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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 727
Hads: 2,208
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 232
Gots: 474 | 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:
Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of mfunk9786
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, so let me go ahead and review this beer without trying to overstate how great it is. I know that in my early beer reviewing career, I've steered more toward craft brews and haven't exactly challenged my tastes with crummy beers that I'd have to really criticize too majorly, but that being said - I can't help but heap unfathomable amounts of praise on this beer. My first thought was "well, this is no Peche Mortel," but as I smelled it, drank it, experienced it - I thought "well, maybe this is the only stout I've had that's BETTER than Peche Mortel!" I've conducted an experiment to try to say negative things about a positively amazing beer. Below is my failure:

A: Dark but with a surprisingly light (eggshell off-white) head that has beautiful non-sticky (beautifully trickly) lacing. Can't find anything that isn't exceptional about the appearance of this beer.

S: Chocolate milk. And I don't mean some crummy store-bought chocolate milk, I'm talking mixed-it-yourself, after school snack chocolate milk. It's amazing how strong the smell of chocolate and lactose is, and how goddamn pleasant that smell is. How do you do it, Southern Tier?

T: Questions of whether Southern Tier isn't just adding booze to childhood favorites continue to swirl around my head. One might expect this to taste like a combination of Southern Tier's Jahva and Choklat, and you'd be right, except for the fact that you left out the lactose sweetness from their Oat, that rounds the whole beverage up and makes it unbelievably tasty. You know everything you enjoy about Dieu du Ciel's Peche Mortel? Well, this is a more drinkable version of that beer, that has more alcohol with less alcohol burn than that beer. How do they do it? I have no idea. This tastes like the best mocha iced coffee you've ever drank, and it's really a sin that this is only available as an 11% ABV beer and not something you can drink in the car on the way to work to wake you up. Wow wow wow wow wow. The first beer only available in bombers that I've considered buying a case of.

M: Creamy, with some coffee bean bitterness. Perfect. Have I mentioned that this beer is creamy? Is this even beer at this point?

D: This would be an absoultely perfect dessert in lieu of cake or ice cream. Frankly, if I could go back in time, I would have had this served at every birthday party I ever had.

The perfect dessert beer. Seek it out. Please. If Southern Tier stops making this becuase it gets overshadowed by Choklat, Jahva, and Oat; I'm coming after all of you.

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Photo of Kaiser_Biermann
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Imperial Stouts, mix that with chocolate and coffee and you have a winner.

To the untrained palate this one will be a little over the top. A conditioned craft beer drinker will enjoy this one. There are so many hidden flavor profiles in this beer.

This is now one of my favorite beers. Great job Southern Tier!

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Photo of wpqx
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Extremely dark with some brown overtones

S - wonderful aroma of chocolate and coffee

T - It's unfair how smooth this beer is for as strong as it is. Super chocolatey and unbelievably delicious, this is in my top 5 of all time.

M - Smooth and thick going down, coats your palate with some lingering chocolate overtones.

O - This is as good of a beer as I've ever had. Far more chocolate flavor than Southern Tier's Choklat, super smooth, full bodied, strong, flavorful, and amazing. This is one of those beers I buy every time I see it on the shelf and I know this will be better than anything else I might buy.

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Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a treat. Just as it sounds, and has lived it up to what I thought it would taste like. Pitch dark. Poured into a tulip glass. The aromas of chocolate danced in the glass. Swirled with a nice head that slowly disappeared. The sweetness melts in your mouth, and goes down smoothly. High ABV hidden by it's sweetness. Served at slightly cooler than room temp. Dessert beer for sure. Something to share and enjoy with a friend.

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Photo of jrnold
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: black with a thick tan foamy head. The head took its time dissipating but left lacing and a thin cover.
S: There is chocolate and coffee, but it is definitely the chocolate that comes through the most. The smell is amazing.
T: Again the chocolate comes in up front. A little burnt malt and coffee, and even a hint of vanilla and cream. There is some warming alcohol as would be expected from its ABV, and a dry finish.
M: Thick and creamy.
D: This is dessert reincarnated as a beer. I would drink these all day if it weren't for the ABV.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle of 2009 that's been sitting, laying in wait for such a night as this!

A- Pours like three months past it's prime motor oil! Jet black with mahogany edges! The kahki head disappears rather quickly and leaves a bit of sticky goo!

S- Sweet figs and raisins, Belgian dark chocolate... the coffee is still present, but its changed from 7-11 coffee too an exquisite, finely roasted artisinal coffee!!! Sooo much better, and less harsh coffee taste than fresh!!! The chocolate and dark fruits definatey come thru first, but the now slighty bitter coffee sneaks up on you and reminds you that it's still here!!!

T- Sweet cocoa, dried figs, roasted pecans and almonds, black coffee, and honey! The 11%abv is so well hidden! This has turned from a great Imperial Stout, into a brilliant Imperial Stout!!! The balance of sweet and bitter is amazing! Each one overtakes the other like an awesome game of pinball!!! Bing, bing... bing, bing, bing!!! Such depth of flavor!

M- Chewy, roasty, slighty sweet and perfectly bitter! Really coats the tongue and hangs in there as all ST Imperial Stouts do! The booze is still a bit present, but has mellowed nicely!

O- Can it get any better than this? Better than Jahva, better than Choklat!!! The perfect blend of each! Bitter, sweet, dark and fruity!!! Do urself a favor and age some of this... it'll be worth the wait... trust me!!!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Good looking stout. Pours with 1 and a half fingers of caramel colored head. Black and thick, like oil. Very little lacing, but some is present. Leaves a light brown film on the glass, just as oil would.

Smell: Mostly chocolate, with a hint of espresso, coffee. Like a frozen chocolate mocha latte whatever, you'd buy at Starbucks.

Taste: Very much like the smell. A strong, mostly sweet chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee at the end. Excellent taste. Reminds me a lot of the highly rated Choklat from southern Tier, but with a hint of coffee. A slight, very slightly alcohol twinge is noticeable. Excellent, excellent stuff!

Feel: Full bodied, creamy, light on carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: Excellence at it's best. Southern Tier is a world class brewery, and this hit it dead on with their Blackwater Series. Just absolute excellence. I can't say enough good things about it.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured half a 22oz bottle into a snifer glass. Real dark/ black brown color brew that forms little to no head even with an aggressive pour and just a ring around the edge plus minimal lacing. Um, yeah smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate. Is chocolate. Not getting much of the coffee but not big on coffee so I'm loving the chocolate aromas and taste. Smooth, decadent, rich, and sweet; just how I prefer my stouts. Highly recommend this one if you also enjoy bold, big, subtle stouts!

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Photo of heysuz
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intro: Split a 22 oz. bottle with a friend in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thin head but large bubbles in the lacing, dark chocolate brown color with lots of carbonation on the glass. Swirls up a good head, with foam that looks like chocolate milk bubbles.

Smell: Nice chocolate smell, like a semi sweet chocolate, although the alcohol can also be discerned. No noticeable coffee tones in the aroma.

Taste: Rich and deep chocolate taste with some coffee tones at the end. Not overly sweet like Hershey, but more like a semi sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It is crisp, clean and yet creamy, with a bitter sweet chocolate after taste.

Overall: It is tempting to make the taste on this beer a 5.0, but knowing I have not had that many I went with a 4.5, but will revisit this after tasting more stouts. This beer has changed my mind about stouts in general due to its rich flavor. After sampling several stouts I concluded this to be one of my favorite. Definitely a dessert beer.

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Photo of msolar
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


I'm a fan of Southern Tier but a few of their beers are over flavored in my opinion (i.e. Creme Brulee, Cherry Saison) which makes they seem syrupy and has deterred me from buying them at times. The Mokah, however, is an extraordinary beer. It's sweet but tastes delicious and retains enough beer flavor. It's more balanced than something like a Young's Double-Chocolate Stout and ends up being quite drinkable.

I'll certainly look to put this on tap at home once the cold season comes around.

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Photo of GWhite
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful, glorious beer. Delighted to have this twice after it's retirement. Splendid merriment of chocolate and coffee, this easily outdoes it's parent beers. Silky smooth mouthfeel with limited amount of carbonation. It doesn't quite have the heft of the larger representations of the style but it gets very close in smoothness.
I really enjoyed this beer both times I've had it which spurred me to submit this while enjoying it the second time. Cheers.

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Photo of bark
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is pitch black, the two finger head is pale brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet and loaded with smooth coffee, fine dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. It is just like smelling a chocolate truffle.

The taste is very sweet, rounded and luxurious: Coffee candy, dark Belgian chocolate, matured rum, some alcohol. The aftertaste got the same very rounded/matured flavours of coffee, chocolate, truffles and oak aged spirits. The long finish adds a touch of roasted baltic porter.

The carbonation is very gentle, the few small bubbles are a little tickling. The liquid is very smooth.

A bloody fantastic dessert beer. ♥

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in 10oz goblet.

Poured out black, slight tan head.

Big aroma of milk chocolate, with coffee backing and malts.

Great taste of milk chocolate with a little coffee, sweet caramels, malt, very sweet, hard to believe it's a beer.

Great mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, not too thick.

Overall, damn near perfect.

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Photo of PCbeer
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gets slightly better as it warms due to the chocolate flavor becoming stronger as the temperature increases. Excellent overall taste and bite. A 22 oz is a perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours black that doesn't let even a tinge of light in around the edges, fine coffee/mocha colored head (looks the same as the same series' "creme brulee stout". Aroma is various dark chocolates, medium roasted coffee beans, a variety of malts which blend quite well in their characters of barley, chocolate, caramel, and other dark malts. Chocolate and coffee are prominent, but backed up heavily by a ton of malt, with a touch of hops to balance it.

Taste begins with a strong bitter malt, dark roasted barley and other malts, plus the bitterness of coffee, with a hint of chocolate sweetness. Taste finishes with the full sweetness of all the chocolate in it, which marginally dominates the flavor. As the glass warms up, the sweetness becomes more apparent/dominant throughout the mouth.

Mouthfeel is excellent, starts out as a bitter beer, the carbonation provides a nice mouthfeel, while the chocolate provides a finish reminiscent of chocolate milk. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer due to how it changes throughout, especially a 22oz bottle over time warming up a bit.

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Photo of Vierenner
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer -- the combination of chocolate and coffee is out of this world! Has Big John and Dragon's Milk qualities ... just a tad bit sweeter. Interestingly, I think some of the bitterness comes from the coffee ... prefer that over hop bite. It is definitely a sipping beer. I consumed the bomber bottle over the course of an hour and truly enjoyed it.

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Photo of drseamus
4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: black body with frothy milk chocolate river head.

S: Rich milk chocolate, almost all chocolate. Super sweet and perfect. Makes me think of hersheys milk chocolate syrup.

T: Almost all chokolat, a light roast from the jahva in the background at the end.

M: It leaves a dusty dry cocoa in my mouth. Very full body.

D: Served in a pint, I wish it was in imperial pint.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep root beer brown with ruby highlights and settles a massively opaque black in the glass. A fairly full and tall froth of dark tan foam grows up quickly and then dissapates slowly down to a nice collar and a faint skim. Large and long strings of lace are stretched about.

Oh my, what a fantastic nose! Massive chocolate in a lushly thick presense of darkness. Hints of cream, graham crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, hazelnuts, and some steamy warmth. Very nice! Reminds me a bit of chocolate muffins just coming out of the oven. Could be a bit more beefy or big really, but what's there is oh so incredibly complex and down right impressively appetizing.

Holy yummy! This is quite a complex yummy fuckin brew! Much like Choklat in every way! Super huge chocolate/cocoa and cream with well placed nuances to baking goods like vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cream. Coffee ascents are found to be quite mild and mostly in a just a titch of the burntness that appears in some of its wonderful drying characteristics as it finishes fluffy, warm, and lightly, airy textured in a battered, flour-like, cocoa dryness. The warmth is sublime perfection and totally sets a great tone of sinking cocoa drying fluff and fullness. Outstanding!

Feel is lavishly lush, enticingly full, enticingly rich, thickly creamy, floatingly fluffy, appetizingly dry, and wonderfully warm. Did I just drink a warm chocolate chocolate chip muffin? Wow! Way too drinkable for 11%. The warmth is there but incorporated so well its beautiful!

Another creatively yummy brew from Southern Tier! If ya like Choklat: this will be its twin!

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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Headkeeper Inn and Tapas bar in Greensburg,PA had this on tap so I had to try it while I was in there.

Poured into a snifter almost pitch black but still dark brown. thin layer of beige head leaves excellent lacing.

The smell is like chocolate milk. It's definitely bigger on the chocolate flavors than the coffee.

Everyone would like this beer. It's a taste reminisent of Hershey's chocolate syrup. The most milk chocolately beer I've ever had (most have more dark chocolate or coffee flavors). Milky, moreso than most. Surprisingly drinkable for the high abv.

Finishes off milky and a tad dry but so excellent and chocolately. Not a lot of coffee but its there.

This is the best stout I've ever had to date. I like my stouts heavier on chocolate than coffee and it reflects my rating. I honestly don't think they could improve this in any way.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another homerun by Southern Tier! I have always been impressed with their Blackwater Series beers, and this one did not disappoint. If you are a fan of chocolate or coffee or both, you need to run, not walk, but run to your local craft beer store and get this beer! Right off the pour the deep dark black liquid fills the glass with the aroma of perfectly roasted coffee beans. Then the chocolate also becomes noticeable with the sweetness. When you finally do dive in, the robust taste of dark roasted coffee hits you like a ton of bricks with the sweet finish of a dark chocolate. The strength of the beer is also noticeable. At 10% ABV you also get a nice warmth off the alcohol. This is a great beer! It also finishes with an almost creamy mouthfeel with hints of lactose or sugar. The complexity of this beer is definitely going to make you appreciate the fact that you bought it. I highly recommend this beer for an after dinner drink. I could see this being enough for a dessert. This is also in my mind a great beer to have on hand during the colder months or after a holiday meal. Very nice work by Southern Tier.

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Photo of generallee
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer like Choklat has a strong, up front, and in your face nose. It is a perfect blend of Javah and Choklat in one beer. The nose follows straight through to the taste of this beer. It's sexual. The mouth feel of the beer is smooth as silk and leaves a nice lining on your glass. It is a perfect sweet coffee stout. I personally could drink this year round. Buy it while it is out, since it is a limited release. It will age well till next years release.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A – Black with mahogany highlights. Great dark tan head stacks high with great retention and lace.

S – Ridiculous. The aroma inundates you with solid black chocolate, malted milk balls, and fresh brewed coffee with cream.

T – The taste picks up where the nose left off. Bittersweet chocolate coast your palate as a soft espresso note rises to balance out the chocolate, cutting the sweetness with a fantastic, clean bitter roast. At 11%, alcohol laces throughout the profile, highlighting the chocolate and coffee like a spotlight.

M – Full body with an incredible aftertaste that lasts a lifetime. Minutes after each sip you can still taste the flavors ebbing through your palate.

O – A world class beer. Put an few years on this and it’ll be pure gold.

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Photo of jpro
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from CBX. Poured into a Maudite snifter...

A: Pours a thick black, with a... ahem... mocha head; a few strands of lace cling to the glass; opaque - looks like a imperial stout, for sure.

S: Fudge; Hershey’s syrup; cocoa... WOW! Some graham cracker, too; not much coffee - maybe a little - but the chocolate on this is amazing. Superb aroma.

T: Milk chocolate and cocoa followed by dark chocolate and some semi-sweet bitterness; coffee bean bitterness on the end - not roasty - just a bitter bean flavor. DELICIOUS.

M: Full mouthfeel and creamy / velvety; low-moderate carbonation; a real big beer; not much alcohol or heat, which is crazy considering this is an 11.2% beer.

O: The best Souther Tier beer I’ve had, hands down. Rivals Rogue Double Chocolate Stout for best chocolate stout - this one is unbelievably chocolatey with a smidge of coffee. Great blend of tastes - although not super drinkable due to the abv, sure makes for a good, easy sipper. A great dessert beer. Wonderful.

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Photo of scones
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time today, out of a bomber. I guess that maybe I am giving it a bad review in that I am not objectively judging the style, but oh well.

A: Dark brown, opaque, with a dark tan head.
S: As my girlfriend said: "It smells like malt-o-meal made with chocolate syrup." Tons of chocolate on the nose, with some coffee and roasted malt. Smells flavorful.
T: It's like drinking a chocolate shake. I get that that isn't for most beer drinkers, but this was DELICIOUS. There was a slight bit of coffee there, and some standard stout flavors, but it was smooth chocolate the whole way through.
M: Thick, creamy, and delicious. Carbonation was good. On the back end you could feel the alcohol, but in a good way.
O: A delicious drink that I would take over a white russian any day... the problem is, if you want a beer and not a white russian, you're out of luck. It tastes like candy, and I love it, but it is not what your typical beer drinker would see as beer. If it's what you're in the mood for, it's perfect... but if you just want a coffee stout, stay away - this is far more than you're bargaining for.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.