Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Batemans Brewery Mocha Coffee Chocolate Beer Review. Coming from Lincolnshire Batemans is a brewery I know well and have visited more than once over the years, plus they keep the local co-op well stocked, and own several local pubs. Surprisingly given my love of chocolate beers this will be my first taste of Mocha. Just for the record Batemans are coming up to their 150th birthday so they are doing pretty well and their brewery is in a small town called Wainfleet near Skegness. Anyway I'm quite looking forward to this beer.
Mocha from Batemans comes in a nice 500ml bottle with a creamy coffee head on a chocolate brown label, so it very much looks the part. They describe the beer as 'a coffee and chocolate stout sensation, Mocha is brewed with genuine Arabica coffee, fine Belgium chocolate and locally grown roasted barley malt. It is rich, enticing and well rounded.' All of this sounds very nice, but also gives the beer a lot to live up to which is always dangerous. Just as a side note my favourite band Pulp were originally called Arabica Pulp after the coffee beans, so maybe that's one more reason to like the beer.
Mocha contains a not to be sniffed at 6% alcohol so it's certainly on the strong side, and like a good coffee will probably wake you up quickly. The beer pours a dark chocolate brown with a seriously disappointing head, it doesn't even leave any lacing after a few seconds, so in all honesty it's not a very good looking beer. The aroma is very much dark chocolate dominated with the roasted coffee malts only adding a small backing smell. As someone who would choose chocolate over coffee everyday of the week I'd describe the smell as promising.
The texture of Mocha Coffee Chocolate Beer is surprisingly thin for the look and style, but it's also smooth and certainly not unpleasant. The taste very much matches the smell with dark chocolate as the lead singer and the roasted coffee as the backing vocals. The flavours are blended together extremely well and they don't feel artificial at all. I'd very much put this beer in the nice as a dessert instead of chocolate cake bracket rather than the you'll want to drink 5-6 on a session bracket. It is really tasty though. I'm going to give Mocha from Batemans Brewery 8 out of 10 it really is one of the best, and most authentic tasting chocolate beers out there.