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Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Company

I’m a biking fool lately…thoroughly addicted I am to the trail, my bike (Salsa El Maricahi), the sounds of nature, and the solitude.  Oh yeah…the speed one can get going down inclines is quite thrilling also.  I happened on a hawk or possibly an owl in my riding today that had an unfortunate victim (rabbit?) in its talons as it flew skyward.  Another 16 miles at my favorite place to ride, Six Mile Run Reservoir, made me a happy camper.

Beer #316 is Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Company.  I have been looking forward to this American Double Stout or Imperial Stout brewed in Lakewood, New York for quite some time.  The ABV clocks in at a heavy 11.2%.

Mokah poured black with a very thin brown head.  The nose was fantastic…chocolate and coffee and cocoa.  It smelled like hot chocolate or more like a mocha coffee drink…yum!  It tasted exactly like it smelled with the coffee and the chocolate mixing together very nicely.  There was a bit of vanilla mingling in with some nice roasted malty flavors.  It reminded me of how I like my mocha coffee drinks, not overly sweet with a nice bitter cocoa/chocolate flavor.  It had an excellent aftertaste of cocoa powder…damn good.  It had a heavier body but not really thick.  It was quite smooth and creamy with lower amount of carbonation.  I thought the alcohol was hidden fairly well for such a high ABV brew.

I loved this…it was quite delicious!  Coffee and chocolate lovers should seek this out.  This is by far my favorite Southern Tier brew I have had so far!

Rating: A+

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Stone Smoked Porter by Stone Brewing Company

I’m not into this tonight (blogging…not beer), just a word of warning.

Beer #303 is Smoked Stone Porter by Stone Brewing Company from Escondido, California.  This American Porter has an ABV of 5.9%.

It was black and had a very nice tan head.  Nose was kind of light with chocolate, coffee, & roasted caramel malts.  Taste was better than the nose, slightly sweet and a bit of a bitter dark chocolate flavor.  It had a decent roasted coffee flavor and was a bit smoky near the back end.  It had a medium body with just a bit too much carbonation.

This was a decent American Porter but not even close, IMHO, to Robust Porter by Smuttynose or Red Brick Porter by Red Brick.

Rating: C

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout by Wells & Young's LTD

Well I finally did it.  I had a beer lined up tonight that I thought I hadn’t had before in the 365.  I was wrong.  So I poured it and took a picture of it then I checked my blog.  Sure enough, I have already had Java Head by Troegs.  I had to scramble to find one I didn’t have for beer #290.

That beer is Young’s Double Chocolate Stout by Wells & Young’s LTD from across the pond, England.  This Milk or Sweet Stout has an ABV of 5.2%.

The color was black and sitting on top of that blackness was a huge tan head.  The nose was coffee and chocolate.  There was a nice roasted smell also along with a hoppy aroma buried in there…not quite citrus and not quite pine.  Dark chocolate was the big star here in the taste.  It had that bitterness and semi-sweetness I love in dark chocolate.  There was little bit of a cold slightly burnt coffee flavor too.  The body was a bit on the lighter side and that was disappointing.  I wanted something a bit more substantial.  There was some gentle carbonation here that just slightly stung the tongue.

Don’t get me wrong, this was a very good beer.  I just wanted it to be a bit more thick and chewy.  If you like dark chocolate and coffee, I don’t know how you couldn’t like this.

Rating: B+

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Espresso Amber Ale by Peak Organic Brewing Company

It truly is amazing to me how the senses can transport one back to a specific time and place.  In this case, I was transported back to Cape May, NJ to a little coffee shop on Washington Street named Cafe Buongiorno where on a few occasions I have shared with my beautiful wife an espresso or a cafe mocha or latte.  Those awesome memories came back to me today when I had the pleasure of tasting beer #158, Espresso Amber Ale by Peak Organic Brewing Company from Portland, Maine.  This American Amber Ale or Red Ale has an ABV of 6.8% and is brewed with organic Fair Trade espresso from Coffee By Design (http://www.coffeebydesign.com/).

What a great smell this dark amber beer had.  It was like smelling a fresh cup of French roast coffee or dipping your nose into a container full of coffee beans. Heavenly indeed.  The taste was exactly like the smell, roasted coffee but there was more.  There was a touch of sweetness here along with just a bit of vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of a nutty taste.  I have to assume being brewed with Munich malts that that is where the sweetness comes from.  It had a full body for sure but wasn’t syrupy or sticky.  The carbonation was not overpowering…it had just a slight prickly feeling on the tongue.  This was highly drinkable and very refreshing.  I wished I had picked up a six pack of this after the bottle was gone.

This was out of this world.  I may be a bit biased since I am a coffee junkie and after smelling this after the pour I was hoping it wouldn’t disappoint and I’m happy to say, it didn’t.  Coffee lovers should defiantly give this a try.  This was easily one of the best beers I have had on my little journey to drink 365.

Oh yeah…Happy Cinco De Mayo!  Hmmm…guess I should have had a beer from Mexico but after drinking this, I’m glad I didn’t.

Rating: A+

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