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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,977
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 194
Gots: 356 | FT: 12
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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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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of soupyman10
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thin finger of tan head that quickly dissolves down to a fine film. No real lacing. Looks solid if not particularly special.

Nose is huge. Massive chocolate malt along with roasted coffee, like the bottle advertises. Subtle dried fruit, maybe raisins in particular. Brown sugar. Very nice.

Flavor is likewise monstrous. That massive chocolate malt is up front. Up front notice that alcohol, but it fades fairly quickly as the beer warms (kind of opposite of what you'd expect). Roasted coffee malt in there, although it's fairly mild (and gets pretty dominated by the chocolate). Actually, overall, it legitimately tastes just like a mocha, which...makes sense.

Body is full. Carbonation is mild but this is a smooth beer.

First Southern Tier I've had in a long time, and I really enjoyed it. The mix of Jahva and Chocolat goes works really well - evening out the sweetness of the Chocolat. Tasty.

P St. Whole Foods/$9/22 oz

Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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 KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, almost black, small tan head that was gone quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma is full of chocolate. Tootsie roll chocolate to be exact. Pretty much smells exactly like ST's Choklat. No coffee can really be found in the nose. Big time chocolate flavor on this one. I'm still having trouble distinguishing this one from Choklat. I suppose there is a light smattering of coffee in the background, but the thick luscious chocolate flavor pretty much washing everything else out. A nice roastiness is also present, but this is a chocolate dessert drink like no other. Mouthfeel is medium-high, average carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden in the taste, but a warming can be felt on the way down. Really, I can't say it enough, this pretty much tastes just like Choklat with only a little bit of coffee mixed in. Not bad, but really nothing new it seems. It really does taste great and I think some age would do wonders for this brew.

Photo of silentjay
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours into a tulip with a generous light-khaki head that retains and laces well (though a bit lighter than I imagined) on top of a brown-tinted black liquid thats not quite as viscous as I would like, though its still an attractive pour.

aroma is predominately sweetened chocolate. a bit of espresso as well. chocolate covered espresso beans! very little beery aromas, unfortunately. some caramel, vanilla, and hot cocoa.

taste follows as the "easter bunny" chocolate is first to take hold of the palate. Not the drying baker's chocolate as is found in many stouts, but rather the sweetened candy chocolate. coffee takes a back seat, but is there. Beer flavors are pushed to the background, but are of roasty dark malts. a bit of booze warms the aftertaste which hints at a bit of hops as well. Very tasty dessert beer, but would like a bit more beer flavors.

medium-heavy bodied with plenty of carbonation and some "corn syrup" stickiness on the swallow.

Drinks rather well. Very sweet, and almost over-the-top flavoring may not be for some, but would do well for many people who claim to not like beer. Perfect dessert beer that packs a bit of booze in strength and flavor that detracts slightly from its drinkability.

Photo of steve8robin
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like a lot of the Southern Tier stuff. Haven't gotten the chance to try this brew yet, but wanted to for a while. 22oz bottle...

A: Super perfectly dark with a 1 inch tan head that fades at a fast pace leaving a bubbly lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Get some chocolate notes upfront with some roasty scents quickly followed. The more you smell the more the chocolate overtakes the nose. Sugary malts quickly followed. Good.

T: The texture of this on my palate really follows suit with chocolate just without the intense over the top chocolate flavor. I get some roasty coffee bean upfront with some chocolate notes in the middle. Some licorice and hints of candi sugars on the backend. I get some vanilla and cocao also. Very good.

M: Full bodied with a very heavy carbonation. Good.

D: This one goes down after you get through the carbonation wall.

All in all, this is another good brew from ST. I def love the over the top flavors of this brewery. Definitely try if you like Choklat or similar thick / heavily carbonated stouts.

Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black to ebony colored beer, only a hint of light passes at the edge of the glass, mildly frothy head, some visible viscosity to the beer, there are minor patches of stick foam along the edges - 4.25, S: The chocolate and coffee that are mentioned on the label dominate the nose, there is a powdery sweetness that reminds me of Nestle Quik, slightly herbal - 4.50, T: A thick syrupy sweetness to the beer, alcohol is noticeable but considering that it is 11.0% it is remarkably well hidden, as expected chocolate and espresso command the palate, some pitted fruit flavors such as plums and possibly peach, a touch of raisin and vanilla is also noticeable, an exceptional beer - 4.50, M: Extremely creamy and thick - 4.25, D: Very drinkable even at the high alcohol content, rivals their Chokolat Stout beer, complex and a beer that I would unquestionably drink again - 4.50

Photo of scootny
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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 BrownAleMale
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of zoso1967
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mokah pours a deep dark blackish brown that appears quite opaque, but shows some orange highlights around the edges.. The head is wonderfully fluffy and mocha colored with excellent retention and decent lacing abilities. This is a very attractive brew.

The aroma is just what I had expected and yet at the same time not. It is predominantly chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate really ruling the roost. It is a chalky bakers type chocolate aroma crossed with chocolate milk that reminds me a lot of Choklat. The coffee aromas seem nice and roasty.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well, though the coffee comes through very nicely on the back end of the flavor with its sharp roasty qualities. The flavors are intense and true, but chocolate and coffee are pretty much all I get. I pick up a bit of vanilla and some caramel as it warms, but they are way in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a smoothness that is broken up by some lively bubbles. The finish is sweet, but tempered by the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors.

This is another flavorful beer from the blackwater series. It is quite tasty, but just like all the others it is a bit over the top. I must say though, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it had more coffee in the aroma.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz pours a dark brown, cola around the edges, thin mokah head which dies to the odd spot of head. Not much retention.

Cocoa powder, espresso, sweet sugar, caramel, chocolate milk in the nose.

This is not as chocolatey as Choklat, not as coffee as Jahva but a pleasant mix. Blends a little too much into a nondescript sweet mess but still a pleasant stout. Cocoa powder and roast bitterness, sweet caramel and milk, chocolate, lighter coffee, espresso in finish, hint of booze in the throat, very sweet body.

A sipper for sure and the smooth, light carb aids the sipping. A dessert beer, wouldn't want this with a meal or summer. A bomber is the max but for what it is, relatively drinkable.

Photo of M1A2
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BMoney575
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-30-09

Pours super black, no light at all, even on the edges. Almost no head, and absolutely no lacing.

Smell is immense chocolate, sweet and bitter at the same time. Tons of vanilla, with a very young, sweet-stout aroma dominating. Super sweet, but very enjoyable.

Taste is all alcohol bite, with lots of sweet vanilla flavor. A little coffee is in there, right at the end, but the finish is all booze. Not as offensive as it might sound, just very young.

Mouthfeel is thick and very creamy, spot-on for the flavors.

Drinkability is not very good, the sharp alcohol and sweetness are a wicked combo.

Overall, a good beer, and I might have to pick up another one, to age for awhile.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a light tan head.

Mokah is right! No word could describe it better. Its like a mocha milk shake with chocolate sprinkles. Maybe I'm just anzious to kick back and enjoy this one, but I just don't know what I can add here. Amazing Mocha aromas combine with an equally remarkable mocha flavor to create a decadent, deliscious brew. Full bodied and velvety in feel. Really lingers on the palate.

Depth is the strength of this beer. It doesn't offer much range of flavor, its really all about chocolate and coffee and nothing else, but those flavors are captured so brilliantly I couldn't hope for anything else. The other thing that impresses me is the lack of bitterness. Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stouts tend to be rather bitter, sometimes to their detriment. Mokah is almost the opposite, if anything it may be a tad sweet. In any case, it is just the right beer for a cool Kansas City night next to the fire. Speaking of which....

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours relatively thin (for the style) dark brown with a two finger light brown head that leaves spotty lacing and holds a light foamy cap and eventually settles down to just a ring.

Aroma is pretty much pure dark and bakers chocolate, cocoa, some roasted coffee, touch of dark fruits for that Raisinette character, some nuttiness, and a little bit of grassy, herbal hops deep underneath along with a bit of alcohol. Very pleasant and potent aroma overall.

Flavor is rich dark chocolate, cocoa, bakers chocolate, rich roasted robust coffee, fair bitterness and sweetness battling it out, and a strong dose of alcohol which is really the only detractor as it only gains in strength as I work my way down the glass. Oh well. Still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat sticky, medium carbonation.

Very nice overall, I like this better than Jahva, have yet to try Choklat. Booziness is the primary concern, which I'm finding is a common theme among Southern Tier 22oz beers and their apparent 11% ABV benchmark.

That being said, this still scores well with me as I am a sucker for both chocolate and coffee beers, and this really hits the spot in many ways. Glad to have finally tried it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 halo3one
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Rich, black, thick

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, malty

T - Coffee heavy with mocha, not a lot else

M - Over carbonated

O - I find that Southern Tier over carbonates their stouts. It tastes smoother as it's allowed to aspirate an hour or so and open up.

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,977 ratings.