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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,914 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,914
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 182
Gots: 331 | FT: 13
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 THANAT0PSIS:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Mokah

Appearance: This imperial chocolate and coffee stout pours, as expected, a very dark brown bordering on black. Only on the very top of the beer is any light visibly coming through. Also positioned at the top of the dark, viscous liquid is a dark tan ring of head that reached maybe an eighth of an inch and moderate alcohol legs due to the high 11.2% ABV; blink, and you will miss any semblance of head, however. It is impossible to know anything about the carbonation because of the opaque nature of the beer. Mokah certainly looks the part of an imperial stout, no more, no less.

Aroma: Sniffing this beer smells like unwrapping a high-quality bar of dark chocolate. The chocolate and dark malts completely dominate the aroma, leaving room only for a touch of coffee-esque notes and just a hint of the alcohol. Hopefully that alcohol will stay in the nose and eyes, rather than invading and destroying the mouth. There are no hops to be found via the nose. Perhaps a better balance could have been found by making the coffee more pronounced. Nonetheless, this beer smells delicious. Southern Tier has, once again, captured the essence of the food or beverage that they are imitating. Hopefully this one does not travel down the cloying corridor that their Crème Brûlée unfortunately passed through.

Taste: Another Southern Tier masterpiece. This beer has the richness of espresso and mocha, mixed with the bitterness that one would expect from a good example of those delicacies. The chocolate is very sweet, but it balances itself because of the bitter nature of dark chocolate. At times, it even approaches baking chocolate levels of bitterness, but that sweetness from the malt and chocolate itself always keeps it in check. Still, this beer could use some more coffee flavor (or less chocolate) to really put it over the top, as the chocolate is the clear star here. Perhaps Southern Tier’s straight coffee stout Javah will take up that mantle. Thankfully, the alcohol is completely absent from the taste, though a bit of heat slowly creeps up on the drinker as the bottle empties. This is definitely the best chocolate beer this reviewer has enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Like the rest of Southern Tier’s imperial catalogue, this morsel is syrupy and sticky with a medium-thick feel on the palate. The carbonation does a great job of making sure the drinker does not get bogged down in the beer, as well as trying, in vain, sadly, to give all the flavors a chance to shine. Surprisingly, while many examples of the style are sippers, this one can either be sipped or enjoyed at a session beer pace (not that that is advised if one wants their clothes to remain on); this may be attributed to the utter drinkability of the chocolate flavor. The finish is a lingering stickiness in and around the mouth as well as a bitter feeling suggestion of hoppy astringency. The mouthfeel really complements the taste.

Overall: This is a very well done imperial chocolate/coffee stout. The aroma (and taste, to a lesser degree) are a bit one-note, but when that note is this fantastic, hearing it over and over is not as tiring as one might think. Be wary while drinking this, as it will disappear far too quickly, and the drinker may wonder where their beer went, or where they, themselves went. Because of this, sharing is highly encouraged; with a beer this good, your friends will owe you something very special indeed. It is a foolproof win-win for you, the purchaser. Southern Tier has yet to disappoint this reviewer, and I eagerly await my next beer from them (Unearthly or Javah, I’m thinking). 16.5/20

THANAT0PSIS, Aug 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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

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

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

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

ricke, Oct 19, 2009
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5/5  rDev +19%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

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

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

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

bdkucharski, May 02, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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!!

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

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

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

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

warnerry, Jul 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Afroman, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,914 ratings.