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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

717 Reviews
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Reviews: 717
Hads: 2,175
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 230
Gots: 461 | FT: 10
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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 avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A very chocolatey smell, with traces of coffee and malt.

T: Like the aroma, chocolate dominates the flavor. Also has some roasted malt, coffee and caramel in the finish. Complex and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy consistency in the finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It might not be for everyone, but it is well made and tasty. (543 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

A -pours a deep brown, appearing solid black in the glass. Minimal lace on the glass.

S - strong aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Smell reminds me of a chocolate shake!

T - taste resembles the aroma. Flavor upfront is chocolate and vanilla sweetness followed by a roasted malt/coffee finish. Low hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. This is very smooth!

M - heavy bodied but not chewy. Medium carbonation.

O - this is one of the beers that made me love Southern Tier. Full sweet flavor in a stout without going overboard. Overall, I love this beer. The label says exactly what you get with this beer. (625 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter as per the bottle's instructions. I have had both Jahva and Choklat, and both are amongst my favorite beers, so I am looking forward to trying this hybrid of the two. Bottoms up!

Look: dark, dark brown but not quite black. The head is very thin, but what is there is a dark, mocha brown head. I can't see much in the way of carbonation on this.

Smell: smells predominantly chocolatey, reminsicent of Choklat. The roasted malt, alcohol, and coffee are lurking in the background. If the smell is any indication, this is a chocolatey beer through and through.

Taste: mmm! This is good. This leans more towards Choklat than it does to Jahva. There is a lot of chocolate flavor in the front, roasted malt in the middle and it finishes with some bitterness from the coffee but the coffee is quite subdued. Delicious!

Feel: medium bodied towards full. The alcohol is very well hidden for an 11% beer.

Drink: a sipper because of the full flavor, full body and the bitterness from the coffee, but its an American Double Stout. Since I'm not expecting to drink this to be something I could guzzle, I won't dock this area any points.

This beer is excellent. Southern Tier is a master of American Imperial Stouts and this is no exception. The only one I have left to try is Oat and I hope it lives up to my expectations. This beer is Choklat with a hint of Jahva. I recommend this one wholeheartedly. The blend of coffee and chocolate is masterful. Southern Tier should be proud of what they've done witht his beer. Do your best to pick this one up! (1,581 characters)

Photo of grayburn
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another excellent beer from southern tier. These guys really know how to nail a flavored stout.

The beer pours a midnight murky brown, with a small but thick and creamy brown head. Heavy lacing, nice retention.

The smell and taste are both blends of hot chocolate and coffee. Excellent, spot on the flavors blend very well with a huge malt backbone. There is a little bit of alcohol present, but it really melds well into the overall beer.

The mouth is thick and chewy, with just enough carbonation to bring things together.

I drank a bomber of this without a problem. Granted, it lasted me all night, but this is an excellent beer. (645 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Barrel 21 in State College, poured into a snifter.

L: Pours an inky black with thin tan head. Mild lacing.

S: Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.

T/F: Sweet roasted grains and chocolate. Milder tones of coffee and chicory. Smooth and creamy. Gets even more complex as it warms.

O: Delicious dessert beer that packs a nice high ABV punch. Loved it. (373 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Black with one finger of thick tan head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate milk.

Taste: Lots of milk chocolate up front and in the middle. Subdued coffee flavor in the middle and towards the finish. Espresso, mocha, some bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation, Thick, creamy.

Overall: Very drinkable. One of the best coffee beers I've had. Honestly can hardly tell you're drinking a beer and not an iced mocha. Well done. (540 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, jet black, with a small mocha colored head that dissipates quickly.

S - Mmm, what a good smelling beer. Ton of sweet, Belgian chocolate, some notes of roasted coffee, even some dark, sweet fruits in there, hints of grape, even some burn from the alcohol. Delicious smell, and a lot of it.

T - A great blend of that sweet chocolate and pure, roasted coffee. It's got somewhat of a chocolate milk quality. The taste is full of sweetness, but the bitterness of the coffee does a great job of providing some bitter balance. Great taste.

M - Quite milky with a touch of carbonation, the beer goes down very smooth and just a tinge of burn from the alcohol.

Overall - I thought this was a fantastic brew, unlike just about any other imperial stout I had. Great job by Southern Tier. (798 characters)

Photo of Klym
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Very black with a tan ring of larger bubbles around the top of the beer. The beer looks thick and deep, which is much expected.

S: Wow. Better smell than any mocha I've ever had. Super rich mocha smell, very sweet with tons of sweet belgian chocolate, dairy, top grade coffee and a sort of malty chocolate layer that reminds me of a chocolate milkshake. The name is no joke, this a major mocha dessert bomb. Smells downright crazy delicious.

T: I must admit off the bat the taste is a bit inferior to the smell. The smell had me over the top excited and the taste brought me back to earth a little bit. None the less, EXTREMELY TASTY. This is a dessert beer to the maximum, and what incredible mocha decadence. It's as though they took my favorite milk, chocolate, and coffee and perfected a balance and packed it into a beautiful beer body. I've had many great beers but none that are simply just so delicious. While so sweet by nature, the sweetness isn't really overpowering in the sense of making me feel like I need to take a break or need to see my doctor, just sweet deliciousness. I reach for my next sip pretty quickly after setting this one down.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and fits the taste profile of the beer wonderfully. Better body than mocha itself would have. Carbonation is present but doesn't try to fool you or interfere with the fact that you're drinking a mocha river. With all of those great things being said, I still think if they could find a way to make the body just a tad thicker it would make the beer just a tad better. I'm somewhat desperately looking for flaws here though.

O: I like cafe mochas, but this is really better than I think any true coffee mocha could ever be. After drinking this beer I've initiated a major hunt for all of their other stouts because I don't see dessert beers getting better than this. Feel in the mood for a little dessert decadence tonight? Don't bother with the bakery or ben & jerry's, grab a bottle of this southern tier bad boy. Awesome. (2,045 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber into an imperial pint glass

a - pours a deep dark brown with a thin, foamy, light brown head. after settling for a minute i'm left with a thin film and a few legs of lacing in the glass.

s - strong milk chocolate nose, root beer, molasses, almost a hint of mint, slight hop character. has a nose unlike any other beer i have ever had.

t - in a word - wonderful! the belgian chocolate sits right up front in the flavor profile, followed closely by roasted malt and espresso. a little sugary sweetness creeps in but is quickly balanced by hops, which last into a lingering bittersweet finish.

m - definitely full bodied, but not syrupy as some imperial stouts can be. chewy with adequate carbonation.

d - supremely drinkable and enjoyable to the last drop. probably couldn't do more than a bomber of this in a night, but that's fine. worth seeking out. (866 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened on Xmas Day, had aged this for a year or two but couldn’t find a batch date. Into a tulip glass this poured a thick oily black colour, with a slight whispy head, great lacing. 4.25
S – super rich, creamy chocolate, smooth coffee, cinnamon and vanilla, honey biscuits, soft chocolatey sweetness to it, a light bitterness, reminiscent of those chocolate swirl cookie sticks, only slight hints of warming alcohol mixed in nicely with the coffee, amazing. 4.5
T – soft creamy chocolate, then more of a coffee character through the body, cocoa powder, hints of chocolate chili spice, creamy vanilla really comes through, lots of dark and milk chocolate, subtle caramel. Finish is full, mildly spicy, and dries out a bit leaving a complex mocha aftertaste with a hint of spice. 4.5
M – Probably the creamiest IS I can remember having, this is an absolutely delicious dessert beer, big big body to it, but so smooth riding on waves of chocolate and coffee. Light/moderate carbnation, works perfectly with the bitterness to cut through some of the sweetness and alcohol. 4.75
This is a remarkable beer, just amazing complexity with a mélange of balanced coffee and chocolate character. (I found the chocolate was more dominant flavor wise, but the coffee contributed a lot to the feel). It would be interesting to play around with the proportions for curiosity sake, but I think ST has pretty well nailed it here. Wouldn’t change anything with this, it’s a magical combination and works very nicely. 4.5 (1,515 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour is near black, with a half finger of brown foam. Aroma is very pronounced, sweet chocolate. Smells delicious.

Oh man. This beer is like drinking a coffee milkshake. Mouthfeel is silky, and this beer tastes strongly of chocolate. You would never know this is 11% ABV. I don't usually have a sweet tooth, but this is an amazing beer. This isn't something you can have more than a bomber of, and you'd have to drink that bomber slowly, but wow. This is delicious. Highly recommended - will absolutely get this again. (556 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a black hole of a beer. Very little head in the snifter, just a ring, really.
Smell is whiskey, dark chocolate ice cream, caramel. Really balanced.
Taste is whiskey, dark chocolate, malt, caramel, with alcohol noticeable but not harsh or overpowering. Good balance here, too.
Thick, a little syrupy, with a rich full body and negligible effervescence. Oh, baby this a really, really good beer. Awesome dessert beer, either with a dessert or as one. Bartender, another please. (481 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored a deep, deep brown with good carbonation and a small tan head. Nose is light but good with hints of light cocoa and coffee. taste is smooth and balanced, just the right mix of cocoa and coffee, very subtle and nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, tasty creamy. Drinkability is very good but one bomber and its time to retire. (321 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black with no highlights seen, a fingers worth of dark tan head leaves some lacing around the top

S-lots of sweet chocolate with a nice roasted coffee smell mixed in

T-rich milk and dark chocolate with a good mix of dark roasted coffee. Well hidden alcohol for such a high ABV beer.

M-full body, milkshake quality, light to medium carbonation

Overall an excellent chocolate coffee beer, great smell and taste with an amazingly thick body (450 characters)

Photo of SanFranJake
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter, as directed. Thanks nUgZ for this hook up!
Poured a deep dark brown/black with little or no head.
A deep coffee and cocoa aroma as you take it in.
First sip was amazing! It's called Mokah for a reason and it delivers! While not an Abyss or BCBS, I took a sip and was amazed! Soooo warm and delicious!
While it does get tastier as it warms, I was eager for the next, and next, and next sip.
This is am amazing stout that I can't wait to share with others, pending receipt of trades going forward.
nUgZ, I owe you mang! (557 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep black in color. Not much head to speak of. Muted aroma of coffee and chocolate-somewhat sweetish smelling-almost a caramel/vanilla highlite. Just a great big chocolate flavor upfront though it doesnt blow you away. Well balanced against a very mild coffe flavor. Great lingering sweetness of vanilla and cream. Some roastedness to it. Great body-velvety smooth. Just a great beer flavor and drinkability wise. Not as sweet as some of the beers that are similar to this. great job. (485 characters)

Photo of bearsxco
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Founders Snifter glass

a- poured dark as night with a slight caramel colored head. slight carbonation is visible.

s- sweet chocolate smell, slight alcohol background. for whatever reason, it smells so sweet I can swear I smell orange. I know it sounds crazy, especially because this is not my first one.

t- total sweet chocolate taste, a little alcohol burn. warms you up nice. not as much as when I first tried this beer. It has settled down a hair and I can only image the taste after aging longer. Don't get much coffee taste at all.

m- a little heavy but not to thick. nice carbonation.

o- another home run for Southern Tier. One of my favorites. It's a step below a KBS ( but isn't everything else). (726 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark black body with a light brown head.

S: Intense chocolate aroma in the front. There is some roast and coffee in the background of the aroma.

T: Chocolate and coffee. That sums it up nicely. Very rich dark chocolate and very bold coffee.

M: Thick heavy body with a decent carbonation.

O: Unique and amazing beer. If you can get this beer thrown in as an extra if you trade or just buy it if you can. (412 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Mokah is a solid black beer. It takes a heavy pour and then cascades to form a thick, dense, light brown foam that leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a huge, sweet, chocolate aroma with a note of coffee. It has a very smooth, full body that's chewy with a clean finish. It has a huge chocolate flavor. Yes, stunning amounts of chocolate. It tastes like a 60%-cocoa chocolate bar. Later in the taste comes medium roast coffee and a lemon peel bitterness. This is serious business. I'm a big fan of chocolate beer, so this got me pretty excited. It's thick and strong. Like a lot of Southern Tier's stouts, this one is for dessert. (659 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Supremely creamy, the slightly sweet chocolate takes over at first then leading to strong coffee and a boozy finish. It’s like letting a strong chocolate rum ball melt in your mouth. Loads of caramel. Toasted, but not charred. Hints of raisin, too. The hops provide a necessary kick at the end.

Another delightful, and huge, beer from Southern Tier. (352 characters)

Photo of Long813
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black body with no light shinning through. One finger of mocha head with some retention. Typical look for a heavy stout aged a bit.

S: Amazing aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. It smells like I'll be drinking melted chocolate. Very pleasing.

T: Big mix of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. The alcohol is still quite strong, coming through in the taste.

M: Thick bodied with low carbonation. Texture is oily and thick, what I would expect from a strong stout. After taste is of chocolate and coffee with a strong lingering alcohol finish.

O: Great chocolate beer. I've usually been impressed with ST beers and this is no different. Well made, but still a little to hot. (696 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler (half-growler from Westmere Beverage in Guilderland; full growler was $19.99, so this was about $10) into a pint glass. Body is black with a light-tan head. Some red hues when backlit. No lace.

S: Nice - chocolate from a foot away. Even more chocolatey when I put my nose into the glass. Real hard to find anything beyond that, but as it warms I get a bit of roasted barley malt underneath the chocolate.

T: Chocolate and coffee -- some roasted barley up front followed by chocolate and more chocolate. Coffee more noted as it warms. Finishes with a slight roasty bitterness, which nicely cuts the chocolatey sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol heat is felt at the back end of the sip, provides a bit of drying, and then warmth in the belly.

M: Full-bodied, carbonation is moderate.

D: Off the charts for a beer of this strength, but still - a big body and notable alcohol will slow you down a bit, so no 5 here. (940 characters)

Photo of texantiff
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: wow. What can smell better than a Hershey bar? That's exactly what this beer smells like. All chocolate.
M: even carbonation, not syrupy, very smooth.
T: the aroma of chocolate is heavier than the taste. Lots of mocha flavor, a sweetness that fades to a milky aftertaste.
A: very dark brown, little head of ivory color, red undertones
D: superb. Especially good on its own or with light foods so you can appreciate the chocolate! (432 characters)

Photo of damienblack
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mokah pours just like a good Imperial Stout, super thick and hearty. Not much in the way of livelyness or carbonation, though. Smell is absolutely fantastic. Just like Hershey's chocolate syrup, and that is also exactly what it tastes like. Sweet Hershey's syrup. It has a bit of slightly bitter kick at the end that goes away as it warms. I found that the Javah tempers the bitterness of the chocolate from Choklat, it tastes more milk chocolate than semi-sweet. Definitely makes for a far more enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel again is a little dead, I know this is the kind of beer that works with less carbonation, just lacks that "killer instinct" zing to it. Amazingly drinkable though, the perfect desert beer (and a damn good regular beer too, if you really like chocolate). Now, I was really underwhelmed by Javah, and thought Choklat was just a pretty good beer. This one is definitely more than the sum of its parts. (920 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle from 2009.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet rich chocolate, almost like Hershey's syrup. Also smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and only hints of coffee. Perfect smell to me.

t - Taste is smooth rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, hints of coffee, and hints of alcohol. Very nice.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation. Thick and smooth.

d - I've been holding into this one for about 7 months or so and finally drank it and thought it was amazing. I'm a big fan of ST's Choklat & Creme Brulee and this is right up their with them. Amazing chocolate smell and taste and will definitely try again. (723 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.