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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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717 Reviews
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Reviews: 717
Hads: 2,179
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 230
Gots: 465 | 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 Drewcifer
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Martin2D
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of ltjska04
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of kylehayworth
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of gatorbreath
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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

peas (453 characters)

Photo of DawnL
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (672 characters)

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of ohmybock
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,331 characters)

Photo of weazal
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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! (180 characters)

Photo of Raven3464
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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! (647 characters)

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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 (595 characters)

Photo of Kudashov
2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
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 . (575 characters)

Photo of Cakanator
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: jet black, small tan head
S: chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke/char
T: creamy, deep and rich, smokey and burnt, chocolate and coffee of course, balanced by a nice hop bitterness, alcohol interferes slightly
M: creamy without being syrupy
D: the wonderful depth of flavor keeps you coming back for more, the only blemish are the alochol notes, but under control for such a big beer

Another great, big beer from a great brewery. (430 characters)

Photo of Goldfish19
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. As I start to describe this jewel, I stopped and asked myself "what can I say about this that has not already been said before?" Well, If you like beer, chocolate, coffee, or any combination of the three, then you are simply going to love this. If not, you will probably wind up rating this a c+ or b-. I am delighted to say I side with the majority. This is amazing! A Southern tier offering never ceases to amaze me. The brewery is always pushing its beer to the outer limits. All the mouth-watering flavors mask the 11% ABV like it's not even there. A truly delicious treat! Highly recommended! ~ (668 characters)

Photo of RossCain
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 22oz bottle into an 11oz snifter

A: Poured from the bottle a dark, translucent brown looking a little akin to weak coffee. It eventually settled in the glass with a small, light brown head that receded quickly and left behind splotchy lacing. Appeared a very deep amber in the glass, almost reminiscent of Coke-a-Cola.

S: Sweet milk chocolate hits the nose upfront with a retreating characteristic of roasted malts and a vague lasting aroma of bittersweet coffee.

T: I could best describe the taste as extremely pleasurable, albeit virtually two-dimensional: sweet milk chocolate nicely blended a caramel roasted malt profile is readily noticeable upfront. Just as the taste is building to be possibly cloying, the distinctly bitter taste of roasted coffee steals the scene which mixes well with the bittersweet profile of the chocolate. Overall, a very pleasing start, middle, and finish. For 11%, the alcoholic crescendo of lesser imperial stouts seems like it is going to come in the middle of the sip but becomes pleasantly masked by the coffee like finish.

M: Thick, chewy, fully bodied and coating on the palate. Carbonation is slightly too prickly upfront with a mildly noted alcoholic warming in the back of the throat upon finish.

D: As previously noted, I believe there exists a very well blended sweet/bitter profile in this beer that masks the overall high abv. The beer goes down like a sipper but doesn't leave you not wanting more. At 11% abv and about $7.50 per bottle, the beer was of great perceived value to me to unwind and read outside with during a blustery night.

I'd recommend anyone who gets the chance to give a try to the Southern Tier Mokah. Overall, a pleasant (however, not perfect) Imperial Stout experience. (1,765 characters)

Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's- served in a 9 oz Brandy Snifter.

A- Black as a moonless night in the woods- very thin head, that quickly became a ring of lace around the egde.

S- Wow- just like taking a whiff of Nestle Cocoa powder drink mix! I've never had a stout with such a forward smell of dark chocolate.

T- CHOCOLATE (what a suprise)- very forward cocoa flavor with just a hint of malt on the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body- slight silkiness. Good combo of fizz and flavor.

D- A perfect five here- I really like this brew, and would have it firmly on a "beer dinner" list, paired of course with dessert! (603 characters)

Photo of HotHands
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours jet black into my Chimay chalice. Small tan head that quickly dissipates. Fairly typical for the style.

S - great intense chocolate smell, with some coffee as well.

T- wow, that's a lot of chocolate! Intense cocoa flavor, like a dark dark chocolate syrup. Hints of coffee throughout. Taste is quite sweet, but not cloying. Finish is bitter chocolate, like cocoa powder. Sometimes in stouts the finishing hops don't mesh well with the flavor, but this does.

M - heavy body, but it doesn't coat the mouth much. Average carbonation for the style.

D - this is definitely a sipper, what with the intense flavor and heavy body.

This is a great beer to have on a special occasion or to pair with dessert. Just keep in mind that drinking a whole bomber might be difficult unless you spend a lot of time on it. (816 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An aggressive pour into a snifter yields almost one finger of finely textured tan head. Body is what would be expected... black. Lots of it, and not much else. Head dissipates pretty quick - standard for an 11.2 ABV.

S - Mocah, obviously, is quite prominent. It smells like a creamy hot chocolate.... except cold. Maybe more like a glass of whole milk with a bottle of Hershey syrup poured into it. Smells fantastic, although I have a feeling that this might be a bit too sweet for my taste.

T - Pretty much like the aroma - cappucino, chocolate syrup, and plenty of it. Not overly sweet, but polishing off this bomber by myself might be a bit much.

M - Super thick, like a milkshake. Very viscous and slick.

O - Really solid beer that has a unique flavor. (764 characters)

Photo of wd40
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can see how this is a well crafted beer, but I don't think it was quite for me. There is definitely a lot of chocolate to the smell, and a fair amount in the taste, but not enough coffee to balance it out. The taste is also a bit cloyingly sweet. It had pretty soft carbonation that I think was detrimental to this brew because a bit more carbonation might have helped lift some of the cloying sweetness off the tongue.

Anyway, it's well crafted and an interesting experiment, but not balanced very well for my tastes. I can tell that the base stout is good, but I don't like the overwhelming chocolate flavor. I think it tastes artificial and needs to be balanced out by something else. This is something of a general problem I have had with Southern Tier beers. They have a fantastic smell or at least a very intriguing one, but they also have an overwhelming sweetness that is too much. (893 characters)

Photo of busterwhite
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Dark brown almost black in color, no head at all.

Big chocolate smell, hint of coffee.

Like the smell a big rush of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee flavor followed by a bit of an alcohol taste. Lingering sweetness stays in the mouth.

Light carbonation, rich and thick.

Definitely lives up to the Mokah name, a little too sweet and chocolaty for me. (382 characters)

Photo of ScottR
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very much not my type of beer, but I'm reviewing it anyway -- and favorably, because it succeeds in what it sets out to do even though I don't care for it.

It pours a brilliantly dark (if you know what I mean) chocolate brown, almost black, with a light head and nice lacing. The aroma is filled with chocolate and coffee.

The taste is incredibly sweet and chocolatey, to the point that you can't taste the high ABV. Mouthfeel is thick almost to the point of chewiness. There's another load of chocolate in the finish.

I don't like it and I will never ever buy it again for myself; Founder's Breakfast Stout is just about my limit in the chocolate-and-coffee-flavored beer department. But hoo boy, if you want a deeply chocolatey mocha beer, this one fills the bill, and it's very well crafted. If that's your thing, you'll like this one. (849 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.