Mocha Machine | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Mocha MachineMocha Machine

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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 pants678
3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
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.


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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
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 KevSal
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -3.9%
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 Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
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 rodbeermunch
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this for the first time at the Sierra Nevada 1st wet & wild hop festival. It was the best beer at the festival, which I found ironic, being that this isn't exactly a hoppy beer.

Anyways, pours black, standard fare, tan head 2/5" deep. Aroma was massively coffee and chocolate, owes nothing to anyone in that department.

Taste, wow, I kept coming back to this one all day. Luscious, deep baker's chocolate, not sweet, ample coffee, ample body, good heft without getting into the need to be Midwest pours because its so viscous. This is something you can dome to yourself, but you probably shouldn't given its high ABV that you can't tell in the mouth feel.

Would bang this again, and often. Dumb bomber format though.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't know what you can ask more of from a coffee and chocolate imperial Porter. Awesome deepest color if brown bordering black, slightly opaque with a nice frothy khaki head. Smells of chocolate and a hint of coffee, backed by a sweet and toasty undertones. Taste follows with a ton of chocolate, but not too sweet, with the coffee playing backup. The texture us impeccable. Velvety, creamy, smooth and easy to guzzle if you can't control yourself. Overall, I could drink this all day everyday if I were in the mood, or the weather permitted for porters. Get this if you see it. Cheers!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impenetrably black, frothy couple fingers of almost mocha head, carbonation isn' particularly tight in the head. Dies down to a mostly solid cap of foam on top.

Malt chocolate, unsweetened whoppers, grainy bread fragrance, a bit of a charbroiled meat, and slightly burnt coffee grounds. Smell leans a bit more savory than sweet.

Slightly acrid/acidic coffee is swept away by roastiness comes through then chocolatey malts and unsweetened whoopers come through, think cocoa powder and cocoa nibs with just a touch of malted milk added, quite rich and savory actually. Touch of acidic coffee and vanilla. And finish is slightly acidic and mostly roasty.

Somewhat lively carbonation with an acidic bite, that transforms into a creamy medium bodied feel, that ends again with a slight smack of acidic bite.

I'm very happy with this beer, not as sweet as many coffee/chocolate porters (or stouts for that matter). Grill some dark meat with this bad boy. Better yet, do yourself a favor and figure out how to make an espresso rubbed porter house with some oven or pan roasted brussel sprouts, and maybe some mashed potatoes. This beer will absolutely crush it with roasted or grilled meats.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i am on a huge coffee beer kick, and this one for me is pretty darn impressive. there is so much coffee in here, its almost as much coffee as it is beer it seems like, great quality, impressive depth, just delicious. often times when coffee and chocolate are put together in beer, especially cocoa nibs, there is a tendency towards sweetness. like there would be too much bitter without it, some irrational fear, and so these end up being overcompensated for, too sweet, and coffee and cocoa are victim to it, unintentionally, but they often are. there, sweetness for balance is avoided, and the bitter coffee and earthy slightly bitter cocoa nibs are allowed to be their full selves. its a wonderful fusion, really seemingly serving to accentuate the coffee. the beer itself almost seems to exist to highlight the coffee, all very interesting and delicious, as well as uncommon. it seems like this whole thing is about respect for the coffee, which is pretty cool. the base porter is awesome, layers of roast and coffee notes of its own, but this coffee in here is the star through and through. not boozy in the least. i wish i had a regular line on this one, among my favorite beachwood beers to date...

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Photo of ebin6
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't see how one could make a better imperial coffee beer. Everything you could ask for; great coffee nose and notes with a chocolaty base malt that balances it out perfectly. It packs a punch at 9.2%, but the alcohol is coveted up well. A must try

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Photo of neurobot01
3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber dated 11/30/15 into a Perfect Pint glass at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: velvety brown, but with not much in the way of a head.

Smell: coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Really big aroma, even for an imperial porter.

Taste: pretty much what I get when I stupidly try combining brewed coffee with a dark beer—both elements end up worse. Harsh alcohol and subpar coffee.

Feel: undercarbonated, with a kind of slimy mouthfeel. Is this a milk stout? Somehow simultaneously too thin and too thick.

Overall: well, this peaked when I was just smelling it. Despite loving coffee, I frequently dislike coffee beers; this is no exception, but I dislike it even more than most.

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Photo of mabermud
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown body. This one has a fluffy mocha head that leaves behind sticky sheets of slowly melting lacing.
Smell: Big coffee and light char straight up. In the background are sweetness and lactose, with behind the scenes vanilla. The aromas are rich and pleasant.
Taste: What a surprise. The taste is described in the nose, just toss in some cocoa. Everything described above is blended and balanced in the taste. Nobody is stabbing the other in the back (like at work). Everything is working together harmoniously.
Feel: Not bad at all. Light and fluffy. This could use more body and a greater amount of later in the mouth.

Overall - Solid. Not too strong, everything is nicely balanced, and because of that, this would be a regular menu item.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My all time favorite porter is Smogcity Coffee Porter and this one comes in a close second place. The coffee notes are outstanding and chocolate brings it all home. Amazing!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Coffee aroma; lots of deep malt roast with a touch of sweetness.

A: Jet-black with a light ring of off-white head.

F: Big coffee flavor, followed by ample roasty malts, touch of sweetness with a semi-bitter chocolate finish.

M: Light-bodied, light carbonation, but still has a full-mouth feel.

O: Pretty awesome, the depth of malt flavors is really enhanced with the coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into teku glass:

Look: Very dark. Not pitch black like a stout. Brown head.
Smell: Amazing aroma. Tons of coffee with underlying chocolate flavors.
Taste: Very much like the smell. However, my words cannot do it justice. So much coffee and chocolate. Mocha Machine is the perfect name...I feel like I am almost drinking a coffee cold brew...alcohol very well masked. Also get some vanilla flavors.
Feel: Creamy mouthfeel with slight prickle from carbonation.

Overall: An amazing coffee porter. Probably one of the best I have ever had. I can say I even prefer this to Victory at Sea. I really cannot wait until the next bottle release. I am blown away.

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Photo of Dan_Inreallife
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark caramel brown with hints of amber and toffee at the edges. A vigorous pour results in two fingers of khaki/light brown head that fades quickly into a thin cap with some trace lacing on the glass.
S: Milk chocolate / toasted malt and some residual sweetness dominate the aroma, it certainly smells like a milk porter. I know that there is no lactose so the milk sugar aroma must be coming from the cocoa nibs...
T: Chocolate up front, split between dark and milky, sweet body, roasted barley, then the coffee hits. Cold-brew flavor, minimal acidity or bitterness. Zero booze noticeable.
M: A tad thin for the ABV and adjuncts included by certainly to style. Carbonation is light but not low, just right to really move the flavors across the palate.
O: Well balanced and flavorful, certainly one of the better coffee porters I have encountered.

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Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep color. Smells of chocolate and coffee. The taste..the best Porter I've ever had. Tastes like coffee infused fudge. Velvety mouthfeel. Overall I can't say enough about this beer.

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Photo of WestCoastBeerDude
4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Black-Brown body. Very coffee like. Very small Brown/white head with thin lacing collar.

Smell - Coffee, Coffee and Coffee. Like did I mention the great coffee smell? Oh, also with a tinge of dark chocolate.

Taste - Coffee, Coffee and Coffee. I see the theme here. Dark chocolate, coffee and mat, just simply the nectar of the gods.

Mouth-feel - Medium or medium-heavy.

Overall - If you like coffee and like beer, and maybe want some chocolate in your coffee/beer. Then BAM, Mocha machine is the illustrious coffee beer of your dreams. the same dreams that have unicorns and aliens. Those dreams you wish could be true, finally can be. At least in the beer form. Mocha Machine delivers.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber from a good friend of mine that picked it up at the brewery. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours an effervescent dark brown (almost black) hue with a fat brownish/tan head that dissipates quicker than expected without leaving much lacing. Aroma is like a mocha cappuccino with a shot of vanilla (hence the name i suppose) with some notes of burnt toast. Flavor follows aroma with some toasty sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the coffee - more balanced than the nose insinuated. Mouthfeel is lively effervescent and thinner than I had hoped - odd for an Imperial Porter. I enjoyed this beer quite a lot, but felt it fell a bit short for the style.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Almost black body. Small off-white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Lots of coffee. The same coffee aroma as Founders Breakfast Stout, but it's stronger. That dark rich coffee aroma. Almost earthy. Some dark chocolate.

Taste - Dominated by coffee. Very rich. Dark chocolate. Bitter coffee and bitter malt. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very nice coffee flavor. Impressive. Might need to pour some bourbon into this later.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, sure why not!

A little bit wet coming out of the bottle, but with a light chestnut, and almost red color. Fills the glass with very little head production, maybe about a finger of light tan before settling to a bubbly collar. Body color is filled with almost cola sized stuck bubbles, a nice reddish brown body and fine cola carbonation, with a soda like appearance.

The nose is fantastic. Great ripping coffee roast and dark thick chocolate like fudge character. Really does feel like mocha, chocolate mousse, thick heavy cream to match. A big amount of spicy quality, and hints of dark drying nibs. A real coffee beer winner aroma going on.

Palate surprise in more ways than expected. An almost silky body, a big surprise since out of the bottle the pour looks and hints at a flat wet beer to come. Coffee flavors burst everywhere. There is soft coffee acid in the mid palate, piping heat in the middle, and a great dry roast, mixing with a hint of dark chocolate cocoa like powder. Surprisingly it stays close to light roast and porter simplicity. The body calms down to settle into much lighter and thinner territory, but not getting wet. Dry chocolate comes creeping out, like a candy bar, with barista like warmth and freshness, even a good deal of roasted barley makes itself present.

Overall though, just a great solid coffee brew, really refreshing, and one that doesn't go out of kilter and manages to stay true to its beer drinking roots. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I received this bottle from Julian himself the other day after it was bottled a day previously.

A - Dark dark porter for sure. slightly darker than tan head, which fell quickly (I think it was my glass)

S- I would say I thought this was a cold brew coffee with chocolate. The aroma profile is outstanding.

T- Prior to drinking Mocha Machine, my favorite coffee beer was Alesmith Speedway Stout, but damn Beachwood is crushing it. 9.2% alcohol is masked very well, and the coffee and chocolate find a beautiful balance.

M- Texturally pleasing, this brew doesnt try to be a big ol fat viscous one. it falls in perfectly textured for an imperial porter and destroys.

Way to go Beachwood, Keep it rockin!

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Photo of fegelFatso
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have a confession to make... I honestly used to treat Beachwood as a great guest tap house, and thought of their house beers as cute...

But after trying this, I'm not laughing anymore. I used to not care for porters... Until I had this.

A: Pours a beautiful chocolate brown, with about half an inch of head. Beautiful!

S: Better than any mocha I've ever had! Amazing!

T: Coffee, Chocolate, Roasty, with a hint of Boozy... Again, better than anything Starbucks could even dream of... And I LOVE mochas.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation. Like a chocolately roasty mocha... But better!

O: This beer made me take Beachwood seriously... And I'm damn glad I did! Nobody's laughing now! They can give the best a run for their money! Look out Pliny, Beachwood is on the prowl!

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