King's Mocha Java Stout | King Brewing Company

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King's Mocha Java StoutKing's Mocha Java Stout
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King's Mocha Java StoutKing's Mocha Java Stout

Brewed by:
King Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by marburg on 03-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Maybe this used to be a 9% imperial, but it is no longer. Nice black/brown pour with a small light tan head. Roast coffee and malt aromas, some light chocolate. Taste was straightforward, similar. Coffee and light chocolates. Medium body, not quite creamy mouthfeel. I thought this was a nice coffee stout.
I'm going to guess I got a bottle from the next batch, because it did not match any of the previous reviews and I certainly would have noticed.

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Photo of shivtim
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out surprisingly viscous, with a deep brown/black color and a cola head that settles into a lacing.
Nose is nice strong toasty roasted malts and coffee syrup, with vanilla notes. Slight creaminess.
Taste is heavy on oily malts up front. Lingering coffee-tainted water flavor. Lacks sweetness, with more of an earthy vibe.
Mouthfeel is a bit light and undercarbonated.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received as an extra at DLD 08 - sarcastro, was that you? Thanks, Matt! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Black with a massive, bubbly head - fist sized! Overcarbonated for sure

S: Well-roasted coffee on the nose with some chocolate in the back. As this warms up, it takes on a mildly phenolic note

T: Tons of coffee and chocolate on this but the overcarbonation really gets in the way. The finish is bitter coffee and pretty delicious.

M: Overcarbonated (did I already say that?) Definitely foams in the mouth. This really detracts from what could be a good beer

D: Rather poor but given how nice this actually tastes, I'm going to let is sit for a few minutes and try to get rid of the CO2.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice and black on the pour. Thin mocha head doesn't stay long, leaving only a sparse cover and collar.

Aroma - coffee grounds, a bit aged but intense to the point of having a jalapeno pepperiness. Some grain weakly tries to show some light chocolate but really can't get anything going against the java. The pepper actually got stronger as it set up, but faded during the sampling.

Taste - nice chocolaty, smoky grain out of the gate. The coffee hits right after, biting and dark. On the swallow it lets up a bit and really comes into its own. Smoother, softer flavoring, the malt roastiness now complementing really well. The aftertaste is very nice, like a fresh sip of coffee, once again reminding me too late of the travails of sampling coffee beers later in the evening...

Mouthfeel - too thin, but the carbonation level is crisp, amplifying that a bit.

Drinkability - this beer grew on me and I could use a few more. Thanks to whoever that was at DLD that hooked me up with this out of his trunk, one of those on-the-spot trades. Delicious brew.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to TheBlackMallard for throwing in this extra.

Pours jet black with a creamy mocha tinged head of foam. Surface has a nice egg cream sheen to it, however, the head doesn't last all that long. A tan ring remains.

Initial aroma is of recently brewed coffee grounds, still hot in the filter. Reminds me alot of Bells Java Stout, but the aroma doesn't have quite the sharpness or staying power.

Nutty with mellow coffee flavor. Lower carbonation and low acidity from the coffee. Lingering roastiness, without much bitterness. An easy drinker overall, it could use a touch more carbonation. My bottle was fresh and there was no sourness at all.

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Photo of JDV
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of alexgash, I believe. Thanks!
Pours black with a smallish tan head that fades quickly. Smell is strong coffee, thin roasty malt and an almost cardboard-like component. Flavor is coffee up front and roasted malt, but very thin. Thin malt flavor, roastiness and body, despite the strong coffee flavor. Not great, but drinkable.

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Photo of mully
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TheBlackMallard for this beer

Thin popping head disolves quickly leaving nothing behind opaque black body

Coffee and blackmalts bitterness seems to come from the coffee as well as the light hop presence
Dry - Over carbonated pretty light, not substantial
Due to the lightness this is pretty drinable, ut not an outstanding beer
Pretty good almost all coffee but not much porter

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love this beer when it's good, I've had a few bottles that were bad from different places. It's great on tap at the source.

Pours black with a minimal head.

Smells exactly like cold coffee.

Tastes like coffee with a hint of cocoa, theres a sharp roasted finish.

Medium carbonation, a little on the thin side but I think it fits.

Great beer and if it's sour you have a bad bottle.

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Photo of Deuane
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Black with dark brown edges. Medium dark tan head that quickly disappears.

S-Initial shot of coffee followed by a smokey sourness. Not bad but kinda odd.

T-Just above average. Some coffee flavor but weaker than I would like. An odd sour twing towards the end. Slight bit of hop bitterness in the backround.

M-This is were this beer suffers most....Thin..almost cola thin. Where is the body in a "big" stout? Does not even feel like I am drinking a coffee stout.

D-Coffee flavors support this brew to being average. Too thin to be taken seriously and what is that odd sourness? I do not mind drinking one of these but I certainly will not search it out again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Simple black with no visible highlights. The dark caramel colored cap is soft and featureless, with an audible cracking noise as it disippates. That, plus the loud 'pffft' on crown cracking, does not bode well for the mouthfeel. Heads like this don't leave any lace.

I'm impressed by MJS's nose because it's exactly as advertised. The brewery uses roasted and chocolate malt, along with 'French roast coffee'. It tastes like the latter will be dominant on the palate.

As suspected, the mouthfeel is less than stellar. The beer is way too thin (especially given the 9.0% ABV) and has a fizziness that has no place in a beer of this style. Or a beer of any style for that matter. An excessive amount of time since bottling might be responsible, but with no label date, how am I to know?

The flavor is suspect as well. In fact, it's more than suspect, it's been tried and found guilty. There's an overpowering lemon juice and sour milk puckeriness that ruins whatever roasted coffee bean and chocolate deliciousness might have been present. I can't believe that I'm *only* dealing with old beer. I've had plenty of aged big stouts that tasted great.

Mocha Java Stout is my fifth KBC beer. None of them have been great, or even very good, but this is the worst of the lot. If I was guaranteed a fresh bottle, I might give it another go. Otherwise, I'd just as soon forget this whole experience.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a deep black with dark brown edges and a very fizzy half inch of dark tan head. The carbonation and fizziness here is a bit odd. Aromas start with some burnt coffee grounds and chocolate. A bit of a sour, almost lactic twang underneath.

First sip brings some dark roasted malts along with some chocolate and ground coffee flavors. The malt comes across very thin. It flows down with a bit of a sour, slightly acidic twang. Not much hops on the finish, it ends slightly astringent with stingy carbonation. Just not very good.

Mouthfeel is rather light and over carbonated. It doesn't make it very enjoyable to drink. Overall, this one just ends up being a mess and may possibly be infected. If I see a single I'll give it another go, but apart from that I'll pass.

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Photo of russpowell
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this late July in NC, review based on notes

Poured black with 1 finger of tan head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Some coffee grounds

T: Coffee through & through, nothing to balance it out all. Finished dry & chalky

MF: Light-bodied with low carbonation

Almost a drainpour, Coffee stout freaks may like this. I'll pass on this, unless I'm much closer to the source. Even then, proceed with caution

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large dense brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is rich and creamy with mostly roasted coffee as the name of the beer would lead you to believe. There is a touch of hops, but it's very faint.

T: The taste is very malty and full of fresh ground coffee, but doesn't overwhelm you with sweetness as many other coffee flavored beers can. A mild bitterness follows and even though there's a mild hops presence, the bitterness is mostly from the coffee flavor. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is sticky and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, a little bit filling, good representation style, this is one of those beers that I could keep on drinking, but might fill me up too quickly after only a few of them. However, you’re into the coffee flavored beers then this is a good one for you.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is black. A small brown head is erected with the pour. It doesn't stick around much though and the lacing is minimal. The aroma is pretty thick with coffee grounds and roasted malt tones. Solid nose. The taste if formidable. Pretty heavy with the coffee bean (French roast??) and char and chocolate and blackened malts. Kind of a dry, acrid aftertaste. A little bit of a tannic presence. But also some underlying sweetness. Pretty complex and very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a little watery and the body a little light. That's the area that needs improvement....a boost in the "heft" factor. Otherwise, this is a very solid coffee stout.

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Photo of atsprings
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle and a half into a 20oz. mug. Very dark color with a decent head that diminished somewhat quickly and left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was rather appealing with a good blend of coffee, dark chocolate and malt. The mocha flavor was a little disappointing for the style. Not any where near the level of such others as Highland Black Mocha or Terrapin Wake-n-Bake. Mouthfeel was a little weak for a stout, not much of a punch to it. This is somewhat drinkable, but far from my first choice.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice looking black body with some dark brown towards the edges. Mocha colored one finger head that quickly disappears to nothing leaving a sickly looking smear of lace.

S: Strong aroma of espresso followed by an odd fleeting scent of a dirty ashtray.

T: Espresso coffee, and roasted malt dominate with hints of dark chocolate. Tart fruit and a tiny hop bite in the bitter coffee finish.

M: Thin and chalky. Unfortunately watery.

D: Just above average. Too thin and watery with flavors too unbalanced towards the bitter side of the spectrum. I bet this stout on nitro pour would do wonders.

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Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label depicts Kokopelli running off with a cup of java in one hand and a beer, presumably, Mocha Java Stout, in the other. This stout pours black in color with a brown cap. Aroma consists of espresso coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Assertive bitter and bold roasted coffee flavor. Not sweet at all. Hints of dark chocolate. Finish is dry and leaves you wanting to take another sip. Overall, this wasn't bad, but not my favorite coffee stout.

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Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness indication being offered. Pours pretty darn close to black with a very dark medium bubble mocha head showing excellent retention, and leaving a thick coating of sheeting. the sniff here produces a rich load of expresso and coffee grounds. Fairly thin body wise, but rich in the coffee flavors. If you like coffee this is the stout for you. Can't see ordering too many of these. Active carbonation and a bit prickly on the tongue.

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Photo of mntlover
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with some deep reds showing thru with light, a nice creamy mocha colored head that falls to a film imparting some lace.

Aroma is coffee in the forefront smelling lightly old and bitter with chocolate and smoky hints underneath. Some light hops and fruitiness, prunish, also noted.

Taste is coffee with chocolate notes, again smoky flavors show up. A light fruitiness seems to make its presence noticed thru out. Roasted malts appear but are subtle, coffee definitely dominates. Some light hop noted in the finish they mingle in with the smoke. Mouthfeel affects the taste for me making this stout seem light and watery, or maybe its all the coffee and no real roasted malt noted?

Mouthfeel is a minus on this baby might hit medium but carbonation making it seem like light almost watery like again.

Drinkability is ok the flavors aren't bad hell right on for a java stout lots of coffee flavors just sucks it has that coffee mouthfeel. Any way thanks go to Enola for this bottle.

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Photo of alexgash
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used oil brown to black with a small, light brown head that doesn't stick around long. Nose is peaty and roasty, with cinder, chocolate, and smoky coffee. There's also a slight spiciness that is a little odd. Toasted, roasted bitterness up front. Slightly astringent. Turns meaty with charred fruit and licorice. Roasted coffee bitterness comes on in the spicy finish along with renewed licorice and homebrew funk. Not bad, not great. Moderate body, with an oily feel.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Enola for the 12oz bottle.
No feshness date found.
Pours an opaque black with a massive froathy and fizzy head that held together for awhile.
Smell's of fresh ground coffee.
Taste like strong black coffee. Mild hint of a lactose type sweetness at the end. Acidic finish.
The massive head and the carbonation give it a good mouthfeel.
Overall a good beer if you like strong coffee flavors as I do. Still it would be hard for me to drink more than one of these at a time.
Recommended if you are a coffee lover.

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Photo of treedoctor5002
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent stout that is exactly what it says it is...namely, mocha with a whole lot of java.
This beer pours a deep black color with almost no head at all. Smell is all burnt coffee, not much else.
Taste- the coffee is in full effect here with a little bit of chocolate also on the back of the tongue. It's pretty much over the top with coffee. There is a dash of sweetness as the liquid passes through the mouth that is pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and chewy leaving a strong java aftertaste that lasts forever. Overall this beer is pretty solid if you prefer a little java in your brew.

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Photo of Enola
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has the most explosive head I have saw to date. It nearly blew the cap when I was opening it. As you would expect, there is a massive head. It took me a good ten minutes just to pour this beer into the glass. The head is just a bit foamy and not creamy though. The beer is jet black. The smell is coffee and a touch of chocolate. A very malty brew. The taste is all coffee. Not much in the way of hops here. This beer is good. As some of the carbonation leves, it becomes better. At first it fizzes like Pepsi. If you like coffee beers, this one is reccomended.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid black beer, no highlights or light passing thru for that matter. Has a small creamy brown head and a little bit of lace. There is a strong coffe character in the aroma up front with a smooth chocolate note in the background. The coffee and chocolate flavors meld as they pass over your tongue. To create a lovely mocha taste. Which gives way to the coffee characters bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is solid brownish black, with a large friendly, creamy cocoa brown head. Not bad looking at all. Nose is thick and full but is majorly burnt roasty coffee smells with milky chocolate sweetness. Smell is pretty good but not awesome or deliciously mouth watering. Taste is really burnt coffee tasting. It would be better if it was less one sided. It still tastes decent but compared to other more well-blended and well-rounded stouts, its inferior. I do like this style too. Its almost like they were going for quantity over sweet delicious quality. It is still enjoyable to an above average degree though, but nowhere near what I've become used to. (Especially after I just had a Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter on tap!) Mouthfeel is fullish, but carbonation is a bit over intense. I suppose it goes with the bitter burnt roastiness maybe but to me its a little in the way. It actually makes it near impossible to evaluate the rest of the mouthfeel because it takes over so much. Drinkability is alright. This beer is fairly enjoyable but I could suck down other stouts far easier.

Ok. A good atempt, but too heavy in one direction. Almost violent for a stout, which I usually find to be friendly and thick. Needs to have less emphasis on the coffee roast, an more on everything else.

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King's Mocha Java Stout from King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 55 ratings