Mocha | George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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3.64 w/ 66 ratings

Brewed by:
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A fresh coffee and chocolate experience infused with genuine Arabica coffee beans and fine Belgian chocolate, blended with locally grown roasted malts, creating a tremendous coffee shop aroma and flavour. and generous hop flavour.

Added by EmperorBevis on 03-13-2012

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 28
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of Chris_Burton
2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I spotted a bottle of Mocha Beer on the shelf, I had to try it. Clearly I should have read the label a little clearer. I was expecting some sort of Stout or Porter, but neither of those words are actually on the bottle itself.

Instead, this beer tastes more like a weak Tia Maria than anything else. The hops are completely absent and are instead replaced by a chemical sweetness. Don't get me wrong, I was expecting a beer that described itself as coffee and chocolate to be rich, but I just want expecting it to be so sickly. This extends to the mouth feel where the overwhelming aftertaste is a layer of sugar. It's very thin bodied despite the higher abv and the flavour is very one dimensional.

All in all, it's best to avoid this one unless you have a very sweet tooth. It's a gimmick, and a rather poor one.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a dark red/black colour with an off-white head.

Smells of chocolate and coffee - what it says on the tin.

Tastes horribly of artificial chocolate and coffee. Strong flavours but the cheapest ones they could get no doubt.

Overall a pretty awful beer.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean deep amber color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, cocoa powder and notes of coffee. In the taste, a mellow mocha flavor, with a hop bite. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel with a cocoa dryness in the aftertaste. Cocoa powder with notes of coffee, with a pleasant hop presence.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

$4.69 for a 1pt 0.9 fl oz bottle @ Siciliano's.
"A fresh coffee and chocolate experience brewed with genuine arabica coffee, fine Belgian chocolate and locally grown roasted malt. Contains barley and wheat"
6.0% ABV per the bottle.

Pours out to a clear dark walnut, forming a modest head with poor retention and OK lacing. Carbonation is mild, ~2.0 carbs or so. Aroma of tootsie rolls (i.e-fake chocolate flavor extract) and jamocha shake. Mouthfeel is crisp, minerally, thin bodied, a little salty and spritzy in the finish. Taste opens with tootsie rolls, followed by a touch of roast malt, a medium firm English hop bitterness (necessary for this beer to overcome the fake chocolate flavor), very subtle light roast coffee, and some butterscotchy diacetyl.

If you really like chocolate beers, you should try it, otherwise it's not anything I would recommend unless you're very curious. Thin bodied, not much roast character, fake chocolate's just not my bag.

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Photo of shivtim
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StJamesGate
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chocolate brown with tan highlights and a loose beige head that fades fast.
Actual milk chocolate truffle nose masks any other beer aromas.
Oily coffee and sweet chocolate, a roasty hit and some branch hops to end.
Toffee and cola ending and drying linger. Medium, sticky, slight burn.

I was concerned to see a traditional brewery like Bateman's jumping on the added flavors bandwagon and sure enough, it doesn't turn out well. This ends up with big artificial-tasting coffee and chocolate notes just sitting on the palate, with no sense of the base beer underneath (which should be a stout) - almost like a dark alcopop. The two don't even mix enough to create the titular Mocha, it's thin for the darkness and it's too hot to boot. Only saving grace is there's enough roasty bitterness to keep it from cloying.

That Sainsbury's has chosen to push this gimmick on the masses kinda proves the point. Poor showing from a good brewery.

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Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of V3XX069
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of amishbooze
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from Sainsbury's:
Dark mahogany brown with red tinges and a thin, light brown, bubbly head that quickly turns to a soapy lacing.

Chocolate with some roasted malts and a lot of lighter coffee notes. There is some sugary sweetness and a milk chocolate aroma too.

Milk chocolate and roasted malts to start with, along with some light coffee and darker malts. There is a hop filled tang to the beer and an earthy taste coupled with it.

Light medium bodied with a well carbonated and smooth feel to the beer and a clean, dry finish that is quite bitter too.

Plenty of chocolate and to a slightly lesser extent some coffee too. This one was pretty basic tasting and a little ordinary but it was still a nice, drinkable beer. Not a classic one, it was fairly average all round but at least it wasn't a bad beer either.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Acquired last year from Sainsbury's as one of their 2012 Beer Hunt brews, and sequestered in my garage. The label states that it contains real coffee and Belgian chocolate.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown colour that appears virtually black unless held to the light. Forms a small, off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so before disappearing. Aroma of syrupy chocolate with hints of vanilla, mild coffee, subtle roasted malt, fruity yeast esters and faint stewed leaves. Quite sweet and a tad cloying.

Tastes of chocolate syrup with a mild, dry finish. Notes of sweet chocolate, sugar, roasted grain, vanilla, mild coffee, stewed leaves and fruity ale yeast. A hint of cardboard in the background, followed by a subtle, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation but a relatively thin body for the style. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet chocolate, stewed leaves/cardboard and fruity yeast.

So-so; rich but a bit too sweet. It looks shabby - the head rapidly does a runner. Aroma and flavour are OK but veer heavily towards syrupy chocolate; the remaining character is drowned out. Mouthfeel is disappointing - could be thicker and creamier relative to the style and strength. An interesting but not entirely satisfying attempt at a chocolate/coffee stout. Less sugar and more balance would improve it greatly. No need to go out of your way for this one.

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3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A - Sort of a deep hazy brown color with a 1/3 inch of head that settles to a mild lace ring.
S - Smells of mild chocolate malts, maybe some Hershey's chocolate but it's faint. Somewhat artificial chocolate and coffee smells.
T - Well it's kind of like they filtered an English mild ale through a Randall full of tootsie rolls and coffee beans. Not too terrible but it reminds me of flavored BMC.
M - Very thin for 6% more of just a mild ale than a porter or stout.
Overall avoid this if you can I picked it up over morbid curiosity and it let me down. At least it was only 4 bucks and not an 8+ dollar bomber...

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Photo of Macamah
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of rudabegga9
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Tracker83
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coffee and Chocolate is what Mocha means
Coffee and Chocolate is what the bottle promises
Coffee and Chocolate is what the beer delivers

I've put it under fruit vegetable beer because the mocha flavour pushes out nearly all beer/hop flavours

This is in no way a slanted or flavoured stout or porter

full on coffee chocolate in taste, aroma and by the way look

Not too artificial on the taste almost like if Sheridans was to make a beer I guess.

Give it a try, you might even like it or be able to tell me if I do.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep red-brown hue with a haze-free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam which subsided pretty quickly. An interesting looking beer; I'd say it strongly resembles an English porter.

Smell: chocolatey right up front, with a grainy malt underneath. There's a noble hop character in here as well; not bad, but the elements don't blend particularly well. I like the chocolate, but it could be better-supported.

Taste: a bit better put-together than the aroma. Good chocolate throughout, with a bit of bitterness at the end which seems like a blend of hop bitterness and bitterness from the chocolate itself. I find that, with the aftertaste, the overall flavor experience is kind of muddled -- messy, a bit like the aroma. So it starts good, but finishes rough.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good dose of carbonation and a satisfying, style-appropriate creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer starts off good, but fails to fulfill its potential. Worth a shot if you're really into chocolate beers; otherwise, probably give this one a pass.

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3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Mocha from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
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