Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

744 Reviews

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

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!

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Photo of Goliath
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black, with some deep amber hued edges. A thin layer of light brown head forms on tp and lingers with poor retention leaving a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma is ok but a bit underwhelming. Indeed notes of choolate and coffe can be found in this beer. Actually, the chocolate tones here are some of the most realistic I've encountere. therwise, there's not much else going on in th nose.

The taste is decent. There is a nice milky sweet chocolate tone and then it is quickly followed by some robust dark roasted coffee. Ther's just a nice presence of roasty malt here and although the flavor profil doesn't have too many dimensions, it is still intresting nonetheless.

The mouthfeel here is very nice. It's more of a full bodied ale with a silky smooth texture, and just a slight carbonation tingle at the end.

Drinkabily is moderate to high. We're looking at fairly high ABV here which limits it's sessionability quite a bit, but it's well incorporated which always makes for easier drinking. The flavor profile is fairly pleasing as well which makes for pretty easy drinking. All in all it's a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black/dark brown, with ruby highlights, topped by a dark beige three finger head qith good lacing.

Overpowering chocolate aroma, roughly like sniffing a bottle of Hershey's Dark Chocolate syrup. Ithink there is a coffee note lurking around the edge, but its fighting an uphill battle.

Taste starts chocolate, lets some coffee out to breathe, some nice bitter hops emerge from the coffee, and then at the finish its a big blast of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is decadent. Drinkability is dangerous.

Another champ from Southern Tier.

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

22 oz. bottle.

Inky dark brown to black body. Small, tight, khaki brown head. Nose of roasted barley, sugary dark fruits (figs, dates, plums), big time caramel, chocolate milk, and mild coffee. Sure smells like a mix of Javah and Choklat...which is definitely not a bad thing.

Roasted coffee bitterness up front. This is quickly replaced by sweet caramel and chocolate malt notes. There are also some rummy dark fruits with a smoky, charred edge. Espresso and herbal hop bitterness pick up near the finish. Dark chocolate and vanilla mix in. Bittersweet finish with a healthy dose of roasted coffee. Lingering chocolate syrup. Warming. Full-bodied with a slightly oily feel. Pretty damn good!

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Photo of myost88
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a two inch head. The head receds fairly quickly and leaves a small bubbling in the middle and a ring around the outside. Almost no lacing to be found.

Smell: The first thing I smelled was Hershey's chocolate syrup. Not much of a coffee presence in the smell.

Taste: Chocolate is the strongest flavor. The coffee shows through a bit, but it is dominated by the chocolate flavors. This one is EXTREMELY sweet, many people would find it too sweet, but I think it makes an excellent desert beer. There is a trace of a cherry taste that makes it taste like chocolate covered cherries.

Mouthfeel: Thick an chewy. Very creamy, almost no carbonation. If not for the etched basin of the glass, I think this one might go completely flat.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure. The alcohol isn't noticeable, but the sweetness alone makes this one a slow drinker. I think this is best to be split with someone. More than one glass is a little too much.

Overall: This is an excellent desert beer. I think it would pair best with any dark chocolate cake. Not something I'd drink with a meal. I found it highly enjoyable, but I can see why some may not.

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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 nick76
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is exactly like chocolate milk with coffee and toasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden. The appearance is dark brown with a smaller tan head. The taste has the same elements as the aroma but the bitterness is overpowering and unexpected since the aroma has no hops. The palate is smooth and almost thick but right about what I was expecting. Overall a fantastic smelling beer now they need to match the taste to it.

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

Poured this one into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, debated between that and a snifter style glass. I think either would be a good choice, I don't regret my choice. Pours a thick dark brown/black color that gets slightly lighter on the sides. A chocolate milk colored head that goes away fairly quickly, but it has some ok lacing to the glass. Smell is nice, dominated by what smells like a few different types of chocolate, mostly strong and bitter types. The taste is quite good. Some roasted malts to add to the different chocolate type flavors. Doesn't taste too bitter, has a sweet flavor to it as well, would be the perfect dessert beer. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. It's very thick, might be a little too sweet if you weren't expecting it. The drinkablility is very nice eventhough it's very thick. I really enjoyed this beer but I'd recommend it really as a dessert beer only, it's so sweet that it's really tough to think of it in any other way. Still a very solid brew by Southern Tier

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Photo of Madmax99
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber (tried this beer 3 times before the review) Non-aged 2009.

More of a winter beer for me but since its freezing outside I think its suitable for this brew. Poured into a snifter to let some of the alcohol evaporate and let the flavor develop. Head very slight, almost like the beer is flat, but that's typical of imperial stouts. Very heavy and very complex. Don't know if I taste much coffee notes but the chocolate from the roasted malt is very prevalent. Easy to drink for an imperial stout. Share with friends.


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

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for sending me this one.

Poured from the 650 mL bottle into a glass snifter.

The beer poured a dark, cola brown/black with a minimal tan head that faded rather quickly. There seemed to be very little carbonation.

The aroma was very rich, smelling of bittersweet chocolate with a slight, underlying coffee aroma. The chocolate dominated.

The mouthfeel was smooth and full-bodied.

The taste started with the bittersweet chocolate, then developed a coffee bitterness about mid-swallow. The finish was dominated by the coffee bitterness and then faded again back to a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol had a very warming effect.

The more of this I had, the more it grew on me. And I don't think that's solely because of the 11% alcohol content.

It seemed to be the kind of thing I'd want to sip on to warm up by a nice fire.

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Photo of bminor7
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY, poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A - wonderful brown foam leaves persistent lacing on the side of the glass. color is dark brown.

S - sweet, sweet chocolate. dark roasted malts. coffee may be in there but I can't detect it in the chocolate!

T - dark malts and chocolate upfront, then the bitterness from the hops and coffee show up. the flavor is amazing. though the coffee plays 2nd, if not 3rd fiddle to the chocolate, this is still one of the best 10 beers I have ever tasted. truly remarkable. I had to check the bottle incredulously to find that it's 11%. almost undetectable!

M - thin for a stout? nonetheless, pairs well with the abundance of accessible flavor.

D - aided by the thin mouthfeel, this is not necessarily a weakpoint. I finished the 22 oz easily alone, and wish I had another! southern tier continues to be one of the most impressive breweries on the east coast.

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Photo of adamette
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Rozi's Wine house in Lakewood, Ohio (interesting that the brewery is in Lakewood, NY!) a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed goblet (in the shape of a Westvleteren goblet).

A Absolutely opaque black body lets no light through under a medium brown head. Delicious looking. 4.0

S Dark roast malt, chocolate, maybe some coffee. This smell is great and reminds me of the Choklat but it is less "chocolate milk" sweet that that was to the nose. It cannot be improved. 5.0

T Wow, an explosion of dark roast malt, chocolate and coffee which again is very close to Choklat (which I really enjoyed by the way) only a bit more dark roast which I really like. This is great beer advocacy experience. The brewer has taken a beer that I really like (Choklat) and actually improved it. 5.0

M This is a big beer for sure. Big dark malt, big chocolate, big coffee. Despite that it actually achieves a nice smoothness and it "goes down" very easily. 4.5

D Well I finished the bomber without much hesitation. This is such a delicious beer that it makes a style that normally would not be THAT drinkable (Stout) into a good, drinkable brew. 4.0

Notes: Bravo!

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. As I start to describe this jewel, I stopped and asked myself "what can I say about this that has not already been said before?" Well, If you like beer, chocolate, coffee, or any combination of the three, then you are simply going to love this. If not, you will probably wind up rating this a c+ or b-. I am delighted to say I side with the majority. This is amazing! A Southern tier offering never ceases to amaze me. The brewery is always pushing its beer to the outer limits. All the mouth-watering flavors mask the 11% ABV like it's not even there. A truly delicious treat! Highly recommended! ~

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep as an oil slick with no light showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate,some sweet alcohol came out as it warrmed a little as well.Much sweeter on the palate than the nose,caramel/vanilla flavors mixed with some dark fruit and chocolate stand out most,the roast keeps it from becoming to sweet.Another impressive beer from ST,the sweetness is pretty big though.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beers from breweries like Southern Tier are not easy to come by in the UK but thanks to, I have managed to get hold of this one.

Poured from a cellar temperature 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head, that fades fast. Little, if no carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and malty on the nose, with obvious strong coffee notes, and sweet sugars. Dark chocolate is also apparent, with potent alcohol, and some honey.

Taste: The initial taste is strong and bitter espresso coffee, after which there is a hint of dark chocolate sweetness. The flavours are smokey, with a roasted maltiness, and whiskey-like peatness. There is a subtle impression of dark fruits towards the end, possibly blackberries.

Mouthfeel: The body is undoubtedly full, and smooth, with a rich warming feel.

Drinkability: The flavours are rich, dark and incredibly filling; it feels more like a meal than a drink! Having said that, the flavours are brilliantly balanced, not too bitter and not too sweet, just right. It's slightly more coffee than it is chocolate, which prevents that cloying taste that is common with chocolate based imperial stouts. This is a decadent beer, and a real treat.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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??...

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Photo of seaoflament
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to imperialking for this one in our recent trade. I really like the Southern Tier Imperial Series and was very interested in trying this one when it was released. I shared this bottle at La Bella this past Tuesday night (9-15-09).

Not the darkest stout I've seen but dark enough, some crimson highlights on the sides.

A huge amount of Choklat is evident on this blend, some vanilla, and a bit of coffee, almost just pure liquid chocolate. Lots of malted milk once it starts to open up.

Loads of chocolate, vanilla, sweet coffee with a bit of acidity to cut through the sweetness, but still very sweet. Hints of dried dark cherries in the last sip. The coffee part of the beer does bring a little more balance and complexity than the full on liquid chocolate nature of Choklat.

Nice carbonation, medium level. Not much sign of alcohol as the sweetness hides it quite well. Good dessert beer that I would mind having a pint, but probably not more than that.

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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 davexisxrabid
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with skinnyguy. Thanks Dan!

Poured this into my Stone Imperial Stout glass. Black with a half inch brown head. Head clung to the sides for a bit but died down, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, English toffee, peanut butter. Smells more like a gourmet chocolate bar than beer.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee. Dark chocolate bitterness at the end. A little warmth coming from the alcohol at the end.

Full bodied with little carbonation, giving it a chewy texture. Leaves that classic roasted/dark chocolate flavor in your mouth after each drink.

Damn good overall. My girlfriend loved it and she doesn't really like stouts. We agreed that it was pretty smooth in flavor but I think what got her was the slightly sweeter flavor of the chocolate. I'd love to have another bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small one finger medium looking tan head that quickly fades to a very thin wisp and ring. Dark brown, almost black with almost no carbonation evident, except some small decoration on the top. A ring remains and leaves minimal blotchy lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malt and smells like mocha or ice cappuccino, like the name suggests. Coffee, milk, and powdery chocolate are very evident. Decent strength as well. Smells much like a room temperature hot chocolate.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely, but a bit more emphasis on the coffee over the chocolate. Roasted malt and roasted coffee beans. Mocha and ice cappuccino again. Some bitterness and a bit of an alcohol sting at the end. Strong and bold. Strong aftertaste of roasted coffee beans and a touch of alcohol and chocolate. A nice combination. The ABV certainly makes a strong presence.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, goes down a little hot and has a little alcohol bite at the end. Somewhat mouth coating.

OVERALL: A great beer with a top-notch taste profile. One of the best coffee flavored beers I've had, and works very well with the chocolate of course. Quite drinkable too. Unfortunately the average look and feel held it back a bit in the ratings, but that certainly won't stop me from picking it up again. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of froghop
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark black with a small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of milk chocolate, coffee, and a little vanilla.

taste is creamy, cocoa, some weak coffee in the back, a little licorice, and a little vanilla, ends dry and a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty much black color with the faintest hint of brown highlighting. Foam is pretty weak and large-bubbled. The light brown topping fades fast and does not leave much lacing. Decent looking beer, not great.

Smells wonderful though. All kinds of chocolaty goodness is on display here: baking cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, Hershey's syrup, Nestle get the idea. Also smells like one of those General Foods International powdered coffee tins. Just a faint whiff of plum fruitiness as well.

Taste is creamy and roasty chocolate with a hint of coffee bitterness. I also get some walnut and pecan nuttiness. Aftertaste is more along the lines of a cup of joe. This would make a great breakfast drink, it's full bodied but not as viscous as, say, a ten fidy. ABV is very well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable at 11%. I am usually not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is exceptional. Great beer!

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Photo of dudecandle
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, this one's a bit different:

A: Rather dark brown-black body with a very dark mokah head which dissipated relatively quickly, but was nice while it lasted.

S/T: Up front the smell is of absolute chocolate milk! To add to this was a good dose of coffee and cinnamon, a bit of a winter warmer-type spice scheme, with a slight sharpness to provide some balance, perhaps the hops.

M/D: Full enough with the robust chocolate taste. Being the Mokah, I had anticipated a bit more of a coffee presence, but nonetheless, it was plentifully pleasant. It was a little one-dimensional, but it was well enough.
The thought going through my head with this was: This is the kind of beer that a non-beer drinker could get started on. It's sweet, it's chocolatey, it's overall easygoing, with plenty of oomph without being overly aggressive.

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Photo of jdklks
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Shango42
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type-bomber poured into snifter glass.
A-Dark black pour. Thick and foamy cocoa colored head. Inviting.
S-Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, very sweet, toasty beans, malty.
T-Sweet wonderful chocolate with malty coffee and cocoa. Some bitterness in the middle, but it is overpowered by the sweetness. The flavors underlying the chocolate are way in the background but they do include plums, raisins, caramel, and not much else. Wow, this is a fantastic desert beer!
M-Smooth and thick, low carbonation. Definitely a sipping beer but more due to the sweetness than the alcohol.
D-Love it for desert. You will have to be in the right mood for it. I can't believe (at first) it is 11% ABV, but I can certainly feel it by the end of the bomber. Southern Tier sets the bar for desert beers.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black, poured into a snifter. Brown on the edges when held to light. Semi-thick brown head. Hard to see too many specifics on appearance, as the bar I drank it in was too dark.

Aroma is of heavy milk-chocolate. Sweet nose, with obvious coffee smells included. It smells exactly like its name: Mocha. Really a great nose. Everything a dessert beer should be, rich and decadent!

Palate: Amazing. Full bodied chocolate and coffee flavors. Hints of alcohol (11% ABV comes through nicely). Caramel and subtle hoppy bitterness on the finish. Compliments the cocoa flavor perfectly!

Intense and flavorful, each sip brings some new complexity. A sweet beer, which may make it hard to drink for some, this is a beer to be shared and sipped slowly, perhaps with a canoli? or tiarmisu? Really a tasty beer. Hats off to Southern Tier.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,317 ratings.
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