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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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86
very good

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
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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ggilman

Maine

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

03-25-2012 01:56:52 | More by ggilman
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cjgator3

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

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! 

03-22-2012 02:51:26 | More by cjgator3
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Walkinbeauty

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

03-19-2012 21:15:52 | More by Walkinbeauty
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Pencible

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

03-15-2012 20:58:11 | More by Pencible
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

03-14-2012 22:51:49 | More by kaelingirl
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-10-2012 14:58:42 | More by PeteRiz
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angelmonster

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

03-08-2012 05:56:28 | More by angelmonster
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alalvarez75

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

03-04-2012 19:57:49 | More by alalvarez75
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

02-28-2012 05:02:47 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -6%

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.

02-27-2012 21:38:13 | More by mdaschaf
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-27-2012 17:46:49 | More by nmann08
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mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

02-27-2012 17:40:41 | More by mdfb79
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atr2605

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

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

02-25-2012 03:40:28 | More by atr2605
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-24-2012 23:32:16 | More by polishkaz
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Damian

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

02-21-2012 04:28:59 | More by Damian
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beerman999999

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

02-19-2012 15:24:41 | More by beerman999999
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-19-2012 02:36:46 | More by jbertsch
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taigor

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-19-2012 00:12:09 | More by taigor
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tfsimpkins

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-18-2012 13:15:16 | More by tfsimpkins
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Jesse14

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-18-2012 12:44:37 | More by Jesse14
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stevegregg

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-17-2012 20:06:26 | More by stevegregg
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

02-16-2012 11:28:32 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%

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.

02-15-2012 22:44:21 | More by zoolzoo
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jennaski01

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-15-2012 02:02:36 | More by jennaski01
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

02-15-2012 01:59:01 | More by ryan1788a5
Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.