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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,764 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,764
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 168
Gots: 295 | FT: 12
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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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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

08-30-2009 04:14:34 | More by tai4ji2x
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Pencible

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

08-19-2009 20:23:59 | More by Pencible
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

05-16-2014 01:22:46 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-18-2010 22:43:27 | More by TKEbeerman
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Brenden

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

I'm just finishing up compiling notes from several different tastings of Jahva and Mokah.

Somehow, while Choklat and Jahva are both essentially black, Mokah seems to be a little lighter; almost black, but not quite, with some dark red-brown coming in at the edges. An ample head does form and hold itself together, leaving good lacing.
This beer shows the beauty of the blending of two exceptional beers right off the nose. Rather than becoming messier, Mokah showcases the beauties of both. Roasted malts form a backbone, but this is pure chocolate coffee goodness, like an iced mocha sans the milk somehow well-blended. The ABV, as with the others in this series, is nicely masked.
Mokah is intersting and, in terms of the flavor, the median of the group in goodness. Choklat is nearly perfect, while Jahva is excellent, and Mokah is not quite as chocolatey as Choklat but has a bit more coffee character than Jahva. The mix makes for a beautiful beer, supported by a huge malt backbone and a strong roastiness. This beauty is deep and bold.
This is a big, thick, deep beer in the body and feel of it, with a smoothness that's rich but drops off just a touch toward the end.
This is fantastic beer that will satisfy a craving for a coffee beer or a chocolate beer and is one of the best examples of either.

04-25-2011 18:15:22 | More by Brenden
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

As impressed as I was with the creme brulee, I think this one tops it! It immediately reminded me of tiramisu and coffee after a good meal. What a dessert beer!

The body is a dark black-brown with deep mahogany highlights at the base of the glass and just under the creamy head along the rim of the glass. The creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves nice splatters and spots of lacing behind.

Caramel, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, and coffee greet you in the nose. It's a bit sweetish to be sure, and that carries over into the flavor...

..where coffee appears first, followed by some alcohol (it's reminiscent of Kahlua) and then notes of chocolate, vanilla, cream, caramel, nuts and coffee. A solid bitterness backs it, and in conjunction with the dark malt acidity and a hint of grassy hops, they lead it to a focused, less-sweet finish. The depth of flavor is stunning, and only the note of alcohol holds it back from being exceptional. As you progress through the glass your palate will single out certain flavors at certain times, but I find it always seems to end with a kind of roasted, almost smokey, coffee note.

Really nice! A stunning dessert beer!

06-23-2009 01:05:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A 650 mL bomber.

A: The stout a dark black color, a hue that swallows up all other colors. An off-white head is nothing more than a thin band around the glass.

S: Decadent chocolate drives the nose. It isn't as sweet or intense as Choklat but I'm not complaining. Lactose and sweet java follow, giving this one a really nice aroma. Southern Tier's track record on stouts and smell is impressive (except for Creme Brulee).

T: Bam, this one hits hard. Mocha is dominant up front, sweet and oily and, frankly, a little heavy. Boozy strength can't hide anywhere in this beast. As the taste evolves, coffee comes through but in a small way. Lactic sweetness, a milky smoothness, follows and interacts nicely with the coffee. Coffee stands out in the finish.

M: Coffee and chocolate are dominant with a lactic sweetness backing them up. What's not to like about that? My only request would be a little more coffee.

D: At 11%, this one is a challenge to get through, especially on a July afternoon (I'm not holding ST accountable for the weather in my score). A bold stout no matter how you slice it.

07-12-2009 21:04:51 | More by akorsak
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bottle into tall pint glass (shared among others).

Pitch black with a one finger brown head that slowly settles to almost nothing.

Very heavy chocoate aroma, with a little burnt malt in the background. Sweet mocha is in there, similar to what's found in a Starbuck's coffee.

Sweet cocoa in the background in the flavor, which complements the dark roasitness of the malts perfectly. The hops don't show up as much, maybe adding a slight amount of bitterness in the background along with a tidbit of citrus. Very full bodied, thick, chocolate syrupy.

A very sweet beer, but not too rich like some of the other ones. The bitter Belgian chocolate seems to go better with the characteristics of an RIS better than regular chocolate. Recommended.

05-16-2009 01:43:57 | More by BeerSox
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Served in a snifter glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark black/brown color with a finely grained tan head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing. While the head has soon receded into a ring sipping still leaves occasional spots and legs of lacing follow from the foam.

Smell: The aroma includes chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and traces of caramel.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include chocolate and cocoa , vanilla, cream, some dark caramel, traces of some coffee. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has minimal carbonation. The finish begins in dark chocolate sweetness and then changes into a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor and ends in dryness.

Drinkability: This is a fine dessert beer with great potential for sipping slowly after dinner while chatting with friends or reading a good book. In other words this is a beer worth taking the time to relax and enjoy one a night. However, it is also a beer to keep on hand for after dinner or late night enjoyment.

10-26-2009 21:40:11 | More by drtth
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the clear, barely translucent dark brown brew. Heads recedes gradually, ample legs, and and slow-falling lace. Aroma is deeply of chocolate and alcohol, reminds me of a boozy chocolate Tootsie pop. Taste mirrors the aroma, this is a good thing, alcohol aftertaste may be a touch harsh. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is good as well. A tasty treat.

07-14-2009 01:45:47 | More by ppoitras
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velosuds

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Another from the Blackwater Series. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Purchased at Corvallis Brewing Supply for $8.45.

A-Pours a midnight black. Very dark. A two finger, creamy tan head quickly recedes into a scant lace.

S-This smells like a Starbucks Mocha Latte. Chocolate and coffee are very pleasant and dominant. But the sweetness from vanilla and toffee are also very welcome.

T-There is burnt sugar, caramel, rich chocolate, and coffee that combine very well. May be just a bit sweet. Kind of in between their Crème Brulee and Jahva stouts. Good beers all.

M-Deliciously smooth with medium to full body. Warming due to the alcohol.

D-This is a fine beer. Best enjoyed by sipping. Southern Tier brews some excellent imperial stout.

11-13-2010 01:16:23 | More by velosuds
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Swim424

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a palm glass.

A-deep black. put up to my light and i cant see through it at all. small brown head that dissapated quickly. retains small head on top.

S-smells of chocolate. smells really good. maybe some coffee but mostly chocolate.

T-powerful up front. my first thought was chocolate. im getting mostly chocolate mixed with some coffee and oatmeal. definitely can tell the ABV is high in this. But doesn't really taste of alcohol. this starts with strong intense flavor as well as finishes with intense flavor.

MF- leaves a very sweet coating in my mouth. slight sweet after taste.

Overall this is a very sweet beer. very chocolaty as well. I would definitely recomend this to beer to any stout lover. this is probably one of my favorite stouts i have tried since i have been getting into them. but very thick and hard to finish.

11-07-2011 06:47:48 | More by Swim424
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

It was served with a finger of mocha-brown head with good retention. The nose was like an Arby's Jamocha milkshake - heavy on the chocolate, underlain with coffee. The color was a Stygian black. The mouthfeel was thick, full, and chewy. It really was like a milkshake, but a quality one, not one of those watery messes that they foist on us now. Lots and lots of dark, rich chocolate on the tongue. Man, I hovered on the brink of diabetes with each sip. The finish was equally intensely sweet. As a hophead, this would not normally be my first choice, but in this case, it was a rare opportunity on draft.

06-10-2009 11:22:06 | More by woodychandler
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patra7

Greece

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A rare import for Greece, which I found and bought at a beer festival. I had this at home after 1-2 months of fridge-resting, in snifter glasses, split between me and my wife (650ml bottle).

Appearance: Black colour, perhaps with a reddish tint. Dark brown head, thin, quickly dissipating.

Smell: A smorgasboard of aromas starts attacking you from the moment you open the bottle. Chocolate(s), coffee, caramel, alcohol hitting on you with no mercy. I'm still sniffing on the empty bottle as I'm writing this! Fantastic!

Taste: A caramel-like, light sweetness, closely followed by sweet and bitter chocolate. The light bitterness presents itself halfway in, only to be "covered" by a new wave of caramel-like sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Siropy, but not too thick. Medium body, not highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Depends on how you define it... You start feeling the high alcohol towards the end of the 1st glass. I'm not sure I'd attempt to drink a 2nd bottle unless I was in a serious drinking mood. I love it anyway.

10-30-2010 22:55:17 | More by patra7
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Dark brown pour, almost black, small tan head that was gone quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma is full of chocolate. Tootsie roll chocolate to be exact. Pretty much smells exactly like ST's Choklat. No coffee can really be found in the nose. Big time chocolate flavor on this one. I'm still having trouble distinguishing this one from Choklat. I suppose there is a light smattering of coffee in the background, but the thick luscious chocolate flavor pretty much washing everything else out. A nice roastiness is also present, but this is a chocolate dessert drink like no other. Mouthfeel is medium-high, average carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden in the taste, but a warming can be felt on the way down. Really, I can't say it enough, this pretty much tastes just like Choklat with only a little bit of coffee mixed in. Not bad, but really nothing new it seems. It really does taste great and I think some age would do wonders for this brew.

05-18-2009 00:11:30 | More by KeefD
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tim9887

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bottle poured into goblet

Appearance: BLACK as night; 1" of tan foamy head

Aroma: Dark chocolate/cocoa; boozy

Taste: Very malty! Sweet chocolatey flavor up front w/ a touch of bitter/roasty coffee that lingers on in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very viscous; moderate alcohol warmth; soft subtle carbonation

12-19-2009 01:47:39 | More by tim9887
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22 oz bottle, no date. poured into snifter

appears an opaque black color, with tan head. as expected, a strong aroma of coffee and rich chocolate.

taste starts off with sweet milk chocolate, ends with bitter espresso. body is thick and starts off smooth. but ends almost a little grainy feeling in the finish.

overall, a great balance of the two flavors. just the feel is a bit off.

08-14-2011 04:29:27 | More by jmdrpi
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/26/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass with some alcohol legs. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, toffee, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, light coffee, toast, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of chocolate, dark/roasted malt, and light coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, toffee, caramel, toast, vanilla, cream, coffee, roasted malt, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, cream, coffee, and roasted malt on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate coffee presence; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic chocolate/coffee imperial stout! Even with the significant age of it. All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of chocolate, dark/roasted malt, and light coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

12-07-2013 21:44:30 | More by superspak
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Krakistophales

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours jet black with half a finger's worth of cream colored foam that recedes into a halo on the rim and spiderweb patterns in the middle of the glass.

S: Dark, roasty coffee smell mixed with a bittersweet chocolate, more of a dark cocoa smell, and some caramel malts.

T: Tastes like a chocolate milk stout. The middle hits you immediately with dark coffee mixed with a chocolate creamer, like a milk chocolate taste, and the aftertaste leaves you with a double espresso finish and just a taste of bittersweet chocolate.

M: All of southern tier's stouts are incredibly smooth and mask the booziness of their brews. This one has good carbonation and goes down easily.

O: This one is really nice. Rich and complex, I think I might like this one better than the choklat. I'll have to revisit the chocolate and review it, but this one is awesome. Definitely will be getting this one again. Oddly enough, it gives me more coffee/java flavor than the java stout. Go figure...

04-08-2011 02:52:14 | More by Krakistophales
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Good rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of Cocoa Puffs cereal, Hershey's milk chocolate, and coffee hard candy. There is also some dark roasted malt smells. Taste is like an alcoholic milkshake made with Cocoa Puffs, Hershey's syrup, and coffee flavoring. Very rich and very sweet. Low carbonation level makes for a very smooth and very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with a very tasty chocolate and coffee mix. The best of the Southern Tier stouts I have had thus far. With that being said, this is extremely sweet almost to the point of being cloying. Definitely a beer that is made for sharing.

05-21-2011 06:03:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

Pours a deep ebony with chestnut/mahogany edges and a thin, one finger khaki head. Leaves some spotty lace along the sides.

Smell is of rich hershey's syrup and roasted coffee beans. Some mild fruit, but the focus here really is on the chocolate and the coffee. Very pleasing overall, definitely more chocolate dominant.

A big rush of rich, bittersweet Belgian chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. A pleasing bitter finish with a hint of cherry and plum and a touch of alcohol. A big robust flavor that really is balanced well. Choklat is almost too fudgey and thick, but the addition of Jahva really mellows it out a bit and rounds it out.

Full bodied and rich. A great pair with dessert. Velvety smooth with a bitter, dry finish and a long lingering chocolate flavor.

I split this with a couple friends and really wish I hoarded the whole bottle to myself. It was super easy to drink even at the high abv.

05-27-2009 17:20:16 | More by ColForbinBC
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Bomber poured into a chalice. Dark black with light head. Smell is intensely sweet chocolate. Taste is mostly chocolate.. with an emphasis on semisweet dark chocolate chips. Coffee definitely takes a backseat to the chocolate here. Finishes slightly bitter with a bit of hoppy flavor. Very similar to Southern Tier's Choklat. This is extremely delicious and very drinkable for being more than 11% ABV.

08-28-2010 03:00:43 | More by webmanspidey
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Ridiculous nose on this beer.  The 2x milk stout was a let down but they nailed the aroma on this one.  Lots of sweet chocolate with subtle lactic cream and a decent amount of robust roast.  Smells like a tootsie roll dipped in a latte.  I wonder what the blend is because it sells more like choklat than mokah.  Either way it's very impressive with a nice gourmet roasted coffee presence countering the sweet and dark chocolate notes.

Medium bodied with a very nice balance of sweet chocolate and robust roasted coffee.  All dark and milk chocolate sweetness up front with a touch of the tootsie roll from the nose.  This is countered by roasted coffee bitterness that lingers into a dry finish where somehow the sweet chocolate flavors reappear.  The abv is invisible making it dangerously drinkable.  Great balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness with the dark chocolate notes complimenting the coffee flavor.  Similarly to the aroma, the chocolate is most prominent.  It doesn't taste like a mocha but has lots of chocolate and coffee flavor.

08-05-2012 06:58:36 | More by corby112
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ADZA

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Looking forwards to this one it pours a dark expresso coffee hue with decent carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and sporadic spotty lacing,the aroma to be expected is quite a standout with a nice mix of dark expresso and belgian chocolate not much else gets thru on the nose past these two aromas,it has a very sweet chocolate milk taste which coats the mouth quite well with a nice bitter coffee finish and also a dash of fruity hops right at the end but not much and leaves a coffee taste on your palette very nicely just like you have had a coffee,overall its a very decent brew that i would definately revisit although its not for everybody with its sweetness and almost close to a Milk Stout in my mind but could easily see this being paired up with a nice rich dessert.

05-16-2010 03:06:05 | More by ADZA
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A-black, good amount of tan head

S-smells like a real chocolatey mocha. very sweet smelling

T-yep, very sweet. tastes like bittersweet chocolate with coffee. there's quite a bitterness towards the end, something i'm starting to appreciate. there's not much of a grand after-taste, but rather a matching faint taste of the initial hit

M-medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish. drink water with this beer or else you may get cotton mouth

D-the first time i had this, i drank it quite slowly, then after awhile i just started falling in love with this. the ABV hits quickly but its so tasty that i would drink this til i got sick.

10-25-2010 05:23:46 | More by AdamBear
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