Mocha Machine
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #20
Ranked #837
4.35 | pDev: 6.9%
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
Mocha MachineMocha Machine
Notes: 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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Reviews by Frosty11161:
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Frosty11161 from California

4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 12, 2017
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DNICE555 from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 13, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 02-15-17 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours jet black with 1 finger of medium density tan head that had good retention and left mixed lacing.

S: Nose starts dominated by chocolate and roasted malt, coffee is subtle initially but grows in intensity as it warms and eventually dominates.

T: Follows nose mostly with strong contribution from the coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and slight nuttiness take back seat. Finishes with moderate bitterness, lingers a bit on the palate.

F: Medium bodied with lower carbonation, slightly chewy, tongue tingles a bit from slight ABV burn.

O: Very good coffee porter, would love to try again fresh.

Nov 19, 2017
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
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!

Jan 08, 2017
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 14, 2016
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rfgetz from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 30, 2017
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Jul 01, 2013
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wethorseblanket from California

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Beachwood L.B.'s 3rd Anniversary event.

A: Pours black with a half-inch thick dark tan head with fades slowly and yields some oily spots of lace.

N: Nutty, earthy, roasty, dark chocolate, coffee.

T: Roasted coffee, earthy softness, dark chocolate kisses.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Rich, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate finish.

O: Wonderful. Looking forward to getting bottles.

Jul 06, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Oct 21, 2014
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frankd97 from California

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 18, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 26, 2015
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pants678 from California

3.23/5  rDev -25.7%
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.


Mar 10, 2017
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MickeyHops from California

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 14, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Feb 15, 2017
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Adamostella from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 24, 2014
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billshmeinke from California

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Impenetrably black, frothy couple fingers of almost mocha head. Lots of lacing left behind with plenty of oily legs. Head lasts and lasts.

Malt chocolate, unsweetened whoppers, grainy bread fragrance, a bit of a charbroiled meat, and freshly ground espresso. Smell is both sweet and savory.

Chocolatey malts and whoopers without the sugar come through with big roasty coffee notes, and hints of caramelized meat. Think cocoa powder and cocoa nibs with just a touch of malted milk added, quite rich and savory actually. Some coffee and vanilla. And finish is slightly acidic and quite roasty.

Somewhat lively carbonation with a creamy medium bodied feel, that ends with a slight smack of acidic bite. Carbonation is fine and smooth, fairly silky.

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. Also would work as a desert beer or with pungent blue cheese. One of the better porters out there for sure.

Dec 04, 2016
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huadog from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Sep 18, 2013
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ebin6 from California

5/5  rDev +14.9%
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

Mar 07, 2016
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kieul from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 11, 2015
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moonknight31 from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

May 16, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Sep 19, 2014
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jlt6116 from California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Jan 03, 2014
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Rollzroyce21 from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Aug 10, 2014
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InlandTaipan from California

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Aug 07, 2014
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zestar from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Jul 03, 2014
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