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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,683 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,683
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 157
Gots: 277 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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wnh

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours deep, opaque black with just a hint of chocolately brown highlights. One finger of foamy head, light tan, that dissipates rather quickly. I expected a deeper, richer head color, and much more retention.

Nose is straight up Hershey's Syrup, at least what I remember of it--I imagine side by side this would be infinitely more rich and delicious. Roasted coffee beans are underneath, but I've got to dig to find them. Coffee aromas open up as the glass warms, which helps temper the intense chocolate, but they're still awfully hidden for what's billed as a coffee/chocolate stout.

The taste offers more true chocolate than the nose conveys, more in the way of a well-made dark chocolate bar than the Hershey's Syrup. As the intensity of the chocolate fades, I start to get more of a rich chocolate milk impression. I'm having a difficult time, however, picking up any coffee notes, but there is a slight bitterness to the finish. My score of 4.0 here is both a knock on the overall lack of coffee flavor in a "mocha" beer as well as a boost for the incredible chocolatiness of it. As I drink more, I begin to note the balance of this beer; although the bitterness isn't manifested in the coffee bean form I was expecting, there's enough on the tail end to temper the sweet chocolate and keep things in check.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, like chocolate milk. Mouth-coating, but not to the extent that the flavors linger excessively, which may actually be a good thing. This could very easily have been a sickeningly thick beer, and that would have fit the flavor profile, but I've got to give the brewers credit for not making it so. Too far in either direction and the overall experience would have taken quite a hit, but they seem to have nailed it.

Definitely something to be sipped relatively slowly, but not as revoltingly sweet as it easily could have been. The balance makes it quite drinkable, though the richness will easily prevent me from wanting another any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 15:52:27 | More by wnh
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yobeerman

Pennsylvania

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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Aenema

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep black with a tan, 1 finger head. Minimal lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee.
Taste - Lots of chocolate, transitioning to coffee and a lingering bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Rich, smooth and creamy with a full body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Very rich and filling. 3

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 19:39:15 | More by Aenema
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gungorr

Illinois

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

A: It poured a very dark black with a decent amount of dark brown head.

S: I could smell the coffee right from the get go with the chocolate hanging around in the back.

T: It tasted like bitter sweet chocolate slowly following up the coffee.

M: It was well cabonated, slightly thinner than other coffee stouts I have had.

D: I sipped on this and as it got warmer it got better.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The bitter chocolate might turn a few people off from this beer.

poured from a bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 22:33:35 | More by gungorr
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle appropriately served in my ST tulip at the recommended 48 degrees. Poured the color of cola with a half inch khaki-colored head; frothy, but not dense. Cap eventually recedes into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass; some slashes and spots of lacing are revealed as the brew is consumed. Great nose - chocolate, coffee, dark fruity esters and caramel. Chocolate takes the forefront in the flavor department, albeit it comes off a little chalky. Some acidity is revealed towards the back. Not getting much of the coffee and caramel in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side for the style; really just shy of medium-bodied, but lacking the viscosity or chewiness of an American Double IS. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden on this one; just a feint suggestion of heat at the very back of the throat. As such, this brew goes down pretty easy. IMO, not as good as Jahva, but better than Choklat. Nonetheless, a solid big beer from ST.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 01:47:27 | More by Jwale73
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with decent carbonation, one finger of mocha coloured head. Very little lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of coffee and a definite hot chocolate note. Creamy iced coffee too. Just a ton of all things coffee and chocolate in various different formats. Sweet aroma.

T - Sweet chocolate and tons of coffee again. Some obvious alcohol is there but doesn't offend. Tons of chocolatey goodness, hot choclate and sweet iced coffee notes.

M - Good carbonation, full body and a sweet iced coffee finish.

O/D - Hard to fault this. Very much a dessert beer. Hits the spot with tons of delicious flavours and complexity. Definitely a tasty beer. I don't know how much I could have, but it's worth a taste for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:05:17 | More by tbeckett
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:04:46 | More by Nickls
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

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

Poured a deep rich chocolate, barely a head, leaving fine lacing. Nose of chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Mouthfeel alcohol and light, the ABV comes in at 11% and is very obvious. Easy drinkability, but the high alcohol content makes deters from drinking to quench the thirst. There is a slight hint of coffee, and a creamy sweetness to the aftertaste. Another smooth, great tasting brew from the folks at Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:19:49 | More by thequeen711
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my PALM tulip... starts with a nice mixed tan brown head that disappears somewhat quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Beer is black in color, and turns a very dark shade of ruby when held up to the light

S- First wiff is pure chocolate, almost like smelling hot chocolate. After some swirls of the snifter, gets a bit more bitterness and malts

T- Intense chocolate taste with a bit of bitterness. Also can detect a bit of booziness, though its not really hot... just apparent

M- Very thick, full bodied with light carbonation

D- Tastes great, though its a bit too rich for me... don't thick I could drink more than 1 at a sitting

CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 05:41:18 | More by bbeane
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - pours slightly lighter but still damn near black, head is shy of a finger, lacing and retention virtually non existent. The Oat consumed immediately prior to this is much stronger in all attributes.

S - tons of bitter sweet chocolate and roasty bitter coffee malts. Super sweet and syrupy.

T - lots of syrupy bitter chocolate and roasted coffee, decent alcohol burn, sweet vanilla. Super delicious

M - thick as hell. Drinks incredibly smoothly, hardly any carbonation. Sip worthy

O - delicious taste and an incredibly smooth drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 03:46:21 | More by MacQ32
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black with modest but lasting tan head.mahogany highlights at edges.

Well concealed ABV, particularly in the tasting.

Plenty of coffee and sweet chocolate in the aroma and in the flavor. The sweetness in the aroma is fine but there's a little too much in the taste. Started fine, but soon became cloying. A more recent tasting in JUNE 2012 found the sweet level acceptable. The 'extra' sweetness did make for a notably nice coffee finish without much of the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:50:46 | More by chinchill
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, and iced coffee, in that order.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of roasted malt and robust dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip light amounts of grainy coffee flavors enter into things, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this is a solid beer and people who love Choklat will especially be a fan, however it lacks the complexity to be very good. Still, it's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 00:36:39 | More by glid02
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black that produces a thin and surprisingly light colored head. Light gives it a brownish ruby edge. Lacing is thin and delicate. Wispy bubbles remain atop the beer when the head dissipates.

Bittersweet chocolate fills the nose and is followed by mild coffee aromas. Strong undertones of vanilla bring an interesting balance that I find very appealing. This beer has a more intensely sweet aroma than many imperial stouts.

The seemingly unbalanced nose yields a phenomenal blend of flavors when it hits the palate. The chocolate is still very sweet, but the coffee moves from the sweet mocha to a slightly more bitter version. The finish has a slight vanilla characteristic mellow and soft flavor that really is strong in the aftertaste.

Silky and smooth with only slight carbonation. After aging for a year, the texture is a bit syrupy, but it has retained its coffee character phenomenally. This is a good one to share, as its a bit too much to handle, both from a sweet and a buzz standpoint. A great after-dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 12:50:07 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz pours a dark brown, cola around the edges, thin mokah head which dies to the odd spot of head. Not much retention.

Cocoa powder, espresso, sweet sugar, caramel, chocolate milk in the nose.

This is not as chocolatey as Choklat, not as coffee as Jahva but a pleasant mix. Blends a little too much into a nondescript sweet mess but still a pleasant stout. Cocoa powder and roast bitterness, sweet caramel and milk, chocolate, lighter coffee, espresso in finish, hint of booze in the throat, very sweet body.

A sipper for sure and the smooth, light carb aids the sipping. A dessert beer, wouldn't want this with a meal or summer. A bomber is the max but for what it is, relatively drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 01:12:20 | More by ritzkiss
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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??...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 22:50:30 | More by dsa7783
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Jesstyr

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one at American Craft in Brookline - what an incredibly unique beer in my opinion...

Pours pitch black, with a nice firm head that lingers nicely before settling in to small patching. This beer is as dark as they come. The nose is the most robust I have ever experienced, its pure dark chocolate, and is just an incredible thing to sense. This is like sitting down with a mug of hot cocoa on a cold day - a great beer for winter in this regard.

Its hard to follow a nose like that, but this beer makes a good, if not as enjoyable effort. Far more coffee in the taste then the nose, and a little less chocolate than I would have expected. A bit of alcohol burns on the end of the drink, and there is light carbonation that lingers under the medium/heavy body. This is the sort of drink you should enjoy with cheese or dessert, but it will hit you hard at anytime - you definitely feel the 11% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 18:00:37 | More by Jesstyr
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black/dark brown with a tiny tan head. Sweet cocoa aromas blended with espresso, toffee and hints of floral hops.

Flavor? Think dark chocolate espresso beans. Coffee bitterness balanced with sweet caramel ad toffee. Hoppy undertones and some light grains round it out nicely.

The alcohol becomes strong as the beer warms, but the thick, creamy feel caries it well. Southern Tier sure knows their desert stouts!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:04:04 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with a smallish espresso colored head. Short head retention, but good amounts of lace on the glass. The aroma is roasted barley, dark chocolate and brandied plums with some spicy booziness evident. huge chocolate flavors - dark, milk, raw nibs fill the taste. A bit of earthy coffee and some caramel add to the complexity. Pine forest hops lay in the back, providing a good bitterness for balance. The wall of malt and chocolate flavors is kind throughout though. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous with light carbonation. The finish is bitter from the preponderance of black malts more so than the hops, and quite chocolatey. Alcohol is evident throughout - a spicy kick - but never distracting.

This is a nice Imperial Stout. Very full flavored, worth a try. It could have a bit less alcohol presence and a bit more hop and coffee presence.. Then it would be world class!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 05:04:43 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a quickly disipating tan head on top of a murky black body. The aroma first strikes me as chocolatey, although not overpowering. You can still discern different malts like coffee, roasted, toasted, and hints of caramel and/or toffee but make no mistake - the cocoa malts are what really drive the beer. Smooth, creamy, slightly chewey although mostly a medium body, this is an easy to drink stout that is rather sweet with only a minor dry backbite for a rather clean, coffee-esque finish. The body is mostly sweet and mostly chocolate, so while not sweet like a milk/sweet stout be prepared for some sweetness; gets smoother and a little dryer on backend as it warms but the ABV is hidden for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 00:31:51 | More by clayrock81
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice rich and roasty dark brown with a one finger tan head that has some nice tight bubbles but also some scattered medium ones. The head recedes pretty quick down to a nice thin film. As you spin the glass there is some nice and sticky tan to slight yellow lacing that is left by the head. Its not as dark as expected.

S - My first initial nose dive delivers quite a punch of nice fresh and sweet cocoa powder right away. Yum. Similar to Chokolat. There is some nice melted milk chocolate bar sweetness in there as well. There are slightly roasted hints that hint at coffee but the nose is definitely dominated by the chocolate.

T & M - Delicious sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder with some nice dark chocolate bitterness intermingled. After this chocolate bomb there are some nice roasted coffee hints that pop up and give the beer a nice acidic coffee bitterness. There is a nice alcoholic warmth especially on the back end. The hop presence is minimal except for some slight hints at the end. The beer isn't as good as Chokolat on its own and its not as viscous or as oily as I expected. The beer is good but the chocolate flavor tends to dominate and not work as well together with the coffee as in other similar stouts.

D - Good stout but could be better. Higher ABV so be careful. Overall not as good as Chokolat which is one of my favorite stouts and is ranked up there on this site but still delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 00:44:42 | More by JoEBoBpr
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malty

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into my stemmed Ayiger tulip-style glass - no light penetrates at al. Big, blossoming, settled attractive 2" loose khaki head. I hold my ear up to it and can hear a muffled crackling of bubbles.

An utmost chocolaty nose to say the least. Smells exactly like a freshly blended chocolate malt - made with hot fudge instead of chocolate syrup. Hi-grade vanilla bean. Nestle Quick powder. This thing is all about layers and variants of chocolate.

The flavors automatically take a swing into the bitter coffee realm right away. I can now detect a coffee element I was hoping for in the nose. Bitterness nicely offsets the still very prevalent chocolate presence, which is quite harmonious now. An slight alcohol 'edge' is detected, but more so in the warmth and not taste. The handshake is becoming firmer. Still very friendly, but a bit firmer nonetheless. The chocolate is tamed now, while the dark cocoa powder and coffee components are lifted as this ale warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, oily and slick. The carbonation is minimal, but still fine and present. The finish is sweet, bitter, lush and warming.

Drinkability is good. I'l be nice and cozy once this bomber is consumed, but that will be enough for me.

Overall a very remarkably indulgent stout. A was happy to taste bitter, charred flavors because the sweet smells had me fretting this would be a cloying glob of an ale - but it's not. Everything is just so luxuriously over-the-top. A great beer to share with a couple friends to break up a session of IPAs maybe? Definitely a dessert beer, better enjoyed fireside with a comfy flannel robe and fuzzy slipper. Thanks for spoiling me ST!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:15:05 | More by malty
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, one finger, tan head that slowly recedes to nothing. Very dark molasses brown with some molasses-like viscocity. Some black char colors, and no bubbling. Creamy caraml atop a sweet coffee and chocolate treat. Vanilla and milk chocolate with some gourmet, medium roast coffee aromas. Starts with a Starbucks coffee liquer blended well with milk and dark chocolate. The palate feels liquer warm yet sweet. While the finish is a combo of both the dark chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. Very slow and soothig finish. Great warming and flavorful sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 02:41:23 | More by scruffwhor
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, served in a small mug. Absolutely pitch black, with no head.
Aroma is all chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee coming through. In terms of aroma this is almost the same as Choklat.
Taste is also predominantly chocolate, however, the difference is in the finish. Nice bitterness in the finish makes the sweetness not very overwhelming. The alcohol definitely warmed me up with every sip. Definitely a sipper. Full-bodied, silky and creamy mouthfeel. This is a big beer and definitely worth a try for those who like a mix of chocolate and coffee in their stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 13:25:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 01:29:27 | More by indiapaleale
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous black with almost a finger of light khaki head. A few streaks of lacing and pretty good retention.

S: Roastiness and sweet chocolate, cafe mocha, burnt sugar. Really chocolatey and decently sweet.

T: More espresso here, but still quite a bit of mocha/chocolate. The coffee grows in intensity throughout the taste. Finishes with some coffee bitterness and offsetting sugar.

M: Full bodied and light carbonation. Thick, but manages to feel really nice.

O: Well executed for what it is: huge chocolatey stout with some supporting coffee. Not unlike drinking a cafe mocha. Sweet but not overly sweet. Southern Tier does these types of beers well.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:35:28 | More by pmarlowe
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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