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King's Mocha Java Stout - King Brewing Company

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55 Ratings
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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 BuckeyeNation
2.42/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Simple black with no visible highlights. The dark caramel colored cap is soft and featureless, with an audible cracking noise as it disippates. That, plus the loud 'pffft' on crown cracking, does not bode well for the mouthfeel. Heads like this don't leave any lace.

I'm impressed by MJS's nose because it's exactly as advertised. The brewery uses roasted and chocolate malt, along with 'French roast coffee'. It tastes like the latter will be dominant on the palate.

As suspected, the mouthfeel is less than stellar. The beer is way too thin (especially given the 9.0% ABV) and has a fizziness that has no place in a beer of this style. Or a beer of any style for that matter. An excessive amount of time since bottling might be responsible, but with no label date, how am I to know?

The flavor is suspect as well. In fact, it's more than suspect, it's been tried and found guilty. There's an overpowering lemon juice and sour milk puckeriness that ruins whatever roasted coffee bean and chocolate deliciousness might have been present. I can't believe that I'm *only* dealing with old beer. I've had plenty of aged big stouts that tasted great.

Mocha Java Stout is my fifth KBC beer. None of them have been great, or even very good, but this is the worst of the lot. If I was guaranteed a fresh bottle, I might give it another go. Otherwise, I'd just as soon forget this whole experience.

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 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 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 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 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 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 Bighuge
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.

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 DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received as an extra at DLD 08 - sarcastro, was that you? Thanks, Matt! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Black with a massive, bubbly head - fist sized! Overcarbonated for sure

S: Well-roasted coffee on the nose with some chocolate in the back. As this warms up, it takes on a mildly phenolic note

T: Tons of coffee and chocolate on this but the overcarbonation really gets in the way. The finish is bitter coffee and pretty delicious.

M: Overcarbonated (did I already say that?) Definitely foams in the mouth. This really detracts from what could be a good beer

D: Rather poor but given how nice this actually tastes, I'm going to let is sit for a few minutes and try to get rid of the CO2.

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!

Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used oil brown to black with a small, light brown head that doesn't stick around long. Nose is peaty and roasty, with cinder, chocolate, and smoky coffee. There's also a slight spiciness that is a little odd. Toasted, roasted bitterness up front. Slightly astringent. Turns meaty with charred fruit and licorice. Roasted coffee bitterness comes on in the spicy finish along with renewed licorice and homebrew funk. Not bad, not great. Moderate body, with an oily feel.

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 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 Deuane
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Black with dark brown edges. Medium dark tan head that quickly disappears.

S-Initial shot of coffee followed by a smokey sourness. Not bad but kinda odd.

T-Just above average. Some coffee flavor but weaker than I would like. An odd sour twing towards the end. Slight bit of hop bitterness in the backround.

M-This is were this beer suffers most....Thin..almost cola thin. Where is the body in a "big" stout? Does not even feel like I am drinking a coffee stout.

D-Coffee flavors support this brew to being average. Too thin to be taken seriously and what is that odd sourness? I do not mind drinking one of these but I certainly will not search it out 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 GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a nearly nonexistent head which rose for a second and then departed to the further reaches to not be seen again.

The aroma was coffee, strong and dark, like smelling a roasted bean. Along with that aroma came some chocolate and a caramel aromatic, but for the most part the aroma was coffee.

The flavor was more coffee with a bit of caramel and a bit of chocolate. The coffee flavor was strong and acrid and the flavor could have used a boost in the caramel and sweetness department since the coffee flavor was pretty dry.

The finish was dry, bone dry, desert dry, like licking the bottom of a shoe that came from the Sahara (get the picture, it was dry!).The body was medium and the beer might as well have not been carbonated since it had no head and little fizz. An ok beer, but missing head and carbonation and a bit of sweetness would round out the dryness.

12 ounce 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 Mitchster
1.9/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle/$2.09 at Big10 in Lansing. Releases a soft pssht when uncapped, but despite a vigorous pour, this barely manages to eek out a tiny mocha colored head which within seconds quickly recedes into nothing. No lacing with minimal, if any, carbonation. The aroma is intense with coffee, specifically french roast...burnt, charcoal, black walnut, bitter baking chocolate, cigarette ash. Swirling it produces the vile aroma of rotten milk (seriously!) The mouthfeel is very flimsy and it has a coffee-induced acidity which is incompatible with the beer. The taste is akin to cigarette ashtray with warm, stale flat stout that been sitting in it. Bitterness is very mild. Aftertaste of licking on a burning log.

A horrible accident of a beer. Cringe-inducing. Down the sink it goes. What a mess!

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 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.

Photo of atsprings
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.

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!

Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of alexgash, I believe. Thanks!
Pours black with a smallish tan head that fades quickly. Smell is strong coffee, thin roasty malt and an almost cardboard-like component. Flavor is coffee up front and roasted malt, but very thin. Thin malt flavor, roastiness and body, despite the strong coffee flavor. Not great, but drinkable.

Photo of blitheringidiot
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.

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