King's Mocha Java Stout | King Brewing Company

King's Mocha Java StoutKing's Mocha Java Stout
55 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by marburg on 03-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 55
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 blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capless buh-lack curtain dark viscous hue.

Light nose of toasted and rosted malt. Nothing mindblowing.

First swigs: Espresso ish and black coffee ish. Lightly easy on the palate. Not too much overwhelming power. Decent.

Feel is lightly carbonated. My liver-o-meter puts it at 5%ABV tops. Probly 4%.

Last swigs: Roasty light stout that toes the porter line. Not bad by any stretch. Needs a vibrant feel. Nice change-up pitch, AKSmoked!

Beer is good.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 NEhophead
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque coal in color beneath a creamy, light brown head. Some patches of condensed lacing that recede back into the stout with each sip.

Big mocha and espresso aromas. Dry, nutty profile with roasted dark chocolate.

Powdered, dark chocolate flakes. Rich mocha coffee flavors, that aren't quite chewy but still filled with substance. A dry finish with a nutty profile precedes an aftertaste of fresh, roasted coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate.

Full bodied; dry, yet not chewy on the palate.

A nice change of pace from the typical American Stout. Well flavored and nicely balanced. A nice intro to King Brewing Co.

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

The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a nearly nonexistent head which rose for a second and then departed to the further reaches to not be seen again.

The aroma was coffee, strong and dark, like smelling a roasted bean. Along with that aroma came some chocolate and a caramel aromatic, but for the most part the aroma was coffee.

The flavor was more coffee with a bit of caramel and a bit of chocolate. The coffee flavor was strong and acrid and the flavor could have used a boost in the caramel and sweetness department since the coffee flavor was pretty dry.

The finish was dry, bone dry, desert dry, like licking the bottom of a shoe that came from the Sahara (get the picture, it was dry!).The body was medium and the beer might as well have not been carbonated since it had no head and little fizz. An ok beer, but missing head and carbonation and a bit of sweetness would round out the dryness.

12 ounce bottle.

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

This is a rare beer in Western NC.
I poured it into a pint glass. Jet black and opaque. There was almost no head, but it was a deep brown, and left no lacing.
The nose is coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
The mouth feel is smooth and wound with coffe. My mind thinks of a less acidic coffee like a medum roasted columbian or perhaps peruvian coffee. The chocolate melds nicely to give this brew another dimension. The low carbonation structure gives this brew the "iced coffee" effect. The finish is meduim with a hint of cream.
A great brew for coffee lovers and brewsters alike.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Midnight doesn't get any darker than this pour. Sadly, there is no head to seal the deal and no lacing whatsoever. Nose is absolutely intoxicating! It smells like a sweet mochat with an extra shot of espresso! If you've ever eaten chocolate covered coffee beans then that's what you'll think of when you taste it. Mouth is just a tad bit too thin for my taste. In all, I could and would drink a ton of this. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color. Great tan head on top. Moderate aroma level-nice blend of roasted malt and coffee. Really nice flavor. The coffee tends to dominate but is well balanced with the roasted and chocolate flavors. Nice dryness to it. No real bitterness here outside of the lingering coffee flavor. Good body. Overall a very enjoyable and well balanced beer. I dont drink coffee but this is great. Might get me started actually!

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque ink black with a minimal mocha colored head that was gone in a flash,big on the java aromas thats for sure dark roasted coffee beans really jump out at ya along with dark bitter chocolate and a touch of wood.As with the aromas the coffee is dominate dark French roasted coffee and un sweetened chocolate up front with a drying earthy/woody finish that lingers well.A nice creamy,full mouthfeel goes well the the robust flavor of this beer.A bit one sided with the java but still a pretty good stout overall.

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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 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 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 ppoitras
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, very fizzy initially, concluding with nary a bubble on the surface of the opaque dark brown/black brew. Lacing is minimal as well. Aroma is strong on the coffee, with some light chocolate sweetness hiding in there as well. Flavor is also strong coffee at the start, but the chocolate malts come through more strongly here, and even though they never equal the coffee, bitterness is controlled. Mouthfeel is reasonable, but could stand with some more carbonation, and drinkability is okay as well. Not a bad brew, but I was expecting more.

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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 ypsifly
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Solid black with a light brown head that shows decent retention and clings nicely.

The nose is almost all coffee. Rich and roasted with a hint of hops poking through. Malts way underneath it all.

Upfront the taste is mostly coffee, but it fades into sweet malts followed by a hop dryness that is paired with the coffee notes which never really go away. The mouthfeel is right where s stout should be. Slightly creamy with a quick carbonation tingle.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.52/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rating this specifically as a coffee stout, not a general American stout...

Chocolate and coffee aromas eminate from this black brew occupying my pint glass. The light brown head is minimal, the color opaque. In addition to the great mocha nose, much roasted goodness is present as well. No surprises in the taste - mocha java stout it surely is. Plenty of roast coffee beans, creamy mocha, and roasted grain. The coffee taste is quite prevalent, however it is well done (not overdone). That is a rarity for coffee stouts. Sometimes these beers seem like a half-assed stout with truck stop coffee dumped in. Not so with King's. The flavors work well with each other. Flavor is full bodied, mouthfeel is nice and big, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Huge presenced of roasted grain and coffee slightly hampers the drinkability, although 2 of these in a row wouldn't require great effort. If you are a big fan of coffee, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of frazbri
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with very short mocha head. Chocolate / capacino aroma. Chocolate and roasted coffee flavors with bitter finish. Low carbonation and fairly light body.

The King Mocha stout's not bad, but doesn't quite match up with some of the other stouts from around the state of Michigan. If the body and head were a little more substantial, they'd have a real contender.

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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
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