Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 2,152
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 221
Gots: 449 | 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

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Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of BeerZack
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of naproxen
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wished that this blended offering was a little heavier on the Java and little less on the Choklat. Now, I love me some Choklat now, later, and in between, however this Mokah came off like it was 80% chocolate and 20% coffee.

The body and appearance definitely hinted away from this being as dark or thick as Choklat. It poured with a pinky thin tea-stain brown head, dark brown body but not 100% opaque either.

The nose actually had some coffee in it, but mostly just chocolate and creamy milk, very sweet.

Besides tasting overly of Choklat, the actual flavor of this beer is flooringly tasty. There was even less of an alcohol presence in this than I expected given 11% abv. This goes down smoooth. (706 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a 3 finger...mocha (~!) colored head. No lacing...thats disappointing. Points for the robust head however.

S- coffee and chocolate...I guess the chocolate is the overwhelming flavor, but not by much. Theres some booziness in there too

T- I get a huge hit of very sweet chocolate with a little bit of an aftertaste of coffee beans...I think its too sweet, actually. Just a huge hit of chocolate, and its definitely milk chocolate...

M- slightly syrupy...nice and thick. A little overwhelming with the sweetness, but it goes down well.

D- the sweetness knocks it down a notch. Its certainly a delicious beer...but yeah, can be a little much. Total sipper (721 characters)

Photo of jmalex
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some people think these imperial stouts from Southern Tier are just too much. Me? I can't get enough of 'em!

Pours a deep brown (not black) into my Duvel tulip. As the loose, tan head forms, the chocolate aromas are already hitting my nose. A closer nasal inspection yields equal parts chocolate, nutty coffee, and boozy alcohol. Yep, the perils of an 11% stout. By now, the head is down to a full cap of foam and going no lower.

The flavor yields more of the massive chocolate and coffee, but it's the latter that takes the forefront. A bit of a bready base beer comes through as well and is a welcome taste. The alcohol isn't nearly as prevalent though still a bit detectable. In the finish, the coffee continues to dominate and sticks around long afterward. For being so robust, there isn't a whole lot of complexity in this. It basically tastes like INGREDIENTS.

Meanwhile, the mouthfeel is massive thick as one would expect. It's fairly slick though a higher-than-low carbonation serves very well to lighten it up quite a bit, aiding in drinkability. That said, this will be an all-night sipper.

A fine choice though it may be my least favorite of the Blackwater stouts. I'd say if you like Jah-va, you'll like this one as well. (1,237 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this at the ACBF and thought it was great. Picked up a bottle at Capone's and thought I'd give it a real try and a review.

Appearance- Pours a pretty pitch shade of black with a very small amount of patchy brown head. Nothing to write home about, but not particularly bad looking either.

Smell- Lots of bitter coffee up front followed closely in second by dark chocolate. Smells like a bar of dark chocolate infused with espresso beans-not particularly surprising either given the blend of this beer! A very appetizing combination that reminded me very much of what I remembered about the flavor profile from the festival.

Taste- Not gonna lie, a bit of a letdown from my first impressions. Bitter coffee flavors overpower much of the dark chocolate that was present in the nose, leaving it only as a afterthought for me as the beer goes down the hatch along with some biting alcohol aftertaste. A much harsher and one sided blend of the two main flavors than I initially remembered from the festival. Is it possible that this would vary bottle to bottle or that this was a different batch? Not terrible by any means, but ended up tasting more like a weakened Jahva rather than the smoother mixture that I remembered.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty solid on this beer and it is thick and chewy, though quite sticky. Very much a dessert mouthfeel. Drinkability was not great for me as I found the flavor mixtures too harsh to drink a lot of this, along with the fact that it is a heavy, sweet, dessert beer. Glad my lady friend was around to split the bomber with.

Overall, not bad but a letdown from my first experience with the beer. Found this to come across as a fairly harsh blend the second time through and would prefer to have either the Jahva or the Choklat instead on its own as a result. (1,823 characters)

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown, with a finger and a half of tan head that subsides fairly quickly to a thin layer. Blankets of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Well, alcohol and chocolate. Not really getting much of a coffee note.

Taste: Wow, this is sweet. Lots of intense chocolate flavors, and the chocolate lingers on the tongue for quite awhile. There's a slight hoppy bitterness there as well, but it's necessary to offset the sweetness. I'm not really getting much coffee flavor at all. Almost seems like there's some oak in there as well, but I could just be confusing that with the hops. Not as sweet as Choklat, but almost there. As it warmed, I got a little bit of a coffee bitterness, but very little coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and creamy, but prickly carbonation - almost a little bit too much. Almost.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper, because it's so sweet, rich, and thick. I really didn't get any coffee flavor out of this - to me, this tasted like a watered-down version of Choklat, but just a rich and sweet (if that makes sense). It's definitely best to split the bomber - almost impossible to finish one of these by yourself. (1,230 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter glass. I had cellared this for about a year, and am eager to see how it turns out.

Pours a deep, dark brown, with glints of ruby when swirled in the light. A thin, brown wisp of head forms a swirl in the center.

Smells of deep dark chocolate, with roasted coffee, honey, alcohol, and a hint of peppermint. More than anything else, it smells sweet.

Tastes much more coffee -- bitter coffee -- than it smells. The bitter definitely tempers the sweet of the smell. Honey sweet, baker's chocolate, and raosted coffee round this out. Almost more of an appertif than a beer, this beer is full of flavor. It is tough to drink even one glass of it, though, as the flavor gets to be too intense.

Smooth and syrupy, the bitterness nips at the end of the tongue. The alcohol burns the tongue a little and certainly warms the belly.

Overall, a nice sipping dessert beer. I recently had the Choklat, and must admit to liking that one much more than this. I'll have to grab another bottle of it and review it sometime! (1,064 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.
A: Pours near black with a finger of dense dark tan head that faded into a thin collar that left almost no lacing down the glass.
S: Very sweet smelling actually with notes of coffee with sugar, chocolate frosting and heavy creamer. I get what smells like cinnamon as well.
T: Bigger coffee presence to the flavor than the smell, with rich and lightly bitter notes of dark roasted coffee, bitter-sweet dark chocolate, cinnamon, roasted coconut and raisins. This is definitely mocha-like, and very potent. The finish has a touch of bitterness and a bit of alcohol, and the aftertaste lingers on my palate long after the swallow.
M: Thick body with tingly carbonation. This bottle actually has pretty sharp amount of alcohol and acidic coffee bite to it though despite being over a year old. The mouthfeel is a bit rough around the edges.
O: The flavors in this are very dark and bold, and were definitely an assault to my senses. A good balance of coffee and chocolate, but a bit hard to drink overall. (1,037 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into a pair of shaker glasses. Mokah appears a deep dark brown color with about an inch of fluffy ecru foam. Not really getting much coffee notes here. Mostly that sweet tootsie roll smell and flavor that is so very prevalent in Choklat. Milk chocolate, and sweet caramel dominate the flavor and aroma. Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation. Not too shabby, but I was all smiles when my glass was empty so I could move on to something else. (505 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dim

It poured rather well into a snifter and produced a finger worth of tan head that went away rather quickly and nothing was left behind . The body was a black in color but it did really miss the lace on top of the glass. I thought this smelled wonderful, these guys do get the aromas' of there brews right. Big old chocolate and coffee it did smell like a Starbucks mochachino. The flavor was a bit sweet for me. though they should have bittered it up a bit. The brew bordered on being to sweet sometimes but the flavor was dead on for a mocha drink. It was medium feeling in my mouth but it did need a tad more carbonation
I finished the bottle myself but wished for someone to split it with half was thru one glass was enough in one sitting. A interesting brew I may buy another to share as a desert (814 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very dark body that is black at its core and dark brown with just a bit of light passing through at the edges. A tan head has ok retention, but does not leave any lacing on my glass at all.

The smell has a lot of thing going on, but first and foremost is chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate, hot cocoa, loads of it. Coffee is also noticeable in there, with an aroma of whole coffee beans.

There are layers upon layers of flavor in this one. Once again, the first thing I notice is chocolate in the same forms as the nose, dark chocolate, cocoa, maybe even a bit of milk cocolate. A bit of vanilla and after that a very muted hop bitterness that is practically buried underneath all the other flavors, hiding somewhere down there with a touch of caramel. Next comes the coffee, which tastes like a fresh brewed cup and makes the finish dry and bitter. A bit of alcohol toward the end also.

The body is surprisingly light for the style; it isn't a huge, viscous stout. Moderate carbonation also.

This beer certainly is interesting, and the chocolate and coffee flavors are done really well, but I found even a bomber was a bit hard to drink because it is so sweet. (1,165 characters)

Photo of aewinte1
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pitch black, 1" tan head
S- Smells like a chocolate malt shake. Smell is dominated by a hersheys syrup type smell. Really cant detect much besides a hint of coffee and a ton of fudgey sweet chocolate
T- Chocolate malt in beer form. Coffee is somewhat subtle. Chocolate is not the typical bittersweet chocolate taste found in beers, but more of a sweet hersheys milk chocolate taste. Chocolate is rather cloying but unique.
M- Carbonation is so-so. No lacing to speak of
D- By the end the chocolate is completely overpowering. Alcohol isn't very strong or easily detected but I don't think I can handle another chocolate malt milk shake right now.
Overall, A super sweet chocolatey stout. Not necessarily for me, but something new and different. Was very good, but for a bomber it was pretty cloying sweetness by the end. Good in moderation, but can be somewhat overpowering. (877 characters)

Photo of stevenseg
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After tasting the Southern Tier Creme Brulee on draft at a local establishment here in my city of Columbus, Ohio, I decided that more Southern Tier should follow. Touted as a merging of Southern Tier's Jahva and Choklat, I picked up a 22 oz bottle of Mokah Imperial Stout from Southern Tier's Blackwater Series at a Michigan specialty store along with 25 oz of Dogfish Head Theobroma. The Mokah is first up carrying an 11% ABV.

As I poured into a pint glass, the head failed to form, so I increased the aggressiveness of the pour. In the end, the head climbed with big loose bubbles and receded very quickly. I'm staring here at a very dark and seemingly thick beer that appears flat with just a hint of lacing. We'll see how it hangs as it goes down.

The sniffage is about what I expected...very sweet with very little hops, but this is supposed to be an explosion of chocolate and coffee, not rival the bitter IPAs. It smells like a mudslide. Hopefully my love of chocolate and beer merge in the taste.

The first sip hit my palate with sweetness, which faded into the roast of the malt. The bitterness I tasted was only associated with the coffee and roast. I tasted very little coffee up front, but when the aftertaste settled in, it was pure coffee.

I am not sure whether intended the viscosity of this brew to be as thin as it is, but it did hold onto a bit of carbonation. It's not flat, but the carbonation is lame enough to let me experience the chocolate in a smooth fashion. No lacing has stuck to the glass this far, reaffirming the thinness of the beer.

Similar to the Creme Brulee, this is a 22 oz and done beer for me. It is so sweet and rich that it's good as a dessert beverage, but a night of drinking the Mokah would be a bit much for me. Plus, at 11% ABV this is a sipper, but that's OK since there is enough alcohol to feel the effects of a slowly nursed beer. Overall this was an after dinner treat that I would love to try on draft. I can't wait to pull more Southern Tier off the shelf. (2,015 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a stone snifter.

Bottled 4/04/14 - WAKE UP BA THIS IS NOT RETIRED!!!

Pours like a heavy milk stout. Smells like the Choklat with coffee flavor added. Smells good, but again it has the fake flavoring which makes it kind of nasty. There is no need to use real coffee beans and then add flavoring as well. Get a grip. (336 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, jenny street market

appearance: served in a snifter, dark inky body with a light tan ring...very dark garnet highlights

smell: big roasty nose, black coffee, dry chocolate, burnt espresso beans

taste: this is some sort of a mix of jahva and choklat...very strong rush of roasted goodness - coffee, current of creamy chocolate, biting bitterness level. i like this but i think i prefer the originals

mouthfeel: high bitterness, strong alcohol - a little rough around the edges to be honest

drinkability: wish it was easier - way too boozy, too rich and sweet. not impressive (591 characters)

Photo of jdklks
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,594 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark brown/black with a frothy, bubbly tan head that soon dissipates to a small skim on the surface.

S: A very strong, bittersweet chocolate aroma dominates, with some hints of the alcohol already evident.

T/M: Sweet chocolate up front with some bitterness and edge to follow. The alcohol hits with a warming sensation on the way down, a reminder that this is definitely a strong sipping beer.

O: This is a nice strong stout that focuses on one dominant flavor and does a good job with delivering a deliciously chocolatey experience. (552 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Updating my review.

Poured from a bomber bottle into a tulip glass. No glass lacing to speak of.

L: A jet black color that allows no light to shine through. Light brown slight head appears. It just looks thick and gummy.

S: I pick up the huge coffee smell right away that mixes with some equally as huge dark chocolate smells. I get some sweetness and some roasted notes that mix in.

T: Very roasty in flavor with huge flavors of milk chocolate up front. The coffee flavor mixes in well but is overtaken by the chocolate flavors. Sweetness really takes over mid taste vanilla and some caramel flavors that remain creamy. Finish actually turns more to dark chocolate with some bitterness on the finish mixed with some alcohol. Huge beer.

F: This was a two faced mouthfeel. Up front and mid palate was all creamy smooth whereas the finish turned bitter. Alcohol definitely is tasted. Really rich and full beer.

O: This was way more chocolate than coffee, I was hoping it was the other way around. Huge beer that can only be had in smaller doses. I just don't get why ST insists on putting these huge somewhat tough to drink beers in bombers. 12 ounce bottles would be much better suited. Good beer, not great (seems to be a lingering undertone with me and ST). (1,284 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As I'm pretty sure Southern Tier is the master of dessert beer I'm stoked to try another of the Blackwater series.

Opaque black with a large beige head. Thick, horseshoe retention lasts about half the glass but put up some lacey splashes while it lasted.

True to it's name, Mokah does smell like mocha, perhaps with an emphasis on the chocolate. Sugary coffee aroma more akin to coffee ice cream. Booze all over.

Taste comes packaged in a hot alcoholic wave. Coffee ice cream and dark chocolate with a lean towards the coffee end of mocha. A neutral hop presence helps to push the flavors forward and enrich body.

It's good underneath the alcoholic heat so why not just tone it down? (688 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to mdfb79 for this growler fill - Cheers Dan

Notes from 09/12/11
Growler to Goblet

A: First growler pour was a slight viscous black color with some dark brown hints to it and no head. Just some specks of lace. Carbonation looked low however other pours yielded a decent 1 finger turbanado sugar cap to it.

S: Mokah smells like straight chocolate syrup. YooHoo bro. Deep chocolatey roasted malts. Some hints of this toasted oaky character too it. Has a sort of overall Tootsie Roll smell. It is quite incredible.

T: TOOTSIE ROLL. This is a rich and decadent brew no doubt. TOOTSIE ROLL Chocolaty for sure. TOOTSIE A tad thicker and def sweet but not too syrupy. ROLL Touch of licorice. Some booze. TOOTSIE ROLL Has a slight almost fake/artificial component to it that is not so pleasant but tolerable. TOOTSIE ROLL Some alcohol warmth. TOOTSIE ROLL A real treat. TOOTSIE ROLL.

M: Thicker body with any oily slick viscous mouthcoat.

D: A sweet and decadent sipper. Not something you are going to session at all.

Definitely an adventure in craft beer. A must try for any chocolate beer lovers...unless you can't stand TOOTSIE ROLLS (1,148 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-30-09

Pours super black, no light at all, even on the edges. Almost no head, and absolutely no lacing.

Smell is immense chocolate, sweet and bitter at the same time. Tons of vanilla, with a very young, sweet-stout aroma dominating. Super sweet, but very enjoyable.

Taste is all alcohol bite, with lots of sweet vanilla flavor. A little coffee is in there, right at the end, but the finish is all booze. Not as offensive as it might sound, just very young.

Mouthfeel is thick and very creamy, spot-on for the flavors.

Drinkability is not very good, the sharp alcohol and sweetness are a wicked combo.

Overall, a good beer, and I might have to pick up another one, to age for awhile. (700 characters)

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (via spacecowboy) poured into a snifter...no freshness...

pours a deep brown, almost black with a thin creamy head that bubbles and dies very quickly...nice legs, but almost no lacing noted...

some matled chocolates, roast coffee...some notes of whole milk and cream...all of the aromas are mild, yet extremely balanced.

lots of bitter chocolates and coffee roasts in the background with some creamy notes near the finish...bitter finish...the coffee and chocolate seem to work together quite nicely.

this is where things begin to go downhill...watery and low in carbonation and slightly sticky...not real promising for an impy stout.

this has decent drinkability, but who really wants to deal with that wateriness for more than 22 oz.? the alcohol is hidden extremely well...

I will give Southern Tier slight props here, because this is the best of the Blackwater Series (at least from what I've had so far), but it's still not cutting it for me. Can someone help me find a GOOD Southern Tier brew? The saving grace on this one, is the simple fact that it's not as over the top on the artificial flavors as the other two that i've had.

NOTE: this beer opens up a lot more as it warms and becomes slightly better (1,233 characters)

Photo of Ambiorix
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black pour, with a tan-colored, fast-fading head. Little to no lacing.

S: Cocoa powder, coffee, bready yeast. Not very roasty. Little to no alcohol notes. No hops. Very chocolate.

T: Flavor is layered with cocoa, baker's chocolate, coffe, and alcohol all coming through up front. Finish is slightly bitter, but there is no hop aroma or flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slightly oily.

D: Too much chocolate, not enough stout. Not very well balanced. It was good, but I won't place it on my list of things I must try again. (524 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (997 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.