Oak Aged Mocha Stout
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,202
Ranked #19,815
3.87 | pDev: 12.66%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Oak Aged Mocha StoutOak Aged Mocha Stout
Notes: This is an extravagant, immoderate beer. We mixed together our three favorite things – beer, chocolate, and coffee. A rich stout serves as a backbone, with organic black malt and chocolate malt providing a luscious foundation. During the boil, we add artisan chocolate from your friends at Taza. During conditioning, we add coffee from our friends at Coffee by Design. Then, this concoction is oak-aged, resulting in soft vanilla notes. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.

22 IBU
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; very dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges; 1+ finger dark brown head that receded to a wispy cap; light lacing;

S: oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, and mocha;

T: mostly mocha with vanilla, dark chocolate, and oak in the background; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: nicely done;

Jul 16, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at churchville inn.

Look: thick black, medium beige head. I'll give some benefit of doubt since this is just a 5oz. Pour.

AROMA: a little coffee, a little whiskey like alcohol kick(even though this is just oak aged and only 8.4%), a little chocolate. Some breast aromas. Well balanced in the nose; none drown the others.
TASTE: smooth oak, slight char/smoke late. Coffee and chocolate fade in taste.
FEEL: a little thin, a little astringent, but still a pretty smooth stout.

Good beer.


Mar 03, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with almost a finger of head. The nose is nicely chocolatey. The flavor is wanting in terms of both roast and chocolate notes. There is nary a hint of the barrel. The body is thin for the style, especially for a big stout.

Jan 18, 2017
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JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A fairly pronounce darkness, border on black with some crimson-cassel earth hues. In artist's circles it would a slightly pulled back Mars Black. Good two fingers of camel hide head, fairly quick to dissipate leaving behind some spotty silky lace and small lily pads of errant foam but not much else clinging to the glass.

Aromas: Like many stouts it has its chocolate and coffee ensemble, the chocolate made up of a mild to dark cacao, and the coffee is a medium dark roast. Hints of vanilla and caramel and wet oak bark, and maybe a whisper of that 8.4% peeking through at the end.

Taste: A nice rich cafe mocha flavour. The balance between the coffee and chocolate bitters is amazing, keeping it rich and smooth with some toffee sweetness and a little bit of an anise tinge to round it all out.

Mouthfeel: Interestingly it has characteristics in its carbonation that give it a nitro'd effect, though I feel it would be awesome off a nitro'd tap it is still very stoutish in its feel though maybe not as creamy as I like, but extremely smooth and warming. The finish is clean and dry with an enjoyable feeling bitter linger that takes its time to leave.

Overall: One of these days I'm going to do a blind taste test between organic and non-organic brews just to see if I can single out the organic. Because I swear the organic beers I've had always seem to have something special in how they taste that just give them extra character - of course organic is only half the process, they'd have to be true craft, preferably barrel aged, and as authentic old-timey processes as possible. I.E. sans technology. This is actually one of my favorite stouts for sure, as close as you can get to nitro'd stout that is both a bit effervescent and creamy smooth.

Pairing: For me this ranks up there with a hot chocolate on a late autumn night. With winds gusting outside and leaves falling to the ground. I'd easily pair this as an after dinner digestif. Maybe with some like nut-based snack mix (not too much salt) - raw/roasted walnuts, almonds, pecans, and a few cashews just to pair up the sweet. I love the flavour of this beer on its own so I wouldn't want to complicate it too much.

Oct 28, 2016
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Trosevear from Canada (AB)

4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark almost black with a nice brown head on it that stayed for a while and then left some nice lacing down the side , leaving a layer on top if the whole beer.

S: Dark roasted malts, expresso creamy, chocolate and coffee. Almost a slight fruity smell but defiantly an okay tone to it.

T: Dark black coffee, with a slight chocolate finish. Not a crazy lot else going on, a slight oakyness to it as well.

F: High carbination, with a full body mouth feel, it makes you want to drink more and more of it.

O: Actually a pretty good beer from these guys, very over priced though.

Jan 30, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black pour and thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Dark chocolate, faded mocha, and a little solvent-like.

T - Lots of chocolate, mocha, faded coffee beans, a little bit of metallic taste at the very end.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

O - I let this bottle sit too long.

Sep 15, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate black color with decent head and minimal lacing. Aromas of wood, coffee and (bourbon??). Taste is bold with the coffee and chocolate coming through quite nicely, especially as the beer warms. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is good and finish is pretty clean and light for this beer...

Aug 08, 2015
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WyethBednar from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautifully opaque, black, but with subtle hints of dark brown. Pours with a small but dense tan head.

Smell: Lots of malt and chocolate. Sweet, but complex and rich.

Taste: Heavy flavor. Bitter black coffee, booze, and thick stout flavors dominate. The oak adds a very earthy, roasty quality. Some chocolate and vanilla notes at first, but a very dry finish.

Feel: Very nice. Not too heavy feeling, decent carbonation.

Overall, a very tasty chocolate stout. Well-balanced, and the roasty characteristics keep the chocolate in line. The oak gives it a smoky, whiskey-like flavor that belies it's ABV

Apr 11, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"This is an extravagant, immoderate beer. We mixed together our three favorite things-beer, chocolate and coffee. A rich stout serves as the backbone, with organic black malt and chocolate malt providing a luscious foundation. during the boil, we add artisan chocolate from our friends at Taza. During conditioning, we add coffee from our friends at Coffee by Design. Then, this concoction is oak-aged, resulting in soft vanilla notes. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do." Brewed in the style of an Oak aged American Imperial Stout brewed with organic chocolate and coffee. Available as a rotating annual release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) The beer pours a creamy frothed chocolate brown head over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Toasted baker's chocolate, cold roasted coffee beans with a touch of earthiness, some mild roasted malt and a touch of caramel body. The oak aging is fairly easy to pick up on, as it adds a distinctive wet wood and vanilla character to an aromatically ordinary stout. 3.5

(Taste) Moderate earthy roast and a light drizzle of chocolate syrup alongside a moderate caramel grain body. The oak aging generates a distinctive oak overtone that pairs well with the stout as well as stands out against it. The notes of vanilla bean and wet toasted wood are difficult to overlook. Finishes clean with a mild stickiness and the majority of the attention going to the oak characteristics. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, moderately chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is soft generating a smooth and subtle creamy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, heavy overall. Balance is roasty bitter and oaky dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, and there are no off characters to mention. 3.5

(Overall) Peak's Oak Aged Mocha Stout does bring a lot of oak aged flavor to the table, generating a beer that's about a 50/50 focus of the stout and of the oak profile. To that extent, it's not too common, as many American Imperial Stouts take it easy around oak profiles. For the right price, this beer is certainly worth a try alongside other Imperial Stouts. 3.75

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Oak Aged Mocha Stout

Dec 16, 2014
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mpedara429 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pretty much pitch black in color with one finger of a light brown, cream head.

S: Roasted grain, chocolate, and boozy barrels.

T: The coffee comes out a lot more here. The entirety of the nose is also present. A nice bitter bite to cut some of the sweetness.

M: Medium heavy body that is chewy. Medium heavy carb. Actually, a lot more carbonated than I like my stouts, especially doubles.

O: Very solid offering from Peak Organic. Great flavor without being a boozy mess from the barrel aging.

May 06, 2014
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a snifter this beer was black in color with a tiny tan head. There was no lace.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a little vanilla. A bit on the timid side.

Improvement in the taste. Dark chocolate and espresso. Still a little vanilla.

A bit on the thin side.

I liked, but didn't love, this beer.

Mar 05, 2014
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BierJager89 from California

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a mocha ring of head.

S: Fudgy chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, deeply complex, a bit earthy.

T: Vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, coffee.

M: Full bodied, not really smooth.

O: The flavor and smell are really good, though the mouthfeel is a bit off. I like the fullness of it, but I really prefer my beer smooth.

Jan 18, 2014
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TheVag from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure: I'm new to the world of stout. I'm dipping my toe in, reluctantly and with a lot of whining, much to the dismay of my husband. I'm suspicious of beverages that taste like I ought to be chewing them. Having said that, on this night I'm also watching a rather interesting playoff football game being held in 5 degree weather and laughing at all the bare arms of the players, and I figure if the those dudes can bear the windchill on their arm cannons I can certainly man up and try this Mocha Stout.

It pours out unremarkably, with not much of a head, although in color it's a rich dark brown (like an espresso, amiright???). I get a good whiff of vanilla, and something just a bit sugary, but for me there's not much else in the nose except a little bit of metal, or maybe that's the fermentation? The oak? Listen: I warned you, I'm new to this stuff. I do quite like the taste: I definitely get the slightly bitter chocolate, a touch of acid, but it's also very smooth. There's only a slight carbonation. It's a little like drinking a tasty cold coffee drink. It's a happy mouthfeel, light and pleasant and certainly not too gooey, but it does lack some depth. Overall, I'd happily drink it again-- much to the delight of my husband, who has vowed to convert me to a stout believer. I think I can feel the chest hair growing as I write this!

Jan 05, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From the tin foiled, capped 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 4, 2014.

Boy do I love the way it looks. It's black as night, jet black, India Ink black and any other "blackness" you can think of with a soft, silky tan head that lingers and laces. 5 out of 5 for that.

The aroma has a decent balance of baker's chocolate and spent coffee grinds along with a more subtle dark fruit character along the lines of plums or prunes. It has an aged feel to it too as promised.

The body is full and luscious. 5 out of 5 for that.

The flavor begins with the coffee notes and then the chocolate notes come up from behind as if to say "Hey! We're here too!" Then there is this kind of dark bitterness that I cannot describe. It is not earthy, grassy, or floral like other hop characters but more like a deep burnt hop. Alcohol well-integrated. Very nice offering from Peak Organic.

Jan 04, 2014
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very small cap

S: Lots of roasted malts up front, along with a good amount of chocolate and coffee. A touch of oak comes through in the background. Very reminiscent of FBS

T: Starts off with the roasted malts and some astringent coffee. The chocolate and oak then make an appearance with the roast and coffee still lingering. Finishes with lingering coffee, which lends both a light bitterness and astringency. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch too carbonated

O: A solid mocha stout with plenty of coffee and chocolate. On the milder side, as it never gets anywhere near being overly sweet. A nice winter sipper

Dec 15, 2013
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enslighet01 from Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given a bottle of this on my birthday in 2011, and I allowed it to age in a cool dark pantry until spring 2013.

I've had this beer fresh, and while still a solid beer, around the 2 year age mark this beer, in my opinion, is elevated to a truly outstanding brew. In all honesty, I would place it on par with Founder's Breakfast Stout or Cask-Conditioned Old Rasputin when consumed in this manner.

I plan on buying more in the near future, and allowing them to age.

Aug 12, 2013
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SteveTheDog from California

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is a great stout, and my ideal evening beer is a chocolate stout, espresso stout, or something of that sort. I haven't had one this good in a while.

True to it's name, it smelled like a mocha. It was like I had walked into Starbucks, but without the pretension and overly enthusiastic servers. The taste was true to form, maybe a little on the dark side which was just fine with me. And the mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth - I would've expected a little more fullness at the end but was pleased with the whole experience. This is a nice nightcap and I wished I could have a little every night for dessert.

Jul 23, 2013
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jc911s from New York

4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent taste, full rich flavor, no aftertaste, great head, long lasting. Chocolate flavor is not overpowering, coffee undertones are subtle. Great with pizza, and makes a great ice cream float, on a hot summer day. Best very cold, I usually put it in the freezer for 10 minutes, and a frozen mug is a must

Jul 21, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 5/27/13 from notes

A nearly black with a deep cola edge and ruby highlights, like the name on the label a thumbs width of mocha foam has good retention hanging around for a few sips leaving random patches of lace

S some barrel but not much, lots cold dark roasted coffee, coco powder and bakers chocolate, a little vanilla, toffee and raisins

T more wood then the nose, some of it charred with faint smoke and licorice, even more dark roasted coffee then the nose, still everything I smell but with some added intensity and complexity

M a little thin considering how dark it is and almost creamy from the bubbles with an intense burnt wood and coffee finish

O not bad but there's a few things I'd change, tastes pretty solid and I don't mind the burnt malty aspects but I was expecting more barrel and body

Worth a try but at 10$ a bomber I doubt I'll be running out for seconds, don't go out of your way but worth a shot if its in front of you

Jun 27, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some light amounts of very dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light mocha head that very slowly reduces to a thin film covering the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and dark malts which is quickly overtaken by slightly stronger flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. There are some light notes of sweetness and coffee along with the components from the oak barrel - oak and just a hint of vanilla. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost slightly creamy.

O: There is a good amount of complexity to the flavors of this beer and the alcohol is well hidden making it pretty easy to drink. I could easily sip on this beer for quite a while and it was enjoyed with dessert.

May 13, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. I feel dirty buying this where I did - seems like I should be procuring it from the local organic product hippie joint.

This beer pours a very thorough black, with the slightest of basal mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, silken beige head, which leaves a few low rise bluffs of lace around the glass as it speedily recedes.

It smells of medium dark chocolate, dry-roasted coffee beans - bittersweet alike, a more subtle caramel/toffee malt, some mild boozy vanilla, and a soft wooden plank astringency. The taste is more pulled back on the sweetness, but there's the chalky cocoa, there's the Americano coffee bitterness, and there's the meek barrel-borne vanilla, all trampling over the caramel malt backbone, and well-reserved wooden cask toothpicks. The near 17-proof ABV is rather well integrated.

The carbonation is a wee bit fizzy, but generally ok and very stout-friendly in its obsequiousness, the body medium-heavy in weight (a tad surprisingly), and more or less smooth, with a faint stab at creaminess. It finishes kind of on the sweet side, the chocolate, almost sour coffee, salted toffee malt, and disparate oak barrel notes happy to stay for after-dinner drinks.

A decent enough stout, what with the multitude of tweaks and twiddles they've applied here. Nothing really dominates, and all work well together in pushing the central agenda of a hefty, warming, new-age coffee shop tipple. Worthy of a try, and sneaky in its ability to get away from you.

Apr 30, 2013
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AgentMunky from New York

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into snifter.

A: Dark chocolate coloured with no head. Opaque cola.

S: Excellent! Mostly strong milk chocolate, but also cold coffee, and even some hops.

T: This is actually really good. Slightly tart, sort of fruity (cherry?), with bitter/roasted chocolate malt and sweet wood.

M: Smooth and nice, but ever-so-slightly thin.

O: I really, really liked this beer. Would have again. Highly recommended.

Mar 19, 2013
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Alkali from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Black as night, with a small head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Oak and wood. Not much cocoa in the nose, but definitely a sweet quality from the ABV.

T - Lots of oak and cocoa. The cocoa lingers towards the end. A slight sting and lingering dryness from the mixture of cocoa and oats. Not overly sweet.

M - Medium body, but creates a lingering dryness.

O - Definitely a nice beer for a cool night. The oak and cocoa are well presented, but there is not a lot of depth otherwise. Don't get me wrong; I definitely recommend this beer. It is unique and delicious. Just be prepared for a nice melding of mocha and oak.

Feb 17, 2013
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BeerNinja007 from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Hannaford in Durham, NH. No code or age statement to be found anywhere. Served cold in a standard tulip.

A: A hard pour gives a small mocha-colored head that leaves some larger foamy bubbles behind as it settles. Some dense lace clings to the glass. Brew is dark dark brown and opaque, no light gets through.

S: Warm milk chocolate and smooth vanilla aromas abound, even while still fairly cold. Just a hint of astringent coffee. The vanilla has a soft buttery toffee kind of feel. As it warms/ breathes, raw fresh-cut oak wood comes through pretty strong and dominates.

T: Dark semi-bitter chocolate and coffee. Vanilla plays only a very minor role here, manifesting mostly as toffee; turns out most of that was in the smell. Coffee chimes in with a thin acidic note, doesn't really agree too well with the other flavors. Aftertaste is of sweet toffee, acidic coffee, and an odd fruity/ tropical something.

M: Moderately thick and filling, but the coffee cuts through with a dry acidic note that keeps it from being too heavy. Carbo is appropriate. Finishing the bomber is turning into a chore. High final gravity.

O: The flavors don't really play too well together, like each is battling the others for dominance. Choppy and disjointed. Maybe the brewer is trying to do too much here. Or maybe it's just too young and needs to age for a year or two. No age statement on the bottle, which is annoying.

Feb 10, 2013
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KickbacksSteve from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Head is a light tudor brown with moderate to low retention on a black body. Slick, soapy and clear lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma includes coffee, vanilla, chocolate and maybe the slightest trace of diacetyl. Taste is a nice mix of vanilla/chocolate sweetness with a nice coffee roast. Alcohol is well hidden and any signs of diacetyl aren't noted in tasting. Nice, creamy mouthfeel, appropriate thickness. Excellent beer with maybe a very slight flaw.

Jan 14, 2013
Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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