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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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727 Reviews

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of muchos
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An entry into heavy dessert stout category. It pours a solid black with very little head and carbonation. There is a milky foam atop the black beer that hangs around through out the end of the glass.

The aroma is bourbon, chocolate with less coffee and more cocoa. It has a pronounced bitterness in the aroma which then carries through in the taste.

There is the chocolate milk shake flavor reminiscent of Choklat however the coffee provides a distinct bitterness, while the hops create a sense of bright tanginess. The flavor is like a deep chocolate-coffee cake with a vaguely citrus and grassy after taste. The warmth and flavor or alcohol seep in and create a lush, dark finish.

The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and milky. It fills the mouth and the warmth fills the gut and sinuses.

It is highly drinkable with a lingering dry bitterness like a medium roast Costa Rican coffee on the finish. Handle with care. The impact builds up quickly.

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Photo of patra7
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rare import for Greece, which I found and bought at a beer festival. I had this at home after 1-2 months of fridge-resting, in snifter glasses, split between me and my wife (650ml bottle).

Appearance: Black colour, perhaps with a reddish tint. Dark brown head, thin, quickly dissipating.

Smell: A smorgasboard of aromas starts attacking you from the moment you open the bottle. Chocolate(s), coffee, caramel, alcohol hitting on you with no mercy. I'm still sniffing on the empty bottle as I'm writing this! Fantastic!

Taste: A caramel-like, light sweetness, closely followed by sweet and bitter chocolate. The light bitterness presents itself halfway in, only to be "covered" by a new wave of caramel-like sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Siropy, but not too thick. Medium body, not highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Depends on how you define it... You start feeling the high alcohol towards the end of the 1st glass. I'm not sure I'd attempt to drink a 2nd bottle unless I was in a serious drinking mood. I love it anyway.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into small tulip glass:
A - Opaque black with dark tan head. Head lingers for quite some time.
S - Chocolate, espresso, vanilla,alcohol.
T - Unbelieveable. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee upfront followed by slight vanilla, then warming alcohol.
M - Full and thick. More like an aperatif than what is normally considered 'beer'.
D - I split this bottle with a friend and we both agreed that this would be incredible with a nice dessert such as tiramisu or rich chocolate cake. Definitely not a 'lawnmower' beer. Like all of the other Southern Tier products, this is worth a try.

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Photo of animalchin
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice (bottle suggests a goblet but the chalice is the closest wear I have). A dark dark dark black body that lets the slightest hint of dark red barely break through the presentation. The head is present for a short time, only to break down into an isolated film in the center attributed to the glass etching.

S - Dark chocolate aromas all over the place. For a second, I thought I was simply smelling hot chocolate. Some more sharper maltiness comes through, but the sweetness is just so much.

T - The flavors of coffee and chocolate raid the taste buds. Some more alcohol starts to come through after the initial sip, and then becomes straight up nearly corrosively alcohol bitterness.

M - Very condensed creaminess that stays smooth the whole way. The thickness shows no mercy.

O - An easy overbearing on the senses at first. If you really want a flavorful beer, look no further. It takes some time to get through this due to the unrelenting density in all qualities. A wonderful autumn evening beer around the fireplace.

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Photo of naproxen
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wished that this blended offering was a little heavier on the Java and little less on the Choklat. Now, I love me some Choklat now, later, and in between, however this Mokah came off like it was 80% chocolate and 20% coffee.

The body and appearance definitely hinted away from this being as dark or thick as Choklat. It poured with a pinky thin tea-stain brown head, dark brown body but not 100% opaque either.

The nose actually had some coffee in it, but mostly just chocolate and creamy milk, very sweet.

Besides tasting overly of Choklat, the actual flavor of this beer is flooringly tasty. There was even less of an alcohol presence in this than I expected given 11% abv. This goes down smoooth.

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Photo of TK5150
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours dark brown with a large beige head.

S- Brownie batter and Hershey's syrup.

T- Hershey's syrup is the biggest flavor, followed by brownie batter and dark fruits (prunes, raisins).

M- Full bodied, and average carbonation.

D- This beer is so sweet, it is ridiculously hard to put down after more than a few sips. I'm glad I split a bottle with one of my buddies. There is no way I could drink a bottle by myself.

Overall, an interesting experience. I have never had a beer that resembles chocolate syrup as much as this. Not very complex at all...very focused on the flavors presented. Somewhat artificial tasting. It is hard to drink after 3-4 sips. Very reminiscent of a desert wine where you really like the first couple sips, but almost detest the rest of the glass due to the sweetness. A hard beer to rate because of this.

I am interested/nervous to try their choklat after having this.

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Photo of GWhite
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful, glorious beer. Delighted to have this twice after it's retirement. Splendid merriment of chocolate and coffee, this easily outdoes it's parent beers. Silky smooth mouthfeel with limited amount of carbonation. It doesn't quite have the heft of the larger representations of the style but it gets very close in smoothness.
I really enjoyed this beer both times I've had it which spurred me to submit this while enjoying it the second time. Cheers.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in 10oz goblet.

Poured out black, slight tan head.

Big aroma of milk chocolate, with coffee backing and malts.

Great taste of milk chocolate with a little coffee, sweet caramels, malt, very sweet, hard to believe it's a beer.

Great mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, not too thick.

Overall, damn near perfect.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a tan head that fades and laces lightly

S - Swiss Miss of Choklat plus a little hint of coffee

T - Huge chocolate forefront met with a nice coffee backbone that provides roastiness and a little bitteness.

M - Medium-heavy in carbonation and full in body. Creamy mouthfeel, but a little too much carbonation for me.

D - This is so delicious it that 11% ABV doesn't mean anything with how delicious this was. Extremely drinkable. One of my favorite American Doubles.

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Photo of ltjska04
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my snifter, Mokah is jet-black with a small head of big, loose bubbles. Apparently opaque at first, it reveals brown edges when held to the light.

S- Hershey's Syrup. That's it. While pretty one-dimensional, that one dimension is pretty damn awesome.

T- This blend must be mostly Choklat because the chocolate flavor dominates. There is also vanilla, but I'm disappointed that the coffee taste is barely there.

M- A bit more carbonated than I'd like for this kind of beer. Not bad, but could be better.

D- While I really enjoy the flavor and smell of this I don't think I'd want to drink too many of these. It is very sweet and the alcohol is high which don't bode well for drinkability. However, I would definitely recommend it and look forward to having it again in the future.

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Photo of kylehayworth
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think the only other beer from the Blackwater series I have had was unearthly, I am surprised it took me this long to try this one...

A: The color was a glimmering blackish/brown, while pouring it leaned more towards the deep brown side, while in the glass a healthy black hue. The head was a swirled chocolate milk frothyness.

S: Hershey's chocolate syrup right away, WOW! This beer smells amazing. It also has mild hints of vanilla and coffee bean, maybe a touch of caramel.

T: The first sip leans toward the Hershey's syrup, after a couple of slow sips and a bit of warming the flavors become more pronounced: sweet chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee, vanilla.

M/D: This beer is silky smooth, with a sweet finish. The beer is pretty well balanced, maybe leaning toward the sweet side. I would pick another one of these up for sure.

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Photo of gatorbreath
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

really should be called the meal replacer...

black as night, chocolatey dark brown head, tall, some lacing, smell is chocolate and alcohol, almost scared me off from the nose, the taste is non stop chocolate/mocha and malt and heavy heavy chocolateyness on the palate on the back end...ridiculous..mouthfeel, heavy as F, overall, maybe 1 more ever...got lots of love for s. tier but this one is just too melted hershey bar in a glass for this cat


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Photo of DawnL
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with minimal tan/brown lacing that's sticky and clings to the glass.

Chocolate and coffee on the nose with vanilla accents. Smells like dessert.

Tastes of java and chocolate. Perfect mocha character.

Rich and thick mouthfeel. Like drinking Bosco - in a good way. It's basically like Manhattan Soda mixed with Bosco. Great flavor. Unctuous, rich - like having a chocolate milk - or even like having a milk shake.

Because of the heft of this beer in both abv and sweetness - it's not a beer that could be imbibed freely over an evening. Definitely a tasty after dinner beer - perfect for desserts - or as a dessert. Pour over vanilla icecream and enjoy!

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black with a one-finger mocha colored head, with nice lacing and tight bubbles. The aroma, as expected, has a lot of sweet chocolate and coffee notes, with maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste has those same chocolate notes, with some coffee bean and a slight bit of roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, along with being smooth and silky. The alcohol content is admirably hidden as well. However, it comes off a bit lighter and thinner than I would've liked.

Overall, a nice stout from ST, I look forward to trying their other sweet stouts as well.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this one at Charleston Beer Exchange last week for $9 a bomber. I've had Choklat and Jah-va in the past, and I was excited to try this blend. The bottle pours a deep, dark, ultra-brown color with a tiny ring of head. As far as appearances go, this looks more like a really dark brown ale than an imposing imperial stout. The aroma brings back memories of Choklat with its dominating, heavy, candybar, chocolate character. I don't detect the Jah-va in the aroma. The taste backs up the aroma. It's definitely sweet chocolate up front, and it then turns a bit drier in the finish. The change in the finish might be the Jah-va trying to come through, but it's hard to detect. The yummy chocolate flavor totally dominates in this brew. I'd like to say that the coffee flavor is a solid back-up to the chocolate, but it's very hard to find here. This doesn't surprise me since Choklat is probably the "most-all-around chocolaty" beer I've ever encountered, while Jah-va was only mildly coffee flavored. Do I like this beer? Yes...but, this beer is all about the Choklat portion of the blend, and it seems the Jah-va got lost somewhere along the way. It's too bad ST couldn't squeeze a stronger coffee character into this brew. Whatever the case, this is still a good brew and one that is probably most appropriate as a dessert.

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

SMELL: Intense, yummy sweet milk chocolate aroma. A little candy and some coffee earthiness.

TASTE: Tingly and sweet, the overall taste lives up to the delectable aroma. There's a long, prevalent flavor that lasts forever. Chocolate candy sweetness - like a chocolate liquor. Smooth and surprisingly not bitter for a stout.

The drinkability suffers some because it's a bit saccharine.

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Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle shared. Pours dark black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Slightly bitter at the back end. Medium bodied. Delicious!

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Photo of Raven3464
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pitch black body with a light ivory head.

Smell: A wonderful milk chocolate aroma fills the nose first followed by a cream soda hint.

Taste: As advertised on the bottle, a wonderful mixture of chocolate and coffee dominate. Some roasted malts are apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: This beer is creamy and heavy. There is a slight alcohol burn but you would never think the beer is 11% ABV without looking at the bottle.

Overall: Two flavors dominate but those two flavors are delicious. It lacks the complexity of other imperial stouts but it definitely is a unique take on the style.

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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 anthony23cippy
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours black that doesn't let even a tinge of light in around the edges, fine coffee/mocha colored head (looks the same as the same series' "creme brulee stout". Aroma is various dark chocolates, medium roasted coffee beans, a variety of malts which blend quite well in their characters of barley, chocolate, caramel, and other dark malts. Chocolate and coffee are prominent, but backed up heavily by a ton of malt, with a touch of hops to balance it.

Taste begins with a strong bitter malt, dark roasted barley and other malts, plus the bitterness of coffee, with a hint of chocolate sweetness. Taste finishes with the full sweetness of all the chocolate in it, which marginally dominates the flavor. As the glass warms up, the sweetness becomes more apparent/dominant throughout the mouth.

Mouthfeel is excellent, starts out as a bitter beer, the carbonation provides a nice mouthfeel, while the chocolate provides a finish reminiscent of chocolate milk. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer due to how it changes throughout, especially a 22oz bottle over time warming up a bit.

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Photo of kfsv034
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with a thin tan head that lingers just briefly before turning into a ring around the edge of the glass

S - Chocolate wow. Sweet and bitter chocolate, smells similar to hot chocolate

T - Chocolate is the mainstay in this brew. Sweet chocolate with a bitter finish could be bitter chocolate or the coffee. I dont really get to much in the way of coffee unless that bitterness at the end is due to it.

M - full bodied, milkshake like

D - At 11% and fairly syrupy idk that i could drink more than one 22oz bottle im on the second half of the bottle and its getting hard to drink

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Photo of Kudashov
2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter Mokah is nice black stout with a fat furry head . Aroma is sweet " moon pie " esque smell . Nice lacing on glass but after that, is where I have an issue with the brew. Tasting this over and over during MNF .The sweetness is too much .It is OK but not thick or chewy enough for my liking . It is not nasty but , this has been aged over a year and the flavors have not evened out. This is not Creme Brulee sweet but it is not my thing . Choklat is still my fav . If this had more of a coffee flavor then it would get a better grade . Good but not great .

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Photo of Cakanator
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #5, dessert. Had to grab this one for the chocolate pie ending. Pours almost completely black but illuminated by the tan head. I wanted to see if this smelled and tasted more like jahva or choklat... Choklat clearly winning on the nose, so rich! The palate follows gracefully without being cloying or overbearing. The flavors are rich, and for somethat tried it that night, too much chocolate. Balanced in my opinion, and went very well with the dessert.

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