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:
222
Reviews:
36
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.46%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
45
For Trade:
5
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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

Photo of MickeyHops
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishColonial
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +9.1%
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 EdrickCS
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billshmeinke
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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 mrcraft
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jaydoc
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DNICE555
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KT123
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbaker67
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mocha Machine from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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