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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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738 Reviews
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Reviews: 738
Hads: 2,274
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 237
Gots: 505 | FT: 13
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!
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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Thin brown head. Lace is minimal. It is what it is. Very rich smell of rich chocolate. The good kind. Like Belgian chocolate. Almost like smelling a melted down bittersweet chocolate bar...but a good one, like a Belgian chocolate. Good smell overall, even with minimal barley aromas. This is like tasting a melted down bittersweet chocolate bar....but a good one. Like a Belgian one. That has been diluted a little bit so it's not like molten polymer in the mouth. The body is pretty full, but not like molten polymer. Which is good. There's a lingering bitterness that is agreeable. The bottle says its brewed with Jamaican roasted coffee, but I don't get a lot of coffee on the the buds. Slight roasted malt notes come and go. But chocolate overrides everything, which was probably the intent. It is what it is and I'd hate to find out how many calories I just ingested with this 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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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 bark
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is pitch black, the two finger head is pale brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet and loaded with smooth coffee, fine dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. It is just like smelling a chocolate truffle.

The taste is very sweet, rounded and luxurious: Coffee candy, dark Belgian chocolate, matured rum, some alcohol. The aftertaste got the same very rounded/matured flavours of coffee, chocolate, truffles and oak aged spirits. The long finish adds a touch of roasted baltic porter.

The carbonation is very gentle, the few small bubbles are a little tickling. The liquid is very smooth.

A bloody fantastic dessert beer. ♥

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the biggest beers ST makes and I got a growler at Smokin Joes in the south side for 21.25! Score!

A - The beer is pitch black and viscous yet thin. From the tap the foam was just leaping from the growler onto the floor and I wined a bit for spilled beer. Capped and now opened carbonation is still high, very surprising for 11 percent and formed an inch of head.

S - I can clearly state espresso and bakers chocolate on the nose and a slight vanilla. Malts are strong scented.

T - Almost overbearing at first! Maybe because I just got it home and didn't refrigerate it for at least an hour but alcohol is semi detectable, almost muted, along with a strong taste of coffee and vanilla, chocolate, and a nice bitter coffee finish.

M - Surprisingly medium. Loved the harsh bitterness from the coffee malts that muted the ABV. Yum

D - I may or may not like Javha more. It's hard to say. This one had way more chocolate and coffee blast, yet the Javha had more subtle vanilla and coffee like drinking an espresso. I am still glad I bought a growler fill since it is tasty!

It's really had to compare the two but I really loved this beer anyway and was glad to try it. I love every big beer produced by Southern Tier and I hope they keep making them for years to come!

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Photo of Brad007
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a thin, tan head into my tulip. Yep, pretty much the standard for a stout.

As the aromas open up to room temperature, chocolate notes pour out followed by only the slightest hint of coffee.

Taste starts out with a strong chocolate note that as it nears the back of the throat, transforms into a strong note of coffee with a slight hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering coffee with a slight afterburn and high carbonation.

Certainly seems more like a 60 Choklat/40 Jahva combination to me. Very decent.

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

This pours a massive dark black colour with a moderate, short-lasting tan head.

Really rich, milk chocolate aroma with moderate alcohol spice and a good amount of stressed yeast, fruit ester.

Rich, thick chocolate flavour with a hint of coffee. Nice spicy alcohol. A touch of fruit.

Full bodied with moderately-low carbonation. Nice and chewy.

A really nicely flavoured, big, chewy stout. A great dessert.

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Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malt in aroma, with vanilla sweetness.

Flavor is deeply chocolatey, fairly sweet, with big coffee bitterness throughout. There's a bit of an acrid finish that's offputting. Very rich, but the coffee and roast bitterness counter nicely.

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Photo of claspada
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, like black coffee but thicker and more syrupy. Brown head and dissipated quickly, but at first it was fairly very dense.

Aromas are extreme chocolate, almost like I can smell various brands/types as well; high quality cocoa too, not average run of the mill stuff. This beer has a real quality and complexity to it. Dark and roasty, some alcohol. The coffee/java flavors come secondary, which is not to say they're hidden, by any stretch, merely playing the role of harmony to the chocolate's melody.

Tastes are a harmonious rich synergy of several chocolate and coffee flavors. The chocolate is still in charge here, but the balance is closer. Probably because this is when you start to notice the acidity from the coffee. Neither it nor the 11% ABV comes close to distracting you from the primary flavors though. There's plenty of sweetness yet enough bitterness from either the coffee or hops to balance it out once again.

Mouthfeel is creamy, strupy and chewy all at once. Kinda overpowers your tastebuds like any Imperial hopped up IPA but in a different manner obviously.

This is definitely a sipper and aimed squarely as a complement to dessert or as dessert itself. ABV is never a detriment; which is why beers like this are dangerous for me.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Southern Tier bomber, this time an apparent blend of Java and Chocolat stouts? After my experience with Creme Brule stout I was a little apprehensive but this turned out to be a successful experiment for ST.

The beer is Dark brown and opaque, just a hint of ruby-colored light gets through at the edges, relatively thin tan foam (several millimeters at most). The main aroma is chocolate, it smells like a chocolate shake. The taste is sweet, chocolate and malt, not much coffee to speak of but maybe in the slight bitter feel at the end of each sip. Too sweet to be sessionable, this is a dessert beer. The thick body adds to the impression of an alcoholic chocolate malt, really tasty and memorable. One is more than enough, the sweetness gets old before the bottle is empty.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A very chocolatey smell, with traces of coffee and malt.

T: Like the aroma, chocolate dominates the flavor. Also has some roasted malt, coffee and caramel in the finish. Complex and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy consistency in the finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It might not be for everyone, but it is well made and tasty.

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Photo of Bung
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Almost black, brown pour. Small tan head that disappeared completely. Heavy dark chocolate, mocha and light roast malt and coffee aroma. Taste does match, quite a bit of chocolate and mocha with accenting roast malt and espresso. Medium, somewhat milky body, but just enough carbonation to keep it honest. Finishes like a mocha Starbucks drink. A little sweet, but not quite as overwhelmingly chocolate as the Choklat. A little better drinkability than the chocolate milk like Choklat. Still like the Java and Oat better though.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark black color with a bit of light in the bottom of the glass with a fluffy espresso head.

The aroma is just huge. It smells like fresh black coffee with some of that sweet roasted malt that comes in these big sweet stouts. Then there's some milk chocolate in there too.

The flavor follows with some really dark bitter chocolate. Then it hits you with tons of black coffee. It's quite a sweet beer with a pronounced coffee flavor. The finish has this wonderful earthy bitterness from the Chinook and Columbus hops.

The body is actually medium for a big beer like this. However, that works with the beer being like a mocha coffee, so it has that thin mouthfeel. The alcohol is completely hidden on this.

This really wowed me. It's up there with Victory at Sea and Peche Mortel with beers that really show off coffee well.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, and iced coffee, in that order.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of roasted malt and robust dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip light amounts of grainy coffee flavors enter into things, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this is a solid beer and people who love Choklat will especially be a fan, however it lacks the complexity to be very good. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with decent carbonation, one finger of mocha coloured head. Very little lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of coffee and a definite hot chocolate note. Creamy iced coffee too. Just a ton of all things coffee and chocolate in various different formats. Sweet aroma.

T - Sweet chocolate and tons of coffee again. Some obvious alcohol is there but doesn't offend. Tons of chocolatey goodness, hot choclate and sweet iced coffee notes.

M - Good carbonation, full body and a sweet iced coffee finish.

O/D - Hard to fault this. Very much a dessert beer. Hits the spot with tons of delicious flavours and complexity. Definitely a tasty beer. I don't know how much I could have, but it's worth a taste for sure.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle appropriately served in my ST tulip at the recommended 48 degrees. Poured the color of cola with a half inch khaki-colored head; frothy, but not dense. Cap eventually recedes into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass; some slashes and spots of lacing are revealed as the brew is consumed. Great nose - chocolate, coffee, dark fruity esters and caramel. Chocolate takes the forefront in the flavor department, albeit it comes off a little chalky. Some acidity is revealed towards the back. Not getting much of the coffee and caramel in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side for the style; really just shy of medium-bodied, but lacking the viscosity or chewiness of an American Double IS. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden on this one; just a feint suggestion of heat at the very back of the throat. As such, this brew goes down pretty easy. IMO, not as good as Jahva, but better than Choklat. Nonetheless, a solid big beer from ST.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, jenny street market

appearance: served in a snifter, dark inky body with a light tan ring...very dark garnet highlights

smell: big roasty nose, black coffee, dry chocolate, burnt espresso beans

taste: this is some sort of a mix of jahva and choklat...very strong rush of roasted goodness - coffee, current of creamy chocolate, biting bitterness level. i like this but i think i prefer the originals

mouthfeel: high bitterness, strong alcohol - a little rough around the edges to be honest

drinkability: wish it was easier - way too boozy, too rich and sweet. not impressive

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. "Store in a cool place, Serve in a snifter, Best at 48°F", 11% ABV, 27°P, No date.

Thanks to TheDTrain for bringing this one over!

A - Totally black, it's like thick coffee that's bottom of a two day old pot. A thin tan head has low retention as it stays at a film of bubbles with almost no lace.

S - I don't know how Southern Tier does it. It smells just like roasted coffee flooded with bittersweet chocolate. The aroma is laced with caramel and chocolate malts and a swirl releases some light alcohol.

T - A roasted acrid bitterness from coffee comes through the finish but the flavor is very heavy on the Belgian bittersweet chocolate. It still blends very well though. Hops are absent. Great desert brew!

M - Smooth and supple with a robust, rich mouthfeel. Acrid dry bitterneess in the finish but still smooth and balanced sweet. A good balance and finish. A touch of metallic texture on the finish as well.

D - A sipper for desert or on a cold winter day. It can be versatile that way but it's certainly not the easiest drinking beer. No alcohol involvement either but it'll knock you down soon enough.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High speed, heavy weight train delivering mocha to my mouth. Served at a good temperature with a nice foamy, tan head that settled after a bit and lots of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is cocoa foremost, then malt, roast, hint coffee. Flavor's the same but with sweetness playing heavy role along side the rich cocoa flavor and roasty, caramel, slight acid qualities. Body is good but with slight oddities. Finish is good for a solo serving; kind of rich for more than that.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Base of bottle says DOB 03/30/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Medium carbonation leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Fudge brownie, chocolate-covered raisin and mocha leap forward making me think I'm smelling some hot chocolate concoction with caramel and marshmallow topping...this is not a bad thing. Slightly nutty.

T- Lots of caramel, toffee and even peanut brittle. The small amount of coffee that is there tries to balance out the intense sweetness, but to no avail. Oh yeah, and then there's to overwhelming amount of chocolate flavor. It's like I just put 50 M&Ms along with 50 Raisinets in my mouth at the same time...once again, not necessarily a bad thing.

M- Creamy and decadent. It's really what saves this beer from being an overly sweet mess. At least there's the slick mouthfeel to back it up.

O- Bottom line: if you're not looking at this as a dessert beer, you've got it all wrong. This is one of those guilty pleasures that's meant to be enjoyed when you want a feeling of indulgence. Yes, there are probably artificial flavors in this beer. But it's appropriate if you feel like getting drunk off a Hershey's bar.

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

On draught at the Dog & Pony, served in a ST tulip, Mokah is black with a small light tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is amazing, very rich chocolate, some grassy hops.

Taste is similar, whoa - this is like a glass of carbonated hershey's syrup, but with the bitterness to keep it from being cloying! A bit of leafy hops added character. Awesome stout.

Mouthfeel is viscous and smooth, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is excellent. This might be my favorite stout. Perhaps overly simplistic in it's overt chocolaty, but my is it tasty. So rich, the ABV is lost. Not a guzzler by any stretch, but so indulgent that I had to order another, even though I shouldn't!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den

Pours an inky black color, very viscous. A crop of tanned head fades out, leaving very little retention or lacing.

Explosive nose filled with chocolate syrup and cocoa powder. This literally smells like hot chocolate. Some notes of nuttiness and coffee are underneath with a faint flair of booze.

Plenty of roasted malts wrapped in chocolate sweetness. Cocoa powder and milk chocolate dominate the profile. Some hints of coffee beans, mocha, and nuttiness are in there, but very understated. Similar to the nose, this is close to chilled hot cocoa. Finishes sweet and warm.

Full body, mild carbonation, soft and smooth on the tongue. Big time flavor here, although it tends to be a little one note. If you like hot chocolate, this is it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  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.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.