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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,777 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 167
Gots: 298 | FT: 12
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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mjaggers

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-28-2011 00:40:46 | More by mjaggers
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NvMyBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-21-2011 07:39:14 | More by NvMyBeer
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%

Really excited to see this in stores. Picked up a 650ml bottle for $9.20 CDN. Given the steep price this needs to be mind blowing for a repeat purchase, although Southern Tier has great reputation in my books, given how much I enjoyed Pumking. Served cool (refrigerated then left out for about 45 minutes prior to consumption) into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very dark brown, nearly black colored beer with dark tan head that was only about 1/2 finger and disappears quick. Only left a soapy wisp of head on top. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Tons of chcoloate, mild dose of coffee and maybe a faint caramel note but that's it. Obviously a bit of booze aroma and to be fair the chocolate is layered on top of each other through some rich combination of milk and dark chocolate. Quite delicious smelling, but given that I don't absolutely love chocolate this may not be my thing.

Taste - Irrepressibly boozy, with tons of milk and dark chocolate flavors in there slightly bitter heightened in the aftertaste, but the interplay between alcohol and chocolate dominates. Slight smokiness and caramel and coffee flavors, but all play a supporting role to the chocolate. Quite nice if not terribly complicated flavors. Very chocolate-centric and flavorful overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich and velvety, low carbonation and almost syrupy feel.

Overall - Really nice, huge chocolate presence but is definitely more of a dessert beer or a beer best served with a couple of friends. Definitely something to sip over an evening by the fire.

11-22-2013 04:48:33 | More by DenisKolkin
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quirkzoo

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Pours straight black with a very thin brown head.

Boom! Hersheys chocolate syrup all over the place. I get a touch of coffee behind the syrup but not much else. Really intense aroma.

Very sweet, lots of different chocolatey flavors, chocolate syrup, chocolate milk, bittersweet baking chocolate. Again some coffee hiding behind the chocolate. Actually a surprisingly strong bitterness which is necessary to balance the sweetness of the chocolate. A bit of an alcoholic burn in the aftertaste which is not unpleasant.

The mouthfeel was odd. It was very sweet but also somewhat thin considering how potent the aroma and flavor are.

Overall, this is an interesting sipping beer. Had a little for dessert and then some with some ice cream, my dad couldn't finish his glass. Very intense, worth trying if you like beer on the sweeter side.

05-29-2012 22:50:56 | More by quirkzoo
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jsh420

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4%

pours black with a 2 finger head that fades fast and the beer then looks flat and lackluster

smells just like a chocolate tootsie pop
with a little coffee

taste is just like the smell but i can pick up more of the coffee

mouthfeel is very good - heavier body and has just enough carbonation for that nice creamy finish

drinkability - you would have to be a sweets lover to drink more then one of these or even the whole bomber(i split this one) - and its not a beer i would want more then once every few months or so

05-20-2009 01:29:27 | More by jsh420
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Notes form 5/22/11. Year old bottle poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Medium brown during the pour that settled a dark black colour with half a finger of bubbly brown head.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, sweet brown sugar. Some light coffee but the chocolate dominates the nose.

T - Chocolate, sweet caramel, roasted malts. More coffee in the palate than the nose. A nice dry bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Smooth.

O - A little more drinkable and balanced than Choklat. Very enjoyable.

05-28-2011 00:21:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%

A: The beer poured very dark brown (near black) in color with a thin mocha head that quickly died down. There is a light amount of visible carbonation and a thin ring of bubbles consistently covered the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There is a moderately strong aroma of sweet chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of bittersweet chocolate dominate the taste; there are some hints of roasted coffee in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat viscous on the palate. There is some dryness and alcohol heat in the finish.
D: This beer is a good sipper and the alcohol doesn't stand out too much in the taste, but it's very difficult to drink an entire bottle in one sitting. It would definitely pair well with a chocolate dessert.

06-18-2010 02:45:31 | More by metter98
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Poured 22 oz bomber into a 12 oz tumbler.

A: Pitch midnight black in color, nice caramel head and some tubular lacing.

S: Some semi-sweet chocolate off the bat, cocoa beans, rich coffee beans, molasses, and caramelized sugar round it off.

T: Spectacular! Little bit of both worlds in this one. The chocolate takes over the show, but the java flavors are subtle in the back. Little sweet in taste, makes it a nice sipper.

M: Full bodied, great carbonation action, abv noticeable but not overbearing, very sticky on the palate indeed.

D: Any more than 12 oz is purely indulging. Great dessert beer if there ever was one. Brilliant night cap; better intended to sip than gulp.

Highly Recommended.

07-27-2009 22:07:55 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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SiphonKing

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4%

A delicious blending of Jah-Va and Choklat from Southern tier. The coffee comes through with a nice balance of chocolate. A little on the sweet side but well balanced with the coffee. A great dessert beer that can even be the final course in a dinner. I highly recommend this beer and it is a welcome addition to
STBC line-up of Blackwater Imperial Stouts series.

05-07-2009 20:59:36 | More by SiphonKing
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wnh

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4%

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours deep, opaque black with just a hint of chocolately brown highlights. One finger of foamy head, light tan, that dissipates rather quickly. I expected a deeper, richer head color, and much more retention.

Nose is straight up Hershey's Syrup, at least what I remember of it--I imagine side by side this would be infinitely more rich and delicious. Roasted coffee beans are underneath, but I've got to dig to find them. Coffee aromas open up as the glass warms, which helps temper the intense chocolate, but they're still awfully hidden for what's billed as a coffee/chocolate stout.

The taste offers more true chocolate than the nose conveys, more in the way of a well-made dark chocolate bar than the Hershey's Syrup. As the intensity of the chocolate fades, I start to get more of a rich chocolate milk impression. I'm having a difficult time, however, picking up any coffee notes, but there is a slight bitterness to the finish. My score of 4.0 here is both a knock on the overall lack of coffee flavor in a "mocha" beer as well as a boost for the incredible chocolatiness of it. As I drink more, I begin to note the balance of this beer; although the bitterness isn't manifested in the coffee bean form I was expecting, there's enough on the tail end to temper the sweet chocolate and keep things in check.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, like chocolate milk. Mouth-coating, but not to the extent that the flavors linger excessively, which may actually be a good thing. This could very easily have been a sickeningly thick beer, and that would have fit the flavor profile, but I've got to give the brewers credit for not making it so. Too far in either direction and the overall experience would have taken quite a hit, but they seem to have nailed it.

Definitely something to be sipped relatively slowly, but not as revoltingly sweet as it easily could have been. The balance makes it quite drinkable, though the richness will easily prevent me from wanting another any time soon.

06-12-2009 15:52:27 | More by wnh
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yobeerman

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Black with a sandy head. Looks like dark coffee. The smell is of chocolate that overpowers any other aroma that might be trying to get your attention. You pick up the chocolate from accross the room. As one might expect the taste of chocolate is incredible with a nice coffee finish. This is a smooth, medium to full bodied beer with light carbonation. One is enough for me, preferably as a dessert after a nice meal.

10-22-2010 23:23:59 | More by yobeerman
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Aenema

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Appearance - Pours a deep black with a tan, 1 finger head. Minimal lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee.
Taste - Lots of chocolate, transitioning to coffee and a lingering bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Rich, smooth and creamy with a full body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Very rich and filling. 3

08-09-2009 19:39:15 | More by Aenema
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gungorr

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4%

A: It poured a very dark black with a decent amount of dark brown head.

S: I could smell the coffee right from the get go with the chocolate hanging around in the back.

T: It tasted like bitter sweet chocolate slowly following up the coffee.

M: It was well cabonated, slightly thinner than other coffee stouts I have had.

D: I sipped on this and as it got warmer it got better.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The bitter chocolate might turn a few people off from this beer.

poured from a bottle

05-15-2009 22:33:35 | More by gungorr
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -4%

22oz. bottle appropriately served in my ST tulip at the recommended 48 degrees. Poured the color of cola with a half inch khaki-colored head; frothy, but not dense. Cap eventually recedes into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass; some slashes and spots of lacing are revealed as the brew is consumed. Great nose - chocolate, coffee, dark fruity esters and caramel. Chocolate takes the forefront in the flavor department, albeit it comes off a little chalky. Some acidity is revealed towards the back. Not getting much of the coffee and caramel in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side for the style; really just shy of medium-bodied, but lacking the viscosity or chewiness of an American Double IS. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden on this one; just a feint suggestion of heat at the very back of the throat. As such, this brew goes down pretty easy. IMO, not as good as Jahva, but better than Choklat. Nonetheless, a solid big beer from ST.

06-12-2009 01:47:27 | More by Jwale73
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%

A - Black pour with decent carbonation, one finger of mocha coloured head. Very little lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of coffee and a definite hot chocolate note. Creamy iced coffee too. Just a ton of all things coffee and chocolate in various different formats. Sweet aroma.

T - Sweet chocolate and tons of coffee again. Some obvious alcohol is there but doesn't offend. Tons of chocolatey goodness, hot choclate and sweet iced coffee notes.

M - Good carbonation, full body and a sweet iced coffee finish.

O/D - Hard to fault this. Very much a dessert beer. Hits the spot with tons of delicious flavours and complexity. Definitely a tasty beer. I don't know how much I could have, but it's worth a taste for sure.

07-01-2013 01:05:17 | More by tbeckett
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4%

(From notes)

A - Deep, dark brown color that closes in on being black with ruby hints around. Finger of slightly off-white head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate that became a bit sweeter in aroma as it warmed. A few roasted notes

T - Bitter chocolate at first; then coffee flavors come in and then back to a creamier milk chocolate flavor

M - A bit thinner than I expected given the look of the brew with some fairly lively carbonation

D - Good overall here as it was an interesting brew after dinner one night...hit the spot pretty well, but sharing this brew worked out best for me.

Overall, I actually prefer Jah-va and Choklat, indepedently, to this brew. That being said, it's still a pretty darn good brew. Worth checking out.

05-27-2009 03:04:46 | More by Nickls
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Poured a deep rich chocolate, barely a head, leaving fine lacing. Nose of chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Mouthfeel alcohol and light, the ABV comes in at 11% and is very obvious. Easy drinkability, but the high alcohol content makes deters from drinking to quench the thirst. There is a slight hint of coffee, and a creamy sweetness to the aftertaste. Another smooth, great tasting brew from the folks at Southern Tier.

08-13-2009 00:19:49 | More by thequeen711
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4%

A- Poured into my PALM tulip... starts with a nice mixed tan brown head that disappears somewhat quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Beer is black in color, and turns a very dark shade of ruby when held up to the light

S- First wiff is pure chocolate, almost like smelling hot chocolate. After some swirls of the snifter, gets a bit more bitterness and malts

T- Intense chocolate taste with a bit of bitterness. Also can detect a bit of booziness, though its not really hot... just apparent

M- Very thick, full bodied with light carbonation

D- Tastes great, though its a bit too rich for me... don't thick I could drink more than 1 at a sitting

CHEERS

01-23-2011 05:41:18 | More by bbeane
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%

08-18-2014 01:24:33 | More by hockeyfighter19
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%

A - pours slightly lighter but still damn near black, head is shy of a finger, lacing and retention virtually non existent. The Oat consumed immediately prior to this is much stronger in all attributes.

S - tons of bitter sweet chocolate and roasty bitter coffee malts. Super sweet and syrupy.

T - lots of syrupy bitter chocolate and roasted coffee, decent alcohol burn, sweet vanilla. Super delicious

M - thick as hell. Drinks incredibly smoothly, hardly any carbonation. Sip worthy

O - delicious taste and an incredibly smooth drinker.

05-29-2013 03:46:21 | More by MacQ32
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Near black with modest but lasting tan head.mahogany highlights at edges.

Well concealed ABV, particularly in the tasting.

Plenty of coffee and sweet chocolate in the aroma and in the flavor. The sweetness in the aroma is fine but there's a little too much in the taste. Started fine, but soon became cloying. A more recent tasting in JUNE 2012 found the sweet level acceptable. The 'extra' sweetness did make for a notably nice coffee finish without much of the bitterness.

09-26-2011 04:50:46 | More by chinchill
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, and iced coffee, in that order.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of roasted malt and robust dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip light amounts of grainy coffee flavors enter into things, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this is a solid beer and people who love Choklat will especially be a fan, however it lacks the complexity to be very good. Still, it's worth a shot.

07-29-2010 00:36:39 | More by glid02
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Opaque black that produces a thin and surprisingly light colored head. Light gives it a brownish ruby edge. Lacing is thin and delicate. Wispy bubbles remain atop the beer when the head dissipates.

Bittersweet chocolate fills the nose and is followed by mild coffee aromas. Strong undertones of vanilla bring an interesting balance that I find very appealing. This beer has a more intensely sweet aroma than many imperial stouts.

The seemingly unbalanced nose yields a phenomenal blend of flavors when it hits the palate. The chocolate is still very sweet, but the coffee moves from the sweet mocha to a slightly more bitter version. The finish has a slight vanilla characteristic mellow and soft flavor that really is strong in the aftertaste.

Silky and smooth with only slight carbonation. After aging for a year, the texture is a bit syrupy, but it has retained its coffee character phenomenally. This is a good one to share, as its a bit too much to handle, both from a sweet and a buzz standpoint. A great after-dinner beer.

12-18-2009 12:50:07 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

22oz pours a dark brown, cola around the edges, thin mokah head which dies to the odd spot of head. Not much retention.

Cocoa powder, espresso, sweet sugar, caramel, chocolate milk in the nose.

This is not as chocolatey as Choklat, not as coffee as Jahva but a pleasant mix. Blends a little too much into a nondescript sweet mess but still a pleasant stout. Cocoa powder and roast bitterness, sweet caramel and milk, chocolate, lighter coffee, espresso in finish, hint of booze in the throat, very sweet body.

A sipper for sure and the smooth, light carb aids the sipping. A dessert beer, wouldn't want this with a meal or summer. A bomber is the max but for what it is, relatively drinkable.

11-15-2009 01:12:20 | More by ritzkiss
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

22 oz bomber bottle purchased from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville... Unfortunately, I am not a particular fan of Stouts or darker beers in general, yet I will offer an unbiased review of this fantastic beer... Pours a pitch-black, deep, dark, ebony hue... Enormous and powerful aroma and flavor combined with rich essences of coffee, caramel, dehydrated fruits, roasted malts, and semi-sweet sugars... Near-cloying rich, dark chocolate flavor... Very filling and would pair well with just about any decadent chocolate desert...
Assertive and aggressive, but what else to expect from Southern Tier??...

09-18-2009 22:50:30 | More by dsa7783
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,777 ratings.