Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 2,152
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 221
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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 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)

Photo of Gehrig
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sterling Neil St. Piccadilly just brought this is, a new bomber bottle offering from Southern Tier. When told it was in, I hesitated for I already had a few other items on the counter, but quickly acquiesced. So glad I did, for this is easily one of Southern Tier's best in my opinion.

Impenetrable black body with a nice tan head in the Duvel tulip, with lots of lacing adorning it. Rich, complex smells--lots of chocolate, Jamaican coffee, caramel--tremendous, and really carrying forward into the flavor. I cannot believe how good, smooth, and heavy the taste and texture are, especially with chocolate. The bittersweet Belgian chocolate and Jamaican roasted coffee ST advertises on it shine through and, more importantly, blend exceedingly well. It's chocolaty but not sugary sweet. It's as much dark as milk chocolate, with lots of coffee throughout. Incredible, like a liquid candy bar.

The mouthfeel, to me, is sublime--very smooth, creamy with a bit of bite from the chocolate and coffee. I'm in awe. For the very high ABV (11%), this is very accessible, though worth taking some time with it to savor its goodness. This is one I'll frequently revisit, one of the very best Southern Tier has created.

An outstanding achievement. (1,243 characters)

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

I guess I'm biased but this is still one of my favorite beers. I bought a bottle at Wegman's (local grocery store). It cost only $7.99 for the bomber bottle which i thought was reasonable for an imperial beer that does a fine job of combining chocolate and coffee flavors. I haven't had one for a few years so I thought I'd try it though I wondered would it be as good. I was not disappointed, however.

Out of the bottle i had a knock your socks off aroma of chocolate. The coffee aroma was there though not as strong as the chocolate. It poured up a nice thick tan head with retention average. The wonderful aroma just won't die and keeps coming out of the glass. I wish they sold this flavor in air fresheners!

Carbonation spot on for this beer. Full body, slightly "chewy", ending with an warm alcohol sensation, not surprising for an 11.2% beer. Flavor profile includes the chocolate and coffee flavors, and some caramel.

I have had both the Jahva and Choklat separately and feel I prefer the mix to either. Profile starts out really smooth then the alcohol hits, then a slight "roastiness", a fairly clean finish. Definitely on the "sweet side", not hoppy, to be enjoyed as a "dessert beer". But not too sweet I hasten to mention. I would consider purchasing a case of this beer.

p.s. I detected a flavor close to vanilla. I didn't want to mention it at first since it wasn't listed in the ingredients but i thought it was there and I see now some other people picked the flavor out as well so there you have it. A secret ingredient? A known mellowing/smoothing agent? Could be. Stranger things have happened in the beer world! (1,637 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

On draft in a 10oz snifter at Mainely Brews. Pours a dark black opaque with very minor head of an off white yellowish color, very good lacing ten minutes after the pour. Smells of mainly chocolate (dark chocolate) especially, with hints of coffee and vanilla sugar. Tastes as wonderful as it smells, you instantly notice the chocolate on first mouthful, and as it sits the coffee comes out as well as the vanilla in the after taste. The mouth feel is thin and light for a stout, with moderate carbonation if any, perfect compliment to the taste in my opinion. Overall it is an exceptional stout and one that I'll definitely be seeking out again! (647 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a creamy tan 1 finger head that was full of bubbles and popping like lava percolating; there were bubbles racing up the brew near the side of the glass, and it faded leaving a creamy tan layer on top and very good spotty lacing.

Smells damn good and inviting with chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee up front, followed by caramel, vanilla, molasses, roasted grains, charcoal, brown sugar, sweet malt, and some booze like bourbon; the booze is faint, and there are herbal notes mixed in with the intense chocolate and coffee which just smells great overall. There is zero balance in the nose, but that’s fine as the aroma is so sweet and delicious smelling that it’s perfect as is.

Tastes like it smells, with chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee (beans or a bag of Starbucks), molasses, caramel, vanilla, roasted grains, charcoal, brown sugar, sweet malt, herbs like tea leaf, mild floral hops, dark chocolate like a Hershey’s Special Dark, and some booze like bourbon; the malts are present, the hops make a brief appearance, but the chocolate and coffee stand up and smack you with so much flavor that you’ll ask for another smack and take another sip. Southern Tier has a tendency to make their big beers so big that they are hit or miss, and this is another home run that they hit out of the park. If, and this is a bid "IF", you like chocolate, coffee and stouts, then you will love this beer; if not, it will come off as offensive and over the top, but to those enthusiasts like myself this is an amazing stout.

Mouthfeel is as thick as an ice cream shake or a thick glass of almost frozen coffee, with a heavy chewy feel, little to no carbonation and an extremely bitter finish that is sweet, chocolately and full of coffee notes that snap your tongue, but then leave a delicious sweet chocolate/coffee aftertaste in it’s wake all while hiding the high ABV almost completely. The acidity is present, but the flavor is so enjoyable that I looked right past it and kept sipping and enjoying this brew.

This is a dangerous beer in a way because it’s so sweet and tasty that you just keep drinking it without regard or respect of the 11.2% ABV, which will hit you later on. No matter, as this beer was so great and so tasty overall that the headache will be worth in the morning. A very high recommendation for any stout lover out there and a very high rating for me as I love coffee, chocolate and stouts; another gem from Southern Tier that pushes the limits of the craft brew movement. (2,534 characters)

Photo of Lillie1128
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "liberated" McNeill's pint glass

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head

S - yummm, smells like toasty mocha!

T - Oh. Wow. This is stupendous! I'm a sucker for any kind of flavored stout, especially coffee and chocolate. Smooth coffee taste with hint of chocolate. I am in love.

M - Medium, pretty smooth

D - This is a bit dark or I would straight chug it. Into my belly you go little bomber.

Thanks to BobCS for this one!! You must have read my mind. (481 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had one of these a couple of years ago and wasn't that impressed but I wanted to homebrew an Imperial stout and I figured this would let me know if I wanted to add coffee and/or chocolate to it.

A - Black color with a light khaki colored head with light lacing. Doesn't pour too thick but still creamy.

S - Tons of chocolate and coffee aromas pound your nose with a nice stout backbone after the initial hit. The chocolate and coffee meld extremely well with the roastiness of the stout. You can definitely tell they were not beating around the bush with the other ingredients; from the smell this is literally a mocaccino drink mixed with a stout.

T - Great sweetness that is held with the chocolate and roasted notes over the complex coffee and malt flavors. It seems as though there is lactose or low attenuation because the flavors coat your mouth and let you soak the sweet mocha in. Not too overpowering or too cloying with the roasty stout balance but lots of flavors in there and it makes you want another drink. There is some alcohol warmth but it doesn't detract.
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M - High mouth-feel and some may think of it as cloying but it is more flavorful than just sweet. Light carbonation which may lend itself to not helping the body seem more drinkable. On the thicker side but not quite as thick as Ten Fidy or some >11% Imperial Stouts.

Overall, best dessert beer ever! This is a delicious flavored Imperial Stout. Couldn't drink more than one in a night but this is a very tasty stout that has the alcohol to put you down when you want a cafe mocha at 10pm. And maybe you've tried this before and didn't like it I would suggest you try it again and maybe you'll love it. Not overall my favorite beer of the style, but I really look forward to having it again next year when it comes out again.

Glass- Stout glass (1,829 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark black color with a bit of light in the bottom of the glass with a fluffy espresso head.

The aroma is just huge. It smells like fresh black coffee with some of that sweet roasted malt that comes in these big sweet stouts. Then there's some milk chocolate in there too.

The flavor follows with some really dark bitter chocolate. Then it hits you with tons of black coffee. It's quite a sweet beer with a pronounced coffee flavor. The finish has this wonderful earthy bitterness from the Chinook and Columbus hops.

The body is actually medium for a big beer like this. However, that works with the beer being like a mocha coffee, so it has that thin mouthfeel. The alcohol is completely hidden on this.

This really wowed me. It's up there with Victory at Sea and Peche Mortel with beers that really show off coffee well. (848 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 8-25-09

Knowing that this is a combination of the two-Jahva and Choklat-I'll see how much in balance they are and how well these two have been combined

Eye: Opaque and black, what else can you expect? Head has a nice size good retention and formation, lacing appears nice...all in all its a creamy tan. Looks better than the Jahva from earlier today.

Nose: Oh, that big chocolate that is oh so familiar from Choklat is present here, like melted/liquid chocolate and its the extra expensive kind...it beats the shit out of Hershey's. Nose is mostly akin to that of Choklat. Sweet dark fruit is present, fruitiness here reminds me of Queen Anne's Chocolate Covered Cherries. All in all great, hopefully the coffee comes through more in the flavor. So far no qualms as the Jahva the coffee didn't come through that much in the aroma.

Tongue: Chocolate flavor is strong (no complaints) and is accompained by the driness of the coffee beans. Sweetness from the chocolate is nicely countered by the bitterness of the beans and the roasty flavor that comes from them. At first sweetness is so upfront you can't get anything else. After the second sip it becomes more balanced and more complex. The palate gets more. Its balanced between chocolate and coffee very nicely. The best of both worlds.

Feel and Drinkability: Feel is nice, lighter in carbonation than the Jahva which works very well, too high would kill the chocolate in here. Feel in heavy (but lighter than both the Jahva and Choklat at the same time) and smooth too, just as are the two separate brews this comes from. Its not as smooth as the Choklat but smoother than the Jahva (Smooth as in velvety feel). This is very easy to drink, as aforementioned the best of both worlds. Very easy to drink and dangerous too. I'll be enjoying the rest of this bottle. I recommend this, highly recommend this. My choice of the three are Choklat, Mokah, Jahva. (1,925 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After trying the Chokolat, I had no qualms about picking this one. Just as succulant, irresistable, and delecident as the ultimate chocolate beer that preceeds this version. Blended with the coffee-ee goodness of Jav-ha, and the richness, depth, and boldness is taken up a knotch. Light espresso notes are the perfect companion to the chocolate character. Where the Chokolat is more chocolatey, this beer gives more complexity and depth. An absolutely outstanding taste. Heavy textured with very little carbonation makes the beer heavy on the palate and becomes a bit lifeless in the end. Some would call this a good desert beer; I say it is the desert all into itself. (669 characters)

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark opaque that thins to copper amber hue. Poured out of a 22oz Bomber into a large snifter.

Smell: Hershey's chocolate syrup, pecan, vodka (alcohol very present), green olive

Taste: Chocolate instantly on the palate then rounded out with mokah and coffee and slight bitterness from hops. Strong mokah aftertaste. Chocolate peanuts.

Mouthfeel: Fullbodied brew - goes down like you're squeezing a container of Hershey's chocolate syrup down your throat. Completely satisfying.

Drinkability: Sipper. This beer can split you in half at 11.00% ABV. (562 characters)

Photo of Kelly88
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at mellow mushroom in wilder Kentucky. Served in the ever popular and Ever useful Kentucky bourbon barrel ale sniffer.

A- very dark brown on the top fading into a pitch black at te bottom of the glass. Starts out with a dense dark khaki head that slowly fades to tiny islands of dirty white islands with small amounts if lace in the side if the glass

S- wow! Rich dark chocolate hits you hard. Getting a faint rich chocolate coffee smell but mostly hard core chocolate. Tasty.

T- just about mirrors the nose and that is great. Lots if chocolate, very milky and rich. A pleasant faint hop bite rounds this beer off to keep it from being to overpoweringly sweet.

M- you think a beer if this style would be heavier especially the way it tastes but irbid only about medium bodied. I actually prefer this feel since it allows you to appreciate the flavors without being overwhelmed.

Overall one if the best stouts I have ever had. Really full flavors that jump and ask you to have another sip. For all of the big hyped one day Release stouts. This beer stands shoulder to shoulder with them. (1,106 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

HUGE chocolate milk presence attacks the taste buds instantly. Coffee notes stand predominant on the backend. After taste literally feels like I drink a coffee shop mocha. The only thing I can ever knock Southern Tier for is how incredibly 'sweet' there brews are. This one is masked a little better with the bitterness of the coffee than chocolaT. Nonetheless still has a very sweet taste. Would love to see it barrel aged. A bold stout worth seeking out~ (619 characters)

Photo of cdhaines
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout I have ever had. I like the combo of chocolate, coffee and stout; also the high ABV always makes a nice stout. Nice mouthfeel - smooth and slick with just the right amount of crispness/bite for a stout (226 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the good-looking stout, with ample froth forming a tan head, which doesn't stick around long, but at 11%, it wouldn't. Liquid is insanely dark brown, just a shade under pure midnight black.

Not unexpected, the aroma is balanced between dark chocolate and coffee, with a sweetness appropriately reminding of cream. And when I say "balanced" I mean it--the chocolate and coffee strike a perfect chord together.

Am I dreaming or am I drinking Southern Tier's absolute best beers lately? Last night it was Oak Aged Unearthly, plus a shared bottle of Jahva with Dr. Snorkapotamus, and tonight it's Mokah. And wowza, this is freaking fantastic. After letting it slide over my tongue and down my throat a few times, it seems the aroma was merely hinting at what was to come. These flavors have all kinds of depth and they're mingled incredibly well. Huge gooey chocolate meshes with coffee that isn't all that bitter or burnt, just perfect is all, with some big ol' graham cracker elbowing in and sweet vanilla-flavored coffee creamer too. Alcohol provides a lightly spicy, nicely warming flair, certainly not timid but not at all out of whack. Tremendous! Can I give it a 5.5 for Taste?

Mouthfeel is appropriately luxurious, a silky, creamy thing that is just carbonated enough to deliver some life to the body. A little more bubbled than expected, actually, but it's all kept in check and eventually the texture totally won me over.

Being a huge fan of Jahva, I was looking greatly forward to this. Still can't find Choklat in this area, but if this is the meeting point of the two aforementioned (as stated on the label), then I guess I'm halfway there. As expected, Mokah is completely, utterly wonderful. (1,715 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours black with an inch of mocha head.

S - I get milk chocolate right off the bat. Once I stick my nose in there I get a rich coffee smell.

T - I get milk chocolate up front. It finishes with the coffee. It reminds me of a riesen candy. Very rich and full flavors.

M - Thick and creamy.

O - I love this beer and I love the entire Black Water series. It is delicious and I always want more. (435 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.