Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha StoutPeak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
peakbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Jason on 05-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
262
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
26
For Trade:
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Photo of theotherone7
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of openmind
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A lovely dark brown/Black.

Smell: The first time i tried it the rich chocolate came to the fore. The Second time the coffee was stronger. I can't wait to see /taste what the bottle 3 brings!

Taste: I find this beer in perfect balance between the stout flavor, java, choco and oak. I was thinking it would pair well with dessert, but i had it with my flank steak and it was a great playmate too.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is luscious.

Overall: A wonderful beer that's different flavors pop in and out as the tasting goes on. I look forward to trying this on tap. One of my top 3 stouts.

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Photo of teromous
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black, with a very short khaki head on it. Spotted lacing. Looks like an average stout.

S: It smells just like when you open up a fresh jug of chocolate milk. It has a lot of chocolate scent. There is a mild flowery scent and alcohol scent that is present as soon as it is poured, but goes away very shortly and I can't smell it anymore. Chocolate and more chocolate.

T: This really does not have the bitterness I'd expect from coffee, but it does have a lot of coffee and chocolate flavors. The chocolate flavors are very powerful in this. Coffee comes out more in the aftertaste.

M: It is very drinkable and refreshing. I consider it medium bodied based on that it feels relatively light on the mouth while still commanding a strong presence. It is on the lighter-edge of what I have experienced in stouts.

O: Overall I thought this was an excellent beer when it comes to showcasing the whole coffee/mocha thing. The oak didn't come through at all for me. I enjoy beers that use additives, but the mocha seemed to overwhelm the taste of the beer. I couldn't get a feel for how the stout tastes by itself...with just the grains and hops. If you enjoy chocolate I would say this is the perfect beer for you. If you're looking for an excellent stout...unfortunately you'll have to set your sights elsewhere, because you can barely taste the actual beer.

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Photo of CJS
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of EigenBeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with my wife the other day, reviewed from notes, served in a tulip. This was a decent stout but there was nothing oak aged or mocha about it unfortunately.

Beer is black with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, mild.

Beer is medium in body and finishes nicely on the backend. It is roasty and bitter from the roast, the forward isn't too sweet. Again I don't pick up any mocha that is apart from the normal flavors of the stout and no mild vanilla or oak character. Oh well, I don't think I'd have this again as there are stouts that are better but it was worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dspencer714
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to near black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light—and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light mocha-colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark chocolate in the nose along with some hints of vanilla from the barrel aging.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit sweet and has lots of chocolaty flavors. There are some notes of vanilla and hints of coffee beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink because it feels lighter-bodied compared to other imperial stouts and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. However, the beer seems like it would be more enjoyable to sip and savor all of the complex flavors if it had a thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of bmurph20
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of shand
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

This beer pours out a deep brown with a very minimal head. The aroma is dominated by the sweet vanilla oak, with some coffee and roasted/caramel malt. The aroma is very strong and very enticing. The taste is VERY oaky. The oak and vanilla are really the stars of the show here for sure. The chocolate and coffee noted on the label really only come in on the laste finish if you're paying attention. It's an oak bomb for sure, how you'll feel about this will directly correspond to how much you like the flavor or oak aging. I love it, so I enjoy this beer. The mouthfeel is actually fairly light bodied and highly carbonated, I'd like a touch more body. The drinkability is good. Overall, this is very much an OAK AGED stout. The oak really takes over, to the point where you'll only enjoy this if you like oak. I like oak, so it's a good beer. I wouldn't mind more of the coffee or chocolate though.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampling a cellar temp bomber split with Stopper and poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a dark cola brown hue with minimal beige head. Aroma is mild baker's chocolate and some roasted malt with just a hint of coffee bean in the background. I dont really get any oak notes and overall the nose is very mild.
First sip reveals a smooth textured beer with mild carbonation that combine for high drinkability.
Flavor is some mild chalky chocolate and a bit of roasted malt with maybe hints of oak on the dry finish. Again the flavor profile is pretty mild and slightly disappointing. I dont get any hints of the booze and there isnt much of a hop hit anywhere either.

While the beer is decent, I am not wowed by it and am actually left desiring a little more. I had hoped for a little more robust flavor and nose and got neither. Nothing flawed just a seriously underwhelming beer in my opinion.

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Photo of MollRay
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nickfl
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

JA - pours with a small head of off white foam on a black body. The head settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - a strong aroma of raw oak with chocolate and brown sugar in the background.

T - dark sugar up front with a bit of chocolate. Some strongly oaky flavors in the middle that eclipse everything else in the finish with a tannic character that lingers on the palate.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - the oak character is way, way too strong and while the base beer seems nice it is pretty much impossible to ignore the oak. This beer tastes like someone spilled beer on a piece of raw wood.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: single finger tan head on a jet black body. Nice Lacing.

S: mild aroma with vanilla, chocolate, espresso/mocha and some roasted malts. Very nice oak presence.

T: this one defines oak aged. This one is oak aged to the extreme which is too much. The roasted malts and mocha are an afterthought on the palate and are barely noticeable until the finish.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: well the oak aging is grossly overdone. The base beer is not comment-able. This one is pretty bad.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick and black, modest head with a brown tint.

Aroma: Roasted coffee with a hint of caramel, promising!

Taste: Dominated by oak flavours from the aging -- seems to me that it was a whisky barrel -- but with an aftertaste of espresso and a dynamic mixture of malty flavours supported by a robust body.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy.

Overall: Excellent brew, a lot of depth and character with a number of interesting flavours in the mix, from coffee, whisky, and malt. Strong ABV is appropriate and none of the elements dominate too much as each is very robust.

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Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle finishes with a thick sediment at the bottom.

A: Pours a thick solid black with a 1-2 finger khaki-tan head. Really cant see any light through. A fair amount of lacing on the glass for being oak aged. Swirling the glass easily brings 1/4" of foam to the top.

S: First I get coffee with an overtone of chocolate. Oak is certainly in there as well as dark fruits and roasted malts. Sweet almost milk stout aromas.

T: Similar to the smell it starts out with that bold coffee, dark chocolate and an oak finish. Vanilla and bourbon flavors add to the mix.

M: Full bodied and creamy, has a bit of a bite at the end. Standard carbonation for a stout.

Overall another enjoyable oaked mocha stout but with an organic twist. Has some serious flavor, was real good on tap. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys oaked stouts.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich and black, topped with a creamy, sandy-coloured head. Retention is great, and it rolls back very slowly, with generous sheeting left over the beer with each sip.

S + T: A pretty even blend of vanilla and chocolate on the nose, making for a pretty intense 'mocha.' The flavour is a bit more intense. The oak-aging got a little out of control here! The flavours are quite big and bold, and maybe a little too much so. The balance is a little uneven, perhaps needing to be tamed just a touch.

M + D: Body has a nice sparkle to cut through the body. A little hint of alcohol warmth peeks through on the finish, though it is disrupted again with the sweetness. I think with a little tweaking, this beer could be fabulous. I'd be curious to try it without the oak, to see what was going on before.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass.

A: Darkest brown body you can find. Rich, dark tan colored head, mild retention after minutes.

S: Sweet chocolate syrup calms down a hefty oak presence. Dark chocolate candy undertones.

T/M: Tastes like breakfast, banana and syrup on the back end for a smooth finish. Lingers with coco powder with a hint of earthly milk. Silky smooth up front to a chappy dry finish. A slight burn from the oak pokes it head out for a quick second. Hints of fruity hops.

O: Mocha - Check. Oak - Check. Full-bodied Stout - Check. Well put together for style. Above average flavors with a remarkable light body. Can not think of a better desert after a hearty meal.

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Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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