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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

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Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: completely black, even when held up to the light. Head pours two fingers of creamy tan foam. Head retention is good with quite a nice lace as well. Shazam!

Smell: rich chocolatey aroma, very much like the Choklat. A light hint of vegetal hops appears at the end. Overall, quite nice for a big ol' chocolate stout.

Taste: big flavor with chocolate at the beginning, followed by a big roastiness and more of those vegetal hops. The hops and roasted malts combine to create a kind of unappealing je ne sais quoi ... overall, not bad, but I'm not a huge fan.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and an amazing silky creaminess. These Black Water series beers do have their textures nailed down, yes they do.

Overall: the flavor sort of gets me here. I love the chocolate, and the roastiness is nice, but the interplay with the vegetal hops doesn't work great. The coffee advertised in the bottle doesn't make much of an impression at all.

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Photo of maltyb
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a Leffe chalice, tried to let it warm up a little bit before drinking.

Produced a nice solid brown head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving lace that lasted for a good while before being left with a ring of foam around the glass.

Color is as close to black as possible, no light gets through this, very dark brown.

Aroma is initially of chocolate, which becomes more pronounced as it warms. At one point the smell is reminiscent of Nesquik powder, and eventually some coffee/espresso aroma comes through.

Taste is definitely chocolate based in the front, malty and sweet. Before this warmed up it was nearly cloying. The espresso really comes through more in the taste than in the smell of this brew, and provides the main bitterness. Some noticeable warmth on the finish, as expected at 11.2%. As the carbonation dissipates and it warms, the flavors blend together more smoothly. I do wish it had a bit more hop contribution to help pull the finish together.

The head is creamy initially before giving way to a thick rich feeling beer.

Overall, definitely an enjoyable beer that should be tried at least once. Chocolate on the forefront and a coffee/espresso finish leave it spot on for what its advertised as.

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Photo of skrib09
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a rich dark brown, very dark, almost black. thick dark tan head formed.

smell is a sweet chocolate with hints of coffee. malt notes come through and pair with the chocolate well.

taste is chocolate and coffee bomb. the alcohol comes through along with some bread flavors as well.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. the flavors of the chocolate pair with the feel to make it creamy.

good drinkability, even for an imperial stout.

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Photo of busterwhite
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Dark brown almost black in color, no head at all.

Big chocolate smell, hint of coffee.

Like the smell a big rush of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee flavor followed by a bit of an alcohol taste. Lingering sweetness stays in the mouth.

Light carbonation, rich and thick.

Definitely lives up to the Mokah name, a little too sweet and chocolaty for me.

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Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a trade some time back... been cellaring it for about 5-6 months I think...

- Dark stout... looks like the Creme Brulee.... dark cola, can't see through it... bubbly mocha head upfront.. but a small ring sitting still.

- Nice sweet chocolate scent.. light bittering.... like a German chocolate cake... little whipped mouse.. cream..

- Sweet chocolate cream... and warming alcohol.. certainly not quite like the hot out of the oven brownies like the chocolate.. but a nice more mild blend of that... with a touch of light roasted coffee.... now i need to try the Jahva....

- Dry and bitter, but yet sticky sweet... overall not bad.

- Certainly another desert beer from Southern Tier.... and easy to drink. I am wishing I had aged this one even another year or two...

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Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large capped bottle, poured into a very large snifter.

Very dark, but not quite black, with a rich coffee colored head that holds well, and produces nice lacing.
It should be mentioned right off the bat this is not your typical stout, but rather a "dessert stout", much more than Rogue Chocolate Stout, for example.
Sweetish, and quite so, but not nearly as sweet as creme brulee. Chocolate and caramel, as well as coffee on the nose suggest what is coming.
Cocoa, sweet chocolate, sweetened coffee, caramel, vanilla, and cream.
Medium bodied, it is one good dessert beer, I think, although it took a while to get over the susprise there was no bitterness to be mentioned.
Have to try this one more time to make up my mind, but plan to share the bottle among four people - in my case, a large chunk ended being wasted (divided in two).

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Photo of silentjay
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours into a tulip with a generous light-khaki head that retains and laces well (though a bit lighter than I imagined) on top of a brown-tinted black liquid thats not quite as viscous as I would like, though its still an attractive pour.

aroma is predominately sweetened chocolate. a bit of espresso as well. chocolate covered espresso beans! very little beery aromas, unfortunately. some caramel, vanilla, and hot cocoa.

taste follows as the "easter bunny" chocolate is first to take hold of the palate. Not the drying baker's chocolate as is found in many stouts, but rather the sweetened candy chocolate. coffee takes a back seat, but is there. Beer flavors are pushed to the background, but are of roasty dark malts. a bit of booze warms the aftertaste which hints at a bit of hops as well. Very tasty dessert beer, but would like a bit more beer flavors.

medium-heavy bodied with plenty of carbonation and some "corn syrup" stickiness on the swallow.

Drinks rather well. Very sweet, and almost over-the-top flavoring may not be for some, but would do well for many people who claim to not like beer. Perfect dessert beer that packs a bit of booze in strength and flavor that detracts slightly from its drinkability.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mokah pours a deep dark blackish brown that appears quite opaque, but shows some orange highlights around the edges.. The head is wonderfully fluffy and mocha colored with excellent retention and decent lacing abilities. This is a very attractive brew.

The aroma is just what I had expected and yet at the same time not. It is predominantly chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate really ruling the roost. It is a chalky bakers type chocolate aroma crossed with chocolate milk that reminds me a lot of Choklat. The coffee aromas seem nice and roasty.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well, though the coffee comes through very nicely on the back end of the flavor with its sharp roasty qualities. The flavors are intense and true, but chocolate and coffee are pretty much all I get. I pick up a bit of vanilla and some caramel as it warms, but they are way in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a smoothness that is broken up by some lively bubbles. The finish is sweet, but tempered by the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors.

This is another flavorful beer from the blackwater series. It is quite tasty, but just like all the others it is a bit over the top. I must say though, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it had more coffee in the aroma.

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Photo of keaston
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visited the brewery less than a week after this was released, picked up a bomber for $4.

A - Jet black with a creamy tan head. Head fades to a quarter-finger and sticks around. An impressive looking stout.

S - Hershey's chocolate syrup in the nose. Not as intense as their Choklat, but still overpowering. I find the smell too cloying and easily the weakest aspect of this beer.

T/M - Same intense chocolate as Choklat, but quickly gives way to more complex and less cloying taste. Sweet fades to a not-quite-bitter coffee flavor. There is very little roasted flavor typically associated with stouts. Coffee and an interesting prickly spiciness on the palate. Coffee flavor becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is very good. Rich and full with perfectly attenuated carbonation. 11% ABV is nowhere to be found.

D - Definitely above-average drinkability for an Imperial stout. Flavors are not overly rich, but rather brisk and bracing. The chocolate in the beginning is rich but quickly fades and is not overbearing. The alcohol is masterfully hidden and I had to remind myself that this is an 11% brew.

While not something I will be guzzling in the summer months, I will definitely pick up some more of this for when it gets cold. Between this brew and their barleywine, Southern Tier has persuaded me to try every one of their offerings. Everything I've tried from them has been well-crafted and is of high quality, and this beer is no exception

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Photo of Magpie14
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a hearty thick pour. Darkness envelopes every nook and cranny of my glass with viscous goodness. Adding to the appeal is a nice tawny hue hugging the edge of my snifter. The cap has poor staying power as it allowed me only a glance to examine its deep mahogany brown colored fluff. Lacing has a few notables otherwise it is burned clean off the walls of the glass. This beer seems loaded and looks in the right for an Imperial Stout

S: largely impressive nose that is dynamic and strong. The most notable whiffs are of sugary molasses with large portions of chocolate and coffee. Smells like a liquid candy bar. For an imperial stout this has to be one of the champs. Amongst such darkness a squeak of hops gather force

T: well, what can I say...this is sweet, almost to the point of sickly. This is more like a runny chocolate fudge java milkshake. I am baffled. I have to keep telling myself that this is a beer. After a few more sips a maltiness starts to show up and helps hold things somewhat together. In any event, a sturdy brown sugar candy flavor envelopes every sip. Other flavors range in character from sweet to bitter within the prominent self-indulgent milk chocolate. Some anise and dark fruits are making an appearance.
A dose of crushed coffee bean oiliness is evident and melds amongst the creamy sweetness. Towards the finish a small (and I mean small) hop essence rustles the tongue

M: pretty straightforward in the mouthfeel department. Maybe a bit on the lush and creamy side. The body is on the mild side of heavy and carbonation is in healthy order

D: not sure what to think of this, pretty extreme. This brew is the port wine of the beer world. I could see this as an after dinner delight. Make sure to share this beer as I am finding myself wrestling to finish this one. Wild stuff!

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Photo of bum732
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mokah pours flat black with ruby highlights around the edges. On top a small fizzy tan head forms. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol. The chocolate reminds me of Hershey syrup.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is syrupy, with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet and full of chocolate. Other flavors of nuts, dark fruit, grass and alcohol are also present. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering chocolate and alcohol when gone.

A very sweet and chocolaty beer with a warming alcohol kick.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle pored into large snifters, split with oglmcdgl cause there is no way I could finish this whole bottle.

A- Pitch black like a cold night and with a moderate pour a faint dark tan head popped up with some bubbles within. The tan head faded before my glass was handed to me leaving just a sea of blackness. It took a very hard swirl to bring it back momentarily. Not much lacing just a scattered line here and there.

S- Well this really smells like choklat if you ask me but there is a very faint scent of coffee is in there but it isnt that pleasant smelling, almost generic. Overall I will give this one a pass on smell because I am a lover of choklat and this is not far off. Big huge amounts of dark malts are within the smell as well. Getting some tootsie roll as well and some mild roast.

T- Okay, a little more of the javah does come out in the taste and does make this pleasant, but in no way do I think this is a 50/50 split between the two styles, as the Choklat reigns supreme. Any hops that were used in the brewing process had no chance of making a dent in the taste, in this case they kind of support the overly sweet taste. Big focus on the malts in the taste as well.

M- Thick and sweet. Mokah has the same feel as choklat and many others in the blackwater series, although I have not had Javah by itself though. This one is very sweet and not for the faint at heart. Not bitter in any way, in fact i will venture to say no bitterness just candy like sweetness.

D- As I get older, I find myself to drink less and less in the blackwater series because it's just too much. I love Southern tier's desert beers, but only in about 5oz samples in a sitting. As for Mokah, it's a great beer but in the future i'll just pick between the two base beers and share amongst friends.

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

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Dark dark brown, not quite black. Anemic head quickly fades. No lacing to speak of.

S: Like chocolate. Specifically, like Choklat. Other reviews that have likened it to Tootsie Rolls are spot-on. I can't really pick out any coffee.

T: Pretty much all chocolate. Just the faintest hints of coffee in the background. Warming alcohol burn. It kind of dries out the mouth, but I'm not sure if that's from the alcohol or the coffee.

M: Much thinner than I expected it to be. No carbonation.

D: As far as I can tell, this is pretty much indistinguishable from Choklat. And the parts that are different are worse. I don't really see the point of this.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle bought on vacation, poured into a lowball glass.

A - Lighter than I would've thought, black coffee with some light around the edges. Maybe a finger of head, which took a while to recede. Nice lacing, which saves this part of the rating.

S - Interesting. Roasty, but with the sweetness from the chocolate in the foreground. Not much coffee in the aroma. Very dark in the beginning but finishing very light and sweet.

T - Very nice. Similar to the aroma; lots of roasted malt and coffee, and a sweetness that follows through the finish. Wasn't sure at first but over time I came to really like it. Mokah may be a little misleading, since it doesn't taste much like any mocha I've ever had, but it certainly represents the components pretty well. Not too boozy, although it makes itself known.

M - Thinner than I expected, although still full-bodied. Good carbonation, dry finish.

D - The alcohol, while well-hidden, definitely takes its toll over the course of a bomber, as does the sweetness. Not sure I could open another.

O - This is definitely a nice sipping beer for the morning, although you may need a nap after finishing it.

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Photo of Bone53
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Blue Dust

Appearance: Seems to be black with a light brown head

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cream

Taste: A ton of chocolate upfront with an espresso finish. Undertone of hops throughout

Mouthfeel: Great body for 10%; Smooth with moderate carbonation throughout. Carbonation is spot on

Overall: I was surprised how much chocolate presence was in here. It overshadows the coffee in my opinion. After all it is called mokah right? The chocolate also seems slightly artificial. I think this is a slightly better than average imperial coffee stout. I can see how people really like it, just not exactly what i go for

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Photo of Skordi13
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this is delicious. To begin with, this beer is not named appropriately. There is minimal coffee taste in this beer, which isn't such a bad thing but not what you would expect. I saw a previous review and agreed that it should be called double chocolate milk stout. It is very hard to drink and very sugary. This is a special occasion beer, it is fantastically tasty but if you get a bomber, be sure to share it with a friend... for calories sake.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: Poured more brown than black...but settled into my tulip glass as expected...black. A nice light toffee colored head, that seemed to stand more than an inch tall, with pretty good lacing.

S: A strong mix of dark and milk chocolate...seriously, it's almost like smelling a chocolate milkshake from Ruby's...WOW! The coffee...or Jahva influence seems to be minimal on the overall aroma...but does add a somewhat nice complexity to the smell.

T: The coffee quality definitely takes over a bit more...with the initial taste being more coffee than chocolate. The sweet and bitter "Choklat" kick is more noticeable towards the middle and back end of the beer, which I think fits perfect.

M: Basically average for an Imperial Stout...full-body, a little harsh on the carbonation.

D: This is the third time I've had it...and I have to say, this beer grows more and more on me. Even at 11%, the alcohol is hidden pretty well and the flavor is rich.

Overall: Worse than Choklat, but better than Jahva. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is such a damn good beer!

Pours a nice rich dark body with a fluffy tan head... great lacing, with an amazing nose of chocolate and coffee, just what I expected from a mocha flavored beer. This Mocha Stout, Mokah was really reallly good.... I would suggest this to any one who loves dark beers. This reminds me of the Grand Imperial Porter from Poland... Both great beers.

This is a good beer. I love it.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up at merchant's fine wine in dearborn yesterday. sampled june 7/09.

pours black and nearly fairly opaque, but you can tell that it's crystal clear during the pour. a small very dense brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving tons of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. rich dark and milk chocolate. alcohol. wheat bread. biscuit. touch of cracker. caramel and toffee. so far it's very reminiscent of choklat and i'm not getting a whole lot of coffee character.

taste is good. milk and dark chocolate. bit of espresso and coffee. big warming alcohol. lightly toasted wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. touch of caramel. anise. bit of roast. seems a bit like a diluted version of the choklat - a little thinner, not as much depth and complexity to the chocolate - yet with at least as much alcohol as that one held.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body, a bit thinner than i'd like. nice silky smooth medium carbonation.

drinkability is nice. as mentioned above, the alcohol is very present in this one, warming every part of your mouth on the sip and spreading through the rest of your chest following. i think this, like the gemini, just isn't as good as the beers that went into it. still, it's got some pretty big shoes to fill and remains darn tasty anyway.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a not quite transparent black with ruby highlights around the edge of the snifter.
Smells strongly of chocolate, or should I say, Choklat. Lots of deep roasty chocolate and a bit of coffee.
Taste is nicely sweet, lots of milk and dark chocolate. Seems like the coffee is dominated by chocolate. It comes through in the finish but it takes a while. Slight noticable alcohol.
Feels pretty thin which is my biggest complaint. A stout this tasty should be dense and heavy. It's not so easy to drink either, it would be hard to finish a bomber by yourself.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Ned's.

Appearance: Black, but not completely opaque around the edges. Lots of reddish highlights. Little more than a film of head. Five or six spots of lacing.

Smell: It does smell quite a bit like an iced mocha, but more like chocolate syrup than coffee. Lots of sweetness in the smell. Very sweet and chocolatey, not much complexity.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells. Rich and chocolatey, very sweet. Nice bitter coffee flavor from the middle through the end. The end also brings a little citrusy hops flavor and some bitterness. The coffee and hops balance out the super sweet chocolate syrup taste and rounds it out well.

Mouthfeel: It has an appealing softness, but its not as full as I'd like it to be. It leaves a sweet stickiness in the finish.

Overall: This is another one of those beers I wish I'd split with someone. Its really tasty, but very sweet, and one sided with limited complexity. I enjoyed it, but its not a world class imperial stout.

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