Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Just when I think Iíve tried all the Southern Tier Imperial Stouts, they come out with another one. It may be a combination of Jah-va and Choklat, but it leans way more toward the Choklat. I thought this would be incredible, but it was not quite as good as the other two. Way too sweet. There was plenty of bitterness to balance things out, but it was still very cloying. It did hide the alcohol well, though, and then it all hits you when you donít even expect it.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that looked nearly opaque black in the glass. but then when held to the light ti is amber with a hint of dark around the edges. It had an average, tan, head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was heavy cocoa and oat, almost harsh chocolate syrup, and slight coffee when it warmed up way above the recommended serving temp. The initial flavor was very sweet, bitter and a little acidic; while the finish was extremely sweet, lightly bitter and acidic with a fairly long duration. There was chocolate syrup, dark fruit, cocoa, oat, ever so slight coffee, alcohol, more coffee when warmer. Nice, but way too cloying. The medium to full that was leaning to full body was fairly slick, but also a little sticky on the lips with quite fizzy carbonation and a ever so light alcoholic, slightly chalky, an light to moderately astringent finish.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. Pours dark brownish-black with a soft tan head that disapates quickly. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and malt. Tastes of creammy milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and followed by bitter both by cocoa and hops. Creamy body and a long sticky bittersweet aftertaste.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Nqualls. Pours a deep viscous brown, almost black with a dissipating brown head. Aroma of chocolate and roast. This is full bodied with a creamy texture and a slight syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is full of rich dark chocolate and vanilla bean, but with enough espresso flavor to keep it in balance. Hop bitterness is moderate but in check. I like the attenuation- sweet but not overly sweet. Finish is warming but with no fusels, and with a mild roast coffee clinging to the back of the mouth. Excellent beer. My friend Tracy, my father-in-law, and my wife enjoyed this as well. I like this as much as Choklat.
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this following the Southern Tier Iniquity, and as tremendous as this is, it isnít quite the achievement of brewing that Iniquity demonstrates. Still, itís very very good beer from a hedonistic perspective. The vanilla notes are strong in this rendition of the coffee-chocolate Impy, with rich, thick layers of goodness. Excellent dessert beer, without question. Iíd like to try it over ice cream, which might be heavenly (or a complete bust as some beers surprisingly are in combination with ice cream).
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Another tremendous Blackwater from Southern Tier. Pours deep black, with gorgeous fluffy biege head. After settling down, the aroma releases intensely. The coffee and chocolate aromas blend together and swirl in the air like magic-- it leaps from your glass into your nose. No wafting necessary. Flavor is uncommonly good for such a heavy stout. Creamy, rich, hearty. A great hybrid by these mad-stout geniuses.
halfonit (1324) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one good brew!! Itís appearance is pure black with hardly any head at all. The aroma is full of chocolate with some undertones of malts and coffee. Taste is full of chocolate. There are some malts in the background. Leaves a sweeter aftertaste. Man I wan not at all expecting this! What a pleasant surprise. A+
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, 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, "Itís chocolate!" Then she tasted and exclaimed, "OOH LA LA!" This there must be quite something considering those favorable comments for somebody that doesnít 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, itís mocha and damn good! Really, the blend of sweet, sugary Belgian chocolate fudge and bitter, black espresso coffee couldnít 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 donít 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 itís close!
650 ml. / 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. silk-screened bottle (Alc. 11% by Vol. / 27į 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 (6727) - 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 (3430) - 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 (4587) - 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.