline non-recommendable.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown, almost black. Tan head quickly becomes a soapy ring.

Smell is dark roasted grain with underlying oatmeal sweetness. Strong notes of coffee and vanilla.

Taste is similar to the nose. The coffee makes a stronger appearance, also has the addition of dark fruit and chocolate. Very slight hops in the finish along with an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for a stout. Medium bodied.

This stout is not as robust as I would prefer. It is certainly drinkable, there isn't anything offensive going on. A very middle of the road stout.

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Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep black with ruby highlights and a thick dark tan head, decent retention with light lacing.

Smell was full with heavy black malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Flavor was suprisingly light with a predominantly burnt malt flavor with some light hints of coffee and oats. Had a musty and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was also very thin and watery with a touch of good warmth.

A little to thin and simple of a stout for me, I would skip this one.

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Photo of drseamus
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Beer pours jet black with brown notes around the edges. There is a one finger off white head.

S: Aroma is not as powerful as I would like. It has some roasted malt in it and a bit of caramel sweetness, but it is pretty tame.

T: Flavor has a lot of flatness in it. There is a bit of roasted malt and caramel but it is fairly hollow.

M: A bit thin for a stout.

D: This is about average for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info that I can make any sense of....pours near black, dark tan head, powdered sugar on the nose. So so stout, could use some more oat softness, and less of the slight prickle I noticed on the tongue. Soft roasted notes, not bad but not as tasty and roasty as I would like. M.O.R. attempt by Arcadia

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Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.