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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,946 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,946
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 190
Gots: 338 | 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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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For my 900th review I'll thank andrenaline for including this beauty in our latest trade
A - cold black with a little light getting through at the bottom of the glass, short tan head dissipated to some random islands
S - big shot of sweet milky chocolate, mild roasty and coffee notes, all rich and decadent aromas
T - mix of milk and dark chocolate goodness, espresso compliments and lingers, roasty background, alcohol is there but more sweet than heat making this extra dangerous
M - silky creamy smooth from start to finish, would have guessed half the ABV, dangerous...
O - what a ridiculous beer in the best kind of way, like a rich mocha with a melted chocolate bar stirred in, definitely left wanting more

Photo of BMMillsy
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with little to no head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, a beautiful mocha (no surprise) aroma that makes this seem like it would go great with some vanilla ice cream. Taste is a perfect combination of the two, and somehow the mixture of Jahva and Choklat manages to outperform both. Slightly syrupy on the mouthfeel like Hershey's syrup infused with earthy coffee, but not overly so. Sweet and good for dessert or a cold winter Friday night. Excellent.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black in appeatance, leaves a slight tan head at the top, that leaves a nice brown lacing all over the glass.

S: Chocolate, cream, coffee, and just a bit of booze.

T: This taste just like chocolate, a bit of coffee notes throughout, and a bit of booze at the tail end, great tasting.

M: Sticky, very thick and slight carbonation.

O: This beer is fantastic, great winter beer, very enjoyable and taste like dessert.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bit of an opaque brown with a thin fluffy head with slight lacing.

S: Like I thought it would smell. Mixing Jahva and Choklat. You get that real sweet Hershey syrup smell battling with the coffee flavors of the Jahva.

T: Would be a 5 if the flavor was just a little bigger. It might work to this beers advantage that its not though...

M: Full bodied and slightly silky. A little bit of a hop presence and good carbonation add well to this beer.

D: Not too bad. Could definitely finish a bomber no problem. Would want it at the end of a session however.

Photo of crewfan16
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into a snifter tonight. even though its really warm out, im looking forward to sipping on this in the nice chilly AC.

a- pours pitch black with no light getting through. a thing sliver of head rises with a creamy color then drops quickly.

s- the chocolate on this nose is crazy. sort of like creamy milk chocolate cocoa powder. the chocolate is overpowering anything else in the nose because i dont smell much else.

t- starts off with a rich milk chocolate, melts into a more bitter dark chocolate with a dry, slightly hoppy finish. the sweetness of bittersweet chocolate lingers quite a while.

m- feel is creamy and rich. it drinks incredibly well and easy. the high abv is nowhere to be found at all. there is very little carbonation, but that lets the flavors linger on my palate and i love it.

overall, im a huge fan of this beer. i love huge rich imperial stouts and dont mind them being on the sweeter side. the chocolate is very prevalent, but not overpoweringly so. the flavors linger on my palate for so long and i find it awesome. I have a huge appreciation of southern tier brews and this doesnt dissapoint at all.

Photo of Cuzco
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this both in Bottle and On Tap. This review is for the Tap experience.

This is a DARK beer. Jet black in color. Small dark brown head which laces the glass the entire time. The smell of this beer is exceptional. You can spell it the minute it is placed in front of you. The taste almost lives up to the smell. It is a very sweet well balanced beer. Hints of malt and chocolate coat your tongue. Coffee flavors come after the initial sip.

The only area that could be a concern would be the drinkability. It is very sweet and after a pint or two it would become a bit much in my opinion.

This is a great combination of their Coffee and Chocolate stouts.

(PS if you do not enjoy sweet beers avoid this one!!)

Photo of beertownbaron
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This stout is pretty dark, just a hint of light can pierce it. Not a lot of head, maybe an 1/8 of an inch and it disappears quickly. Decent lacing across the glass.
S - Smells like a brown tootsie roll pop. Nice and chocolatey, with a bit of coffee mixed in there.
T - Strong chocolate taste, sweet too. Coffee is stronger here than in the smell, a nice blend of flavors. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. I guess that should be expected from 11% abv.
M - Pretty carbonationed for a stout, coarse over the tongue. Once the fizz fades, has a light feel to it.
D - Very drinkable brew, there's almost nothing I didn't enjoy about it. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, but not necessarily bad. Overall this was a pleasure to drink and I'm looking forward to picking up some more Southern Tier brews.

Photo of MaximalC
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, dark brown with a modest mocha head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with a strong alcohol component. This beer is big on flavor, with rich dark chocolate and gourmet coffee. The body is smooth and substantive, an excellent complement to the rich taste. The high ABV is respectably mellowed while the beer is still at its coldest (though still hardly invisible). As it warms, the alcohol becomes more strident--the only real flaw I can point out. Normally, I tend to enjoy dark beers more as they warm, but that's not the case here, as the alcohol becomes something of a distraction. The luxurious flavor profile, along with an eagerness to "beat the heat", make this imperial stout way too easy to imbibe without conscience. Another winning stout from Southern Tier.

Photo of jman892
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black, minimal head, and what head there is fades to nothing in a hurry. As a result, really no lacing

S - Very creamy aroma, with milk chocolate and some mild coffee, in that order.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, with some vanilla in there as well. The coffee is somewhat in the background but it a delicious mix. The alcohol is not really hidden in this one

M - Creamy and thick, with pretty low carbonation

O - Got ambitious and tried a bomber of this on my own tonight. Wish this came in 12oz bottles as 22oz of this is a lot for any man to handle on his own. It is a sipper for sure, but like the rest of the big ST stouts, very well done.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this in a trade from a great trader, brewdan. Thanks a bunch.
As this beer leaves the bottle its brown and as it builds in the glass appears black with a very small tan head that fades to a ring quickly leaving a bit of lacing.
The nose is heavy of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee and creamer, pretty rich nose to this brew.
The taste is about what you would expect from the nose, very rich and full of chocolate and coffe, some cocoa and vanilla as well, not much alcohol present at all.
Very smooth medium body on this beer with a creamy finish, no alcohol heat, can't believe how well hidden it is.
Great beer I wish I could drink on a regular basis.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

The pour is almost black save some brown hues. A thick tan head stayes for a while before receding, leaving a nice amount of lacing.

The nose is mostly chocolate and coffee with some sweet notes of toffee. The taste is creamy chocolate and sweet coffee. It reminds me of melted coffee ice cream; very nice.

Mouthfeel is about as creamy as possible, and the alcohol content is hidden well. Drinkability may be a bit too high: it's almost like a milkshake.

Definitely is one for when you only want _one_. It is almost too drinkable, especially with its alcoholic content.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mokah, A Stout Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee. "Imperial" Mokah.

Jamaican coffee, Belgian chocolate, caramel, chocolate & black malts...11%? We're in for some fun.

Aroma is all chocolate, coffee below, hops muted....appearance, utter darkness, rich, roasted brown head....that aroma is to kill for though...so, rich, bittersweet, ...is it my birthday already?

Taste:Insane! Everything I try from these guys goes further and further. Jahva, and Oat, and Choklat...these can be pushed further and made deeper, richer, fuller and more expressive in flavor? Damn right.
Bittersweet, coffee mingled with rich cocoa flavor...liquefied chocolate frosting.

Holy macaroni, this is great stuff. Full-bodied, long, luxurious finish. Damnably delicious. Pretty amazing, never quite tasted quite this much genuine chocolate flavor in a stout. Intense, decadent, almost indecent.
Yum, mmm!

Photo of Beer_faerie
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of OldSmaug
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, pours darkest shades of brown, with some ruby hues shining through, the head is dark tan, better the average reteniona dn leaving some spotty stickage. Nose is boldly of the advertized coffee and chocolate. Thick on the tongue, bold on the flavors, high on the quality department. Loads of coffee and over the top chocolate notes. Tasty sipper. More fine brew from ST. World class dessert beer, IMHO.

Photo of dismal
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap before so I ended up picking up a bottle of it the other day. From the bomber to a pint glass pours a black color (with very little ruby highlights when held up to the light) with a small light tan colored head that quickly goes to just a small ring. Leaves little to no lacing down the glass. The smell right away is mainly chocolate with some coffee. Mainly it's just the chocolate and a very sweet smelling chocolate. There is something else sweet in there too, vanilla or caramel? Either way the smell is very sweet and nice. Taste is the same. From the name I was expecting more coffee upfront but it's almost all chocolate with a hint of coffee in there. Delicious to say the least. The alcohol is hidden rather well and with a higher ABV it could be dangerous! I'll have no problem finishing this bomber though and I'll enjoy every drop. Overall an excellent beer. Both on tap and in bottle, I'm going to grab a few more of these next time I'm on a beer run.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deark brown but not black colour with a minimal head.

S - Strong aromas of dark chocolate cocoa, really nice.

T - Dominant flavours of chocolate and really morerish, a little coffee at the end. Quite sweet and milky. Tastes like chocolate mud cake.

D - I'm in love with this beer. It is liquid chocolate cake and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Photo of dutesanch
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Southern tier stouts. Not as sweet as Creme brûlée but sweeter and smoother than chokolat. This beer can best be described as a liquid tootsie roll. Really enjoyable. Poured from a bomber into my Stone snifter. Will be buying or trading for more.

Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com...

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Burnt brown head poured incredibly thick and foamy with very small bubbles and a meringue like topping... a good one finger of foam remained throughout.. some thick lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of roasted sweet chocolate malts backed with caramel and strong coffee, toasted nuts - hazlenuts mainly, quite earthy, some faint citrus notes, liquorice, brown sugar, honey notes, some light smokiness...

Taste - Tons of dark chocolate up front followed by strong black coffee notes, roasted malts, cocoa powder, some light smoke just coming through, dark fruits (black cherries and currents), nut brittle, treacle / molasses, warming alcohol is just noticeable..

Feel - Smooth and velvety with just a little sharpness underneath... full bodied... pretty drinkable for an 11% brew although becomes quite sweet towards the end...

Overall - Another superb example of an imperial stout from Southern Tier although again a 650ml bottle is way too much... definitely recommended though...

Photo of rand
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint

Paired with pumpkin cheesecake streusel.

A: Pours a dark brown with red hues and light carbonation. A small, coffee-tan head forms that dissipates quickly. Not a trace of lacing - the brew seems way to heavy.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and alcohol dominate the aroma. The alcohol volatiles have a powerful warming effect, but the coffee and toasted malts are strong enough to poke through.

T: Like the smell, rich, bittersweet chocolate and alcohol swarm the palate, but there are layers of flavor underneath. Coffee combines with the toasted malts and form a balanced bitter/sweet backdrop. Hops follow though with a drying effect adding just a bit more earthy bitterness to the mix, but with all of the chocolate and malts, you really come away with a flavor to match the brew's title - think of your favorite cafe mocha and add a touch of beer's bready profile.

M: Of course this is rich and viscous on the palate. Definitely a sipper, this one, and was a perfect compliment to my desert.

D/N: Drinkability points? Well, don't drink this if you're in the mood for red bull-vodka and clubs (I know, you wouldn't be reading this if you were, but fair warning all the same). Pretty much any other time is acceptable, though. There's nothing remotely off-putting about this beer and would be enjoyed by many who don't normally like beer. Just remember to share.

Photo of JamesMN
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bomber aggressively into a snifter.

Appearance: Very very dark and opaque. A little bit of dark brown around the edges. A thin light brown head.

Aroma: Caramel coffee creamer with semi-sweet chocolate. Also the smell of Hershey's chocolate syrup.

Taste: Like drinking cold chocolate milk laced with irish cream. The coffee is mostly evident in the aftertaste as a black coffee bitterness on the palate. There is the smallest hint of hop presence when it first hits your tongue but that is quickly replaced by a chocolate syrup flavor that really takes over your whole mouth. At 11.20% abv, this beer isn't joking around and it seems like the alcohol hides in plain sight. As the beer warms, that Hershey's chocolate syrup taste reveals itself to be the alcohol. Given that observation, there is limited range of temperature where this beer really shines (around 48 degrees, as specified on the bottle). Otherwise it becomes overly boozy. Very much a dessert beer, with a chocolatey aftertaste that sticks around for a good while.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not cloying. Seems a tad over-carbonated but the carbonation fades so quickly in your mouth that it doesn't hinder the smooth finish.

Final Thoughts: This is the first Southern Tier beer I've ever had or reviewed. It definitely leaves me wanting more and wanting to try their other offerings. Although it's not a beer that Joe 6-pack would go for, I think anyone can enjoy this one if they know what to expect going into it. It delivers on every level.

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really am impressed by the appearance of this beer. The way the bubbles shoot to the top and the fact that the head retention is perfect, I think that it is carbonated very well. Black body and a cream color head that quickley turns into a whip cream consistency. Lacing perfect. Color perfect. Appearance perfect.

s- I can smell that this beer has been brewed with chocolate. It is so upfront that I cant smell the other aromas around it. This beer definately delivers what it is trying to. I already know that its name lives up to its flavor.

t- wow the flavor of this beer doesnt at all dissapoint. The chocolate flavor doesnt hit you right away, instead waits for the moment of bitterness and substitutes it with sweetness. I am in shock that this beer is 11% alcohol, goes down like chocolate milk.

m- perfectly carbonated with a creamy feel to it. The beer is like silk. I am getting impressed more and more with this beer.

Photo of infestaxion
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dpowers for sending this one my way.

A - Brown with a slight coffee colored head.

S - Chocolate syrup with not much coffee in there. Smells sweet but I like it.

T - Sweet chocolate dominates the first taste then fades to some coffee. Some roasted malt with alcohol at the end.

M - For a double stout, I think that it should be thicker. Medium to heavy carbonation but creamy nonetheless.

D - Very drinkable for 11%. The alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness isn't overpowering.

I'm not sure that this is a double stout. I'd probably put it more in the sweet stout category. And I'd make it my favorite sweet stout. Maybe Imperial Sweet Stout?

Photo of nlmartin
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served very lightly chilled and allowed to hit room temperature before completion. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint Glass.

Appearance: The beer has a black body. The body of the beer shows ruby opaqueness to light. The head of the beer is the color of nugget. The head retention isnt good but what do I expect for an 11% beer.

Smell: This beer is a very sweet smelling combination of Jahva and Chocolat stout. The beer has a sweet malted milk ball aroma, vanilla, dark roasted malts, well roasted and toasted coffee. Would have liked a bit more coffee notes but this is really nice. Dam near perfect smell on the aroma.

Taste: The darkly roasted coffee malt tones I was craving ride down my throat. The chocolate notes run from the bitter sweet, fudge to malted milk ball. The alcohol is well incorporated in the beer. Major delivery on the aromas in terms of flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The mouthfeel is almost full bodied. I am like Mix-Alot I like em round and big. The carbonation is low but works well. Drinkabililty is really good. I couldnt believe how fast the beer left my glass. This is a dam near perfect effort.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Goblinmunkey7 for the hookup on this one...

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger beige head. Good amount of head retention, but not much lacing to be had...

S - Wow, this one smells amazing. Lots of chocolate notes come through. Also pick up some coffee. Chocolate definitely domitates though. Very enticing...

T - Chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, and more chocolate. Ends on a sweeter caramel note that subsides a little when the beer warms. Abv is very well hidden. Delicious...

M - Thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Wish they sold these in my area. Looks like i'm going to have to make a trade to get a couple more because I definitely want to revisit this one in the near future. Southern Tier brewed a top notch brew here...

Cheers...

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,946 ratings.