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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,662
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 155
Gots: 268 | 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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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, one finger, tan head that slowly recedes to nothing. Very dark molasses brown with some molasses-like viscocity. Some black char colors, and no bubbling. Creamy caraml atop a sweet coffee and chocolate treat. Vanilla and milk chocolate with some gourmet, medium roast coffee aromas. Starts with a Starbucks coffee liquer blended well with milk and dark chocolate. The palate feels liquer warm yet sweet. While the finish is a combo of both the dark chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. Very slow and soothig finish. Great warming and flavorful sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 02:41:23 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, served in a small mug. Absolutely pitch black, with no head.
Aroma is all chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee coming through. In terms of aroma this is almost the same as Choklat.
Taste is also predominantly chocolate, however, the difference is in the finish. Nice bitterness in the finish makes the sweetness not very overwhelming. The alcohol definitely warmed me up with every sip. Definitely a sipper. Full-bodied, silky and creamy mouthfeel. This is a big beer and definitely worth a try for those who like a mix of chocolate and coffee in their stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 13:25:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty excited about this one...

Poured into a snifter. Very dark brown almost black with a very thin off-white head. This ultimately becomes a white ring around the glass.

Smells brownie/cake batter, butter, sugar, dark chocolate and some sweet coffee. Its a very intensely sweet smelling beer. There is definitely some of the chocolate liquer smell coming out as well.

Tastes a lot like alcoholic brownie batter, not that its a bad thing...that is quite an accomplishment! Very sweet, chocolatey and dry from the alcohol content. Although, that 11% is very, very well hidden!

Their is nice creaminess to this beer that makes it super smooth drinking despite its strength.

I'm enjoying this one with a home made brownie, sipping away out of my snifter. Its not for the pint glass, that is for sure!

My only complaint would be the dominance of the chocolate and my desire for my coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 01:29:27 | More by indiapaleale
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous black with almost a finger of light khaki head. A few streaks of lacing and pretty good retention.

S: Roastiness and sweet chocolate, cafe mocha, burnt sugar. Really chocolatey and decently sweet.

T: More espresso here, but still quite a bit of mocha/chocolate. The coffee grows in intensity throughout the taste. Finishes with some coffee bitterness and offsetting sugar.

M: Full bodied and light carbonation. Thick, but manages to feel really nice.

O: Well executed for what it is: huge chocolatey stout with some supporting coffee. Not unlike drinking a cafe mocha. Sweet but not overly sweet. Southern Tier does these types of beers well.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:35:28 | More by pmarlowe
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The bottle is straight forward with a nice play on the word Mocha.

Appearance: Dark as night, cant see through it. There seemed to be no carbonation and no head.

Smell: It smells of chocolate and fruity scents.

Taste: It tastes of chocolate, like a tootsie roll, I can taste the coffee now although I didn't pick it up from the nose.

Mouth feel: Its thick and is very pleasing to the pallet. Slightly bitter with lingering notes of chocolate and coffee.

Overall: I think this is my first beer from Southern Tier and I can say it wont be my last, I'm a fan of stouts and this one does not disappoint, well done lads.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 17:04:40 | More by bleedsblu
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. Pours black with a thin tan frothy covering. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of sweet chocolate, it reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Maybe a slight hint of coffee but way more chocolate then anything else. Very appealing and strong aroma though.

Taste is very chocolaty as well. Dark chocolate dominates the taste with some bitter coffee and roasted grains coming through as well. The bitterness and coffee come through more on the finish then anyplace else.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, one glass is good of this but I wouldn't want to consume the entire bomber. A little too sweet to drink that much of.

Overall a pretty good chocolate coffee beer but more on the chocolate side. A good choice for a desert beer but not something I would have very often.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:03:09 | More by billab914
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured pitch black into a pint glass. Medium Brown head with no lacing. Black as night.

Smells like hershey's syrup with some coffee mixed in. Some bready malts in the background.

Tastes very rich, Hershey's syrup. Not so much coffee as chocolate but there is a slight hint of coffee in the background with the alcohol. Burns like Brandy on the first sip.

Mouth is thick and viscous, any thicker and it would have chunks. Drinks slow but is a damn fine treat from Southern Tier. Damn you Kevin for making me finish this alone!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:26:39 | More by naterock
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in body with off-white head that dissipates quickly. Deep, dark chocolate, coffee bean aroma that sends my mouth watering. Tastes of cappuccino, smooth dark chocolate, coffee with cream and sugar,chocolate cream. Medium in body with no carb that gets in the way of the decadent flavors. An enjoyable ale that is a let down to finish. "Enjoy with or as your dessert!" I like where your heads at Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:19:43 | More by JRed
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, looks black in the glass. Produces a weak brown head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Strong chocolate scents dominate, smells like the hersey's syrup scent from choklat. Some hoppiness and coffee tones accompanied by vanilla and some caramel.

T: Sweet maltiness hits right away with faint roastines, which increases across the palate. Some caramel kicks in with a note of alcohol and dark fruit. Finishes with some hop bite and bitterness from the coffee. I'm actually quite let down with this one, just not enough to it. Alcohol is warming but not extremely noticeable.

Overall: Mouthfeel is pretty good it's very well carbonated however a little thinner than I would have expected, although 27 plato, it doesn't feel like it. Very drinkable however, this bottle is not problem. Not worth the premium ST price, I'd rather get choklat

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:03:33 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small khaki head on top, about a finger in height when poured. Not much retention, reducing to a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and mocha, but not really much in the way of coffee, which for me is fine.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of chocolate and some mocha, with very little coffee. Slightly sweet, but not over the top like other beers in this series.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really like this beer, more than the others I have had in the series, except choklat, because it is not over the top sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 01:22:46 | More by mdaschaf
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a quarter inch of chocolate head. Nice retention. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, faint coffee notes, and alcohol esters. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Chocolate and coffee battle for the most dominant flavor with chocolate having the edge here. The alcohol adds a nice warmth to the finish, but does not diminish the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and full bodied.

Really a rather good stout. I wish the coffee and chocolate had more balance, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delicious. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:55:45 | More by tdm168
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a jet black color into a La Guillotine snifter glass yielding a one-finger thick, clingy, creamy tan head with very good retention (4.5)

S - Rich nose of chocolates, coffee, milk and roasted malts (4.5)

T - Upfront notes of sweet caramelized chocolates quickly blending in coffee flavors in the middle with the chocolates still dominant; finally finishes with flavors of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and above average bitterness. Chocolate flavors generally felt like added processed, powder chocolate and not a "naturalized" chocolate flavors that some Imperial Stouts feature (4.5)

M - Full-bodied thickness with slightly above moderate carbonation and a foamy, creamy smooth texture (4.5)

D - Good flavors and great smoothness with the 11% ABV almost transient; however, the perceived "weight" of this brew along with the slightly heavy finish and bitterness makes this a sipper that you would probably be better off sharing (3.5)

Generally, more approchable than the Creme Brulee though both are good in their own flavors

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 14:30:40 | More by basica
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized tan head, fades a bit fast, leaves some bubbles on top for awhile, for a stout this strong I figured it'd be darker, more black like, especially if coffee is part of the equation.

Smell has a huge freakin' chocolate aroma, a very sweet smelling chocolate at that, reminds me almost like chocolate milk, definitely not picking up the coffee.

Taste is heavily on the sweet side, the chocolate really comes through but the roasted malt helps balance things more than some other Southern Tier offerings, slight burnt bitterness in the aftertaste which might be from coffee but it could also be from the roasted malt so the coffee presence is still very subtle.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:56:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black cofee color with a small foamy tan head that quickly dissipates with thin rings of lace.

S- Chocolate and cocoa strongly up front followed by strong dark roasted coffee with hints of caramel.

T- The opposite from the smell. The taste is dark black coffee up front followed by bitter-sweet cocoa and hints of milk chocolate. Bitter finish. 11% alcohol can be detected but hidden well by the strong bitter coffee finish.

M- Heavy, thick, full bodied, creamy beer. Slightly oily and filmy. Warming from the alcohol content.

D- Very drinkable for a sipper. Take it slow. The bitterness takes a little getting used to, and the alcohol boozy taste makes it one to take your time on. Be careful. Its good enough to sneak up on you fast.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:32:55 | More by JayS2629
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown. Compact but dense khaki colored head that dissipates into a ring, leaving some lacing. Smell is of dark and semi sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, hops and booze. Taste is rich dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate, with touches of dark roasted coffee and sugar. Hops and Booze noted on the back end. Chocolate is very forward on this puppy. Mouth-feel is surprisingly thinner than i expected, could be creamier. Another very good beer from Southern Tier, but another where a 22oz bottle pushes the limits on how much i can handle of an extreme tasting beer. Definitely better at colder temps.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 17:57:39 | More by rfgetz
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Besides Great Divide, I think Southern Tier makes the most stellar Imperial Stouts. I especially like their Choklat and Jahva Stouts. They easily make my personal top ten beers. Lets see how they taste together:

A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark tan head. Each sip leaves lacing on the glass. Head shinks pretty quickly to a nice film on the top.

S: Massive milk chocolate aroma. Bitter sweet chocolate. Many varieties of chocolate. Can't detect too much coffee however.

T: Tastes alot like Choklat. More bitterness from the coffee in my opinion. Pretty much the flavor consists of many varieties of milk and dark chocolate with a very mild coffee aftertaste.

M: Pretty thick and full-bodied. Coats the mouth with its wonderful flavors. There is however some alcohol burn and seems a little highly carbonated. Don't remember Choklat or Jahva being as carbonated as this...

D: Like I said, there is alcohol burn and some prickly carbonation, which is uncommon in any stout. But the wonderful flavor cuts through any complaint one could have.

I can't comprehend how people could hate this beer. Yes, I think Jahva and Choklat are better on their own, however, this beer is easily in the top Tier of Imperial Stouts. Might need some aging to mellow out the alcohol burn, but a wonderful treat for all.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:27:06 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes earlier this fall:
Aggressive pour into sam adams pints glass.

Appearance: black body with a dark brown head.

Smell: Chocolaty coffee that has a sweetness.

Taste: Coffee and bitter chocolate blast. little bit of sweetness tasting like brown/maple sugar then a bit more bitterness & roasty malt coffee flavor. Some booze that is tamed by roasty bitterness of this beer. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: another full bodied beer. Smoothest Blackwater Series beer yet from Southern Tier. I think I like Mokah the best out of Chokolat, Creme Brullee, & Mokah! It is close thou. It bit more complex & it bit smoother out of the 3 I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:58:41 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a nice treat on a 90 degree summer day. I found this at the local could not pass it up.
Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate syrup, alcohol, coffee, toffee, and caramel. Taste is of chocolate syrup, toffee, caramel. Lots of sweetness in this one. A little alcohol burn mid to end with a lingering alcohol and bitter hop finish. Thick body, chewy with a bit of a syrupy feel. Low carbonation. This is not my favorite from the black water series, but certainly drinkable. I would put this one in the same realm as the creme brulee to be enjoyed as a desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 22:51:39 | More by johnnnniee
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 5/26/2011) poured into a snifter. Dark brown/black color with mahogany edges when held to light. Tan head dissipates quickly to a thin film on the surface. Appearance is a little thin.

Aroma is delicious rich coffee and dark chocolate. Smells great.

Taste is rich sweet chocolate blended with espresso. A really good balance here between the bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the chocolate; neither dominates. The one thing I'm kind of not getting is any malt or hops... but this is a unique dessert-type beer, a great blend of Jahva and Choklat. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 05:13:14 | More by draheim
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Stable. I am strange. I do not like chocolate nor coffee but I like things that taste like both, and this is on of them.

Rich dark color but not much head. Great aroma coming of this one. Very chocolaty smell and something slightly fruity. Could catch a whiff of malt as well. Immediately tasted big chocolate flavors and a little coffee. Was there a little cherry taste in their too? It's not overly sweet which is a plus in my book. It also had more body than I thought it would, which is also a plus. Nicely done but as rich as it is it would be hard to drink more than one at a session. I will seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 21:40:34 | More by Wheelinb
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a half finger of a brownish head, little retention. Decent alcohol legs.

S- LOTs of coffee and chocolate. Smells like tootsie rolls and coffee. Abitter dark fruitiness as well.

T- Big bitterness up front. A good bit of coffee flavors as well as a bunch of dark chocolate. A strange dark fruitiness that im not sure compliments the flavors well but all the flavors are here in full force.

M- Very full beer, quite smooth as well. its bitter but not overly so and has good carbonation. Sticky mouth and a fruity aftertaste.

O- This is another good stout from Southern Tier. I wasnt fond of the strange fruitiness that blended in with the other flavors. Other then that, great stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:46:16 | More by TwelveOunces
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening the first thing to notice is the aroma right out of the bottle.. it is amazingly chocolatey with smaller hints of espresso. Like coffee-ice cream with chocolate syrup or chocolate rootbeer float.. Pour isnt as viscous as would be expected/wanted, its not really a solid dark color and the head is a dark tan/light brown. Also its fizzier than expected. Taste is quite sweet, like chocolate-covered espresso beans with slight bitterness like black chocolate or coffee.. theres also a chocolate syrup-like element. As it warms and opens up it tastes like a chocolate-flavored candy or such, like a chocolate dum dum lollipop and this becomes less appealing. Mouth, again, is much lighter than expected, but its still full-bodied. Carbonation is a good medium level. Its certainly quite delicious if you enjoy sweet stuff, not as heavy as I'd like for a stout. If you're not into sweets it may become a bit much, I didn't even finish the entire bomber. The chocolate flavor becomes almost artificial tasting around the last few ounces. Still very interesting, though..

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 15:10:47 | More by BirdFlu
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Older bottle, unsure of age however. 2010 or 2011 most likely.

A: Pours a very dark brown but not quite black. Big frothy light brown head. Head fades out at a moderate pace. Minimal but thick little tufts of lacing. Great head retention.

S: Big, big sweet chocolate notes. There's some rich coffee in here but it's mostly buried under the sugary sweet chocolate - probably faded from age I'm guessing. Blackwater beers tend to be extremely sweet so I'm doubting it's faded THAT much either, probably just bludgeoned into submission by the sugar content. Honestly a delicious aroma, reminds me of taza coffee chocolate discs in a way. Only sweeter. A lot sweeter. Did I mention it's sweet?

T: Huh, funny. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma betrays. Still sweet but more of a bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Very mocha-like for sure. Lots of black patent malt, bunches of burnt barley amongst the chocolate and coffee. Surprisingly bitter in the finish and lingering aftertaste to boot.

M: Thick and viscous.

O: Interesting, very sweet aroma but much milder body. Not sure if age has mellowed the sweetness a bit. Lots and lots of bittersweet coffee, chocolate and burnt malt. Heavy body to boot. I think this might be better fresher, it's a bit muddled at this point. Still good, just not what I expect from a big Southern Tier stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:58:35 | More by Dope
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured on my snifter glass.

A: Dark brown with a medium dark tan head. Had no lacing to speak off in my glass.

S: Chocolate!!! The first whiff I took was dark chocolate and faint coffee in the background...hops (Chinook/Columbus) are an after thought IMO (on the nose).

T: The first sip was dark bakers chocolate and Espresso coffee. I got a bit of the hop's bitterness while cold, but as it warmed up they faded away.

M: Nice and creamy with a full body. The warmth/spiciness of the alcohol kinda' pinched my throat at first, but mellowed out nicely.

D: This beer is very good and I will definitely buy it again, however, the 11% ABV makes this a weekend sharing experience, not a Thursday dinner brew.

I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer and I would recommend it as a dessert beer. Pair it with a German chocolate cake or a Marble Cherry Cheesecake!!! AWESOME!!!


Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 23:30:45 | More by Yimosan
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a pitch black color with a huge four finger mocha colored head on it that holds some retention falling fast to two fingers and then holding steady with some spotty lacing.

S= Loads of chocolate and coffee. Pretty much what you would expect. Really smells a lot like hot chocolate with a tiny amount of coffee in it.

T= The taste is very very similar to the smell. They really do a good job of making these beers interesting. This beer tastes just like mocha to me. Loads of chocolate and coffee. Worth every penny to taste once.

M= Silky smooth in the mouth on it. Great feel on this.

D= If you've had one of these backwater series stouts you've had them all. This is no different. Tastes just like the product then name it after. Worth the money to try once at least.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:41:29 | More by jjanega08
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,662 ratings.