I have been a fan of Peak Organic Brewing Company since I tried their Weiss Principal Ale just over a year ago. As one of the few organic breweries in the US, they aren't out to make it on the organic label alone. According to Jon Cadoux, “We strive to produce beer that is extremely exceptional, as well as organic.” I think that exceptional, organic beers is a fitting description for the beers that Peak releases.
Oak Aged Mocha Stout from Peak Organic Brewing Company brings together four of my favorite things: coffee, barrel-aged beers, chocolate, and stout. In the middle of the summer, oak aged stouts aren’t my first choice, but being a big fan of Peak Organic, I picked up a bottle when I saw it. After all, for a beer that’s hard to find in Wisconsin, I have to get it when I can find it. On to the review:
On Beeradvocate, Oak Aged Mocha Stout has a score of 85. Over at ratebeer it has a score of 95 overall with a 46 for style.
This is an extravagant, immoderate beer. We mixed together our three favorite things – beer, chocolate and coffee. A rich stout serves as the backbone, with organic black malt and chocolate malt providing a luscious foundation. During the boil, we add artisan chocolate from our friends at Taza. During conditioning, we add coffee from our friends at Coffee by Design. Then, this concoction is oak-aged, resulting in soft vanilla notes. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.
ABV: 8.4 %
Suggested Food Pairings: Delectable Deserts, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, and Salted Pretzels
Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout pours opaque black with a thick, creamy tan head that holds excellent retention, lasting through almost the entire glass. The aroma is complex and multifaceted. The first aromas off the glass are pleasant roasted malts and a hint of smooth oaky vanilla from the oak aging. Lingering throughout is a rich, dark chocolate note that adds considerable depth and complexity. Light smoky and earthy notes blend in towards the back end, and the finish is full of coffee and subtle vanilla notes. All the aromas blend together throughout the drinking experience to enhance the equally complex flavor.
On the front end, the flavor is defined by a nice, full rounded coffee note that blends into dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and vanilla. There are hints of toasted oak and dark roasted malts and cocoa in the middle before it finishes out with more dark chocolate and vanilla. The complex flavor profiles highlights the complimentary effects that oak aging can provide to an already complex beer. Oak Aged Mocha Stout is an exceptionally smooth and creamy malt bomb; it is full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.
I have been very impressed with every beer that I have had so far from Peak Organic, and the Oak Aged Mocha Stout serves as another excellent example of the brewing expertise that can be found at Peak. I only wish that I was able to find their beer more readily here in Wisconsin, but sadly bottles are few and far between.
At just over $5, Oak Aged Mocha is well worth the price and a much better value than many of the other oak aged beers on the market. If you love stouts, coffee, and chocolate, be sure to pick up a bottle if you can find it. If you are not a fan of stouts, check out my other Peak Organic reviews. I can guarantee they have an organic beer for you!
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