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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

mctizzz, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Vec2267
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of berliner07
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

berliner07, Mar 31, 2012
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.

zaphodchak, Mar 31, 2012
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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. 

ThickNStout, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ggilman
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dictated on my iPad:

Pours a dark black with a tan small tan head. Lots of chocolate and knows Serbian sweet you in a little roast he slightly smoky. Not as much coffee or chocolate in the flavor as there is a nose. How to read chocolate malt syrup be dark cherry, hint of alcohol. At the same amount field with a good amount of carbonation. Then mouth feel was what that should've said. Man I need to work on my articulation.

Overall good beer not as much hope for coffee as I would've liked but in a little lighter than I thought it would be but a very good I'll definitely buy this again.

ggilman, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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! 

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

Walkinbeauty, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Pencible, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kaelingirl, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

PeteRiz, Mar 10, 2012
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.

angelmonster, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of alalvarez75
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

alalvarez75, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +4.7%

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 28, 2012
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.5%

nmann08, Feb 27, 2012
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.

mdfb79, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of atr2605
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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

atr2605, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

polishkaz, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Damian
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
Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +4.7%

beerman999999, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

jbertsch, Feb 19, 2012
Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.