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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,918 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 183
Gots: 332 | 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 BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown/black with a finger of tan head.

its aroma is probably its best attribute: sure smells tasty. chocolate leads the way, along with coffee, vanilla and booze, with some roasted malt also strongly evident.

taste follows the smell; obviously chocolate, with big notes of coffee, roasted malt. sweet. hefty ABV not as well hidden as in others within the style. full-bodied mouthfeel, a bit syrupy.

one to sit back and slowly enjoy. very tasty imperial stout rendition from southern tier. that said, one glass of the stuff will suffice.

originally reviewed on: 06-25-2010

BostonHops, May 09, 2012
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a pitch black with a peanut tan colored head. Not too impressive, but the head on this stout is pretty thick.

S: This brew smells of chocolate covered coffee beans. More milk chocolate then bitter, and the beans are on the lighter side of espresso. There is an overall sweetness that invites the lips to take their first sip.

T: Souther Tier does an excellent job of taking a flavor note and really putting it out their in a stout. Creme Brulee is an excellent example of this. This brew is supposed to be a mix of their Jahva and Choklat. Although I haven't had either, this brew is a very good ying and yang of chocolate and coffee. The presence of alcohol and a little hop tingle let you know that you are in fact still drinking a beer.

MF: The mouth feel is very very chocolate like creamy.

D: Compared to Creme Brulee, which was tooo sweet and tooo much vanilla to get through a bottle, this stout is very much drinkable. I would have preferred a lower ABV to cut down on the Alcohol bit though.

TKEbeerman, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of BrownAleMale
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

BrownAleMale, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Pens1967
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pens1967, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Houser, May 09, 2014
Photo of korguy123
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super, oily, inky pour. Heavy and viscous with a two finger tan head. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

Dark chocolate syrup, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, fresh baked bread. There is a touch of molasses and licorice.

Chocolate syrup, espresso, molasses and vanilla. Super rich, super decadent.

Medium to full body, slightly syrupy, medium carbonation really sticky on the lips.

korguy123, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of alcstradamus
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pours a very dark brown, about as dark as you can get before it becomes opaque. Holding it up to the light reveals dark red highlights on the sides. Moderately hard pour yields about a finger and a half of tan head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves only spotty lacing

S--Chocolate dominates the nose with coffee beans taking a backseat. I haven't had a Southern Tier Choklat yet, but descriptions of that beer state that it smells just like Hershey's Syrup and they were definitely right. Its like a chocolate milk that someone splashed with a tiny bit of coffee.

T--Oh yeah...exactly what I had hoped for when I first heard this beer was being brewed. Great balance of chocolate and coffee and a huge overall flavor. This is what I love about American Stouts. While the chocolate dominates the nose, the taste ends up being dominated by the coffee. Take a cup of joe, throw in four or five creamers, melt a few tablespoons of chocolate chips in it, and presto you have Southern Tier Mokah. There is a back end bitterness from the coffee that lingers and masks the chocolate after a while, which is preventing me from giving this a 5 on taste

M--Medium-to-full bodied, I would have liked a little more thickness but its not bad. Oh, and the Hershey's Syrup burps taste excellent!

D--This bomber is disappearing too quickly. I can't believe that this is 11% ABV, it drinks almost like a session stout. Great beer from Southern Tier

alcstradamus, May 05, 2009
Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DangerDawg, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of drseamus
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: black body with frothy milk chocolate river head.

S: Rich milk chocolate, almost all chocolate. Super sweet and perfect. Makes me think of hersheys milk chocolate syrup.

T: Almost all chokolat, a light roast from the jahva in the background at the end.

M: It leaves a dusty dry cocoa in my mouth. Very full body.

D: Served in a pint, I wish it was in imperial pint.

drseamus, May 22, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz brown pop top bomber with nice label with a ditty about the beer and a list of ingredients (I love it when breweries do this)

Appearance: Ultra dark brown near black beer with BARELY any light penetrating even the edges when held up to a lamp...a hard pour produces a medium dark cream head that fades to a thick film with pretty good retention

Smell: Straight up old-fashioned chocolate cream soda like my grandma always had around for us when we were kids...simple, odd, and nice...there's just the barest hint of coffee in the background

Taste: Quite a bit more roasted coffee present in the flavor than in the aroma...there's a nice balance of light cocoa and coffee, with more bittersweet chocolate coming through on the finish...this is not the chocolate cream soda bomb that it is on tap; it's more balanced, with a little more roasted bitterness in the finish...a touch of alcohol present as well

Mouthfeel: Thick, a touch hot and alcoholic, but not over-the-top by any means, especially at 11%abv

Drinkability: 1 bomber was perfect for dessert split between me and the wife

Conclusion: A different animal than on tap; I actually think I like the bottled version better...great dessert beer, served this one with dark Belgian chocolate with espresso beans

BedetheVenerable, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured unto a snifter.

Appearance: Superior black, I put it up against the light and just completely opaque. Head is tan which comes off at least two lingers length off the body when originally poured.

Smell: I just poured this with reading the label, or the reviews and right away smell pure dark chocolate. It is almost perfect, just that not sticky smell like some other beers I have had.

Taste: The taste magnified, chocolate, coffee bean, little sweet but not chick sweet I am talking about for a dark beer it is sweet. Feel of caramel which it is just jumped into one of my favorite stouts.

Mouth: Just right, all I have to say (and you need to know).

Overall: Incredibly well put together beer, this is the not the way stout should be but the way "Mokah" is. Flavor just screams drink me and you will not be disappointed by picking this up. Hope you all enjoy...Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Rihup
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Rihup, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Domvan
5/5  rDev +19%

Domvan, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Reaper16
2.7/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

650mL bomber served into a Chimay goblet

Again, like every beer I pour into this Chimay goblet, there is essentially no head. Tan/orange foam settles into a small ring that laces in spots. The beer does not pour as black as I expect out of imperial/double stouts. Its reddish brown around the edges of the glass both looking at the side of the goblet and looking straight down on top of the liquid.

Oh, holy balls does this beer have an assertive bouquet. Vanilla -- oh, the unrelenting vanilla -- grabs ahold of every nose hair that I have. Just within the first five seconds of pouring this beer I am already thinking how smart it was to have this beer as dessert. After the vanilla, the chocolate wafts through. It doesn't smell "bittersweet" as the label proclaims its Belgian chocolate nibs to be; this is milk chocolate all the way. Sweet chocolate and vanilla become comprehensible together only to have pure sugar enter this mad-baker's equation. It smells like cinnamon roll icing -- not thick and super-cloying like cake icing, rather a thinner, more toned-down sugar blast. Finally, after some digging (and a few pauses to check my insulin level) I get the coffee. Its not so much roasted (again, as the label says) as it is reminiscent of a Starbucks Frappacino (sp?) bottled drink. All of these scents are good in isolation, but they sort of clash here by virtue of the strength of each element. This is saccharine.

Mokah isn't as sweet on the tongue as the nose suggests. Don't get me wrong -- I still feel as if my throat has been filled with congealed sugar. But some of the less-sweet aspects of chocolate and coffee actually make themselves known. There is a touch of roasted chocolate malt, especially on the back of the mouth. There are some definite alcohol fusels here, and they are unwelcome (even though they do interrupt the onset of diabetes). This is one of those beers that seems artificially boozy; that its high ABV of 11% is unnecessary. A lower ABV would serve the beer. Generic coffee aftertaste is the beer's lasting impression before the next, syrupy taste. I've got 75% of this bomber left, and it is going to be a chore to finish by myself. At the end of the day, this is still an imperial stout with familiar malty flavors. And generic milk chocolate & coffee syrup flavors aren't the end of the world. This is a decent beer. But its a little much for someone with healthy blood sugar levels.

The mouthfeel is the finest quality of Mokah. It has a familiar imperial stout thickness. Unfortunately, this positive (for the style) attribute contributes to the problem with drinkability, i.e. that this is too sweet for nominal human consumption. The good level of thickness here makes for a beer that is like pouring brownie batter down your throat. Combine that with the 11% ABV and you have a bomber that is difficult to consume alone unless you are a notorious sweet tooth.

I've had this bottle in my fridge since May. I don't know why I drank this on an August night. Partly because the weather was kind of cool, and partly to clear room in the fridge, I guess. I have never had Choklat or Jahva before, so I cannot comment as to how well this blend accommodates or improves upon those offerings. I am an imperial stout kind of guy, but this is huh wow (to borrow a message board meme). Southern Tier Mokah is straight up enamel-erasing. I feel like I've eaten an entire box of Russel Stover assorted candies. And taken a couple of shots of booze on top of that. I didn't come into this review with the intention of bashing the beer or writing funny lines or anything like that. But when a beer has such strong flavors that clash against each other, never making a cohesive whole, then I have little choice.

Reaper16, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev -4.8%

closisinthehouse, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Walkerjgt
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Walkerjgt, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Moses_Malone, Friday at 11:34 PM
Photo of therica
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= dark mahognay or darker, pours glassy like a thick brandy. Modest head when poured carefully but enough head to let you know it's there, medium brown. Almost no lacing or rimming.

S= very nice, the strongest point of this beer. Woody, smoky, nutty, roasted, with chocolate and coffee notes.

T= a bit syrupy sweet for my preferences but very nice otherwise. Similar to a Mocha version of their Choklat but I prefer the latter. Some hops bitters in the mix but I'd prefer more toned Noble hops rather than whatever they use.

M= slightly chalky on the tongue and a bit too syrupy. Slightly cloying and yet this bitter undertone that clashes.

O= decent beer, good for a try if you like their Choklat. Overall though, for me, it gets nearly nauseating after less than half a pint. Too sweet and syrupy, the nose become perfumy, and there's an unfitting bitterness that just doesn't match. To me it's more like a ruined Choklat.

therica, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Blanco
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, almost black color. small light brown head. smells is mostly of chocolate and dark stout malts. Coffee is almost undetectable, which is a shame coming from a stout that's supposed to have it. slight hints of tootsie roll in the smell as well.

Taste is very much of tootsie rolls, very strong chocolate flavor. again, coffee is non-existent. Malt and molasses is very strong. As the beer warms, the tootsie roll sensation starts to fade away and more of a "pure" chocolate flavor comes through. Slight warming sensation, but other than that, ABV is not really detectable.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Overall, this would not be quite so disappointing had it not advertised coffee. Otherwise, it's a decent chocolate stout that masks it's strength well.

edit: interesting that after writing this, the previous reviewer also noted Tootsie Roll.

Blanco, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of wiltznucs
4/5  rDev -4.8%

wiltznucs, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of yamar68
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to snifter, bottled 4/13/12:

Pours a deep black with an edge of copper clarity. A thin half finger of light brown head dissipates quickly, leaving wisps of carbonation to cap the body. Looks nice.

Smells absolutely fantastic. Fresh mocha and cream, like a cold glass of Nesquik... powdered cocoa, the coffee character is far from bitter. Obviously sweet but not invasive in any way, and no discernible alcohol presence.

Tastes like it smells... chocolate powder and cream, faint coffee, it's hard to really gather much of anything else. Tasty, but sort of one dimensional I think. It's a bit artificial which becomes overpowering, kinda reminds me of Pumking in that regard but the thing is, I love Pumking.

Terrific smelling beer. I wish that translated better on the tongue. If you're on the fence about this one, I'd say give it a go though.

yamar68, Jul 29, 2012
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 CloudStrife
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger tannish white head. Can see a ruby on the edges of the glass. Head lasts for the glass and leaves some lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate up front,coffee in the background that comes out the more it warms. Roasted malt with a lot of sweetness.

T: Starts off with a sweet chocolate malt, has a bitter middle and then a coffee aftertaste. A little sweet and a little bitter with loads of mokah.

M: Thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. Very warming. Sticky and lingering flavor.

Overall a great beer thats always been a favorite of mine. An aggressive approach on a blend of strong stouts. Visit the brewery.

CloudStrife, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was dark opaque black with a rich 3-finger dark mocha head.

Enticing, inviting nose that unequivocally announces the presence of chocolates and espresso.

Luxurious body, satiny smooth. Taste is right in line with the nose and the namesake 'Mokah' thru and thru. I couldn't detect the 11% ABV...until a bit later.

Very well done and tasty.

JackieTH, Jul 19, 2010
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.