Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 715
Hads: 2,157
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 222
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of drink right here. Coffee and chocolate, what more could I asked for. Served in a 10 oz pour on tap, this was a nice way to start an evening.



The pour was as dark as night with a rich head of dark brown on the top. Smooth settle here left nice amounts of lace on the sides and a really fine little layer across the top. Very well done here indeed. Tons of aroma here, coffee and chocolate that were blended together perfectly. Rich, smooth, seductive, this was dessert in a glass. A rich velvet like feel to it and smooth, almost like sorbet as it coats the tongue. Light hint of the ABV but the chocolate just washed it straight away. One of the biggest feels I have seen in a while as this one had to be sipped, it was just too huge not to be. It would creep on you fast, I could see a bomber between two, but any more would be rough.



Overall very good and just what I expected it would be like. I love the tow originals so this was a natural progression. I would buy this again. (1,007 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam that left sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee - big roasty coffee aromas with a strong cocoa nose.

T - It tasted of cocoa nibs, coffee and roasted malts. Really delicious blend of coffee and chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really fantastic. I don't know why I passed on it in previous years. (514 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep as an oil slick with no light showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate,some sweet alcohol came out as it warrmed a little as well.Much sweeter on the palate than the nose,caramel/vanilla flavors mixed with some dark fruit and chocolate stand out most,the roast keeps it from becoming to sweet.Another impressive beer from ST,the sweetness is pretty big though. (507 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a viscous dark brown with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam.

S: The nose was pretty on par for what I expected. A nice blend of chocolate and coffee, but certainly on the sweet side. That's usual for these Soutern Tier beers, though.

T: The coffee really dominated the flavor which I wasn't expecting from the nose. The chocolate adds a sweetness to balance out the bitterness from the coffee which worked very well.

M: This has a real creamy feel on the tongue which is quite appropriate, given the name of the beer.

D: I was surprised by how easy to drink this was given some of the other Southern Tier beers. While it's certainly high in alcohol, the flavor is not cloying. (700 characters)

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

A: Pours black with dark brown highlights. Somewhat thin (1/8th inch) mocha head which fades to the rim leaving clingy lace.

N: Sweet dark chocolate, earthy, roasted coffee, slight vanilla notes.

T: Oaky roast blast followed immediately with semi-sweet chocolate nibs. Close behind is roasted coffee with a slight acidity. Faint char and nuttiness. With warming the vanilla and toasted oak increases along with the alcohol.

M: Rich, creamy and sweet. Slick and oily. Cloying. Full bodied and mild carbonation.

O: Simply dessert in a glass. Wonderful. (554 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with a tan head surging forth but sputtering to a halt and disappearing with a couple minutes' time.

Smell: Well, with the strong scents of chocolate and coffee, it lives up to it's poorly spelled namesake. As the sweet embellishments to the nose kick in, it takes on the scent of a chocolate frosted Dunkin' Donut.

Taste: Bittersweet combination of chocolate and coffee roastiness, though the malt pendulum is certainly swinging hard towards the sweet side of things. Some caramel, too. Bucked gently by some bitterness, roast astringency, and alcohol, but it remains fairly sweet. Smooth, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, malty mouthfeel.

Overall: Good stuff, this. It's big and sweet, so have a friend handy. Proudly follows in the footsteps of Southern Tier's previous jacked up stouts in their Blackwater series. (976 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body with absolutely no light showing through. The foam settles down pretty quickly and leaves only light lace on the glass.

S - Slightly acrid roasted malt with a hint of coffee and sweet, rich chocolate. Medium caramel notes come out in the background with a hint of spicy molasses and perhaps some pine hops.

T - Sugary malt up front with notes of caramel and mild chocolate. Spicy hop notes appear in the middle with some herbal, chicory like coffee flavors. Finishes with sweet milk chocolate richness and some blacker roasted coffee character. Lingering acidic roasted notes with a hint of smoke and more of the spicy chicory flavor that appears earlier.

M - A thick, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Big, sweet, thick and surprisingly well balanced considering the divergent points of the flavor compass that it hits. The aroma is somewhat subdued, with a subtle spicy chocolate note as its most prominent aspect. Nonetheless, while it may be a somewhat one dimensional aroma, being simply the aroma of chocolate, it is still enticing as it is the aroma of very good chocolate. The beer only really comes alive once it hits the tongue with a combination of rich, creamy chocolate and intriguingly spicy coffee that melds flawlessly. There is a lot of caramel in the background, which works nicely with the chocolate character and seems to highlight the chocolate's richness in particular. I an inclined to think that the national origin of the chocolate used in a beer would be of little consequence, but whether it is real or just a placebo effect, I can't help but think that the chocolate character in this beer has a smooth, buttery richness that I would normally associate with Belgian chocolates in particular. The coffee is quite interesting as well. I don't know if it is a varietal characteristic or something from the malt bill, but the coffee notes are unusually spicy and chicory like, which plays nicely off of the subtle pine hop character and acts as a contrast to the creamy thickness of the chocolate. I am usually of the opinion that chocolate and coffee are wasted in most stouts as they rarely achieve flavors that malt, if used skillfully, could not by itself, but this beer is a stunning exception. This is the best Southern Tier brew that I have tried thus far, and it is a unique and very well executed interpretation of the style. (2,471 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

During the pour, this brew appears a bit thinner than it ought. In the bowl, though, it sits starkly opaque, a cool obsidian in color, with a finger of foamy, light khaki head. Like ST's Creme Brulee, this pool of darkness gives off a scent most desserts would kill for. Luscious chocolate syrup tops a blonde vanilla cake, while an aromatic cup o' joe sitz steaming nearby, waiting to provide a pleasant bit o' liquid accompaniment to the baked goods at hand. Digging in, the coffee takes more of a lead, and it is evidently a darker roast than initially figured. The chocolate syrup has hardened into a brick of bitter dark chocolate, and it is clear that the cake is composed primarily of darker grains, malted and roasted. A small vein of vanilla still slices through, but quite thinly. Though not as alluring as the nose, I would order this tasty dessert every time I found myself at this particular eatery. Just as suspected, the body is thinner than usual, but only slightly so. This, coupled with a low-lying carbonation and a sweetly moderate coating of the mouth, makes for a rather drinkable sweet stout. (1,150 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with finger of tan head that goes away and just leaves a ring.

Smell: Quite sweet with lots of chocolate up front. I do pick up some roast and coffee, but it's not as strong as the chocolate.

Taste: More roast and coffee here than in the smell. Sweet but there is a good balance of roasty bitterness. A bit creamy, and I can definitely taste the chocolate. Hardly taste the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Thick with a good amount of smooth carbonation. Sticks to your mouth long after the sip is done.

Overall: I had this in the cellar for a year, and it was really smooth. This is one of the better coffee stouts I've had. Really nice. (705 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As impressed as I was with the creme brulee, I think this one tops it! It immediately reminded me of tiramisu and coffee after a good meal. What a dessert beer!

The body is a dark black-brown with deep mahogany highlights at the base of the glass and just under the creamy head along the rim of the glass. The creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves nice splatters and spots of lacing behind.

Caramel, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, and coffee greet you in the nose. It's a bit sweetish to be sure, and that carries over into the flavor...

..where coffee appears first, followed by some alcohol (it's reminiscent of Kahlua) and then notes of chocolate, vanilla, cream, caramel, nuts and coffee. A solid bitterness backs it, and in conjunction with the dark malt acidity and a hint of grassy hops, they lead it to a focused, less-sweet finish. The depth of flavor is stunning, and only the note of alcohol holds it back from being exceptional. As you progress through the glass your palate will single out certain flavors at certain times, but I find it always seems to end with a kind of roasted, almost smokey, coffee note.

Really nice! A stunning dessert beer! (1,163 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by sweet and creamy flavors of milk chocolate and black coffee. There is a touch of an alcohol sting that tries to poke its way through the malts and the hops presence is very mild but where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice big creamy stout worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for the style. (909 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a double walled tumbler

A - Deep black w/ a garnet acccent and 1 finger of light tan, the translucent clarity w/ a quickly settling tan that clings as a sheet to the glass and has an ultra fine bead.

S - Like chocolate milk - sweet and bitter aromas of belgian chocolate w/ a gentle hop accent but the chocolate overwhelms w/ both sweet and roasted notes

M - Creamy rich sweet and strong w/ alcohol warmth and bitter cocoa/hop finish w/ a high residual sweetness in the feel and mild fruitiness

T - Right of the bat the chocolate/vanilla taste and dark malt blend w/ subtle roast sweet coffee but the chocolate overtakes the jamaican blue's subtleties. Candy and cocoa lik a yoohoo w/ class. The taste is followed by a citrusy chinook/columbus combo and plum fruitiness stand up to support all the dessert like malt and chocolate saturated taste. The mix of dark malt citrus and alcohol lasts until the last sip.

D - Not the most drinkable but high on flavor a bit too sweet w/ less actual mocha taste - too little java taste. It is a real dessert, a rich beer best shared at 11%. I would probably prefer 10oz or less and would like it in cooler weather (1,241 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to koopa for this one, cheers Dennis!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of, well mocha colored head. Above average lacing & a trace of head retention

S: Cream, cocoa & coffee, plus grinds, fades a bit a the end, pus a touch of booze

T: Roasty malt, cocoa, chicory, along with dryness & dark chcolate up front. As this warms, I get juicy, singed grain, coffee grinds & dark chocolate, plus a touch of iron & booze. Finishes warming, choclately, with juicy grain, charred grain & vanilla & toffee

MF: Smooth, semi-chewy, skews sweet, but is working for me

Drinks a touch slow between the ABV & heft. I am loving this for what it is, not for everyone I'm sure, but in my wheelhouse! Maybe my ultimate dessert/breakfast beer??? Nah, but close (762 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pinocchio's.

Of course I've seen this beer around everywhere, but as far as ST goes, I got into the habit of brushing them off as uninteresting, because I really didn't find many of their beers to be that good. But recently, either they just started "clicking" with me, or they've made some serious improvements. I'm going to have to revisit some of their other offerings after having Mokah on tap.

Obsidian black pour into a mini snifter, topped with a small cap of mocha head that fell to a ring and held there; tiny dots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was understandably big on roast, roasty coffee, roasty malts, hints of dark chocolate. Lots of robust flavor, dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses...that's about it, and with a name like "Mokah," what else do you really want? There was enough sweetness in this hearty brew to keep the intense roast at bay. Full body, smooth, velvety mouthfeel, despite the higher ABV. Yep, I'll go back for more of this one. (984 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 WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jah-Vah plus Choklat equals Mokah...at least in Southern Tier's beery little world. Poured on tap at Trivia Pub in moon, thanks god only a 10-12 oz pour. Tasty dessert beer that really hits you with the Hershey's sweet chocolate syrup with a touch of toffee. Pitch black pour with a deep toffee colored brown head, minimal scattered lace with the booze well hidden among the chocolate candy sweetness. Flavor is great but the roasted coffee beans were overshadowed by the layers of chocolate I already descrbed. I'm glad I tried this, mouthfeel was thick and syrupy with moderated slow bubbling carbonation pretty much chewy in nature. Drinkability overall is great in moderation, one of those beers that are great when you get a sweet tooth but not for my everyday imbibing. I had Choklat and JahVah in the past my heart lies with the Jahvah. (843 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark ruby brown color where only the minimal level of light can pass. Beige head that is predictable for stout, leaving stringy lace while maintaining a thin layer of bubbles after settling completely.

The smell is all mocha--no false advertising here. It leans slightly to the cocoa side, like a freshly opened Hersey's Cocoa.

Lots of cocoa to the tongue from the initial sip to long after the swallow. Interestingly, there's no indication to the high level of alcohol present. Lowly carbonated, given this beer a thick oily mouthfeel. (544 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mokah, A Stout Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee. "Imperial" Mokah.

Jamaican coffee, Belgian chocolate, caramel, chocolate & black malts...11%? We're in for some fun.

Aroma is all chocolate, coffee below, hops muted....appearance, utter darkness, rich, roasted brown head....that aroma is to kill for though...so, rich, bittersweet, ...is it my birthday already?

Taste:Insane! Everything I try from these guys goes further and further. Jahva, and Oat, and Choklat...these can be pushed further and made deeper, richer, fuller and more expressive in flavor? Damn right.
Bittersweet, coffee mingled with rich cocoa flavor...liquefied chocolate frosting.

Holy macaroni, this is great stuff. Full-bodied, long, luxurious finish. Damnably delicious. Pretty amazing, never quite tasted quite this much genuine chocolate flavor in a stout. Intense, decadent, almost indecent.
Yum, mmm! (885 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is black with a thin and brown, falls away quick. Almost no lacing. Rate of carbonation is difficult to determine in stouts and porters. Cannot see any but I assume it is there. Whoa aroma. Alcohol, solvent, chocolate, the aroma is a little harsh, in your face. Any roasted malt aroma is completely eclipsed by the chocolate.

Beer is warm in the taste. Probably due to the high alcohol. There is some roastiness on the back end of the flavor. The midpalate flavor is full of chocolate again. The coffee flavors definitely come at the end. Mouthfeel is fine. Neither thin nor thin. Imperial stouts should have some body to them, this hits the low end of that. Drinkability is surprisingly high considering style and ABV. Overall a very good, albeit, flavored beer. Imperial stouts are not my favorite, have to admit, but this one is good. (879 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/26/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass with some alcohol legs. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, toffee, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, light coffee, toast, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of chocolate, dark/roasted malt, and light coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, toffee, caramel, toast, vanilla, cream, coffee, roasted malt, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, cream, coffee, and roasted malt on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate coffee presence; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic chocolate/coffee imperial stout! Even with the significant age of it. All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of chocolate, dark/roasted malt, and light coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,445 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - poured into snifter:

Pours shiny black (dark brown when looking down into it) with a brown head that descends to thin wisps and a ring. Some dots and "legs" stick.

The smell is of very rich, delicious chocolate backed by roasted coffee.

The taste is of rich chocolate with very nice roasted coffee. They work hand-in-hand with each other and tied together by caramel. The ST house character is there. Sweetness, with a touch of warming, well-incorporated alcohol turns to a bitterish, dry finish.

Full-bodied and very smooth.

A rich chocolate/coffee dessert that has an easy drinkability for its richness and abv. (634 characters)

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

Near black with a modest but lasting tan head; mahogany highlights at the edges.

Well concealed ABV, particularly in the tasting.

Plenty of coffee and sweet chocolate in the aroma and in the flavor. The sweetness in the aroma is fine but there's a little too much in the taste. Started fine, but soon became cloying. A more recent tasting in June 2012 found the sweet level acceptable. The 'extra' sweetness did make for a notably nice coffee finish without much of the bitterness. (483 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduce to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet milk chocolate with light aromas of freshly brewed coffee and hints of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of sweet milk chocolate which is followed by moderate flavors of roasted malts and roasted coffee. Overall the beer is pretty sweet with a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick upfront with some light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer is fairly sweet and pairs really nicely with dessert - in my case leftover 1st birthday cake from my daughter's birthday party over the weekend (vanilla cake with vanilla frosting). The alcohol is pretty well hidden but due to the sweetness, this is a sipping beer. Quite enjoyable. (1,180 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet, chocolate scent that's right in line with the style. The taste is great! It has a smooth chocolate flavor with a nice complimentary coffee taste. This is a damn nice dessert beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's a bit on the sweeter side, but I'm a huge fan. (463 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.