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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha StoutPeak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout

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73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 239
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of sulldaddy
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampling a cellar temp bomber split with Stopper and poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a dark cola brown hue with minimal beige head. Aroma is mild baker's chocolate and some roasted malt with just a hint of coffee bean in the background. I dont really get any oak notes and overall the nose is very mild.
First sip reveals a smooth textured beer with mild carbonation that combine for high drinkability.
Flavor is some mild chalky chocolate and a bit of roasted malt with maybe hints of oak on the dry finish. Again the flavor profile is pretty mild and slightly disappointing. I dont get any hints of the booze and there isnt much of a hop hit anywhere either.

While the beer is decent, I am not wowed by it and am actually left desiring a little more. I had hoped for a little more robust flavor and nose and got neither. Nothing flawed just a seriously underwhelming beer in my opinion.

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Photo of sentomaster
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a dense, slightly transparent black with a thick one finger mocha colored head that recedes quickly leaving decent lacing.

S- A bit of soft, smooth coffee and milk chocolate. Smoky and charred oak aromas.

T/M- The charred oak really comes to life and overwhelms this beer. It doesn't allow for the other characteristics to shine through. Lots of oak and earthy smoke. The stout flavors are underneath but they get lost under the oak barrel. too bad.

O- I really like peak, but this was a big disappointment. No need to try this unless you can't get enough oak in your stout.

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Black pour, khaki head. Bubbly lacing.

S: Burnt coffee, metallic tinge. Cocoa bean, touch of dark fruit.

T: Sharp roasted coffee almost completely dominates the initial flavor. Bitter chocolate presence mid sip, struggling to stay afloat. Finish is dry and woody, generically bitter.

M: Thicker side of medium for body. Carbonation is medium as well. Super dry in the finish.

O: Not so impressed by this one. I think Peak is a great brewery but this is not their best offering.

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Photo of nickfl
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

JA - pours with a small head of off white foam on a black body. The head settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - a strong aroma of raw oak with chocolate and brown sugar in the background.

T - dark sugar up front with a bit of chocolate. Some strongly oaky flavors in the middle that eclipse everything else in the finish with a tannic character that lingers on the palate.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - the oak character is way, way too strong and while the base beer seems nice it is pretty much impossible to ignore the oak. This beer tastes like someone spilled beer on a piece of raw wood.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: single finger tan head on a jet black body. Nice Lacing.

S: mild aroma with vanilla, chocolate, espresso/mocha and some roasted malts. Very nice oak presence.

T: this one defines oak aged. This one is oak aged to the extreme which is too much. The roasted malts and mocha are an afterthought on the palate and are barely noticeable until the finish.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: well the oak aging is grossly overdone. The base beer is not comment-able. This one is pretty bad.

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Photo of Damian
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my girlfriend's parents, Neil and Joyce, for treating us to this.

Pitch black in appearance. The oily, viscous liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger crop of cocoa colored foam that slowly dissipated to a clingy film. Drippy rings of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was sweet, rich and quite pleasant. Freshly brewed coffee was most noticeable. Slightly roasty. Lots of smooth, dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla also came through strong.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the nose. Some roasted malts briefly appeared on the front end before a stale, acidic coffee flavor took over. The beer literally tasted like a chilled pot of coffee that had previously been left on a warming burner overnight. I would almost dare to say that this beer might be infected. There was also an unusual sour quality that seemed to intensify on the back end. Notes of char and coffee grounds trailed in the finish. On a positive note, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

The mouthfeel was slick and oily yet quite thin for the style. Most imperial stouts register in the 10-12% ABV range. With this one being only 8.4%, I expected it to be somewhat thinner, but not quite so watery. A bit more carbonation could have lent the beer some needed creaminess as well.

Peak Organic's Oak Aged Mocha Stout started so strong yet finished so poorly. I love the fact that these guys are using local, New England artisan products in their beer, but now they need to work on execution.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty standard. The head is a beautiful dark tan color but disappears kinda quick, leaves some lacing though.

Smells good but maybe a little too strong on the coffee.

Taste is also a little too strong of coffee. Its got some nice things hidden underneath but the coffee a little over powering. I really wish the chocolate and oak were more prominent.

Mouthfeel is decent. Nothing out of the ordinary. A little more "fizzy" than I had hoped.

Overall its not bad, at all. I've definitely had worse and some people might actually like this aspect of it but for ME the intense coffee flavor was a bit of a turnoff.

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Photo of Amalak
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours black with a two inch tan head. The head settles shortly into a thin crown. Lacing is sparse and wispy.

S: Strong roasted coffee bean scent initially. This is backed by a toasted oak and vanilla presence that doesn’t slouch either. Powdery cocoa and brownies too. Just the slightest hints of citric acidity and darkfruit. It smells delicious, and very well balanced.

T: Bitter acidity, a lemony-orange citrus bite, and some tart cherry-like fruit tastes open, and they build as the beer warms. These subside as a wave of mocha overtakes the palate. On the nose the coffee and chocolate tastes seemed distinct and separate. Here they are intertwined and inseparable. Roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup all merge as one entity, and a delicious one at that. Roasted malt tastes lie at the core of the beer. Touch of vanilla asserts itself quickly and quietly at various intervals. Woody oak flavors dry things out a bit, but play only a supporting role. The long, drawn out finish is a wash of bitter dark chocolate chips and chocolate syrup.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, lush, and a little fluffy and velvety. Low carbonation. A very smooth and well-rounded mouthfeel.

O: This has the potential to be a very delicious beer, but overly citric and bitter hop tastes start to wear on the palate more and more as you drink. Great balance on the nose, but not so much in the taste.

Notes: The tart cherry tastes on the attack definitely felt out of place, to the point that I suspect the early stages of an infection. It was mild enough to have me doubting myself though. At any rate, it didn't prevent me from getting the whole picture here. The recipe feels like it needs a few tweaks. Cut back on the hops, maybe change up the hop varieties.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid blackness with a decent sized fluffy tan head that persists and makes lace. Wow that smells pretty good. Lots of coffee and chocolate draped over some oaky vanilla and some vinous notes. It falls apart a bit in the flavor department though. Same creamy chocolate and coffee draped over vanilla and oak, but add a bit too much tannin bite and a weird but faint plastic phenolic. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy thick smooth mouthfeel. This ones not bad but I could take it or leave it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Passed to me a rich-looking, black body underneath a fine layer of khaki-colored suds.

Smell: You've got coffee, chocolate chunks, and French oak in the nose -- all pleasant, all present, alongside notes of light caramel and toasted multi-grain bread.

Taste: Starts sweet but also surprisingly sooty and almost harshly ashen with hints of a well-used fireplace rather obscuring the flavors of caramel, dark chocolate, and an already mild hint of prunes. Splash of soundly bold coffee. Noticed oak notes. Fair amounts of roast, chocolate, and fireplace sweepings on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Ultimately, it's just okay. The brew started out promising but faulted somewhat on in the all-crucial flavor department.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Hannaford in Durham, NH. No code or age statement to be found anywhere. Served cold in a standard tulip.

A: A hard pour gives a small mocha-colored head that leaves some larger foamy bubbles behind as it settles. Some dense lace clings to the glass. Brew is dark dark brown and opaque, no light gets through.

S: Warm milk chocolate and smooth vanilla aromas abound, even while still fairly cold. Just a hint of astringent coffee. The vanilla has a soft buttery toffee kind of feel. As it warms/ breathes, raw fresh-cut oak wood comes through pretty strong and dominates.

T: Dark semi-bitter chocolate and coffee. Vanilla plays only a very minor role here, manifesting mostly as toffee; turns out most of that was in the smell. Coffee chimes in with a thin acidic note, doesn't really agree too well with the other flavors. Aftertaste is of sweet toffee, acidic coffee, and an odd fruity/ tropical something.

M: Moderately thick and filling, but the coffee cuts through with a dry acidic note that keeps it from being too heavy. Carbo is appropriate. Finishing the bomber is turning into a chore. High final gravity.

O: The flavors don't really play too well together, like each is battling the others for dominance. Choppy and disjointed. Maybe the brewer is trying to do too much here. Or maybe it's just too young and needs to age for a year or two. No age statement on the bottle, which is annoying.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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. 

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Photo of mountdew1
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Had a breat dirty cream head. Was nearly a half inch thick and lasted a good while. Color is brilliantly dark. Pours a little thin, but the color is right on.

S: Meh...unimpressive. Too much hop aroma for the style. I know Peak loves the scent, but not if you wanna stay consistent. More Malt fellas!

T: Good, don't get me wrong. Just realy wish a mocha stout had a bit more going on for it. Taste more like a hopped up stout. I guess it is consistent with the smell anyway.

M: To thin for a stout, but well carbed and does leave the right tone on the tongue.

O: Not terrible. Just nothing I want to write home about. I enjoy Peak and support them whenever possible, but not on this brew. It'll be a one time thing. Price was very resonable though, so nothing tragic here.

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Photo of atr2605
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate black color with decent head and minimal lacing. Aromas of wood, coffee and (bourbon??). Taste is bold with the coffee and chocolate coming through quite nicely, especially as the beer warms. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is good and finish is pretty clean and light for this beer...

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Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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! 

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of TheVag
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure: I'm new to the world of stout. I'm dipping my toe in, reluctantly and with a lot of whining, much to the dismay of my husband. I'm suspicious of beverages that taste like I ought to be chewing them. Having said that, on this night I'm also watching a rather interesting playoff football game being held in 5 degree weather and laughing at all the bare arms of the players, and I figure if the those dudes can bear the windchill on their arm cannons I can certainly man up and try this Mocha Stout.

It pours out unremarkably, with not much of a head, although in color it's a rich dark brown (like an espresso, amiright???). I get a good whiff of vanilla, and something just a bit sugary, but for me there's not much else in the nose except a little bit of metal, or maybe that's the fermentation? The oak? Listen: I warned you, I'm new to this stuff. I do quite like the taste: I definitely get the slightly bitter chocolate, a touch of acid, but it's also very smooth. There's only a slight carbonation. It's a little like drinking a tasty cold coffee drink. It's a happy mouthfeel, light and pleasant and certainly not too gooey, but it does lack some depth. Overall, I'd happily drink it again-- much to the delight of my husband, who has vowed to convert me to a stout believer. I think I can feel the chest hair growing as I write this!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of bearsxco
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass. Poured very dark brown with a one finger tan head is fluffy and took about 2 min. to dissipate. Smells of cocoa powder and a burnt oak. First sip was all oak flavor, but as I let it warm I began to get a mild coffee and cocoa flavor. Burnt oak taste comes on the back end, seems more like a little alcohol burn. Nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall not a bad beer. The oak slightly overpowers the coffee and chocolate flavor, but definitely drinkable. Would drink again.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"This is an extravagant, immoderate beer. We mixed together our three favorite things-beer, chocolate and coffee. A rich stout serves as the backbone, with organic black malt and chocolate malt providing a luscious foundation. during the boil, we add artisan chocolate from our 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." Brewed in the style of an Oak aged American Imperial Stout brewed with organic chocolate and coffee. Available as a rotating annual release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) The beer pours a creamy frothed chocolate brown head over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Toasted baker's chocolate, cold roasted coffee beans with a touch of earthiness, some mild roasted malt and a touch of caramel body. The oak aging is fairly easy to pick up on, as it adds a distinctive wet wood and vanilla character to an aromatically ordinary stout. 3.5

(Taste) Moderate earthy roast and a light drizzle of chocolate syrup alongside a moderate caramel grain body. The oak aging generates a distinctive oak overtone that pairs well with the stout as well as stands out against it. The notes of vanilla bean and wet toasted wood are difficult to overlook. Finishes clean with a mild stickiness and the majority of the attention going to the oak characteristics. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, moderately chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is soft generating a smooth and subtle creamy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, heavy overall. Balance is roasty bitter and oaky dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, and there are no off characters to mention. 3.5

(Overall) Peak's Oak Aged Mocha Stout does bring a lot of oak aged flavor to the table, generating a beer that's about a 50/50 focus of the stout and of the oak profile. To that extent, it's not too common, as many American Imperial Stouts take it easy around oak profiles. For the right price, this beer is certainly worth a try alongside other Imperial Stouts. 3.75

Peak Organic Brewing Company's
Oak Aged Mocha Stout

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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