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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 156
Gots: 275 | FT: 10
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of deanhead


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is chocolaty and coffee like, reminiscent of the smell of coffee beans, as opposed to freshly brewed coffee

Color is dark, black and mud like, murky like a cup of black coffee run through a French press
Bitter, yet smooth tasting. Highly drinkable, with the richness of a milkshake
Velvety and full bodied mouth feel to this beer. This is one fabulous offering from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 15:50:54 | More by deanhead
Photo of Zippie9999


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: 220z. bomber-Aged for a year
A: Jet black with a thin foamy head
S: Lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Mellow and well rounded with the age!
T: Lots of coffee and chocolate
M: Very smooth. Dangerously drinkable for an 11% abv beer
D: Highly drinkable. Very good job in hiding the 11%ABV!. One of the best of the style. I have another aging for one year or two! This one was bought at Liquor Depot in New Britain, CT and was aging on their shelves for about a year!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 07:42:53 | More by Zippie9999
Photo of thecheapies


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark as black but just the darkest of browns. Modest head forms a ring in no time. Looks thick like chocolate milk.

Smells like chocolate milk, too. Mocha powder, lactose, milk chocolate, light coffee, and mild roastiness.

Tastes like a hot cocoa/coffee mix with cream and two sugars. Mild bitterness amplifies in the finish and reminds you that it's beer. A lot of mid-palate coffee drowned in lactose and flavored with cocoa nibs. Some earthiness through hops and char-roast. Hints of licorice and blackberries. Exceptional.

Creamy and thick. Huge body with a medium carb at work. Very sticky and gluggy.

Unreal beer. Literally, hard to believe they nailed this down. Decadent and desserty. Loads of flavor. Nothing off about it. Ballsy and spot on. Among the killers of the Southern Tier lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 04:02:47 | More by thecheapies
Photo of alexgash


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Inky dark brown to black body. Small, tight, khaki brown head. Nose of roasted barley, sugary dark fruits (figs, dates, plums), big time caramel, chocolate milk, and mild coffee. Sure smells like a mix of Javah and Choklat...which is definitely not a bad thing.

Roasted coffee bitterness up front. This is quickly replaced by sweet caramel and chocolate malt notes. There are also some rummy dark fruits with a smoky, charred edge. Espresso and herbal hop bitterness pick up near the finish. Dark chocolate and vanilla mix in. Bittersweet finish with a healthy dose of roasted coffee. Lingering chocolate syrup. Warming. Full-bodied with a slightly oily feel. Pretty damn good!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:25:06 | More by alexgash
Photo of azdback


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated 12/12/11? Poured into a Bruery Tulip. Pitch black with just as black highlights. Head is minimal and light tan in color. Head recedes fairly quickly to leave a small collar and some nice lace.

Smell is ultra chocolate and coffee. The chocolate is milk smooth and sweet. There are other mild roasted malt smells here like roasted coffee and some char or ash. No alcohol or hop here at all.

Taste is just as the nose. The light milk chocolate is very sweet and has a bit of a bitter aftertaste. There is some bitterness but I believe it's from the chocolate and not any hops. This taste reminds me a lot of my my recent review of Choklat. It is similar in the chocolate. Tootsie Roll is what we came up with. There is just a hint of alcohol in the finish of this one. This is just a perfect early fall sipper.

Mouth is creamy, the carbonation is very mild. Body is medium and the finish is on the long side but more on the dry side than wet for such a huge roasted beer.

Overall I really liked this. Reminded me a lot of it's brother (or sister) Choklat. A real treat as the weather turns. Pick this up or trade for it because it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 04:42:44 | More by azdback
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a deep black with only a bit of highlights when backlit, the tan head recedes to a thin sheet. the aroma is right on with the chocolate right up front and the coffee hiding in the back with the roasted malt. the taste delivers the chocolate with surprising results, the bit of hop bitterness really sets off the sweetness. the full body and good co2 really make this far too drinkable to for an eleven percenter.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 23:35:55 | More by almychristopher
Photo of FanofHefe


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Black body with a tint of red when held up to the light. Just a slim amount of tan head that dissipates almost immediately.

Very strong aroma of chocolate throughout the session of this beer. A small amount of coffee aroma come through as well. Not a complex aroma as these two notes dominate, but it does smell good.

The flavor is a little more dense than the aroma, but is still predominantly the chocolate and coffee, as expected. Added in the flavor is the roasted malt and touch of toffee/caramel. A hint of bitterness that aligns with the coffee keeps this one from being overly sweet.

Thick and smooth texture in the mouthfeel. Overall, this brew comes across with a very good blend of the coffee and chocolate. I normally rate most ST beers low due to the excessive sweetness, but this is one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 21:04:27 | More by FanofHefe
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the office: poured into a delerium tulip, yields a tan two finger head that hangs around. not much lacing noticed throughout. the body is a nice obsidian black, with no light passing through. filtered? who knows.

wow this thing smells awesome! right away chocolate. vanilla. coffee. some roasted malt. alcohol. it all blends to a really nice aroma. i kept on simply smelling this thing in the tulip throughout (which had some barflies wondering what i was doing).

the taste matches the aroma. man, it's sweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of roasty, with an underlying vanilla and sweet cream taste. there is some alcohol taste in there, but it's easily overpowered by all these other guys. no bitterness here really, but it works for what they were aiming for.

full bodied and thick. again, this is good for the flavor profile. i'd not like it to be thin, it would seem really strange.

this is a very very sweet bomb of a brew. don't ask how, but i did have two in one sitting. and i was rather goofy feeling afterwards. like a kid who had too many milkshakes. one should have been enough, but i wanted to catch that aroma and flavor again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 22:56:31 | More by beerorRIP
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous black body and a frothy tan head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation leaving a dark sticky lacing as the head resides but remains faint throughout the beer.

Wow, the aroma is leaping from the glass featuring tons of dark malts such as chocolate & caramel with other coffee aromas, and more sweet chocolate. This smells amazing!

HOLY S**T! Desert anyone? An impressive flavor of dark, sweet, chocolate, coffee, and just a touch of hop bitterness towards the back of the palate, all in a harmonious blend with the roasted malt to develop a pleasant warming feeling at the finish.

Medium carbonation with a thick, chewy body, and delightful flavor variety with just a slight alcohol kick to finish.

In terms of flavor, this beer is second to few. It is absolutely delicious, with the only downside being that it is a touch syrupy which keeps the drinkability in check. Likely a good thing, otherwise I would breeze through this bomber way too quickly. This is an amazing beer though. A must try if you like the style (and even if you don't). Have it after dinner on a cool night and relax.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 01:07:46 | More by CHADMC3
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into 8oz glass

A - Poured black, coffee like appearance.

S - Coffee and cocoa with hints of malt.

T - Immediate taste of coffee and chocolate with light sweetness. Then alcohol and bitterness take over and stay.

M - Very smooth and thick.

D - Awesome winter stout that has to be slowly sipped.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 14:58:56 | More by taigor
Photo of alleykatking


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark color..pretty much well black. One finger tan head shows little retention and ends up capping the beer. No real lacing as I drank it down.

S- Simple enough coffee beans dipped in a sweet chocolate. This is tied in a with a light banana scent to me.

T- Well....it does deliver a nice iced mocha flavor from the get go. A light sweet chocolate in the background the entire time stays well put as a light flavor. Roasted malts on the ending with a light alcohol flavor toward the very end.

M- Heavier mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Very creamy feeling with no lactose which I found to be interesting. Mocha flavor left on palate with some roasted malts in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended perfect I thought. Such a good mouthfeel!

D- This beer was very good. Drinkable is not really the right word for this. The ABV is the only downside to this beer. Oh well can't have it all and it limits you to a pint or two before you might start to feel it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:27:47 | More by alleykatking
Photo of zeff80


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam that left sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee - big roasty coffee aromas with a strong cocoa nose.

T - It tasted of cocoa nibs, coffee and roasted malts. Really delicious blend of coffee and chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really fantastic. I don't know why I passed on it in previous years.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:14:39 | More by zeff80
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee and chocolate are both black and opaque and, wouldn't you know it, Mokah - a beer which blends the two - is too! This dark, oily liquid looks equally like something I'd drink as it does something I might pave the driveway with. Although bubbles formed off the pour, its surface contains no head but instead only a thin smear of brownish colour.

Fix your eyes on something in the distance. Take your hand and cover one eye. Now cover the other eye instead. You see how the depth and alignment in your vision changes? Well that's exactly what happens when smelling this beer. Left nostril: roast coffee; Right nostril: bittersweet chocolate. Background and foreground are interchangeable.

Just as the ashy, heavily roasted (and lightly astringency) taste of black coffee starts to disintegrate from the tongue the curtains part again, this time to reveal the delectably milky, bittersweet flavour of finely conched chocolate. The two flavours really do share the stage, it's nearly impossible to say who puts on the better performance.

Of course, each of these two players already have lead roles in their respective beers (Jah*Va and Choklat - I'll let you figure out which is which). Blending them together, you'd think, might make a beer that's doubly as tasty. That's not the case. But it is equally as tasty. Which just goes to show that sometimes the sum is no greater than its parts.

The mouthfeel is suspiciously light and impossibly void of (nearly) any alcohol. There isn't nearly the bitter roast or rich sweetness you'd expect - whether this works in the beer's favour is a matter of opinion. I personally could have gone for a little more character although I am finding my way to the bottom of this bottle much faster than anticipated.

A world without stouts is a nightmare not worth contemplating; I'm grateful to have relative access to the four amazing beers (and this blend of two of them) that comprise Southern Tier's incredible 'Black Water' series. Although I hope these beers will be around forever, I'll continue to stock the cellar with them as if they won't.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 23:56:04 | More by biegaman
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United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beers from breweries like Southern Tier are not easy to come by in the UK but thanks to Beermerchants.com, I have managed to get hold of this one.

Poured from a cellar temperature 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head, that fades fast. Little, if no carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and malty on the nose, with obvious strong coffee notes, and sweet sugars. Dark chocolate is also apparent, with potent alcohol, and some honey.

Taste: The initial taste is strong and bitter espresso coffee, after which there is a hint of dark chocolate sweetness. The flavours are smokey, with a roasted maltiness, and whiskey-like peatness. There is a subtle impression of dark fruits towards the end, possibly blackberries.

Mouthfeel: The body is undoubtedly full, and smooth, with a rich warming feel.

Drinkability: The flavours are rich, dark and incredibly filling; it feels more like a meal than a drink! Having said that, the flavours are brilliantly balanced, not too bitter and not too sweet, just right. It's slightly more coffee than it is chocolate, which prevents that cloying taste that is common with chocolate based imperial stouts. This is a decadent beer, and a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 02:40:50 | More by PartyBear
Photo of hardy008


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with a small tan head which fades quickly to a small round disc of foam. Smells like dark chocolate and coffee. The chocolate aroma is much stronger than the coffee aroma, which surprises me a little bit, but I won't complain. The chocolate aroma is amazing.

Nice flavor to this beer. Chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malt. A sweet beer which has some bitterness, but not enough to provide much balance. Then again, this beer doesn't need much balance, it is very good as it is.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet chocolate aftertaste, and the alcohol is barely detectable. A very nice beer, which I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:21:05 | More by hardy008
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoked for this guy, 22oz bomber split into snifters...

A: Black pour with red hues, surprisingly not as dark or viscous as I thought it might be...off-tan head dissipates pretty rapidly.

S: Huge milk chocolate and Belgian bittersweet chocolate notes...chocolate covered espresso beans, roasted malt base, hints of darker caramel...lots of sweetness without being cloying. Smells like dessert for sure.

T: Sweetness again, with a moderate roasted malt character...touch of a burnt note on the finish. Dark chocolate and black malt maybe? There is the slightest semblance of balance here between sweet and bitter.

MF: Creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation levels and a dry flash of bitterness on the finish.

O: This is the ST stout I've been looking for since trying Choklat and Creme Brulee. The suggestion of balance, though it might be a facade, is still welcome. Toning down that sweet ST style into something more readily drinkable is a HUGE plus to me. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 16:11:20 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of mynie


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass(!) at Three Cellars in Milwaukee.

Pours super black and smells like MILK Chocolate syrup. Coffee nodes (the "mocha," right?) are minimal, as the Choklat really overwhelms the Javah.

Tastes a bit more balanced. A big, very sweet, very milky chocolate beginning, moving into a a darker chocolate middle that's somewhat more bitter and a finish that's like the foam on top of a mocha cappuccino.

What gets me is the beer's relative thinness. It's about as thick and creamy as a regular dry stout. This makes it dangerously easy to drink (my pint was consumed at about normal speed), and also causes it to the lack the sumptuousness you'd want out of a giant dessert beer. It's still really nicely done, only I don't think it's *quite* what they were going for.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 16:20:45 | More by mynie
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South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer is midnight...evil and opaque. The carbonation is slightly visible. The light brown head lingers then dissipates quickly.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes are there, but something else is there that I can't put my finger on. The coffee is secondary. The chocolate is pronounced. It's a sweeter chocolate. Not overpowering. What hits the nose hardest is a unique note that reminds me of marshmallow and the scent of a freshly sliced vanilla bean.

Taste: The taste follows the nose with notes of milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Initially, this beer is sweet. Not cloying and well balanced. There are two distinct acts to this beer. The back end or after taste is a little more coffee than chocolate. W/ 10% ABV no lingering alcohol on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. not sticky or lingering.

Overall: This beer has the best of both worlds in that it opens with strong sweet notes of milk chocolate and vanilla, but finishes with bitter notes of coffee. It's a remarkable feat for this sweet style of beer. Extremely pleasant and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 02:50:25 | More by Gristle
Photo of prototypic


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mokah pours a dark chocolate brown color. It's not quite opaque. A little light cuts through and reveals garnet highlights at the edges. A light tan head caps it off and only rises to about a finger. It fell quickly and left light, sticky lacing on the glass. Not too shocking for an 11% beer.

The nose is good, but not quite what I'd hoped. It is very reminiscent of Choklat and is very heavy on chocolate malt. It has a sweet, Hershey's chocolate-like scent. There's no questioning the delicious smell of that aspect. It's excellent. As far as coffee goes, that element is clearly present, but doesn't smell as prominent as I had hoped. A little vanilla and brown sugar are noted at the secondary level. Alcohol is masked extremely well and is not noted at all. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine smelling beer. But, I'd like a little more coffee presence.

The flavor is better. How much? I don't know yet. Close call. The Choklat aspect is again easily recognizable. Chocolate malts are sweet and have a really nice milk chocolate flavor. Choklat is such a unique beer and its impact here is not lost on me. Coffee is more prominent in flavor and the flavor is a little better as a result. I'm unsure of the proportion of Choklat/Jahva that was utilized here, but I'm still guessing it's more Choklat than Jahva. It certainly tastes more Choklat to me. That's far from bad news. Brown sugar and vanilla are noted and complement the other flavors well. The x-factor here is the bitter hop flavor that emerges late. That's enough to trigger a score bump for me. Once again, alcohol seems lost in the mix and goes unnoticed. It finishes a little sweet and bitter. This is good stuff. Let there be no doubt.

The body feels slightly thick and smooth. Carbonation is light and really helps it attain an impressive, creamy feel. Drinkability is good, but is a little limited by the high abv. Yeah, I'll finish the bomber, but this is a big time beer. It's a little deceptive, but still big. It is very good, but not quite good enough to overcome that.

There really wasn't any question that Mokah would be impressive beer. I mean, how can one go wrong with a mix of Choklat and Jahva? The only question (for me) was, how impressive will it be? That's a tough call. It's extremely good beer, but it falls just a little short of both. But, not by much at all. The coffee aspect is notable here, but isn't all that strong. Non-coffee folks shouldn't be intimidated by this one. If it were a little stronger, it might improve a little overall. Who knows? Maybe not. Having said that, it's still great beer with a lot of great flavor. I like it a lot. The hoppy twist on the flavor is really nice and appealing. I have no reservation recommending this one. It's another gem in Southern Tier's Black Water Series.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 04:38:50 | More by prototypic
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours dark black with one finger mocha colored head.

S: Slight coffee and lots of sweet dark chocolate. A bit of roasted malts.

T: Mostly big chocolate up front mixed with a slight hint if espresso and caramel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden here. Dangerously drinkable.

M: Creamy and full bodied. Reminds me a bit of eating a chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk.

O: Very enjoyable sweet stout. One of the better chocolate stouts that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 00:39:53 | More by richj1970
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Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of nice black chocolate malt with nice creamy espresso notes. Taste is a nice mix between some very well balanced black chocolate and some creamy espresso with a nice dose of lactic sugar. Body is full with nice carbonation and a great creamy texture. Very well done with all the ingredient well balanced out and doesn't taste too artificial.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:37:07 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Vec2267


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: jet black, small tan head
S: chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke/char
T: creamy, deep and rich, smokey and burnt, chocolate and coffee of course, balanced by a nice hop bitterness, alcohol interferes slightly
M: creamy without being syrupy
D: the wonderful depth of flavor keeps you coming back for more, the only blemish are the alochol notes, but under control for such a big beer

Another great, big beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 22:57:19 | More by Vec2267
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours jet black with a nice light mocha head. Good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. Great coloring. Nose brings loads and loads of chocolate as well as a strong amount of coffee. The taste is all about the chocolate and coffee, but can get a tad bit sweet, as there is some roasted malt, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Feel is fairly heavy with a bit of alcohol. Drinks really well and I prefer it to Choklat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 11:13:54 | More by Thorpe429
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with friends under the night sky being lit up by fireworks. Shared into a snifter.

A- Pours black in color with a nice light brown head. Comes down a little slow with a bit a lace left on the glass.

S- Very warm and roasty smell. Starts with a bit of coffee mixed nicely with chocolate. Reminds me of a stronger cocoa smell. Some sweetness at the end.

T- Very smooth nice flavors. Starts with a creamy chocolate flavor that is smooth. Coffee flavors creep through in the middle and get a little stronger. Everything blends together great. Ends with a slight bitterness to the beer.

M- Almost full body, moderate carbonation. Very smooth, a little creamy.

O- I'm usually not a huge fan of coffee flavored stouts, but this one is nicely done. Mixed with the chocolate flavors make it very enjoyable. Can't wait to have another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 04:18:56 | More by HosP
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK to look at but nothing special. Black and opaque with barely a one finger head that lasted a bit but faded, leaving thin sheets of lacing.

Looks ain't everything though. Aroma was really nice, very chocolatety with coffee, dark roasty malts, very sweet, very nice!

Taste: Milk and baker's chocolate, some cocoa, so many facets of chocolate it's almost overwhelming. Amply named. Coffee and roasty malt flavors pretty much accent the chocolate. You can't tell much from the smell, but there's some pretty good hoppiness to this beer. Just a touch of acrid burnt. Alcohol wasn't noticeable much when cold, but comes through a little as it warms.

Body is pretty good, pretty thick, very slick, super sweet choco finish, fairly low carbonation.

Very likeable. Beware, if you're not up for drinking a bomber of very sweet, very alcoholic beer, save this one for when a beer buddy comes over. A super dessert type brew.

This brew fits right into southern tier's genre of imperial beers that includes creme brulee, pumpking, choklat, gemini, krampus, unearthly et al. Their imperial series really are imperial, and most are quite over the top on flavor, body, and the defining ingredients/theme. These are not for the faint of heart or recently converted bud light drinkers, they are for dedicated craft beer demons like myself.

Great job on this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 23:48:21 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,680 ratings.