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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011)
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Reviews by teromous:
Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Black, with a very short khaki head on it. Spotted lacing. Looks like an average stout.

S: It smells just like when you open up a fresh jug of chocolate milk. It has a lot of chocolate scent. There is a mild flowery scent and alcohol scent that is present as soon as it is poured, but goes away very shortly and I can't smell it anymore. Chocolate and more chocolate.

T: This really does not have the bitterness I'd expect from coffee, but it does have a lot of coffee and chocolate flavors. The chocolate flavors are very powerful in this. Coffee comes out more in the aftertaste.

M: It is very drinkable and refreshing. I consider it medium bodied based on that it feels relatively light on the mouth while still commanding a strong presence. It is on the lighter-edge of what I have experienced in stouts.

O: Overall I thought this was an excellent beer when it comes to showcasing the whole coffee/mocha thing. The oak didn't come through at all for me. I enjoy beers that use additives, but the mocha seemed to overwhelm the taste of the beer. I couldn't get a feel for how the stout tastes by itself...with just the grains and hops. If you enjoy chocolate I would say this is the perfect beer for you. If you're looking for an excellent stout...unfortunately you'll have to set your sights elsewhere, because you can barely taste the actual beer.

teromous, Nov 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

JakerLou, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

mctizzz, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Milkysunshine, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

wo87810, May 29, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

CloudStrife, May 18, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

biboergosum, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

mdaschaf, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

NorthCoastPranqster, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of zaphodchak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

zaphodchak, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

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! 

cjgator3, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of chrishiker1409
4/5  rDev +4.7%

chrishiker1409, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

beerman999999, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Kevincredible
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Kevincredible, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Denzo, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of nickmantia
4/5  rDev +4.7%

nickmantia, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Bung, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

puboflyons, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -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.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

u2carew, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Vec2267
3.78/5  rDev -1%

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 $

Vec2267, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

Amalak, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Proteus93
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Proteus93, May 13, 2012
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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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