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Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
93
outstanding
741 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
741
Ratings:
2,295
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
18.47%
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
514
For Trade:
14
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!

Added by DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Reviews: 741 | Ratings: 2,295
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Klym
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of mick303
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of bearsxco
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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).

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Photo of jvillefan
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Long813
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Iluvink
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A pretty good dessert stout. Coffee isn't as strong as I thought it would be, but the chocolate comes through. I won't run to the store for another, but wouldn't pass it up if offered another.

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Photo of Kendo
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of texantiff
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of damienblack
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mokah pours black and delivers about an inch of mocha colored head this disperses into thin lacing very quickly. The nose is a chocolate bomb! All I can smell is rich milk chocolate and fresh espresso lingers behind to give a very comforting smell. This is what I want to smell after I shovel my driveway in after a blizzard in the frosty winter months.

This is what I want a chocolate and coffee stout to be! Rich chocolate and freshly pulled espresso from the most talented barista. The velvety texture is completed nicely with a soft carbonation. This is clearly an eleven percent beer, but despite the heat this goes down smooth and easy. Simply not a stretch to get lost on the rich flavors of this masterful display of an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was seriously amazing. As a big fan of most things that boast imperial and coffee, from the first sip until the last, I was in love with this beer. I think it is terribly under rated, especially because i had a Yeti afterward and felt the Southern Tier was the clear victor. Try this beer if you lov imperial coffee stouts. Dont try it if you dont...

To make my usual musical references, think of this as blue grass legend Earl Scruggs. It may be one of the very best of the genre, but I readily admit, it is not for everyone.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

HUGE chocolate milk presence attacks the taste buds instantly. Coffee notes stand predominant on the backend. After taste literally feels like I drink a coffee shop mocha. The only thing I can ever knock Southern Tier for is how incredibly 'sweet' there brews are. This one is masked a little better with the bitterness of the coffee than chocolaT. Nonetheless still has a very sweet taste. Would love to see it barrel aged. A bold stout worth seeking out~

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's- served in a 9 oz Brandy Snifter.

A- Black as a moonless night in the woods- very thin head, that quickly became a ring of lace around the egde.

S- Wow- just like taking a whiff of Nestle Cocoa powder drink mix! I've never had a stout with such a forward smell of dark chocolate.

T- CHOCOLATE (what a suprise)- very forward cocoa flavor with just a hint of malt on the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body- slight silkiness. Good combo of fizz and flavor.

D- A perfect five here- I really like this brew, and would have it firmly on a "beer dinner" list, paired of course with dessert!

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Photo of bminor7
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY, poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A - wonderful brown foam leaves persistent lacing on the side of the glass. color is dark brown.

S - sweet, sweet chocolate. dark roasted malts. coffee may be in there but I can't detect it in the chocolate!

T - dark malts and chocolate upfront, then the bitterness from the hops and coffee show up. the flavor is amazing. though the coffee plays 2nd, if not 3rd fiddle to the chocolate, this is still one of the best 10 beers I have ever tasted. truly remarkable. I had to check the bottle incredulously to find that it's 11%. almost undetectable!

M - thin for a stout? nonetheless, pairs well with the abundance of accessible flavor.

D - aided by the thin mouthfeel, this is not necessarily a weakpoint. I finished the 22 oz easily alone, and wish I had another! southern tier continues to be one of the most impressive breweries on the east coast.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.