Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,134
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 219
Gots: 443 | FT: 12
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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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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 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 oberon
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep as an oil slick with no light showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate,some sweet alcohol came out as it warrmed a little as well.Much sweeter on the palate than the nose,caramel/vanilla flavors mixed with some dark fruit and chocolate stand out most,the roast keeps it from becoming to sweet.Another impressive beer from ST,the sweetness is pretty big though.

Photo of ricke
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown with a medium-sized tanned head that leaves some lacings.

S: Basically just aromas of sweet chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. A gentle, powdery smell. Notes of roasted malts, vanilla and alcohol.

T: Very sweet with lots of sweet chocolate and sweetish coffee flavors completely dominating the taste. Notes of nougat and vanilla. Roasted malts. Not very complex or interesting, but in general the flavors are well integrated. The taste is less powdery than the smell. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of roasted malts, wood, chocolate and sweet alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, slightly too low on carbonation. It comes out as a bit heavy.

D: I've had both beers that make up this blend (Choklat and Jah-va). I thought Choklat was decent and Jah-va compete mess, and this one falls somewhere in between. It very sweet, almost cloying, and this gets too much after a while. It's reminiscent of a dessert without high quality dessert flavors.

Photo of SanFranJake
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter, as directed. Thanks nUgZ for this hook up!
Poured a deep dark brown/black with little or no head.
A deep coffee and cocoa aroma as you take it in.
First sip was amazing! It's called Mokah for a reason and it delivers! While not an Abyss or BCBS, I took a sip and was amazed! Soooo warm and delicious!
While it does get tastier as it warms, I was eager for the next, and next, and next sip.
This is am amazing stout that I can't wait to share with others, pending receipt of trades going forward.
nUgZ, I owe you mang!

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Brewed with Jamaican coffee and Belgian chocolate, you have to love the American craft beer culture, as we see this as an amazing combo.

Not pitch black, but pretty damn close; light carbonation only gives up a thin lace. Choco- late is on top of the aroma with some charred grain, coffee and malt sweetness. With the carbonation being so light, the chocolate and coffee slam the mocha hammer down first and quick. Wet kiss of hop oil. The hop bitterness rears its head around the corner and stops there. Molasses maltiness plays well with the mocha character. Some warmth from the alcohol right away, and it warms more with each sip. Hint of burnt raisins middle to end. Finishes bittersweet with that alcoholic edge.

Flavor overload, very good but our taste buds are being worked over on this one. Set this one aside for the obvious dessert beer or digestif. The name says it all.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown bordering on black with a half inch of tan head. Aromas are big with deep chocolate wrapped in caramel along with a deep coffee undertone and loads of sweet malts. A touch of vanilla and spice.

First sip brings big malts upfront with lots of wonderful chocolate flavors. Hints of caramel mix in as fresh brewed coffee comes through as well. A touch of vanilla, spice and a bit of dark fruits. Flows down somewhat sweet. Would be a good desert beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a big maltiness. Goes down rather easily while being a bit on the sweet side. Overall, a damn fine blend here that shows of the tasty nuances of both beers. Yummy stuff that would be great made into a shake!!

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was seriously amazing. As a big fan of most things that boast imperial and coffee, from the first sip until the last, I was in love with this beer. I think it is terribly under rated, especially because i had a Yeti afterward and felt the Southern Tier was the clear victor. Try this beer if you lov imperial coffee stouts. Dont try it if you dont...

To make my usual musical references, think of this as blue grass legend Earl Scruggs. It may be one of the very best of the genre, but I readily admit, it is not for everyone.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/26/11 poured into tulip 7/30/11

A - Pours very deep brown/black with one finger on tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S - Huge nose of chocolate (both dark and quite a bit of milk chocolate). Also sweet malts and a faint amount of licorice. Definitely has quite a sweet smell, like many others in the Blackwater series.

T - There is definitely sweetness in the taste, though it is not overwhelming as I feared it might be. A lot of coffee in the taste that I did not up in the nose. The chocolate and coffee play off each other pretty well, though the sweet chocolate seems to be the more prevalent. A very welcome burst of hop bitterness keeps this one from going to Candyland. Some apparent alcohol, but not in a bad way. Overall, the sweet chocolate, roasty coffee and bitter hops come together to make this one of the better ST big stouts.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and actually a touch thin for such a big stout. Despite all of the sweetness, the bitter hops give a mostly clean, dry finish with a touch of numbing alcohol.

O - I really enjoyed this one. I have had Javah before (which I really enjoyed) and have a bottle of Choklat in the cellar. This makes me a little concerned that 100% Choklat will be too sweet, but paired with the roasted coffee, the combination of bitter and sweet was well done.

Photo of generallee
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a snifter. There is no freshness date or born on date on the bottle.

Appearance: Its body has a very dark brown/black color that blocks out all light. The head on top is thick and foamy with a creamy tan color. It hangs on well as it slowly fades down to thin wispy layer that leaves behind some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a big sweet and creamy chocolate and roasted grain scent with a hint of dark roasted coffee. Also there is very noticeable boozy alcohol presence.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a big bold and boozy character. It has sweet roasted malts with loads sweet milk chocolate, warming alcohol and a slow finish of dark coffee with cream. The finish also has just a light hint of hop bitterness as well. The palate has a big full body with a velvety smooth texture and active yet smooth carbonation.

Notes: This is a huge beer with big bold flavor and hefty 11%abv.

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

Bomber bottle, pours darkest shades of brown, with some ruby hues shining through, the head is dark tan, better the average reteniona dn leaving some spotty stickage. Nose is boldly of the advertized coffee and chocolate. Thick on the tongue, bold on the flavors, high on the quality department. Loads of coffee and over the top chocolate notes. Tasty sipper. More fine brew from ST. World class dessert beer, IMHO.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head

Smell: molasses, black coffee, and chocolate

Taste: The Javah hits before Choklat. There is a big black coffee taste, then sweet milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: bitter start that becomes super sweet, medium/heavy body, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: It is interesting to me how these two beers when combined do not mix. It is like having the two separates tastes one after the other. I will have this again, but would just as well have the two beers separate depending on what I am in the mood for.

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate with some coffee as well as some cream. The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate with some creamy coffee notes. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A excellent, full bodied stout that is very heavy on the chocolate.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured in a sampler glass. Thanks to stowehop for sharing!

Pours a very dark black with almost no head or lacing at all. Tastes just as you'd expect with a name like Mokah. Very coffee on the start but quickly goes into some intense chocolate after a bit. Vert interesting beer to add to their line of crazy desert beers. Better than choklate but not quite as good as creme brulee.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the smell alone, you know you're in for greatness: Mokah smells like the world's most appealing Tootsie Roll mocha-java, but with the added benefit of an 11% ABV. The nose is heavy on milk chocolate, with a coffee base beneath.

On the tongue, the coffees and chocolate are in an all-out war for dominance, and believe me, they're wielding heavy weaponry. So powerful are their flavors that their shadows will be flash-imprinted on your tongue. While an amazing assault, this also marks one of the brew's few weaknesses, for few of the other flavors manage to make it to the front lines alive--and this despite 2-row barley, three kinds of malt, and two varieties of hops. In fact, all that is really noticeable besides coffee and chocolate are a slighty hoppy fuzz and an alcohol twang.

So while the flavors that are present rank a Spinal-Tapping eleven, the beer as a whole suffers from a lack of balance. Still, I'm not complaining (much); I could drink this all night, but for the fear of wondering tomorrow morning why I'm on the kitchen floor.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes

A- poured from a bomber into a pint glass. pours pretty much opaque black that revealed some deep dark brown when held up to the light. dark mocha colored head, that faded to a ring pretty quickly. a touch of lacing, little head retention.

S- huge milk chocolatey aroma. reminds me a little bit of youngs or rogue chocolate stout. smells like a chocolatey brownie and maybe some chocolate milk. some coffee like expresso aromas mixed in their as well. some roasted malts and a little bit of some solvent like alcohol.

T- delicious milk chocolate brownie like taste. chocolate and a nice expresso perfectly compliment each other. a little bit of roasted malts/barley going on as well. has a bitter milk chocolate finish.

M- big chewy heavy full body. leaves a creamy texture on the palate. very light carbonation, very nice.

D- pretty good drinkability for 11%. recommend this to any chocolate or cream stout lover that maybe want something a little bigger.

Photo of boatshoes
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this at the ACBF and thought it was great. Picked up a bottle at Capone's and thought I'd give it a real try and a review.

Appearance- Pours a pretty pitch shade of black with a very small amount of patchy brown head. Nothing to write home about, but not particularly bad looking either.

Smell- Lots of bitter coffee up front followed closely in second by dark chocolate. Smells like a bar of dark chocolate infused with espresso beans-not particularly surprising either given the blend of this beer! A very appetizing combination that reminded me very much of what I remembered about the flavor profile from the festival.

Taste- Not gonna lie, a bit of a letdown from my first impressions. Bitter coffee flavors overpower much of the dark chocolate that was present in the nose, leaving it only as a afterthought for me as the beer goes down the hatch along with some biting alcohol aftertaste. A much harsher and one sided blend of the two main flavors than I initially remembered from the festival. Is it possible that this would vary bottle to bottle or that this was a different batch? Not terrible by any means, but ended up tasting more like a weakened Jahva rather than the smoother mixture that I remembered.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty solid on this beer and it is thick and chewy, though quite sticky. Very much a dessert mouthfeel. Drinkability was not great for me as I found the flavor mixtures too harsh to drink a lot of this, along with the fact that it is a heavy, sweet, dessert beer. Glad my lady friend was around to split the bomber with.

Overall, not bad but a letdown from my first experience with the beer. Found this to come across as a fairly harsh blend the second time through and would prefer to have either the Jahva or the Choklat instead on its own as a result.

Photo of MattyG85
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown that is almost black. Moderate amount of bubbles. Decent one finger tan head quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Very little lacing.

Smell: A big aroma of chocolate, both milk chocolate and dark chocolate. A fair amount of coffee blends in with some dark roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and sugar. Light hint of hops. Chocolate dominates here.

Taste: Sweet dark and milk chocolate up front followed by a good kick of coffee. The coffee is more noticeable in the taste than the nose. A good mix of caramel, vanilla, and sugar follows with a very light bitterness from hops. Coffee flavor lingers in the finish. Sweet but fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a low to medium carbonation. Creamy and very smooth. Can't feel the booze at all.

Overall: Another great stout from Southern Tier's Blackwater series. Complex and tasty.

Photo of ohmybock
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this one at Charleston Beer Exchange last week for $9 a bomber. I've had Choklat and Jah-va in the past, and I was excited to try this blend. The bottle pours a deep, dark, ultra-brown color with a tiny ring of head. As far as appearances go, this looks more like a really dark brown ale than an imposing imperial stout. The aroma brings back memories of Choklat with its dominating, heavy, candybar, chocolate character. I don't detect the Jah-va in the aroma. The taste backs up the aroma. It's definitely sweet chocolate up front, and it then turns a bit drier in the finish. The change in the finish might be the Jah-va trying to come through, but it's hard to detect. The yummy chocolate flavor totally dominates in this brew. I'd like to say that the coffee flavor is a solid back-up to the chocolate, but it's very hard to find here. This doesn't surprise me since Choklat is probably the "most-all-around chocolaty" beer I've ever encountered, while Jah-va was only mildly coffee flavored. Do I like this beer? Yes...but, this beer is all about the Choklat portion of the blend, and it seems the Jah-va got lost somewhere along the way. It's too bad ST couldn't squeeze a stronger coffee character into this brew. Whatever the case, this is still a good brew and one that is probably most appropriate as a dessert.

Photo of far333
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crystal snifter. Pours black and opaque, resulting in an inch-high frothy, lumpy and dimpled head that lingers long and slowly recedes while leaving long legs of lace wrapping around the inside of the glass.

Low aroma of cocoa. Interesting mix of flavors of cocoa and smokiness, some notes of sharp espresso, but more cocoa than coffee. Hints of leather and toasted marshmallow. A subtle hop bitterness offsets the semi-sweet chocolate.

Full and rich mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but could use more balance and bitterness. Too similar to Choklat IMO.

Photo of BGDrock
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black and accented with dark cherry; cappuccino head never adds up to much and vanishes quickly

Aroma: chocolate at first, then some dark roast coffee, but the chocolate returns to dominate with a bit of black licorice; rich and only lightly acidic, bitter

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark chocolate with an espresso bitterness in the finish; silky, oily texture and some powdered cocoa; luxurious flavours linger for ages; medium body and just right carbonation; hint of orange peel, cinnamon

Overall: at the end of the day it's real chocolate flavour, not overwhelming, too rich, or sweet; would like more coffee influence to really get that feeling of a mocha, it's too subtle

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a pitch black with a peanut tan colored head. Not too impressive, but the head on this stout is pretty thick.

S: This brew smells of chocolate covered coffee beans. More milk chocolate then bitter, and the beans are on the lighter side of espresso. There is an overall sweetness that invites the lips to take their first sip.

T: Souther Tier does an excellent job of taking a flavor note and really putting it out their in a stout. Creme Brulee is an excellent example of this. This brew is supposed to be a mix of their Jahva and Choklat. Although I haven't had either, this brew is a very good ying and yang of chocolate and coffee. The presence of alcohol and a little hop tingle let you know that you are in fact still drinking a beer.

MF: The mouth feel is very very chocolate like creamy.

D: Compared to Creme Brulee, which was tooo sweet and tooo much vanilla to get through a bottle, this stout is very much drinkable. I would have preferred a lower ABV to cut down on the Alcohol bit though.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is such a damn good beer!

Pours a nice rich dark body with a fluffy tan head... great lacing, with an amazing nose of chocolate and coffee, just what I expected from a mocha flavored beer. This Mocha Stout, Mokah was really reallly good.... I would suggest this to any one who loves dark beers. This reminds me of the Grand Imperial Porter from Poland... Both great beers.

This is a good beer. I love it.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into large snifter; jet black with a thick dark brown foam that fades after a bit into a thick ring.
Smells like a sugar bomb... chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark sugary. Coffee is a secondary scent by far.
Taste is thankfully not as sweet as the smell. Coffee is much stronger, good espresso and bitter baking chocolate. Sweetness then comes in with dark sugar, toffee, caramel, and milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel is big and well carbonated, finishes sticky.
Overall a good dessert stout. Too sweet to do much else with, but at least it's drinkable unlike creme brulee.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle picked up long ago in Olympia, WA.

Black and mostly dark brown color comes out, plenty of viscosity to this bad boy. Small lighter brown head on it, really tiny bubbles, inconsistent lace patchwork on the side of the glass. Aroma was a little more burnt malt and not enough coffee/espresso/mochawhatchacallit to cover up the substantial existence of alcohol booziness wafting up from the glass. But its good, but not great.

Taste, still plenty of heat. Cover up the heat, way too much acrid bitterness on this one. Mokah makes me think brown + cream, not burning acidity and bitterness. Smoov it out yo! The mocha notes are just not there. People should blend this with creme brulee if they don't like brulee's sweetness, because this one has none, and would benefit from more chocolate and sweetness. More coffee and lactose please.

I dunno about my score here. I was ultimately disappointed by a good beer. I think that stems from a few things:

1. The price. $10+ a bomber means you better be bad ass.
2. I know ST can and does make better stouts: See choklat/creme brulee. I dunno, maybe they thought those stouts big complaint was for being too sweet, so they decided to make this big and burly without the soft touches.
3. The coffee flavor was average at best.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,134 ratings.