shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/19/2009: Southern Tier Imperial Mokah (A Stout Brewed with Chocolate & Coffee)... I poured and offered it to my wife first. She smelled and proclaimed, "It’s chocolate!" Then she tasted and exclaimed, "OOH LA LA!" This there must be quite something considering those favorable comments for somebody that doesn’t care for beer all that much! Aroma: Wow, definitely tons of sweet milk chocolate and hot fudge, it has the Tootsie Roll kind of sugary quality to it too; mild coffee with cartons of cream; the Southern Tier Jah-va component definitely helps temper some of the overwhelming chocolate that the regulat Southern Tier Choklat exuded. Appearance: Not quite black, but damn close; looks transparent during the pour and opaque in the glass; densely foamy tan-colored head that is initially about one finger deep and then slowly subsides to leave a frothy crown. Flavor: Yep, it’s mocha and damn good! Really, the blend of sweet, sugary Belgian chocolate fudge and bitter, black espresso coffee couldn’t be better or more well-balanced. Neither one sticks out on its own since the two are so well-melded into one cohesive flavor. There is still a moderate espresso-like bitterness along with a tinge of deeply citrusy hops in the finish; warming, but the alcohol is pretty much invisible. Palate: Definitely full-bodied, thick and mellow texture, creamy mouthfeel, sticky on the lips, damn nice! Overall: A fine beer indeed! I don’t know if it reaches true synergy between the Jah-va and Choklat, but it is still quite excellent. I like it a little better than the Choklat, but maybe not quite as much as the Jah-va, but it’s close!
650 ml. / 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. silk-screened bottle (Alc. 11% by Vol. / 27° plato / 2-row barley, caramel malt, chocolate malt, black malt, barley flakes / Jamaican roasted coffee / bittersweet Belgian chocolate / kettle hops: columbus & chinook). Rating #211 for this beer.
AmEricanbrew (6321) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a tan head. Rich chocolate milk aroma. Smooth medium body. Flavor is rich dark chocolate milk with some coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Simple beer with a great flavor. Draft@Malt and Vine.
jrob21 (2897) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyguy made sure I got to try this one with a follow up box from a recent trade. Of this series of foodified beers, this is one that comes up short to living up to its literall name. Creme brulee was really creme brulee in a glass. Mocha was coffee and chocolate at different points on the palate but together did not complement each other very well. It is almost like they were working against each other. Not sure how else to explain it. Incredible sweetness lasts on your lips for a while. Roasted malt and bittersweet melted chocolate creaminess are really nice. A fruity plum sort of flavor working in the background. The bitterness (coffee) and chocolate malt (mocha) work back and forth with each sip. Each is enjoyable just not really combining to make a new experience.
jkwalking05 (4185) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a medium sized tan head. Aromais of hot chocolate powder, chocolate pudding, milk chocolate and coffee. Taste is heavy in chocolate.
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a taller, dark beige, tiny bubbled, tight head. Crème de cacao aromas dominate. I seem to catch a touch of mint as well. i feel like I’m about to drink a grasshopper. Thick, chewy and mouthcoating in feel. Big dark chocolate start. Cacao extract and light alcohol. A bit of acidic coffee lurks in the background and dries things out. Not quite mocha to me as the alcohol kicks in and distracts a bit. I get a few grainy flavors in the finish and into the linger. Linger is still loaded with crème de cacao. Once again a dessert brew, that is way too much for the bomber that contains it. In some ways I think it is too much and in others, if served in a small snifter, it is perfect for the end of the night. Perhaps I will say that it has too many liqueur qualities to have a higher beer score. Just depends on what you are looking for.
dagimp (818) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bomber. Smell was of chocolate and coffee, as advertised. Taste was exactly the same. This beer is very, very sweet, extremely chocolatey and with a lot of coffee flavor. It lived up to it’s packaging. I thought it was a bit too sweet. Something about the sweetness and the dark chocolate just didn’t go. None the less, an excellent beer. I couldn’t imagine drinking a whole bomber of this, good thing I split it with someone.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled at Sorbon, Bromma, Sweden. Pours out in an opque black colour with a dense pale brown head. Dense sugary aroma of chocolate sauce, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Full-bodied with dense and cloyingly sweet notes of melted milky chocolate, vanilla, caramel, cookies and alcohol. Dense and sweet finish of milky chocolate and cocoa-powder. Not my thing, way too sweet and lifeless.
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at naked city. pours thick black and gooey. creamy dense tan head. enormous plume of hot cocoa on the nose, just ridiculous heaps of sugary milk chocolate. creamy thick body, very little chalkiness. just pure chocolate ooze. mid palate is pretty much hersheys syrup. long sweet finish.
Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Sune’s Sommerhus - shared with Mette & Sune. Black - offwhite head. Cocoa, chocolate, julekalender chocolade, light coffee, dryness, high malty, metallic, oboy, light licorice, bunred, barley, high sweetness. Simple - Taste too much of bad/cheap chocolate.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a snifter. There is no freshness date or born on date on the bottle.
Appearance: Its body has a very dark brown/black color that blocks out all light. The head on top is thick and foamy with a creamy tan color. It hangs on well as it slowly fades down to thin wispy layer that leaves behind some slick lacing.
Smell: The aroma has a big sweet and creamy chocolate and roasted grain scent with a hint of dark roasted coffee. Also there is very noticeable boozy alcohol presence.
Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a big bold and boozy character. It has sweet roasted malts with loads sweet milk chocolate, warming alcohol and a slow finish of dark coffee with cream. The finish also has just a light hint of hop bitterness as well. The palate has a big full body with a velvety smooth texture and active yet smooth carbonation.
Notes: This is a huge beer with big bold flavor and hefty 11%abv.