Mocha Death - Iron Horse Brewery

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Iron Horse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: froghop on 07-05-2009

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Photo of RenzoD
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.

Photo of suncrust
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.

Photo of DKRowden
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
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

Photo of Redneckwine
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Bomber into tulip

Appearance - Dark brown, showing crystal clarity on the edges of the glass, 1 finger tan head recedes quickly into a very wispy cap, spotty lacing.

Smell - Sweet and earthy, cocoa, toasted bread, fairly simple nose all together, but smells good

Taste - Mirrors the nose almost exactly with sweet cocoa and kind of earthy/dirty roasted malts, toasted bread, a small musty coffee note, very subtle grape skin-like fruit notes, alcohol creeps in towards the semi sweet finish. Sweetness becomes a bit cloying, but that could be due to the...

Feel - Borderline awful: where is the carbonation??? Carb is so subtle it's almost nonexistent. Body is decidedly medium-heavy. Honestly, this reminds me of near-flat soda, like a 2-liter bottle of Coke that was opened then put in the fridge for 3 days.

Overall - It sure as hell ain't a stout, let alone an imperial stout (weird brown ale?), but this beer has promise: good smell and taste. Unfortunately, the body drags it so far down it's hard to focus on anything else at all. Maybe this was a bad bottle or bad batch? Still, it's hard to want to throw down more money on a beer that might suffer the same major flaw. I didn't, but the thought of drain pouring this did come to mind.

Photo of Danimals_Beard
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Has a rich, creamy toffee colored head. Dissipates quickly. Has a light coffee smell. Initial taste very similar to the regular Irish Death, with cocoa and coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and sweet, but not too thick. Reminds me almost of a milk stout. Pretty decent overall.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not much coffee flavor. Nice and smooth. It's enjoyable.

Photo of BeerCentralWA
2.46/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Iron Horse Mocha Death
Appearance- opaque, dark, rich deep brown-black. Good lacing, and head.
Smell- rich espresso notes, sweetness
Mouthfeel- thin and moderate carbonation
Taste – oxidized coco taste, ends with thin sugary finish
Overall – Hides the alcohol very well (7%). The coco and espresso may have unexpectedly degraded as the flavor additions are slightly unpleasant in the bottle I tasted. Overall a decent addition to the Iron Horse line.

Photo of froghop
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am so glad that they decided to bottle this.

pours a clear dark brown with a small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of coffee grounds, and cocoa bean.

taste is smooth, strong coffee, a little chocolate in the back, and some sour malt, ends a little on the bitter side.

Photo of harrymel
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery.
Red hues on brown ale with a excellent clarity and a still appearance. Smells of coffee and cocoa. I like the nose. Flavor is cocoa and coffee and vanilla with a good malty backbone.medium on full bodied with moderate carb. Semi dry finish. Nice beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrVonzipper and rtaps for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Pours a murky dark brown with a khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of intense espresso and coffee aromas with some chocolate as well. Taste is of roasty malt, coffeee and espresso beans, and some cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a somewhat light body with a light carbonation level. Overall, this is a good beer with lots of coffee/espresso and cocoa smells and flavors.

Photo of waltersrj
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours- Dark, deep black with little head (off white).

Smell- Soft espresso, slight chocolate. A little vanilla and some essence of chocolate roasted malt.

Taste- Weak espresso and muted chocolate. Slightly present vanilla and caramel with slight chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel- Watery. Really not that great to be honest.

Overall- A gift from a friend, decent but wouldn't cellar or have again probably.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with a slight reddish hue. Thin yet creamy head with resilient lace.

Nose: creamy chocolate, slight hops, very slight espresso

Taste: chocolate, slight coffee, spicy

Mouthfeel: not as thick as I would have thought, chewy

Drinkability: this is a sipping beer that is meant to be enjoyed around Christmas

I special ordered this from the brewery and had it delivered to our home just north of Syracuse, NY. We love Quilter's Irish Death and this is a great addition to the Iron Horse family.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from ScreamforMe as part of SS09. Thanks, Mark.

A-Pours a medium chocolate brown with a frothy mocha head and great lacing.

S-Roasted coffee, malt and a hint of dark chocolate.

T-Roasty with a bit of a sour zing to it. Interesting. Some nice chocolate notes come through as the beer warms but this is mostly roasty and bitter. Nice hop finish too.

M-Nice mouthfeel. A bit thinner than I might have expected but still creamy enough.

D-Yeah, this was enjoyable. Less sweet than expected, maybe a bit overly bitter but nice.


Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught pint at The Swiss, served in a shaker, Mocha Death is dark, dull mahogeny with an off-white head leaving some very decent lace.

Smell is pure coffee, a little sourish/acid dark malts come through as it warms. That, with the sweetness, is a little weird to be honest.

Taste is extreme coffee - I've never had a beer that tasted so much like coffee, although there's a definate sweetness to it from the malt, cola like, that over time grows a bit tiresome. Perhaps I'm guilty of having drank IPAs all day, but this one is woefully lacking in roast, chocolate or acrid malt flavors for the huge coffee adjuncts - and my eyes agree.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, a bit on the drier side, but with some creaminess.

Drinkability is pretty good if you're a coffee lover - this is iced coffee for drunks with a sweet-tooth. However, I can't imagine I'd care for the base stout, which I have to assume is thin and sweet. My wife doesn't care for beer or unadulterated coffee, and would probably love this, particularly if I dumped it in a starbucks cup and called it their new adult iced caramel machiato or whatever....

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours very dark brown color with a small head of tan colored foam. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a coffee smell with this smell taking command over all the others. With the huge coffee smell, there are some lighter aromas roasted malt as well as touches of some toffee and caramel and a hint of cocoa.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and lighter coffee flavor with the coffee growing stronger as the taste moves onto the end. Right upfront there are also some sweeter flavors of caramel and toffee as well as a little bit of chocolate. The chocolate and sweeter toffee fade as the taste moves forward with a little more bitter roast coming to the tongue along with the coffee increasing. With a little bit of a woody flavor coming at the very end of the taste, one is left with a moderately dry and roasty coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a brew of 7 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the roasted and coffee flavors of the brew a thicker body would have been slightly better accentuating the roasty and darker flavors, which are the base flavors of the brew, much more nicely.

Overall – An alright coffee like porter/stout but nothing out of the world. I actually prefer the Irish Death scotch ale (which this is based on I think) over this brew as I think it is more balanced overall and a better representation of the style

Photo of chumba526
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark black with a sizable tan head.

It smells strongly of coco, strong coffee, and sweet malts.

It tastes of bitter coffee and chocolate. The coffee flavor is very strong and complex. It adds a great deal of nice bitterness to the beer. The sweetness that I expect from the Irish death comes through after the initial bitterness. This is a very nice well balance and unique take on a coffee beer. It is a very rich beer.

The carbonation is moderate low. There is a creamy texture to the beer.

This a very rich and heavy beer so I probably wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle of this but the beer does go down smooth.

Overall a very good beer that is both sweet and bitter.

Photo of rtaps
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy dark brown, with a khaki white head that hangs around for a little but leaves no lacing behind.

smell just like a mocha from a coffee shop. (roasted coffee/chocolate/espresso)

taste fallows the nose, and is enjoyable.

light bodied medium carbonation leave a very watery mouth.

overall i really enjoyed this one. i'm not a coffee person but the smell and taste reminds me of being in a coffee shop.

Photo of thinkfull
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is EXACTLY what I think of when I hear of a mocha beer, and I grew up on Rogue Mocha Porter. Good parenting, lemme tell you.

The look is nearly black, with little light coming through the glass, and a snow white head.

Smell is pretty well summed up by the name. Coffee, chocolate, and a malty sweetness characterize the smell. If you let it warm a little, it takes on a bit more sweetness and some nutmeg-y notes.

Taste is fantastic. Like a mocha, mixed with a dark porter. You can clearly make out the chocolate, coffee, and malt flavors you can smell, along with a hint of that strange frosting from german chocolate cake. Perfectly balanced between bitter and sweet; in that you notice both, but neither is in the forefront.

A side note; never let your buddies talk you into doing this as a car bomb. You will regret it all night AND look like a slow chugger just due to the thickness. Bad idea.

Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Degarth for the share at CCB.

A: Pours a brownish hue with strong red tones showing through. The head was small and tan in color.

S: Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and earthy green hops.

T: Coffee forward, very light chocolate. Hints of caramel sweetness, light herbal hops, with a pretty nice roasty quality about it.

M: Medium in body, okay carbonation.

D: Not bad. I love coffee beer. This one was good not great.

Photo of RJLarse
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Mocha Death in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Black walnut color and opaque. A modest bubbly beige head tops the beer, but vanishes quickly leaving just a little froth on the surface.

Smell is decidedly fresh ground coffee. Not much slse comes through on the nose.

Taste is a bitter coffee flavor up front, with a sweet dark chocolate flavor on the finish. Very mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel si smooth with a silky thick texture.

Overall a very drinkable brew. Better than the original Irish Death, and sessionable to the extent you like the coffee flavor.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery. Pours a brownish black color with some hazy appearance. A fizzy tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is more coffee than stout. More of a roasted coffee thing than anything. Some grainy notes on the back end but nothing really specific. Some herbal hop notes and a light yeasty aroma. Overall coffee really comes out.

The taste is more in balance but the coffee is still top dog. The malt comes out with a grainy and chocolate note. Some minor astringency but mostly light. The coffee is more of a generic coffee taste. Would have liked to see a bit more balance with chocolate but ok. The yeast is clean, no real off notes. A minor herbal hop note but is light.

The body is closer to light than moderate. Would have liked to see more depth and body and I think this would be perceived better.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was sitting near my wood stove Sunday morning, ploughing away at a paper on protein kinases and membrane potentials and lamenting the lack of coffee ground in the house when I remembered the bottle of Mocha Death in the cellar. The logical leap was clear and I cracked it open while I cooked an omelet.

It tastes of chocolate and coffee as the name implies, and its built off the old standard Irish death, a sweet stout. I am pretty ambivalent about Irish death, just too sweet and milky for me. Thankfully the espresso and cacao in Mocha death add a much needed bitterness and make this a very enjoyable beer.

I would be very happy with iron Horse if this became a regular beer for them, because it is a thoroughly enjoyable brew. Good job guys.

Photo of MaximalC
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.

Photo of grittybrews
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review 200 (does that warrant an exclamation point?)!

Poured a dark blackish-brown into a large wine glass with a finger of dirty white head (good retention). Roasty aroma dominated by (good!) espresso and a hint of vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly thin mouthfeel. Somewhat light for a stout. Flavors of espresso up front with a hint of toffee sweetness followed by cocoa and a return to mild coffee bitterness on the finish.

The flavor profile is a little two-dimensional, but each dimension is executed extremely well. Very easy-drinking and tasty stout.

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Mocha Death from Iron Horse Brewery
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