Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 2,152
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 221
Gots: 449 | 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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Reviews: 713 | Hads: 2,152
Photo of Givemebeer
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a beautiful khaki head that dissipates and very little lacing is left. Coffee is there but not overpowering. Creamy and too sweet for my liking. Still a good beer that I would probably buy again and drink on a cold night. (235 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Southern Tier goblet.

A- pours pitch black in color with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that eventually reduces to a thin film and a ring around the edge

S- huge amounts of fresh espresso coffee, cafe mocha, dark chocolate & cocoa come leaping out of the glass. Sweet notes of whipping cream & caramel/toffee, the exact aroma one would expect from such a beer

T- opens up with strong espresso and dark chocolate that mimics a coffee house cafe mocha. Big sweetness mid-palate gives flavors of vanilla whipping cream, sweet caramel, and dark fruit. More dark chocolate kicks in as it nears the close, with fresh espresso clinging all the way through the linger

M- thick and heavy body with low carbonation leads to a thick and chewy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy and velvety finish, light alcohol warmth on the linger

O- in true Southern Tier fashion, this is a huge, sweet beer. The sweetness is the only thing that detracts it from being nearly perfect. Such a good coffee stout (1,032 characters)

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice chocolate flavors with hints of rosted coffee in the background. The finish is extremely creamy and delicious! I would love to find this one again! (157 characters)

Photo of cdhaines
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout I have ever had. I like the combo of chocolate, coffee and stout; also the high ABV always makes a nice stout. Nice mouthfeel - smooth and slick with just the right amount of crispness/bite for a stout (226 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany bordering black with a thick caramel head.

Smells heavy of coffee and chocolate with dark fruit and caramel and a hit of earthy spice.

Taste is strong coffee rounded out by dark chocolate. Their is a nice mix of dark fruit (plum and fig) and caramel malt. There is a nice play of sweet and bitter coming from the coffee and chocolate backed the earthy spice. This is a very thick complex beer. (423 characters)

Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Inky black w/ thin tan head.
S: HUGE milk chocolate notes, a little coffee, sweet. Smells awesome.
T: Milk chocolate, roasty malts, and a little coffee (not as much as expected tho).
F: Smooth and full at first, but definitely has a little bite.
O: Phenomenal dessert beer. Very sweet with a nice kick to it. (311 characters)

Photo of PCbeer
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gets slightly better as it warms due to the chocolate flavor becoming stronger as the temperature increases. Excellent overall taste and bite. A 22 oz is a perfect dessert beer. (179 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/8/14 vintage. Stored at 46° in beer fridge. Pours jet black with light brown head. Decent head that dissapates moderately with solid lacing. Rich milk chocolate nose, cocoa malt, light roasty notes. Taste is semi sweet chocolate that is followed with a milky cream note, roasty malt comes through, then layered with dark chocolate, and finishes with bitterness that comes from coffee and dark chocolate backbone. Not getting a lot of coffee/"Mokah" but the semi bitterness from coffee is there. Body is lighter, semi syrupy, and easy to drink. A rich, silky smooth, and tasty imperial stout that has milk stout qualities. A great stout offering that was worth saving. (671 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

DOB 3/13/15 bomber at 43 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate, somewhat like a peanut butter cup, with some coffee hints
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 1 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – rare irregular island of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter, aftertaste of bitter chocolate; no roasted malt, no coffee, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.25 (531 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Midnight black with a thin, tan head.
S: Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate. Very sweet smelling.
T: Similar to the nose.
M: Slight bitterness, mild carbonation.
O: Solid stout, however the chocolate notes taste a bit artificial. (232 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Inky black look, with a nice khaki head :)
S: Smells like sweet chocolate
T: It starts out with sweet chocolate, but then takes a disappointing turns to a bittering medicinal taste that lasts even after it's down the hatch. I don't get the coffee either, unless that's what's making it so bitter. But if that's the case, the coffee is terrible.
F: The flavor coats well but a bit too thin
Overall, it's worth trying and good for the price. $8-9 per bomber. (466 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date or vintage date present. At long last I'm finally getting around to reviewing this one from the Blackwater Series from Southern Tier. Expecting great things based on this beer's good reputation.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark inky black body with about a finger of dark chocolate mocha head. Leaves lots of good sticky sugary lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - A pleasant aroma, but I'm mostly pulling out the chocolate, and not much of the coffee beans. A powdery baking cocoa sort of aroma is most prominent.

T - The taste is the same, a very similar chocolatey profile as Southern Tier Choklit and the new Southern Tier Choklit Oranj. Coffee beans are apparent, but firmly in the background. Notes of caramel, vanilla extract, and powdery cocoa. The chocolate is a touch artificial, as with the others. Piney Columbus hop bitterness is also apparent on the finish.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Full-bodied, with good carbonation. Easy-drinking for the 10.00% abv, but sweet & sugary. A definite dessert beer.

Overall, a nice stout, but it is awfully similar to Choklat, and there isn't much coffee to be had from this one. In the future, I would recommend skipping these, but I look forward to trying more from Southern Tier.

Southern Tier Mokah -----4/5. (1,351 characters)

Photo of smonroy3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A little too sweet. Definitely a dessert beer. Great for beer floats, but hard to drink a bomber of it on your own. Tastes like Hershey's made a stout. (151 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malt in aroma, with vanilla sweetness.

Flavor is deeply chocolatey, fairly sweet, with big coffee bitterness throughout. There's a bit of an acrid finish that's offputting. Very rich, but the coffee and roast bitterness counter nicely. (274 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Tried on rec & was not disappointed. Only area wit some points off was the texture. I would have liked a bit more chew, but behind all the other pluses i remained a superlative treat. The aroma was really outstanding. A deep chocolate/coffee treat. The coffee takes over on the tongue & there is very little on the bitterness front. The 10.9% ABV will be the rstraining factoe. Otherwise I could roll with this guy all night long. Wish me luck. (474 characters)

Photo of mzingie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing beer by southern tier. Smells heavily and complexly of coffee and chocolate. Large head with great retention. Mouthfeel is very creamy and a perfect compliment to the taste of dark bitter chocolate with prominent notes of coffee grounds and underlying caramel. One of southern tier's best. (305 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Blue Dust

Appearance: Seems to be black with a light brown head

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cream

Taste: A ton of chocolate upfront with an espresso finish. Undertone of hops throughout

Mouthfeel: Great body for 10%; Smooth with moderate carbonation throughout. Carbonation is spot on

Overall: I was surprised how much chocolate presence was in here. It overshadows the coffee in my opinion. After all it is called mokah right? The chocolate also seems slightly artificial. I think this is a slightly better than average imperial coffee stout. I can see how people really like it, just not exactly what i go for (624 characters)

Photo of muchos
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet like a chocolate dessert, slight coffee. Doesn't smell like a beer but delicious nonetheless.
Taste is of sweet and bitter chocolate and of bitter espresso-like coffee, with toasty maltiness and slight alcohol. Not nearly as sweet in the taste as compared to the smell.
Feels smooth, somewhat thick. Not much carbonation.
Not as good as their Choklat, but overall pretty darn good. (394 characters)

Photo of docoman
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very rich and better than expected, had on tap at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati this past weekend, recommend trying if you like chocolate + coffee, both flavors represented well in this offering. (192 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had this on tap at the Cloverleaf last night for the first time. As heavy as this was on the chocolate and the alcohol, this was a nice beer that was true to form and was pretty much what I anticipated it would be, without being too dry. I just tasted too much chocolate and not enough of the coffee to rate this any higher.

The pour to this was dark but not black, with a tan head and enough lacing to be seen but not appreciated. Lots of bitter and baker's chocolate in the nose and even more in the taste, with a moderate oat presence that kicked in as this warmed up. Full to the taste, this was almost overload and could have used more espresso and coffee notes to round this out. Too potent and too sweet, this was a dessert by itself and once the alcohol fully came on, there was no stopping the potency of this!

This was strong in nearly every sense of the world and even though this booze wasn't a detraction here, a bit less of it and some more flavor would have made this outstanding. It reminded me too much of the Southern Tier Choklat with a bit of the Oat thrown in for good measure. In a style crowded with a lot of big names, this one fell short because of this overlap but if you're looking for a dessert in a bottle, this would be a good a choice as nearly any! (1,291 characters)

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More like Chocolate brewed with coffee and a stout! The nose and taste is amazingly chocolatey. Perhaps a bit "too far" for drinking more than a glass, but overall a great ST offering. (186 characters)

Photo of StuClayton
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, aged around a year.

Look: pours very thick, pitch black with a very small caramel colored head that lingers but slowly dissipates. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: very sweet on the nose. Lots of chocolate, small amount of caramel, don't find the coffee on the smell.

Taste: more of the same but the coffee really comes through in the front and end. Leaves a mild coffee and booze after taste. Minus the after taste the booze is fairly well hidden for 10% Warms very well.

Feel: very sticky, molasses feel.

Overall: really enjoying this one! Would love to have had one fresh to compare. Would, and will buy again. (623 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours an oily jet black. Forms about a half finger of extremely dark tan, even to light brown colored head. Weak head potential, retention and lacing, but forgivable at this ABV.
S - 3.25 - It is what it is. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, sweetened cream and malts.
T - 4 - VERY decadent and dessert oriented. Not a stout for every day consumption and definitely one to sip. Quite sweet chocolate upfront, not quite to a milk chocolate level, but almost. Semi-sweet coffee and almost a light, Bailey's Irish Cream finish on this beer. Very much a dessert in a bottle. Hardly any bitterness to balance the chocolate.
F - 4.5 - Good, thick, creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - Not your every day beer, but good for the right occasion. Would pair exceptionally well with chocolate cake I think! (839 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 650ml. Brown glass. Appealing label art and design. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Cost was $10.99. Reviewed live as an imperial stout since the label calls it a stout and it's 10% ABV (it seems unlikely this is merely an American stout).

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Khaki colour. 1 finger wide. Not as smooth or even as would be ideal. The consistency isn't too creamy or soft-looking either. It's not particularly full, thick, or supple. Could use some fine-tuning. The complexion is pretty nice. Recedes fully within 2 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. It looks pretty conventional for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. Rather average.

AROMA: Walnut, pecan, caramelized nuts...that's unexpected. In fact, if they billed this as a peanut butter stout I'd probably buy it. Has a nice sugary character to it, with plenty of chocolate malts and schwarz malts/dark malts in there. Its chocolate character seems artificial; consulting the label, I note that an ingredient was "natural chocolate flavor" - which has me skeptical. Hershey's chocolate syrup comes to mind, but it's not fudgy or milk chocolate-y. Maybe the artificial chocolate lent it those nutty notes? I find no coffee at all - much to my shock; usually the notes promised on the front of Southern Tier's labels are always evoked beyond question (see Creme Brulee or Choklat). Speaking of which, where is the mokah? It's creamy, sure, but the absence of coffee is mind-boggling given this beer's name and premise.

The overriding artificial sweetness is a little off-putting, but the aroma is still evocative and interesting enough; I'm excited to try this but skeptical of the authenticity of its constituent notes.

No hop profile, booze, yeast character, or off-notes are detectable.

The absence of roasted barley is concerning, but overall I find it appealing. Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Hmm. That pesky artificial sweetness and artificial chocolate/Hershey's chocolate syrup is quite bothersome, and it's joined by a hint of marshmallow which doesn't really work. I find no coffee whatsoever, nor any mocha - to its detriment. And the absence of roasted barley is a deal-breaker. Has some generic cream, as well as the requisite chocolate malts and dark/schwarz malts. On the sweeter side for the style, sure, but not to the extent you might expect given this is a Southern Tier imperial stout. The nuttiness is nice, with hints of pecan, peanut, and maybe walnut.

It's too bad its constituent notes are inauthentic and artificial; the chocolate leaves a lot to be desired and the nuttiness is odd and overly caramelized. Moreover, I wish it had more character in general, and more depth. Some burnt, charred, or ashen character would help tame the sweetness a bit. Obviously, coffee is needed. It just needs more components to lend it bitterness.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. This isn't a particularly intricate or subtle imperial stout build, but when I regard it as an American stout I find myself liking it better. Maybe this is just a high ABV plain stout? It's cohesive, but it never tastes like a gestalt whole.

No yeast character, hops, or off-notes come through. The alcohol is slightly noticeable; this would be a better brew at about 8% or so.

TEXTURE: Artificially sleek, smooth, and wet - almost porter-like. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Not syrupy, fortunately. But I do find it a bit too thick and heavy on the palate for its relative lack of flavour (both in terms of depth and diversity). What does work is its creaminess, but it should be creamier and softer; isn't this supposed to be a mocha beer? This texture fails to elevate the beer, but suits the taste decently.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is above average.

OVERALL: A forgettable and generic offering from Southern Tier, Mokah is best regarded as a high alcohol American Stout. Its biggest disappointment is its gaping absence of the promised coffee note; did I get an old bottle? Artificial Hershey's chocolate syrup dominates to its detriment, and there's little else happening. I wouldn't buy it again, and I guess I'm in the minority saying I prefer Choklat. Say what you like about Creme Brulee; at least that beer delivered on its premise. This is drinkable, sure, but it's not worth its price at all and is more on par with what I'd expect from a Victory variety box. I'd recommend steering clear; it's not that it's bad, it's just that it's generic and overpriced. Not Southern Tier's strongest work, and far from anywhere near the level it would need to be to compete with even merely good offerings in the style (whether you consider it an American stout or an Imperial Stout).

Low C+ (4,998 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black bodied and an aggressive pour gives way to a fairly large light brown head that slowly settles down.

Coffee, chocolate, fudgy, cotton candy sweetness. Bitterness comes through on the flavor to somewhat balance but definitely is a sweeter beer.

A little full bodied, sticky sweet, and medium-light carbonation.

Delivers on chocolate and coffee. Sweet and delicious. (375 characters)

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.