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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,006
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 210
Gots: 364 | FT: 11
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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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Ratings: 2,006 | Reviews: 696
Photo of Yetiman420
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven CT.

Served in an Ommegang flute glass. Black with no head other than a crescent tan rim.

Phenominal dark chocolate aroma.

Flavor follows aroma and is all about well-balanced chocolate. Other than a touch of roasted finish, this one is all about chocolate.

Photo of chaz410
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at the GrapeVine in Fort Mill SC.
Pours a deep, dark, thick body with a caramel colored head.
The smell of this beer is unbelievable. It's smells almost exactly like a carnavel chocolate covered frozen banana. There's heavy chocolate, lots of coffee notes and an underlying of banana and milky sweetness.
The taste of this should be a five but it's not perfect for an imperial stout or a RIS, but it's one of the best THEMED stouts I've ever had. It's milky, thick and chocolatey with all the sweetness of coffee mocha without any bitterness. It has a nearly burboun like character with hints of banana and some subtle caramel notes.
I love this beer and the extreme thickness helps balance the abv.

Photo of holco34
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer for the first time at The Fred Bar in Atlanta:

A: Almost black, 1 finger brown head

S: Smells like chocolate milk, coffee, caramel, vanilla

T: Tastes more like coffee than the strong chocolate smell but you can definitely taste the chocolate as well. Burnt malts. Alcohol taste is very present but doesn't taste like 11%

D: It's delicious! I couldn't drink it all night but it's perfect if you're just having 1 or 2 beers in a night. Good dessert beer.

I love this style and really like how Southern Tier isn't afraid to take chances and create good beers like no others you've tasted before.

Photo of bobsy
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something of a choklat/jahva mix that works very well. It looks as an imperial stout should, with its dark brown, bordering on black, pour and off-white head. Decent retention and sticky lace ensue. The aroma is full of wow. Overpoweringly rich chocolate and coffee mingles to create a perfect replica of a damn good cafe mocha. This is continued over into the flavour, and I think is a more accurate take on a mocha than creme brulee was on its intended dose of sweetness. Talking of sweetness... its here in good amounts, along with a good dose of alcohol. Its a little hot yet, and I'd advise those who have it to kick back for a while before opening. Warming, rich and thick the mouthfeel suits the beer and its weight very well indeed, but adds to the overall impression that this is a sipper.

Awesome.

Photo of garuda
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a thin tan head that has no retention or lacing.

S/T - Starts with indulgent, sweet, rich chocolate, than roasted coffee mid palate and finishes again with milk chocolate and some roast bitterness throughout. A perfect blend between the Jahva and Choklat.

M - Full body, low carbonation, slick and creamy across the palate, but leaving a coating of chocolate behind.

O - Having had both the Jahva and Choklat, this a perfect blend between the two. Not too indulgent like the Choklat, with a nice amount of coffee and bitterness from the Jahva. I'll get this again.

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 crewfan16
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 DrinkinBuddy
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours complete darkness into a snifter with nice 2 finger dark brown head. Smells like chocolate syrup with some twangy alcohol scents. Taste is in your face kick you in the pallet chocolate followed by a nice roasted coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, thick, and oily with little carbonation. Alcohol can be felt warming your guts while this oil slick makes it's way to your stomach so I'm going with a 4. Very tasty brew. Play on ST. Phin, Paul, and Jared, nice job!!!

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 Bugcatcher
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Freaking delicious. Will buy again for sure

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.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,006 ratings.