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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,805 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,805
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 167
Gots: 311 | FT: 12
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
2.7/5  rDev -35.7%

650mL bomber served into a Chimay goblet

Again, like every beer I pour into this Chimay goblet, there is essentially no head. Tan/orange foam settles into a small ring that laces in spots. The beer does not pour as black as I expect out of imperial/double stouts. Its reddish brown around the edges of the glass both looking at the side of the goblet and looking straight down on top of the liquid.

Oh, holy balls does this beer have an assertive bouquet. Vanilla -- oh, the unrelenting vanilla -- grabs ahold of every nose hair that I have. Just within the first five seconds of pouring this beer I am already thinking how smart it was to have this beer as dessert. After the vanilla, the chocolate wafts through. It doesn't smell "bittersweet" as the label proclaims its Belgian chocolate nibs to be; this is milk chocolate all the way. Sweet chocolate and vanilla become comprehensible together only to have pure sugar enter this mad-baker's equation. It smells like cinnamon roll icing -- not thick and super-cloying like cake icing, rather a thinner, more toned-down sugar blast. Finally, after some digging (and a few pauses to check my insulin level) I get the coffee. Its not so much roasted (again, as the label says) as it is reminiscent of a Starbucks Frappacino (sp?) bottled drink. All of these scents are good in isolation, but they sort of clash here by virtue of the strength of each element. This is saccharine.

Mokah isn't as sweet on the tongue as the nose suggests. Don't get me wrong -- I still feel as if my throat has been filled with congealed sugar. But some of the less-sweet aspects of chocolate and coffee actually make themselves known. There is a touch of roasted chocolate malt, especially on the back of the mouth. There are some definite alcohol fusels here, and they are unwelcome (even though they do interrupt the onset of diabetes). This is one of those beers that seems artificially boozy; that its high ABV of 11% is unnecessary. A lower ABV would serve the beer. Generic coffee aftertaste is the beer's lasting impression before the next, syrupy taste. I've got 75% of this bomber left, and it is going to be a chore to finish by myself. At the end of the day, this is still an imperial stout with familiar malty flavors. And generic milk chocolate & coffee syrup flavors aren't the end of the world. This is a decent beer. But its a little much for someone with healthy blood sugar levels.

The mouthfeel is the finest quality of Mokah. It has a familiar imperial stout thickness. Unfortunately, this positive (for the style) attribute contributes to the problem with drinkability, i.e. that this is too sweet for nominal human consumption. The good level of thickness here makes for a beer that is like pouring brownie batter down your throat. Combine that with the 11% ABV and you have a bomber that is difficult to consume alone unless you are a notorious sweet tooth.

I've had this bottle in my fridge since May. I don't know why I drank this on an August night. Partly because the weather was kind of cool, and partly to clear room in the fridge, I guess. I have never had Choklat or Jahva before, so I cannot comment as to how well this blend accommodates or improves upon those offerings. I am an imperial stout kind of guy, but this is huh wow (to borrow a message board meme). Southern Tier Mokah is straight up enamel-erasing. I feel like I've eaten an entire box of Russel Stover assorted candies. And taken a couple of shots of booze on top of that. I didn't come into this review with the intention of bashing the beer or writing funny lines or anything like that. But when a beer has such strong flavors that clash against each other, never making a cohesive whole, then I have little choice.

Reaper16, Aug 24, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

oberon, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

beerhunter13, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

DanGeo, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Smokesnotes
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Smokesnotes, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ricke
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

ricke, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of mykd
5/5  rDev +19%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

tbryan5, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
4.58/5  rDev +9%

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!

SanFranJake, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -4.8%

ricksrealm, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of bdkucharski
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bdkucharski, May 01, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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!!

orbitalr0x, May 09, 2009
Photo of sabitu
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

sabitu, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.58/5  rDev +9%

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.

gregmoscetti, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

heddar33, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

warnerry, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Afroman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Afroman, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Shagator
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Shagator, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.83/5  rDev +15%

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.

generallee, Aug 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

funkyfritos, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Jayman931
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jayman931, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

TimoP, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

JakerLou, Jun 01, 2014
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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,805 ratings.