Guest blog post by Matt Anderson. You can follow him @supermatt28.
I have bad news my beer-drinking friends. The Deschutes series will be taking a break, although feel free to check out all of my guest posts in the Brewbeat NW section!
This time around, we will be look at the Mocha Death from the Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg! This is the Irish Death plus some coffee and chocolate. To start off I want to direct you to the ratings. The approachability of this beer is rather high. The reason this is important is that most people trying to get into beer seem to think that dark beers are scary. In reality, they are usually very smooth and flavorful and easy to drink, just as this beer is.
If I’m honest, I hate the Irish Death. Nevertheless, the Mocha death is a different story. This beer is dark and thick. The aroma is full of your typical coffee tones. Everything you would expect from a freshly pulled shot of espresso mixed with chocolate. I will just come out and say it: it smells like mocha! This beer is heavy on the malts, but the over-arching flavor is, you guessed it, coffee with a hint of chocolate. This beer goes down so smooth its like heaven in a glass!
This beer goes great alone, but makes a great dessert beer as well. The Iron Horse web site recommends Vanilla Ice Cream or Chocolate Espresso cake. I like both of these options. Perhaps a scoop of Ice Cream in the beer?
This beer boasts a 7% abv and as far as I know, only comes in the pint bottles. According to the website it’s also an October to January season, but I just picked it up so go out and get it quick. Bottoms up and enjoy!
Over All-Rating: 8.25
Approachability (for new comers): 9