Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 234
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 6.28%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of jc911s
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent taste, full rich flavor, no aftertaste, great head, long lasting. Chocolate flavor is not overpowering, coffee undertones are subtle. Great with pizza, and makes a great ice cream float, on a hot summer day. Best very cold, I usually put it in the freezer for 10 minutes, and a frozen mug is a must (308 characters)

Photo of berliner07
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, this beer is damn good. Aroma is a BLAST of oak, coffee and a touch of dark chocolate. A bit more carbonation than anticipated tickles the lips up front. Then, a rush of chocolate/coffee mix hits the palate. Really tasty. The oak hits again on the end and lingers. This beer is fun to drink and i'll certainly be having another. (334 characters)

Photo of enslighet01
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given a bottle of this on my birthday in 2011, and I allowed it to age in a cool dark pantry until spring 2013.

I've had this beer fresh, and while still a solid beer, around the 2 year age mark this beer, in my opinion, is elevated to a truly outstanding brew. In all honesty, I would place it on par with Founder's Breakfast Stout or Cask-Conditioned Old Rasputin when consumed in this manner.

I plan on buying more in the near future, and allowing them to age. (472 characters)

Photo of openmind
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A lovely dark brown/Black.

Smell: The first time i tried it the rich chocolate came to the fore. The Second time the coffee was stronger. I can't wait to see /taste what the bottle 3 brings!

Taste: I find this beer in perfect balance between the stout flavor, java, choco and oak. I was thinking it would pair well with dessert, but i had it with my flank steak and it was a great playmate too.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is luscious.

Overall: A wonderful beer that's different flavors pop in and out as the tasting goes on. I look forward to trying this on tap. One of my top 3 stouts. (602 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black body, head is well over 1 inch and dark brown. Head retention was very good and lacing was good.

Smell is of freshly ground coffee mixed with warm brownies. Sweet chocolate syrup and burnt malts are also in there. Faint hops are present and the aroma of alcohol is light though it smells more of port wine.

Taste is a mix of bitter chocolate, biscuity roasted malts, and cold strong coffee. Sweet Hershey's syrup comes in next, this tastes very similar to an actual mocha. Slight hops are present but I think a majority of the beers bitterness comes from the coffee. At 8% abv, the flavor of alcohol was hidden mostly.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light for an imperial stout, and well carbonated. Normally this would be bad but the head added a nice richness to the body and rounded it out nicely.

Overall this beer was pretty damn good. Chocolate, coffee, malts and alcohol all balanced well. I finished the bomber pretty easily which isnt very common for such a rich beer. While this beer lacks the complexity of my all time favorites, it's definitely one that I'll have to revisit soon. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a mocha ring of head.

S: Fudgy chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, deeply complex, a bit earthy.

T: Vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, coffee.

M: Full bodied, not really smooth.

O: The flavor and smell are really good, though the mouthfeel is a bit off. I like the fullness of it, but I really prefer my beer smooth. (334 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Duvel snifter.
Dark brown to pitch black in color with just a hint of light passing through the sides. One finger dark tan color head that dissipates fairly quickly.
This is one of the best aromas from an oak-aged imperial stout I have had to date. Exactly what the label says, coffee, chocolate and oak notes that are balanced to perfection. All are present, but not overwhelming.
The aroma translates almost perfectly into the taste. Roasted coffee upfront, followed by bitter dark chocolates and a woody finish with slight astringency that cleanses the palate nicely.
A very well-balanced, tasty, easy to drink medium-bodied stout.
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Definitely worth a try and comes recommended. (752 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WTF! Screw top with glued on foil on top? What kinda hornswagler crap is that? Not sure what they were going for, but lets see how the beer is. Also despite that I don't see a date, I'm pretty sure this is fairly fresh. Reading most of the other bad reviews in retrospect, I think most of the bad reviews were because they had an older bottle. I know Peak Organic bottles tend to sit on the shelves for a while in most places, so maybe that is just all the more reason they should invest in dating.

Pours a darker colored half fizzy half fluffy but a bit creamy head of about 1 finger that fades at a med pace with pot marks, and plenty of marks of lacing. The beer is pretty much pitch black, no light getting through.

The nose is interesting, it wafts out tons of chocolate, dark chocolate and some cocoa nib like aromas, a thick chewy luscious chocolate aroma. Then coffee, a light espresso like coffee but not a ton, no burnt or overpowering coffee, just enough to bring a nice mocha java like kick. As I swirl it a bit and get past the layers of chocolate and coffee, out pops a bit of oak, a light woody toasted oak, followed closely by vanilla touches, and even a bit of caramel. Surprisingly well done so far for completely organic... then again how do they know the oak tree that was used for the barrel was raised organic? I think I got 'em on that one...

Taste starts a bit creamy, almost oatmeal like but not quite, and quickly turns to chocolate. More like Hersheys melted chocolate that you just pulled out of your pocket and forgot was there. It then brings a nice cocoa flavor, almost cocoa nib like, with some baker's chocolate, fairly luscious. The heavy chocolate bends more for a bit of oak this time next in line. The oak brings a light woody taste but more of the toasted oak and vanilla, this oak doesn't seem like it was aged with whisky or spirit before, more like fresh oak chips. Coffee comes in in the background at first, but starts to get a bit nagging with an acidic slightly acrid burnt flavor, but very little, but it keeps nagging at the back of my mind as I keep trying to swish the beer around my mouth. I think there is a bit of roasted malt in there as well, or over roasted I should say, that accentuates that slight acrid flavor. It also brings a light fluffy nougat like taste, and some caramel as well, with a nice caramelization actually. A bit of earthy spicy grassy hops come through, adding a bit more bitterness to what came from the roasted malts, but a nice balance of hops to the malts letting you know it's there, and adding a nice bitterness, but letting the malts be the main stay of the show. The later the taste goes, the more it warms, and the more I swish it around my mouth, I get a touch of fresh coffee grinds, and even a bit of licorice. It finishes slightly drier but sticky and a bit syrupy, with lots more lingering dark malt flavors, syrupy caramel and sweeteners, a bit of coffee, and just a little chocolate. I get that feel like I just sucked on some dark chocolate with coffee bits and it has completely dissolved and all that's left is the remnants of my taste bud memories of it.

Mouth is fairly rich, luscious, a bit creamy, with decent carb, and the slightest hint of warming booze only in the throat as it goes down (none in the mouth surprisingly).

Overall pretty well done I think, great flavors of chocolate, coffee, malts, just the right sweetness and smoothness, drinks well for 8.4%, and a long finish. The aroma is right on, the taste gets slightly acrid and acidic from the coffee and roast but not enough to really hurt the beer, and the oak seems done in just the right proportions. If only it was bourbon soaked oak chips I think this would be in a whole new level. (3,755 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Dark brown almost black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a lingering burnt chocolate aftertaste. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH. (329 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into snifter.

A: Dark chocolate coloured with no head. Opaque cola.

S: Excellent! Mostly strong milk chocolate, but also cold coffee, and even some hops.

T: This is actually really good. Slightly tart, sort of fruity (cherry?), with bitter/roasted chocolate malt and sweet wood.

M: Smooth and nice, but ever-so-slightly thin.

O: I really, really liked this beer. Would have again. Highly recommended. (435 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep black with a huge mocha head (fitting) that sticks around a while and laces well.

huge coffee/mocha aroma. a bit of vanilla and wood on the back end and plenty of bittersweet chocolate. very aromatic and enticing.

not quite as strong-flavored as the aroma would suggest. mocha coffee with a very strong lean towards the bittersweet chocolate and even some bitter cacao. some woody hops even make their way in, but the oak aging only provides a slight vanilla essence.

a touch lighter bodied than most barrel aged stouts of this strength, but a nice, velvety carbonation that lends to a heavy cream feel.

Pretty impressed. It's not going to knock off the best stouts/imperial stouts/oak aged stouts, but its very tasty. however, it is very chocolate/coffee/mocha heavy. Similar to Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, but with an added oak aging that, though slight, is pleasant. (887 characters)

Photo of WyethBednar
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 (616 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a glass goblet as I watched 'From Hell'.

This one is dark on the pour with a 1-finger sandy tan head that builds and settles without much fanfare. Poured and let come up to temperature as it was cold- 20 minutes later and there's still a nice head on this.

The aroma is straight cocoa coffee. Really draws you in. I could sniff this all night. But I want to taste it!

Heavy coffee flavors accented by sweet creamy chocolate. The oak is a bit harder to find. The coffee is tempered- it's not overly roasty, acrid, or bitter. Perhaps the oak mellowed everything out a bit.

This beer is full and has moderately high carbonation for the style, making it easy to drink. No complaints here.

I really enjoyed this one over the course of an hour or so. Much more enjoyable closer to room temp. @$6 a bottle I might grab a few more before the winter subsides. A delightful surprise of a beer. (901 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass.

A: Darkest brown body you can find. Rich, dark tan colored head, mild retention after minutes.

S: Sweet chocolate syrup calms down a hefty oak presence. Dark chocolate candy undertones.

T/M: Tastes like breakfast, banana and syrup on the back end for a smooth finish. Lingers with coco powder with a hint of earthly milk. Silky smooth up front to a chappy dry finish. A slight burn from the oak pokes it head out for a quick second. Hints of fruity hops.

O: Mocha - Check. Oak - Check. Full-bodied Stout - Check. Well put together for style. Above average flavors with a remarkable light body. Can not think of a better desert after a hearty meal. (669 characters)

Photo of Alkali
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Black as night, with a small head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Oak and wood. Not much cocoa in the nose, but definitely a sweet quality from the ABV.

T - Lots of oak and cocoa. The cocoa lingers towards the end. A slight sting and lingering dryness from the mixture of cocoa and oats. Not overly sweet.

M - Medium body, but creates a lingering dryness.

O - Definitely a nice beer for a cool night. The oak and cocoa are well presented, but there is not a lot of depth otherwise. Don't get me wrong; I definitely recommend this beer. It is unique and delicious. Just be prepared for a nice melding of mocha and oak. (660 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like rich and sweet dark chocolate, with delicious espresso and creamy milk chocolate, and a bit of oak and vanilla and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, with roasted coffee and a little copper and oak. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had beautiful looks and scent, but the taste wasn't as amazing and the body was a bit weak. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Probably best fresh. Recommended, if only to smell. (614 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very small cap

S: Lots of roasted malts up front, along with a good amount of chocolate and coffee. A touch of oak comes through in the background. Very reminiscent of FBS

T: Starts off with the roasted malts and some astringent coffee. The chocolate and oak then make an appearance with the roast and coffee still lingering. Finishes with lingering coffee, which lends both a light bitterness and astringency. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch too carbonated

O: A solid mocha stout with plenty of coffee and chocolate. On the milder side, as it never gets anywhere near being overly sweet. A nice winter sipper (746 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with no head. Aromas are rich, with a dark cocoa nib bittersweet blending with a strong espresso and mocha overtone. Smells delicious. Flavors are smooth and creamy, with a sharp, bittersweet chocolate and cocoa blending, some oak/woody highlights, vanilla essence, and a slight smokey presence. The aftertaste is creamy and coffee, and the beer's body is light on the finish, with a slight cloy and bitterness left behind. Very smooth and creamy throughout, making this easy to drink. Good, solid stout. (577 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has note of cocoa powder, molasses and roast coffee with a hint of oak. It pours an opaque warm sable with a fairly thick, rather persistent, fluffy tan head. Flavor has roast coffee, licorice, woody and semi-sweet chocolate notes plus a whisper of caramel. Smooth texture has some good fizz and body, and leaves a woody, smoky, slightly mocha finish. (357 characters)

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured part of the 22oz bottle into a Guinness stout glass. it was a deep dark brown but not quite black crowned by a dense 1.5 inch brown head that stuck on the glass as it receded.

Fantastic aromas of cocoa powder, chocolate truffle, coffee.

Nice chocolate flavors and cappuccino. The oak is readily evident and imparts vanilla highlights.

Mouthfeel was nice. I can't believe it is 8.4%ABV - drinks very smooth. Only complaint would be that carbonation was lacking. Might also suggest a little more hops. For an Imperial it is on the lighter side.

Very good overall and I will have no trouble finishing this. (616 characters)

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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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