Mocha Diablo | Dave's BrewFarm

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Dave's BrewFarm
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 11-29-2010

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of solargoat
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of tavernjef
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler: Black gloss settles immediately into the goblet as a large muffin top of dark cocoa hued foam lathers up quickly with a dense foamy might. Eventually the crown of brown foam Sloths its way to leave a heavy collar and skim across the top while some sporatic stringy globs of lace stick across the glass. Looks great and very appetizing.

Aromatics have a Lusty boost of warm, soothingly rich, and decadently yummy milk chocolate. Very much like mocha cream or chocolate cake with a touch of peppery spice and cold espresso to it.

Diablo! Wow! Like the sin of Gluttony, this is a dangerous indulgence. Yummmm...Lots of smooth, silky, chocolate of all kinds melt in your mouth and sinks across the palate. Silky chocolate milk, fluffy cocoa bits, melted milk duds, espresso chips, mocha ice cream, and black currants all set a superb girthy tone for the peppery spice about to take place. Ahhh, what a a Wrath of warming peppery spice emerges mildly, yet Greedy enough to grab some palate tingling attention. One heck of a great mix! If you have ever had gourmet dark chocolate that has peppers added, this is the "LaBrewatory" version.

Body is quite full, hearty, wholesome, and smooth; hell, most stouts would be filled with Envy to call themselves this smooth. Silky, soft, lush, thick, fluffy, lofty, and wondefully warm with peppery spice to finish it off.

With Pride I can say this is quite possibly one brew to be reckoned with among the many big troublesome stouts out there that may bring a sin or 7 to mind.

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Photo of maximum12
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this recently at the BrewFarm & oh, so, happy. On tap, this is the best beer we've had there, & that's saying something. 33.6 oz. bomber split into two big snifters.

Pour is black with a nice head, which I wouldn't normally care about, but this bomber is 4-5 weeks old: gotta stretch these out slowly & see how long they'll go. Smell is, what's that word, divine. Sweet chocolate, light chiles, malty roast. Wow.

Mocha Diablo would feel comfortable slapping the ass of a Hunahpu's. The chile-pepper heat lights up the mouth slowing, builds all the way through the swallow, & loiters against the back of the throat like an underwear model. Not too much, not too little, just right. Supporting cast is a solid beer: again the roast, the chocolate, taking the shoes off of the heat. The sweet & spice is married perfectly. Full. Luscious. The spiciness makes this a true-blood sipper, but what a body on it.

Saying this is good is like saying the One Ring was a piece of jewelry. Dave is a mad genius & if any of this leaks out of the Midwest, there's going to be a bum rush on the BrewFarm. Let's keep it our secret, shall we?

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Photo of psychotia
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this several times on tap at the farm, but was lucky enough to pick up a growler on my last visit to bring home. Filled about 2 weeks ago.

A: Vigorous pour yielded a small, 1/2 finger mocha head - if my memory serves me as much as Dave has served me at the farm, mocha usually has a bigger head than this. Body is deep black.

S: Sweet/hot peppers and roasted coffee. My nose hairs are already on fire.

T: Phenomenal. Every time I come back to this beer I marvel at the incredible harmony between the sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and the bite of the pepper trifecta. It all weaves together seamlessly. As I drink, the heat of the peppers swell and build. By the end of my glass, I'm usually looking for a jug of water.

M: Right where a stout should be - thick and viscous without coating my throat with tar. Again, I feel the carbonation is a little low since it's been a couple weeks since filling the growler, but it still works just fine, as I get plenty of "tingling" from the peppers.

D: The term is overused, but it's dangerously drinkable. As if stouts don't mask alcohol to begin with, the kick from the peppers really take any alcohol burn out of the equation.

This brew needs at least a seasonal release - what a nice accompaniment to winter! Cheers, Dave!

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Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MNPikey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rocklibster
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jera1350
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to pick up a growler of this up at the BrewFarm.

Pours a viscous black with a rocky brown head. That contributes some nice lace.

Rich chocolate scent with notes of roasty malt, coffee and a light pepper spice.

Sweet malt with a big chocolate dose along with some roast. Getting a bit of green pepper, and then a touch of cayenne at the back of the throat. A nice mix of sweet and spice. Kudos for the big chocolate presence.

Soft carbonation and smooth. The body feels a little thin for the abv, but still adequate. Warming sensation from the peppers.

Love how easy to drink this is. Perfect beer for cold weather. Another winner that would be a hit in cans or bottles.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of boomer31
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Visited the Brewfarm about 4 weeks ago, finally cracked the 1/2 growler of MD.

A - Pours with a huge light brown head. Some stick on the glass, not much though. Black in the middle with a ring of brown on the edge.

S - Sweet chocolate, some sugar and a hint of pepper deep in your nose.

T - Chocolate up front and chile in the back. A great balance of sweet malt, some roast and light bitterness with a sharp bite of heat in the back.

M - Full and creamy, a touch high on the carbonation

O - A very nice beer. No way to taste the ABV behind the chile and chocolate. A great beer with great balance. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than BB XXIII. To each his own I suppose

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Photo of Kark
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dave's BrewFarm, Mocha Diablo, chocolate and peppers, (3 of them)9.3% abv. In the brand new 1 Liter, swing top growler, filled sometime Saturday morning, being consumed Sunday night.

Utter blackness, with a nice, tight cocoa-tinted head nestled on top.

Aroma spins out chocolate in the atmosphere, before we even go close up. Let's do that now...sweet, but mild, chocolate, with hot and spicy pepper flavors behind. Sweet and hot, with sweet on top.

Taste: sweet cocoa on top, again, with rich, roasty stout below. Good hopping, mild bitterness lays long on the palate and in the back of the throat. Very smooth, no rough spots here. Spices start to show and intrude upon the profile, slowly, though. Heat is climbing, ever incrementally. Stay sweetish and roasty, moreover, with the pepper staying subtle on the side.

Medium body, nearly full, with a strength that remains unobtrusive, until...wait, now it's showing up...hoo daddy!

I have to imagine some geeks might demand more heat, more fire, more punishment than this provides, but I think that doing everything to extremes misses the point. Sometimes subtlety is just right. Just a hint. A taste. A tickle. And this is a great brew where you get that. Way to go, Dave!

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Photo of robL
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of lunarbrew
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1-liter swing-top growler, scooped up at the BrewFarm last Saturday. Tasted 1 December 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown. One finger of medium-dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is faint, roasty, lightly sweet, with a touch of pepper. Pretty good, main issue is that there isn't enough of it.

Taste is an average sweet stout, plus the chili. That plus is really what brings the beer up, as it provides a warmth, a sizzle, and a buzz that liven up what might otherwise be a dull beer.

Chili does good work in the feel, too, making it quite enjoyable. Medium-heavy body, pretty high carbonation for a stout, but that gets hard to distinguish from the tingle of the pepper.

A decent stout, made quite good by the excellent integration of the pepper, but otherwise not particularly impressive.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml growler filled 8/29 poured into a Dave's Brewfarm snifter 9/4/2014.

A- Dark black body, a bit watery looking on the pour, not much head or lacing. [3]

S- Roast malt, a bit of vegetal pepper, milk chocolate. Nothing special to be honest. Very stout-like with a bit of pepper. [3]

F- Opens up quite a bit in comparison to the nose; milk chocolate, espresso, roast malts. It takes a little bit until you start feeling the heat. It's subtle at first but it seems to cross a threshold eventually and starts punching you in the face. Not bad, not bad. [4]

M- Fairly watery, thinner bodied with a bit lower carbonation. Perhaps it's the growler. As a consequence, it has a fairly smooth feel to it that makes it more drinkable than the other way around. [3.5]

O- Decent coffee chili stout with nice roastiness. [3.75]

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Mocha Diablo from Dave's BrewFarm
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