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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,976
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 193
Gots: 356 | 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

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Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of CityBoy1986
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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 RickS95
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Giesch
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dismal
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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 dutesanch
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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 nlmartin
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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...

Photo of hmf05
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty dark although not completely black. I poured this one pretty aggressively and got a massive three finger tan head. The head dissipated to a thin ring of lace that stuck around. The aroma is magnificent. At the forefront I get tons of semi-sweet chocolate followed by coffee. The taste mirrors the smell. A nice blend of chocolate and coffee, but the chocolate comes through more. Not as sweet as I anticipated. I was expecting a cloyingly sweet beer but am pleasantly surprised in how easy it is to drink this. Mouthfeel is good, but I was expecting a thicker body. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Overall, very delicious double. I cannot detect the 11.2% abv which is surprising. This is clearly a dessert beer, but not nearly as heavy as one might expect. Not overly complex as the only flavors are chocolate and coffee, but a decadent brew nonetheless.

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with an abundant amount of tawny highlights; the rocky mocha cap fades away but leaves a drape of lacing

Smell: Strong aroma of mocha, with both chocolate and coffee elements

Taste; Both chocolate and mocha flavors jump out, accompanied by charred grains, up front; the sweetness builds, after the swallow, but there is a surprisingly hoppy undertone that adds balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While this is one of the characteristic sweeter dessert beers in the Southern Tier lineup, it has a nice balance and a great chocolate/coffee character

Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours almost completely black with a small off-white head that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing or a cap. There is a bit of ruby through the edges.

Aroma is great, especially if you're a fan of coffee and chocolate. It actually has a heavier chocolate presence than coffee in the nose with some lactose and a bit of heavily roasted malts.

The taste also has a heavy dark chocolate presence up front with some malts underpinning the chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness. There is some vanilla, caramel and lactose sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not as thick as I was expecting from a Southern tier stout. That said, it's medium bodied with good carbonation.

I think this is a great beer, which doesn't come as too big a surprise given my love of chocolate and coffee beers. This is a great blend of both and I personally think it takes the extreme edge off of the Jahva and Choklat.

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJs Everyday

A-Pours a dark opaque brown with ruby highlights with a thin tan head and very good lacing.

S-Sweet chocolate syrup is the main aroma with espresso notes in the background.

T-Very sweet chocolate syrup in the front with roasted malt and a mild hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, rich and coating.

D-Yes, delicious and rich. A great nightcap beer.

HV

Photo of nriech
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seriously, this is a dessert beer. I thought a big bold dark beer would go nicely with my BBQ but was waaaay off.

This beer has a sweet smell of chocolate and coffee. Nice creamy head.

The chocolate and coffee flavors are well balanced, just that its like drinking cake. I think had I planned this a little better it would have been a better experience but Im judging my scores based off the actual flavors. I would have liked a little more coffee than chocolate but I guess this is less common of a desire.

Alcohol is nicely hidden, not a hint of it.

Again, a great brew for dessert on its own.

Photo of mdcrouser
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with a good head to begin, but that remains only as a 1/8" ring of nutty-colored carbonation.

Smells like melted dark chocolate, with just a hint of coffee - makes me think I'm stanidng in a cafe somewhere.

Heavy on chocolate, like indulging your tongue in the baking variety - sweet and bitter, it creates an immense pallette. That is a mighty beer.

Exceedingly smooth, with light carbonation - bitter at the back of the throat, but it hardly touches down, as it slides right down.

Far more chocolate than coffee, but that's hardly a disappointment - this is an incredible beer.

Highly drinkable, but better as a dessert beer than one for regular enjoyment.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Mokah

Served at DLD 2011 in a plastic cup.

Solid black in color with a dark dark amber edge along the bottom. An inch of dark cream colored head.

This beer smells like a melted Hershey bar. Decadent milk chocolate with a touch of vanilla.

The taste is out of control. Almost following the nose to a T, Mokah is filled with lavish milk chocolate and a touch of coffee on the end. A bit of booze warmth on the end as well follows the roasty malts.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a warming feel that lingers. Full-bodied beast

Overall, super impressed with the chocolate impressions implemented here. Liquid dessert.

Photo of DeeMented
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for sending me this one.

Poured from the 650 mL bottle into a glass snifter.

The beer poured a dark, cola brown/black with a minimal tan head that faded rather quickly. There seemed to be very little carbonation.

The aroma was very rich, smelling of bittersweet chocolate with a slight, underlying coffee aroma. The chocolate dominated.

The mouthfeel was smooth and full-bodied.

The taste started with the bittersweet chocolate, then developed a coffee bitterness about mid-swallow. The finish was dominated by the coffee bitterness and then faded again back to a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol had a very warming effect.

The more of this I had, the more it grew on me. And I don't think that's solely because of the 11% alcohol content.

It seemed to be the kind of thing I'd want to sip on to warm up by a nice fire.

Photo of HopDerek
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny.
Pours a dark brownish black color with a thin tan head into a tulip glass. Good retention and some lacing. Smells of chocolate, tootsie rolls, caramel, and cream. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, cream, dark chocolate bits, and tootsie rolls with a touch of roasted malt and a bit of coffee in the finish. Medium-full body with low carbonation but a nice pop. Smooth and sweet. Amazingly easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well. A little too high in ABV and sweet for me to want to session this, but it is a real nice treat!

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black. Very little head. Some alcohol legs. Fairly standard for a high alcohol Imperial Stout.

A: HUGE, HUGE!!! Chocolate smell. This surpasses any chocolate aroma I've had from another beer. Dark and milk chocolate pour through. Not even sure how, but creamy smoothness is conveyed. Some sugary sweetness is present as well. Perhaps a NERD candy smell? Hard to place but you get the picture.

T: BAMMM Chocolate in your FACE! Deep, creamy, smooth chocolatey goodness. Its like what you'd want to happen if you poured nestle into a beer. Some bitterness from the hops shine in as well. Chocolate bomb.

M: Thick, smooth, and some carbonation action on the tongue which I wouldn't have expected. The hops leave a dry finish, with chocolate over tones.

O: Fantastic brew. Can't think of anything that comes close, maybe MAYBE, Green Flash Double Stout is in the same ball park sitting up in the nose bleeds. Definite must try for stout lovers. Love this beer, will drink again.

Photo of SawDog505
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel glass, bottled 4/12/12. Pours almost pitch black with a 3 inch tan heads, that leaves gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is so powerful, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste is all of that, balanced very well, a perfect combination of the nose, but alcohol is hidden well for the ABV. Body is medium large, more carbonation than normal out of a stout this size, not overly dry, and has a ton of flavor, but is still very approachable. This is very nice.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bomber brought back to me from boston from a very good friend of mine..

a-black..quite possibly the blackest beer i have ever seen..small tight khaki colored cap on top of the beer..not really head...collar sticks to edges..no highlights or bubbles present..strangely thick looking

s-like a really nice chocolate bar...lovely cocoa...subtle roast and coffee...no alcohol detected in the nose...

t-rich dark bitter chocolate..like drinking a chocolate bar with some nice coffee hightlights...slight bitterness to hold it together..finishes dry..rich and smooth

m-very thick and chewy..heavy...moderate carbonation...tate lingers for a while..slightly drying on the palate...

d-takes a slight hit due to the abv..if it werent for this i would have given it a 4.5...

overall a superb beer..my first from southern tier and i have to say im thoroughly impressed..this would make a great dessert beer all on its own..a nice sipper

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.41/5  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!!

Photo of spacebear09
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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 high 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!

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,976 ratings.