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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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727 Reviews

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Reviews: 727
Hads: 2,207
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 233
Gots: 474 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of Jnashed
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter shared with my wife.

A: black as midnight. Very thin head that retains after a good ten minutes. I let it warm up a bit

S: wow lots of chocolate. Slight coffee but mostly dark malt and cocoa.

T: good night that is like cocoa powder. Even the hops just give it the same bitterness that cocoa powder would have. Very smooth though. Coffee takes a backseat. Not as balanced and tasty as FBS to me but really a chocolate forward and not coffee forward beer.

O: great beer when you want a chocolate bomb. Accomplished well. Not my favorite but darn good and nice price point and availability.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

On draft in a 10oz snifter at Mainely Brews. Pours a dark black opaque with very minor head of an off white yellowish color, very good lacing ten minutes after the pour. Smells of mainly chocolate (dark chocolate) especially, with hints of coffee and vanilla sugar. Tastes as wonderful as it smells, you instantly notice the chocolate on first mouthful, and as it sits the coffee comes out as well as the vanilla in the after taste. The mouth feel is thin and light for a stout, with moderate carbonation if any, perfect compliment to the taste in my opinion. Overall it is an exceptional stout and one that I'll definitely be seeking out again!

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Photo of beeragent
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Fantastic stout from Southern Tier. Pours black as midnight with a thin tan head that dies
quickly and light lacing. Nice nose of deep roasted coffee, dark chocolates, and a light hint
of dark plums. Taste is up front dark chocolate, lightly gritty, with caramel notes to the sides
and coffee (lightly bitter) to the rear. Smooth and slick mouthfeel with decent carbonation
to keep this alive and lively, a light smokiness comes though on the aftertaste as well.
An A plus amongst my favorite stouts, even the little lady loves it.


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Photo of Mikus
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my snifter (and shared bottle with the wife). I have a sweet spot for the appearance of stouts, and this was not a disappointment. Deep black (jet), with cocoa lacing and very few bubbles. Strong chocolate aromas up front, a bit of plum and roasted malt in there as well. Definite Kahlua note on the front of the taste (good thing). Nice coffee presence, balanced bitterness, nothing too overpowering. Bit of a fakey taste to the chocolate notes (but again nothing overpowering, and maybe my imagination). Smooth and full-bodied in the mouth, lingered nicely on the palate. Overall a very delicious brew. Wife's review: "Oooohhh I like this!". Probably the best we are going to get out of her!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color. Beige head drops quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Chocolate sauce and chocolate syrup jump out. Earthy and nutty coffee roast peeks out from behind the chocolate. Spicy and green hop scents.

T: Black cocoa powder, semi sweet dark chocolate,chocolate sauce and chocolate syrup. Like in the nose, the nutty and roasty coffe flavors are stifled somewhat by the chocolate, though they pick up a bit toward the back. Roasted malts and smokey flavors. Spicy and green hop tastes interject briefly and are a mild distraction. Chocolate sauce and smokey, heavily roasted coffee beans on the long finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Slight creaminess. Carbonation has a crisp and biting feel. Not quite as decadent and rich as I would like, it feels a little thin for a big dessert beer.

O: The chocolate and coffee aspect of the beer come through nicely. It does have some great mocha flavors. The body could use a little more richness, and the hops distract a bit. Columbus might not be the best hop for the job here; at least not as it is being utilized. A more neutral bitterness with less flavor would help. Still a very good dessert beer. One would not guess that it is 10% abv.

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Photo of Skordi13
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this is delicious. To begin with, this beer is not named appropriately. There is minimal coffee taste in this beer, which isn't such a bad thing but not what you would expect. I saw a previous review and agreed that it should be called double chocolate milk stout. It is very hard to drink and very sugary. This is a special occasion beer, it is fantastically tasty but if you get a bomber, be sure to share it with a friend... for calories sake.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Jet black brew, small head for a RIS but high retention.

Smell- Bittersweet baking chocolate, fudge, booze.

Taste- The most chocolaty beer I have ever tried, very dark and heavy. A little vanilla. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel- Silky, good carbonation for a stout, slightly thick.

Overall- Very nice dessert-style stout. No coffee to be found, this should be called "double chocolate milkshake stout". Definitely worth buying again and saving for a special occasion. Not the most drinkable, but it tastes great!

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Photo of BurningTreeMufen
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a large, foamy espresso colored head.

Smell- A huge nose that is full of chocolatey notes with subtle coffee and caramel as well.

Taste- The chocolate takes the forefront again with nice coffee undertones. Sweet and full of flavor but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied. The alcohol is hidden well which makes for awesome drinkability.

Overall- A complex, refreshing stout that hits the right notes on almost all levels.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour with a brown one-finger head. Really great chocolate and marshmallow aroma. Initial taste has a really strong dark chocolate and cocoa flavor that is big and bold. Full body that drinks relatively easy. Coffee flavor is very subdued and there’s just a slight bitterness around mid taste. Finishes sweet with a really nice lingering chocolate flavor…almost list a good chocolate ice cream.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The thick dark pour has a deep radiance of black opal. The head is a long lived dense foam of coffee colored brown.

The nose is filled with creamy, milky chocolate, marshmallow, toffee and caramel sweetness, with a light roasted coffee. The scent is thick and sweet.

The flavors are tempered in their sweetness and a little dry. Mostly chocolate and cocoa hits the palate with a roasted marshmallow and light malty Graham Cracker. The roasted qualities are always there and evidenced by a coffee flavor but it's not as easy to distinguish.

The feel is very smooth and viscous, dry and easy with a light burn of alcohol.

Delicious after dinner beer that may fall just short of Creme Brulee but still worth the $10 bomber.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice thick black with a decent king size head due to serving it a bit warmer than recommended. Has a slightly initial metallic smell along with sweetness and bitter coffee. Contrary to many other reviews, this really smells like coffee and tastes more like coffee to me than chocolate. A mild bitterness at the finish and a slightly oily mouthfeel. There is a definite difference between this and choklat to me. Alcohol seems well masked. Surprisingly, not too sweet.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured Mokah into a snifter.

A - Pours black as ink with a skim of mocha head.

S - Sweet milk chocolates, maybe a touch of roasted malts.

T - Rich thick milk chocolates with dark chocolates mixed in on initial taste. Mid palate getting dark roasted malts with more sweet chocolate. On the aftertaste getting more chocolates with just a pinch of coffee.

M - Heavy mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

O - A very good stout. A little more coffee and this would be a classic.

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Photo of richj1970
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours dark black with one finger mocha colored head.

S: Slight coffee and lots of sweet dark chocolate. A bit of roasted malts.

T: Mostly big chocolate up front mixed with a slight hint if espresso and caramel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden here. Dangerously drinkable.

M: Creamy and full bodied. Reminds me a bit of eating a chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk.

O: Very enjoyable sweet stout. One of the better chocolate stouts that I have tried.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with no head. Nose is coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Taste is malty with caramel and with roast. Smooth soft malt with an underlying expanse of caramel. Creamy choccolate lays down on the tongue. Roast takes up the background in a delightful way. Finishes a touch bitter. Perfect! Not too bitter and it has southern tiers signature malt sweetness that is like a wonderful cookie inside the beer. Only a bit of warmth from alcohol.

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Photo of carmone
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Came out of the bottle with a beautiful opaque and dark brown color followed by a creamy caramel colored head that lasted while I imbibed.

Smell: Strong chocolate aroma with a slight amount of coffee.

Taste: Delicious. Chocolate is the in the forefront with coffee notes finishing. Sweet and bitter, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Overall: One of my favorite beers from Southern Tier and favorite stouts in general. Three of my favorite things all in one; coffee, chocolate and stouts! Whats not to love! I am glad I stocked up on this one.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours thick and black with a cocoa powder colored head that sits at about a finger's width. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the top that thicken around the edges. Small, spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - As expected, lots of coffee and chocolate character in the aroma. Strong earthiness as well. Fair vanilla wafts with touches of coconut.

Taste - Big chocolatey notes upfront, hitting mostly on milk chocolate, but is backed by some fudge and baker's chocolate bitterness. Coffee grounds hit mid-taste and near the finish. Vanilla essence hangs well beneath, but comes through in the aftertaste, along with a strengthening fudge character and light coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly prickly. Chewy, with some syrupy stickiness.

Overall - This is good. Really frickin' good. Not quite up there with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout, but it does well to scratch that same itch. Fair balance, though leans toward the sweeter side. Don't know that I'd trade for it again, but would certainly buy it if it ever gets California distribution.

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Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thick and rich and chocolate! Ah, the wonderful combination of coffee and chocolate in beer. Mana in a bottle. The sales person warned me to not try to drink this in one sitting as he'd had a hard time finishing it due to the overwhelming amount of flavor and alcohol. I love a good challenge almost as much as I like a good beer. This is a very, very good beer. I will make sure to buy me some more of this one. Neither flavor overpowers the other and the alcohol content is not overwhelming, until you go to stand up. I look forward to sharing this with friends.

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Photo of halo3one
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Rich, black, thick

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, malty

T - Coffee heavy with mocha, not a lot else

M - Over carbonated

O - I find that Southern Tier over carbonates their stouts. It tastes smoother as it's allowed to aspirate an hour or so and open up.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged for nearly 2 years, poured from their bomber into my snifter...

Appearance - Pours 2+ fingers of rich medium brown mocha foam, color of the body is a vary dark but not opaque garnet brown, leaving solid webbed lacing coating the inside of my glass.

Smell - Wow, huge nose of rich chocolates, both milk and dark, sweetened rich french roast coffee, light hints of molasses and dark fruits, whiff of vanilla bean

Taste - Very much like the nose, I get alot of rich chocolate, dark fruits, nice sweetened coffee notes with a dash of cream, then the sweetness gently backs down and reveals semi sweet molasses, under ripe plum and plumskins, some light roast and dried vanilla bean. There is a gently warmth that builds as you work your way through this bomber, not offensive in the least, and almost makes it seem as if you're actually enjoying a warm choco mocha latte... this is delicious.

Mouthfeel - A solid medium, and maybe just a bit more. Not quite mouthcoating, but smooth as silk, and flavors that coat the palate and fill the mouth. Not thin by any means, but still very sippable - resist the temptation to take a larger swallow and enjoy the flavors and the transition. Carb is low and makes a barely perceptible soft foam, with a few late prickles at the back of the throat.

Overall - I'm really enjoying this. Yes, this is one of the sweeter impy stouts I've had, but it is complimentary with the strength and depth of all of the other flavors mentioned above. If you like a sweeter stout filled with chocolate and coffee, then this is a must. I personally find that this particular stout is best enjoyed just below 50 degrees, as the alcohol will begin to assert if it gets much warmer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Opaque black, 1 fingers width of light tan head, fairly good retention, leaves only a very tiny bit of lacing.

S: Huge milk chocolate aroma accompanied by lighter roast coffee. This really does smell like a mocha coffee drink, remarkably so. I get a bit of cream, roasted malt, and subtle booze as well. Wonderful aroma.

T: Follows the nose, tons of chocolate in a fudgey and milk chocolate way. Accompanied by coffee and cream. Again, tastes like a mocha morning beverage. Subtle booze is welcomed to accompany the sweetness. Not terribly complex but if its goal was emulating a mocha coffee drink it accomplished that goal about as closely as I imagine a beer could.

M/D: Full bodied, appropriate carbonation, fairly smooth, ABV is well restrained, a bit noticeable at times but its the only thing keeping this from being cloying so its appreciated. Drinkability is average, somewhat limited by the sweetness.

O: Well I just checked my hemoglobin A1c and have confirmed that this beer has in fact given me diabetes. But I think it was worth it. I dont think there is a brewer out there that does as good a job achieving the chocolate/mocha characters as Southern Tier does in their stouts. No doubt one dimensional, and at times a bit cloying, but a great example of chocolate/coffee/mocha accentuation in a beer.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark but not midnight dark. Strong scent of chocolate with a slight hint of coffee. Taste is pretty much the same. I'd like a bit less chocolate and a bit more coffee. This is a real dessert beer. I recognize the quality for those who like this type of beer, but this is a bit too dessert-like and not enough beer-like for me.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Good looking stout. Pours with 1 and a half fingers of caramel colored head. Black and thick, like oil. Very little lacing, but some is present. Leaves a light brown film on the glass, just as oil would.

Smell: Mostly chocolate, with a hint of espresso, coffee. Like a frozen chocolate mocha latte whatever, you'd buy at Starbucks.

Taste: Very much like the smell. A strong, mostly sweet chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee at the end. Excellent taste. Reminds me a lot of the highly rated Choklat from southern Tier, but with a hint of coffee. A slight, very slightly alcohol twinge is noticeable. Excellent, excellent stuff!

Feel: Full bodied, creamy, light on carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: Excellence at it's best. Southern Tier is a world class brewery, and this hit it dead on with their Blackwater Series. Just absolute excellence. I can't say enough good things about it.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this renowned stout; Southern Tier has a way with big beers. Cheers.

Bottled 04/06/2014, a little less than two months before the date of this tasting.

A: Deep black, pouring thick and syrupy with little head. What does bubble up is an oily, half-inch layer of khaki cream that dissipates quickly. Looks thick.

S: A decadent nose dominated by dark chocolate and gourmet coffee, dense with notes of roasts, nuts, molasses, and raisin. Smells like black forest cake with a shot of espresso.

T&M: Palpably thick with little carbonation, this ends up a hardy drink, though it somehow keeps from being syrupy. Still, the palate is dense as ever: fudgy chocolate, toasted marshmallow, cinnamon raisin, butterscotch, and warm mocha settle layer upon layer on the tongue. It’s residual sugars galore, as expected, though the mildly acidic coffee serves to keep it from getting cloying. Some bitterness bites toward the back end, more smoke than anything (though there is some zesty hop character to it); it remains shallow, though, never penetrating the massive sweetness that serves as the core of this palate. Finishes with a hot, woody alcohol burn, like young bourbon.

O: Southern Tier has a sweet tooth, no doubt about it. I could have used a bit more roasts/coffee, but as it stands, this is one hell of a stout; I mean, when a beer can stand on its own as dessert, you know you have something special. And that’s not just because it’s sweet – all in all, this is one enchanting stout. Nothing like it.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured half a 22oz bottle into a snifer glass. Real dark/ black brown color brew that forms little to no head even with an aggressive pour and just a ring around the edge plus minimal lacing. Um, yeah smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate. Is chocolate. Not getting much of the coffee but not big on coffee so I'm loving the chocolate aromas and taste. Smooth, decadent, rich, and sweet; just how I prefer my stouts. Highly recommend this one if you also enjoy bold, big, subtle stouts!

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.