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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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734 Reviews

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Reviews: 734
Hads: 2,239
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 234
Gots: 488 | 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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small khaki head on top, about a finger in height when poured. Not much retention, reducing to a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and mocha, but not really much in the way of coffee, which for me is fine.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of chocolate and some mocha, with very little coffee. Slightly sweet, but not over the top like other beers in this series.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really like this beer, more than the others I have had in the series, except choklat, because it is not over the top sweet.

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Photo of stakem
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Als in Enola.

Poured without a head into a pint. Color is black and No lacing at all.

Smell and taste are spot on with the name of mokah. Strong alcohol taste is present but hard to believe it's 11%.

Easy drinking and enjoyable but way over the top with the chocolate coffee taste.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a quarter inch of chocolate head. Nice retention. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, faint coffee notes, and alcohol esters. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Chocolate and coffee battle for the most dominant flavor with chocolate having the edge here. The alcohol adds a nice warmth to the finish, but does not diminish the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and full bodied.

Really a rather good stout. I wish the coffee and chocolate had more balance, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delicious. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. Pours black with a thin tan frothy covering. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of sweet chocolate, it reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Maybe a slight hint of coffee but way more chocolate then anything else. Very appealing and strong aroma though.

Taste is very chocolaty as well. Dark chocolate dominates the taste with some bitter coffee and roasted grains coming through as well. The bitterness and coffee come through more on the finish then anyplace else.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, one glass is good of this but I wouldn't want to consume the entire bomber. A little too sweet to drink that much of.

Overall a pretty good chocolate coffee beer but more on the chocolate side. A good choice for a desert beer but not something I would have very often.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate with some coffee as well as some cream. The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate with some creamy coffee notes. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A excellent, full bodied stout that is very heavy on the chocolate.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It was served with a finger of mocha-brown head with good retention. The nose was like an Arby's Jamocha milkshake - heavy on the chocolate, underlain with coffee. The color was a Stygian black. The mouthfeel was thick, full, and chewy. It really was like a milkshake, but a quality one, not one of those watery messes that they foist on us now. Lots and lots of dark, rich chocolate on the tongue. Man, I hovered on the brink of diabetes with each sip. The finish was equally intensely sweet. As a hophead, this would not normally be my first choice, but in this case, it was a rare opportunity on draft.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter giving a perfect milk chocolate brown head of small size with very uniform bubbles, with a dark walnut body. The color of the head is EXACTLY and I mean exactly like the color of the brown on the label of this beer.

Bouquet is impressive. Even just opening the bottle chocolate literally bursts out of this thing on the nose. Giant Belgian Leonidas good quality chocolate on the nose which is dominant, it is hard to get past it and anything else that is behind it. There is coffee but hard to find, and some malt which comes through easier after a few sips later.

Taste as always is very chocolate silky but also very balanced with coffee roast characteristics and some hint of a malt backbone on the finish. Velvet mouthfeel .. silky... just great. Highly masking the big abv although it is there but doesn't feel as big as the 11 mentions.

Great desert drink, or a perfect evening closing sipper. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, pours darkest shades of brown, with some ruby hues shining through, the head is dark tan, better the average reteniona dn leaving some spotty stickage. Nose is boldly of the advertized coffee and chocolate. Thick on the tongue, bold on the flavors, high on the quality department. Loads of coffee and over the top chocolate notes. Tasty sipper. More fine brew from ST. World class dessert beer, IMHO.

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Photo of Gavage
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger head that falls to a spotty surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: loads of chocolate rise from the glass. Some hints of coffee are there too.

Taste: big chocolate tones, nice coffee flavors, some prunes sweetness, mild roasted malt flavors, and a decent bitterness make up a superb double stout. Alcohol is warming but not noticable flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth and creamy throughout with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavor linger in the moth for a while.

Drinkability: this is one of the most drinkable beers I have had at this alcohol level. Easy to quaff and numerous glasses could be had over a session but it will hit you eventually. Great beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle pored into large snifters, split with oglmcdgl cause there is no way I could finish this whole bottle.

A- Pitch black like a cold night and with a moderate pour a faint dark tan head popped up with some bubbles within. The tan head faded before my glass was handed to me leaving just a sea of blackness. It took a very hard swirl to bring it back momentarily. Not much lacing just a scattered line here and there.

S- Well this really smells like choklat if you ask me but there is a very faint scent of coffee is in there but it isnt that pleasant smelling, almost generic. Overall I will give this one a pass on smell because I am a lover of choklat and this is not far off. Big huge amounts of dark malts are within the smell as well. Getting some tootsie roll as well and some mild roast.

T- Okay, a little more of the javah does come out in the taste and does make this pleasant, but in no way do I think this is a 50/50 split between the two styles, as the Choklat reigns supreme. Any hops that were used in the brewing process had no chance of making a dent in the taste, in this case they kind of support the overly sweet taste. Big focus on the malts in the taste as well.

M- Thick and sweet. Mokah has the same feel as choklat and many others in the blackwater series, although I have not had Javah by itself though. This one is very sweet and not for the faint at heart. Not bitter in any way, in fact i will venture to say no bitterness just candy like sweetness.

D- As I get older, I find myself to drink less and less in the blackwater series because it's just too much. I love Southern tier's desert beers, but only in about 5oz samples in a sitting. As for Mokah, it's a great beer but in the future i'll just pick between the two base beers and share amongst friends.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber with a couple friends. Can't say I'm surprised that like ST's other big, dark beers, this is on the sweet and syrupy side. It's not as a over-the-edge as the Creme Brulee, but I might enjoy this more on a scoop of vanilla ice cream than solo. Why? Well the beer is dominated by an almost cloying cocoa, with very minimal mocha notes. I wouldn't have guessed it's a coffee beer really (OK, it's a blend of Jahva and Choklat), many stout get more java flavor from their roasted malts. That said, it's makes for a tasty dessert beer with more balanced malts (against the chocolate, not the hops) than the Choklat. For my money, I'd just get the Jahva.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Temp: 48 degrees
Serving vessel: Snifter

Appearance: The darkest of amber and brown. Small khaki colored head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Big time chocolate is the first thing I noticed. Also a subtle coffee aroma.

Taste: Decadent milk chocolate. Roasted coffee in the finish with cream and vanilla. Espresso notes, hops are there to give the beer some balance.

Mouthfeel: Chocolatey, some warming booze as it goes down. Full bodied, smooth, low carbonation but not too syrupy.

Drinkability: Tasty, but one that would be best suited as an after dinner beer or as a sipper.

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Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Black with a khaki head. Dense retention and a whole lotta lacing. Nose has a ton of cocoa powder, milk chocolate and sweet dark malts. Not much in the way of roast or coffee character. More cocoa powder, bakers chocolate and slight heavily creamed coffee. Light roast, sweet and a touch of alcohol which is great for the actual ABV. Perfectly smooth carbonation, medium body. An excellent coffee/chocolate stout, different than Peche let's say, but hits it's mark in a sweeter gentler way.

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

Pours black as ink with a very nice beige head that fades to a ring. Fantastic aromas of very rich dark bitter chocolate and rich black coffee, perhaps with just a hint of cream and sugar. Not very sweet, lots of nice bitterness here. The taste has lots of strong, high quality coffee flavors with a finish that is more bitter chocolate, cream, and a touch of sweetness. Very big beer, but very smooth and quite enjoyable. Not nearly as cloying and sweet as the Creme brulee, but delivers an equally flavorful hit. Very good.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.