Mocha Death | Iron Horse Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States
iron-horse-brewery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
For this seasonal offering, we started with Irish Death, our dark smooth ale that presents a full malt flavor laced with caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness. To this heavenly ale, we added fresh, locally roasted espresso beans and pure cocoa. The result is a bit of confusion, “should this go in my coffee mug, or my pint glass?” Answer: both. This beer is up front with enormous coffee aroma, with the cocoa playing the sideline, until the taste. Lacking bitterness, the flavor comes forward with a rounded balance of coffee blending gracefully with the creamy malt body and soft cocoa flavors. Dark beer, chocolate, and coffee.

Added by froghop on 07-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Photo of TonyTwins
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcsbeer
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a dark beer it has a light appearance with a good head. There is a non-existent coffee aroma. The taste is very mild and I have a hard time calling it a coffee flavor.

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Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IDABEERGUY
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnParadee
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ezra_shroomer
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The irish death is better but this is a nice changeup.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, a little weird, reads more like a porter than a stout, much less an imperial.

Color: Pretty, medium brown. I'd kind of prefer darker, especially for a porter. Nice pale tan head, fine lace.

Smell: Mix of good and bad. Good: licorice, mocha. Bad: lagery, pilsener notes - not my thing.

Taste: Kind of weird actually. Mild and malty on the approach. Adds some round, stonefruit taste on the midpalate.

Mouthfeel: Moderate or slightly more. Carbonation is very fine (nice!) but still a bit more than I like. Still not half bad.

Finish: slightly sweet finish, not very long. S'alright? S'alright.

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Photo of erikljohnson
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dr_Greyman
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pianoguy
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Unlike revenge... This beer is best NOT served cold. I drank half of it, leaving the remainder on my kitchen counter. As it warmed up the second glass really came alive. It was no comparison. Drink this one warmer to really enjoy it.

22 oz bottle. No discernible bottling info (There are numbers/symbols printed over the label but I can't make them out, even with a magnifying glass)

Pours a fairly solid dark brown body . When held in front of a lamp it gets a little clearer with a bit of red around the edges. Off white head bubbles up like a Guinness draft but dissipated fairly quickly. Little bits of thin lacing.

Some coffee and chocolate but it mainly has a that familiar smell of their regular Irish Death

The taste is where this beer really separates itself from regular Irish death. While there is a little bit of that amaretto sweetness (found in a regular Irish Death) . There is also chocolate with some coffee that finishes very nicely.

Average full

Overall; This beer changes itself like some women change their moods. Drink it a warmer and you will appreciate it. Drink it cold and you will be be paying alimony...

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Photo of Croft
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmahe
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer was dark ruby in color, with a limited white head. Zero lacing throughout the session.

Smells very sweet. Carmelly, milk chocolate, coffee.

Flavor is quite sweet. Milk chocolates, carmel, touch of coffee, fairly pronounced ethanol present, but not "hot" or solventy. Little to no roast character. Vaguely reminiscent of Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. We were expecting more coffee with a name like this.

Beer is very smooth, and medium-light bodied.

Overall the beer was lacking something. I like my Double stouts to be BLACK and roasty. Beer was also a little bit too sweet and thin bodied.

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Photo of ronbo5421
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of camarocrazy67
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zestd
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hyperboarder
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another $5 bomber.

A - Lighter than expected. More of a dark red than the opaque brown I was expecting. Medium to thick light tan head, again, lighter than expected. Head dissipated quickly into a light layer. Good lacing.

S - Light coffee, more espresso than mocha. Very little discernible chocolate. Mellow like the Quilter's Irish Death was, could have gone for a bit more of a nose.

T - Coffee up front with some decent chocolate malt in the middle and through the finish. Roast, a bit less coffee the I expected, but balanced. A hint of dark fruits with some mild sweetness, no alcohol burn. Clean finish with a bit of lingering coffee.

M - Feels about right, medium to thick, fat on the middle of the tongue. Finishes clean but thick, as a mocha beer should.

Overall - From the appearance and smell, just meh. Glad I followed through, the taste and mouthfeel were much better.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Paid a very reasonable $4.49 from the COOP... much more expensive at other places around town... Enjoyed tonight from my CBC Teku. Very clear deep dark walnut brown... not exactly black.. khaki head rises up and dies back just as quickly.. splotch lacing behind... coffee shows in the nose a little bit more than the cocoa.. nice and well integrated... Tastes very much like a mocha but without the lactos sweetness.. Pretty good, but honestly it is a bit watery and could use a bigger body. Tasty and certainly a good price.

3.75/3.75/3.75/3.5/3.75

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Mocha Death from Iron Horse Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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