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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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734 Reviews

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Reviews: 734
Hads: 2,239
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 233
Gots: 487 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 650ml. Brown glass. Appealing label art and design. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Cost was $10.99. Reviewed live as an imperial stout since the label calls it a stout and it's 10% ABV (it seems unlikely this is merely an American stout).

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Khaki colour. 1 finger wide. Not as smooth or even as would be ideal. The consistency isn't too creamy or soft-looking either. It's not particularly full, thick, or supple. Could use some fine-tuning. The complexion is pretty nice. Recedes fully within 2 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. It looks pretty conventional for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. Rather average.

AROMA: Walnut, pecan, caramelized nuts...that's unexpected. In fact, if they billed this as a peanut butter stout I'd probably buy it. Has a nice sugary character to it, with plenty of chocolate malts and schwarz malts/dark malts in there. Its chocolate character seems artificial; consulting the label, I note that an ingredient was "natural chocolate flavor" - which has me skeptical. Hershey's chocolate syrup comes to mind, but it's not fudgy or milk chocolate-y. Maybe the artificial chocolate lent it those nutty notes? I find no coffee at all - much to my shock; usually the notes promised on the front of Southern Tier's labels are always evoked beyond question (see Creme Brulee or Choklat). Speaking of which, where is the mokah? It's creamy, sure, but the absence of coffee is mind-boggling given this beer's name and premise.

The overriding artificial sweetness is a little off-putting, but the aroma is still evocative and interesting enough; I'm excited to try this but skeptical of the authenticity of its constituent notes.

No hop profile, booze, yeast character, or off-notes are detectable.

The absence of roasted barley is concerning, but overall I find it appealing. Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Hmm. That pesky artificial sweetness and artificial chocolate/Hershey's chocolate syrup is quite bothersome, and it's joined by a hint of marshmallow which doesn't really work. I find no coffee whatsoever, nor any mocha - to its detriment. And the absence of roasted barley is a deal-breaker. Has some generic cream, as well as the requisite chocolate malts and dark/schwarz malts. On the sweeter side for the style, sure, but not to the extent you might expect given this is a Southern Tier imperial stout. The nuttiness is nice, with hints of pecan, peanut, and maybe walnut.

It's too bad its constituent notes are inauthentic and artificial; the chocolate leaves a lot to be desired and the nuttiness is odd and overly caramelized. Moreover, I wish it had more character in general, and more depth. Some burnt, charred, or ashen character would help tame the sweetness a bit. Obviously, coffee is needed. It just needs more components to lend it bitterness.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. This isn't a particularly intricate or subtle imperial stout build, but when I regard it as an American stout I find myself liking it better. Maybe this is just a high ABV plain stout? It's cohesive, but it never tastes like a gestalt whole.

No yeast character, hops, or off-notes come through. The alcohol is slightly noticeable; this would be a better brew at about 8% or so.

TEXTURE: Artificially sleek, smooth, and wet - almost porter-like. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Not syrupy, fortunately. But I do find it a bit too thick and heavy on the palate for its relative lack of flavour (both in terms of depth and diversity). What does work is its creaminess, but it should be creamier and softer; isn't this supposed to be a mocha beer? This texture fails to elevate the beer, but suits the taste decently.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is above average.

OVERALL: A forgettable and generic offering from Southern Tier, Mokah is best regarded as a high alcohol American Stout. Its biggest disappointment is its gaping absence of the promised coffee note; did I get an old bottle? Artificial Hershey's chocolate syrup dominates to its detriment, and there's little else happening. I wouldn't buy it again, and I guess I'm in the minority saying I prefer Choklat. Say what you like about Creme Brulee; at least that beer delivered on its premise. This is drinkable, sure, but it's not worth its price at all and is more on par with what I'd expect from a Victory variety box. I'd recommend steering clear; it's not that it's bad, it's just that it's generic and overpriced. Not Southern Tier's strongest work, and far from anywhere near the level it would need to be to compete with even merely good offerings in the style (whether you consider it an American stout or an Imperial Stout).

Low C+

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

DOB 3/13/15 bomber at 43 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate, somewhat like a peanut butter cup, with some coffee hints
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 1 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – rare irregular island of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter, aftertaste of bitter chocolate; no roasted malt, no coffee, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.25

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black and brown color, lots of viscosity to this one. Lighter brown head on the top, tiny bubbles, varying lace on the glass. Aroma was mostly burnt malt, the coffee or 'mokah' didn't really come out.

Lots of heat for this one, way too much bitterness. Smooth up in ya, this is not, the Bullet Boys weep. Mocha notes not there. Could benefit from some creme brulee poured up in it to cut the sweetness of that and the bitterness of this.

Price too expensive for what ya get.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber split with spointon into pint glasses

Poured a deep black color with a one inch tan head that gradually faded, left some decent lacing behind.

Aroma was overly of chocolate, if the label didn't say coffee I wouldn't have guessed it actually had any. Maybe there was a slight hint. It was extremely sweet with something of a "creamy" smell to it.

Taste was extremely sweet again with only chocolate coming through. It was like chocolate milk with dark chocolate and a ton of sugar added. In the finish a slight roasted coffee edge tried to come out and overcome the sweetness but it ultimately failed.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, it was medium bodied, on the thick side, and quite creamy.

We both agreed that this beer kinda blew. It was very hard to drink and we struggled to finish the bomber between the two of us. It ended in a chug just so we wouldn't waste it. Very disappointing.

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's after remembering the hype surrounding this stout from Southern Tier. Actually kind of shocked at this one, really wasnt a fan. Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A - A nice typical black pour with a healthy 2 finger tan head. As it sat, the head receeded leaving a light tan halo around the glass. No side lacing.

S - Not picking up those big aromas that others have mentioned. The stout is definately not too cold (right around 50). There is some nice roasty malt aromas as well as some chocolate, but no coffee to speak of. There is a definate alcohol smell though.

T - Kinda like the nose. Theres some chocolate, some malt, but very, very little in the way of coffee flavour. The strongest flavor is the alcohol which while I understand this is an Imperial Stout I've had stronger stouts with the alcohol hidden better.

M - Low carbonation, but not syrupy or sticky. Typical mouthfeel for this style, nothing out of the ordinary.

D - I've had much better Imperial stouts. A shame really, as I wanted to really love this offering from Southern Tier but sadly it just didnt do it for me. Theres much better ones out there.

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Photo of bierguru
3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - completely black nonsee through pours with a thick head that disappears very quick i didnt like that at all i like a beer that keeps a head

S - smell was wonderful smelt almost like a chocolate soda added with a strong coffee

T - has a strong alcohol taste to it which to me ruined the beer i feel if they were tone down that the flavors of the beer would pop out a lot more and continously throughout the whole time you have the beer the further i got into the bottle the less and less i actually tasted the chocolate, coffee, and carmel

D - not sure if this beer is really drinkable do to what i said about how it tastes it maybe better off pouring over a scoop of ice cream

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Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, with a finger thick dark tan cranium that dissipates quickly.

Has aromas of chocolate, and coffee.

Chocolate dominates the flavor with a mild coffee backbone.

Mildly carbonated, full in body, and warming in the end.

Too much chocolate in this one... Needs to be balanced a bit better.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Southern Tier Mokah poured dark dark brown, with the slightest hint of a tan head that immediately dissipated to a narrow ring.

The smell and taste are...yep...chocolate and coffee. The feel is creamy and smooth up front, but with a sticky and pasty finish. This is a slow sipper that kinda leaves the tongue feeling like it does after sucking on hard candy.

A little of Southern Tier Mokah goes a long way as the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate, rather than compliment, the "beer," which gets completely lost. A bomber of this wouldn't be bad split among four people with dessert, but it's too much for one person. After a while, it smells and tastes like cheap chocolate candy.

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Photo of chrisgn
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a pitch black appearance and thick head upon first pour that dissipates to nothing. The mouthfeel is think and creamy. There are some really nice chocolate and coffee notes in the taste, but to me, the flavor of the alcohol is not masked well. I can smell it in the glass and it over powers the other flavors of the beer. It is 11% so it is certainly a strong beer, but I do not like the boozy quality that only gets worse as the beer warms up. I want to work through the ST Imperial Series. I enjoyed Pumking and Big Red, but I do not think I will get this one again. I hope Chokolat, Javah, and Creme Brule are better.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head. Black. Not too much lace.

S: sweet mocha and cocoa.

T: very sweet. The taste is nearly identical to dymatap. Grape and mocha with a sharp sweet finish.

M: very thick. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: well, I love southern tier but this one is too sweet and medicinal for me.

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Photo of harrymel
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

A: pours a black ale with less than a single finger of transient light tan foam. This resides as a sheet of the same over a beer with limited clarity due to color. spotty lace. Looks thin.

S: Smells of chocolate, molasses and faintly of coffee. Smells sweet, as do all the black water series.

T: There's the coffee, and more chocolate, and some nice cherry flavors. Some marshmallow flavors as well. Kinda effervescent in approach. Sharp alcoholic flavor.

M: Oily and thin with slow carbonation. Sheet of slick around the mouth. Makes me phlegmee.

O: Better than some of the other Black Waters IIRC, but still just a sweet, savage, decadent treat to be savored only rarely. Very intense. I can say this for the beer: as usual, the name matches the profile quite precisely.

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Photo of DIM
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: Black body with a thick foamy tan colored head.

s: This smells like mildly diluted Choklat. I couldn't find any coffee behind the boozy brownie batter.

t: I wonder what the ratio of this mixture is. This seems to be heavy on the Choklat, it was through the power of suggestion that I might have tasted a little coffee. This was almost entirely bozzy cake batter. Looking back, I should have tried to tweak this with some Breakfast Stout or Joe.

m: Gentle carbonation and a fairly viscous body.

d: Jahva is a pretty good coffee stout. Choklat is a great desert beer in small doses. I was hoping hoping an artful blend would elevate both beers. Instead all I found was another syrupy sweet desert beer from ST. Creme Brulee, Oat, Choklat, and now this. Pretty good in small doses, but that signature ST sweetness wears thin after 6 ounces.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes.
"This beer reeks of chocolaty goodness, not much coffee in the aroma, hopefully more in the flavor...nope! this beer is ALL CHOCOLATE!! Even more so than "Young's double chocolate stout! Too much chocolate in my opinion, cant even really taste the roasted malts or any coffee either....

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in a snifter. Poured a dark brown/black with a sparse tan head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, also some caramel. Full bodied and rich. Flavor is more of the same. I found the coffee to be very bitter, and the chocolate to have a bittersweet quality as well. Long dry finish of chocolate and coffee. Some alcohol also present. There is a bit of hop bitterness. I find Southern Tier to be very hit of miss. I either really like it or not. This one is a miss for me.

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Photo of TerryW
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark walnut coloured beer under a moderate head that leaves a lot of fine spidery lace. Head settles to a heavy film.

Big chocolate nose, very sweet bordering on syrupy. Malt in the background. Very soft on the palate to drink, but also heavy sweet. Too much syrup happening. Past the sweetness is some charcoal and a hint of bitterness. Lots of chocolate and coffee. However, overall just too sweet and syrupy to enjoy.

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Photo of ricke
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown with a medium-sized tanned head that leaves some lacings.

S: Basically just aromas of sweet chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. A gentle, powdery smell. Notes of roasted malts, vanilla and alcohol.

T: Very sweet with lots of sweet chocolate and sweetish coffee flavors completely dominating the taste. Notes of nougat and vanilla. Roasted malts. Not very complex or interesting, but in general the flavors are well integrated. The taste is less powdery than the smell. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of roasted malts, wood, chocolate and sweet alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, slightly too low on carbonation. It comes out as a bit heavy.

D: I've had both beers that make up this blend (Choklat and Jah-va). I thought Choklat was decent and Jah-va compete mess, and this one falls somewhere in between. It very sweet, almost cloying, and this gets too much after a while. It's reminiscent of a dessert without high quality dessert flavors.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours pitch black with a finger of light tan head that dies quickly and leaves small traces of lacing.

S: Artificial chocolate and coffee, licorice, lactic cream, and caramel.

T: More artificial chocolate and coffee notes, nuttiness, sweet dark fruits, and booze. It is similar to Godiva liquer.

M: It has a thick and syrupy body with lots of sweet stickiness.

O: This is probably good with vanilla ice cream or with tiramisu. Drinking the entire 22 oz bottle by itself, however, is a chore.

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Photo of Blanco
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, almost black color. small light brown head. smells is mostly of chocolate and dark stout malts. Coffee is almost undetectable, which is a shame coming from a stout that's supposed to have it. slight hints of tootsie roll in the smell as well.

Taste is very much of tootsie rolls, very strong chocolate flavor. again, coffee is non-existent. Malt and molasses is very strong. As the beer warms, the tootsie roll sensation starts to fade away and more of a "pure" chocolate flavor comes through. Slight warming sensation, but other than that, ABV is not really detectable.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Overall, this would not be quite so disappointing had it not advertised coffee. Otherwise, it's a decent chocolate stout that masks it's strength well.

edit: interesting that after writing this, the previous reviewer also noted Tootsie Roll.

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Photo of TK5150
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours dark brown with a large beige head.

S- Brownie batter and Hershey's syrup.

T- Hershey's syrup is the biggest flavor, followed by brownie batter and dark fruits (prunes, raisins).

M- Full bodied, and average carbonation.

D- This beer is so sweet, it is ridiculously hard to put down after more than a few sips. I'm glad I split a bottle with one of my buddies. There is no way I could drink a bottle by myself.

Overall, an interesting experience. I have never had a beer that resembles chocolate syrup as much as this. Not very complex at all...very focused on the flavors presented. Somewhat artificial tasting. It is hard to drink after 3-4 sips. Very reminiscent of a desert wine where you really like the first couple sips, but almost detest the rest of the glass due to the sweetness. A hard beer to rate because of this.

I am interested/nervous to try their choklat after having this.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was really black and poured a really this disappointing head. The beer smelled and tasted like oatmeal and was of course chocolaty. I liked the beer and will buy it again. It was expensive. The little bitty head was tan colored.

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I hadn't had an imperial in a long while so I decided to step it up a notch and I've been discovering plenty of east coast breweries that can throw down so I had no bicoastal qualms going with Southern Tier.

Poured from the tap into a tulip the beer looked like motor oil with thick brown head that never left.

The nose is heavily dominated by chocolate and just a bit of coffee if you give the glass a swirl.

After the first sip I set the glass down and had to think if the bartender was fucking with me or not. It was definitely an imperial, no ethanol taste but unmistakably warming. Heavy, viscous chocolate flavor and very slight coffee bitter but the knee-jerk flavor that came to mind was Tootsie Roll. A break to let it warm up a bit added a little depth to the coffee flavor but it still remained dominated by chocolate. If Willy Wonka and Milton Hershey decided to collaborate and brew one beer this would probably be their labor of love. Half way through my glass my head was swimming and all I could think about was all the Halloweens I'd had too many Tootsie Rolls resulting in sugar headaches.

This beer is an amazing imperial, a supposed 50-50 blend of Southern Tier's Blackwater Imperial Series Jahva and Choklat, it delivers the distinct qualities of chocolate and coffee in the body of a big bad ass imperial.

If this beer was a person it would be Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile when he played, wait for it, John Coffey. I would recommend splitting a bottle over dessert with 3 or 4 people.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pitch black pour with a nicely sized light brown head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

S: It blows my mind how much chocolate is in the smell. It's almost too much. Very sweet, not a lot of coffee.

T: I was expecting more balance here. But the thick, creamy, rich chocolate really over powers anything elthat tries to rear its

MF: Very thick. Carbonation is low. No hint of alcohol.

O: Sort of a disappointment honestly. Wanted a bigger more balanced flavor. Probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle picked up long ago in Olympia, WA.

Black and mostly dark brown color comes out, plenty of viscosity to this bad boy. Small lighter brown head on it, really tiny bubbles, inconsistent lace patchwork on the side of the glass. Aroma was a little more burnt malt and not enough coffee/espresso/mochawhatchacallit to cover up the substantial existence of alcohol booziness wafting up from the glass. But its good, but not great.

Taste, still plenty of heat. Cover up the heat, way too much acrid bitterness on this one. Mokah makes me think brown + cream, not burning acidity and bitterness. Smoov it out yo! The mocha notes are just not there. People should blend this with creme brulee if they don't like brulee's sweetness, because this one has none, and would benefit from more chocolate and sweetness. More coffee and lactose please.

I dunno about my score here. I was ultimately disappointed by a good beer. I think that stems from a few things:

1. The price. $10+ a bomber means you better be bad ass.
2. I know ST can and does make better stouts: See choklat/creme brulee. I dunno, maybe they thought those stouts big complaint was for being too sweet, so they decided to make this big and burly without the soft touches.
3. The coffee flavor was average at best.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

*Take this review with a grain of salt, will explain in article*

This is a delicious beer, it just doesn't taste even remotely like coffee. I had it in a growler that filled from a year old keg, so I'm wondering if the coffee flavor mellowed an extreme amount. It basically just tasted like a more mellow version of Choklat. Like every Southern Tier stout, this one is more of a dessert beer, but not as sweet as above mentioned Choklat. I enjoyed this beer, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber to a black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate and a pronounced mocha flavor. In the taste, bitter mocha flavor, kind of like hot cocoa mix. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, bitter, hot cocoa mix in the aftertaste. Kind of like a sweet imperial stout with some Swiss Miss mixed in it, with a small bitterness.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.