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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,052 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 211
Gots: 395 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Ratings: 2,052 | Reviews: 703
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.

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Primarily notes for self….Wicked chocolaty, more so than coffee. Had had before and was underwhelmed. Enjoyed it very much this time.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: a gorgeous black color with a small tight Mocha chocolate head

S: small amounts of coffee and chocolate but a nice marshmallow smell

T: very deep rich chocolate taste with some dashed in coffee even from the the get go the two tastes like marshmallows

M: slightly watery it's got a mediumish feel for a stout

O: it's got a great taste but it's sweet as hell and has an acidic end on it like it wasn't meant to be drank in large quantities but for a sugary coffee chocolate bomb it does it well

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

*Take this review with a grain of salt, will explain in article*

This is a delicious beer, it just doesn't taste even remotely like coffee. I had it in a growler that filled from a year old keg, so I'm wondering if the coffee flavor mellowed an extreme amount. It basically just tasted like a more mellow version of Choklat. Like every Southern Tier stout, this one is more of a dessert beer, but not as sweet as above mentioned Choklat. I enjoyed this beer, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

HUGE chocolate milk presence attacks the taste buds instantly. Coffee notes stand predominant on the backend. After taste literally feels like I drink a coffee shop mocha. The only thing I can ever knock Southern Tier for is how incredibly 'sweet' there brews are. This one is masked a little better with the bitterness of the coffee than chocolaT. Nonetheless still has a very sweet taste. Would love to see it barrel aged. A bold stout worth seeking out~

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. The flavor starts out with lots of sweet dark chocolate. Coffee and roasted malts complement the sweetness. Finish has more sweet chocolate.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a sticky and dry finish.

O - This reminds me of a sweeter version of Founders Breakfast Stout. A very nice sipper for cold night.

Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle shared. Pours dark black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Slightly bitter at the back end. Medium bodied. Delicious!

Photo of Josh012012
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. looks almost pitch black, not much (if any) light getting through this one. Head is a dark kaki color and leaves no trace of lacing.

S smells EXACTLY like a bag of chocolate flavored licorice.

T Ok now I am getting the coffee AND chocolate. Where the nose was definitely a singular chocolate note I am picking up a lot of coffee taste as well as chocolate and roasty stout notes along with very little bitterness and a moderate to high sweetness.

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bottle recommends serving at 42 degrees Fahrenheit at about 60 degrees the beer tasted almost flat on carbonation more booze flavor and bitterness are now noticeable.

F this is where the beer was most lacking.. was ok... but did not quite complement the rest of the beer.. it was a bit to crisp for me and had more sharp carbonation and a thinner mouth feel than I would have wanted.

O Its hard to believe that this thing has 10% ABV because it drinks more like an milk/sweet stout than an imperial. I would consider this a desert beer.. it most certainly delivers the promise that its name implies.

Photo of dutesanch
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Southern tier stouts. Not as sweet as Creme brûlée but sweeter and smoother than chokolat. This beer can best be described as a liquid tootsie roll. Really enjoyable. Poured from a bomber into my Stone snifter. Will be buying or trading for more.

Photo of HeartofMiami
4/5  rDev -5%

Pours opaque black like brewed coffee. No head. Smell is mostly chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is odd, much more carbonated, like a porter or lager than expected. Taste is balanced chocolate and coffee but fades fast. No lingering flavor. Not very complex. Not bad but expected better.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,052 ratings.