Mocha Machine | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
beachwoodbbq.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mocha machine is a well-engineered endeavor in massive aromatics and rich flavors. Brewed with an array of British and German malts, this burly brew is infused with masterfully roasted coffee from Portola Coffee lab in Costa Mesa, CA. It is then aged on cacao nibs from Ecuador, adding an awesomely deep dimension of fudge.

Added by SubpoenaDeuces on 03-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
46
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of SomethingClever
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Small creamy lightly brown white head. Body us a dark brown almost black body with
light escaping the edges.

S: Coffee hits strong, then some chocolate, and you can lightly pick out some roasted malts.

T: Tons of coffee, chocolate follows closely, a little bit of bitterness from the coffee. Nice chocolate and coffee.

M: Watery body higher carbonation

O: The coffee and chocolate are huge in this beer, but that is about it. I wish this beer had more depth.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a creamy dark tan head that has good retention

S- smells of roasted malt and char up front, followed by fresh espresso, dark chocolate, caramel and fig

T- charred smoky malt gives way to earthy/herbal coffee, followed by dark chocolate, molasses and fig. The finish gives more char that leaves more coffee and mocha on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky slightly warming finish

O- the coffee and mocha make their presence known throughout, the only complaint is that it was a bit to char-like at times

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was black in color with a large dark tan head.
Wonderful aroma of dark and sweet chocolate, as well as coffee.
Dense chocolate taste, a little coffee.
Heavier bodied than I would have expected.
Great beer!

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Photo of user785335
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pants678
3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Black, foam lace.

Coffee, roasted malt.

Bitter coffee toward dark fruit, no sweetness if there is indeed lactose. Needs more chocolate character. Alcohol's hidden, though.

Thin.

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Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a tulip appears black in color with a khaki head.

Aroma of raison, chocolate, earth and coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, raison, earthy to char-like bitterness.

Medium in body with modest carbonation, decent.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wilymobastardo
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevSal
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got my hands on some beachwood, love visiting them down south it's nice to see some selections trickle north. been wanting to try this one for a while, has gotten a lot of praise

22 into a perfect stout glass

looks fantastic! huge khaki head! super dark brown to the edges.

nose is also fantastic! coffee and chocolate upfront. not so fudgey as the label states, more toasty chocolate coffee.

flavor is solid. not quite as good as the nose but all the componants are there. coffee comes first than chocolate and roast. nicely done

body is good, on the light side of thick, would do well with a nitro treatment.
good carb and no alch at all

overall this is tasty, comes together well, worth trying once but the high price tag, $13, keeps me from purchasing again. definitly a better than average beer tho. would actually do really well on pepper heat!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sd123
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with some light coming through around the edges, tan colored head, lots of lacing, head dissipated into a thin soap tan colored head.

A: Big notes of dark freshly roasted espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, very pungent, alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T: Incredibly smooth, like the nose dark roasted espresso notes with a touch of cocoa, moderate amount of coffee bitterness in the middle, finishes incredibly smooth with more coffee and chocolate lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel does not drink like a high ABV beer.

O: Very impressed, loads of flavor and aroma, incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel, amazing drinkability. If you like coffee and porters/stouts, then this beer is for you. Six-packs please.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

This one pours a dark burnt brown, almost black, with a small foamy head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells exactly like you'd expect, with chocolate and coffee being the dominant force.

The chocolate is more dominant, I'd say, with a wonderful sweet fudgy aroma. The coffee is roasty, but not overly so, and adds some more sweetness. There's some slight roasted malt, and a bit of vanilla cream as well.

This is super creamy, and almost feels like cold and thick hot chocolate.

I'd like a bit more complexity in the bitter spectrum, but this is still quite good, and shows how talented the brewers at Beachwood are.

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Photo of schinebd
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matthewrdale
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from vanlingleipa in a recent swap. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Porter with Portola coffee and Ecuadorian cacao nibs added

APPEARANCE: Clear light brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium, creamy looking light tan head with great retention. Clear bistre brown body with minimal carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Good looking porter.

SMELL: Lightly roasted coffee, cacao nibs, light cream and hints of roasted malts on the nose. Bold enough.

TASTE: Some lightly roasted coffee up front with hints of cacao and sweet cream flavors. Some bitter notes at the swallow with a medium but lingering finish of sweet cream, lightly roasted coffee, cacao flavors, chocolate, and some roasted bitterness. Nice stuff and well put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth-coating. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Solid stuff overall. Some good coffee and cacao character here and the look and feel are worth the price of admission. Not quite as epic as their System of a Stout, but then again, this is a strong porter and not an imperial stout. Nevertheless, this is a top-notch brew with lots of the good stuff. Well worth checking out and I was glad to have had the chance. Thanks again, vanlingleipa!

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Photo of Lazhal
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brianmandell
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlvinLin
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Mocha Machine from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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