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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,668 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,668
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 155
Gots: 270 | FT: 10
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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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Southern Tier Mokah poured dark dark brown, with the slightest hint of a tan head that immediately dissipated to a narrow ring.

The smell and taste are...yep...chocolate and coffee. The feel is creamy and smooth up front, but with a sticky and pasty finish. This is a slow sipper that kinda leaves the tongue feeling like it does after sucking on hard candy.

A little of Southern Tier Mokah goes a long way as the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate, rather than compliment, the "beer," which gets completely lost. A bomber of this wouldn't be bad split among four people with dessert, but it's too much for one person. After a while, it smells and tastes like cheap chocolate candy.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 00:47:41 | More by MetalHopHead6
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chrisgn

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a pitch black appearance and thick head upon first pour that dissipates to nothing. The mouthfeel is think and creamy. There are some really nice chocolate and coffee notes in the taste, but to me, the flavor of the alcohol is not masked well. I can smell it in the glass and it over powers the other flavors of the beer. It is 11% so it is certainly a strong beer, but I do not like the boozy quality that only gets worse as the beer warms up. I want to work through the ST Imperial Series. I enjoyed Pumking and Big Red, but I do not think I will get this one again. I hope Chokolat, Javah, and Creme Brule are better.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:58:46 | More by chrisgn
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

11-24-2012 14:57:11 | More by beerhunter13
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

11-10-2012 19:39:25 | More by NilocRellim
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

05-05-2014 13:16:16 | More by Schlafly33
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

04-23-2014 15:05:32 | More by waddellc2
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

12-13-2012 15:49:29 | More by Treb0R
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DTown

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

08-12-2012 19:49:11 | More by DTown
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Bob402

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

11-03-2012 01:29:11 | More by Bob402
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

01-18-2013 01:45:25 | More by yourefragile
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antoines15

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

05-01-2012 01:19:10 | More by antoines15
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: Black body with a thick foamy tan colored head.

s: This smells like mildly diluted Choklat. I couldn't find any coffee behind the boozy brownie batter.

t: I wonder what the ratio of this mixture is. This seems to be heavy on the Choklat, it was through the power of suggestion that I might have tasted a little coffee. This was almost entirely bozzy cake batter. Looking back, I should have tried to tweak this with some Breakfast Stout or Joe.

m: Gentle carbonation and a fairly viscous body.

d: Jahva is a pretty good coffee stout. Choklat is a great desert beer in small doses. I was hoping hoping an artful blend would elevate both beers. Instead all I found was another syrupy sweet desert beer from ST. Creme Brulee, Oat, Choklat, and now this. Pretty good in small doses, but that signature ST sweetness wears thin after 6 ounces.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 00:14:07 | More by DIM
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes.
"This beer reeks of chocolaty goodness, not much coffee in the aroma, hopefully more in the flavor...nope! this beer is ALL CHOCOLATE!! Even more so than "Young's double chocolate stout! Too much chocolate in my opinion, cant even really taste the roasted malts or any coffee either....

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:54:02 | More by Beerlover
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harrymel

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

A: pours a black ale with less than a single finger of transient light tan foam. This resides as a sheet of the same over a beer with limited clarity due to color. spotty lace. Looks thin.

S: Smells of chocolate, molasses and faintly of coffee. Smells sweet, as do all the black water series.

T: There's the coffee, and more chocolate, and some nice cherry flavors. Some marshmallow flavors as well. Kinda effervescent in approach. Sharp alcoholic flavor.

M: Oily and thin with slow carbonation. Sheet of slick around the mouth. Makes me phlegmee.

O: Better than some of the other Black Waters IIRC, but still just a sweet, savage, decadent treat to be savored only rarely. Very intense. I can say this for the beer: as usual, the name matches the profile quite precisely.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 14:51:59 | More by harrymel
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in a snifter. Poured a dark brown/black with a sparse tan head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, also some caramel. Full bodied and rich. Flavor is more of the same. I found the coffee to be very bitter, and the chocolate to have a bittersweet quality as well. Long dry finish of chocolate and coffee. Some alcohol also present. There is a bit of hop bitterness. I find Southern Tier to be very hit of miss. I either really like it or not. This one is a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 18:01:23 | More by homebrewhawk
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark walnut coloured beer under a moderate head that leaves a lot of fine spidery lace. Head settles to a heavy film.

Big chocolate nose, very sweet bordering on syrupy. Malt in the background. Very soft on the palate to drink, but also heavy sweet. Too much syrup happening. Past the sweetness is some charcoal and a hint of bitterness. Lots of chocolate and coffee. However, overall just too sweet and syrupy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 22:10:30 | More by TerryW
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ricke

Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown with a medium-sized tanned head that leaves some lacings.

S: Basically just aromas of sweet chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. A gentle, powdery smell. Notes of roasted malts, vanilla and alcohol.

T: Very sweet with lots of sweet chocolate and sweetish coffee flavors completely dominating the taste. Notes of nougat and vanilla. Roasted malts. Not very complex or interesting, but in general the flavors are well integrated. The taste is less powdery than the smell. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of roasted malts, wood, chocolate and sweet alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, slightly too low on carbonation. It comes out as a bit heavy.

D: I've had both beers that make up this blend (Choklat and Jah-va). I thought Choklat was decent and Jah-va compete mess, and this one falls somewhere in between. It very sweet, almost cloying, and this gets too much after a while. It's reminiscent of a dessert without high quality dessert flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 23:01:51 | More by ricke
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours pitch black with a finger of light tan head that dies quickly and leaves small traces of lacing.

S: Artificial chocolate and coffee, licorice, lactic cream, and caramel.

T: More artificial chocolate and coffee notes, nuttiness, sweet dark fruits, and booze. It is similar to Godiva liquer.

M: It has a thick and syrupy body with lots of sweet stickiness.

O: This is probably good with vanilla ice cream or with tiramisu. Drinking the entire 22 oz bottle by itself, however, is a chore.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 18:50:33 | More by bucklemyshoe
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aficionado

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glassware: Orval Chalice

Dark brown on top, black on the bottom. Off white head that forms an iceberg in the center.

The smell is better than the taste. Choklat is the better beer all around. It's more balanced and less sweet than Mokah.

Mokah is quite sweet. It's definitely a dessert beer. Otherwise it has the same qualities of Choklat with double the sweetness, bitter dark chocolate, a lot of added coffee notes, and super sweet cola.

I feel full body on the tongue. It's definitely not thin, but the higher than usual carbonation for an imperial stout isn't helping this beer shine.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 02:36:11 | More by aficionado
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, almost black color. small light brown head. smells is mostly of chocolate and dark stout malts. Coffee is almost undetectable, which is a shame coming from a stout that's supposed to have it. slight hints of tootsie roll in the smell as well.

Taste is very much of tootsie rolls, very strong chocolate flavor. again, coffee is non-existent. Malt and molasses is very strong. As the beer warms, the tootsie roll sensation starts to fade away and more of a "pure" chocolate flavor comes through. Slight warming sensation, but other than that, ABV is not really detectable.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Overall, this would not be quite so disappointing had it not advertised coffee. Otherwise, it's a decent chocolate stout that masks it's strength well.

edit: interesting that after writing this, the previous reviewer also noted Tootsie Roll.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:25:29 | More by Blanco
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber to a black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate and a pronounced mocha flavor. In the taste, bitter mocha flavor, kind of like hot cocoa mix. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, bitter, hot cocoa mix in the aftertaste. Kind of like a sweet imperial stout with some Swiss Miss mixed in it, with a small bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 15:47:44 | More by OWSLEY069
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CascadeConan

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I hadn't had an imperial in a long while so I decided to step it up a notch and I've been discovering plenty of east coast breweries that can throw down so I had no bicoastal qualms going with Southern Tier.

Poured from the tap into a tulip the beer looked like motor oil with thick brown head that never left.

The nose is heavily dominated by chocolate and just a bit of coffee if you give the glass a swirl.

After the first sip I set the glass down and had to think if the bartender was fucking with me or not. It was definitely an imperial, no ethanol taste but unmistakably warming. Heavy, viscous chocolate flavor and very slight coffee bitter but the knee-jerk flavor that came to mind was Tootsie Roll. A break to let it warm up a bit added a little depth to the coffee flavor but it still remained dominated by chocolate. If Willy Wonka and Milton Hershey decided to collaborate and brew one beer this would probably be their labor of love. Half way through my glass my head was swimming and all I could think about was all the Halloweens I'd had too many Tootsie Rolls resulting in sugar headaches.

This beer is an amazing imperial, a supposed 50-50 blend of Southern Tier's Blackwater Imperial Series Jahva and Choklat, it delivers the distinct qualities of chocolate and coffee in the body of a big bad ass imperial.

If this beer was a person it would be Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile when he played, wait for it, John Coffey. I would recommend splitting a bottle over dessert with 3 or 4 people.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 23:34:55 | More by CascadeConan
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TK5150

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours dark brown with a large beige head.

S- Brownie batter and Hershey's syrup.

T- Hershey's syrup is the biggest flavor, followed by brownie batter and dark fruits (prunes, raisins).

M- Full bodied, and average carbonation.

D- This beer is so sweet, it is ridiculously hard to put down after more than a few sips. I'm glad I split a bottle with one of my buddies. There is no way I could drink a bottle by myself.

Overall, an interesting experience. I have never had a beer that resembles chocolate syrup as much as this. Not very complex at all...very focused on the flavors presented. Somewhat artificial tasting. It is hard to drink after 3-4 sips. Very reminiscent of a desert wine where you really like the first couple sips, but almost detest the rest of the glass due to the sweetness. A hard beer to rate because of this.

I am interested/nervous to try their choklat after having this.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 05:41:45 | More by TK5150
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was really black and poured a really this disappointing head. The beer smelled and tasted like oatmeal and was of course chocolaty. I liked the beer and will buy it again. It was expensive. The little bitty head was tan colored.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 19:12:44 | More by Minkybut
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle picked up long ago in Olympia, WA.

Black and mostly dark brown color comes out, plenty of viscosity to this bad boy. Small lighter brown head on it, really tiny bubbles, inconsistent lace patchwork on the side of the glass. Aroma was a little more burnt malt and not enough coffee/espresso/mochawhatchacallit to cover up the substantial existence of alcohol booziness wafting up from the glass. But its good, but not great.

Taste, still plenty of heat. Cover up the heat, way too much acrid bitterness on this one. Mokah makes me think brown + cream, not burning acidity and bitterness. Smoov it out yo! The mocha notes are just not there. People should blend this with creme brulee if they don't like brulee's sweetness, because this one has none, and would benefit from more chocolate and sweetness. More coffee and lactose please.

I dunno about my score here. I was ultimately disappointed by a good beer. I think that stems from a few things:

1. The price. $10+ a bomber means you better be bad ass.
2. I know ST can and does make better stouts: See choklat/creme brulee. I dunno, maybe they thought those stouts big complaint was for being too sweet, so they decided to make this big and burly without the soft touches.
3. The coffee flavor was average at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 17:47:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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