Monday, August 3, 2009

34. Southern Tier Imperial Mokah

“Dessert in a glass.”

Our second beer from Southern Tier Brewery, located in Lakewood, NY.

Southern Tier Imperial Mokah has a rich chocolate and roasted coffee nose—very delicious smelling—and a dark coffee-colored body with a creamy tan head. The beer begins with a sweet malt flavor, bringing with it chocolate and vanilla notes that range across the palate, before finishing with a dark coffee bitterness with lingers on the back of the tongue. Mokah has a creamy, rich, and thick mouthfeel; there is some alcohol warmth in it, especially at the end. While a delicious and interesting beer, Mokah could be a bit more stout-y: it could use more burnt and roasted notes to build the body and lessen the sweetness, and the bitterness that is apparent tastes like it is from the coffee only.

(someone can't resist hamming for the camera)

From Southern Tier’s website: “Mokah: a stout brewed with chocolate & coffee. When empirical and creative impulses collide, the result is often timeless. The classic utility-art aesthetic of the coffee maker is an example of design and engineering working in concert. It is through similar cooperation that the simple bitter cocoa bean is transformed into a sweet treat. 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!”

ABV: 10.9%
Color: 221ºL
OG: 27º P
Malt: 2-Row pale malt, 2-Row barley, Caramel, Chocolate & Black malts, Roasted barley, and Barley flakes
Other Ingredients: Jamaican roasted coffee and bittersweet Belgian chocolate
Hops: Chinook, Willamette, Cascade & Columbus


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