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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,856 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,856
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 173
Gots: 320 | FT: 13
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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 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 costanzo_mike
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

costanzo_mike, Sep 29, 2014
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 Hootie159
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Hootie159, Sep 28, 2014
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
Photo of birchstick
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another on-tap beer from Kelleher's in Peoria, Il.

A - dark with a one-finger head

S - this thing smells like a chocolate milk shake. I never would have expected this from a beer...definitely not what my nose was expecting.

T - tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Milk chocolate fades into some sweet malts, which then follows up with some dark chocolate and a bit of bitter acidity from some coffee flavors. I never thought I would taste this chocolaty of a beer without being over the top. Really nice flavor profile.

M - smooth but a little thin. I wish this was a little bit more full.

D - This is a great beer. ST is really hit or miss for me and this beer was a big hit. I will be buying some bottles of this soon...

birchstick, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Darkhorse09
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black, poured into a snifter. Brown on the edges when held to light. Semi-thick brown head. Hard to see too many specifics on appearance, as the bar I drank it in was too dark.

Aroma is of heavy milk-chocolate. Sweet nose, with obvious coffee smells included. It smells exactly like its name: Mocha. Really a great nose. Everything a dessert beer should be, rich and decadent!

Palate: Amazing. Full bodied chocolate and coffee flavors. Hints of alcohol (11% ABV comes through nicely). Caramel and subtle hoppy bitterness on the finish. Compliments the cocoa flavor perfectly!

Intense and flavorful, each sip brings some new complexity. A sweet beer, which may make it hard to drink for some, this is a beer to be shared and sipped slowly, perhaps with a canoli? or tiarmisu? Really a tasty beer. Hats off to Southern Tier.

Darkhorse09, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bkrefetz for this blackwater goodness. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Not quite black, when backlit and distinct reddish hue shows through. A smooth pour produces one and a hald fingers of sand color head that retains nicely.

A: Big chocolate aroma. From the name I thought I would be getting much more coffee and espresso, but the nose is strongly chocolate. You get some earthiness from the hops and some coffee.

T: The first thing I think of is hot chocolate. I mean it tastes just like it to me. I actually get a little roasted marshmellow, along with some coffee, molasses, and more chocolate.

M: Heavy body, creamy mouthfeel. Some moderate carbonation is very nice.

D and overall impression: I can't even tell this is a 11% beer. It is a dessert beer, and if you're in the mood for it, the drinkability is huge. This is the third blackwater offering I've had, and it's my favorite. This is a dangerous brew, drink this one in place of dessert, it'll do the trick. Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of QuantumPint
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the local micro tonight (it's featured as one of the guest beers of the month).

A: Pitch black with a head smaller than one finger and poor retention. Still beautiful, though.

N: I read through some reviews before trying this, and noted the one about chocolate milk, and honestly thought it was a joke/exaggeration. Lo and behold, I take a whiff and it smells like: chocolate milk. I actually started laughing out loud in surprise. There's a little toasty malt, but mainly chocolate milk.

T: This one tastes more like a mudslide, especially when cold. Major chocolate up front with a more bitter taste with the alcohol burn on finish. A great sipping beer. Gets more of the biter/coffee notes as it warms.

M: It has a good deal of carbonation which, in my opinion, goes great with the sweet chocolate taste.

O: Drinking this puppy after dinner, and it's one hell of a dessert beer. I'm just starting to dive deeper into the stout scene, but this is already a favorite.

QuantumPint, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of EvilPumpkin
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. into a tulip glass

A: A very attractive incredibly dark brown, almost black. Dark tan head shows up for a moment but quickly escapes in my Bell's tulip glass. Little head leads to no lacing.

S: The smell catches me off guard with its mellowness. The last ST I had was the Crème Brulee which had a much stronger smell. The coffee and chocolate notes mix well but the chocolate is overall more noticeable. Slight hints of caramel, like chocolate sweetened with caramel.

T: The taste is also carried by the bittersweet chocolate. Initially the chocolate commands the taste but the coffee notes come in strong immediately afterwards followed by a noticeable sweetness. The 11% alcohol also makes an appearance with a lingering taste. The lingering taste is the bitterness of the chocolate, coffee and the alcohol. Overall the flavor is fuller and more pleasant up front than in the lingering notes.

M: When the beer first touches my lips I fell in love with the thickness of this brew. Silky yet with enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Great mouthfeel.

D: As with the last ST Blackwater Series Stout I had, the Crème Brulee, this beer demands to be had slowly, as the bitterness from the coffee and chocolate together can become too much when sips are spaced too close together. As with the Creme Brulee, large sips spaced well apart really lend well to the flavors of this beer.

I've been missing ST's Choklat since I first had it in New York a year and a half ago and the Mokah fulfilled my desire for some chocolaty goodness from Southern Tier. A very enjoyable beer.

EvilPumpkin, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review rounds out the trio of Choklat, Javha and Mokah. All of these beers are phenomenal.

A- A super dark, thick, clingy beer was no surprise to see. Neither was the scant head that collected in a ring.

S- The base beer of Choklat is strong in the smell, thats a great thing though. Its strong, pretty much dominant, but not overpowering. It lets the coffee from Javha come out. It would smell just like its namesake if it werent for the powerful alcohol.

T- Tastes a lot like hot chocolate. Again, Choklat is very powerful. This comes as no surprises as it is a very very powerful tasting beer. The coffee more or less waits till the end to reach full power although it is very nicely incorporated all the way through. The finish yields just about all of that 11% ABV. Its pretty warming on the way down.

M- Full, thick and syrupy as expected. Pretty warm from intense alcohol.

MbpBugeye, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color. Looks like coffee with a thin foamy tan head on top.

On the nose I can definitely smell Southern Tier's trademark Choklat aroma coming through. Smells of rich chocolate syrup coated in a hard shell candy. However, the blend of ST's Jahva also comes through with roasted coffee like malts. It takes a bit of a back seat to the chocolate aroma, but still has a decent presence.

The first sip is delicious, and so is every sip after that. Lots of rich dark and milk chocolates at first and then the roasted coffee beans roll in. An excellent mixture of coffee and chocolate. On the rich side, but this is a dessert beer.

The mouthfeel is great. Thick and creamy. Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation and a lovely warming alcohol sensation, which is a lot less than you would expect for a beer of 11%. For a dessert beer the drinkability is very good. It's definitely a sipper, but one that I can't stop sipping.

Overall, I highly recommend this beer. I've had Choklat, which is another great beer, but I think Mokah definitely trumps it. Rich chocolate and coffee. This is a perfect dessert. Thanks Southern Tier!

sisuspeed, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of overcrestmedia
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Snifter.

I'm not so much a fan of flavored beers, but the chocolate and coffee notes really comes through in the finish.

Smooth and delicious, with really nice mouthfeel as well.

However at 11% ABV one will do the trick!

I have looked for this on-tap elsewhere, but haven't had any luck.

overcrestmedia, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with a tan head surging forth but sputtering to a halt and disappearing with a couple minutes' time.

Smell: Well, with the strong scents of chocolate and coffee, it lives up to it's poorly spelled namesake. As the sweet embellishments to the nose kick in, it takes on the scent of a chocolate frosted Dunkin' Donut.

Taste: Bittersweet combination of chocolate and coffee roastiness, though the malt pendulum is certainly swinging hard towards the sweet side of things. Some caramel, too. Bucked gently by some bitterness, roast astringency, and alcohol, but it remains fairly sweet. Smooth, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, malty mouthfeel.

Overall: Good stuff, this. It's big and sweet, so have a friend handy. Proudly follows in the footsteps of Southern Tier's previous jacked up stouts in their Blackwater series.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2012
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,856 ratings.