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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
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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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 kylehay2004
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

Photo of nickfl
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with my wife the other day, reviewed from notes, served in a tulip. This was a decent stout but there was nothing oak aged or mocha about it unfortunately.

Beer is black with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, mild.

Beer is medium in body and finishes nicely on the backend. It is roasty and bitter from the roast, the forward isn't too sweet. Again I don't pick up any mocha that is apart from the normal flavors of the stout and no mild vanilla or oak character. Oh well, I don't think I'd have this again as there are stouts that are better but it was worth a try.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of espresso, roasted malts, coffee. Not a ton going on here, though not bad.

t - Tastes of espresso, coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, toasted malts, chocolate. Very nice and much better then the nose. More going on and the vanill and oak are a nice touch.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

o Overall a pretty nice stout. The nose was a bit one dimensional and not too strong, but I really liked the taste. Would have it again.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some light amounts of very dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light mocha head that very slowly reduces to a thin film covering the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and dark malts which is quickly overtaken by slightly stronger flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. There are some light notes of sweetness and coffee along with the components from the oak barrel - oak and just a hint of vanilla. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost slightly creamy.

O: There is a good amount of complexity to the flavors of this beer and the alcohol is well hidden making it pretty easy to drink. I could easily sip on this beer for quite a while and it was enjoyed with dessert.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

Photo of PEIhop
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into three white wine glasses.

A - resembles coffee after it has been stirred and settled in a french press. Less than a finger head that quickly dissipates leaving minor lacings on the side of the glass.

S - Cocoa powder and dark coffee dominate with subtle hints of oak.

T - combination between dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee. The oak presence is secondary to the coffee and chocolate notes.

M - Light, given the 8.4%ABV with adequate carbonation.

D - A no-brainer for coffee drinkers, but it might bring some of you non-believers to the "dark" side.

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.