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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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1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

McLaughlin5350, Feb 04, 2012
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2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

sulldaddy, Jun 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

ET678, Mar 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28%
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.

sentomaster, Feb 10, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

zoolzoo, Feb 15, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

kylehay2004, Jun 03, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

nickfl, Jun 03, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Damian, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

ryan1788a5, Feb 15, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

johnnnniee, Jan 29, 2012
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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.