Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 190
Gots: 340 | 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:
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(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of utopiajane
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with no head. Nose is coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Taste is malty with caramel and with roast. Smooth soft malt with an underlying expanse of caramel. Creamy choccolate lays down on the tongue. Roast takes up the background in a delightful way. Finishes a touch bitter. Perfect! Not too bitter and it has southern tiers signature malt sweetness that is like a wonderful cookie inside the beer. Only a bit of warmth from alcohol.

Photo of Domvan
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from Charles St. Liquors - always a good spot for a lot of stuff. Into a Portsmouth snifter...

First pour looks damn impressive. Dark chocolate/espresso dark with a peanut-colored head to match - actually looks sort of capuccino/cinnamon color. The head is unfortunatel quite ephemeral but the dark body has a nice hint of oiliness and viscosity.

The aroma is what you'd expect...deep, dark, mild roasted chocolatey malt with a calm hint of Italian roast coffee to match. Just like a Reese's cup..."tastes great together." There's a little hint of hop oils in there - maybe not the grapefruit aromas expected from C-hops but definitely some pine and a little flora. Balance in abundance.

This has potential to be excellent - sweet booziness and coffee chocolate goodness. Very much a maple/molasses character there as well. Unfortunately the finish when cold is a little tinny - hoping this clears up. Even after a couple of minutes I can tell that it's dissipating (thankfully). The dry slate from the coffee, bittersweet chocolate and patent malt cleans this up nicely. A little carbonation saltiness cuts the heft. $#!+ dog.

This hits the palate like a Pop Rocks sledgehammer. It's thoroughly meaty beaty big and bouncy but that carbonation gives a spritely tingle - maybe a little too much tingle. Doesn't pour down the gullet as much as oozes down. Still for its viscosity there's a slight layering feel to this - maybe a little more Beautiful Chemistry is needed, cause I'm getting a hint of clamminess.

javah is good, choklat is better. This should in theory either split down the middle or, if the idea was a good one, be more than the sum of its parts. Oh, it's good, alright. It's pretty damn good. Expecting the flavors to synergize a little more but hell, I'm not turning this down.

Some may accuse me for hating on ST, but I like their beers. Somehow as mentioned before, I have 1 or 2 of things like this and don't go back to them. The only ones I come back to the trough for are oat and pumking. And I liked creme brulee. This is good but it seems too much like a gimmick from a marketing sense. Guys, it's time to stop the pump & dump and stick to making good quality beers that people come back to time after time instead of hoping that every beer obsessive picks up only a couple bombers of each every season. Loyalty will be rewarding in the long run. And Cuvee #3 better be damn good, by the way...

Photo of ThickNStout
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a goblet. 

Pours jet black with half finger of light tan head that laces nicely on the way down. 

Nice nose of rich chocolate, roast coffee, burnt sugars & caramel. Very nice. 

Wow! Even the outstanding smell didn't prepare me for this superb blend. The coffee comes through fresh from the tap in a way it never has in bottles for me. It's followed by that rich chocolate flavor that Southern Tier does better than anyone else. Aside from that there is molasses, subtle fig/date, vanilla and a hint if bitter hopping. So many outstanding layers that almost completely mask the 10+% abv. 

Creamy smooth medium thick feel with appropriately subtle carbonation. 

Outstanding! Mokah rivals Creme Brulee as my favorite of the Blackwater series. Fresh on tap I can really catch the near perfect mixture of Jahva and Choklat. Delicious and worth a try. It also ages well so don't shy away from any old bottles you may run across. 

Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dim

It poured rather well into a snifter and produced a finger worth of tan head that went away rather quickly and nothing was left behind . The body was a black in color but it did really miss the lace on top of the glass. I thought this smelled wonderful, these guys do get the aromas' of there brews right. Big old chocolate and coffee it did smell like a Starbucks mochachino. The flavor was a bit sweet for me. though they should have bittered it up a bit. The brew bordered on being to sweet sometimes but the flavor was dead on for a mocha drink. It was medium feeling in my mouth but it did need a tad more carbonation
I finished the bottle myself but wished for someone to split it with half was thru one glass was enough in one sitting. A interesting brew I may buy another to share as a desert

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier and big tasty stouts. It's a good world to be in.
The scents of these big Southern Tier beers tend to be exciting and mokah holds to that tradition. Chocolate is big on the nose. Chocolate milk type cocoa, though not Yoohoo.
Flavor is also chocolatey, perhaps along with some vanilla extract. I'm not getting a whole hell of a lot of coffee out of it but maybe I could see a coffee drink, heavy with milk and cocoa powder. Possibly something along the lines of a chocolate soda.
Bosco! yeah.
Coffee comes across most in the bitter finish, though it really strike me as more of a dark, dark chocolate type bitter finish.
Booze doesn't really come across at all in the flavor but there's some of a boozy breath sensation after a bit; it's 11% strong, after all.
Chokolat is perhaps a more impressive Southern Tier stout but this one might be a bit better balanced. Definitely less potential for cloying. Tasty times.

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Black with a 2 finger head that slowly dissipates into a half finger or so with some alcohol legs and light lacing.

Smell- Lots of chocolate with some sour hop and boozy notes.

Taste- Follows the nose with lots of bakers chocolate and lots of hop balance.

Mouthfeel- Silky but still highly carbonated for a stout.

Overall- Good well balanced stout. Great dessert beer that even works well with chocolate and chocolate flavored desserts.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is heaven in a glass. I love both the JahVa and Choklit. Southern Tier has created a legit alternative to FBS which is one of my all time jaw droppers. This a a great dessert beer but it will work with bacon and eggs ,or in my case a tofu scramble with soy cheese and veggie bacon with biscuits and cajun gravy. Pecan waffles and pancakes also come to mind here. This beer is pretty in the glass with a good head, lacing and all but just a bit lighter in viscosity than you would think. This translates into a superb drinkability and a devilishly delicious taste. It is indeed a perfect union of the two premier stouts and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes either of them. One caveat is that the Choklit is the dominant partner as any good mocha blend would have it but there is a good strong JahVa component in the finish making it more bitter and thus a more rounded player for food. A firm hopping backs up the coffee bitterness. The feel is still thick and sticky like the Choklit but with a light oily slickness that is very pleasing and encourages you to hold it on your tongue and savor the liquid Hershey up front and Jamaican Blue Mountain in the finish. There is a silkiness as well. The abv is so well integrated that you never feel it draw attention to itself and so you forget about it and find yourself quite buzzed, looking at your other bottle wondering...

Yep, I drank this one alone as the other half fell asleep

This is a great beer. I plan on stocking up as it will delight my
wife, friends, and guests.

Photo of dbossman
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black and a bit bubbly with a huge frothy head with great retention; lacing is great especially considering the style

S: Rich chocolate--like chocolate syrup on top of a slightly bitter coffee aroma; roasted malts and a slight vanilla quality emanate as well; but that sweet chocolate dominates

T: Major chocolate--sweet milky chocolate like Hershey's chocolate syrup--with a bit of coffee; but that chocolate dominates; there is also a slight pleasant alcohol burn

F: A wonderful creamy viscosity all throughout the mouth; the beer coats the entire mouth and flows gracefully down the throat; perfect mouth feel

D: Delicious brew but almost an overwhelming amount of chocolate and not enough coffee for balance

Photo of ksimons
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black with no highlights seen, a fingers worth of dark tan head leaves some lacing around the top

S-lots of sweet chocolate with a nice roasted coffee smell mixed in

T-rich milk and dark chocolate with a good mix of dark roasted coffee. Well hidden alcohol for such a high ABV beer.

M-full body, milkshake quality, light to medium carbonation

Overall an excellent chocolate coffee beer, great smell and taste with an amazingly thick body

Photo of Nugganooch
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to mdfb79 for this growler fill - Cheers Dan

Notes from 09/12/11
Growler to Goblet

A: First growler pour was a slight viscous black color with some dark brown hints to it and no head. Just some specks of lace. Carbonation looked low however other pours yielded a decent 1 finger turbanado sugar cap to it.

S: Mokah smells like straight chocolate syrup. YooHoo bro. Deep chocolatey roasted malts. Some hints of this toasted oaky character too it. Has a sort of overall Tootsie Roll smell. It is quite incredible.

T: TOOTSIE ROLL. This is a rich and decadent brew no doubt. TOOTSIE ROLL Chocolaty for sure. TOOTSIE A tad thicker and def sweet but not too syrupy. ROLL Touch of licorice. Some booze. TOOTSIE ROLL Has a slight almost fake/artificial component to it that is not so pleasant but tolerable. TOOTSIE ROLL Some alcohol warmth. TOOTSIE ROLL A real treat. TOOTSIE ROLL.

M: Thicker body with any oily slick viscous mouthcoat.

D: A sweet and decadent sipper. Not something you are going to session at all.

Definitely an adventure in craft beer. A must try for any chocolate beer lovers...unless you can't stand TOOTSIE ROLLS

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Mokah

Served at DLD 2011 in a plastic cup.

Solid black in color with a dark dark amber edge along the bottom. An inch of dark cream colored head.

This beer smells like a melted Hershey bar. Decadent milk chocolate with a touch of vanilla.

The taste is out of control. Almost following the nose to a T, Mokah is filled with lavish milk chocolate and a touch of coffee on the end. A bit of booze warmth on the end as well follows the roasty malts.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a warming feel that lingers. Full-bodied beast

Overall, super impressed with the chocolate impressions implemented here. Liquid dessert.

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.