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King's Mocha Java Stout - King Brewing Company

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King's Mocha Java StoutKing's Mocha Java Stout

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rating this specifically as a coffee stout, not a general American stout...

Chocolate and coffee aromas eminate from this black brew occupying my pint glass. The light brown head is minimal, the color opaque. In addition to the great mocha nose, much roasted goodness is present as well. No surprises in the taste - mocha java stout it surely is. Plenty of roast coffee beans, creamy mocha, and roasted grain. The coffee taste is quite prevalent, however it is well done (not overdone). That is a rarity for coffee stouts. Sometimes these beers seem like a half-assed stout with truck stop coffee dumped in. Not so with King's. The flavors work well with each other. Flavor is full bodied, mouthfeel is nice and big, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Huge presenced of roasted grain and coffee slightly hampers the drinkability, although 2 of these in a row wouldn't require great effort. If you are a big fan of coffee, you'll probably enjoy this one.

BeerFink, Apr 27, 2005
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 10, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color. Great tan head on top. Moderate aroma level-nice blend of roasted malt and coffee. Really nice flavor. The coffee tends to dominate but is well balanced with the roasted and chocolate flavors. Nice dryness to it. No real bitterness here outside of the lingering coffee flavor. Good body. Overall a very enjoyable and well balanced beer. I dont drink coffee but this is great. Might get me started actually!

lackenhauser, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice thick dark brown pour settling inky black and opaque as paint, nice thick and luscious foamed finger high head of cocoa brown, crumbles down to a hazy skim and the lacing sticks in thin mega sheeting and globs. Gorgeous brew to set your eyes to.

Aroma is all roasted coffee bean, very nice roasty tone, crispy burnt black malt sweetness sets within and some slight hints to some darkened vanilla and hazelnut.

Taste has more of a smoother mild tone across the roastyness then what the smell leads one to believe, but is still nice. The front is dullish sweet with darkened malten sweetness and some touches of dry chocolate and vanilla. Keeps a good roasty edge throughout leading to the finish where the coffeeness really takes over with a good Ol' cup of Joe dryness and roast of fresh made coffee. Espresso even - deep and roasted. Chocolatey leftovers meld within the finish late and it lingers for a good while. Quite a nice display in the finish.

Feel is about medium, creamy, very smooth and slick until the late finish where the coffee and chocolate make for some excellent drying qualities that linger and that certain twinge of bitterness that is usually associated with both. It could be more fuller, thick, and bold, but that finish is just lovely.

This was a nice surprise, a nice example of what adding coffee to a stout can do. I'm curious as to the ABV and the amount of coffee, cuz i can feel that buzz of caffine mixing in my head along with the alcohol. Not as dramaticly expressive as Bell's Java Stout or the Speedway by Alesmith, but damn if I'm not a believer of this fine potpourri. My brain is splitting, one wants to sleep the other wants to build a fort. I could possibly have more but I might get to wired and drive my wife crazy, or crazier then I already do.

Bigtime thanks to trbeer for the many samples!

tavernjef, Jul 08, 2004
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4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is a very dark brown, with a foamy layer of tan head. The smell is a very strong coffee roastiness. The taste is very strong coffee bitterness, with just a bit of a semi-dry chocolate to balance it out a bit. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. A very strong coffee nature to this one; being a geek, I love coffee, especially as strong and loaded with caffiene as possible, and this one reminds me of a double espress! Quite good, and I'd love to see this one again.

beergeek279, Jun 11, 2004
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4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is black. A small brown head is erected with the pour. It doesn't stick around much though and the lacing is minimal. The aroma is pretty thick with coffee grounds and roasted malt tones. Solid nose. The taste if formidable. Pretty heavy with the coffee bean (French roast??) and char and chocolate and blackened malts. Kind of a dry, acrid aftertaste. A little bit of a tannic presence. But also some underlying sweetness. Pretty complex and very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a little watery and the body a little light. That's the area that needs improvement....a boost in the "heft" factor. Otherwise, this is a very solid coffee stout.

Bighuge, Apr 13, 2007
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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.

Bung, Jul 07, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid black beer, no highlights or light passing thru for that matter. Has a small creamy brown head and a little bit of lace. There is a strong coffe character in the aroma up front with a smooth chocolate note in the background. The coffee and chocolate flavors meld as they pass over your tongue. To create a lovely mocha taste. Which gives way to the coffee characters bitterness on the finish.

ybnorml, Oct 24, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Midnight doesn't get any darker than this pour. Sadly, there is no head to seal the deal and no lacing whatsoever. Nose is absolutely intoxicating! It smells like a sweet mochat with an extra shot of espresso! If you've ever eaten chocolate covered coffee beans then that's what you'll think of when you taste it. Mouth is just a tad bit too thin for my taste. In all, I could and would drink a ton of this. Very nice stuff.

TheBungyo, Apr 10, 2006
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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.

emerge077, Apr 07, 2008
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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.

Lupe, May 25, 2004
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4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love this beer when it's good, I've had a few bottles that were bad from different places. It's great on tap at the source.

Pours black with a minimal head.

Smells exactly like cold coffee.

Tastes like coffee with a hint of cocoa, theres a sharp roasted finish.

Medium carbonation, a little on the thin side but I think it fits.

Great beer and if it's sour you have a bad bottle.

TheBlackMallard, Mar 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Solid black with a light brown head that shows decent retention and clings nicely.

The nose is almost all coffee. Rich and roasted with a hint of hops poking through. Malts way underneath it all.

Upfront the taste is mostly coffee, but it fades into sweet malts followed by a hop dryness that is paired with the coffee notes which never really go away. The mouthfeel is right where s stout should be. Slightly creamy with a quick carbonation tingle.

ypsifly, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of marburg
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shit, yo. This is flavorful stuff. Every bit the "coffee beer" that Bell's Java Stout is.

Dark brown/black body with a small brownish head. Aroma is Juan-effin'-Valdez all the way -- pure coffee. Virtually every other subtlety is drowned out and barely heard screaming underneath the weight of literally an ocean of coffee beans. Very fresh and aromatic brew.

Starts with just the slightest slick, chocolate flavor. This chocolate sweetness lasts about as long a flash bulb and is immediately overrun by an army of coffee soldiers firing bazookas into the tongue. Finishes with a snappy little bitterness that seems to dull the coffee a bit.

Pretty good, though a bit overpowering.

marburg, Mar 04, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque coal in color beneath a creamy, light brown head. Some patches of condensed lacing that recede back into the stout with each sip.

Big mocha and espresso aromas. Dry, nutty profile with roasted dark chocolate.

Powdered, dark chocolate flakes. Rich mocha coffee flavors, that aren't quite chewy but still filled with substance. A dry finish with a nutty profile precedes an aftertaste of fresh, roasted coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate.

Full bodied; dry, yet not chewy on the palate.

A nice change of pace from the typical American Stout. Well flavored and nicely balanced. A nice intro to King Brewing Co.

NEhophead, May 23, 2006
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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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 15, 2008
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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.

CRJMellor, Apr 29, 2004
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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.

oberon, Mar 30, 2006
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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.

ppoitras, Nov 24, 2005
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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.

wcudwight, Nov 12, 2006
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with very short mocha head. Chocolate / capacino aroma. Chocolate and roasted coffee flavors with bitter finish. Low carbonation and fairly light body.

The King Mocha stout's not bad, but doesn't quite match up with some of the other stouts from around the state of Michigan. If the body and head were a little more substantial, they'd have a real contender.

frazbri, Feb 11, 2005
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label depicts Kokopelli running off with a cup of java in one hand and a beer, presumably, Mocha Java Stout, in the other. This stout pours black in color with a brown cap. Aroma consists of espresso coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Assertive bitter and bold roasted coffee flavor. Not sweet at all. Hints of dark chocolate. Finish is dry and leaves you wanting to take another sip. Overall, this wasn't bad, but not my favorite coffee stout.

Winter, Jan 28, 2007
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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.

Enola, Nov 09, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capless buh-lack curtain dark viscous hue.

Light nose of toasted and rosted malt. Nothing mindblowing.

First swigs: Espresso ish and black coffee ish. Lightly easy on the palate. Not too much overwhelming power. Decent.

Feel is lightly carbonated. My liver-o-meter puts it at 5%ABV tops. Probly 4%.

Last swigs: Roasty light stout that toes the porter line. Not bad by any stretch. Needs a vibrant feel. Nice change-up pitch, AKSmoked!

Beer is good.

blitheringidiot, Oct 07, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle and a half into a 20oz. mug. Very dark color with a decent head that diminished somewhat quickly and left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was rather appealing with a good blend of coffee, dark chocolate and malt. The mocha flavor was a little disappointing for the style. Not any where near the level of such others as Highland Black Mocha or Terrapin Wake-n-Bake. Mouthfeel was a little weak for a stout, not much of a punch to it. This is somewhat drinkable, but far from my first choice.

atsprings, Feb 10, 2007
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King's Mocha Java Stout from King Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.