Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
From the smell alone, you know you're in for greatness: Mokah smells like the world's most appealing Tootsie Roll mocha-java, but with the added benefit of an 11% ABV. The nose is heavy on milk chocolate, with a coffee base beneath.
On the tongue, the coffees and chocolate are in an all-out war for dominance, and believe me, they're wielding heavy weaponry. So powerful are their flavors that their shadows will be flash-imprinted on your tongue. While an amazing assault, this also marks one of the brew's few weaknesses, for few of the other flavors manage to make it to the front lines alive--and this despite 2-row barley, three kinds of malt, and two varieties of hops. In fact, all that is really noticeable besides coffee and chocolate are a slighty hoppy fuzz and an alcohol twang.
So while the flavors that are present rank a Spinal-Tapping eleven, the beer as a whole suffers from a lack of balance. Still, I'm not complaining (much); I could drink this all night, but for the fear of wondering tomorrow morning why I'm on the kitchen floor.
08-08-2011 21:59:29 | More by jondeelee
4.24/5 rDev +1%
Pours black with no head. Nose is coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Taste is malty with caramel and with roast. Smooth soft malt with an underlying expanse of caramel. Creamy choccolate lays down on the tongue. Roast takes up the background in a delightful way. Finishes a touch bitter. Perfect! Not too bitter and it has southern tiers signature malt sweetness that is like a wonderful cookie inside the beer. Only a bit of warmth from alcohol.
06-23-2014 14:02:46 | More by utopiajane
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle into snifter.
Jet black in color. One finger khaki head. Very good retention. Bits of spotty lacing.
You can smell this on comin as son as the cap comes off. Chocolate bar, mocha, chocolate truffles, a bit of alcohol.
Taste follows smell. Testes of chocolate, mocha powder, chocolate truffles. Some roasted coffee. Very sweet with a slightly bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.
Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Sort of grainy/powdery in texture, not sure how to explain it. Good though seems to add to my sense that this beer smelled/tasted like truffles.
Probably couldn't have more than one bomber. Great as dessert.
02-15-2010 23:55:22 | More by billshmeinke
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a 20 oz Duvel glass, bottled 4/12/12. Pours almost pitch black with a 3 inch tan heads, that leaves gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is so powerful, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste is all of that, balanced very well, a perfect combination of the nose, but alcohol is hidden well for the ABV. Body is medium large, more carbonation than normal out of a stout this size, not overly dry, and has a ton of flavor, but is still very approachable. This is very nice.
10-10-2012 01:44:41 | More by SawDog505
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-01-2009 00:19:43 | More by JRed
4.63/5 rDev +10.2%
What a stellar stout. Jet black, impervious to the penetration of any light source, this is as thick and heavy on the tongue as it is in the snifter. Your first impression by sight is quickly trumped by the overwhelming assault on your sense of smell, and your palate. This is one SMOOTH beer. I have to say, this is for sharing. At 11%, it's strong enough in both ABV and taste to warrant a second person being involved. Not so sure I could crush one of these on my own, and enjoy it as much at the end as in the beginning. If you're into stouts, this is a must try.
07-23-2011 21:49:13 | More by Retail1LO
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
22oz bottle - no date, but I assume its from this year. Served in a snifter.
Appearance: Bit of a very dark cola brown upon pouring, but this quickly got quite dark and black. Barest ring of foam around the edge, no lacing. Dark, but not a stunner in the appearance department for this category of stout.
Smell: Very rich and inviting. Rich chocolate & cocoa powder smell combined with afternotes of coffee.
Taste: Very rich. Sweet and desert like. Starts with a rich upfront chocolate taste moving into dark black coffee and bit of an espresso bitter finish at the end. Indeed a beer with coffee and chocolate as the dominant features, as advertised by the bottle. Alcohol very well hidden in all of this richness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy thick, barest level of carbonation underneath it all. Some alcohol burn/bite as it goes down the throat.
Overall / Drinkability: A definite dessert beer. I had this with dessert (Buttermilk Pie) but afterwards, I felt this beer WAS the desert. It stands all on its own. Combining it with more dessert is almost too much. But it is an amazing beer in aroma, taste, and mouthfeel. Definitely a one and done beer though. 1 large snifter was enough, and more and I would be hurting later. The beer is a slow sipping savoring beer, much like a big dessert being picked at and savored towards the end of a nice meal.
11-11-2012 00:31:46 | More by damndirtyape
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
22 oz bottle from Ned's.
Appearance: Black, but not completely opaque around the edges. Lots of reddish highlights. Little more than a film of head. Five or six spots of lacing.
Smell: It does smell quite a bit like an iced mocha, but more like chocolate syrup than coffee. Lots of sweetness in the smell. Very sweet and chocolatey, not much complexity.
Taste: Tastes better than it smells. Rich and chocolatey, very sweet. Nice bitter coffee flavor from the middle through the end. The end also brings a little citrusy hops flavor and some bitterness. The coffee and hops balance out the super sweet chocolate syrup taste and rounds it out well.
Mouthfeel: It has an appealing softness, but its not as full as I'd like it to be. It leaves a sweet stickiness in the finish.
Overall: This is another one of those beers I wish I'd split with someone. Its really tasty, but very sweet, and one sided with limited complexity. I enjoyed it, but its not a world class imperial stout.
01-14-2012 02:01:47 | More by rapidsequence
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
On tap last night at Capone's. Served in a snifter...
A - Completely opaque black with a nice espresso color collar. Nice lacing as well.
S - Milk chocolate, roasted coffee/espresso, vanilla, toffee, slight molasses - all mixed together and mixing extremely well.
T - This is by far my favorite offering of the Southern Tier stouts. The mix of chocolate and coffee is done quite well. There does seem to be a TON of dark fruit flavors coming from this one which adds nicely to the overall profile.
M - Full bodied with slight carbonation. Very silky and smooth on the tongue.
O - My favorite of the series. Nice combination of coffee and chocolate and a perfect dessert beer for any chocolate lover.
07-08-2011 18:01:52 | More by KAP1356
3.98/5 rDev -5.2%
From a bomber, poured into a sifter
A - looks like coffee, dark brown with a small dirty, white head
S - smells of coffee, milk chocolate, with hints of honey and cream. Overall, the coffee predominates. However, as time passes, the chocolate begins to become more prominent.
T - First there is a milky chocolate sweetness, then there's coffee and chicory. On the end, there is hint of bitter hops that lingers on the tongue. Well balanced between the coffee and chocolate flavors so they meld together and neither predominates
MF - medium body with a slight creaminess to it, slight carbonation comes through on the end.the creaminess does well to help make the chocolate come through.
O - Overall a solid, well balanced beer that melds the flavors of Javah and Choklat. It does well to blend the coffee and chocolate flavors so that both have a chance to shine but neither overpower.
12-11-2011 00:04:14 | More by jeonseh
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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