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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: 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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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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 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

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jbertsch
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of taigor
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tfsimpkins
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Jesse14
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of stevegregg
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zoolzoo
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.

Photo of jennaski01
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
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.

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 cbutova
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sentomaster
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.

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

Photo of 603BeerMe
1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

Photo of McLaughlin5350
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$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.

Photo of 11millsown113
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.