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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,668 Ratings

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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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Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized tan head, fades a bit fast, leaves some bubbles on top for awhile, for a stout this strong I figured it'd be darker, more black like, especially if coffee is part of the equation.

Smell has a huge freakin' chocolate aroma, a very sweet smelling chocolate at that, reminds me almost like chocolate milk, definitely not picking up the coffee.

Taste is heavily on the sweet side, the chocolate really comes through but the roasted malt helps balance things more than some other Southern Tier offerings, slight burnt bitterness in the aftertaste which might be from coffee but it could also be from the roasted malt so the coffee presence is still very subtle.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:56:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of JayS2629


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black cofee color with a small foamy tan head that quickly dissipates with thin rings of lace.

S- Chocolate and cocoa strongly up front followed by strong dark roasted coffee with hints of caramel.

T- The opposite from the smell. The taste is dark black coffee up front followed by bitter-sweet cocoa and hints of milk chocolate. Bitter finish. 11% alcohol can be detected but hidden well by the strong bitter coffee finish.

M- Heavy, thick, full bodied, creamy beer. Slightly oily and filmy. Warming from the alcohol content.

D- Very drinkable for a sipper. Take it slow. The bitterness takes a little getting used to, and the alcohol boozy taste makes it one to take your time on. Be careful. Its good enough to sneak up on you fast.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:32:55 | More by JayS2629
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown. Compact but dense khaki colored head that dissipates into a ring, leaving some lacing. Smell is of dark and semi sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, hops and booze. Taste is rich dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate, with touches of dark roasted coffee and sugar. Hops and Booze noted on the back end. Chocolate is very forward on this puppy. Mouth-feel is surprisingly thinner than i expected, could be creamier. Another very good beer from Southern Tier, but another where a 22oz bottle pushes the limits on how much i can handle of an extreme tasting beer. Definitely better at colder temps.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 17:57:39 | More by rfgetz
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Besides Great Divide, I think Southern Tier makes the most stellar Imperial Stouts. I especially like their Choklat and Jahva Stouts. They easily make my personal top ten beers. Lets see how they taste together:

A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark tan head. Each sip leaves lacing on the glass. Head shinks pretty quickly to a nice film on the top.

S: Massive milk chocolate aroma. Bitter sweet chocolate. Many varieties of chocolate. Can't detect too much coffee however.

T: Tastes alot like Choklat. More bitterness from the coffee in my opinion. Pretty much the flavor consists of many varieties of milk and dark chocolate with a very mild coffee aftertaste.

M: Pretty thick and full-bodied. Coats the mouth with its wonderful flavors. There is however some alcohol burn and seems a little highly carbonated. Don't remember Choklat or Jahva being as carbonated as this...

D: Like I said, there is alcohol burn and some prickly carbonation, which is uncommon in any stout. But the wonderful flavor cuts through any complaint one could have.

I can't comprehend how people could hate this beer. Yes, I think Jahva and Choklat are better on their own, however, this beer is easily in the top Tier of Imperial Stouts. Might need some aging to mellow out the alcohol burn, but a wonderful treat for all.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:27:06 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes earlier this fall:
Aggressive pour into sam adams pints glass.

Appearance: black body with a dark brown head.

Smell: Chocolaty coffee that has a sweetness.

Taste: Coffee and bitter chocolate blast. little bit of sweetness tasting like brown/maple sugar then a bit more bitterness & roasty malt coffee flavor. Some booze that is tamed by roasty bitterness of this beer. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: another full bodied beer. Smoothest Blackwater Series beer yet from Southern Tier. I think I like Mokah the best out of Chokolat, Creme Brullee, & Mokah! It is close thou. It bit more complex & it bit smoother out of the 3 I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:58:41 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a nice treat on a 90 degree summer day. I found this at the local could not pass it up.
Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate syrup, alcohol, coffee, toffee, and caramel. Taste is of chocolate syrup, toffee, caramel. Lots of sweetness in this one. A little alcohol burn mid to end with a lingering alcohol and bitter hop finish. Thick body, chewy with a bit of a syrupy feel. Low carbonation. This is not my favorite from the black water series, but certainly drinkable. I would put this one in the same realm as the creme brulee to be enjoyed as a desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 22:51:39 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of draheim


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 5/26/2011) poured into a snifter. Dark brown/black color with mahogany edges when held to light. Tan head dissipates quickly to a thin film on the surface. Appearance is a little thin.

Aroma is delicious rich coffee and dark chocolate. Smells great.

Taste is rich sweet chocolate blended with espresso. A really good balance here between the bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the chocolate; neither dominates. The one thing I'm kind of not getting is any malt or hops... but this is a unique dessert-type beer, a great blend of Jahva and Choklat. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 05:13:14 | More by draheim
Photo of Wheelinb


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Stable. I am strange. I do not like chocolate nor coffee but I like things that taste like both, and this is on of them.

Rich dark color but not much head. Great aroma coming of this one. Very chocolaty smell and something slightly fruity. Could catch a whiff of malt as well. Immediately tasted big chocolate flavors and a little coffee. Was there a little cherry taste in their too? It's not overly sweet which is a plus in my book. It also had more body than I thought it would, which is also a plus. Nicely done but as rich as it is it would be hard to drink more than one at a session. I will seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 21:40:34 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a half finger of a brownish head, little retention. Decent alcohol legs.

S- LOTs of coffee and chocolate. Smells like tootsie rolls and coffee. Abitter dark fruitiness as well.

T- Big bitterness up front. A good bit of coffee flavors as well as a bunch of dark chocolate. A strange dark fruitiness that im not sure compliments the flavors well but all the flavors are here in full force.

M- Very full beer, quite smooth as well. its bitter but not overly so and has good carbonation. Sticky mouth and a fruity aftertaste.

O- This is another good stout from Southern Tier. I wasnt fond of the strange fruitiness that blended in with the other flavors. Other then that, great stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:46:16 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening the first thing to notice is the aroma right out of the bottle.. it is amazingly chocolatey with smaller hints of espresso. Like coffee-ice cream with chocolate syrup or chocolate rootbeer float.. Pour isnt as viscous as would be expected/wanted, its not really a solid dark color and the head is a dark tan/light brown. Also its fizzier than expected. Taste is quite sweet, like chocolate-covered espresso beans with slight bitterness like black chocolate or coffee.. theres also a chocolate syrup-like element. As it warms and opens up it tastes like a chocolate-flavored candy or such, like a chocolate dum dum lollipop and this becomes less appealing. Mouth, again, is much lighter than expected, but its still full-bodied. Carbonation is a good medium level. Its certainly quite delicious if you enjoy sweet stuff, not as heavy as I'd like for a stout. If you're not into sweets it may become a bit much, I didn't even finish the entire bomber. The chocolate flavor becomes almost artificial tasting around the last few ounces. Still very interesting, though..

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 15:10:47 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of Dope


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Older bottle, unsure of age however. 2010 or 2011 most likely.

A: Pours a very dark brown but not quite black. Big frothy light brown head. Head fades out at a moderate pace. Minimal but thick little tufts of lacing. Great head retention.

S: Big, big sweet chocolate notes. There's some rich coffee in here but it's mostly buried under the sugary sweet chocolate - probably faded from age I'm guessing. Blackwater beers tend to be extremely sweet so I'm doubting it's faded THAT much either, probably just bludgeoned into submission by the sugar content. Honestly a delicious aroma, reminds me of taza coffee chocolate discs in a way. Only sweeter. A lot sweeter. Did I mention it's sweet?

T: Huh, funny. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma betrays. Still sweet but more of a bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Very mocha-like for sure. Lots of black patent malt, bunches of burnt barley amongst the chocolate and coffee. Surprisingly bitter in the finish and lingering aftertaste to boot.

M: Thick and viscous.

O: Interesting, very sweet aroma but much milder body. Not sure if age has mellowed the sweetness a bit. Lots and lots of bittersweet coffee, chocolate and burnt malt. Heavy body to boot. I think this might be better fresher, it's a bit muddled at this point. Still good, just not what I expect from a big Southern Tier stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:58:35 | More by Dope
Photo of Yimosan


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured on my snifter glass.

A: Dark brown with a medium dark tan head. Had no lacing to speak off in my glass.

S: Chocolate!!! The first whiff I took was dark chocolate and faint coffee in the background...hops (Chinook/Columbus) are an after thought IMO (on the nose).

T: The first sip was dark bakers chocolate and Espresso coffee. I got a bit of the hop's bitterness while cold, but as it warmed up they faded away.

M: Nice and creamy with a full body. The warmth/spiciness of the alcohol kinda' pinched my throat at first, but mellowed out nicely.

D: This beer is very good and I will definitely buy it again, however, the 11% ABV makes this a weekend sharing experience, not a Thursday dinner brew.

I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer and I would recommend it as a dessert beer. Pair it with a German chocolate cake or a Marble Cherry Cheesecake!!! AWESOME!!!


Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 23:30:45 | More by Yimosan
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a pitch black color with a huge four finger mocha colored head on it that holds some retention falling fast to two fingers and then holding steady with some spotty lacing.

S= Loads of chocolate and coffee. Pretty much what you would expect. Really smells a lot like hot chocolate with a tiny amount of coffee in it.

T= The taste is very very similar to the smell. They really do a good job of making these beers interesting. This beer tastes just like mocha to me. Loads of chocolate and coffee. Worth every penny to taste once.

M= Silky smooth in the mouth on it. Great feel on this.

D= If you've had one of these backwater series stouts you've had them all. This is no different. Tastes just like the product then name it after. Worth the money to try once at least.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:41:29 | More by jjanega08
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, this one's a bit different:

A: Rather dark brown-black body with a very dark mokah head which dissipated relatively quickly, but was nice while it lasted.

S/T: Up front the smell is of absolute chocolate milk! To add to this was a good dose of coffee and cinnamon, a bit of a winter warmer-type spice scheme, with a slight sharpness to provide some balance, perhaps the hops.

M/D: Full enough with the robust chocolate taste. Being the Mokah, I had anticipated a bit more of a coffee presence, but nonetheless, it was plentifully pleasant. It was a little one-dimensional, but it was well enough.
The thought going through my head with this was: This is the kind of beer that a non-beer drinker could get started on. It's sweet, it's chocolatey, it's overall easygoing, with plenty of oomph without being overly aggressive.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 05:16:12 | More by dudecandle
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice and provocative dessert beer. Not too extreme but quite edgy.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Contemporary and cared for design around a coffee maker. Small paragraph narrative going over the dedicated craft developed to achieve this brew, and a note on the name and scientific effort of the brewers to present this offering. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (27), and Alc. (11.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, recommended drinking temperature, and glassware. Poured into a medium size snifter.

A - Very dark brown/black color with shades of a minimal transparency towards the edges. Minimal head, that is quickly gone and not retained. No lacing other than a relatively thing ring that tend to remain as you refill from the bomber.

S - Hefty coffee and chocolate take front seat with a touch of caramel.

T - Flavor follows nicely from the smell with a coffee range coated by the chocolate and a hint of soft booziness. There is a tad of vanilla and a good sense of dark malts.

M - Full bodied with fine carbonation, creamy and smooth.

D - Nicely drinkable. A great dessert sipper. Best at a social setting.

Notes: It´s a rather top notch dessert brew, and in that context one of the favorites I´ve tried from Southern Tier. It may not make such a lasting impression in non-beer crowds like their creme brulee but it is a good ale to offer closing the table, or opening it with and after dessert...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 14:05:47 | More by Daniellobo
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark brown, near black in color. Two finger caramel colored head becomes a thin cap. Thick sheets of sticky lace cling to the glass.

S - Black coffee and chocolate. Plenty of rich, dark, malty goodness.

T/M - Unsweetened black coffee, milk chocolate, and just a touch of bitter toffee. Chocolate becomes a little sweeter as it warms. Medium-full bodied, but not so thick as to be a detractor. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel.

O - Highly enjoyable! Would love to get some more of this for the cooler months.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:29:43 | More by bigaltemple
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown bordering on black with a half inch of tan head. Aromas are big with deep chocolate wrapped in caramel along with a deep coffee undertone and loads of sweet malts. A touch of vanilla and spice.

First sip brings big malts upfront with lots of wonderful chocolate flavors. Hints of caramel mix in as fresh brewed coffee comes through as well. A touch of vanilla, spice and a bit of dark fruits. Flows down somewhat sweet. Would be a good desert beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a big maltiness. Goes down rather easily while being a bit on the sweet side. Overall, a damn fine blend here that shows of the tasty nuances of both beers. Yummy stuff that would be great made into a shake!!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 22:45:09 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of mondegreen


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a large snifter.

A: Pitch black with a thin, short lived head. Leaves minimal lacing down the side if the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate with notes of coffee. Very bold.

T: Bitter chocolate dominates the palate. I'm not getting much Jahva in the taste. The 11% leaves the palate a little hot, but nor at all unpleasant.

M: As thick and creamy as you would think it'd be.

D: I'm planning on sipping on this for the rest of the evening, but it's going down pretty quickly. Overall, a very good imperial chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 23:25:32 | More by mondegreen
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger tannish white head. Can see a ruby on the edges of the glass. Head lasts for the glass and leaves some lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate up front,coffee in the background that comes out the more it warms. Roasted malt with a lot of sweetness.

T: Starts off with a sweet chocolate malt, has a bitter middle and then a coffee aftertaste. A little sweet and a little bitter with loads of mokah.

M: Thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. Very warming. Sticky and lingering flavor.

Overall a great beer thats always been a favorite of mine. An aggressive approach on a blend of strong stouts. Visit the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:29:44 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of socon67

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a high cola colored foam. Lacing is nicely rining the glass.

S - Has a pronounced chocolate and coffee smell. There is also a lingering scent of vanilla beans. A very hearty dark malt aroma.

T - Flavors of rich milk chocolate and roasted coffee bean flavor. But I was surprised by how much vanilla flavor wasin this one. Not quite the amount of ST Creme Brulee, but thew vanilla taste seemed to be the dominant flavor.

M - This is a big stout and one for those who have a sweet tooth. Very sweet finish and a thick consistency.

O - Another tasty stout from Southern Tier. I prefer Chockat a bit more than this, but this would be perfect for people who enjoy coffee ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:22:07 | More by socon67
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark coffee brown look.

S- Strong scent of coffee, chocolate and caramel notes.

T-This bold stout has it all. Bitterness from the coffee and chocolates. With of hints of caramel ands chocolate from the malts and mildness of the hops.

M- From the barley flakes produce a nice smooth feel in the mouth not dry at just wet and tasty.

D- This beer has alot of flavors going on through out the mouthful. A strong Imperial with coffee and chocolate and oh so goodness. A must for another.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 13:42:54 | More by SamuelJackson45


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coffee black. Tan bubbly head leaves nice laces.

Rich sweet chocolate and roasty espresso. Vanilla and caramel.

Bitter dark espresso roast. Rich sweet chocolate. Vanilla and caramel and a splash of booze. Touch of cherry? Bitter coffee and resins linger on the palette.

Rich smooth and creamy. some chewiness. Low carbonation, appropriate.

Overall, fairly sweet but smooth and tasty. A desert in a glass for sure. You'll want to split a bomber between at least 2, perhaps preferably 3-4.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 01:54:46 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please refer to my more detailed tap review here - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/49286/?ba=philbe311

Note - Seldom do I review both tap and bottle offerings of a specific beer, only in cases of major differences... This was the case with ST Mokah...

The bottled version of ST Mokah is still a very solid offering but pails in comparison to the tap version... The only component which is consistent between the two is the stellar aroma... All other categories are a downgrade in bottle form, the two biggest drops being taste and mouthfeel...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 12:37:25 | More by philbe311
Photo of Raven3464


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pitch black body with a light ivory head.

Smell: A wonderful milk chocolate aroma fills the nose first followed by a cream soda hint.

Taste: As advertised on the bottle, a wonderful mixture of chocolate and coffee dominate. Some roasted malts are apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: This beer is creamy and heavy. There is a slight alcohol burn but you would never think the beer is 11% ABV without looking at the bottle.

Overall: Two flavors dominate but those two flavors are delicious. It lacks the complexity of other imperial stouts but it definitely is a unique take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 11:20:47 | More by Raven3464
Photo of Xul


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a touch of visible effervescence towards the side of the glass, capped by one finger of beige colored head. The head recedes pretty quickly, leaving behind a smattering of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate explosion leads the way on the nose...it manages to stop short of being too sweet (at least for me), but it's definitely sweeter than the chocolate character in most imperial stouts. Roasted coffee follows along with vanilla and some darker chocolate notes.

T: The chocolate is a bit more in check than it was in the nose, and overall the taste is more subdued. The chocolate takes on a more balanced flavor with a distinct bittersweet character as opposed to the dominant milk chocolate of the nose. Roasted coffee and vanilla are the main supporting flavors again, with little in the way of complexity.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation...tends a bit too much towards syrup, as opposed to a more desirable velvet or chewy mouthfeel.

D: For such a big, sweet beer, it goes down remarkably easy...however, it's definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 04:29:17 | More by Xul
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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