Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 216
Gots: 418 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Ratings: 2,087 | Reviews: 712
Photo of Brock915
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very sippable delicious stout. Smells like milk chocolate, slight alcoholic finish, best stout ever!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty similar to Chokolat, but with just a touch of coffee. A bit on the sweet side. Lots of tootsie-roll qualities.

Photo of smonroy3
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A little too sweet. Definitely a dessert beer. Great for beer floats, but hard to drink a bomber of it on your own. Tastes like Hershey's made a stout.

Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malt in aroma, with vanilla sweetness.

Flavor is deeply chocolatey, fairly sweet, with big coffee bitterness throughout. There's a bit of an acrid finish that's offputting. Very rich, but the coffee and roast bitterness counter nicely.

Photo of seedyone
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Tried on rec & was not disappointed. Only area wit some points off was the texture. I would have liked a bit more chew, but behind all the other pluses i remained a superlative treat. The aroma was really outstanding. A deep chocolate/coffee treat. The coffee takes over on the tongue & there is very little on the bitterness front. The 10.9% ABV will be the rstraining factoe. Otherwise I could roll with this guy all night long. Wish me luck.

Photo of mzingie
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing beer by southern tier. Smells heavily and complexly of coffee and chocolate. Large head with great retention. Mouthfeel is very creamy and a perfect compliment to the taste of dark bitter chocolate with prominent notes of coffee grounds and underlying caramel. One of southern tier's best.

Photo of Bone53
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Blue Dust

Appearance: Seems to be black with a light brown head

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cream

Taste: A ton of chocolate upfront with an espresso finish. Undertone of hops throughout

Mouthfeel: Great body for 10%; Smooth with moderate carbonation throughout. Carbonation is spot on

Overall: I was surprised how much chocolate presence was in here. It overshadows the coffee in my opinion. After all it is called mokah right? The chocolate also seems slightly artificial. I think this is a slightly better than average imperial coffee stout. I can see how people really like it, just not exactly what i go for

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yup, coffee and chocolate. Pretty damn good.

Photo of muchos
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet like a chocolate dessert, slight coffee. Doesn't smell like a beer but delicious nonetheless.
Taste is of sweet and bitter chocolate and of bitter espresso-like coffee, with toasty maltiness and slight alcohol. Not nearly as sweet in the taste as compared to the smell.
Feels smooth, somewhat thick. Not much carbonation.
Not as good as their Choklat, but overall pretty darn good.

Photo of JFCLACK
2.6/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Chocolate taste too fake. For me

Photo of docoman
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very rich and better than expected, had on tap at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati this past weekend, recommend trying if you like chocolate + coffee, both flavors represented well in this offering.

Photo of castelli1981
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite for sure.

Photo of dvmorrisncsu
4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells and taste like chocolate milk!

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too alcohol forward. At 10% it should be expected I suppose. Flavor was good otherwise but the finish was hot and felt out of balance to me

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had this on tap at the Cloverleaf last night for the first time. As heavy as this was on the chocolate and the alcohol, this was a nice beer that was true to form and was pretty much what I anticipated it would be, without being too dry. I just tasted too much chocolate and not enough of the coffee to rate this any higher.

The pour to this was dark but not black, with a tan head and enough lacing to be seen but not appreciated. Lots of bitter and baker's chocolate in the nose and even more in the taste, with a moderate oat presence that kicked in as this warmed up. Full to the taste, this was almost overload and could have used more espresso and coffee notes to round this out. Too potent and too sweet, this was a dessert by itself and once the alcohol fully came on, there was no stopping the potency of this!

This was strong in nearly every sense of the world and even though this booze wasn't a detraction here, a bit less of it and some more flavor would have made this outstanding. It reminded me too much of the Southern Tier Choklat with a bit of the Oat thrown in for good measure. In a style crowded with a lot of big names, this one fell short because of this overlap but if you're looking for a dessert in a bottle, this would be a good a choice as nearly any!

Photo of MadLatvian
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Just too much chocolate for me.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More like Chocolate brewed with coffee and a stout! The nose and taste is amazingly chocolatey. Perhaps a bit "too far" for drinking more than a glass, but overall a great ST offering.

Photo of Bugcatcher
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Freaking delicious. Will buy again for sure

Photo of StuClayton
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, aged around a year.

Look: pours very thick, pitch black with a very small caramel colored head that lingers but slowly dissipates. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: very sweet on the nose. Lots of chocolate, small amount of caramel, don't find the coffee on the smell.

Taste: more of the same but the coffee really comes through in the front and end. Leaves a mild coffee and booze after taste. Minus the after taste the booze is fairly well hidden for 10% Warms very well.

Feel: very sticky, molasses feel.

Overall: really enjoying this one! Would love to have had one fresh to compare. Would, and will buy again.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours an oily jet black. Forms about a half finger of extremely dark tan, even to light brown colored head. Weak head potential, retention and lacing, but forgivable at this ABV.
S - 3.25 - It is what it is. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, sweetened cream and malts.
T - 4 - VERY decadent and dessert oriented. Not a stout for every day consumption and definitely one to sip. Quite sweet chocolate upfront, not quite to a milk chocolate level, but almost. Semi-sweet coffee and almost a light, Bailey's Irish Cream finish on this beer. Very much a dessert in a bottle. Hardly any bitterness to balance the chocolate.
F - 4.5 - Good, thick, creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - Not your every day beer, but good for the right occasion. Would pair exceptionally well with chocolate cake I think!

Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 650ml. Brown glass. Appealing label art and design. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Cost was $10.99. Reviewed live as an imperial stout since the label calls it a stout and it's 10% ABV (it seems unlikely this is merely an American stout).

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Khaki colour. 1 finger wide. Not as smooth or even as would be ideal. The consistency isn't too creamy or soft-looking either. It's not particularly full, thick, or supple. Could use some fine-tuning. The complexion is pretty nice. Recedes fully within 2 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. It looks pretty conventional for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. Rather average.

AROMA: Walnut, pecan, caramelized nuts...that's unexpected. In fact, if they billed this as a peanut butter stout I'd probably buy it. Has a nice sugary character to it, with plenty of chocolate malts and schwarz malts/dark malts in there. Its chocolate character seems artificial; consulting the label, I note that an ingredient was "natural chocolate flavor" - which has me skeptical. Hershey's chocolate syrup comes to mind, but it's not fudgy or milk chocolate-y. Maybe the artificial chocolate lent it those nutty notes? I find no coffee at all - much to my shock; usually the notes promised on the front of Southern Tier's labels are always evoked beyond question (see Creme Brulee or Choklat). Speaking of which, where is the mokah? It's creamy, sure, but the absence of coffee is mind-boggling given this beer's name and premise.

The overriding artificial sweetness is a little off-putting, but the aroma is still evocative and interesting enough; I'm excited to try this but skeptical of the authenticity of its constituent notes.

No hop profile, booze, yeast character, or off-notes are detectable.

The absence of roasted barley is concerning, but overall I find it appealing. Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Hmm. That pesky artificial sweetness and artificial chocolate/Hershey's chocolate syrup is quite bothersome, and it's joined by a hint of marshmallow which doesn't really work. I find no coffee whatsoever, nor any mocha - to its detriment. And the absence of roasted barley is a deal-breaker. Has some generic cream, as well as the requisite chocolate malts and dark/schwarz malts. On the sweeter side for the style, sure, but not to the extent you might expect given this is a Southern Tier imperial stout. The nuttiness is nice, with hints of pecan, peanut, and maybe walnut.

It's too bad its constituent notes are inauthentic and artificial; the chocolate leaves a lot to be desired and the nuttiness is odd and overly caramelized. Moreover, I wish it had more character in general, and more depth. Some burnt, charred, or ashen character would help tame the sweetness a bit. Obviously, coffee is needed. It just needs more components to lend it bitterness.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. This isn't a particularly intricate or subtle imperial stout build, but when I regard it as an American stout I find myself liking it better. Maybe this is just a high ABV plain stout? It's cohesive, but it never tastes like a gestalt whole.

No yeast character, hops, or off-notes come through. The alcohol is slightly noticeable; this would be a better brew at about 8% or so.

TEXTURE: Artificially sleek, smooth, and wet - almost porter-like. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Not syrupy, fortunately. But I do find it a bit too thick and heavy on the palate for its relative lack of flavour (both in terms of depth and diversity). What does work is its creaminess, but it should be creamier and softer; isn't this supposed to be a mocha beer? This texture fails to elevate the beer, but suits the taste decently.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is above average.

OVERALL: A forgettable and generic offering from Southern Tier, Mokah is best regarded as a high alcohol American Stout. Its biggest disappointment is its gaping absence of the promised coffee note; did I get an old bottle? Artificial Hershey's chocolate syrup dominates to its detriment, and there's little else happening. I wouldn't buy it again, and I guess I'm in the minority saying I prefer Choklat. Say what you like about Creme Brulee; at least that beer delivered on its premise. This is drinkable, sure, but it's not worth its price at all and is more on par with what I'd expect from a Victory variety box. I'd recommend steering clear; it's not that it's bad, it's just that it's generic and overpriced. Not Southern Tier's strongest work, and far from anywhere near the level it would need to be to compete with even merely good offerings in the style (whether you consider it an American stout or an Imperial Stout).

Low C+

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black bodied and an aggressive pour gives way to a fairly large light brown head that slowly settles down.

Coffee, chocolate, fudgy, cotton candy sweetness. Bitterness comes through on the flavor to somewhat balance but definitely is a sweeter beer.

A little full bodied, sticky sweet, and medium-light carbonation.

Delivers on chocolate and coffee. Sweet and delicious.

Photo of OrangeMen
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9 month old bottle

Appearance- Pours jet black, opaque. One finger thick mocha, cinnamon colored head, bubbly, slightly creamy appearance. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Rich, cold coffee grounds and deep dark chocolates emit a pleasant bitterness. Some sweet milk chocolate aromas as well, also some nice roasted malts and a certain marshmellow aroma.
Taste- Intense milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors, incredibly decadent and sweet. Bitter, roasty coffee comes through and lingers into aftertastes. Roasted malts, thick and creamy sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, thick and creamy. Moderate level of carbonation.
Overall- Wonderful chocolate flavors dominate, milk chocolate sweetness counterbalanced by dark chocolate and roasty coffee bitterness. Wonderful creamy quality to this beer, almost an airy marshmellow flavor and quality floats through. Not overly sweet, but decadent and rich.

Photo of Chief09
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like Creme Brule you will love this its a lot less sweet.

Photo of TheWiredDJ
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After trying a bottle of Southern Tier Mokah and a bottle of Choklat, I am convinced that the Mokah tastes nearly of no coffee and is much more heavy on the chocolate, while the Choklat is a coffee bomb with only a little chocolate flovor.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,087 ratings.