King's Mocha Java Stout - King Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%
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King Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 03-04-2004)
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Reviews by CRJMellor:
Photo of CRJMellor
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a faint trace of red in the gloom. Thick tan 1-finger head recedes slowly leaving thick copious amounts fo lace on the glassware.
Aroma is a drak cup of raosted black coffee. Great aroma
Flavor is slight hint of sweet chocolate malt to start but then moves to an overpowering roasted bitter ocffee bean flavor. Nice but somewhat one-dimensional.
Mouthfeel has some a brief hint of sweetness to start then a gritty, smoky charcoal note takes over. Minor bittering comes through on the close. Little bit thin for a stout.
Drinkability is very nice. Unexpected beer from a relatively unknown Michigan facility. Thanks to my compadre trbeer for this taster.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque ink black with a minimal mocha colored head that was gone in a flash,big on the java aromas thats for sure dark roasted coffee beans really jump out at ya along with dark bitter chocolate and a touch of wood.As with the aromas the coffee is dominate dark French roasted coffee and un sweetened chocolate up front with a drying earthy/woody finish that lingers well.A nice creamy,full mouthfeel goes well the the robust flavor of this beer.A bit one sided with the java but still a pretty good stout overall.

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a deep black with dark brown edges and a very fizzy half inch of dark tan head. The carbonation and fizziness here is a bit odd. Aromas start with some burnt coffee grounds and chocolate. A bit of a sour, almost lactic twang underneath.

First sip brings some dark roasted malts along with some chocolate and ground coffee flavors. The malt comes across very thin. It flows down with a bit of a sour, slightly acidic twang. Not much hops on the finish, it ends slightly astringent with stingy carbonation. Just not very good.

Mouthfeel is rather light and over carbonated. It doesn't make it very enjoyable to drink. Overall, this one just ends up being a mess and may possibly be infected. If I see a single I'll give it another go, but apart from that I'll pass.

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness indication being offered. Pours pretty darn close to black with a very dark medium bubble mocha head showing excellent retention, and leaving a thick coating of sheeting. the sniff here produces a rich load of expresso and coffee grounds. Fairly thin body wise, but rich in the coffee flavors. If you like coffee this is the stout for you. Can't see ordering too many of these. Active carbonation and a bit prickly on the tongue.

Photo of mully
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TheBlackMallard for this beer

Thin popping head disolves quickly leaving nothing behind opaque black body

Coffee and blackmalts bitterness seems to come from the coffee as well as the light hop presence
Dry - Over carbonated pretty light, not substantial
Due to the lightness this is pretty drinable, ut not an outstanding beer
Pretty good almost all coffee but not much porter

Photo of tastybeer
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is solid brownish black, with a large friendly, creamy cocoa brown head. Not bad looking at all. Nose is thick and full but is majorly burnt roasty coffee smells with milky chocolate sweetness. Smell is pretty good but not awesome or deliciously mouth watering. Taste is really burnt coffee tasting. It would be better if it was less one sided. It still tastes decent but compared to other more well-blended and well-rounded stouts, its inferior. I do like this style too. Its almost like they were going for quantity over sweet delicious quality. It is still enjoyable to an above average degree though, but nowhere near what I've become used to. (Especially after I just had a Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter on tap!) Mouthfeel is fullish, but carbonation is a bit over intense. I suppose it goes with the bitter burnt roastiness maybe but to me its a little in the way. It actually makes it near impossible to evaluate the rest of the mouthfeel because it takes over so much. Drinkability is alright. This beer is fairly enjoyable but I could suck down other stouts far easier.

Ok. A good atempt, but too heavy in one direction. Almost violent for a stout, which I usually find to be friendly and thick. Needs to have less emphasis on the coffee roast, an more on everything else.

Photo of jmz62565
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This a pours a jet black with a large tan foamy head that makes this a nice looking beer,although the head disappears quickly. The smell is a coffee aroma that smells like an old coffee pot, not fresh,almost a burnt flavor. The taste has a very strong coffee flavor that makes this a smoked,burnt flavor. It's not bad, but the m/f is lighter for a stout than I like. This is OK,but I can't get around the burnt coffee flavor of this beer.

Photo of russpowell
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this late July in NC, review based on notes

Poured black with 1 finger of tan head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Some coffee grounds

T: Coffee through & through, nothing to balance it out all. Finished dry & chalky

MF: Light-bodied with low carbonation

Almost a drainpour, Coffee stout freaks may like this. I'll pass on this, unless I'm much closer to the source. Even then, proceed with caution

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Maybe this used to be a 9% imperial, but it is no longer. Nice black/brown pour with a small light tan head. Roast coffee and malt aromas, some light chocolate. Taste was straightforward, similar. Coffee and light chocolates. Medium body, not quite creamy mouthfeel. I thought this was a nice coffee stout.
I'm going to guess I got a bottle from the next batch, because it did not match any of the previous reviews and I certainly would have noticed.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to TheBlackMallard for throwing in this extra.

Pours jet black with a creamy mocha tinged head of foam. Surface has a nice egg cream sheen to it, however, the head doesn't last all that long. A tan ring remains.

Initial aroma is of recently brewed coffee grounds, still hot in the filter. Reminds me alot of Bells Java Stout, but the aroma doesn't have quite the sharpness or staying power.

Nutty with mellow coffee flavor. Lower carbonation and low acidity from the coffee. Lingering roastiness, without much bitterness. An easy drinker overall, it could use a touch more carbonation. My bottle was fresh and there was no sourness at all.

Photo of wedge
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black with a mammoth foamy tan head. In fact, the head was so explosive, it took me a good ten minutes to pour. Smells exactly as one would expect: rich, chocolatey, ice coffee. Bitter, acrid coffee flavor with a middling sweetness. Kind of attacks the palate though with burnt malts and unfortunately coarse carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium but, as the head seems to suggest, this stuff is way over carbonated for the style and quite dry.

Man, they need to smooth this out a bit...add some rolled oats or something. The smell was promising but this was pretty dissapointing overall.

Photo of wcudwight
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Enola for the 12oz bottle.
No feshness date found.
Pours an opaque black with a massive froathy and fizzy head that held together for awhile.
Smell's of fresh ground coffee.
Taste like strong black coffee. Mild hint of a lactose type sweetness at the end. Acidic finish.
The massive head and the carbonation give it a good mouthfeel.
Overall a good beer if you like strong coffee flavors as I do. Still it would be hard for me to drink more than one of these at a time.
Recommended if you are a coffee lover.

Photo of Lupe
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a faint garnet hue when held to the light. Nice light brown head that stuck around for a bit and left some lace. Big time coffee aroma, deep and roasty. Roasted flavors dominate this brew. Starts with bittersweet chocolate and then it gets to the roasted coffee. A nice espresso bitterness is present and lingers into the aftertaste. Smooth and creamy, medium in body. Quite drinkable and tasty. Not as good as Bell's, but I would take it over a cup of coffee anyday.

Photo of mntlover
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with some deep reds showing thru with light, a nice creamy mocha colored head that falls to a film imparting some lace.

Aroma is coffee in the forefront smelling lightly old and bitter with chocolate and smoky hints underneath. Some light hops and fruitiness, prunish, also noted.

Taste is coffee with chocolate notes, again smoky flavors show up. A light fruitiness seems to make its presence noticed thru out. Roasted malts appear but are subtle, coffee definitely dominates. Some light hop noted in the finish they mingle in with the smoke. Mouthfeel affects the taste for me making this stout seem light and watery, or maybe its all the coffee and no real roasted malt noted?

Mouthfeel is a minus on this baby might hit medium but carbonation making it seem like light almost watery like again.

Drinkability is ok the flavors aren't bad hell right on for a java stout lots of coffee flavors just sucks it has that coffee mouthfeel. Any way thanks go to Enola for this bottle.

Photo of GbVDave
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice looking black body with some dark brown towards the edges. Mocha colored one finger head that quickly disappears to nothing leaving a sickly looking smear of lace.

S: Strong aroma of espresso followed by an odd fleeting scent of a dirty ashtray.

T: Espresso coffee, and roasted malt dominate with hints of dark chocolate. Tart fruit and a tiny hop bite in the bitter coffee finish.

M: Thin and chalky. Unfortunately watery.

D: Just above average. Too thin and watery with flavors too unbalanced towards the bitter side of the spectrum. I bet this stout on nitro pour would do wonders.

Photo of meathookjones
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black color body with a small tan head and minimal lace. Plenty of coffee and roasty notes come out at first but seem to disappear quickly leaving a bland sweet and slightly tart aroma. Flavor starts off with some burnt coffee and roastiness followed by a big dose so sweetness. It is overall a weak flavor that seems to lean too much towards the sweet side. A bit smooth but too thin made this feel like watery coffee at times. I finished it easy enough but would not have another.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large dense brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is rich and creamy with mostly roasted coffee as the name of the beer would lead you to believe. There is a touch of hops, but it's very faint.

T: The taste is very malty and full of fresh ground coffee, but doesn't overwhelm you with sweetness as many other coffee flavored beers can. A mild bitterness follows and even though there's a mild hops presence, the bitterness is mostly from the coffee flavor. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is sticky and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, a little bit filling, good representation style, this is one of those beers that I could keep on drinking, but might fill me up too quickly after only a few of them. However, you’re into the coffee flavored beers then this is a good one for you.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, very fizzy initially, concluding with nary a bubble on the surface of the opaque dark brown/black brew. Lacing is minimal as well. Aroma is strong on the coffee, with some light chocolate sweetness hiding in there as well. Flavor is also strong coffee at the start, but the chocolate malts come through more strongly here, and even though they never equal the coffee, bitterness is controlled. Mouthfeel is reasonable, but could stand with some more carbonation, and drinkability is okay as well. Not a bad brew, but I was expecting more.

Photo of Enola
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has the most explosive head I have saw to date. It nearly blew the cap when I was opening it. As you would expect, there is a massive head. It took me a good ten minutes just to pour this beer into the glass. The head is just a bit foamy and not creamy though. The beer is jet black. The smell is coffee and a touch of chocolate. A very malty brew. The taste is all coffee. Not much in the way of hops here. This beer is good. As some of the carbonation leves, it becomes better. At first it fizzes like Pepsi. If you like coffee beers, this one is reccomended.

Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The NFL playoffs are starting today so what better way to start the day myself than cracking open a coffee stout. This beer is really dark, slighlt red shade around the sides but unfortunately no head, just a bit of tan bubbles skimming across the top. Smell is dominated by coffee beans, like I just opened a fresh bag of columbian coffee. There's also a slight vinous note in there that has seemed to evolve to a cherry liquer. The taste turns the coffee beans notes into a strong espresso shot but there's a decent amount of this sweet cherry liquer flavor in there that starts to get too sweet for me. Body is thin and mouthfeel is on the flat side. Finish is smooth and somewhat sweet but not acidic at all. This beer is like an espresso with lots of sugar and then some cherries put in. I think I'd like it in an espresso sized cup as well as it grew cloying and a bit boring by the end.

Photo of SupaCelt
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This purple juice required some coaxing to grow a head. After increasing heights and adjusting the vigor, a small cocoa head rose up in a crackly soda pop fashion and blew itself out in mere moments. A very lackluster first impression. The nose is a sort of butter drizzled coffee beans and stale smoker's jacket sleeve with a mixture of baker's chocolate and powdered milk splattered about on said sleeve. Not milk chocolate. Baker's chocolate and powdered milk made milk. Splattered about on a sleeve. Maybe a drip of window cleaner as well. The taste is backburnered instantly by the stark realization that this beer is crucially flat. It is like drinking a sample of mud puddle with flavour additives. After the flatness is dealt with, flavours of aforementioned coffee or coffee beanery and specific chocolates and the occult milky presence are more apt to be observed or tasted rather. The mouthfeel is mostly mid thickness and flat. Barely a tingle is felt. The drinkability is okay but rapidly approaching why continue status. Nothing overtly impressive to see here. This needs more bubbles.

Photo of jaxon53
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

King's Mocha Java Stout. Served chilled in a pint glass. Poured a little vigorously but barely any head formed. What head it had was tan/brown that turned quickly to nothing but a little spot in the middle of the glass. It did pour a nice black color with zero carbonation. Smelled of freshly brewed coffee, and maybe a hint of chocolate. Tasted again of coffee. Pretty much just coffee. A little too much coffee. Is this beer flat or is it just me? This beer was a bit thin and alot flat in the mouth. It seems pretty drinkable . I didn't think this beer was too bad, just nothing to write home about. I'd probably try this one again.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice and black on the pour. Thin mocha head doesn't stay long, leaving only a sparse cover and collar.

Aroma - coffee grounds, a bit aged but intense to the point of having a jalapeno pepperiness. Some grain weakly tries to show some light chocolate but really can't get anything going against the java. The pepper actually got stronger as it set up, but faded during the sampling.

Taste - nice chocolaty, smoky grain out of the gate. The coffee hits right after, biting and dark. On the swallow it lets up a bit and really comes into its own. Smoother, softer flavoring, the malt roastiness now complementing really well. The aftertaste is very nice, like a fresh sip of coffee, once again reminding me too late of the travails of sampling coffee beers later in the evening...

Mouthfeel - too thin, but the carbonation level is crisp, amplifying that a bit.

Drinkability - this beer grew on me and I could use a few more. Thanks to whoever that was at DLD that hooked me up with this out of his trunk, one of those on-the-spot trades. Delicious brew.

Photo of Derek
2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Black, tan head, not much retention, only a hint of lace.

S: Burnt rubber, DARK roasted coffee, black-strap molases.

T: Dark java, fairly dry, burnt, rubber, astrigent grain.

M: Moderate to full body, very chalky, moderate carbonation.

D: Definitely not impressed.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't find this beer all that wonderful, but it's worthy of a sample. Poured out to a dark black color with a smaller head of dark brown foam. Some lace. Lower carbonation. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and malt. Nice. Taste was a bit on the harsh side, as the coffee seemed to bite too much, the malt was too flat, and the dark chocolate was kind of on the sweet side for my taste. Mouthfeel was ok, but could've been more chewy and thick. Drinkability is average; I bet this would go great with vanilla ice cream.

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King's Mocha Java Stout from King Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.