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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 167
Gots: 311 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of birchstick
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another on-tap beer from Kelleher's in Peoria, Il.

A - dark with a one-finger head

S - this thing smells like a chocolate milk shake. I never would have expected this from a beer...definitely not what my nose was expecting.

T - tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Milk chocolate fades into some sweet malts, which then follows up with some dark chocolate and a bit of bitter acidity from some coffee flavors. I never thought I would taste this chocolaty of a beer without being over the top. Really nice flavor profile.

M - smooth but a little thin. I wish this was a little bit more full.

D - This is a great beer. ST is really hit or miss for me and this beer was a big hit. I will be buying some bottles of this soon...

birchstick, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Darkhorse09
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black, poured into a snifter. Brown on the edges when held to light. Semi-thick brown head. Hard to see too many specifics on appearance, as the bar I drank it in was too dark.

Aroma is of heavy milk-chocolate. Sweet nose, with obvious coffee smells included. It smells exactly like its name: Mocha. Really a great nose. Everything a dessert beer should be, rich and decadent!

Palate: Amazing. Full bodied chocolate and coffee flavors. Hints of alcohol (11% ABV comes through nicely). Caramel and subtle hoppy bitterness on the finish. Compliments the cocoa flavor perfectly!

Intense and flavorful, each sip brings some new complexity. A sweet beer, which may make it hard to drink for some, this is a beer to be shared and sipped slowly, perhaps with a canoli? or tiarmisu? Really a tasty beer. Hats off to Southern Tier.

Darkhorse09, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bkrefetz for this blackwater goodness. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Not quite black, when backlit and distinct reddish hue shows through. A smooth pour produces one and a hald fingers of sand color head that retains nicely.

A: Big chocolate aroma. From the name I thought I would be getting much more coffee and espresso, but the nose is strongly chocolate. You get some earthiness from the hops and some coffee.

T: The first thing I think of is hot chocolate. I mean it tastes just like it to me. I actually get a little roasted marshmellow, along with some coffee, molasses, and more chocolate.

M: Heavy body, creamy mouthfeel. Some moderate carbonation is very nice.

D and overall impression: I can't even tell this is a 11% beer. It is a dessert beer, and if you're in the mood for it, the drinkability is huge. This is the third blackwater offering I've had, and it's my favorite. This is a dangerous brew, drink this one in place of dessert, it'll do the trick. Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of QuantumPint
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the local micro tonight (it's featured as one of the guest beers of the month).

A: Pitch black with a head smaller than one finger and poor retention. Still beautiful, though.

N: I read through some reviews before trying this, and noted the one about chocolate milk, and honestly thought it was a joke/exaggeration. Lo and behold, I take a whiff and it smells like: chocolate milk. I actually started laughing out loud in surprise. There's a little toasty malt, but mainly chocolate milk.

T: This one tastes more like a mudslide, especially when cold. Major chocolate up front with a more bitter taste with the alcohol burn on finish. A great sipping beer. Gets more of the biter/coffee notes as it warms.

M: It has a good deal of carbonation which, in my opinion, goes great with the sweet chocolate taste.

O: Drinking this puppy after dinner, and it's one hell of a dessert beer. I'm just starting to dive deeper into the stout scene, but this is already a favorite.

QuantumPint, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of EvilPumpkin
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. into a tulip glass

A: A very attractive incredibly dark brown, almost black. Dark tan head shows up for a moment but quickly escapes in my Bell's tulip glass. Little head leads to no lacing.

S: The smell catches me off guard with its mellowness. The last ST I had was the Crème Brulee which had a much stronger smell. The coffee and chocolate notes mix well but the chocolate is overall more noticeable. Slight hints of caramel, like chocolate sweetened with caramel.

T: The taste is also carried by the bittersweet chocolate. Initially the chocolate commands the taste but the coffee notes come in strong immediately afterwards followed by a noticeable sweetness. The 11% alcohol also makes an appearance with a lingering taste. The lingering taste is the bitterness of the chocolate, coffee and the alcohol. Overall the flavor is fuller and more pleasant up front than in the lingering notes.

M: When the beer first touches my lips I fell in love with the thickness of this brew. Silky yet with enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Great mouthfeel.

D: As with the last ST Blackwater Series Stout I had, the Crème Brulee, this beer demands to be had slowly, as the bitterness from the coffee and chocolate together can become too much when sips are spaced too close together. As with the Creme Brulee, large sips spaced well apart really lend well to the flavors of this beer.

I've been missing ST's Choklat since I first had it in New York a year and a half ago and the Mokah fulfilled my desire for some chocolaty goodness from Southern Tier. A very enjoyable beer.

EvilPumpkin, Aug 01, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review rounds out the trio of Choklat, Javha and Mokah. All of these beers are phenomenal.

A- A super dark, thick, clingy beer was no surprise to see. Neither was the scant head that collected in a ring.

S- The base beer of Choklat is strong in the smell, thats a great thing though. Its strong, pretty much dominant, but not overpowering. It lets the coffee from Javha come out. It would smell just like its namesake if it werent for the powerful alcohol.

T- Tastes a lot like hot chocolate. Again, Choklat is very powerful. This comes as no surprises as it is a very very powerful tasting beer. The coffee more or less waits till the end to reach full power although it is very nicely incorporated all the way through. The finish yields just about all of that 11% ABV. Its pretty warming on the way down.

M- Full, thick and syrupy as expected. Pretty warm from intense alcohol.

MbpBugeye, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color. Looks like coffee with a thin foamy tan head on top.

On the nose I can definitely smell Southern Tier's trademark Choklat aroma coming through. Smells of rich chocolate syrup coated in a hard shell candy. However, the blend of ST's Jahva also comes through with roasted coffee like malts. It takes a bit of a back seat to the chocolate aroma, but still has a decent presence.

The first sip is delicious, and so is every sip after that. Lots of rich dark and milk chocolates at first and then the roasted coffee beans roll in. An excellent mixture of coffee and chocolate. On the rich side, but this is a dessert beer.

The mouthfeel is great. Thick and creamy. Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation and a lovely warming alcohol sensation, which is a lot less than you would expect for a beer of 11%. For a dessert beer the drinkability is very good. It's definitely a sipper, but one that I can't stop sipping.

Overall, I highly recommend this beer. I've had Choklat, which is another great beer, but I think Mokah definitely trumps it. Rich chocolate and coffee. This is a perfect dessert. Thanks Southern Tier!

sisuspeed, Nov 07, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Snifter.

I'm not so much a fan of flavored beers, but the chocolate and coffee notes really comes through in the finish.

Smooth and delicious, with really nice mouthfeel as well.

However at 11% ABV one will do the trick!

I have looked for this on-tap elsewhere, but haven't had any luck.

overcrestmedia, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with a tan head surging forth but sputtering to a halt and disappearing with a couple minutes' time.

Smell: Well, with the strong scents of chocolate and coffee, it lives up to it's poorly spelled namesake. As the sweet embellishments to the nose kick in, it takes on the scent of a chocolate frosted Dunkin' Donut.

Taste: Bittersweet combination of chocolate and coffee roastiness, though the malt pendulum is certainly swinging hard towards the sweet side of things. Some caramel, too. Bucked gently by some bitterness, roast astringency, and alcohol, but it remains fairly sweet. Smooth, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, malty mouthfeel.

Overall: Good stuff, this. It's big and sweet, so have a friend handy. Proudly follows in the footsteps of Southern Tier's previous jacked up stouts in their Blackwater series.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thick and rich and chocolate! Ah, the wonderful combination of coffee and chocolate in beer. Mana in a bottle. The sales person warned me to not try to drink this in one sitting as he'd had a hard time finishing it due to the overwhelming amount of flavor and alcohol. I love a good challenge almost as much as I like a good beer. This is a very, very good beer. I will make sure to buy me some more of this one. Neither flavor overpowers the other and the alcohol content is not overwhelming, until you go to stand up. I look forward to sharing this with friends.

wollefdoogylloj, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter giving a perfect milk chocolate brown head of small size with very uniform bubbles, with a dark walnut body. The color of the head is EXACTLY and I mean exactly like the color of the brown on the label of this beer.

Bouquet is impressive. Even just opening the bottle chocolate literally bursts out of this thing on the nose. Giant Belgian Leonidas good quality chocolate on the nose which is dominant, it is hard to get past it and anything else that is behind it. There is coffee but hard to find, and some malt which comes through easier after a few sips later.

Taste as always is very chocolate silky but also very balanced with coffee roast characteristics and some hint of a malt backbone on the finish. Velvet mouthfeel .. silky... just great. Highly masking the big abv although it is there but doesn't feel as big as the 11 mentions.

Great desert drink, or a perfect evening closing sipper. Excellent stuff.

smakawhat, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Rochester, NY.

A mix of Jahva and Choklat- yes, please.

Pours a dark, wretched black. 1 inch head sticks to the glass, staining it almost. Good lacing.

Smells include coffee ice cream, chocolate ice cream, Hershey's syrup, espresso beans, and vanilla.

The taste is similar. Such strong sweet coffee and chocolate flavors here. Seductive flavors here. Tons of rich chocolatey desserts come to mind- hot fudge, chocolate milkshake, brownie batter, along with melted coffee ice cream, espresso beans, vanilla, a little bit of caramel maybe. Decadent, very sweet, almost cloying, you gotta drink this slow so your palate doesn't wear down.

Thick, syrupy, sticky-sweet mouthfeel. Velvety and smooth, amazing. Low carbonation.

A great one from ST, sad that they retired it, although I've heard rumblings it might come back.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - no date, but I assume its from this year. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Bit of a very dark cola brown upon pouring, but this quickly got quite dark and black. Barest ring of foam around the edge, no lacing. Dark, but not a stunner in the appearance department for this category of stout.

Smell: Very rich and inviting. Rich chocolate & cocoa powder smell combined with afternotes of coffee.

Taste: Very rich. Sweet and desert like. Starts with a rich upfront chocolate taste moving into dark black coffee and bit of an espresso bitter finish at the end. Indeed a beer with coffee and chocolate as the dominant features, as advertised by the bottle. Alcohol very well hidden in all of this richness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy thick, barest level of carbonation underneath it all. Some alcohol burn/bite as it goes down the throat.

Overall / Drinkability: A definite dessert beer. I had this with dessert (Buttermilk Pie) but afterwards, I felt this beer WAS the desert. It stands all on its own. Combining it with more dessert is almost too much. But it is an amazing beer in aroma, taste, and mouthfeel. Definitely a one and done beer though. 1 large snifter was enough, and more and I would be hurting later. The beer is a slow sipping savoring beer, much like a big dessert being picked at and savored towards the end of a nice meal.

damndirtyape, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of nUgZ
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color with not much of a head and some lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. A little bit of roasted malts.

T: Lots of chocolate and a little bit of roasted malts. Mostly chocolate,

M: Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation.

O: It's almost like I'm drinking chocolate milk with a ton of alcohol in it, Fucking lovely!!

nUgZ, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared with my girlfriend, poured into two brand new snifters! (One of them says “Friends and Lovers / Prom ‘87”! Love it.)

A – pretty dark, semi-carbonated head that goes down pretty quickly but hugs the sides of the glass the whole time, just like a good stout should. Held up to the light, the brew starts light brown at the top and fades into complete blackness.

S – smelled it both in the bottle and poured out. Dear god, so much chocolate. In the bottle, it’s literally all I smell, but, poured out, I smell the alcohol too. Bracing myself for the 11.2% claimed on the bottle.

T – this is where this beer really, really shines. The chocolate isn’t quite as prevalent in the taste, but it’s definitely present. It’s also quite a bit sweeter than other chocolate stouts, including FBS. I taste only a hint of coffee, and the alcohol I detected in the snifter smell plays a role, but not an 11.2% role. It’s strong, but, as my girlfriend put it, it’s “ridiculously smooth.”

M – very good. The sweetness hugs the sides of the mouth; there’s hardly any carbonation. The alcohol starts pretty strong, but finishes subdued and perfectly balanced. Superb.

O – wonderful beer. I’m so glad I found something that I can get year round. I can’t wait to try Choklat, although Mokah is apparently a mix between Choklat and Jahva, so I don’t know how it could be better. Well done, Southern Tier.

11/24/2012 EDIT: I should have checked this originally, but the bottle I reviewed was actually from 2011. I had a fresh bottle and asked myself why it wasn't nearly as good; dug out the old bottle and found out why.

JamesShoemaker, Sep 26, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I thought it was black. Held to light, it is just light enough to call it brown. The head is gone almost immediately.
S- The smell is a bit of coffee and a large amount of chocolate. A bit of roasted malt, but the chocolate is really the heavy aroma.
T- There is just the slightest bit of astringent roastedness at first, but the sweetness really comes through. Coffee at first but a sweet chocolate comes through. The finish is really reminiscent of Bailey's Irish cream. A bit less medicinal in the finish and I could give it a 5.
M- Mouthfeel is pretty thick and heavy. Not the heaviest, but pretty full. Sticks to the tongue, helped by low carbonation.
O- A really unique and enjoyable dessert beer. I would enjoy one of these every so often.

jsprain1, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with medium-tan head which dissipates, lacing lingers.

S: Chocolate, coffee, ripe bananas.

T: Very nice, chocolate foremost, then coffee,

M: Much carbonation, not as velvety smooth as Kate or the other world class stouts, but very nice, indeed.

D: One is enough, as is any fine mocha dessert.

Due to my love of coffee this takes the cake over S.T.'s Choklat which is a chocolate bomb. 22 oz. bomber is best shared as dessert with chocolate chip cookies. Yumm. Overall this is one fine beer. Yumm....

bobv, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured unto a snifter.

Appearance: Superior black, I put it up against the light and just completely opaque. Head is tan which comes off at least two lingers length off the body when originally poured.

Smell: I just poured this with reading the label, or the reviews and right away smell pure dark chocolate. It is almost perfect, just that not sticky smell like some other beers I have had.

Taste: The taste magnified, chocolate, coffee bean, little sweet but not chick sweet I am talking about for a dark beer it is sweet. Feel of caramel which it is just jumped into one of my favorite stouts.

Mouth: Just right, all I have to say (and you need to know).

Overall: Incredibly well put together beer, this is the not the way stout should be but the way "Mokah" is. Flavor just screams drink me and you will not be disappointed by picking this up. Hope you all enjoy...Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Catskeller - Cincy, OH

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Moderate frothy head, moderate lacing.

S: Strong cocoa and tootsie roll aromas.

T: Biter-sweet and roasty with flavors of cocoa and tootsie rolls. More chocolate than java. Slight burnt character in finish. A touch of heat.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and warm.

D: Quite tasty. Better than java or choklat. Yet, one glass is enough for satiation.

klewis, May 29, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was a truly opaque black color with a meniscus the color of root beer. The two finger head left killer lacing all the way to the finish of my glass. The aroma was so chocolaty it was amazing. In addition to chocolate I also smelled vanilla and hints of toffee. The flavors were stunning. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, molasses, maple, coffee. Similar to a Tootsie Roll candy in flavor, which is wild given the %11.2 ALC. The mouthfeel was good, the body full and the carbonation average/soft. Very drinkable for a "Big" beer and for someone like me with a sweet tooth this beer was a true joy to imbibe.

thekevlarkid, Dec 26, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

MarkyMOD, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date. tasted in mid/late-may 2009. poured into tulip.

opaque black, no light goes through. 1.5-finger, creamy, coffee-colored head. fades to creamy wisps and ring. thin but consistent rings of webby lace.

aroma: trifecta of coffee, cocoa and vanilla upfront (with the coffee a little bit less than the others), then some caramel. touch of earthy hop, w roast note. chocolate candies. cherry liqueur?

taste: similar robust flavors, tipped towards the cherry vanilla and chocolate candies. coffee peeks in, especially w the moderate bitterness, and slightest touch of coffee acidity too. sweetness balanced by roast and hops bitterness, lingering in aftertaste.

medium body, quite smooth and creamy, though can get quite astringent too towards the finish. mild to moderate carbonation is tingly but also creamy.

tai4ji2x, Aug 30, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, nearly black mahogany with a bit of tan head. It smelled like creamy milk chocolate with fresh roasted coffee, and a bit of muted barley and salty yeast. It tasted like lots of milk chocolate with roasted coffee, and a bit of toasted oats and copper. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was a very nice, clean tasting stout. It had nice body (although I was personally hoping for a bit more) and it hid the alcohol very well, so it was very easy to drink. As much as other Southern Tier's big beers might be gimmicks, I think this one is actually a very well-rounded double stout that I would consider drinking (somewhat) regularly. It also seemed like age would make this beer even sweeter and smoother, as the coffee's bitterness fades. Great beer.

Pencible, Aug 19, 2009
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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into large snifter; jet black with a thick dark brown foam that fades after a bit into a thick ring.
Smells like a sugar bomb... chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark sugary. Coffee is a secondary scent by far.
Taste is thankfully not as sweet as the smell. Coffee is much stronger, good espresso and bitter baking chocolate. Sweetness then comes in with dark sugar, toffee, caramel, and milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel is big and well carbonated, finishes sticky.
Overall a good dessert stout. Too sweet to do much else with, but at least it's drinkable unlike creme brulee.

BurgeoningBrewhead, May 16, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a pitch black with a peanut tan colored head. Not too impressive, but the head on this stout is pretty thick.

S: This brew smells of chocolate covered coffee beans. More milk chocolate then bitter, and the beans are on the lighter side of espresso. There is an overall sweetness that invites the lips to take their first sip.

T: Souther Tier does an excellent job of taking a flavor note and really putting it out their in a stout. Creme Brulee is an excellent example of this. This brew is supposed to be a mix of their Jahva and Choklat. Although I haven't had either, this brew is a very good ying and yang of chocolate and coffee. The presence of alcohol and a little hop tingle let you know that you are in fact still drinking a beer.

MF: The mouth feel is very very chocolate like creamy.

D: Compared to Creme Brulee, which was tooo sweet and tooo much vanilla to get through a bottle, this stout is very much drinkable. I would have preferred a lower ABV to cut down on the Alcohol bit though.

TKEbeerman, Aug 18, 2010
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.