Mocha Machine - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and lots of coffee or espresso bean aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice mocha flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make this one easy to drink.
04-01-2013 05:38:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
Started Dark Lord Day off right thanks to subpoenadeuces. Numerous pours into an Alvinne mini-snifter.
A - Unsurprising mocha foam settles to a thick collar and wisps, leaving behind specks of lacing. Black body.
S - A massive amount of coffee and espresso, with baker's chocolate and roasted malts filling things out in the periphery. Not particularly subtle, but intense, delicious, and lacking any hint of alcohol.
T - The taste is a tad more balanced, with mild notes of cocoa nib and caramel malts amid the aforementioned, coffee, roast, and chocolate. A bit of roast bitterness and acidity in the finish.
M - A tad thin for the ABV, but less offensive than if it were called a stout. Pleasant growler-level carbonation, with some dry roast and tannic grit to it. No perceptible alcohol heat.
D - We killed the growler no problem. An very good Imperial Coffee Porter that might have been appreciated even more If Pizza Port Dusk Till Dawn hadn't been a guest tap at DLD. A nice pick-me-up to start the day and to which I returned many times.
05-03-2013 18:06:39 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
On-tap at Beachwood II,
A: Pours black with a moderate tan head, some spotty lace.
S: Heavy coffee notes with dark chocolate, really lovely.
T: Creamed coffee with some roasted malt along with a lovely undercurrent of that dark chocolate. A dessert in itself.
M: Full-bodied, smooth, creamy of course, a soft beer for a dessert.
O: Good stuff here, fans of coffee beer will love this. Beachwood knows how to make a big porter or stout.
04-20-2013 03:43:30 | More by Halcyondays
4.61/5 rDev +4.8%
On-tap at Beachwood Brewing, on to the beer:
Black colored, topped with an inch of beige head, and lingering with a lot of good lace. The aroma could be described in one word, though I like to describe a few things about it. The aroma is super! There's an insane amount of coffee and mocha. It smells like a fresh cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, it tastes accordingly like the aroma. Indeed, it is a mocha machine. The coffee also brings a pleasant smokiness which adds another layer of goodness to this beer. The alcohol, at 9.2%, is hidden very well, and is a full bodied beer which feels like crude going down.
Masterpiece! Encore! Encore!
09-14-2013 05:25:05 | More by DoubleJ
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, sure why not!
A little bit wet coming out of the bottle, but with a light chestnut, and almost red color. Fills the glass with very little head production, maybe about a finger of light tan before settling to a bubbly collar. Body color is filled with almost cola sized stuck bubbles, a nice reddish brown body and fine cola carbonation, with a soda like appearance.
The nose is fantastic. Great ripping coffee roast and dark thick chocolate like fudge character. Really does feel like mocha, chocolate mousse, thick heavy cream to match. A big amount of spicy quality, and hints of dark drying nibs. A real coffee beer winner aroma going on.
Palate surprise in more ways than expected. An almost silky body, a big surprise since out of the bottle the pour looks and hints at a flat wet beer to come. Coffee flavors burst everywhere. There is soft coffee acid in the mid palate, piping heat in the middle, and a great dry roast, mixing with a hint of dark chocolate cocoa like powder. Surprisingly it stays close to light roast and porter simplicity. The body calms down to settle into much lighter and thinner territory, but not getting wet. Dry chocolate comes creeping out, like a candy bar, with barista like warmth and freshness, even a good deal of roasted barley makes itself present.
Overall though, just a great solid coffee brew, really refreshing, and one that doesn't go out of kilter and manages to stay true to its beer drinking roots. Excellent stuff.
08-24-2014 18:27:05 | More by smakawhat
Mocha Machine from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.