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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 Mitchster
1.91/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle/$2.09 at Big10 in Lansing. Releases a soft pssht when uncapped, but despite a vigorous pour, this barely manages to eek out a tiny mocha colored head which within seconds quickly recedes into nothing. No lacing with minimal, if any, carbonation. The aroma is intense with coffee, specifically french roast...burnt, charcoal, black walnut, bitter baking chocolate, cigarette ash. Swirling it produces the vile aroma of rotten milk (seriously!) The mouthfeel is very flimsy and it has a coffee-induced acidity which is incompatible with the beer. The taste is akin to cigarette ashtray with warm, stale flat stout that been sitting in it. Bitterness is very mild. Aftertaste of licking on a burning log.

A horrible accident of a beer. Cringe-inducing. Down the sink it goes. What a mess!

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Photo of NolateM
2.11/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer did not impress me as much as it impressed my friends, perhaps because I'm a judgemental coffee drinker. I had it on tap. It looked pretty nice, pitch-black, but not much of a head (which might just be the way the girl poured it). The smell was decent, very roasty, with a bit of a burnt coffee smell. The problem was, that burnt coffee aspect stood out in the taste more than anything else. It tasted like someone took a Guinness Draught and mixed it up with some used coffee grinds that had been sitting around for a few hours. I couldn't even finish it, and it wasn't in a very big glass - which doesn't say much for drinkability.

I drink good black coffee all the time, but I wasn't a fan of this.

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Photo of Derek
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Black, tan head, not much retention, only a hint of lace.

S: Burnt rubber, DARK roasted coffee, black-strap molases.

T: Dark java, fairly dry, burnt, rubber, astrigent grain.

M: Moderate to full body, very chalky, moderate carbonation.

D: Definitely not impressed.

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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 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 meathookjones
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black color body with a small tan head and minimal lace. Plenty of coffee and roasty notes come out at first but seem to disappear quickly leaving a bland sweet and slightly tart aroma. Flavor starts off with some burnt coffee and roastiness followed by a big dose so sweetness. It is overall a weak flavor that seems to lean too much towards the sweet side. A bit smooth but too thin made this feel like watery coffee at times. I finished it easy enough but would not have another.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - uber-black with a thin orange/brown very short lived head, of course too dark to notice any carbonation

S - smells like coffee beans, so theres the java, cant smell the mocha though, hint of char as well, like when you open an old grill after the winter (thats not a bad thing)

T - taste like an unflavored iced coffee, no mocha flavors that i can distinguish, a quality stout, just too much java for me and not enough mocha

M&D - not balanced enough, but smooth and easy down, definitely needs to be sweeter, like half this half Left Hands Milk Stout, that sounds yummy, otherwise kind of a let down

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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 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 walleye
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured dark brown with no head, no lacing. aroma, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits. flavor weak had a hard time with this one but did get honey, coffee, and that is about all, with the 9 abv I thought I would be able to get some alcohol., but none there so it was well hidden. watery

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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 jaxon53
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

King's Mocha Java Stout. Served chilled in a pint glass. Poured a little vigorously but barely any head formed. What head it had was tan/brown that turned quickly to nothing but a little spot in the middle of the glass. It did pour a nice black color with zero carbonation. Smelled of freshly brewed coffee, and maybe a hint of chocolate. Tasted again of coffee. Pretty much just coffee. A little too much coffee. Is this beer flat or is it just me? This beer was a bit thin and alot flat in the mouth. It seems pretty drinkable . I didn't think this beer was too bad, just nothing to write home about. I'd probably try this one again.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This purple juice required some coaxing to grow a head. After increasing heights and adjusting the vigor, a small cocoa head rose up in a crackly soda pop fashion and blew itself out in mere moments. A very lackluster first impression. The nose is a sort of butter drizzled coffee beans and stale smoker's jacket sleeve with a mixture of baker's chocolate and powdered milk splattered about on said sleeve. Not milk chocolate. Baker's chocolate and powdered milk made milk. Splattered about on a sleeve. Maybe a drip of window cleaner as well. The taste is backburnered instantly by the stark realization that this beer is crucially flat. It is like drinking a sample of mud puddle with flavour additives. After the flatness is dealt with, flavours of aforementioned coffee or coffee beanery and specific chocolates and the occult milky presence are more apt to be observed or tasted rather. The mouthfeel is mostly mid thickness and flat. Barely a tingle is felt. The drinkability is okay but rapidly approaching why continue status. Nothing overtly impressive to see here. This needs more bubbles.

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Photo of ahking
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice black with a short lived tan head. Soon after the pour there is not trace that a head ever existed. Aroma is rich in smoky, roasted chocolate malts, and fresh brewed coffee (better java flavor than some java stouts). Light carbonation. Mouthfeel is very thin for a stout. I was a little thrown off by this and because there is very little complexity to the flavor. Sweet and almost cloying with little hop presence. I would not recommend this for a stout lover. However, this would be a good beer for a more mainstream drinker.

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

Pours a deep black with a mammoth foamy tan head. In fact, the head was so explosive, it took me a good ten minutes to pour. Smells exactly as one would expect: rich, chocolatey, ice coffee. Bitter, acrid coffee flavor with a middling sweetness. Kind of attacks the palate though with burnt malts and unfortunately coarse carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium but, as the head seems to suggest, this stuff is way over carbonated for the style and quite dry.

Man, they need to smooth this out a bit...add some rolled oats or something. The smell was promising but this was pretty dissapointing overall.

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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 Frozensoul327
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't find this beer all that wonderful, but it's worthy of a sample. Poured out to a dark black color with a smaller head of dark brown foam. Some lace. Lower carbonation. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and malt. Nice. Taste was a bit on the harsh side, as the coffee seemed to bite too much, the malt was too flat, and the dark chocolate was kind of on the sweet side for my taste. Mouthfeel was ok, but could've been more chewy and thick. Drinkability is average; I bet this would go great with vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This a pours a jet black with a large tan foamy head that makes this a nice looking beer,although the head disappears quickly. The smell is a coffee aroma that smells like an old coffee pot, not fresh,almost a burnt flavor. The taste has a very strong coffee flavor that makes this a smoked,burnt flavor. It's not bad, but the m/f is lighter for a stout than I like. This is OK,but I can't get around the burnt coffee flavor of this beer.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black w/ mahogany highlights and a fizzy, tan froth that immediately settles into nothing. No veil, no ring, no lace. Looks still and lifeless.

Aroma is sweet chocolate and black malts, strong coffee, and a touch of anise and lightly floral/herbal hops.

Flavor is dark caramel sweetness, fresh coffee bitterness which comes across as fresh and mild, not overdone, and roasty chocolate and black bread drizzled with dark malt syrup.

Body is mediumish, with a flat mouthfeel due to lack of carbonation and a slick, creamy texture. Would be a decent drinker if the body had a little more oomph.

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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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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 granger10
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The NFL playoffs are starting today so what better way to start the day myself than cracking open a coffee stout. This beer is really dark, slighlt red shade around the sides but unfortunately no head, just a bit of tan bubbles skimming across the top. Smell is dominated by coffee beans, like I just opened a fresh bag of columbian coffee. There's also a slight vinous note in there that has seemed to evolve to a cherry liquer. The taste turns the coffee beans notes into a strong espresso shot but there's a decent amount of this sweet cherry liquer flavor in there that starts to get too sweet for me. Body is thin and mouthfeel is on the flat side. Finish is smooth and somewhat sweet but not acidic at all. This beer is like an espresso with lots of sugar and then some cherries put in. I think I'd like it in an espresso sized cup as well as it grew cloying and a bit boring by the end.

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