Mocha - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
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Reviews by flyingpig:
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
500ml Bottle from Sainsbury's:
Dark mahogany brown with red tinges and a thin, light brown, bubbly head that quickly turns to a soapy lacing.
Chocolate with some roasted malts and a lot of lighter coffee notes. There is some sugary sweetness and a milk chocolate aroma too.
Milk chocolate and roasted malts to start with, along with some light coffee and darker malts. There is a hop filled tang to the beer and an earthy taste coupled with it.
Light medium bodied with a well carbonated and smooth feel to the beer and a clean, dry finish that is quite bitter too.
Plenty of chocolate and to a slightly lesser extent some coffee too. This one was pretty basic tasting and a little ordinary but it was still a nice, drinkable beer. Not a classic one, it was fairly average all round but at least it wasn't a bad beer either.
02-18-2013 11:25:54 | More by flyingpig
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United Kingdom (England)
3.29/5 rDev -6.5%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Acquired last year from Sainsbury's as one of their 2012 Beer Hunt brews, and sequestered in my garage. The label states that it contains real coffee and Belgian chocolate.
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown colour that appears virtually black unless held to the light. Forms a small, off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so before disappearing. Aroma of syrupy chocolate with hints of vanilla, mild coffee, subtle roasted malt, fruity yeast esters and faint stewed leaves. Quite sweet and a tad cloying.
Tastes of chocolate syrup with a mild, dry finish. Notes of sweet chocolate, sugar, roasted grain, vanilla, mild coffee, stewed leaves and fruity ale yeast. A hint of cardboard in the background, followed by a subtle, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation but a relatively thin body for the style. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet chocolate, stewed leaves/cardboard and fruity yeast.
So-so; rich but a bit too sweet. It looks shabby - the head rapidly does a runner. Aroma and flavour are OK but veer heavily towards syrupy chocolate; the remaining character is drowned out. Mouthfeel is disappointing - could be thicker and creamier relative to the style and strength. An interesting but not entirely satisfying attempt at a chocolate/coffee stout. Less sugar and more balance would improve it greatly. No need to go out of your way for this one.
09-20-2013 00:09:12 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.56/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours very dark brown with a lasting head.
Prominent chocolate syrup in the aroma, along with soft toasty and roasted malt and a little coffee.
Chocolate is first up as a flavour as well, followed by plain roasted malt and hot alcohol.
Nice creamy low carbonation.
03-15-2013 02:10:35 | More by CrazyDavros
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate flavoring are present in the nose along with some faint hints of coffee.
T: Like the smell, Tootsie Roll-like chocolate flavors are present in the taste, which also has hints of coffee beans and a slight amount of associated bitterness. The coffee becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pretty good selection if you are looking for a chocolaty beer that is easy to drink and isn't filling.
03-24-2013 14:28:49 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +9.4%
Ever had a Greek Frappé?
I chilled my 500ml bottle: this beer is the nearest thing you’ll get to a beer version (in the UK anyway).
Poured into a vase shaped glass it looked the part. Dark coffee coloured body with a dirty tanned topping (just like a Frappé).
The smell was so coffee, as the taste: I liked it, wouldn’t have wanted another straight away but who has two pints of coffee one after another?
It is supposed to be coffee and chocolate in flavour and it is.
05-25-2012 16:48:26 | More by BlackHaddock
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
A - Sort of a deep hazy brown color with a 1/3 inch of head that settles to a mild lace ring.
S - Smells of mild chocolate malts, maybe some Hershey's chocolate but it's faint. Somewhat artificial chocolate and coffee smells.
T - Well it's kind of like they filtered an English mild ale through a Randall full of tootsie rolls and coffee beans. Not too terrible but it reminds me of flavored BMC.
M - Very thin for 6% more of just a mild ale than a porter or stout.
Overall avoid this if you can I picked it up over morbid curiosity and it let me down. At least it was only 4 bucks and not an 8+ dollar bomber...
03-12-2013 00:46:22 | More by DrDemento456
4.18/5 rDev +18.8%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic.
I'm always up for trying a new British beer. It pours out a deep brown with a small cap of head. The aroma is fantastic, it's full of rich, smooth chocolate and a touch mildly roasted coffee. I could bury my nose in this one all day. However, that would be counter-productive, since beer is for drinking. After a brief warming period, the beer come on smooth at first with the mocha flavors, then coffee comes in - much more bitter and stronger than in the nose, and paired with some bitter malts to create a more bitter expression than I really expected. A bit of the mocha comes back in for the finish.
The mouthfeel is lighter, but appropriate for the taste, and the drinkability is very good. This is a great beer for fans of chocolate and coffee. The taste isn't quite as amazing as the aroma, but it's still an excellent beer.
04-07-2012 01:40:06 | More by shand
United Kingdom (England)
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
Coffee and Chocolate is what Mocha means
Coffee and Chocolate is what the bottle promises
Coffee and Chocolate is what the beer delivers
I've put it under fruit vegetable beer because the mocha flavour pushes out nearly all beer/hop flavours
This is in no way a slanted or flavoured stout or porter
full on coffee chocolate in taste, aroma and by the way look
Not too artificial on the taste almost like if Sheridans was to make a beer I guess.
Give it a try, you might even like it or be able to tell me if I do.
03-13-2012 20:32:11 | More by EmperorBevis
4.45/5 rDev +26.4%
Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Clear mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate and coffee nose and flavor follows - sweet chocolate with coffee in the background. $6.30 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.
11-12-2012 23:36:43 | More by jdhilt
2.95/5 rDev -16.2%
Pours a clean deep amber color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, cocoa powder and notes of coffee. In the taste, a mellow mocha flavor, with a hop bite. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel with a cocoa dryness in the aftertaste. Cocoa powder with notes of coffee, with a pleasant hop presence.
12-28-2012 15:12:03 | More by OWSLEY069
4.05/5 rDev +15.1%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
For the good of my customers (at the time), I felt the need to sample this beer, vet it, if you will. It pours a fairly deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises mild cocoa and mild coffee, both dancing with each other in beautiful harmony. The taste brings in more of the same, though the sweetness inherent in the initial flavors tapers off into mild bitterness, both from the darkening chocolate and the coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very tasty mocha-flavored beer. It's a bit on the thin side, but it's still generally a good time.
10-24-2012 19:40:05 | More by TMoney2591
3.56/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: deep red-brown hue with a haze-free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam which subsided pretty quickly. An interesting looking beer; I'd say it strongly resembles an English porter.
Smell: chocolatey right up front, with a grainy malt underneath. There's a noble hop character in here as well; not bad, but the elements don't blend particularly well. I like the chocolate, but it could be better-supported.
Taste: a bit better put-together than the aroma. Good chocolate throughout, with a bit of bitterness at the end which seems like a blend of hop bitterness and bitterness from the chocolate itself. I find that, with the aftertaste, the overall flavor experience is kind of muddled -- messy, a bit like the aroma. So it starts good, but finishes rough.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good dose of carbonation and a satisfying, style-appropriate creaminess. I like it.
Overall: this beer starts off good, but fails to fulfill its potential. Worth a shot if you're really into chocolate beers; otherwise, probably give this one a pass.
05-29-2013 01:42:31 | More by flagmantho
3.74/5 rDev +6.3%
16.9 oz bottle that was cellared (unintentionally) for approximately 6 months and poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a translucent mahogany, somewhat similar to a dark cabernet sauvignon.
Smell: Everything chocolate, imagine dipping your nose into a cane of cocoa powder or taking a bite of Baker’s chocolate. Do that and you will know what this beer smells like.
Taste: First thought, chocolate tootsie roll. It has an artificial sugary taste of chocolate, toffee and very mild coffee. While the smell has you expecting a dark cocoa bitterness, the taste is more of a milk chocolate. It brings to mind more of an interesting cola beverage than the flavors you would expect from a beer.
Mouthfeel: It has an almost sugary texture with low carbonation, a thin body, but the aftertaste reminds me of the lingering chocolate, once again, from trying to determine how many licks it takes to get to the center of a chocolate tootsie roll.
Overall: I first had this beer at an International Beer fest and remember immensely enjoying it. Now that I have had it again in a bottle and without the ambience of the hoards of people sampling brews from around the world, I can say it’s still good, but definitely not great like I had recalled. This beer lacked the coffee notes I recall, most likely due to sitting in my cellar for 6 months. However, the smell and the chocolate tootsie roll taste go hand in hand and while not what you might expect out of a beer, it still offers a unique flavor that is worth a try for fans of chocolate.
03-03-2013 20:19:26 | More by Big_Twofifty
3.05/5 rDev -13.4%
Chocolate brown with tan highlights and a loose beige head that fades fast.
Actual milk chocolate truffle nose masks any other beer aromas.
Oily coffee and sweet chocolate, a roasty hit and some branch hops to end.
Toffee and cola ending and drying linger. Medium, sticky, slight burn.
I was concerned to see a traditional brewery like Bateman's jumping on the added flavors bandwagon and sure enough, it doesn't turn out well. This ends up with big artificial-tasting coffee and chocolate notes just sitting on the palate, with no sense of the base beer underneath (which should be a stout) - almost like a dark alcopop. The two don't even mix enough to create the titular Mocha, it's thin for the darkness and it's too hot to boot. Only saving grace is there's enough roasty bitterness to keep it from cloying.
That Sainsbury's has chosen to push this gimmick on the masses kinda proves the point. Poor showing from a good brewery.
11-08-2012 15:17:02 | More by StJamesGate
Mocha from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
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