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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,665
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 155
Gots: 269 | FT: 10
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Snifter.

I'm not so much a fan of flavored beers, but the chocolate and coffee notes really comes through in the finish.

Smooth and delicious, with really nice mouthfeel as well.

However at 11% ABV one will do the trick!

I have looked for this on-tap elsewhere, but haven't had any luck.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 16:56:16 | More by overcrestmedia
Photo of frederichar

District of Columbia

2.17/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i do not like flavored beers in general, and i do not like chocolate, though coffee is nice--iced coffee, cafe au lait, starbucks, any kind of coffee except coffee in my beer. i made a mistake ordering this beer, and left it on the table and finished my wife's widmer hefweizen

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 01:41:09 | More by frederichar
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

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

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter as per the bottle's instructions. I have had both Jahva and Choklat, and both are amongst my favorite beers, so I am looking forward to trying this hybrid of the two. Bottoms up!

Look: dark, dark brown but not quite black. The head is very thin, but what is there is a dark, mocha brown head. I can't see much in the way of carbonation on this.

Smell: smells predominantly chocolatey, reminsicent of Choklat. The roasted malt, alcohol, and coffee are lurking in the background. If the smell is any indication, this is a chocolatey beer through and through.

Taste: mmm! This is good. This leans more towards Choklat than it does to Jahva. There is a lot of chocolate flavor in the front, roasted malt in the middle and it finishes with some bitterness from the coffee but the coffee is quite subdued. Delicious!

Feel: medium bodied towards full. The alcohol is very well hidden for an 11% beer.

Drink: a sipper because of the full flavor, full body and the bitterness from the coffee, but its an American Double Stout. Since I'm not expecting to drink this to be something I could guzzle, I won't dock this area any points.

This beer is excellent. Southern Tier is a master of American Imperial Stouts and this is no exception. The only one I have left to try is Oat and I hope it lives up to my expectations. This beer is Choklat with a hint of Jahva. I recommend this one wholeheartedly. The blend of coffee and chocolate is masterful. Southern Tier should be proud of what they've done witht his beer. Do your best to pick this one up!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 03:54:38 | More by SkunkWorks
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2.45/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - considerable red around the edges for a chocolate-coffee stout. Creamy light tan head leaving no lacing.

S - heavy chocolate, milk chocolate, almost truffel like. Mild coffee in the background. Like you walked into a high end chocolate store.

T - like popping a truffel after taking a sip of coffee. But unlike the scent, this is a bitter dark chocolate and bitter coffee. Honestly, not the sum of its parts.

M - solid coating. Good tingle all over the tongue and a bit in the throat.

D - no thanks, too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:49:04 | More by biglite351
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think the only other beer from the Blackwater series I have had was unearthly, I am surprised it took me this long to try this one...

A: The color was a glimmering blackish/brown, while pouring it leaned more towards the deep brown side, while in the glass a healthy black hue. The head was a swirled chocolate milk frothyness.

S: Hershey's chocolate syrup right away, WOW! This beer smells amazing. It also has mild hints of vanilla and coffee bean, maybe a touch of caramel.

T: The first sip leans toward the Hershey's syrup, after a couple of slow sips and a bit of warming the flavors become more pronounced: sweet chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee, vanilla.

M/D: This beer is silky smooth, with a sweet finish. The beer is pretty well balanced, maybe leaning toward the sweet side. I would pick another one of these up for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 13:15:52 | More by kylehayworth
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint

Paired with pumpkin cheesecake streusel.

A: Pours a dark brown with red hues and light carbonation. A small, coffee-tan head forms that dissipates quickly. Not a trace of lacing - the brew seems way to heavy.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and alcohol dominate the aroma. The alcohol volatiles have a powerful warming effect, but the coffee and toasted malts are strong enough to poke through.

T: Like the smell, rich, bittersweet chocolate and alcohol swarm the palate, but there are layers of flavor underneath. Coffee combines with the toasted malts and form a balanced bitter/sweet backdrop. Hops follow though with a drying effect adding just a bit more earthy bitterness to the mix, but with all of the chocolate and malts, you really come away with a flavor to match the brew's title - think of your favorite cafe mocha and add a touch of beer's bready profile.

M: Of course this is rich and viscous on the palate. Definitely a sipper, this one, and was a perfect compliment to my desert.

D/N: Drinkability points? Well, don't drink this if you're in the mood for red bull-vodka and clubs (I know, you wouldn't be reading this if you were, but fair warning all the same). Pretty much any other time is acceptable, though. There's nothing remotely off-putting about this beer and would be enjoyed by many who don't normally like beer. Just remember to share.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 08:20:28 | More by rand
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter. This has been aged for about a year and a half (from the initial release)

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a thin layer of mocha colored head that settles down quickly.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, hint of vanilla and alcohol at the end.

Taste: Very sweet, but in a good way. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and some caramel. Absolutely no trace of the slight alcohol that was on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: I might be Southern Tier homer, but this is a very tasty sweet Imperial Stout. Have some more in the cellar, curious to see how it holds up, as it was still really enjoyable with this much age on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:33:45 | More by Axic10
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from the Blackwater Series. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Purchased at Corvallis Brewing Supply for $8.45.

A-Pours a midnight black. Very dark. A two finger, creamy tan head quickly recedes into a scant lace.

S-This smells like a Starbucks Mocha Latte. Chocolate and coffee are very pleasant and dominant. But the sweetness from vanilla and toffee are also very welcome.

T-There is burnt sugar, caramel, rich chocolate, and coffee that combine very well. May be just a bit sweet. Kind of in between their Crème Brulee and Jahva stouts. Good beers all.

M-Deliciously smooth with medium to full body. Warming due to the alcohol.

D-This is a fine beer. Best enjoyed by sipping. Southern Tier brews some excellent imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:16:23 | More by velosuds
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3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's after remembering the hype surrounding this stout from Southern Tier. Actually kind of shocked at this one, really wasnt a fan. Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A - A nice typical black pour with a healthy 2 finger tan head. As it sat, the head receeded leaving a light tan halo around the glass. No side lacing.

S - Not picking up those big aromas that others have mentioned. The stout is definately not too cold (right around 50). There is some nice roasty malt aromas as well as some chocolate, but no coffee to speak of. There is a definate alcohol smell though.

T - Kinda like the nose. Theres some chocolate, some malt, but very, very little in the way of coffee flavour. The strongest flavor is the alcohol which while I understand this is an Imperial Stout I've had stronger stouts with the alcohol hidden better.

M - Low carbonation, but not syrupy or sticky. Typical mouthfeel for this style, nothing out of the ordinary.

D - I've had much better Imperial stouts. A shame really, as I wanted to really love this offering from Southern Tier but sadly it just didnt do it for me. Theres much better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 05:43:20 | More by rudzud
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2.63/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

09/26/10- Had a 22 oz bottle of this.
A: Very dark brown with a wide red hue, large cream head died to a good large collar.
S: Creamy vanilla creme filling with oakyness, dental cleaner, strange sugar substitute, some coffee and licorice. This is beginning to sound like a mistake getting this bottle.
T: Sticky sweet creamy mocha, like Starbucks mochas where it is too sweet. Only OK; it is over the top.
M: Sticky with a cleansing carbonation.
D: I really wasn't excited about finishing the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 19:10:37 | More by ne0m00re
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like a lot of the Southern Tier stuff. Haven't gotten the chance to try this brew yet, but wanted to for a while. 22oz bottle...

A: Super perfectly dark with a 1 inch tan head that fades at a fast pace leaving a bubbly lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Get some chocolate notes upfront with some roasty scents quickly followed. The more you smell the more the chocolate overtakes the nose. Sugary malts quickly followed. Good.

T: The texture of this on my palate really follows suit with chocolate just without the intense over the top chocolate flavor. I get some roasty coffee bean upfront with some chocolate notes in the middle. Some licorice and hints of candi sugars on the backend. I get some vanilla and cocao also. Very good.

M: Full bodied with a very heavy carbonation. Good.

D: This one goes down after you get through the carbonation wall.

All in all, this is another good brew from ST. I def love the over the top flavors of this brewery. Definitely try if you like Choklat or similar thick / heavily carbonated stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:09:23 | More by steve8robin
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West Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Very dark tan, black, great 3 inch thick creamy head

Smell - Coffee, cocoa, mocha, hops, chocolate, malts, barley, smells amazing

Taste - As the smell prepaired me, very strong mocha coffee taste. Has a warm hop alcohol kick also. You get some coffee mixed with chocolate but really, the mocha flavor is way to strong and dominates all.The yeast mixed with the mocha is way too bitter for my liking, and the aftertaste is rather odd

Mouthfeel - Its rather bitter on the tounge, and leaves a very bitter aftertaste. After a few drinks, wasnt digging it as much as before. Its rather thin in the mouth, and doesnt ready leave me wanting more

Drinkabilty - With Its high alcohol, and bitter mocha overload, this beer doesnt do it for me. Couldnt finish the 220z. I dont want this again, so much better coffee stouts out there. This smelled better then it tasted to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 08:59:56 | More by wvsabbath
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark pitch with a bit of tan head.

S: Strong espresso and dark chocolate.

T: Wow. Espresso hits... no, more like slaps you in the face then slams you with a 2x4. Strong dark chocolate followed by an incredible roasted bitterness that just hangs in the mouth and doesn't let go.

M: Thick and oily, with a bit of carbonation to remind you it's beer.

D: One of the more powerful stouts that I've ever had. This one really makes a deep and lingering impression.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:17:08 | More by thekanna
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rare import for Greece, which I found and bought at a beer festival. I had this at home after 1-2 months of fridge-resting, in snifter glasses, split between me and my wife (650ml bottle).

Appearance: Black colour, perhaps with a reddish tint. Dark brown head, thin, quickly dissipating.

Smell: A smorgasboard of aromas starts attacking you from the moment you open the bottle. Chocolate(s), coffee, caramel, alcohol hitting on you with no mercy. I'm still sniffing on the empty bottle as I'm writing this! Fantastic!

Taste: A caramel-like, light sweetness, closely followed by sweet and bitter chocolate. The light bitterness presents itself halfway in, only to be "covered" by a new wave of caramel-like sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Siropy, but not too thick. Medium body, not highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Depends on how you define it... You start feeling the high alcohol towards the end of the 1st glass. I'm not sure I'd attempt to drink a 2nd bottle unless I was in a serious drinking mood. I love it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:55:17 | More by patra7
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours jet black with a nice light mocha head. Good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. Great coloring. Nose brings loads and loads of chocolate as well as a strong amount of coffee. The taste is all about the chocolate and coffee, but can get a tad bit sweet, as there is some roasted malt, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Feel is fairly heavy with a bit of alcohol. Drinks really well and I prefer it to Choklat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 11:13:54 | More by Thorpe429
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black, good amount of tan head

S-smells like a real chocolatey mocha. very sweet smelling

T-yep, very sweet. tastes like bittersweet chocolate with coffee. there's quite a bitterness towards the end, something i'm starting to appreciate. there's not much of a grand after-taste, but rather a matching faint taste of the initial hit

M-medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish. drink water with this beer or else you may get cotton mouth

D-the first time i had this, i drank it quite slowly, then after awhile i just started falling in love with this. the ABV hits quickly but its so tasty that i would drink this til i got sick.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 05:23:46 | More by AdamBear
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pitch black, nice persistent tan head and lacing.
S: coffee and dark chocolate dominate, not just coffee and chocolate but actually really good real coffee and chocolate, if that makes any sense.
T: bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. medium sweet. well-balanced with a long roasty, bitter finish. alcohol very well-hidden.
M: full-bodied, nicely carbonated, just a bit of slickness.
D: another well-executed beer by s.t.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 14:13:41 | More by MrMcGibblets
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a sandy head. Looks like dark coffee. The smell is of chocolate that overpowers any other aroma that might be trying to get your attention. You pick up the chocolate from accross the room. As one might expect the taste of chocolate is incredible with a nice coffee finish. This is a smooth, medium to full bodied beer with light carbonation. One is enough for me, preferably as a dessert after a nice meal.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 23:23:59 | More by yobeerman
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown topped with a small tan head. Even an aggressive pour failed to get more than a one finger head out of this one. Head falls slowly to a ring and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Big aroma of chocolate and not much else almost has a creamy and silky quality in the nose.

T- Big taste of chocolate, no surprise there, that transitions in to a coffee and dark bitter chocolate finish. Finish is a little dry and a little more bitter than expected.

M- Thinner that what I was expecting but still full bodied. It has a somewhat creamy mouth feel and low carbonation, slight heat from the alcohol becomes apparent in the finish as it warms.

D- Very drinkable not overly sweet or bitter a nice balance, the 11% ABV doesn't show through very much.

Very nice, I still prefer Southern Tier's Choklat, but this is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 03:42:25 | More by ToddT
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4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 03:01:30 | More by HotHands
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bowels of Blackwater, the Mokah..coffee and chocolate intertwined divinely. Black like US ops in Columbia, the chocolate aroma starts overpoweringly then realizes that in order to stage this coup, it must bring in reinforcements, floral and fruity hops - the Cascades and Columbi - appear in the shadows of this battle.
coffee finally reveals itself in the flavor, with the bitter chocolate contributing beautifully as well. Little heat in this bottle, just beautiful balance and thick malts. Outstanding way to start the day..

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:45:14 | More by dragonWhale
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler (half-growler from Westmere Beverage in Guilderland; full growler was $19.99, so this was about $10) into a pint glass. Body is black with a light-tan head. Some red hues when backlit. No lace.

S: Nice - chocolate from a foot away. Even more chocolatey when I put my nose into the glass. Real hard to find anything beyond that, but as it warms I get a bit of roasted barley malt underneath the chocolate.

T: Chocolate and coffee -- some roasted barley up front followed by chocolate and more chocolate. Coffee more noted as it warms. Finishes with a slight roasty bitterness, which nicely cuts the chocolatey sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol heat is felt at the back end of the sip, provides a bit of drying, and then warmth in the belly.

M: Full-bodied, carbonation is moderate.

D: Off the charts for a beer of this strength, but still - a big body and notable alcohol will slow you down a bit, so no 5 here.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2010 00:27:30 | More by Kendo
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier and big tasty stouts. It's a good world to be in.
The scents of these big Southern Tier beers tend to be exciting and mokah holds to that tradition. Chocolate is big on the nose. Chocolate milk type cocoa, though not Yoohoo.
Flavor is also chocolatey, perhaps along with some vanilla extract. I'm not getting a whole hell of a lot of coffee out of it but maybe I could see a coffee drink, heavy with milk and cocoa powder. Possibly something along the lines of a chocolate soda.
Bosco! yeah.
Coffee comes across most in the bitter finish, though it really strike me as more of a dark, dark chocolate type bitter finish.
Booze doesn't really come across at all in the flavor but there's some of a boozy breath sensation after a bit; it's 11% strong, after all.
Chokolat is perhaps a more impressive Southern Tier stout but this one might be a bit better balanced. Definitely less potential for cloying. Tasty times.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 05:19:23 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical molasses black, real weak quick fading what would be a foamy tan head, a few carbonation bubbles cascading.

S - Very strong aroma...can smell it when the glass is sitting on the table. Very well balanced coffee and chocolate flavors with a solid roasted malt backbone. Also a pretty good alcohol aroma in the background.

T - Was hoping the flavor would be a strong as the aroma but it's not quite there. More on the chocolate side than the coffee up front. The alcohol heat and flavor butts in about halfway through each sip but doesn't ruin the palate. Finishes with a coffee bitterness and just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate.

M/D - A thinner body than I would have expected for this style but it is nicely carbonated. Finishes neutral from the bittering coffee and chocolate sweetness. Alcohol is present but not in a completely bad way, but it's 11% ABV so I can't really complain. Drinkability is average because of the balance of flavors but nothing spectacular that leaves me wanting more.

Was hoping for a little more but this beer is a superior candidate for bourbon or whiskey barrel aging, IMO

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:55:35 | More by VaTechHopHead
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep black with a sort of thin, fizzy, tan head that barely shows up and doesn't stick around. very little lacing.

lovely chocolate with an extremely light roasty aroma. extremely light hop presence, but its there.

Damn! straight up cocoa! light roasty finish but the chocolate keeps showing up. there is a slightly metallic heat in the finish though.

mouthfeel is creamy but has a definitive astringency to it. smooth all around though.

I could probably go for one of these with desert.

damn, thats a good beer, but its a bit more chocolaty than i expect from an imperial. great beer from southern tier, but not so good as jah vah or iniquity.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 00:31:33 | More by ryanonline
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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