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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 727
Hads: 2,208
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 232
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

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Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of JPowell712
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another homerun by Southern Tier! I have always been impressed with their Blackwater Series beers, and this one did not disappoint. If you are a fan of chocolate or coffee or both, you need to run, not walk, but run to your local craft beer store and get this beer! Right off the pour the deep dark black liquid fills the glass with the aroma of perfectly roasted coffee beans. Then the chocolate also becomes noticeable with the sweetness. When you finally do dive in, the robust taste of dark roasted coffee hits you like a ton of bricks with the sweet finish of a dark chocolate. The strength of the beer is also noticeable. At 10% ABV you also get a nice warmth off the alcohol. This is a great beer! It also finishes with an almost creamy mouthfeel with hints of lactose or sugar. The complexity of this beer is definitely going to make you appreciate the fact that you bought it. I highly recommend this beer for an after dinner drink. I could see this being enough for a dessert. This is also in my mind a great beer to have on hand during the colder months or after a holiday meal. Very nice work by Southern Tier.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Pours black in color with a light brown thin head. Minimal lacing.

I feel like I just walked into a chocolate factory - tons of chocolate in the nose. There is some coffee there, but it's more of a side-kick to the chocolate. Very subtle hints of earthy hops.

Tastes as you would expect given the nose. Rich milk chocolate with a touch of coffee. Bittering hops kick in towards the end along with a bit more earthiness. The bitterness in the finish is extremely welcome - this could very well be confused for chocolate milk without it (and the carbonation of course).

Mouthfeel is quite viscous with a medium carbonation level.

As seems to be the trend in the Blackwater series, this doesn't quite taste like...well, beer. Luckily it's delicious, so I really don't care. Just know what you're getting yourself into - this is essentially carbonated alcoholic chocolate milk.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black and brown color, lots of viscosity to this one. Lighter brown head on the top, tiny bubbles, varying lace on the glass. Aroma was mostly burnt malt, the coffee or 'mokah' didn't really come out.

Lots of heat for this one, way too much bitterness. Smooth up in ya, this is not, the Bullet Boys weep. Mocha notes not there. Could benefit from some creme brulee poured up in it to cut the sweetness of that and the bitterness of this.

Price too expensive for what ya get.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. Consumed over two hours starting around 40 degrees and ending up around room temp (65).

A: Black, some light around the edges. Minimal light brown head.
S: Chocolate dominates, roasty notes, fudge, caramel, breadyness. Coffee is present in the background.
T: Lots of milk chocolate upfront. Almost like a hershey bar. Notes of coffee, caramel and toffee follow. Chocolate dominated, lots of dark fudge in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, alcohol is almost undetectable for a 10% beer. Very light carbonation. Coats your mouth and lingers well after each sip.
O: Very tasty, lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Only complaint is I'd have liked the coffee to be a little more pronounced.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is okay given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Smells like a mix of amazing and heaven. Rich, silky sweet Hershey's chocolate. Mild roast coffee. Big sweetness, chocolate domination, with caramel, gooey fudge, and roasted barley.

5.0 T: Damn, this is something. It tastes a lot like Choklat, but not quite as... chocolate-ty. That doesn't mean it's not as intense. The added punch comes from a healthy coffee component. Vanilla, fudge, and plenty of roastiness that is balance out by the sweetness.

4.25 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue but could use a bit more creaminess. Still, really good here as well. Alcohol isn't perceived at all.

4.5 D: I live for beer like this. So tasty but so drinkable as well.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for something that's not too hard to find
Pour - black with medium tan head that stays intact
Smell - chocolate and coffee, just like it says
Taste - like biting into a liquid chocolate bar
Overall - if you know what you're getting into, it's great. If you're expecting something complex and different, this isn't it

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Base of bottle says DOB 03/30/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Medium carbonation leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Fudge brownie, chocolate-covered raisin and mocha leap forward making me think I'm smelling some hot chocolate concoction with caramel and marshmallow topping...this is not a bad thing. Slightly nutty.

T- Lots of caramel, toffee and even peanut brittle. The small amount of coffee that is there tries to balance out the intense sweetness, but to no avail. Oh yeah, and then there's to overwhelming amount of chocolate flavor. It's like I just put 50 M&Ms along with 50 Raisinets in my mouth at the same time...once again, not necessarily a bad thing.

M- Creamy and decadent. It's really what saves this beer from being an overly sweet mess. At least there's the slick mouthfeel to back it up.

O- Bottom line: if you're not looking at this as a dessert beer, you've got it all wrong. This is one of those guilty pleasures that's meant to be enjoyed when you want a feeling of indulgence. Yes, there are probably artificial flavors in this beer. But it's appropriate if you feel like getting drunk off a Hershey's bar.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, served in a snifter

A: Inky pour; deep black with tawny edges; foamy mocha head, retention is decent, lacing is minimal.

S: Mocha, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee, as advertised.

T: Sweet through and through; starts with sweet chocolate up front - milk chocolate and powdered cocoa come to mind; creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors follow; mid sip presents medium roast coffee and a nice toasty/nutty flavor from the malt bill - provides a nutty/earthy balance to the big rush of sweetness and prevents it from being cloying, but this beer still trends sweet; one last dash of powdered cocoa that dries out on finish leaving a mocha coffee like aftertaste that commands the next sip. Fantastic!

M: Full bodied; smooth creaminess, but not chewy or overly thick.

O: A sweet, over the top imperial stout - what else would you expect from the Blackwater Series? Like Choklat, but with a pleasing balance from the roast/coffee presence. A dessert beer, and a slow sipper for sure at 10% ABV, but the alcohol hides behind the waves of chocolate, coffee and vanilla goodness, making for a dangerously delicious brew. Definitely one to seek out for stout lovers.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I guess I should have tried the singleton Jahva and Choklat first. Alas, this one is all-in on aroma and flavor. Almost too much richness. Pours dark, almost black, with thin, tan head. Heavy in both chocolate and coffee aromas, it's delightful. The flavor is where there's almost too much going on. I like things simple, so a good imperial stout is my favorite. Adding both choc and java puts this into some kind of different realm, where it's tasty and all, but getting away from why I love beer. no doubt this one's for dessert!

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Good color with a nice (though not excessive) head which dissipates after a few minutes. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing glaringly problematic.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee is present but not overpowering. Given the name, I'd expect more coffee, but I think the balance is nicely done.

T: Another outstanding job from Southern Tier. While there isn't too much complexity, they've nailed the combination of dark chocolate and coffee, with a small amount of milk chocolate present. While I'm not normally a dark chocolate fan, it works well in conjunction with the coffee without being too bitter, and rather than being decadent it remains very quaffable. Despite the ABV, alcohol seems relatively muted.

F: Creamy but not light. Almost feels like a nitro beer.

O: Another home run from Southern Tier. Along with Choklat, Choklat Oranj, Pumking, and Warlock, this remains on my 'buy it if I see it' list. Cheap, delicious, and available.

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

Poured from the bottle a deep black with just a thin cap of mocha-colored head resting on top. No lacing at all.

As expected, the aroma met the nose with primarily black coffee and cocoa.

Like the aroma, mostly dark roasted coffee, cocoa, and boozy notes. The 10% abv is definitely there.

Lighter bodied for a stout and smooth with very little carbonation.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, black-brown opaque. A mark against because it pours with a minimal head that fades like a soda, with no lacing.

S - Chocolate and roast, with a subtle coffee element. Some mild alcohol warmth, as well.

T - Front is sweet chocolate brownie batter, middle brings a coffee acidity and mild bitter element, the close shows caramel stickiness in the fade.

M - For as bold, sweet and heavy this beer tastes, the carbonation helps keep this one from building too severely.

O - This is not an everyday beer, but it is a joy of malty chocolate and coffee notes, and the nose is one of the biggest bursts of brownie batter I've had in a beer. Even if in the end it is hard to finish a 22-oz., the ride is worth it.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Barrel 21 in State College, poured into a snifter.

L: Pours an inky black with thin tan head. Mild lacing.

S: Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.

T/F: Sweet roasted grains and chocolate. Milder tones of coffee and chicory. Smooth and creamy. Gets even more complex as it warms.

O: Delicious dessert beer that packs a nice high ABV punch. Loved it.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

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Photo of cdhaines
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of PCbeer
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
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

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Photo of MA_hops
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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