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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011

This is an extravagant, immoderate beer. We mixed together our three favorite things – beer, chocolate, and coffee. A rich stout serves as a backbone, with organic black malt and chocolate malt providing a luscious foundation. During the boil, we add artisan chocolate from your friends at Taza. During conditioning, we add coffee from our friends at Coffee by Design. Then, this concoction is oak-aged, resulting in soft vanilla notes. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.

22 IBU
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Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 71
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a snifter this beer was black in color with a tiny tan head. There was no lace.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a little vanilla. A bit on the timid side.

Improvement in the taste. Dark chocolate and espresso. Still a little vanilla.

A bit on the thin side.

I liked, but didn't love, this beer.

Photo of WyethBednar
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautifully opaque, black, but with subtle hints of dark brown. Pours with a small but dense tan head.

Smell: Lots of malt and chocolate. Sweet, but complex and rich.

Taste: Heavy flavor. Bitter black coffee, booze, and thick stout flavors dominate. The oak adds a very earthy, roasty quality. Some chocolate and vanilla notes at first, but a very dry finish.

Feel: Very nice. Not too heavy feeling, decent carbonation.

Overall, a very tasty chocolate stout. Well-balanced, and the roasty characteristics keep the chocolate in line. The oak gives it a smoky, whiskey-like flavor that belies it's ABV

Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle finishes with a thick sediment at the bottom.

A: Pours a thick solid black with a 1-2 finger khaki-tan head. Really cant see any light through. A fair amount of lacing on the glass for being oak aged. Swirling the glass easily brings 1/4" of foam to the top.

S: First I get coffee with an overtone of chocolate. Oak is certainly in there as well as dark fruits and roasted malts. Sweet almost milk stout aromas.

T: Similar to the smell it starts out with that bold coffee, dark chocolate and an oak finish. Vanilla and bourbon flavors add to the mix.

M: Full bodied and creamy, has a bit of a bite at the end. Standard carbonation for a stout.

Overall another enjoyable oaked mocha stout but with an organic twist. Has some serious flavor, was real good on tap. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys oaked stouts.

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. I feel dirty buying this where I did - seems like I should be procuring it from the local organic product hippie joint.

This beer pours a very thorough black, with the slightest of basal mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, silken beige head, which leaves a few low rise bluffs of lace around the glass as it speedily recedes.

It smells of medium dark chocolate, dry-roasted coffee beans - bittersweet alike, a more subtle caramel/toffee malt, some mild boozy vanilla, and a soft wooden plank astringency. The taste is more pulled back on the sweetness, but there's the chalky cocoa, there's the Americano coffee bitterness, and there's the meek barrel-borne vanilla, all trampling over the caramel malt backbone, and well-reserved wooden cask toothpicks. The near 17-proof ABV is rather well integrated.

The carbonation is a wee bit fizzy, but generally ok and very stout-friendly in its obsequiousness, the body medium-heavy in weight (a tad surprisingly), and more or less smooth, with a faint stab at creaminess. It finishes kind of on the sweet side, the chocolate, almost sour coffee, salted toffee malt, and disparate oak barrel notes happy to stay for after-dinner drinks.

A decent enough stout, what with the multitude of tweaks and twiddles they've applied here. Nothing really dominates, and all work well together in pushing the central agenda of a hefty, warming, new-age coffee shop tipple. Worthy of a try, and sneaky in its ability to get away from you.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Consumed blind. Interesting to see a gold foil on a bottle with a screw cap.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a foamy mocha colored head that has decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly coffee with some dark roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate/mocha.

T: Similarly heavy in coffee on the flavor profile. Surprisingly sweet though, almost creamy with some milk chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Smooth and rather easy drinking.

O: A nice little imperial stout, nothing earth shattering but a good beer for drinking over the course of a night or with dessert.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger of medium brown head, smooth. Dark brown.

Nose is sweet, full of oak, vanilla, maybe meringue.

Taste is dripping with vanilla, kinda charred oak. There's some significant grape or fruit character here, mysterious.

Mouthfeel is standard to thinnish.

Totally different from any other coffee beer I've ever had-- with the vanilla and strange light fruit character.

Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a lot of chocolate and a touch of alcohol. I'm also picking up hints of chocolate covered cherries in the nose as well. The aroma is definitely heavy on the chocolate. Not much coffee coming through the aroma that I can detect.

T- The taste has some bittersweet chocolate up front with the dark roasty flavors from the coffee coming in next. The coffee presence is felt much more in the taste han the aroma. The finish is roasty with some woody oak notes, bitterness from the hope and some alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad brew. Definitely worth a try! 

Photo of Bung
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Very dark brown pour, not quite black. Just some whisps of light tan head.

Aroma, roast malt, woody vanilla, cocoa, lighter coffee.

Taste, again roast malt, heavy mocha latte, a peat dry cocoa. Only concern is there is a faint fruit at the front that I could see becoming a sour note in the future. Pretty nice otherwise.

Body is about medium, it feels a little thin. Carbonation is a tick high, but not to too much detrtiment. Drinks pretty easy.
Overall one of the better Peak or for that matter organic brews I've had.

Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From the tin foiled, capped 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 4, 2014.

Boy do I love the way it looks. It's black as night, jet black, India Ink black and any other "blackness" you can think of with a soft, silky tan head that lingers and laces. 5 out of 5 for that.

The aroma has a decent balance of baker's chocolate and spent coffee grinds along with a more subtle dark fruit character along the lines of plums or prunes. It has an aged feel to it too as promised.

The body is full and luscious. 5 out of 5 for that.

The flavor begins with the coffee notes and then the chocolate notes come up from behind as if to say "Hey! We're here too!" Then there is this kind of dark bitterness that I cannot describe. It is not earthy, grassy, or floral like other hop characters but more like a deep burnt hop. Alcohol well-integrated. Very nice offering from Peak Organic.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Cole's. Served in pint glass.

A - Black with a small ring of light brown head and some light lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla.

T - Big espresso flavour up front. Bitter dark chocolate, sweet roasted malts and vanilla rounds out palate. Fairly sweet overall and the sweetness intensifies with each sip, making it difficult to finish the pint.

M - Med body, light carbonation. A touch thin at times.

Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
A) Pours with a finger thick creamy tan head. Dark opaque body. Tight head and lacing on the drink down.
S) Bready. Hints of the chocolate and coffee. Was hoping for a bolder aroma.
T) Roasted malts. Chocolate. Subtle hints of the barrel aging oaky, alcohol, and tannins.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Full body. Residual tannins in the after taste.
O) A delicious stout. I'd definitely have another one. Paired it with Taza salted almond chocolate.

Photo of Vec2267
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a thick tan head, nice lacing

S - chocolate, coffee, earthy (the wood), nice complexity, best part of this brew

T - dark bitter chocolate dominates, coffee next, and then notes of vanilla, heavy burnt/acrid/sour taste detracts from my appreciation of the taste

M - the huge rich taste makes it lush, but light in body, not syrupy

O - a very complex enjoyable brew, the burnt/sour notes diminishes my appreciation of this in comparison to other aged example, still, a very nice brew for the $

Photo of Amalak
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. It is pure black. It has a brown head with some lacing.

S. It has a very strong malt scent, high in alcohol.

T/M. It has a bit of a cardboard taste, some bitter hops. Malty and medium level of alcohol. Some black cherry. Carbonated and full bodied.

O. It's a complex taste, a bit over the top. Needs to be aged a year or so.

Photo of Proteus93
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich and black, topped with a creamy, sandy-coloured head. Retention is great, and it rolls back very slowly, with generous sheeting left over the beer with each sip.

S + T: A pretty even blend of vanilla and chocolate on the nose, making for a pretty intense 'mocha.' The flavour is a bit more intense. The oak-aging got a little out of control here! The flavours are quite big and bold, and maybe a little too much so. The balance is a little uneven, perhaps needing to be tamed just a touch.

M + D: Body has a nice sparkle to cut through the body. A little hint of alcohol warmth peeks through on the finish, though it is disrupted again with the sweetness. I think with a little tweaking, this beer could be fabulous. I'd be curious to try it without the oak, to see what was going on before.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to near black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light—and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light mocha-colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark chocolate in the nose along with some hints of vanilla from the barrel aging.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit sweet and has lots of chocolaty flavors. There are some notes of vanilla and hints of coffee beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink because it feels lighter-bodied compared to other imperial stouts and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. However, the beer seems like it would be more enjoyable to sip and savor all of the complex flavors if it had a thicker mouthfeel.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 7.50. No bittling date. Served in a snifter. 

Pours soft black with 1 finger quickly receding mocha head. No lacing. 

Smells of cocoa, oaky vanilla and something faintly bitter. 

Mellow woodsy cocoa, vanilla, bitter coffee and cherry skins. Barely perceptable alcohol in the bitter chocolatey aftertaste. 

Medium body and carbonation. 

Good but not great. The oak seemed to just make everything about it a bit subdued. I'd drink it again and even enjoy it but I won't look too hard for more. 

Photo of mountdew1
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown/black that was completely opaque. A very thin head of a light brown, with small streams of bubbles rising from several places in the bottom. Smell was slightly liquory, but strongly of a dark rich chocolate with a bit of brown sugar. Taste was acidic, with a touch of sour. No mocha flavoring at all. Felt a little thin in the mouth, but not bad. Overall was a bit disappointing. Definitely not a smooth well balanced stout.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Head is a light tudor brown with moderate to low retention on a black body. Slick, soapy and clear lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma includes coffee, vanilla, chocolate and maybe the slightest trace of diacetyl. Taste is a nice mix of vanilla/chocolate sweetness with a nice coffee roast. Alcohol is well hidden and any signs of diacetyl aren't noted in tasting. Nice, creamy mouthfeel, appropriate thickness. Excellent beer with maybe a very slight flaw.

Photo of Arborescence
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick and black, modest head with a brown tint.

Aroma: Roasted coffee with a hint of caramel, promising!

Taste: Dominated by oak flavours from the aging -- seems to me that it was a whisky barrel -- but with an aftertaste of espresso and a dynamic mixture of malty flavours supported by a robust body.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy.

Overall: Excellent brew, a lot of depth and character with a number of interesting flavours in the mix, from coffee, whisky, and malt. Strong ABV is appropriate and none of the elements dominate too much as each is very robust.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Paid $7.50 for this beast. Poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Pours fairly dark with little to no light escaping. Head is a nice 1/2 inch, sticky, mocha colored head. Looks good.

S - Some mocha and a touch of cough drop herbal which is kind of weird. There is some roast, hops, and a touch of bakers chocolate.

T - Starts off well with some roasted coffee (has sort of an espresso kind of jive), vanilla, and some bakers chocolate but every mid palate sip has this weird herbal hop twang that reminds me of an ESB. Finish is smooth with more chocolate malt and some licorice but man is that hop profile weird.

M - Kind of thin giving me a medium yet chewy experience. Not bad.

Overall not terrible but I have had better stouts. If they could round out that herbal hop profile it would deliver the great mocha stout they were going for.

Photo of shand
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

This beer pours out a deep brown with a very minimal head. The aroma is dominated by the sweet vanilla oak, with some coffee and roasted/caramel malt. The aroma is very strong and very enticing. The taste is VERY oaky. The oak and vanilla are really the stars of the show here for sure. The chocolate and coffee noted on the label really only come in on the laste finish if you're paying attention. It's an oak bomb for sure, how you'll feel about this will directly correspond to how much you like the flavor or oak aging. I love it, so I enjoy this beer. The mouthfeel is actually fairly light bodied and highly carbonated, I'd like a touch more body. The drinkability is good. Overall, this is very much an OAK AGED stout. The oak really takes over, to the point where you'll only enjoy this if you like oak. I like oak, so it's a good beer. I wouldn't mind more of the coffee or chocolate though.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$6.50 for a kiddie cup at Greenland Cafe, Somerville MA

Opaque black with a georgia clay colored head. No lace and a few swirls of retention shift on the top of my beer like an oil slick.

Smells like dark, dark char, black coffee and beautiful warm wood. Tastes like as dark and chary-y as the nose indicates but finishes with a sugary butter finish akin to maple sugar candy.

Odd that a wood aged mocha beer has more maple character than most maple beers.

Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black bodied ale poured into a pint glass with a light mocha colored head. Head is a few fingers in size and has good retention. Some nice webs of lace.

S- Pretty much mocha but not all that rich or strong. Has nice hints of coffee, cocoa, oak and roast malt. Some caramel rounding it out. An unexpected tart berry note.

T- Seems like it might be infected, a lactic tartness going on but it actually enhances the beer for me. Rich dark cocoa powder bitter notes, coffee roast and general dark malts. The tart fruit berries adds a nice element. The oak is woody and adds a slight vanilla feel. The oak eventually feels like a bourbon toffee note, its nice.

MF- Creamy and foamy feel with moderate carbonation. Slight tart feel (probably not meant to be here) and bitter dark cocoa.

Good flavor with an unexpected twist. Good balance of oak and darker beer elements.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/14/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of coffee and chocolate along with roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a big burst of coffee and chocolate sweetness. There’s a hearty roasted malt character as you would expect and a mild hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid stout to drink for a while.

Photo of atr2605
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with a two finger widths tan colored head with pretty good retention
S-coffee and cocoa dominate with the oak coming through a bit
T-More of the same in the flavor with predominately coffee followed by rich chocolate. oak is quite subtle. Comes out more as it warms
M-medium bodied, a bit lighter than I expected
O-Pretty tasty brew. I like these guys alot and liked the beer, I would have liked it more with a bit heavier body and more head retention, but flavor is still great

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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.