So, when she asks to try a beer that’s practically black, I just assume I’m going to get the Bitter Beer Face from her. I would place a considerable bet on it, and I wouldn’t get very good odds.
As I poured this beer, the head got a bit away from me and I was on the verge of making a mess. She quickly got me a paper towel, took what was left in the bottle, and headed towards the kitchen. There was a hair left, so she took a sip and something magical came from her lips.
Oooo, I like that!
I wish I could take credit, but I can’t. Thank you, Southern Tier; you made a stout my wife likes.
Southern Tier Brewing Company Mokah
Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a nice brown head.
Scent: I am getting bitter/floral scent of balanced hops, a hint of dark malts, and a lot of cocoa. I’m also smelling that this is a 10% beer; it doesn’t distract from the good scents, but it is present.
Taste: I may smell the alcohol, but I’m not tasting it. I get the hops and malts that I smelled before, plus a decent amount of coffee. It’s weird, Nora immediately tasted the chocolate but I’m not getting it real strong. No matter, though; the taste is great, and definitely not hindered by the alcohol content.
Drinkability: It’s a stout, which brings it’s own challenges to drinkability. That said, it isn’t super-heavy, it doesn’t taste insanely dark (more like dark coffee than dark beer), and the alcohol content is defied by the smoothness.
Quality: Yeah, this is a quality beer. I mean, when you buy a beer like this, and pay for a beer like this, you expect quality and smoothness, but I’ve been burned before my expensive beers – and shocked by cheap beers. I will say, if you rock the craft beers and like a little bit of unique, non-beer flavor with your beer, this one will not disappoint.
Overall: A quality, quality coffee stout. One of the best (if not the best) that I’ve had.
Unbiased: A/A+. It really is everything it’s supposed to be.
Biased: A. It didn’t grab me by the neck and force me to love it, but I am quite taken with it.
I remember a conversation I had about if beer should have fruit in it. My friend Josh had a thought that the beer snobs could wrap their heads around:
What if the beer was brewed to have the fruit in it? Not brewed to need the fruit, but that the fruit and beer worked together in harmony?
I know there are people who believe beer should follow the Reinheisgebot and allow nothing else, and for good reason, but I think that denies a wide line of beers and stifles creativity. I think it is perfectly acceptable to make a beer with other flavors in it (or to be added to it at the time of consumption). I may not enjoy those beers – most fruit beers make me desire to commit the sin of pouring beer down the drain – but there is nothing wrong with it inherently. And, if it brings someone to the culture of quality beer, even better.
So try a coffee stout. Add orange to your Blue Moon. Enjoy the beer you enjoy.
Besides Bud Light. Don’t enjoy Bud Light.
To the wonderful experience of my wife enjoying a beer!