Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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92
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714 Reviews
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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,156
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 222
Gots: 449 | FT: 10
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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 GWhite
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of bark
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
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. ♥ (651 characters)

Photo of Drewcifer
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of PCbeer
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (179 characters)

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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! (1,632 characters)

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

*from notes (6-22-12) (1,031 characters)

Photo of scones
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of mcsquint
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into small tulip glass:
A - Opaque black with dark tan head. Head lingers for quite some time.
S - Chocolate, espresso, vanilla,alcohol.
T - Unbelieveable. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee upfront followed by slight vanilla, then warming alcohol.
M - Full and thick. More like an aperatif than what is normally considered 'beer'.
D - I split this bottle with a friend and we both agreed that this would be incredible with a nice dessert such as tiramisu or rich chocolate cake. Definitely not a 'lawnmower' beer. Like all of the other Southern Tier products, this is worth a try. (604 characters)

Photo of jsp2
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass is pitch black with a thick off white head that slowly subsides into lace. Strong aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and spices. Taste is intensely sweet malt followed by strong coffee and cocoa flavors, with an alcohol finishing presence. Carbonation is low and feels rich and milky. The alcohol makes it a sipper for sure.

According to the bottle it's a combination of Choklat and Java, and I think the sum is more than the parts, this really is an incredible combination of flavors and one of the most unusual and satisfying brews I've had. Well worth the price and this would make an incredible desert. (662 characters)

Photo of FoundersFanatic
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- dark oil with a copper hint and small head

S- smells almost entirely of dark cacao chocolate, intoxicating

T- absolutely heavenly taste of dark cacao chocolate, some milk chocolate, and hint of coffee flavor, exactly like the label says. It's far and away one of the most amazing beers I've ever had. Clean, smooth, divine taste, flavors are so simple and make this one of the best! NO alcohol taste, but you will notice soon at 11.2%. It's perfect

O- one of the better beers I've ever had. It is extremely similar to the Chokolat from ST, but a bit more coffee and dark bitter chocolate flavor, and not SO sweet. It's just perfect, thats all I can say. Every sip makes me want more and more and more. An absolute steal for $8.50 650ml. A stout/chocolate fans dream! (772 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty much black color with the faintest hint of brown highlighting. Foam is pretty weak and large-bubbled. The light brown topping fades fast and does not leave much lacing. Decent looking beer, not great.

Smells wonderful though. All kinds of chocolaty goodness is on display here: baking cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, Hershey's syrup, Nestle quick...you get the idea. Also smells like one of those General Foods International powdered coffee tins. Just a faint whiff of plum fruitiness as well.

Taste is creamy and roasty chocolate with a hint of coffee bitterness. I also get some walnut and pecan nuttiness. Aftertaste is more along the lines of a cup of joe. This would make a great breakfast drink, it's full bodied but not as viscous as, say, a ten fidy. ABV is very well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable at 11%. I am usually not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is exceptional. Great beer! (934 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger head that falls to a spotty surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: loads of chocolate rise from the glass. Some hints of coffee are there too.

Taste: big chocolate tones, nice coffee flavors, some prunes sweetness, mild roasted malt flavors, and a decent bitterness make up a superb double stout. Alcohol is warming but not noticable flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth and creamy throughout with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavor linger in the moth for a while.

Drinkability: this is one of the most drinkable beers I have had at this alcohol level. Easy to quaff and numerous glasses could be had over a session but it will hit you eventually. Great beer. (755 characters)

Photo of Martin2D
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a tan head that fades and laces lightly

S - Swiss Miss of Choklat plus a little hint of coffee

T - Huge chocolate forefront met with a nice coffee backbone that provides roastiness and a little bitteness.

M - Medium-heavy in carbonation and full in body. Creamy mouthfeel, but a little too much carbonation for me.

D - This is so delicious it that 11% ABV doesn't mean anything with how delicious this was. Extremely drinkable. One of my favorite American Doubles. (489 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, served in a ST tulip, Mokah is black with a small light tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is amazing, very rich chocolate, some grassy hops.

Taste is similar, whoa - this is like a glass of carbonated hershey's syrup, but with the bitterness to keep it from being cloying! A bit of leafy hops added character. Awesome stout.

Mouthfeel is viscous and smooth, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is excellent. This might be my favorite stout. Perhaps overly simplistic in it's overt chocolaty, but my is it tasty. So rich, the ABV is lost. Not a guzzler by any stretch, but so indulgent that I had to order another, even though I shouldn't! (677 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black liquid with slight tan head.

S: Smells primarily of fudgesicle ice cream bars.

T: Grass and chocolate fudge up front, caramel in the middle, and some coffee with roasted barley malt on the back end along.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: A sweet and fantastic tasting imperial stout with chocolate, caramel and coffee flavours. My only complaints are that this beer could have better head retention and more carbonation. (465 characters)

Photo of adkirkish
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark ruby / Brown. Creamy light tan head w/ slight head retention as consumed / lite persistance.

A: Sweet Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Caramel. No hop aroma. Pretty straightforward.

F: Flavor matches the nose, sweet chocolate upfront and finishes with a light coffee / espresso.

M: Medium-Heavy body and mouthfeel and light carbonation. Drinks incredibly smooth. Light alcohol warmth. Drinks a little boozy.

O: This is an amazing beer. A little more carbonation to enhance the creamy feel and this would be perfectly on point. Would do well pairing with some awesome dessert dishes. I love the blend and they pulled this one off very well. (652 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an oily black color with very thin head mostly around the edge. Smell is very sweet, but like freshly poured chocolate. Goes down smooth and the a hit of bitterness that you'd expect from an imperial. Tastes exactly like smell which is quite rare. Except for the head, the brew has nailed the style. (305 characters)

Photo of deg
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured the beer into a pint glass. I noted coffee with cream colored foam, which faded over time. I could smell chocolate, but no coffee. First taste I noted more chocolate than anything. As I drank the beer, I picked up the coffee taste, the malt, the hops. The coffee taste was a little weaker than I would have liked for a coffee and chocolate beer. I didn't notice any alcohol burn, and only when I finished the bottle and felt a buzz did I look at the label to find the %ABV. I was surprised to see 10%. Overall, a very good beer. (537 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.