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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 738
Hads: 2,274
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 237
Gots: 505 | FT: 13
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!
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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ontap
Serving Temp: 48 degrees
Serving vessel: Snifter

Appearance: The darkest of amber and brown. Small khaki colored head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Big time chocolate is the first thing I noticed. Also a subtle coffee aroma.

Taste: Decadent milk chocolate. Roasted coffee in the finish with cream and vanilla. Espresso notes, hops are there to give the beer some balance.

Mouthfeel: Chocolatey, some warming booze as it goes down. Full bodied, smooth, low carbonation but not too syrupy.

Drinkability: Tasty, but one that would be best suited as an after dinner beer or as a sipper.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A – Black with mahogany highlights. Great dark tan head stacks high with great retention and lace.

S – Ridiculous. The aroma inundates you with solid black chocolate, malted milk balls, and fresh brewed coffee with cream.

T – The taste picks up where the nose left off. Bittersweet chocolate coast your palate as a soft espresso note rises to balance out the chocolate, cutting the sweetness with a fantastic, clean bitter roast. At 11%, alcohol laces throughout the profile, highlighting the chocolate and coffee like a spotlight.

M – Full body with an incredible aftertaste that lasts a lifetime. Minutes after each sip you can still taste the flavors ebbing through your palate.

O – A world class beer. Put an few years on this and it’ll be pure gold.

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

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

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

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as ink with a very nice beige head that fades to a ring. Fantastic aromas of very rich dark bitter chocolate and rich black coffee, perhaps with just a hint of cream and sugar. Not very sweet, lots of nice bitterness here. The taste has lots of strong, high quality coffee flavors with a finish that is more bitter chocolate, cream, and a touch of sweetness. Very big beer, but very smooth and quite enjoyable. Not nearly as cloying and sweet as the Creme brulee, but delivers an equally flavorful hit. Very good.

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee and chocolate are both black and opaque and, wouldn't you know it, Mokah - a beer which blends the two - is too! This dark, oily liquid looks equally like something I'd drink as it does something I might pave the driveway with. Although bubbles formed off the pour, its surface contains no head but instead only a thin smear of brownish colour.

Fix your eyes on something in the distance. Take your hand and cover one eye. Now cover the other eye instead. You see how the depth and alignment in your vision changes? Well that's exactly what happens when smelling this beer. Left nostril: roast coffee; Right nostril: bittersweet chocolate. Background and foreground are interchangeable.

Just as the ashy, heavily roasted (and lightly astringency) taste of black coffee starts to disintegrate from the tongue the curtains part again, this time to reveal the delectably milky, bittersweet flavour of finely conched chocolate. The two flavours really do share the stage, it's nearly impossible to say who puts on the better performance.

Of course, each of these two players already have lead roles in their respective beers (Jah*Va and Choklat - I'll let you figure out which is which). Blending them together, you'd think, might make a beer that's doubly as tasty. That's not the case. But it is equally as tasty. Which just goes to show that sometimes the sum is no greater than its parts.

The mouthfeel is suspiciously light and impossibly void of (nearly) any alcohol. There isn't nearly the bitter roast or rich sweetness you'd expect - whether this works in the beer's favour is a matter of opinion. I personally could have gone for a little more character although I am finding my way to the bottom of this bottle much faster than anticipated.

A world without stouts is a nightmare not worth contemplating; I'm grateful to have relative access to the four amazing beers (and this blend of two of them) that comprise Southern Tier's incredible 'Black Water' series. Although I hope these beers will be around forever, I'll continue to stock the cellar with them as if they won't.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost black with some brown lacing.

S - Big bouquet of mocha, lots of sweet, rich chocolate and dry full bodied coffee beans. Smells somewhat spicy and alcohol present in the nose.

T - The taste follows the nose here. And yes, this beer is exactly what the name says. If you like chocolate covered coffee beans, you'll enjoy this brew. Lots of sweet syrupy chocolate and robust brewed coffee here. A nice warm alcohol kick melds well with these 2 flavors, reminding the palate of a mocha coffee with a shot thrown in. Big flavor here.

M - Viscous and sturdy bodied, with a warming smooth finish. Some dryness and bitter coffee in the finish. Very light carbonation, letting the strong flavors shine through.

O - A strong flavored Imperial Stout, if you are looking for bold flavors this one has it. Probably overwhelming for most, but nice once in a while.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, opaque near-black with a thick head of tan fluff that doesn't want to yield. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge cocoa blasts up front, followed by some roasted java beans, and a hint of toasted nuts, and vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a balance between the Choklat, and Jahva melded into an actual Mocha Stout.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, some roasty bitterness pulling through but enough sweetness and hoppy punch to keep it interesting.
Nice idea. I like it.

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

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a deep, black red amber with a light head and lacing. Aroma of dark malts and chocolate. Flavor is similar, sweet and dark malts, chocolate, light caramel and coffee. A nice blend.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass

Appearance: poured like motor oil, midnight black with the slightest of heads that hovers around the glass

Smell: smells of rich coffee and has a slight bitterness of the Belgian coffee (as shown on the bottle) as well as a general sweetness

Taste: tastes of coffee intitially before going into a rich and delicious dark chocolate flavor, alcohol holds off until late into the bottle, it can get a little too sweet at times

Mouthfeel: very smooth and overly creamy, little carbonation, full bodied, perfect

Drinkability: the alcohol content and sweetness are the only things keeping this from drinkability perfection

This is one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had, and I've had dozens upon dozens. I'm definitely recommending this one. Great job by Southern Tier.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate and coffee nose. Flavor is a good chocolate/coffee, some sweetness. High ABV is hidden. $7.69 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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

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

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Photo of corby112
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Ridiculous nose on this beer.  The 2x milk stout was a let down but they nailed the aroma on this one.  Lots of sweet chocolate with subtle lactic cream and a decent amount of robust roast.  Smells like a tootsie roll dipped in a latte.  I wonder what the blend is because it sells more like choklat than mokah.  Either way it's very impressive with a nice gourmet roasted coffee presence countering the sweet and dark chocolate notes.

Medium bodied with a very nice balance of sweet chocolate and robust roasted coffee.  All dark and milk chocolate sweetness up front with a touch of the tootsie roll from the nose.  This is countered by roasted coffee bitterness that lingers into a dry finish where somehow the sweet chocolate flavors reappear.  The abv is invisible making it dangerously drinkable.  Great balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness with the dark chocolate notes complimenting the coffee flavor.  Similarly to the aroma, the chocolate is most prominent.  It doesn't taste like a mocha but has lots of chocolate and coffee flavor.

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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 akorsak
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber.

A: The stout a dark black color, a hue that swallows up all other colors. An off-white head is nothing more than a thin band around the glass.

S: Decadent chocolate drives the nose. It isn't as sweet or intense as Choklat but I'm not complaining. Lactose and sweet java follow, giving this one a really nice aroma. Southern Tier's track record on stouts and smell is impressive (except for Creme Brulee).

T: Bam, this one hits hard. Mocha is dominant up front, sweet and oily and, frankly, a little heavy. Boozy strength can't hide anywhere in this beast. As the taste evolves, coffee comes through but in a small way. Lactic sweetness, a milky smoothness, follows and interacts nicely with the coffee. Coffee stands out in the finish.

M: Coffee and chocolate are dominant with a lactic sweetness backing them up. What's not to like about that? My only request would be a little more coffee.

D: At 11%, this one is a challenge to get through, especially on a July afternoon (I'm not holding ST accountable for the weather in my score). A bold stout no matter how you slice it.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/12
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: Like Southern Tier's Jah-va, the presentation is disappointing. Ugly, drab brown in hue. A firm, hard pour yields a meager head that falls so fast that I can't even measure it.

S: Damn this smells good. Chocolate covered malted milk balls envelop my schnoz and won't let go.

T: Candied chocolate and sugar hit first. The coffee that once was prevalent is no longer, instead we've got this extremely sweet and chocolaty brew. As it warms though, a bit of coffee does comes to pass, and it really begins drinking like one of those bottled, milk based Starbucks coffees.

M: Not what I'd hoped for. It needs more viscosity. Too sharp. It feels unfinished.

O: Not as good as their Choklat, nor as bad as their Jah-va. This is right in the middle, and something that has aged pretty well. I wouldn't go out of my way to store this for long periods of time, but if you like more of a candied quality to your sweet stouts, this is a prime candidate.

A decent beer overall (fresh or cellared), though not one I feel the urge to return to often. Or ever, actually. Just a bit too sweet.

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

22oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the clear, barely translucent dark brown brew. Heads recedes gradually, ample legs, and and slow-falling lace. Aroma is deeply of chocolate and alcohol, reminds me of a boozy chocolate Tootsie pop. Taste mirrors the aroma, this is a good thing, alcohol aftertaste may be a touch harsh. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is good as well. A tasty treat.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan head with good retention and lacing around the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is made up largely of one word: CHOCOLATE! Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Great chocolate aroma! I would love to smell more of the coffee but it is there in the background just hidden a little bit. The aroma almost reminds me of the smell of the milk after a bowl of cocoa krispies.

T- While the aroma is more sweet like a milk chocolate, the taste allows the bitterness of the dark chocolate and coffee to shine. There is a little bit of sweetness up front, with a lot of lingering bitterness throughout the taste and finish. There is also a good amount of heat from the alcohol in the finish that should be tamed after some cellaring. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The fusion of chocolate and coffee was really well done. The alcohol is a little hot when fresh but some aging will help this. I'm interested to see how this one ages after a year or two. Recommended!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 8/6/13, cheers liamt07 for the bottle

A dark cola with a foam that has about the same retention of cola, perhaps my glass is dirty, no lace

S coffee fudge and chocolate syrup come out strong followed by some Kahlua and chocolate milk, just a hint of booze, so simple but so good

T burnt brown sugar and the roast is slightly darker then the nose, still lots of chocolate syrup but with some raisins, less booze then the nose but still noticeable

M not quite the body I was expecting from the color but far from thin, bubbles fluff up and flatten out quickly, syrupy but only a little sticky with some booze heat going down and a lingering burnt coffee finish

O smells and tastes great, simple but I love it, a little hot and not as thick as I was hoping for but something I'd keep an eye out for and maybe hide under the stairs

perhaps not the best night cap, now I have one eye wide open from the coffee and the others shut due to booze, I suppose there's worse things in life

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's after remembering the hype surrounding this stout from Southern Tier. Actually kind of shocked at this one, really wasnt a fan. Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A - A nice typical black pour with a healthy 2 finger tan head. As it sat, the head receeded leaving a light tan halo around the glass. No side lacing.

S - Not picking up those big aromas that others have mentioned. The stout is definately not too cold (right around 50). There is some nice roasty malt aromas as well as some chocolate, but no coffee to speak of. There is a definate alcohol smell though.

T - Kinda like the nose. Theres some chocolate, some malt, but very, very little in the way of coffee flavour. The strongest flavor is the alcohol which while I understand this is an Imperial Stout I've had stronger stouts with the alcohol hidden better.

M - Low carbonation, but not syrupy or sticky. Typical mouthfeel for this style, nothing out of the ordinary.

D - I've had much better Imperial stouts. A shame really, as I wanted to really love this offering from Southern Tier but sadly it just didnt do it for me. Theres much better ones out there.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is nice and sweet. I mostly smell chocolate, but with a bit of roasted malt and coffee noticable. Taste is pretty much like the aroma. The strongest flavor is of milk and bittersweet chocolate, with some roasted malt and coffee in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink (well, if you like sweeter tasting beers like this one). The 11% ABV isn't very noticable at first, but it does catch up to you after a while. It's a pretty good beer, I liked it a lot.

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

22 oz bottle, big thanks to Jenn for sharing!

Pours a deep dark black, very oily looking, thick tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer and ring around the glass, disappears rather fast, some lace spots, looks good. Smell is neat, really intense, like chocolate covered banana bread, biscuity, chocolate, coffee roast, lots of caramel, touch of vanilla, raisins and dark fruit, milky, pretty nice. Taste is nice, like chocolate milk, really rich, light coffee roast but not as intense as the aroma, some banana and fruitiness, strawberries, some alcohol, caramel and brown sugar, lightly toasty, pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth, some warmth from the alcohol, pretty nice stuff. Thanks Jenn!

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Photo of sweemzander
2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. A date of 17-01-09 on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a pitch dark black color that produced no head, just some tan bubbles/froth on the surface.

(S)- Mountains of brown sugar & vanilla. Very sugary sweet smelling. Tiny tidbits of coffee beans & chocolate in the far background.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. Lots of vanilla & brown sugar with an espresso-like chocolate creaminess on the finish. The smell foretold a giant sugary beer, but this is a little better balanced that that, but its still extremely sweet. Once this warms up, it becomes a rich milk chocolate bomb!

(M)- A good carbonation level for the style. Very sweet; very much a dessert beer. I wish I could taste more of the coffee that is lost behind the massively sweet milk chocolate. Am I being picky? Maybe. It gets very hot & boozy as it goes down.

(D)- Dont get me wrong, this tastes good; I just wish there was something more to it than an alcoholic milk chocolate shake. Very one-dimensional to me. If I had this again, it would definitely be as a replacement for dessert. Way too filling & sweet to me to enjoy fully on my own. Share a bottle with at least 2 people.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Rochester, NY.

A mix of Jahva and Choklat- yes, please.

Pours a dark, wretched black. 1 inch head sticks to the glass, staining it almost. Good lacing.

Smells include coffee ice cream, chocolate ice cream, Hershey's syrup, espresso beans, and vanilla.

The taste is similar. Such strong sweet coffee and chocolate flavors here. Seductive flavors here. Tons of rich chocolatey desserts come to mind- hot fudge, chocolate milkshake, brownie batter, along with melted coffee ice cream, espresso beans, vanilla, a little bit of caramel maybe. Decadent, very sweet, almost cloying, you gotta drink this slow so your palate doesn't wear down.

Thick, syrupy, sticky-sweet mouthfeel. Velvety and smooth, amazing. Low carbonation.

A great one from ST, sad that they retired it, although I've heard rumblings it might come back.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.