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Mocha Death - Iron Horse Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: froghop on 07-05-2009

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by MaximalC:
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2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky cola color with burnt orange highlights. Head is nearly nonexistent with a moderate pour. Aroma smells strongly of straight-up black coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, with an overpowering, astringent black coffee flavor up front that barely leaves room for anything else. Some burnt toast and hop bitterness try and push through on the back end, but these only serve to accentuate the overall bitterness rather than counterbalance it. There's also a vague, peculiar juiciness that peeks through in the middle to ill effect.

Now, I can tolerate a bitter imperial stout, but the real detractor here is the body, which is way too thin for the style. The relatively light appearance should have been a tip-off, as the consistency is loose and nearly watery for a stout. Wholly unsatisfying.

I have high expectations for an imperial stout that touts "coffee and cocoa added" on the label, so this was a bitter disappointment (no pun intended). Mocha Death reminds me of Big Sky's Cowboy Coffee Porter, and not in a good way. This is a thin and one-dimensional brew whose classification as an imperial stout is questionable at best.

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3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I might have been a wee bit dissapointed with this one.
It isn't horrible but it's not really amazing.
Dark color, quickly dissipated head. I'm as big of a coffee lover as a beer lover so coffee beers are huge to me. I barely taste coffee in this. The chocolate is certainly prevalent. It also has kind of a cough syrupy feel which can put off a little bit. As it warms you definitely pick up a bit more complexities which is good. Iron Horse is great, this beer is good but not as fantastic as i imagined.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft @ Chucks on 85th, served in a mason jar pint glass.

A- Muddy, cloudy, dark reddish coffee hue. Really dark brown at the bottom and lighter near the top. Virtually no head. Iron Horse beers always have this crazy murkiness to them…. I sort of dig it a bit. It adds a little homebrew allure.

S- First smell is chocolate covered espresso beans. The coffee aromas are pretty big on the nose, but has an "already brewed", dried coffee grounds left in the filter sort of smell.

T- Sugary malts, dark fruit, with heavy amounts of coffee. Coffee flavors are a bit more like ground or instant coffee, especially in the mouthfeel. Light caramel notes buried underneath the coffee. Tastes a lot like a maraschino cherry mixed with coffee, and maybe… some Oreo cookie? I don't know. Flavors are there, just not very crisp and hard to pinpoint….

MF- Drinkable, a bit lower on the carbonation, and some lactose in the aftertaste. Coffee was a little gritty, but I enjoyed that texture.

O- Not as sweet as the Irish Death, but the coffee was a nice addition. Chocolate could have been bolder and overall this beer could have improved with a bigger body. Wish the flavors were a bit crisper. Still a good try…. has that Iron Horse vibe and texture.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is murky black with a small tan head and little lacing. Smells of fresh coffee with a fruity undernote. Tastes great. A smooth mocha chocolate java body with medium strength. Feel is smooth and heavy with a stickiness. Overall quite enjoyable.

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3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this unique beverage

Look: Dark brown in color with a 1/8 inch tan head and no retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Espresso beans. Very potent...Stings the nostrils

Taste: Espresso beans upfront with some bisquit malt and chocolate. Interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: Not bad not good so I guess that means it is ok

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Mocha Death from Iron Horse Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.