Mochaccino Messiah - To Øl
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4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
Had To Øl's aptly-named Mochacinno Messiah on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. This rare beer is a hold-over from all the exceptional brews they stocked as part of the Festival that was hosted at Mechanics Hall just last weekend, so I'd say I'm pretty lucky to be drinking this Danish ale. It was served in a tulip glass and the pour was perfect. Review is from notes.
Appearance (4.5/5): Mochacinno Messiah has black with red-brown highlights and is topped with a one-finger, creamy beige head of foam. It looks nearly picture perfect sitting in the glass and leaves an impressive amount of sticky white lacing on the sides of the vessel as it is consumed.
Smell (4/5): Hints of coffee, chocolate, toasted malt and dark bread come wafting from the glass. Mochacinno Messiah has a very inviting aroma that has all the elements of an excellent coffee stout.
Taste (4.5/5): The flavor follows the nose to a T: loads of coffee bean, chocolate, dark bread flavors up front with a touch of black cherry sweetness. The finish is dominated by a pleasant (not overpowering) coffee bitterness (very similar to the flavor of chocolate covered espresso beans; long on bitterness but tinged with an underlying sweetness). No alcohol presence to be noted, though this beer tastes a bit "bigger" than it is–it really has the flavor of a 10% ABV Imperial Stout. I really don't know why this beer is categorized as an "American Brown Ale"–to me this is a stout. Indeed, it reminds a lot of Founders Breakfast Stout. All questions regarding style aside, this is one fantastic tasting beer.
Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Very creamy and silky smooth going down the hatch. The medium-low carbonation suits the style (I don't want my stout to be too bubbly–that just interferes with the beer's thick and slick flavor profile). Very, very drinkable, though one to savor.
Overall (4.5/5): I was very impressed by To Øl's Mochacinno Messiah. Whether it's called an American Brown Ale or a American Stout is of no consequence. It does a great job of being what is was a designed to be: a thick, delicious coffee-infused dark ale. I think the brewers of To Øl executed beautifully. I'm not sure if many BA's can get their hands on this one, but highly recommended. If you see it and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, buy it.
06-30-2012 23:34:10 | More by hagbergl
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on ju´12. Reddish brown color, deep ruby to the light. Beige, creamy, froth. Fairly good retention & lacing collars left. Intense coffee, roasted malts, subtle floral & yeast to the nose. Toasted malts & woody bitterness with coffee notes at first sip. Followed by sweet roasted malt, chocolate & milky cream flavors. Velvet & creamy palate. Medium, flavorful, body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily texture. Long bitter finish & sweet coffee on the aftertaste. Lighter than a Milk Stout but as flavorful as it. ABV won´t bother you.
06-24-2012 02:35:10 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
Mahogany with spongy pocked sepia foam.
Flinty, grainy nose with brown soda loaf, drip coffee, cola spice and some noble grass.
Doughy brown bread malts, cocoa powder, Dr. Pepper, roasty sourness that could be coffee and earthy hops.
Coffee hard candy end and tingly minty linger.
Medium, fizzy, round.
Not sweet or cloying - maybe a tad too fizzy, though that balances the body well. Hops are Simcoe, NS, Citra, Centennial and there is some oily citrus and white grape but I only noticed them when I looked for them - malts still lead. Not that much coffee in the end, but depth of flavor and technically accomplished.
To Ol don't disappoint.
08-07-2014 17:31:26 | More by StJamesGate
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
Brownish red body capped with a thick, chunky, rocky, light tan head; persistent and sticky. Rich, warm sugar and caramel nose; toffee; very faint coffee and cream. Coffee grounds and chocolate flavors with a bitter and acidic edge plus a smooth, sugary backbone. Heavy bodied; semi-dry; creamy and rich mouthfeel.
An extremely satisfying coffee and chocolate imbued ale. Bold and rich throughout, capturing the mochaccino character dead-on. A fine alternative for anyone looking for something along the lines of a Russian imperial stout.
02-08-2014 03:40:11 | More by beergoot
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance: deep brown with a billowy creamy, head.
Smell: pungent roasted coffee, I mean like dark Italian roast. Some dark chocolate.
Taste: Much more mellow than the nose but the same flavors. Coffee up front, some dark chocolate.
Overall: tasty, interesting brown.
07-08-2012 00:37:10 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4/5 rDev +8.7%
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts, roasted coffee, touch of chocolate and darker malts.
T - Sweet caramel and toffee malts, roasted coffee with some coffee bitterness, touch of darker caramel malts, and cocoa.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and roasted finish.
D - Nice coffee brown ale.
05-23-2013 04:05:36 | More by ngeunit1
3.99/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured into an 8oz. glass an amber brown with a thinner light beige head atop.Aromas are nutty with caramel-like sweetness over roast.Chocolate and caramel sweetness on the palate with a decent drying nuttiness in the finis,all along a big roasty base.Iam not sure if I could drink alot of this beer but in small amounts it's great,sweet but not overly sweet with good roast.
10-26-2013 23:23:41 | More by oberon
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired a while back from Beeritz in Leeds. The list of ingredients suggests that this is a coffee-infused milk stout (or something).
Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown that appears almost black in the glass. Chunky sediment is visible, along with good carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy beige foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Nice lacing. An intense aroma of coffee; rich roasted beans burst forth, accompanied by hints of burnt grain, dark malt, cocoa, mild molasses, faint dried fruit and earthy yeast. Super coffee smell!
Tastes of roasted coffee and dark malt with a bitter finish. Notes of intense coffee, burnt grain, roasted malt, raw cocoa, mild molasses, a hint of liquorice, dried fruit and earthy yeast. Faintly sweet, with a whisper of funkiness in the background. A strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and a creamy body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of deeply bitter coffee and roasted malt.
Nice one; a full-on flavour experience. It looks great, with a powerful aroma/flavour that overwhelms the senses with coffee notes and roasted malt. Good body. The coffee crowds out everything else but it doesn't matter - this is a quality brew. Definitely one for coffee lovers. Well-rounded and delicious; I heartily commend this beer. Grab it if you see it.
10-19-2013 00:25:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.94/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours dark brown, one finger tan head, rather bubbly, a thin sticky lace remains.
Smells like mochaccino: creamy chocolate with some sturdy coffee notes. Some caramel and dark fruit, citrus peel, faint toffee, cinnamon and some sneaky hops too.
Big juicy dark fruit in the smell, backed by some coffee acidity, with dark cherries, plums, some faint figs. The hops are really big, fruity and green, fighting it out with the roasted malts (hint of smoke) and the chocolate notes (faint touch of cream), popping here and there with a zingy leafiness. Big bitter finish, considering the hops and the extra roasted coffee bean.
Medium body, big carbonation, really pickly and sadly, burpy. Hops dominate the aftertaste, a small note of strong coffee and some roast too, chocolate. No big difference when it warms.
Personally i could have enjoyed it more if it was more balanced. Great for the (extreme) hop fans, will not deliver for the chocolate-loving crowd.
07-26-2014 15:36:34 | More by dcmchew
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, rocky, fairly-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: Not an overpowering aroma, but there were hints of coffee, chocolate, and malt in it.
T: Tasted of coffee (a pretty large shot of it), dark chocolate, malt, a little cherry flavor and hops (more than I expected from a brown ale). An unusual flavor for the style, but pretty complex and tasty.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.
O: Not your typical brown ale - a fact that will displease some - but well worth your time.
07-25-2012 12:06:07 | More by avalon07
3.9/5 rDev +6%
I've liked everything from To Ol so far so I figured what the hell. This beer pours a medium bodied hazelnut brown in color with a large, frothy three finger, tope colored head. The nose isn't as pungent as I expected. It has a moderate amount of coffee bean as well as a good amount of powdered cocoa and is a little chalky. The way that the coffee is presented is near identical to their Sleep Over DIPA. The flavors are dry and malty. Luckily the coffee is a little more prevalent than in the nose but it still isn't overpowering. It works with the sweet dark malts and cocoa pretty well. It would definitely score hire if the cocoa seemed more authentic instead of powdered. It drinks medium in body with moderate coffee bitterness. The 7% alcohol isn't present at all. Overall this is a nice beer but I don't know if it's worth it at $15 per bottle. This would be better suited at a lower price tag but it's a nice beer nonetheless.
08-07-2012 02:00:12 | More by aasher
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee with some lighter notes of dark malts and chocolate.
T: Upfront there are light flavors of roasted and dark malts with moderate flavors of freshly brewed coffee with some light notes of dark chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.
M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.
O: Overall this is a very well balanced beer with nice coffee flavors and little bitterness. Pretty smooth and easy to drink - I found this one to be very enjoyable (though I am someone that loves the taste and smell of coffee...and have since my childhood).
04-07-2013 00:29:32 | More by dbrauneis
Mochaccino Messiah from To Øl
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.