Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
2.7/5 rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5
650mL bomber served into a Chimay goblet
Again, like every beer I pour into this Chimay goblet, there is essentially no head. Tan/orange foam settles into a small ring that laces in spots. The beer does not pour as black as I expect out of imperial/double stouts. Its reddish brown around the edges of the glass both looking at the side of the goblet and looking straight down on top of the liquid.
Oh, holy balls does this beer have an assertive bouquet. Vanilla -- oh, the unrelenting vanilla -- grabs ahold of every nose hair that I have. Just within the first five seconds of pouring this beer I am already thinking how smart it was to have this beer as dessert. After the vanilla, the chocolate wafts through. It doesn't smell "bittersweet" as the label proclaims its Belgian chocolate nibs to be; this is milk chocolate all the way. Sweet chocolate and vanilla become comprehensible together only to have pure sugar enter this mad-baker's equation. It smells like cinnamon roll icing -- not thick and super-cloying like cake icing, rather a thinner, more toned-down sugar blast. Finally, after some digging (and a few pauses to check my insulin level) I get the coffee. Its not so much roasted (again, as the label says) as it is reminiscent of a Starbucks Frappacino (sp?) bottled drink. All of these scents are good in isolation, but they sort of clash here by virtue of the strength of each element. This is saccharine.
Mokah isn't as sweet on the tongue as the nose suggests. Don't get me wrong -- I still feel as if my throat has been filled with congealed sugar. But some of the less-sweet aspects of chocolate and coffee actually make themselves known. There is a touch of roasted chocolate malt, especially on the back of the mouth. There are some definite alcohol fusels here, and they are unwelcome (even though they do interrupt the onset of diabetes). This is one of those beers that seems artificially boozy; that its high ABV of 11% is unnecessary. A lower ABV would serve the beer. Generic coffee aftertaste is the beer's lasting impression before the next, syrupy taste. I've got 75% of this bomber left, and it is going to be a chore to finish by myself. At the end of the day, this is still an imperial stout with familiar malty flavors. And generic milk chocolate & coffee syrup flavors aren't the end of the world. This is a decent beer. But its a little much for someone with healthy blood sugar levels.
The mouthfeel is the finest quality of Mokah. It has a familiar imperial stout thickness. Unfortunately, this positive (for the style) attribute contributes to the problem with drinkability, i.e. that this is too sweet for nominal human consumption. The good level of thickness here makes for a beer that is like pouring brownie batter down your throat. Combine that with the 11% ABV and you have a bomber that is difficult to consume alone unless you are a notorious sweet tooth.
I've had this bottle in my fridge since May. I don't know why I drank this on an August night. Partly because the weather was kind of cool, and partly to clear room in the fridge, I guess. I have never had Choklat or Jahva before, so I cannot comment as to how well this blend accommodates or improves upon those offerings. I am an imperial stout kind of guy, but this is huh wow (to borrow a message board meme). Southern Tier Mokah is straight up enamel-erasing. I feel like I've eaten an entire box of Russel Stover assorted candies. And taken a couple of shots of booze on top of that. I didn't come into this review with the intention of bashing the beer or writing funny lines or anything like that. But when a beer has such strong flavors that clash against each other, never making a cohesive whole, then I have little choice.
Serving type: bottle
08-24-2009 02:41:48 | More by Reaper16
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4.71/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Wow. I should stop there. This is just amazing. I'm having it as a huge dessert to a big dinner. I'm feeling stuffed but I love this be.
Is black with lacing. It smells chocolaty. It tastes bitter, sweet, chocolaty, with just a tiny bit of hoppy and malty. But all those tastes are dominated by the bitter and chocolate tastes. It's not a traditional tasting one but it's excellent.
I highly recommend this as a dessert beer. I hope I make it through two big glasses in my . 4 sized growler.
Serving type: growler
04-25-2014 00:33:22 | More by schoolboy
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bomber poured into a stone snifter.
Bottled 4/04/14 - WAKE UP BA THIS IS NOT RETIRED!!!
Pours like a heavy milk stout. Smells like the Choklat with coffee flavor added. Smells good, but again it has the fake flavoring which makes it kind of nasty. There is no need to use real coffee beans and then add flavoring as well. Get a grip.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 01:14:23 | More by hops202
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.