Noticing a trend
A Review of Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Posted on 12/9/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
This time of year lends itself to lots of drinking of my favorite style of beer. There is just something about the weather turning cold, and the trees being bare that screams ''Put a freaking stout in your glass!'' to me. Being one that always listens to the voices in my head, I gladly oblige as often as possible. One of my absolute favorite stouts in existence comes from Southern Tier Brewing Company's Blackwater Series of imperial stouts. Their Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout is an absolute masterpiece of a beer. Thanks to it's complete and total awesomeness, I have no choice but to now ''work'' my way through the entire Blackwater Series. So first up, I give you the Mokah Stout.

According to the Southern Tier website, Mokah is actually the combination of two of other Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. So just based on that information, we can mentally prepare ourselves for a mix of an imperial coffee stout and an imperial chocolate stout. What's not to love about that thought? Coffee? Good. Chocolate? Good. Both? Very good. Now I've said this before but I feel as though I need to say it again. Don't drink your stouts freezing cold. Personally, I could drink most any stout at cellar temperature. And no, I don't have a cellar. But what I do have, and so do you, is a cabinet that is out of direct sunlight. I store all of my stouts in it, and when I want one, I just pull it out of the cabinet, pour it, and drink it. Trust me when I say that if you are drinking them straight from the fridge, you are killing the flavors and aromas. Luckily, Southern Tier even advises you of the proper temperature to serve their stouts at right on the bottle. Listen to them. They know what they are talking about.

Now that all of that is out of the way, on to the beer itself. In the glass, Mokah is a deep, dark brown color that is as close to black as you can get without actually being black. A fairly hefty head can be achieved on an aggressive pour, and it stays around for a while before working its way down to about a fingers worth. The smell of Mokah is nothing short of awesome. Very bright semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder dominate the glass. In all honesty, it smells a lot like chocolate milk. It is only after a few minutes of digging and working that you find the coffee part of it. It isn't as strong as you might expect, but some faint espresso notes are what you pick up on when located. And at certain points, a bit of an alcohol burn swipes at your nose to remind you that you are dealing with an 11.2% ABV monster.

When you take the first sip, the cocoa powder is front and center. The chocolate follows very close behind, and again they remind you of chocolate milk. After a few minutes of small sipping, you can pick out a nice roasted malt layer that helps keep it from venturing into the ''too sweet'' range. The espresso noted in the nose comes through in a very muted way, but still very noticeable. In saying that, I mean you get all of the ''flavor'' without any of the ''aggression'' usually comes with espresso. And occasionally you get a bit of a reminder of the alcohol, but in no way would you ever believe that it has as high of an ABV as it actually does.

I can say with no hesitation that I really enjoyed Mokah. Southern Tier Brewing can rest assured that I am going to devour the rest of their Blackwater Series. Their Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout is one of my all time favorites and Mokah was nothing short of delicious. I would recommend Mokah to all levels of drinkers, with just a hint of caution to the beginners. This one is so delicious, you need to be reminded that it is 11.2% ABV. If you're not careful it could sneak up on you and violate you in ways punishable by federal law. Other than that, go forth and drink it! I know that I will be adding another bottle of it to my collection, and can't wait to move on to the next offering in the Blackwater Series.

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