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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 157
Gots: 279 | 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:
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(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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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
Photo of heysuz


4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intro: Split a 22 oz. bottle with a friend in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thin head but large bubbles in the lacing, dark chocolate brown color with lots of carbonation on the glass. Swirls up a good head, with foam that looks like chocolate milk bubbles.

Smell: Nice chocolate smell, like a semi sweet chocolate, although the alcohol can also be discerned. No noticeable coffee tones in the aroma.

Taste: Rich and deep chocolate taste with some coffee tones at the end. Not overly sweet like Hershey, but more like a semi sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It is crisp, clean and yet creamy, with a bitter sweet chocolate after taste.

Overall: It is tempting to make the taste on this beer a 5.0, but knowing I have not had that many I went with a 4.5, but will revisit this after tasting more stouts. This beer has changed my mind about stouts in general due to its rich flavor. After sampling several stouts I concluded this to be one of my favorite. Definitely a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 19:03:20 | More by heysuz
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beverage is black with a brown base, a tan light head, heavy curtains.

The taste is an explosion in chocolate, small dark notes and large milk chocolate booms accompanied by synthetic banana aromas. Very much chocolate covered banana foam candy. Other chocolate, vanilla and cherry candy is there as well.

The taste is rather consistent with the smell, but there are bitter coffee notes that balances the chocolate.

A small carbonation, oily and smooth texture, an enormous body with a pleasant dry finish.

This beer is a very good dessert - in itself, and if you like chocolate you're in for a treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 08:44:14 | More by rarbring
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 21:59:29 | More by jondeelee
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Rhong187 for this one. My first Southern Tier brew so we'll see how it turns out!

A: Pours a midnight black with a thin light brown head.

S: I'm picking up quite a few different smells with this one. Hints of bitter cacao, milk chocolate, coffee, and even a tad of licorice.

T: WOW! This is a very delicious beer! Chocolate definitely dominates this beer. On the aftertaste you detect the bitter cacao and coffee notes. A very sweet tasting beer!

M: Very thick, almost chewy! It has a good amount of carbonation to it as well.

O: Overall this is a very great beer! I'm very pleased with my first Southern Tier offering! I wish I had another one to age to see what type of changes it would undergo over time. Worth trying if you have the chance!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 05:02:49 | More by beerboy9960
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pitch black body with a light ivory head.

Smell: A wonderful milk chocolate aroma fills the nose first followed by a cream soda hint.

Taste: As advertised on the bottle, a wonderful mixture of chocolate and coffee dominate. Some roasted malts are apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: This beer is creamy and heavy. There is a slight alcohol burn but you would never think the beer is 11% ABV without looking at the bottle.

Overall: Two flavors dominate but those two flavors are delicious. It lacks the complexity of other imperial stouts but it definitely is a unique take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 11:20:47 | More by Raven3464
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $8.49 for a 22 oz bottle at Total Wine. I enjoy this style so my review may be on the generous side.

I poured into a Chimay chalice which gave a thin head of tan bubbly foam dissipating to a ring. It was black with a mahogany rim and highlights.

The nose was dead on Tootsie Roll. Also some chocolate shake, and cream soda.

The flavor was Tootsie Roll, chocolate, some roast malts.

The mouthfeel provided was very velvety, thick, luscious. It was reminiscent of a milk stout. I really liked the mouthfeel because you don't usually get this mouthfeel in an Imperial Stout. One thing I don't like about Milk Stouts is the low ABV. At 11% this offered some of the best qualities of both the Imperial Stout and Milk Stout. The alcohol was present and warming down the throat but not overly so.

Well done and would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:38:20 | More by BelgiumBill
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, jet black, with a small mocha colored head that dissipates quickly.

S - Mmm, what a good smelling beer. Ton of sweet, Belgian chocolate, some notes of roasted coffee, even some dark, sweet fruits in there, hints of grape, even some burn from the alcohol. Delicious smell, and a lot of it.

T - A great blend of that sweet chocolate and pure, roasted coffee. It's got somewhat of a chocolate milk quality. The taste is full of sweetness, but the bitterness of the coffee does a great job of providing some bitter balance. Great taste.

M - Quite milky with a touch of carbonation, the beer goes down very smooth and just a tinge of burn from the alcohol.

Overall - I thought this was a fantastic brew, unlike just about any other imperial stout I had. Great job by Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:33:39 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time today, out of a bomber. I guess that maybe I am giving it a bad review in that I am not objectively judging the style, but oh well.

A: Dark brown, opaque, with a dark tan head.
S: As my girlfriend said: "It smells like malt-o-meal made with chocolate syrup." Tons of chocolate on the nose, with some coffee and roasted malt. Smells flavorful.
T: It's like drinking a chocolate shake. I get that that isn't for most beer drinkers, but this was DELICIOUS. There was a slight bit of coffee there, and some standard stout flavors, but it was smooth chocolate the whole way through.
M: Thick, creamy, and delicious. Carbonation was good. On the back end you could feel the alcohol, but in a good way.
O: A delicious drink that I would take over a white russian any day... the problem is, if you want a beer and not a white russian, you're out of luck. It tastes like candy, and I love it, but it is not what your typical beer drinker would see as beer. If it's what you're in the mood for, it's perfect... but if you just want a coffee stout, stay away - this is far more than you're bargaining for.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:09:25 | More by scones
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 11.2% ABV listed on the label.

A- Pours a nearly pitch black color with a thin foam head that fades to a ring. Some scattered lacing left behind.

S- The aroma is of cold strong black coffee and milk chocolate.

T- Very chocolaty and sweet with an enormous amount of alcohol in the finish. Wow, this baby tastes hot! Very heavy chocolate milk flavor with a touch of coffee and roasted barley.

M- Thick and chewy with gentle carbonation. Rich silky feel.

O- A really tasty stout but very boozy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:40:36 | More by projectflam86
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown that is almost black. Moderate amount of bubbles. Decent one finger tan head quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Very little lacing.

Smell: A big aroma of chocolate, both milk chocolate and dark chocolate. A fair amount of coffee blends in with some dark roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and sugar. Light hint of hops. Chocolate dominates here.

Taste: Sweet dark and milk chocolate up front followed by a good kick of coffee. The coffee is more noticeable in the taste than the nose. A good mix of caramel, vanilla, and sugar follows with a very light bitterness from hops. Coffee flavor lingers in the finish. Sweet but fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a low to medium carbonation. Creamy and very smooth. Can't feel the booze at all.

Overall: Another great stout from Southern Tier's Blackwater series. Complex and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 05:30:33 | More by MattyG85
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/26/11 poured into tulip 7/30/11

A - Pours very deep brown/black with one finger on tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S - Huge nose of chocolate (both dark and quite a bit of milk chocolate). Also sweet malts and a faint amount of licorice. Definitely has quite a sweet smell, like many others in the Blackwater series.

T - There is definitely sweetness in the taste, though it is not overwhelming as I feared it might be. A lot of coffee in the taste that I did not up in the nose. The chocolate and coffee play off each other pretty well, though the sweet chocolate seems to be the more prevalent. A very welcome burst of hop bitterness keeps this one from going to Candyland. Some apparent alcohol, but not in a bad way. Overall, the sweet chocolate, roasty coffee and bitter hops come together to make this one of the better ST big stouts.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and actually a touch thin for such a big stout. Despite all of the sweetness, the bitter hops give a mostly clean, dry finish with a touch of numbing alcohol.

O - I really enjoyed this one. I have had Javah before (which I really enjoyed) and have a bottle of Choklat in the cellar. This makes me a little concerned that 100% Choklat will be too sweet, but paired with the roasted coffee, the combination of bitter and sweet was well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:09:52 | More by warnerry
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.
A: Pours near black with a finger of dense dark tan head that faded into a thin collar that left almost no lacing down the glass.
S: Very sweet smelling actually with notes of coffee with sugar, chocolate frosting and heavy creamer. I get what smells like cinnamon as well.
T: Bigger coffee presence to the flavor than the smell, with rich and lightly bitter notes of dark roasted coffee, bitter-sweet dark chocolate, cinnamon, roasted coconut and raisins. This is definitely mocha-like, and very potent. The finish has a touch of bitterness and a bit of alcohol, and the aftertaste lingers on my palate long after the swallow.
M: Thick body with tingly carbonation. This bottle actually has pretty sharp amount of alcohol and acidic coffee bite to it though despite being over a year old. The mouthfeel is a bit rough around the edges.
O: The flavors in this are very dark and bold, and were definitely an assault to my senses. A good balance of coffee and chocolate, but a bit hard to drink overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:16:10 | More by scottfrie
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass(!) at Three Cellars in Milwaukee.

Pours super black and smells like MILK Chocolate syrup. Coffee nodes (the "mocha," right?) are minimal, as the Choklat really overwhelms the Javah.

Tastes a bit more balanced. A big, very sweet, very milky chocolate beginning, moving into a a darker chocolate middle that's somewhat more bitter and a finish that's like the foam on top of a mocha cappuccino.

What gets me is the beer's relative thinness. It's about as thick and creamy as a regular dry stout. This makes it dangerously easy to drink (my pint was consumed at about normal speed), and also causes it to the lack the sumptuousness you'd want out of a giant dessert beer. It's still really nicely done, only I don't think it's *quite* what they were going for.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 16:20:45 | More by mynie
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip. Bottle dated 6/26/11.

A – No light showing at all as its black as night. Has about one inch of light tan head.
Light lacing.

S – Big chocolate smell as expected, a syrupy smell. Reminds me of the Hershey’s syrup that used to come out of the tin cans back in the day.

T – Tastes like the Hershey’s syrup! Nice mocha chocolate taste. Has some nice light coffee flavors as well. Its definitely sweet but not overpowering. Cocoa and hints of vanilla. Alcohol taste comes through at the end with just a slight burn and you also get jusst a touch of bitterness.

M – Creamy smooth. Medium bodied and leaves a great coating on the palate. Lightly carbonated.

O – Really like this brew. It has a solid tastes and good balance. A winner for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 23:58:42 | More by GallowsThief
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours black with an inch of mocha head.

S - I get milk chocolate right off the bat. Once I stick my nose in there I get a rich coffee smell.

T - I get milk chocolate up front. It finishes with the coffee. It reminds me of a riesen candy. Very rich and full flavors.

M - Thick and creamy.

O - I love this beer and I love the entire Black Water series. It is delicious and I always want more.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:32:11 | More by buschbeer
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown, borderline black color with a thin, almost nonexistent eggshell hued head.

S: Aroma is very chocolaty along with some vanilla and caramel notes and a sweet nuttiness, also.

T/M: Flavor is just as sweet with chocolate. It rivals most of the double chocolate stouts for sweetness. It has a medium amount of carbonation and is really reminiscent of cocoa powder or even chocolate cake icing. Unfortunately, I don’t get much of the coffee, but it’s still incredible. The texture weighs heavily on the palette but it really isn’t all that thick.

This is a dessert in a bottle, if ever there was one. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, this might be your best option. I bet it has a bajillion calories.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 22:42:59 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:49:13 | More by Retail1LO
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with finger of tan head that goes away and just leaves a ring.

Smell: Quite sweet with lots of chocolate up front. I do pick up some roast and coffee, but it's not as strong as the chocolate.

Taste: More roast and coffee here than in the smell. Sweet but there is a good balance of roasty bitterness. A bit creamy, and I can definitely taste the chocolate. Hardly taste the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Thick with a good amount of smooth carbonation. Sticks to your mouth long after the sip is done.

Overall: I had this in the cellar for a year, and it was really smooth. This is one of the better coffee stouts I've had. Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:46:42 | More by oline73
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

really should be called the meal replacer...

black as night, chocolatey dark brown head, tall, some lacing, smell is chocolate and alcohol, almost scared me off from the nose, the taste is non stop chocolate/mocha and malt and heavy heavy chocolateyness on the palate on the back end...ridiculous..mouthfeel, heavy as F, overall, maybe 1 more ever...got lots of love for s. tier but this one is just too melted hershey bar in a glass for this cat


Serving type: growler

07-23-2011 01:26:49 | More by gatorbreath
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking forward to trying Southern Tier for quite a while, and had my first experience tonight with there Mokah offering. Everything everyone else said is true, dark appearance, very chocolaty upfront, and I like the sweet, coffee aftertaste as well. Up to this point I have been much more of a fan of wheat beers or lagers than stouts, but this stout is unique. The coffee flavor offsets any bitterness nicely, and the chocolate is strong enough to make it a beer you will want to go back to. This is something you definitely need to try, out of all the chocolate beers I have tried so far it is the most chocolaty, though that may change once I try the Chokolat. I am very excited to have a store in the area selling Southern Tier and looking forward to trying there other offerings as well, specifically the Chokolat and Creme Brulee.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:00:16 | More by CS1971
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into a snifter tonight. even though its really warm out, im looking forward to sipping on this in the nice chilly AC.

a- pours pitch black with no light getting through. a thing sliver of head rises with a creamy color then drops quickly.

s- the chocolate on this nose is crazy. sort of like creamy milk chocolate cocoa powder. the chocolate is overpowering anything else in the nose because i dont smell much else.

t- starts off with a rich milk chocolate, melts into a more bitter dark chocolate with a dry, slightly hoppy finish. the sweetness of bittersweet chocolate lingers quite a while.

m- feel is creamy and rich. it drinks incredibly well and easy. the high abv is nowhere to be found at all. there is very little carbonation, but that lets the flavors linger on my palate and i love it.

overall, im a huge fan of this beer. i love huge rich imperial stouts and dont mind them being on the sweeter side. the chocolate is very prevalent, but not overpoweringly so. the flavors linger on my palate for so long and i find it awesome. I have a huge appreciation of southern tier brews and this doesnt dissapoint at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:43:54 | More by crewfan16
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black in appeatance, leaves a slight tan head at the top, that leaves a nice brown lacing all over the glass.

S: Chocolate, cream, coffee, and just a bit of booze.

T: This taste just like chocolate, a bit of coffee notes throughout, and a bit of booze at the tail end, great tasting.

M: Sticky, very thick and slight carbonation.

O: This beer is fantastic, great winter beer, very enjoyable and taste like dessert.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2011 17:02:49 | More by thedoubler55
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter.

A- Really dark brown, on first glance basically black looking, beige ring around the glass, slight carbonation, nice lacing and retention.
S- Wow the aromas are pure chocolate and cocoa, slight coffee aromas as well, this is one delicious smelling beer, I feel like I just took a big whiff of fresh chocolate brownies straight from the oven, cannot wait to try this.
T- The taste did not let me down, this is a pure dessert beer, perfect for a cold winter day, I have to buy some of these bottles and save them for Christmas, big chocolate and malt flavors, cocoa, coffee, slight roastiness, sweet and some bitterness to balance it out, alcohol is present but just adds to the experience in a positive way, really impressed.
M- Medium to big mouthfeel, thick and smooth at the same time, coats the palate, well carbonated.
O- I was not sure what to expect when I first ordered this, I was expecting something more coffee like, this one blew me away, just a pure dessert beer, I could of ordered 2-3 more pours, but luckily I had the wife present to stop me haha, love the chocolate flavors, really impressed with this offering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 06:07:28 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Very sweet chocolate, brownie mix mostly, some espresso, smells exactly like espresso brownies.

L: Very dark brown, ruby highlights, light tan head that dissipates, light dusting on top.

T: Brownie sweetness up front with some espresso on the backbone. Mild citrus bitterness leads to waves of very sweet and rich chocolate and coffee. Finishes with some chocolate covered espresso beans. Very sweet overall.

M: Some alcohol present, medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Chocolate in this beer is phenomenal, coffe is ok, a little faded. Extremely sweet, be warned.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:19:44 | More by bum732
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.