Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,954
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 190
Gots: 339 | 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

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(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of hmf05
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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 brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Yetiman420
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 HopDerek
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 chaz410
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 CommanderOfAwesome
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 holco34
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 SawDog505
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 bobsy
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 stoutfiend27
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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!

Photo of RickS95
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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 dental
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SpecialK088
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of czillmer
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of techfed87
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,954 ratings.