Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout - Peak Organic Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
02-12-2012 01:23:26 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +5%
A- Black bodied ale poured into a pint glass with a light mocha colored head. Head is a few fingers in size and has good retention. Some nice webs of lace.
S- Pretty much mocha but not all that rich or strong. Has nice hints of coffee, cocoa, oak and roast malt. Some caramel rounding it out. An unexpected tart berry note.
T- Seems like it might be infected, a lactic tartness going on but it actually enhances the beer for me. Rich dark cocoa powder bitter notes, coffee roast and general dark malts. The tart fruit berries adds a nice element. The oak is woody and adds a slight vanilla feel. The oak eventually feels like a bourbon toffee note, its nice.
MF- Creamy and foamy feel with moderate carbonation. Slight tart feel (probably not meant to be here) and bitter dark cocoa.
Good flavor with an unexpected twist. Good balance of oak and darker beer elements.
02-11-2012 04:01:05 | More by cbutova
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
02-11-2012 00:19:36 | More by mountdew1
2.75/5 rDev -27.8%
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.
02-10-2012 14:52:48 | More by sentomaster
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
A: A pitch black pour with a nice dense chocolate brown head. Retention is excellent. Decent legs.
S: Tons of strong chocolaty coffee (or mocha if you prefer). A bit of creamy vanilla from the oak and there is a touch of roasted malt hiding in the background too.
T: Quite oaky up front and throughout. Strong coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of vanilla. Once these flavors fade the vanilla oakiness sticks around in the aftertaste for a while. Quite creamy too. Coffee flavor is quite smooth, not harsh and acrid like some beers. As the beer warms to room temp, there is a fair amount of even stronger charred oak in the taste, detracting from the otherwise great flavors.
M: Smooth, creamy, wonderful.
O: A fairly well balanced stout. Unfortunately a touch too oaky, I think the rest of the flavors would shine even better once the oak flavor fades a bit. Perhaps a little age would do it some good. It's not horribly unbalanced, but prevents it from really generating great scores in my opinion.
02-09-2012 03:19:00 | More by Dope
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
$6.50 for a kiddie cup at Greenland Cafe, Somerville MA
Opaque black with a georgia clay colored head. No lace and a few swirls of retention shift on the top of my beer like an oil slick.
Smells like dark, dark char, black coffee and beautiful warm wood. Tastes like as dark and chary-y as the nose indicates but finishes with a sugary butter finish akin to maple sugar candy.
Odd that a wood aged mocha beer has more maple character than most maple beers.
01-30-2012 11:36:07 | More by donkeyrunner
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
01-29-2012 19:00:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
01-29-2012 00:46:57 | More by johnnnniee
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
01-27-2012 21:51:07 | More by bearsxco
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Enjoyed in a glass goblet as I watched 'From Hell'.
This one is dark on the pour with a 1-finger sandy tan head that builds and settles without much fanfare. Poured and let come up to temperature as it was cold- 20 minutes later and there's still a nice head on this.
The aroma is straight cocoa coffee. Really draws you in. I could sniff this all night. But I want to taste it!
Heavy coffee flavors accented by sweet creamy chocolate. The oak is a bit harder to find. The coffee is tempered- it's not overly roasty, acrid, or bitter. Perhaps the oak mellowed everything out a bit.
This beer is full and has moderately high carbonation for the style, making it easy to drink. No complaints here.
I really enjoyed this one over the course of an hour or so. Much more enjoyable closer to room temp. @$6 a bottle I might grab a few more before the winter subsides. A delightful surprise of a beer.
01-19-2012 14:34:03 | More by ShogoKawada
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
deep black with a huge mocha head (fitting) that sticks around a while and laces well.
huge coffee/mocha aroma. a bit of vanilla and wood on the back end and plenty of bittersweet chocolate. very aromatic and enticing.
not quite as strong-flavored as the aroma would suggest. mocha coffee with a very strong lean towards the bittersweet chocolate and even some bitter cacao. some woody hops even make their way in, but the oak aging only provides a slight vanilla essence.
a touch lighter bodied than most barrel aged stouts of this strength, but a nice, velvety carbonation that lends to a heavy cream feel.
Pretty impressed. It's not going to knock off the best stouts/imperial stouts/oak aged stouts, but its very tasty. however, it is very chocolate/coffee/mocha heavy. Similar to Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, but with an added oak aging that, though slight, is pleasant.
01-14-2012 06:51:46 | More by silentjay
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
01-12-2012 03:06:59 | More by RyanLigeia
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-07-2012 21:52:17 | More by PEIhop
Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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