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Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
741
Ratings:
2,304
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black with a modest but lasting tan head; mahogany highlights at the 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.

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/26/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass with some alcohol legs. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, toffee, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, light coffee, toast, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of chocolate, dark/roasted malt, and light coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, toffee, caramel, toast, vanilla, cream, coffee, roasted malt, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, cream, coffee, and roasted malt on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate coffee presence; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic chocolate/coffee imperial stout! Even with the significant age of it. All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of chocolate, dark/roasted malt, and light coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a viscous dark brown with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam.

S: The nose was pretty on par for what I expected. A nice blend of chocolate and coffee, but certainly on the sweet side. That's usual for these Soutern Tier beers, though.

T: The coffee really dominated the flavor which I wasn't expecting from the nose. The chocolate adds a sweetness to balance out the bitterness from the coffee which worked very well.

M: This has a real creamy feel on the tongue which is quite appropriate, given the name of the beer.

D: I was surprised by how easy to drink this was given some of the other Southern Tier beers. While it's certainly high in alcohol, the flavor is not cloying.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pinocchio's.

Of course I've seen this beer around everywhere, but as far as ST goes, I got into the habit of brushing them off as uninteresting, because I really didn't find many of their beers to be that good. But recently, either they just started "clicking" with me, or they've made some serious improvements. I'm going to have to revisit some of their other offerings after having Mokah on tap.

Obsidian black pour into a mini snifter, topped with a small cap of mocha head that fell to a ring and held there; tiny dots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was understandably big on roast, roasty coffee, roasty malts, hints of dark chocolate. Lots of robust flavor, dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses...that's about it, and with a name like "Mokah," what else do you really want? There was enough sweetness in this hearty brew to keep the intense roast at bay. Full body, smooth, velvety mouthfeel, despite the higher ABV. Yep, I'll go back for more of this one.

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a double walled tumbler

A - Deep black w/ a garnet acccent and 1 finger of light tan, the translucent clarity w/ a quickly settling tan that clings as a sheet to the glass and has an ultra fine bead.

S - Like chocolate milk - sweet and bitter aromas of belgian chocolate w/ a gentle hop accent but the chocolate overwhelms w/ both sweet and roasted notes

M - Creamy rich sweet and strong w/ alcohol warmth and bitter cocoa/hop finish w/ a high residual sweetness in the feel and mild fruitiness

T - Right of the bat the chocolate/vanilla taste and dark malt blend w/ subtle roast sweet coffee but the chocolate overtakes the jamaican blue's subtleties. Candy and cocoa lik a yoohoo w/ class. The taste is followed by a citrusy chinook/columbus combo and plum fruitiness stand up to support all the dessert like malt and chocolate saturated taste. The mix of dark malt citrus and alcohol lasts until the last sip.

D - Not the most drinkable but high on flavor a bit too sweet w/ less actual mocha taste - too little java taste. It is a real dessert, a rich beer best shared at 11%. I would probably prefer 10oz or less and would like it in cooler weather

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

During the pour, this brew appears a bit thinner than it ought. In the bowl, though, it sits starkly opaque, a cool obsidian in color, with a finger of foamy, light khaki head. Like ST's Creme Brulee, this pool of darkness gives off a scent most desserts would kill for. Luscious chocolate syrup tops a blonde vanilla cake, while an aromatic cup o' joe sitz steaming nearby, waiting to provide a pleasant bit o' liquid accompaniment to the baked goods at hand. Digging in, the coffee takes more of a lead, and it is evidently a darker roast than initially figured. The chocolate syrup has hardened into a brick of bitter dark chocolate, and it is clear that the cake is composed primarily of darker grains, malted and roasted. A small vein of vanilla still slices through, but quite thinly. Though not as alluring as the nose, I would order this tasty dessert every time I found myself at this particular eatery. Just as suspected, the body is thinner than usual, but only slightly so. This, coupled with a low-lying carbonation and a sweetly moderate coating of the mouth, makes for a rather drinkable sweet stout.

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Photo of russpowell
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to koopa for this one, cheers Dennis!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of, well mocha colored head. Above average lacing & a trace of head retention

S: Cream, cocoa & coffee, plus grinds, fades a bit a the end, pus a touch of booze

T: Roasty malt, cocoa, chicory, along with dryness & dark chcolate up front. As this warms, I get juicy, singed grain, coffee grinds & dark chocolate, plus a touch of iron & booze. Finishes warming, choclately, with juicy grain, charred grain & vanilla & toffee

MF: Smooth, semi-chewy, skews sweet, but is working for me

Drinks a touch slow between the ABV & heft. I am loving this for what it is, not for everyone I'm sure, but in my wheelhouse! Maybe my ultimate dessert/breakfast beer??? Nah, but close

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduce to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet milk chocolate with light aromas of freshly brewed coffee and hints of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of sweet milk chocolate which is followed by moderate flavors of roasted malts and roasted coffee. Overall the beer is pretty sweet with a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick upfront with some light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer is fairly sweet and pairs really nicely with dessert - in my case leftover 1st birthday cake from my daughter's birthday party over the weekend (vanilla cake with vanilla frosting). The alcohol is pretty well hidden but due to the sweetness, this is a sipping beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark ruby brown color where only the minimal level of light can pass. Beige head that is predictable for stout, leaving stringy lace while maintaining a thin layer of bubbles after settling completely.

The smell is all mocha--no false advertising here. It leans slightly to the cocoa side, like a freshly opened Hersey's Cocoa.

Lots of cocoa to the tongue from the initial sip to long after the swallow. Interestingly, there's no indication to the high level of alcohol present. Lowly carbonated, given this beer a thick oily mouthfeel.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small khaki head on top, about a finger in height when poured. Not much retention, reducing to a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and mocha, but not really much in the way of coffee, which for me is fine.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of chocolate and some mocha, with very little coffee. Slightly sweet, but not over the top like other beers in this series.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really like this beer, more than the others I have had in the series, except choklat, because it is not over the top sweet.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle from 2009.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet rich chocolate, almost like Hershey's syrup. Also smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and only hints of coffee. Perfect smell to me.

t - Taste is smooth rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, hints of coffee, and hints of alcohol. Very nice.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation. Thick and smooth.

d - I've been holding into this one for about 7 months or so and finally drank it and thought it was amazing. I'm a big fan of ST's Choklat & Creme Brulee and this is right up their with them. Amazing chocolate smell and taste and will definitely try again.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. Pours black with a thin tan frothy covering. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of sweet chocolate, it reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Maybe a slight hint of coffee but way more chocolate then anything else. Very appealing and strong aroma though.

Taste is very chocolaty as well. Dark chocolate dominates the taste with some bitter coffee and roasted grains coming through as well. The bitterness and coffee come through more on the finish then anyplace else.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, one glass is good of this but I wouldn't want to consume the entire bomber. A little too sweet to drink that much of.

Overall a pretty good chocolate coffee beer but more on the chocolate side. A good choice for a desert beer but not something I would have very often.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jah-Vah plus Choklat equals Mokah...at least in Southern Tier's beery little world. Poured on tap at Trivia Pub in moon, thanks god only a 10-12 oz pour. Tasty dessert beer that really hits you with the Hershey's sweet chocolate syrup with a touch of toffee. Pitch black pour with a deep toffee colored brown head, minimal scattered lace with the booze well hidden among the chocolate candy sweetness. Flavor is great but the roasted coffee beans were overshadowed by the layers of chocolate I already descrbed. I'm glad I tried this, mouthfeel was thick and syrupy with moderated slow bubbling carbonation pretty much chewy in nature. Drinkability overall is great in moderation, one of those beers that are great when you get a sweet tooth but not for my everyday imbibing. I had Choklat and JahVah in the past my heart lies with the Jahvah.

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

On tap at Als in Enola.

Poured without a head into a pint. Color is black and No lacing at all.

Smell and taste are spot on with the name of mokah. Strong alcohol taste is present but hard to believe it's 11%.

Easy drinking and enjoyable but way over the top with the chocolate coffee taste.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - poured into snifter:

Pours shiny black (dark brown when looking down into it) with a brown head that descends to thin wisps and a ring. Some dots and "legs" stick.

The smell is of very rich, delicious chocolate backed by roasted coffee.

The taste is of rich chocolate with very nice roasted coffee. They work hand-in-hand with each other and tied together by caramel. The ST house character is there. Sweetness, with a touch of warming, well-incorporated alcohol turns to a bitterish, dry finish.

Full-bodied and very smooth.

A rich chocolate/coffee dessert that has an easy drinkability for its richness and abv.

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

It was served with a finger of mocha-brown head with good retention. The nose was like an Arby's Jamocha milkshake - heavy on the chocolate, underlain with coffee. The color was a Stygian black. The mouthfeel was thick, full, and chewy. It really was like a milkshake, but a quality one, not one of those watery messes that they foist on us now. Lots and lots of dark, rich chocolate on the tongue. Man, I hovered on the brink of diabetes with each sip. The finish was equally intensely sweet. As a hophead, this would not normally be my first choice, but in this case, it was a rare opportunity on draft.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mokah, A Stout Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee. "Imperial" Mokah.

Jamaican coffee, Belgian chocolate, caramel, chocolate & black malts...11%? We're in for some fun.

Aroma is all chocolate, coffee below, hops muted....appearance, utter darkness, rich, roasted brown head....that aroma is to kill for though...so, rich, bittersweet, ...is it my birthday already?

Taste:Insane! Everything I try from these guys goes further and further. Jahva, and Oat, and Choklat...these can be pushed further and made deeper, richer, fuller and more expressive in flavor? Damn right.
Bittersweet, coffee mingled with rich cocoa flavor...liquefied chocolate frosting.

Holy macaroni, this is great stuff. Full-bodied, long, luxurious finish. Damnably delicious. Pretty amazing, never quite tasted quite this much genuine chocolate flavor in a stout. Intense, decadent, almost indecent.
Yum, mmm!

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a quarter inch of chocolate head. Nice retention. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, faint coffee notes, and alcohol esters. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Chocolate and coffee battle for the most dominant flavor with chocolate having the edge here. The alcohol adds a nice warmth to the finish, but does not diminish the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and full bodied.

Really a rather good stout. I wish the coffee and chocolate had more balance, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delicious. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a nice treat on a 90 degree summer day. I found this at the local could not pass it up.
Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate syrup, alcohol, coffee, toffee, and caramel. Taste is of chocolate syrup, toffee, caramel. Lots of sweetness in this one. A little alcohol burn mid to end with a lingering alcohol and bitter hop finish. Thick body, chewy with a bit of a syrupy feel. Low carbonation. This is not my favorite from the black water series, but certainly drinkable. I would put this one in the same realm as the creme brulee to be enjoyed as a desert beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter giving a perfect milk chocolate brown head of small size with very uniform bubbles, with a dark walnut body. The color of the head is EXACTLY and I mean exactly like the color of the brown on the label of this beer.

Bouquet is impressive. Even just opening the bottle chocolate literally bursts out of this thing on the nose. Giant Belgian Leonidas good quality chocolate on the nose which is dominant, it is hard to get past it and anything else that is behind it. There is coffee but hard to find, and some malt which comes through easier after a few sips later.

Taste as always is very chocolate silky but also very balanced with coffee roast characteristics and some hint of a malt backbone on the finish. Velvet mouthfeel .. silky... just great. Highly masking the big abv although it is there but doesn't feel as big as the 11 mentions.

Great desert drink, or a perfect evening closing sipper. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is black with a thin and brown, falls away quick. Almost no lacing. Rate of carbonation is difficult to determine in stouts and porters. Cannot see any but I assume it is there. Whoa aroma. Alcohol, solvent, chocolate, the aroma is a little harsh, in your face. Any roasted malt aroma is completely eclipsed by the chocolate.

Beer is warm in the taste. Probably due to the high alcohol. There is some roastiness on the back end of the flavor. The midpalate flavor is full of chocolate again. The coffee flavors definitely come at the end. Mouthfeel is fine. Neither thin nor thin. Imperial stouts should have some body to them, this hits the low end of that. Drinkability is surprisingly high considering style and ABV. Overall a very good, albeit, flavored beer. Imperial stouts are not my favorite, have to admit, but this one is good.

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

Bomber bottle, pours darkest shades of brown, with some ruby hues shining through, the head is dark tan, better the average reteniona dn leaving some spotty stickage. Nose is boldly of the advertized coffee and chocolate. Thick on the tongue, bold on the flavors, high on the quality department. Loads of coffee and over the top chocolate notes. Tasty sipper. More fine brew from ST. World class dessert beer, IMHO.

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

Notes form 5/22/11. Year old bottle poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Medium brown during the pour that settled a dark black colour with half a finger of bubbly brown head.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, sweet brown sugar. Some light coffee but the chocolate dominates the nose.

T - Chocolate, sweet caramel, roasted malts. More coffee in the palate than the nose. A nice dry bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Smooth.

O - A little more drinkable and balanced than Choklat. Very enjoyable.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.
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