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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 727
Hads: 2,208
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 232
Gots: 474 | 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

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

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

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet, chocolate scent that's right in line with the style. The taste is great! It has a smooth chocolate flavor with a nice complimentary coffee taste. This is a damn nice dessert beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's a bit on the sweeter side, but I'm a huge fan.

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

this beer pours a deep black with only a bit of highlights when backlit, the tan head recedes to a thin sheet. the aroma is right on with the chocolate right up front and the coffee hiding in the back with the roasted malt. the taste delivers the chocolate with surprising results, the bit of hop bitterness really sets off the sweetness. the full body and good co2 really make this far too drinkable to for an eleven percenter.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Stable. I am strange. I do not like chocolate nor coffee but I like things that taste like both, and this is on of them.

Rich dark color but not much head. Great aroma coming of this one. Very chocolaty smell and something slightly fruity. Could catch a whiff of malt as well. Immediately tasted big chocolate flavors and a little coffee. Was there a little cherry taste in their too? It's not overly sweet which is a plus in my book. It also had more body than I thought it would, which is also a plus. Nicely done but as rich as it is it would be hard to drink more than one at a session. I will seek this beer out again.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other night.

The beer pours a dark blackish brown color with minimal head retention and lacing. Frankly, this beer doesn't look all that impressive. However, looks can often be deceiving in these high gravity beers.

The nose on this beer is gorgeous, with a lovely aroma of milk chocolate, cherry and coffee. This beer smells terrific, and happily, the flavors on the palate pretty much completely replicate the nose. Chocolate lovers will be happy with this beer, no doubt about that. Mouthfeel is full, rich, smooth and mouthcoating, with a very long finish. Drinkability is not this beer's strong suit, though it's not too bad for an ST 11% beer. Initially I didn't detect a lot of alcohol, but as I went along it became more and more prevalent and noticeable. Nevertheless, I had little trouble drinking a pint of this excellent beer, and would rate it as one of the better efforts I've seen from ST of late.

I still wonder about the appearance of this beer, and wonder if the bar was getting near the end of the keg. However, it certainly tasted as if it were fine (and relatively fresh), so who knows. However, will revisit this beer soon and see if it appears the same as it did last night at the Bench. I may need to revise my appearance score.

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mokah pours a dark chocolate brown color. It's not quite opaque. A little light cuts through and reveals garnet highlights at the edges. A light tan head caps it off and only rises to about a finger. It fell quickly and left light, sticky lacing on the glass. Not too shocking for an 11% beer.

The nose is good, but not quite what I'd hoped. It is very reminiscent of Choklat and is very heavy on chocolate malt. It has a sweet, Hershey's chocolate-like scent. There's no questioning the delicious smell of that aspect. It's excellent. As far as coffee goes, that element is clearly present, but doesn't smell as prominent as I had hoped. A little vanilla and brown sugar are noted at the secondary level. Alcohol is masked extremely well and is not noted at all. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine smelling beer. But, I'd like a little more coffee presence.

The flavor is better. How much? I don't know yet. Close call. The Choklat aspect is again easily recognizable. Chocolate malts are sweet and have a really nice milk chocolate flavor. Choklat is such a unique beer and its impact here is not lost on me. Coffee is more prominent in flavor and the flavor is a little better as a result. I'm unsure of the proportion of Choklat/Jahva that was utilized here, but I'm still guessing it's more Choklat than Jahva. It certainly tastes more Choklat to me. That's far from bad news. Brown sugar and vanilla are noted and complement the other flavors well. The x-factor here is the bitter hop flavor that emerges late. That's enough to trigger a score bump for me. Once again, alcohol seems lost in the mix and goes unnoticed. It finishes a little sweet and bitter. This is good stuff. Let there be no doubt.

The body feels slightly thick and smooth. Carbonation is light and really helps it attain an impressive, creamy feel. Drinkability is good, but is a little limited by the high abv. Yeah, I'll finish the bomber, but this is a big time beer. It's a little deceptive, but still big. It is very good, but not quite good enough to overcome that.

There really wasn't any question that Mokah would be impressive beer. I mean, how can one go wrong with a mix of Choklat and Jahva? The only question (for me) was, how impressive will it be? That's a tough call. It's extremely good beer, but it falls just a little short of both. But, not by much at all. The coffee aspect is notable here, but isn't all that strong. Non-coffee folks shouldn't be intimidated by this one. If it were a little stronger, it might improve a little overall. Who knows? Maybe not. Having said that, it's still great beer with a lot of great flavor. I like it a lot. The hoppy twist on the flavor is really nice and appealing. I have no reservation recommending this one. It's another gem in Southern Tier's Black Water Series.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into small tulip glass:
A - Opaque black with dark tan head. Head lingers for quite some time.
S - Chocolate, espresso, vanilla,alcohol.
T - Unbelieveable. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee upfront followed by slight vanilla, then warming alcohol.
M - Full and thick. More like an aperatif than what is normally considered 'beer'.
D - I split this bottle with a friend and we both agreed that this would be incredible with a nice dessert such as tiramisu or rich chocolate cake. Definitely not a 'lawnmower' beer. Like all of the other Southern Tier products, this is worth a try.

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

on tap at the office: poured into a delerium tulip, yields a tan two finger head that hangs around. not much lacing noticed throughout. the body is a nice obsidian black, with no light passing through. filtered? who knows.

wow this thing smells awesome! right away chocolate. vanilla. coffee. some roasted malt. alcohol. it all blends to a really nice aroma. i kept on simply smelling this thing in the tulip throughout (which had some barflies wondering what i was doing).

the taste matches the aroma. man, it's sweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of roasty, with an underlying vanilla and sweet cream taste. there is some alcohol taste in there, but it's easily overpowered by all these other guys. no bitterness here really, but it works for what they were aiming for.

full bodied and thick. again, this is good for the flavor profile. i'd not like it to be thin, it would seem really strange.

this is a very very sweet bomb of a brew. don't ask how, but i did have two in one sitting. and i was rather goofy feeling afterwards. like a kid who had too many milkshakes. one should have been enough, but i wanted to catch that aroma and flavor again.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, thin edges, no head.

Choklat nose, ie that Tootsie roll stench, slight bit of roasted coffee beans, but mostly sweet artificial chocolate smell.

Coffee comes out a bit more in the taste, I get an herbal almost minty coffee bean character on the finish. Front end is mostly sweet chocolate . Nice mix of flavors here although the chocolate flavor is very Hershey's syrup-like and seems artificial.

Feels fairly light for how big this beer is, just a little bit slick. In my mind this one is better than the Choklat, as far as drinkability, but probably still best consumed with vanilla ice cream and a spoon.

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

Black color with a khaki head that thinned to a layer leaving a few spots of lacing.
Sweet chocolatey smell with hints of french vanilla and roasted malts.
Chocolate taste is done right, not too sweet with a good roasted malt background.
Full bodied and creamy smooth.
A very nice treat.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with some translucency around the edges. I can tell on the pour that this beer suffers from the fate of all recently released Southern Tier beers. They are all thinner than the first releases.
Smell is some roasted coffee, a little chocolate and a good amount of creme brulee. Wasn't really expecting that much vanilla, but it's there. And it's even more prevalent in the taste. Just enough chocolate and a small amount of coffee to reel it in. Much easier to drink and quite enjoyable. This isn't cloying or tiring to drink. There's no sign of the alcohol at all. Decent beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a small tight light brown head that quickly settles into a light ring. The aroma is very similar to the Choklat; brownie batter all around, nice chocolate aroma, some alcohol vapors in the end. Nice sweet and bitter chocolate flavor up front, not as sweet as the Choklat. Noticable roasted coffee flavors are present but clearly take a backseat to the chocolate. There is a bit of a metallic taste to it and a fusel alcohol presense. The body is thick and chewy but with prickly carbonation; finishes mostly sweet with some roasted bitterness. The alcohol presense is pretty raw, could use some aging. An "Irish Twin" to the Choklat as they are not that far apart. The brew could be a bit smoother and the ABV needs to mellow. Once that happens, this is one good brew; more balanced than the Choklat.

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Photo of younger35
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this at Binny's in Buffalo Grove for around $8. I really enjoyed the original Choklat (not this years though) and OAT. Jahva and Crème Brulee, not so much. They were good but too sweet. I'm hoping this is more like the latter two. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a small half finger medium tan head that recedes fairly slowly. A decent cap and collar is left but not much lacing remains.
Smell- Well the nose is definitely more on the side of Choklat than Jahva as the sweet milky chocolate just bursts out of the glass. Sweet and caramely that is nice and rich (this coming from the nose). Really no sort of roasted malts come through at all as the chocolate blocks it out. I get nothing that smells like coffee. A light bit of hoppy citrus is detectable though, especially while cold.
Taste- Starts slightly bitter with a sharp kick of roasted and charred malts. The coffee is more on the side of overly roasted and extremely concentrated which makes it surprisingly bitter. The chocolate is sort of rich and smooth and tastes a lot like Hershey's Syrup. Some caramel and alcohol are present as all 11% shows a bit too much. Like the Jahva I think maybe there's more caramel than coffee but this seems to work better.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich and creamy and although the brew is velvety smooth there is this sort of roasted gritty under feel. The alcohol is very warm as well.
Drinkability- Overall not bad. Its certainty not as good Choklat or OAT but it's a bit better than Jahva and Crème Brulee (especially the later). Southern Tier defintily gets creative with these beers and they are a fun novelty. Definitely worth the try.

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Photo of damienblack
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mokah pours just like a good Imperial Stout, super thick and hearty. Not much in the way of livelyness or carbonation, though. Smell is absolutely fantastic. Just like Hershey's chocolate syrup, and that is also exactly what it tastes like. Sweet Hershey's syrup. It has a bit of slightly bitter kick at the end that goes away as it warms. I found that the Javah tempers the bitterness of the chocolate from Choklat, it tastes more milk chocolate than semi-sweet. Definitely makes for a far more enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel again is a little dead, I know this is the kind of beer that works with less carbonation, just lacks that "killer instinct" zing to it. Amazingly drinkable though, the perfect desert beer (and a damn good regular beer too, if you really like chocolate). Now, I was really underwhelmed by Javah, and thought Choklat was just a pretty good beer. This one is definitely more than the sum of its parts.

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

A: A really rich dark brown color, almost black, but through the sunlight, you can see some light. A small head at first that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: Lots of dark coffee and dark chocolate scents hit the nose immediately. Becomes even more noticeable once it gets closer to room temperature.

T: Ample amounts of dark chocolate are the most predominant flavor. Some rich dark coffee beans are mixed in as well, but the chocolate is the most apparent.

M: A very robust and sweet taste is left lingering on the palate.

D: This is a great dessert beer. An 11% ABV makes this a long sipping beer. I could have two in a sitting but no more.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bit of an opaque brown with a thin fluffy head with slight lacing.

S: Like I thought it would smell. Mixing Jahva and Choklat. You get that real sweet Hershey syrup smell battling with the coffee flavors of the Jahva.

T: Would be a 5 if the flavor was just a little bigger. It might work to this beers advantage that its not though...

M: Full bodied and slightly silky. A little bit of a hop presence and good carbonation add well to this beer.

D: Not too bad. Could definitely finish a bomber no problem. Would want it at the end of a session however.

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

Pretty excited about this one...

Poured into a snifter. Very dark brown almost black with a very thin off-white head. This ultimately becomes a white ring around the glass.

Smells brownie/cake batter, butter, sugar, dark chocolate and some sweet coffee. Its a very intensely sweet smelling beer. There is definitely some of the chocolate liquer smell coming out as well.

Tastes a lot like alcoholic brownie batter, not that its a bad thing...that is quite an accomplishment! Very sweet, chocolatey and dry from the alcohol content. Although, that 11% is very, very well hidden!

Their is nice creaminess to this beer that makes it super smooth drinking despite its strength.

I'm enjoying this one with a home made brownie, sipping away out of my snifter. Its not for the pint glass, that is for sure!

My only complaint would be the dominance of the chocolate and my desire for my coffee flavor.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was waiting for this one to show up in the Commonwealth for a while, and I'm pleased to see it finally arrive

A: Stark black, though the head has some trouble forming - the beer was quite well chilled, which would play into that, though. A tiny hint of a collar remains around the glass.

S: Choklat had a scent that could remind of a Ghirardelli bar, but I don't notice that here... moreso, it's a Hershey chocolate syrup scent - used as a sweetener to a cup of coffee with plenty of cream and sugar.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and sweetened coffee. It comes across as about evenly mixed between the two. The coffee flavours are a little more intense, and the chocolate flavours do not particularly blend like a mocha. It's something more along the lines of a sweetened coffee and chocolate syrup as two separate entities, or layers in the same glass. For some reason, I feel a sense of deja vu in having written something similar before, but nothing would compare to this.

M + D: The big alcohol of both brews is hidden under the intense flavours. Very slow going, as it can become a little too intense if it is consumed in any sort of rush. The more it warms, the more the sensation of alcohol will be noticed. Big, thick, and syrupy, paired with a modest carbonation that suits the style. This one might be a little on the cloying side for my palate. Like the Creme Brulee, it is something I would probably enjoy much more in good company than alone.

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

Pours an opaque darkness with full finger foamy dark tan head that fades slowly leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is aggressive and classic Tootsie Roll and rich gooey chocolate brownie. Full bodied, the mouth feel is heavy and creamy. A slight effervescence and tang from the 11% ABV on the tongue keeps things alive. Full flavored, sweet rich brownie chocolate taste that finishes with the coffee notes and with chalky malted Necco wafer texture. A really nice sipper. Recommended.

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

The beer was served very lightly chilled and allowed to hit room temperature before completion. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint Glass.

Appearance: The beer has a black body. The body of the beer shows ruby opaqueness to light. The head of the beer is the color of nugget. The head retention isnt good but what do I expect for an 11% beer.

Smell: This beer is a very sweet smelling combination of Jahva and Chocolat stout. The beer has a sweet malted milk ball aroma, vanilla, dark roasted malts, well roasted and toasted coffee. Would have liked a bit more coffee notes but this is really nice. Dam near perfect smell on the aroma.

Taste: The darkly roasted coffee malt tones I was craving ride down my throat. The chocolate notes run from the bitter sweet, fudge to malted milk ball. The alcohol is well incorporated in the beer. Major delivery on the aromas in terms of flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The mouthfeel is almost full bodied. I am like Mix-Alot I like em round and big. The carbonation is low but works well. Drinkabililty is really good. I couldnt believe how fast the beer left my glass. This is a dam near perfect effort.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Whole Foods.

An unexpected ST tasting after hitting New Beer. Great way to start off the weekend. :) Poured into a generic tumbler.

The description stated a blend(listed ingredients for Jahva & Choklat match). The server couldn't quite put the two words "new" & "beer" together, but denied & assured us that is was not a "blend".

Color was a leathery black, with a thin, but frothy, dark tan head.

Well just from the smell, it seems unfamiliar. Chocolate dominates, but not like the Belgian chocolate found on Choklat. This smells like sugary milk chocolate, white sugar, cocoa mix, & lactose. A little similar to Nesquik. On the edges, just a twinge of coffee & grass. Good & soothing, but not complex or irresistible.

Taste is of grainy, sugary milk chocolate up front, with lots of smooth lactose. Clean caramel, it hints with grain past the middle, coffee just barely peaking through(no bitter roast or earthy/ground flavors, but so much less then expected), & ends on an obvious cascade note that works really well.

Feel is decent. Somewhat of an oat-y feel, with an overall hearty body. Carbonation is mild to strong, simulating a little acidity. The lack of alcohol I think is the most drastic thing here though. Like a Bailey's with ice, the alcohol buries itself in the overall sweetness. Choklat, as good as it is, just can't drink this easy.

Taste was almost irresistible. $16.99 for 64 ounces(plus glass)... err. Better then $9 for a bottle, but still something I just can't do much of. ...I remember when UnEarthly was $5.49.

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

On-tap at the Catskeller - Cincy, OH

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Moderate frothy head, moderate lacing.

S: Strong cocoa and tootsie roll aromas.

T: Biter-sweet and roasty with flavors of cocoa and tootsie rolls. More chocolate than java. Slight burnt character in finish. A touch of heat.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and warm.

D: Quite tasty. Better than java or choklat. Yet, one glass is enough for satiation.

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

Appears black and murky with minimal head. Aroma is almost purely chocolate with a touch of alcohol. No discernable hops in aroma or taste.
Taste is overwhelmingly chocolate, as well. I can't say that I'm getting much, if any, coffee. There is the expected roastiness. The chocolate really lingers.
Mouthfeel is velvety thick.
While this is a very enjoyable beer, its strength and thickness make it a slow sipper.

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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 Nickls
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Deep, dark brown color that closes in on being black with ruby hints around. Finger of slightly off-white head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate that became a bit sweeter in aroma as it warmed. A few roasted notes

T - Bitter chocolate at first; then coffee flavors come in and then back to a creamier milk chocolate flavor

M - A bit thinner than I expected given the look of the brew with some fairly lively carbonation

D - Good overall here as it was an interesting brew after dinner one night...hit the spot pretty well, but sharing this brew worked out best for me.

Overall, I actually prefer Jah-va and Choklat, indepedently, to this brew. That being said, it's still a pretty darn good brew. Worth checking out.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with amber highlights when held to the light. A thin tan head settles to a ring of foam quickly.

S - Heavy chocolate and coffee. Almost reminds me of slightly burnt smores. The chocolate takes on a hershey's syrup aroma.

T - Sweet malt with rich chocolate slowly fade to slightly bitter coffee and deeply roasted malts the finish with a lingering sweet vanilla.

M - On the heavy side of medium with a mouth coating slickness.

D - ABV is well hidden. Makes for a nice after dinner sipper for dessert.

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