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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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734 Reviews

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Reviews: 734
Hads: 2,239
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 233
Gots: 487 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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 adamette
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Rozi's Wine house in Lakewood, Ohio (interesting that the brewery is in Lakewood, NY!) a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed goblet (in the shape of a Westvleteren goblet).

A Absolutely opaque black body lets no light through under a medium brown head. Delicious looking. 4.0

S Dark roast malt, chocolate, maybe some coffee. This smell is great and reminds me of the Choklat but it is less "chocolate milk" sweet that that was to the nose. It cannot be improved. 5.0

T Wow, an explosion of dark roast malt, chocolate and coffee which again is very close to Choklat (which I really enjoyed by the way) only a bit more dark roast which I really like. This is great beer advocacy experience. The brewer has taken a beer that I really like (Choklat) and actually improved it. 5.0

M This is a big beer for sure. Big dark malt, big chocolate, big coffee. Despite that it actually achieves a nice smoothness and it "goes down" very easily. 4.5

D Well I finished the bomber without much hesitation. This is such a delicious beer that it makes a style that normally would not be THAT drinkable (Stout) into a good, drinkable brew. 4.0

Notes: Bravo!

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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 oberon
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep as an oil slick with no light showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate,some sweet alcohol came out as it warrmed a little as well.Much sweeter on the palate than the nose,caramel/vanilla flavors mixed with some dark fruit and chocolate stand out most,the roast keeps it from becoming to sweet.Another impressive beer from ST,the sweetness is pretty big though.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beers from breweries like Southern Tier are not easy to come by in the UK but thanks to Beermerchants.com, I have managed to get hold of this one.

Poured from a cellar temperature 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head, that fades fast. Little, if no carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and malty on the nose, with obvious strong coffee notes, and sweet sugars. Dark chocolate is also apparent, with potent alcohol, and some honey.

Taste: The initial taste is strong and bitter espresso coffee, after which there is a hint of dark chocolate sweetness. The flavours are smokey, with a roasted maltiness, and whiskey-like peatness. There is a subtle impression of dark fruits towards the end, possibly blackberries.

Mouthfeel: The body is undoubtedly full, and smooth, with a rich warming feel.

Drinkability: The flavours are rich, dark and incredibly filling; it feels more like a meal than a drink! Having said that, the flavours are brilliantly balanced, not too bitter and not too sweet, just right. It's slightly more coffee than it is chocolate, which prevents that cloying taste that is common with chocolate based imperial stouts. This is a decadent beer, and a real treat.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber bottle purchased from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville... Unfortunately, I am not a particular fan of Stouts or darker beers in general, yet I will offer an unbiased review of this fantastic beer... Pours a pitch-black, deep, dark, ebony hue... Enormous and powerful aroma and flavor combined with rich essences of coffee, caramel, dehydrated fruits, roasted malts, and semi-sweet sugars... Near-cloying rich, dark chocolate flavor... Very filling and would pair well with just about any decadent chocolate desert...
Assertive and aggressive, but what else to expect from Southern Tier??...

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

Thanks go out to imperialking for this one in our recent trade. I really like the Southern Tier Imperial Series and was very interested in trying this one when it was released. I shared this bottle at La Bella this past Tuesday night (9-15-09).

Not the darkest stout I've seen but dark enough, some crimson highlights on the sides.

A huge amount of Choklat is evident on this blend, some vanilla, and a bit of coffee, almost just pure liquid chocolate. Lots of malted milk once it starts to open up.

Loads of chocolate, vanilla, sweet coffee with a bit of acidity to cut through the sweetness, but still very sweet. Hints of dried dark cherries in the last sip. The coffee part of the beer does bring a little more balance and complexity than the full on liquid chocolate nature of Choklat.

Nice carbonation, medium level. Not much sign of alcohol as the sweetness hides it quite well. Good dessert beer that I would mind having a pint, but probably not more than that.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very good dose of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla notes, very slight roasty notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go ST.

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

Got this in a trade with skinnyguy. Thanks Dan!

Poured this into my Stone Imperial Stout glass. Black with a half inch brown head. Head clung to the sides for a bit but died down, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, English toffee, peanut butter. Smells more like a gourmet chocolate bar than beer.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee. Dark chocolate bitterness at the end. A little warmth coming from the alcohol at the end.

Full bodied with little carbonation, giving it a chewy texture. Leaves that classic roasted/dark chocolate flavor in your mouth after each drink.

Damn good overall. My girlfriend loved it and she doesn't really like stouts. We agreed that it was pretty smooth in flavor but I think what got her was the slightly sweeter flavor of the chocolate. I'd love to have another bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small one finger medium looking tan head that quickly fades to a very thin wisp and ring. Dark brown, almost black with almost no carbonation evident, except some small decoration on the top. A ring remains and leaves minimal blotchy lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malt and smells like mocha or ice cappuccino, like the name suggests. Coffee, milk, and powdery chocolate are very evident. Decent strength as well. Smells much like a room temperature hot chocolate.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely, but a bit more emphasis on the coffee over the chocolate. Roasted malt and roasted coffee beans. Mocha and ice cappuccino again. Some bitterness and a bit of an alcohol sting at the end. Strong and bold. Strong aftertaste of roasted coffee beans and a touch of alcohol and chocolate. A nice combination. The ABV certainly makes a strong presence.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, goes down a little hot and has a little alcohol bite at the end. Somewhat mouth coating.

OVERALL: A great beer with a top-notch taste profile. One of the best coffee flavored beers I've had, and works very well with the chocolate of course. Quite drinkable too. Unfortunately the average look and feel held it back a bit in the ratings, but that certainly won't stop me from picking it up again. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of froghop
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark black with a small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of milk chocolate, coffee, and a little vanilla.

taste is creamy, cocoa, some weak coffee in the back, a little licorice, and a little vanilla, ends dry and a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty much black color with the faintest hint of brown highlighting. Foam is pretty weak and large-bubbled. The light brown topping fades fast and does not leave much lacing. Decent looking beer, not great.

Smells wonderful though. All kinds of chocolaty goodness is on display here: baking cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, Hershey's syrup, Nestle quick...you get the idea. Also smells like one of those General Foods International powdered coffee tins. Just a faint whiff of plum fruitiness as well.

Taste is creamy and roasty chocolate with a hint of coffee bitterness. I also get some walnut and pecan nuttiness. Aftertaste is more along the lines of a cup of joe. This would make a great breakfast drink, it's full bodied but not as viscous as, say, a ten fidy. ABV is very well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable at 11%. I am usually not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is exceptional. Great beer!

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Photo of dudecandle
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, this one's a bit different:

A: Rather dark brown-black body with a very dark mokah head which dissipated relatively quickly, but was nice while it lasted.

S/T: Up front the smell is of absolute chocolate milk! To add to this was a good dose of coffee and cinnamon, a bit of a winter warmer-type spice scheme, with a slight sharpness to provide some balance, perhaps the hops.

M/D: Full enough with the robust chocolate taste. Being the Mokah, I had anticipated a bit more of a coffee presence, but nonetheless, it was plentifully pleasant. It was a little one-dimensional, but it was well enough.
The thought going through my head with this was: This is the kind of beer that a non-beer drinker could get started on. It's sweet, it's chocolatey, it's overall easygoing, with plenty of oomph without being overly aggressive.

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

thanks to normyk for this awesome extra!

pours more like a baltic porter than an imperial stout (i.e. really dark brown instead of black). the head is a dark cream color that i've never before experienced with an imperial stout. the smell is of chocolate brownies and coffee. mmmm... hot chocolate at Christmastime. nothing much else in there, and while it isn't unpleasant, it almost seems a little artificial, like canned cake frosting.

wow, its almost like drinking a liquidized brownie that's been soaking in baileys and kalua. tons of bitter-sweet chocolate notes, with a nice bitter coffee finish that isn't at all over-bearing. not too much complexity due to the overwhelming amount of chocolate and coffee, but there is a hint of caramel, and a big alcohol presence that is hot on the palate and in the esophagus. a lingering hop presence in the aftertaste that combines decently with the coffee/chocolate bitter-sweetness. overall, and i cannot stress this enough, it tastes a lot like brownies, or even fudge. this one is much too sweet, and the dominating coffee and chocolate combination do not work as well as they could.

mouthfeel is perhaps the most uneventful part of the beer. super-light (which is certainly unexpected). again, more like a baltic porter than an imperial stout. drinkability is good here, however, it may be a little too sweet, and the sheer richness of the chocolate (again, imagine brownies or fudge) makes it difficult to imagine opening up two in the same night.

a very good beer overall. if it was readily available to me, i would buy it consistently.

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Photo of Shango42
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type-bomber poured into snifter glass.
A-Dark black pour. Thick and foamy cocoa colored head. Inviting.
S-Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, very sweet, toasty beans, malty.
T-Sweet wonderful chocolate with malty coffee and cocoa. Some bitterness in the middle, but it is overpowered by the sweetness. The flavors underlying the chocolate are way in the background but they do include plums, raisins, caramel, and not much else. Wow, this is a fantastic desert beer!
M-Smooth and thick, low carbonation. Definitely a sipping beer but more due to the sweetness than the alcohol.
D-Love it for desert. You will have to be in the right mood for it. I can't believe (at first) it is 11% ABV, but I can certainly feel it by the end of the bomber. Southern Tier sets the bar for desert beers.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black, poured into a snifter. Brown on the edges when held to light. Semi-thick brown head. Hard to see too many specifics on appearance, as the bar I drank it in was too dark.

Aroma is of heavy milk-chocolate. Sweet nose, with obvious coffee smells included. It smells exactly like its name: Mocha. Really a great nose. Everything a dessert beer should be, rich and decadent!

Palate: Amazing. Full bodied chocolate and coffee flavors. Hints of alcohol (11% ABV comes through nicely). Caramel and subtle hoppy bitterness on the finish. Compliments the cocoa flavor perfectly!

Intense and flavorful, each sip brings some new complexity. A sweet beer, which may make it hard to drink for some, this is a beer to be shared and sipped slowly, perhaps with a canoli? or tiarmisu? Really a tasty beer. Hats off to Southern Tier.

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

22oz bomber poured in a sampler glass. Thanks to stowehop for sharing!

Pours a very dark black with almost no head or lacing at all. Tastes just as you'd expect with a name like Mokah. Very coffee on the start but quickly goes into some intense chocolate after a bit. Vert interesting beer to add to their line of crazy desert beers. Better than choklate but not quite as good as creme brulee.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours such a super dark brown, we may as well go ahead and call it black. A nicely fluffy, two-finger head of chocolate/tan foam sits on top. Retention is good. Lacing is plentiful, almost weblike, and lightly sticky.

Okay, I get the chocolate first. Nicely sweet milk chocolate notes mingle with notes of dark and bittersweet chocolates. This goes almost hand-in-hand with the scent of dark roasted coffee beans and light hints of fresh ground coffee. There is a very nice lacto sweetness here, also. Just below the surface, there is a nice presence of mildly roasted malts. By which I mean that they don't seem to be really darkly roasted. Very nice hints of caramel and vanilla beans.
This smells like a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, dunked in a cup of really good coffee.

Creamy, rich, milk chocolate, blended with Hershey's Syrup and then drizzled over french roast coffee beans. The chocolate flavor is thick, rich and sweet. The coffee flavor is roasty and just bitter enough to balance this one out.

Definitely full-bodied, getting close to 'thick'. Low to medium level of carbonation, which is great. Super smooth, with a mild touch of creaminess. Just a touch of 'sharpness' around the edges.

I find the 11.0%abv to be blended into this one, beautifully. I can't taste it, I don't get a warming effect, but just past the halfway point, I'm starting to feel it. This is way too rich to be an everyday drinker, though. As a dessert beer, it excels.
Southern Tier and especially their Blackwater Series, is the bomb.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.84/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured an opaque black, with a half-finger light brown head. Decent retention, reducing to a thin layer. Not much is the way of lacing.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit, with a smoky malt backing. Kind of like a tootsie roll, actually. Very boozy nose at first, with a whiskey like bite; 11% is noticeable in the smell.

Taste: Sweet and boozy, front and center. Alcohol bites hard to start, with a sweet dark fruit taste dominating. The alcohol bites the back of the throat as well, finishing with coffee flavors. The alcohol dominates the taste though; not well hidden at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Big alcohol bite. No carbonation.

Drinkability: Way too boozy of a stout for me. 11% is high, but it is not hidden at all. The beer almost stings. The chocolate and coffee flavors are nice, but not smooth like I like. Very difficult to drink.

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Photo of JerseyDevil980
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a truly amazing beer, a great caramel color wen poured that settles dark with a very small head. Itsa stout brewed with chcolate and coffee and its amazing aroma smells very pleasing as you get a great hint of both flavors. It goes down so smooth a little bitter which is expected but leaves an amazing taste in your mouth when all is said and done.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown/black body with a thick off-white tan head.

Nose is mix of dark brown bread, a very mutted creamy subtle milk chocolate(more of a foreign swiss or belgian chocolate than american). Faint hints of coffee with almost just touches of coffee bean. Not as over the top a nose as you might expect.

Taste is extremely full bodied and very thick. Creamy and almost milkshake-esque at the first sip. Thick very dark espresso combined with a rich milk and mildly bitter chocolate. Alcohol warmth comes at you quick and you really notice this puppy is 11% abv. Waves of dark grain, against touches of sweet new england brown bread, mutted belgian or swiss, or even german chocolate. Very creamy chocolate. Ends with a lingering

It's sort of like drinking a beer version of a starbucks frozen mocha drink, the kind that has loads of milk and ice. A good beer for sure, and even though I love the chokat, I gotta say, this not one of my favorite Southern Tiers.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- Dark black color. Caramel/toffee colored head. Lacing all throughout. Carbonation bubbles evident even with the opaque color of the beer.

S- Woah! Chocolate all the way around. This smelled like the cocoa powder that you use to make brownies, chocolate milk, etc.

T- Robust malts and faint hops with an overwhelming chocolate and cookie like flavor. Reminded me of chocolate ice cream and creamy chocolate milk. This may have actually been too much chocolate, but its actually what I expected.

M- Medium bodied. Expected much stickier and thicker for a brew of this calibur. Somewhat thin.

D- Great after dinner beer. Must try this once if you are a chocolate lover.

11% ??? yikes.

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to BeerTruth

A: Pours very dark black with a small tan head. No real retention or lace.

S: Bold aromas just like you find in all the special Southern Tier brews. Rich fresh brewed coffee, cream, vanilla, and bitter chocolate.

T: Taste marries the aromas perfectly. I suspect some flavorings were added to get this taste. Fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate. There is a milky undertone with vanilla, and sugar cookies. Unlike regualar Jahva and Choklat I find the taste just a touch artifical.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth, just okay carbonation.

D: Rather good actually. Another solid beer. Without the bit of artificalness it would be great.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored a deep, deep brown with good carbonation and a small tan head. Nose is light but good with hints of light cocoa and coffee. taste is smooth and balanced, just the right mix of cocoa and coffee, very subtle and nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, tasty creamy. Drinkability is very good but one bomber and its time to retire.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date. tasted in mid/late-may 2009. poured into tulip.

opaque black, no light goes through. 1.5-finger, creamy, coffee-colored head. fades to creamy wisps and ring. thin but consistent rings of webby lace.

aroma: trifecta of coffee, cocoa and vanilla upfront (with the coffee a little bit less than the others), then some caramel. touch of earthy hop, w roast note. chocolate candies. cherry liqueur?

taste: similar robust flavors, tipped towards the cherry vanilla and chocolate candies. coffee peeks in, especially w the moderate bitterness, and slightest touch of coffee acidity too. sweetness balanced by roast and hops bitterness, lingering in aftertaste.

medium body, quite smooth and creamy, though can get quite astringent too towards the finish. mild to moderate carbonation is tingly but also creamy.

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Photo of JMD
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with rocky tan head that dissipates very slowly. Leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Wow, the aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Sweet dark chocolate, fresh brewed expresso and toasted malt. Smells rich and decadent.

T: Same as the aroma. Big malty flavor, this one is sweet and delicious. Toasted malt, rich bittersweet chocolate, and big blasts of coffee. Finishes with a light hop bite. The depth of flavor to the beer is amazing.

M: Smooth and creamy, rich and syrupy. Very robust and full bodied

D: Mokah is another outstanding offering from Southern Tier. Amazing flavor and texture. The chocolate and coffee aroma practically burst out the bottle. The only drawback, is the sweetness and high ABV make this one a sipper.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.