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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,808 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 167
Gots: 311 | FT: 12
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of spacebear09
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Jet black brew, small head for a RIS but hig retention.

Smell- Bittersweet baking chocolate, fudge, booze.

Taste- The most chocolaty beer I have ever tried, very dark and heavy. A little vanilla. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel- Silky, good carbonation for a stout, slightly thick.

Overall- Very nice dessert-style stout. No coffee to be found, this should be called "double chocolate milkshake stout". Definitely worth buying again and saving for a special occasion. Not the most drinkable, but it tastes great!

spacebear09, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of RickS95
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's exemplary. Dark black in the glass, a black hole. The head isn't much and that keeps it from being a 5. Tan bubbles, very thin, and little retention. Somewhat expected from an 11.2% ABV beer, but still, it holds it back a bit.

A bit malty as you'd guess. Lots of different kinds, but it smells like a milk stout. You can literally smell the sweet. Caramel and chocolate malts are onscreen the most.

Southern Tier accomplished what they wanted, they gave us a chocolately, strong coffee beer. Lots of different ingredients shine...chocolate, caramel, coffee and alcohol. None dominate individually, collectively that's all this beer is about.

It's a beast of a beer, but it doesn't overpower as each ingredient provides good balance. Obviously, it's full bodied. During the sip, there's a transition from sweet to bitter. The caramel and chocolate give a nice sweet jumpstart to the drink, while the coffee and alcohol bring bitterness and balance so the sweet isn't so overpowering. Plenty of heat from the alcohol, though it's doesn't burn your throat like a shot of spirits.

It's pretty stellar, just some minor nits keep it from running the table. Clearly a sipper, it makes for a good dessert beer, or just a good dessert all by itself. Very strong, but never over the top. Really, a great night cap.

RickS95, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of SpecialK088
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter

Deep dark near black more of a film over the top after the about 1 finger head goes away, no real laceing

Chocolate dominates with alchol and slight coffee notes as well

Very smooth chocolate with alchol notes, tastes like drinking hershy syrup with a little alchol and the slightest little coffee note in the finish

Very smooth heavy body very sliky on the palate

Smooth and easy to drink I would recomend at the very least spilting it with 1 person if not more, its real sweet and heavy. I have come to expect nothing less thank things like this from Southern tier.

SpecialK088, May 03, 2009
Photo of czillmer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

czillmer, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of techfed87
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head to it, which isn't too out of the ordinary for beers of it's ABV.

Color is dark opaqe black.

Smells surprisingly chocolatey and malt-like at the same time, almost as if you were smelling a glass of Ovaltine rather than a beer. An interesting first impression, I must say.

First sip is a wham of chocolate sweetness accompanied by a coffee bitterness. It really is something to behold. The alcohol has a bit of a strong presence, which can be distractig from the overall character of the beer.

Overall, the only beer I've had before that really compares in terms of ingredients to this was Founders Breakfast Stout. As a beer, I would say that focused a bit more on the coffee characteristics than this does. This focuses on the sweeter notes of what makes a mocha a mocha.

Not as sweet and creamy as their Créme Brùlee, this remains another reason why Southern Tier is one of my favorite breweries.

techfed87, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Black with a khaki head. Dense retention and a whole lotta lacing. Nose has a ton of cocoa powder, milk chocolate and sweet dark malts. Not much in the way of roast or coffee character. More cocoa powder, bakers chocolate and slight heavily creamed coffee. Light roast, sweet and a touch of alcohol which is great for the actual ABV. Perfectly smooth carbonation, medium body. An excellent coffee/chocolate stout, different than Peche let's say, but hits it's mark in a sweeter gentler way.

liamt07, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of addiwilliams
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

addiwilliams, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pitch black, nice persistent tan head and lacing.
S: coffee and dark chocolate dominate, not just coffee and chocolate but actually really good real coffee and chocolate, if that makes any sense.
T: bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. medium sweet. well-balanced with a long roasty, bitter finish. alcohol very well-hidden.
M: full-bodied, nicely carbonated, just a bit of slickness.
D: another well-executed beer by s.t.

MrMcGibblets, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Chocolate explosion, sugary malts, hints of espresso, caramel, vanilla and a touch of burnt toast.

T - The sweetness is present but not overwhelming, literally tastes like chocolate milk with an espresso flavour that lingers on the finish. Solid cocoa profile, hint of ABV sweetness, but for 11.2% the alcohol is dangerously hidden.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and sticky on the finish.

O - Dare I say one of my favourite offerings from Southern Tier. Flavour profile is tasty but not overwhelming. I had no problem taking down this bomber alone. A worthy ale and definitely worth seeking out.

andrenaline, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Jayli
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/24
This beer poured a thick, deep, opaque dark brown, boardering on black color. A thin 1/2 finger tan head formed on top that didn't last, spots of wispy lacing left. Nose is much richer on tap than from the bottle - more pronounced notes of rich blegian chocolate with a touch of coffee filtering its way in, notes of dark malts can also be picked up. The taste is of sweet belgian chocolate up front, moving in to some the darker, more roasted malts, and finishing out with coffee notes - subtle yet very present. Alchol content is extremely well hidden. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy actually almost a velvety feel, full/heavy bodied, very light carbonation. This is one of my favorite offerings from Southern Tier and is even better on tap than bottled.

Jayli, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of carmone
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Came out of the bottle with a beautiful opaque and dark brown color followed by a creamy caramel colored head that lasted while I imbibed.

Smell: Strong chocolate aroma with a slight amount of coffee.

Taste: Delicious. Chocolate is the in the forefront with coffee notes finishing. Sweet and bitter, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Overall: One of my favorite beers from Southern Tier and favorite stouts in general. Three of my favorite things all in one; coffee, chocolate and stouts! Whats not to love! I am glad I stocked up on this one.

carmone, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very deep black color with small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is big and bold of chocolate and malt. Heaviest is the aroma of a milk chocolate nature; a sweet and very soothing smell. The malt is of a bitter dark roast, balancing out the milk chocolate sweet. Along with the coffee and chocolate are notes of vanilla, caramel, coffee, and cream. Overall it creates an aroma with tons of roasty and cocoa aromas. It smells delicious.

Taste – A heavy roasted malt body with a strong semi-sweet chocolate flavor are the first to meet the tongue. These flavors are big and bold and are soon meet with a lighter coffee flavor as well as flavors of lactose and some burnt caramel. While initially the chocolate was more sweet in nature, it bitters as time goes on, taking on a more bitter dark chocolate taste. As the chocolate transitions the dark roast coffee flavor also intensifies. In the end these favors mix with a very light alcohol flavor, leaving a pleasant sweet yet somewhat roasty taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the creamier side with the carbonation level being on the very average side. The body coasted the tongue in all the delicious roast and malt flavors and once the carbonation bubbles are done popping on your tongue it makes for one smooth and silky tasting beer.

Overall – This is a strong and delicious beer. Huge sweet and darker chocolate flavors mixed with a wonderful body and aroma. Fantastic!!

Darkmagus82, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of JerseyDevil980
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a truly amazing beer, a great caramel color wen poured that settles dark with a very small head. Itsa stout brewed with chcolate and coffee and its amazing aroma smells very pleasing as you get a great hint of both flavors. It goes down so smooth a little bitter which is expected but leaves an amazing taste in your mouth when all is said and done.

JerseyDevil980, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of peensteen
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly jet black, cap of tan head, little lace at the edge of the glass. Smell is full of chocolate, milk and bittersweet, vanilla, coffee beans and a moderate amount of roasty malt are present with bits of alcohol, but really quite chocolate heavy. Taste is similar to the nose lots of chocolate, vanilla and black coffee, sweet milky chocolate notes, fairly bitter most likely the work of the coffee, some alcohol heat but not boozy, more chocolate and coffee beans in the finish and leaves flavours of vanilla in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated and creamy big and full bodied. Delicious stuff here, sweet and loaded with a ton of flavour, really good stuff.

peensteen, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Omnium
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Beermuda, 28x Tap Take-Over for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
This version is the 2012 vintage.

A - Pitch black with one finger of tan head, thick wall of lacing
S - Rich dark and milk chocolates, light coffee roasts, toasted caramel
T - This beer is like liquid chocolate with a mild coffee flavor, its amazing. If you like Choklat, and Jah-Va, this is like the best of both worlds. Flavor is bold and huge, and for the ABV, the alcohol presence is low.
M - Creamy, clingy, rich chewy, full beer.
O - Just an awesome beer, I hope to get a few bottles this year and age a couple.

Omnium, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate with some coffee as well as some cream. The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate with some creamy coffee notes. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A excellent, full bodied stout that is very heavy on the chocolate.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is heaven in a glass. I love both the JahVa and Choklit. Southern Tier has created a legit alternative to FBS which is one of my all time jaw droppers. This a a great dessert beer but it will work with bacon and eggs ,or in my case a tofu scramble with soy cheese and veggie bacon with biscuits and cajun gravy. Pecan waffles and pancakes also come to mind here. This beer is pretty in the glass with a good head, lacing and all but just a bit lighter in viscosity than you would think. This translates into a superb drinkability and a devilishly delicious taste. It is indeed a perfect union of the two premier stouts and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes either of them. One caveat is that the Choklit is the dominant partner as any good mocha blend would have it but there is a good strong JahVa component in the finish making it more bitter and thus a more rounded player for food. A firm hopping backs up the coffee bitterness. The feel is still thick and sticky like the Choklit but with a light oily slickness that is very pleasing and encourages you to hold it on your tongue and savor the liquid Hershey up front and Jamaican Blue Mountain in the finish. There is a silkiness as well. The abv is so well integrated that you never feel it draw attention to itself and so you forget about it and find yourself quite buzzed, looking at your other bottle wondering...

Yep, I drank this one alone as the other half fell asleep

This is a great beer. I plan on stocking up as it will delight my
wife, friends, and guests.

scootny, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of machostacos
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to tulip.

A: Opaque, black, with maybe a touch of ruby highlight around the edges of the glass. Small tight tan head that shrinks to a small ring around the glass and a light film atop the beer. Little to no lacing.

S: Unmistakably mocha - smells like chocolate milk and a frappaccino with a touch of dark sticky fruit and vanilla as well. Soooo tasty! Can't wait to dive into this one. Little to no alcohol presence on the nose.

T: Exactly what you'd expect from the nose, but possibly even more delicious. Loads of chocolate and smooth coffee. Flavors keep bouncing back and forth between the chocolate and coffee, never veering too much into sweet or bitter territories but staying in perfect balance. Finishes bittersweet, a touch more on the bitter side, and tastes of delicious, silky milk chocolate and oh-so-smooth, perfectly roasted coffee. The chocolate and "craft" coffee lovers in me are in heaven. The alcohol is incredibly well-hidden here. There is definitely a warming characteristic, but I can't detect the booziness in the flavor.

M: Big, rich and creamy, with bright carbonation that keeps this beer from feeling too heavy. I'd say it might be just a tad too effervescent, but I like my beers quite thick compared to most. Slightly oily. Coats the mouth well.

D: Simply an absolutely delicious beer. I polished off a bomber on my own and if not for the 11% ABV I could easily drink another. The high alcohol content is incredibly well masked, which can easily lead to trouble if you're not careful with this one since it's just so incredibly delicious. Outstanding. Compared to its cousin "Jahva" (which is no slouch), this brew is in a league of its own.

machostacos, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of erosier
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, huge amounts of chocolate, and hints of coffee at the end. Really sweet smelling.
T: Really deep roasted malts underneath an enormously sweet chocolate and coffee flavor. I am wondering if they just brewed the choklat and the javah and mixed them because this is what it would probably taste like.
M: Very smooth, rich, heavy, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: I thought it was drinkable, but I like all the other really strong flavored Southern Tier Beers. I finished the bomber and was sad it was done.

erosier, May 21, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - poured into snifter:

Pours shiny black (dark brown when looking down into it) with a brown head that descends to thin wisps and a ring. Some dots and "legs" stick.

The smell is of very rich, delicious chocolate backed by roasted coffee.

The taste is of rich chocolate with very nice roasted coffee. They work hand-in-hand with each other and tied together by caramel. The ST house character is there. Sweetness, with a touch of warming, well-incorporated alcohol turns to a bitterish, dry finish.

Full-bodied and very smooth.

A rich chocolate/coffee dessert that has an easy drinkability for its richness and abv.

jwc215, May 20, 2009
Photo of BelgiumBill
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $8.49 for a 22 oz bottle at Total Wine. I enjoy this style so my review may be on the generous side.

I poured into a Chimay chalice which gave a thin head of tan bubbly foam dissipating to a ring. It was black with a mahogany rim and highlights.

The nose was dead on Tootsie Roll. Also some chocolate shake, and cream soda.

The flavor was Tootsie Roll, chocolate, some roast malts.

The mouthfeel provided was very velvety, thick, luscious. It was reminiscent of a milk stout. I really liked the mouthfeel because you don't usually get this mouthfeel in an Imperial Stout. One thing I don't like about Milk Stouts is the low ABV. At 11% this offered some of the best qualities of both the Imperial Stout and Milk Stout. The alcohol was present and warming down the throat but not overly so.

Well done and would buy again.

BelgiumBill, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Als in Enola.

Poured without a head into a pint. Color is black and No lacing at all.

Smell and taste are spot on with the name of mokah. Strong alcohol taste is present but hard to believe it's 11%.

Easy drinking and enjoyable but way over the top with the chocolate coffee taste.

stakem, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very good dose of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla notes, very slight roasty notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go ST.

Wasatch, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a thin, tan head into my tulip. Yep, pretty much the standard for a stout.

As the aromas open up to room temperature, chocolate notes pour out followed by only the slightest hint of coffee.

Taste starts out with a strong chocolate note that as it nears the back of the throat, transforms into a strong note of coffee with a slight hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering coffee with a slight afterburn and high carbonation.

Certainly seems more like a 60 Choklat/40 Jahva combination to me. Very decent.

Brad007, May 23, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost pitch black with a nice tan head that fades fairly quickly

S: Coffee, chocolate, and dark malts dominate

T: Same as the smell, big on the coffee and chocolate. Very sweet, but that has been the case with all of the beers in the black water series

M: Heavy body with little carbonation

D: This one is a sipper at 11%. Combine that with the sweetness and you'll only want a bomber at most, even though it's soooo delicious

Notes: This is a mix of the choklat and jahva stouts, and fittingly so, it tastes like the 2 were combined very well, neither of the 2 dominates the flavor but both are definitely there

BEERMILER12, Jan 03, 2011
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.