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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,851 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 173
Gots: 320 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of utopiajane
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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.

utopiajane, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of djre4orm
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

djre4orm, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous black body and a frothy tan head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation leaving a dark sticky lacing as the head resides but remains faint throughout the beer.

Wow, the aroma is leaping from the glass featuring tons of dark malts such as chocolate & caramel with other coffee aromas, and more sweet chocolate. This smells amazing!

HOLY S**T! Desert anyone? An impressive flavor of dark, sweet, chocolate, coffee, and just a touch of hop bitterness towards the back of the palate, all in a harmonious blend with the roasted malt to develop a pleasant warming feeling at the finish.

Medium carbonation with a thick, chewy body, and delightful flavor variety with just a slight alcohol kick to finish.

In terms of flavor, this beer is second to few. It is absolutely delicious, with the only downside being that it is a touch syrupy which keeps the drinkability in check. Likely a good thing, otherwise I would breeze through this bomber way too quickly. This is an amazing beer though. A must try if you like the style (and even if you don't). Have it after dinner on a cool night and relax.

CHADMC3, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out nice and black into a snifter. Carbonation was quite low and it didn't have much of a head. The nose had coffee and strong chocolate notes. It reminded me of cake mix.

As expected, there's lots of flavor here. Intense chocolate and toasted malt flavors are quickly pierced by dry coffee and hop notes. Unlike Jah-va, which balances the bitterness of the coffee with malt sweetness, this one balances it with chocolate sweetness. The end result is very satisfying.

One could call this a true `dessert beer'. I could probably drink it often, as it is extremely tasty without being too rich and syrupy. If you've never had Southern Tier's `dessert' stouts, I'd suggest you get all three: Choklat, Jah-va, and Mokah. I think this one was my favorite.

deadonhisfeet, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Black with a well....mocha head.
smell: Oh man! I teetered on a 5. Malted milk ball, dark chocolate Mocha! This works and then some.
taste: More of the same! Weirdly enough, it isn't over sweet.
mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy goodness.
drinkability: So well balanced that the intense flavors and surprisingly dry finish make this much more drinkable †han expected.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a not quite transparent black with ruby highlights around the edge of the snifter.
Smells strongly of chocolate, or should I say, Choklat. Lots of deep roasty chocolate and a bit of coffee.
Taste is nicely sweet, lots of milk and dark chocolate. Seems like the coffee is dominated by chocolate. It comes through in the finish but it takes a while. Slight noticable alcohol.
Feels pretty thin which is my biggest complaint. A stout this tasty should be dense and heavy. It's not so easy to drink either, it would be hard to finish a bomber by yourself.

kirok1999, May 13, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 11.2% ABV listed on the label.

A- Pours a nearly pitch black color with a thin foam head that fades to a ring. Some scattered lacing left behind.

S- The aroma is of cold strong black coffee and milk chocolate.

T- Very chocolaty and sweet with an enormous amount of alcohol in the finish. Wow, this baby tastes hot! Very heavy chocolate milk flavor with a touch of coffee and roasted barley.

M- Thick and chewy with gentle carbonation. Rich silky feel.

O- A really tasty stout but very boozy.

projectflam86, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of BeastLU
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BeastLU, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of wiltznucs
4/5  rDev -4.8%

wiltznucs, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of NODAK
2.9/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the nose, it's very sweet and chocolatey with a hint of coffee. It's not really all that different from Choklat to be honest. I think I'm in for another diabetes beer.

Unsurprisingly, it pours pitch black with a nice, dark brown head. Doesn't last too long, however.

Taste starts off with semi-sweet chocolate but turns pretty quickly to a strong, pretty bitter dark chocolate and coffee taste. The power of the bitter dark chocolate and coffee make me grimace a little bit. It actually seems more bitter dark chocolate than coffee, though. The aftertaste is pure roasted malt/coffee. Wowza.

Not my favorite, honestly. I just did not enjoy this as much as other offerings by ST. Thus far, in the Blackwater series, this is my least favorite.

NODAK, May 04, 2011
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Mikeluzzjr, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Wayne17
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Wayne17, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of SawDog505
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel glass, bottled 4/12/12. Pours almost pitch black with a 3 inch tan heads, that leaves gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is so powerful, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste is all of that, balanced very well, a perfect combination of the nose, but alcohol is hidden well for the ABV. Body is medium large, more carbonation than normal out of a stout this size, not overly dry, and has a ton of flavor, but is still very approachable. This is very nice.

SawDog505, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of ramrod666
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

ramrod666, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of becktone
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 8-25-09

Knowing that this is a combination of the two-Jahva and Choklat-I'll see how much in balance they are and how well these two have been combined

Eye: Opaque and black, what else can you expect? Head has a nice size good retention and formation, lacing appears nice...all in all its a creamy tan. Looks better than the Jahva from earlier today.

Nose: Oh, that big chocolate that is oh so familiar from Choklat is present here, like melted/liquid chocolate and its the extra expensive kind...it beats the shit out of Hershey's. Nose is mostly akin to that of Choklat. Sweet dark fruit is present, fruitiness here reminds me of Queen Anne's Chocolate Covered Cherries. All in all great, hopefully the coffee comes through more in the flavor. So far no qualms as the Jahva the coffee didn't come through that much in the aroma.

Tongue: Chocolate flavor is strong (no complaints) and is accompained by the driness of the coffee beans. Sweetness from the chocolate is nicely countered by the bitterness of the beans and the roasty flavor that comes from them. At first sweetness is so upfront you can't get anything else. After the second sip it becomes more balanced and more complex. The palate gets more. Its balanced between chocolate and coffee very nicely. The best of both worlds.

Feel and Drinkability: Feel is nice, lighter in carbonation than the Jahva which works very well, too high would kill the chocolate in here. Feel in heavy (but lighter than both the Jahva and Choklat at the same time) and smooth too, just as are the two separate brews this comes from. Its not as smooth as the Choklat but smoother than the Jahva (Smooth as in velvety feel). This is very easy to drink, as aforementioned the best of both worlds. Very easy to drink and dangerous too. I'll be enjoying the rest of this bottle. I recommend this, highly recommend this. My choice of the three are Choklat, Mokah, Jahva.

becktone, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Catskeller - Cincy, OH

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Moderate frothy head, moderate lacing.

S: Strong cocoa and tootsie roll aromas.

T: Biter-sweet and roasty with flavors of cocoa and tootsie rolls. More chocolate than java. Slight burnt character in finish. A touch of heat.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and warm.

D: Quite tasty. Better than java or choklat. Yet, one glass is enough for satiation.

klewis, May 29, 2009
Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

yeah, probably shouldnt do it. devouring a whole 750ml on my own.

poured a bit cold which may have affected the head whgich is a wispy tan reaching over the top of the beer. the liquid itself is not as dark as i expected. a few shades short of black. a bit reddish and dark brown at the edges. not as imposing as i first imagined.

the smell on the other hand...that is something else altogether. this is totally cocoa in a glass. this is not beer as i have known it. this puts youngs double chocolate stout to shame! a slight hint of alcohol to remind you this in not your average after dinner drink. surprising how it stays in the background though. that smooth chocolate just fills the nostrills. incredible.

the taste could probably never live up to that aroma. and here, it doesnt. it is beer afterall. still quite enjoyable though. smooth and drinkable and quite easy to drink for 11%abv. the alcohol is really quite well hidden.
(I'll talk about the mouthfeel here as well as it has a big impact on the overall taste of this beer).
and here its an even bigger disappointment. really quite thin and unspectacular. this combination is a disservice to the beer. there is a big chocolate component here and a bit of coffee in the backgroud, but lacks much roasted barelyto give it that big stout presence.

interesting case this. here the light body probably aids drinkability (as evidenced by my nearly empty glass) but reduces the overall enjoyment of the beer. its so close to being great, and even one of my favorite big stouts, but just falls a bit short. it really is quite an experience though. love that aroma!

joecast, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of HopDerek
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny.
Pours a dark brownish black color with a thin tan head into a tulip glass. Good retention and some lacing. Smells of chocolate, tootsie rolls, caramel, and cream. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, cream, dark chocolate bits, and tootsie rolls with a touch of roasted malt and a bit of coffee in the finish. Medium-full body with low carbonation but a nice pop. Smooth and sweet. Amazingly easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well. A little too high in ABV and sweet for me to want to session this, but it is a real nice treat!

HopDerek, May 20, 2009
Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

briandaube, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Strix
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown, decent initial head, minimal subsequent head.

Chocolate dominates the nose, with a little booze.

More like something that should go over ice cream. Semisweet chocolate, hershey's syrup, coffee, sugar, and wood. Surprisingly not cloying.

Super smooth mouthfeel.

Delicious dessert beer and a really nice sipper. I am a sucker for chocolate and coffee stouts and I enjoyed this one.

Strix, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Zonian1, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of ahbithwabm
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

ahbithwabm, May 20, 2014
Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -4.8%

jsurfs82, Jan 22, 2012
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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