Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 727
Hads: 2,208
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 232
Gots: 473 | FT: 13
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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

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Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9 month old bottle

Appearance- Pours jet black, opaque. One finger thick mocha, cinnamon colored head, bubbly, slightly creamy appearance. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Rich, cold coffee grounds and deep dark chocolates emit a pleasant bitterness. Some sweet milk chocolate aromas as well, also some nice roasted malts and a certain marshmellow aroma.
Taste- Intense milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors, incredibly decadent and sweet. Bitter, roasty coffee comes through and lingers into aftertastes. Roasted malts, thick and creamy sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, thick and creamy. Moderate level of carbonation.
Overall- Wonderful chocolate flavors dominate, milk chocolate sweetness counterbalanced by dark chocolate and roasty coffee bitterness. Wonderful creamy quality to this beer, almost an airy marshmellow flavor and quality floats through. Not overly sweet, but decadent and rich.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.25/5  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.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. As I start to describe this jewel, I stopped and asked myself "what can I say about this that has not already been said before?" Well, If you like beer, chocolate, coffee, or any combination of the three, then you are simply going to love this. If not, you will probably wind up rating this a c+ or b-. I am delighted to say I side with the majority. This is amazing! A Southern tier offering never ceases to amaze me. The brewery is always pushing its beer to the outer limits. All the mouth-watering flavors mask the 11% ABV like it's not even there. A truly delicious treat! Highly recommended! ~

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An aggressive pour into a snifter yields almost one finger of finely textured tan head. Body is what would be expected... black. Lots of it, and not much else. Head dissipates pretty quick - standard for an 11.2 ABV.

S - Mocah, obviously, is quite prominent. It smells like a creamy hot chocolate.... except cold. Maybe more like a glass of whole milk with a bottle of Hershey syrup poured into it. Smells fantastic, although I have a feeling that this might be a bit too sweet for my taste.

T - Pretty much like the aroma - cappucino, chocolate syrup, and plenty of it. Not overly sweet, but polishing off this bomber by myself might be a bit much.

M - Super thick, like a milkshake. Very viscous and slick.

O - Really solid beer that has a unique flavor.

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Photo of RossCain
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 22oz bottle into an 11oz snifter

A: Poured from the bottle a dark, translucent brown looking a little akin to weak coffee. It eventually settled in the glass with a small, light brown head that receded quickly and left behind splotchy lacing. Appeared a very deep amber in the glass, almost reminiscent of Coke-a-Cola.

S: Sweet milk chocolate hits the nose upfront with a retreating characteristic of roasted malts and a vague lasting aroma of bittersweet coffee.

T: I could best describe the taste as extremely pleasurable, albeit virtually two-dimensional: sweet milk chocolate nicely blended a caramel roasted malt profile is readily noticeable upfront. Just as the taste is building to be possibly cloying, the distinctly bitter taste of roasted coffee steals the scene which mixes well with the bittersweet profile of the chocolate. Overall, a very pleasing start, middle, and finish. For 11%, the alcoholic crescendo of lesser imperial stouts seems like it is going to come in the middle of the sip but becomes pleasantly masked by the coffee like finish.

M: Thick, chewy, fully bodied and coating on the palate. Carbonation is slightly too prickly upfront with a mildly noted alcoholic warming in the back of the throat upon finish.

D: As previously noted, I believe there exists a very well blended sweet/bitter profile in this beer that masks the overall high abv. The beer goes down like a sipper but doesn't leave you not wanting more. At 11% abv and about $7.50 per bottle, the beer was of great perceived value to me to unwind and read outside with during a blustery night.

I'd recommend anyone who gets the chance to give a try to the Southern Tier Mokah. Overall, a pleasant (however, not perfect) Imperial Stout experience.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's- served in a 9 oz Brandy Snifter.

A- Black as a moonless night in the woods- very thin head, that quickly became a ring of lace around the egde.

S- Wow- just like taking a whiff of Nestle Cocoa powder drink mix! I've never had a stout with such a forward smell of dark chocolate.

T- CHOCOLATE (what a suprise)- very forward cocoa flavor with just a hint of malt on the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body- slight silkiness. Good combo of fizz and flavor.

D- A perfect five here- I really like this brew, and would have it firmly on a "beer dinner" list, paired of course with dessert!

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Photo of HotHands
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours jet black into my Chimay chalice. Small tan head that quickly dissipates. Fairly typical for the style.

S - great intense chocolate smell, with some coffee as well.

T- wow, that's a lot of chocolate! Intense cocoa flavor, like a dark dark chocolate syrup. Hints of coffee throughout. Taste is quite sweet, but not cloying. Finish is bitter chocolate, like cocoa powder. Sometimes in stouts the finishing hops don't mesh well with the flavor, but this does.

M - heavy body, but it doesn't coat the mouth much. Average carbonation for the style.

D - this is definitely a sipper, what with the intense flavor and heavy body.

This is a great beer to have on a special occasion or to pair with dessert. Just keep in mind that drinking a whole bomber might be difficult unless you spend a lot of time on it.

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Photo of wd40
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can see how this is a well crafted beer, but I don't think it was quite for me. There is definitely a lot of chocolate to the smell, and a fair amount in the taste, but not enough coffee to balance it out. The taste is also a bit cloyingly sweet. It had pretty soft carbonation that I think was detrimental to this brew because a bit more carbonation might have helped lift some of the cloying sweetness off the tongue.

Anyway, it's well crafted and an interesting experiment, but not balanced very well for my tastes. I can tell that the base stout is good, but I don't like the overwhelming chocolate flavor. I think it tastes artificial and needs to be balanced out by something else. This is something of a general problem I have had with Southern Tier beers. They have a fantastic smell or at least a very intriguing one, but they also have an overwhelming sweetness that is too much.

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Photo of busterwhite
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Dark brown almost black in color, no head at all.

Big chocolate smell, hint of coffee.

Like the smell a big rush of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee flavor followed by a bit of an alcohol taste. Lingering sweetness stays in the mouth.

Light carbonation, rich and thick.

Definitely lives up to the Mokah name, a little too sweet and chocolaty for me.

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Photo of ScottR
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very much not my type of beer, but I'm reviewing it anyway -- and favorably, because it succeeds in what it sets out to do even though I don't care for it.

It pours a brilliantly dark (if you know what I mean) chocolate brown, almost black, with a light head and nice lacing. The aroma is filled with chocolate and coffee.

The taste is incredibly sweet and chocolatey, to the point that you can't taste the high ABV. Mouthfeel is thick almost to the point of chewiness. There's another load of chocolate in the finish.

I don't like it and I will never ever buy it again for myself; Founder's Breakfast Stout is just about my limit in the chocolate-and-coffee-flavored beer department. But hoo boy, if you want a deeply chocolatey mocha beer, this one fills the bill, and it's very well crafted. If that's your thing, you'll like this one.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (via spacecowboy) poured into a freshness...

pours a deep brown, almost black with a thin creamy head that bubbles and dies very quickly...nice legs, but almost no lacing noted...

some matled chocolates, roast coffee...some notes of whole milk and cream...all of the aromas are mild, yet extremely balanced.

lots of bitter chocolates and coffee roasts in the background with some creamy notes near the finish...bitter finish...the coffee and chocolate seem to work together quite nicely.

this is where things begin to go downhill...watery and low in carbonation and slightly sticky...not real promising for an impy stout.

this has decent drinkability, but who really wants to deal with that wateriness for more than 22 oz.? the alcohol is hidden extremely well...

I will give Southern Tier slight props here, because this is the best of the Blackwater Series (at least from what I've had so far), but it's still not cutting it for me. Can someone help me find a GOOD Southern Tier brew? The saving grace on this one, is the simple fact that it's not as over the top on the artificial flavors as the other two that i've had.

NOTE: this beer opens up a lot more as it warms and becomes slightly better

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours opaque black like brewed coffee. No head. Smell is mostly chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is odd, much more carbonated, like a porter or lager than expected. Taste is balanced chocolate and coffee but fades fast. No lingering flavor. Not very complex. Not bad but expected better.

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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Mokah

Appearance: This imperial chocolate and coffee stout pours, as expected, a very dark brown bordering on black. Only on the very top of the beer is any light visibly coming through. Also positioned at the top of the dark, viscous liquid is a dark tan ring of head that reached maybe an eighth of an inch and moderate alcohol legs due to the high 11.2% ABV; blink, and you will miss any semblance of head, however. It is impossible to know anything about the carbonation because of the opaque nature of the beer. Mokah certainly looks the part of an imperial stout, no more, no less.

Aroma: Sniffing this beer smells like unwrapping a high-quality bar of dark chocolate. The chocolate and dark malts completely dominate the aroma, leaving room only for a touch of coffee-esque notes and just a hint of the alcohol. Hopefully that alcohol will stay in the nose and eyes, rather than invading and destroying the mouth. There are no hops to be found via the nose. Perhaps a better balance could have been found by making the coffee more pronounced. Nonetheless, this beer smells delicious. Southern Tier has, once again, captured the essence of the food or beverage that they are imitating. Hopefully this one does not travel down the cloying corridor that their Crème Brûlée unfortunately passed through.

Taste: Another Southern Tier masterpiece. This beer has the richness of espresso and mocha, mixed with the bitterness that one would expect from a good example of those delicacies. The chocolate is very sweet, but it balances itself because of the bitter nature of dark chocolate. At times, it even approaches baking chocolate levels of bitterness, but that sweetness from the malt and chocolate itself always keeps it in check. Still, this beer could use some more coffee flavor (or less chocolate) to really put it over the top, as the chocolate is the clear star here. Perhaps Southern Tier’s straight coffee stout Javah will take up that mantle. Thankfully, the alcohol is completely absent from the taste, though a bit of heat slowly creeps up on the drinker as the bottle empties. This is definitely the best chocolate beer this reviewer has enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Like the rest of Southern Tier’s imperial catalogue, this morsel is syrupy and sticky with a medium-thick feel on the palate. The carbonation does a great job of making sure the drinker does not get bogged down in the beer, as well as trying, in vain, sadly, to give all the flavors a chance to shine. Surprisingly, while many examples of the style are sippers, this one can either be sipped or enjoyed at a session beer pace (not that that is advised if one wants their clothes to remain on); this may be attributed to the utter drinkability of the chocolate flavor. The finish is a lingering stickiness in and around the mouth as well as a bitter feeling suggestion of hoppy astringency. The mouthfeel really complements the taste.

Overall: This is a very well done imperial chocolate/coffee stout. The aroma (and taste, to a lesser degree) are a bit one-note, but when that note is this fantastic, hearing it over and over is not as tiring as one might think. Be wary while drinking this, as it will disappear far too quickly, and the drinker may wonder where their beer went, or where they, themselves went. Because of this, sharing is highly encouraged; with a beer this good, your friends will owe you something very special indeed. It is a foolproof win-win for you, the purchaser. Southern Tier has yet to disappoint this reviewer, and I eagerly await my next beer from them (Unearthly or Javah, I’m thinking). 16.5/20

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Photo of machostacos
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to tulip.

A: Opaque, black, with maybe a touch of ruby highlight around the edges of the glass. Small tight tan head that shrinks to a small ring around the glass and a light film atop the beer. Little to no lacing.

S: Unmistakably mocha - smells like chocolate milk and a frappaccino with a touch of dark sticky fruit and vanilla as well. Soooo tasty! Can't wait to dive into this one. Little to no alcohol presence on the nose.

T: Exactly what you'd expect from the nose, but possibly even more delicious. Loads of chocolate and smooth coffee. Flavors keep bouncing back and forth between the chocolate and coffee, never veering too much into sweet or bitter territories but staying in perfect balance. Finishes bittersweet, a touch more on the bitter side, and tastes of delicious, silky milk chocolate and oh-so-smooth, perfectly roasted coffee. The chocolate and "craft" coffee lovers in me are in heaven. The alcohol is incredibly well-hidden here. There is definitely a warming characteristic, but I can't detect the booziness in the flavor.

M: Big, rich and creamy, with bright carbonation that keeps this beer from feeling too heavy. I'd say it might be just a tad too effervescent, but I like my beers quite thick compared to most. Slightly oily. Coats the mouth well.

D: Simply an absolutely delicious beer. I polished off a bomber on my own and if not for the 11% ABV I could easily drink another. The high alcohol content is incredibly well masked, which can easily lead to trouble if you're not careful with this one since it's just so incredibly delicious. Outstanding. Compared to its cousin "Jahva" (which is no slouch), this brew is in a league of its own.

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Photo of hmf05
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty dark although not completely black. I poured this one pretty aggressively and got a massive three finger tan head. The head dissipated to a thin ring of lace that stuck around. The aroma is magnificent. At the forefront I get tons of semi-sweet chocolate followed by coffee. The taste mirrors the smell. A nice blend of chocolate and coffee, but the chocolate comes through more. Not as sweet as I anticipated. I was expecting a cloyingly sweet beer but am pleasantly surprised in how easy it is to drink this. Mouthfeel is good, but I was expecting a thicker body. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Overall, very delicious double. I cannot detect the 11.2% abv which is surprising. This is clearly a dessert beer, but not nearly as heavy as one might expect. Not overly complex as the only flavors are chocolate and coffee, but a decadent brew nonetheless.

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Photo of robboyd
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is good. I had mediocre expectations and the beer blew everything I thought a mocha inspired beer could be. I've never tasted so much chocolate in a beer. It was delightful.

It pours a deep dark brown almost black with minimal head but good lacing when filling my gold rimmed tulip glass.

It smells delicious. Lots of chocolate, a touch of coffee, some caramelized sugar, a bit of vanilla. Simply magnificent smelling.

It tastes the same as it smells, a feat in itself. As I mentioned before, it's so strong with the chocolate and that makes it amazing in my eyes. I get coffee and vanilla, caramelized sugar. This actually reminds me more of creme brulee than their beer of the same name.

The mouthfeel was great as well. Medium in body but the wash reminded me of drinking chocolate milk made from the powder, which in this case was a good thing.

Overall, I think this beer is fantastic. I wish I grabbed more bottles because I could drink one anytime the temp drops below freezing.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Inky black look, with a nice khaki head :)
S: Smells like sweet chocolate
T: It starts out with sweet chocolate, but then takes a disappointing turns to a bittering medicinal taste that lasts even after it's down the hatch. I don't get the coffee either, unless that's what's making it so bitter. But if that's the case, the coffee is terrible.
F: The flavor coats well but a bit too thin
Overall, it's worth trying and good for the price. $8-9 per bomber.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark ruby / Brown. Creamy light tan head w/ slight head retention as consumed / lite persistance.

A: Sweet Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Caramel. No hop aroma. Pretty straightforward.

F: Flavor matches the nose, sweet chocolate upfront and finishes with a light coffee / espresso.

M: Medium-Heavy body and mouthfeel and light carbonation. Drinks incredibly smooth. Light alcohol warmth. Drinks a little boozy.

O: This is an amazing beer. A little more carbonation to enhance the creamy feel and this would be perfectly on point. Would do well pairing with some awesome dessert dishes. I love the blend and they pulled this one off very well.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Headkeeper Inn and Tapas bar in Greensburg,PA had this on tap so I had to try it while I was in there.

Poured into a snifter almost pitch black but still dark brown. thin layer of beige head leaves excellent lacing.

The smell is like chocolate milk. It's definitely bigger on the chocolate flavors than the coffee.

Everyone would like this beer. It's a taste reminisent of Hershey's chocolate syrup. The most milk chocolately beer I've ever had (most have more dark chocolate or coffee flavors). Milky, moreso than most. Surprisingly drinkable for the high abv.

Finishes off milky and a tad dry but so excellent and chocolately. Not a lot of coffee but its there.

This is the best stout I've ever had to date. I like my stouts heavier on chocolate than coffee and it reflects my rating. I honestly don't think they could improve this in any way.

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Photo of Lillie1128
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "liberated" McNeill's pint glass

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head

S - yummm, smells like toasty mocha!

T - Oh. Wow. This is stupendous! I'm a sucker for any kind of flavored stout, especially coffee and chocolate. Smooth coffee taste with hint of chocolate. I am in love.

M - Medium, pretty smooth

D - This is a bit dark or I would straight chug it. Into my belly you go little bomber.

Thanks to BobCS for this one!! You must have read my mind.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/8/14 vintage. Stored at 46° in beer fridge. Pours jet black with light brown head. Decent head that dissapates moderately with solid lacing. Rich milk chocolate nose, cocoa malt, light roasty notes. Taste is semi sweet chocolate that is followed with a milky cream note, roasty malt comes through, then layered with dark chocolate, and finishes with bitterness that comes from coffee and dark chocolate backbone. Not getting a lot of coffee/"Mokah" but the semi bitterness from coffee is there. Body is lighter, semi syrupy, and easy to drink. A rich, silky smooth, and tasty imperial stout that has milk stout qualities. A great stout offering that was worth saving.

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Photo of fgmiele
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours opaque black with little to no espresso froth colored foam. Mild to little carbonation. Smell is pronounced milk chocolate with some background notes of cacao/espresso. Does not smell like beer. Flavor is sweet, chocolate frothy malted milkshake at first with an intense bitter twang to finish. Smooth, not overall thick, yet clings to the cheeks like milk. Really delicious overall, ultimate nightcap.

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Photo of jsp2
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass is pitch black with a thick off white head that slowly subsides into lace. Strong aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and spices. Taste is intensely sweet malt followed by strong coffee and cocoa flavors, with an alcohol finishing presence. Carbonation is low and feels rich and milky. The alcohol makes it a sipper for sure.

According to the bottle it's a combination of Choklat and Java, and I think the sum is more than the parts, this really is an incredible combination of flavors and one of the most unusual and satisfying brews I've had. Well worth the price and this would make an incredible desert.

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Photo of dfclav
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter 

A - black, not much passes into this one, pretty much like all stouts. Barely any head and dissipates almost immediately.

S - bittersweet chocolate, coffee....pure vanilla extract...combined outside of a beer this is an excellent combo; but mixed with a hoppy presence it takes something away.

T - this is definitely mocha, with a very good balance of hops. The perfect amount of IBU's for a beer like this.

M - very smooth, good carbonation. Nice hop presence.

D - the abv is hidden deceptively well in this and I had no problem polishing off a 650ml in no time. It's good for a dessert beer, but give me Old Rasputin instead. I don't think this beer deserves the hype it gets but it's good.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dpowers for sending this one my way.

A - Brown with a slight coffee colored head.

S - Chocolate syrup with not much coffee in there. Smells sweet but I like it.

T - Sweet chocolate dominates the first taste then fades to some coffee. Some roasted malt with alcohol at the end.

M - For a double stout, I think that it should be thicker. Medium to heavy carbonation but creamy nonetheless.

D - Very drinkable for 11%. The alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness isn't overpowering.

I'm not sure that this is a double stout. I'd probably put it more in the sweet stout category. And I'd make it my favorite sweet stout. Maybe Imperial Sweet Stout?

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.