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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 156
Gots: 273 | FT: 10
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 seaoflament


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to imperialking for this one in our recent trade. I really like the Southern Tier Imperial Series and was very interested in trying this one when it was released. I shared this bottle at La Bella this past Tuesday night (9-15-09).

Not the darkest stout I've seen but dark enough, some crimson highlights on the sides.

A huge amount of Choklat is evident on this blend, some vanilla, and a bit of coffee, almost just pure liquid chocolate. Lots of malted milk once it starts to open up.

Loads of chocolate, vanilla, sweet coffee with a bit of acidity to cut through the sweetness, but still very sweet. Hints of dried dark cherries in the last sip. The coffee part of the beer does bring a little more balance and complexity than the full on liquid chocolate nature of Choklat.

Nice carbonation, medium level. Not much sign of alcohol as the sweetness hides it quite well. Good dessert beer that I would mind having a pint, but probably not more than that.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 03:50:10 | More by seaoflament
Photo of Boston_Steve


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

05-23-2013 19:34:20 | More by Boston_Steve
Photo of RMoeNay


4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-15-2012 15:28:48 | More by RMoeNay
Photo of VaTechHopHead

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical molasses black, real weak quick fading what would be a foamy tan head, a few carbonation bubbles cascading.

S - Very strong aroma...can smell it when the glass is sitting on the table. Very well balanced coffee and chocolate flavors with a solid roasted malt backbone. Also a pretty good alcohol aroma in the background.

T - Was hoping the flavor would be a strong as the aroma but it's not quite there. More on the chocolate side than the coffee up front. The alcohol heat and flavor butts in about halfway through each sip but doesn't ruin the palate. Finishes with a coffee bitterness and just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate.

M/D - A thinner body than I would have expected for this style but it is nicely carbonated. Finishes neutral from the bittering coffee and chocolate sweetness. Alcohol is present but not in a completely bad way, but it's 11% ABV so I can't really complain. Drinkability is average because of the balance of flavors but nothing spectacular that leaves me wanting more.

Was hoping for a little more but this beer is a superior candidate for bourbon or whiskey barrel aging, IMO

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:55:35 | More by VaTechHopHead
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-08-2013 12:41:19 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-20-2012 17:33:26 | More by tzieser
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-09-2014 01:20:20 | More by Houser
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-28-2012 02:12:46 | More by wyatt13
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-10-2013 01:45:20 | More by browniewithnuts
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-29-2012 00:31:22 | More by johnyb
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Opaque black, 1 fingers width of light tan head, fairly good retention, leaves only a very tiny bit of lacing.

S: Huge milk chocolate aroma accompanied by lighter roast coffee. This really does smell like a mocha coffee drink, remarkably so. I get a bit of cream, roasted malt, and subtle booze as well. Wonderful aroma.

T: Follows the nose, tons of chocolate in a fudgey and milk chocolate way. Accompanied by coffee and cream. Again, tastes like a mocha morning beverage. Subtle booze is welcomed to accompany the sweetness. Not terribly complex but if its goal was emulating a mocha coffee drink it accomplished that goal about as closely as I imagine a beer could.

M/D: Full bodied, appropriate carbonation, fairly smooth, ABV is well restrained, a bit noticeable at times but its the only thing keeping this from being cloying so its appreciated. Drinkability is average, somewhat limited by the sweetness.

O: Well I just checked my hemoglobin A1c and have confirmed that this beer has in fact given me diabetes. But I think it was worth it. I dont think there is a brewer out there that does as good a job achieving the chocolate/mocha characters as Southern Tier does in their stouts. No doubt one dimensional, and at times a bit cloying, but a great example of chocolate/coffee/mocha accentuation in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 01:23:08 | More by zac16125
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-13-2013 07:15:39 | More by Piddmeista
Photo of Gtreid


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bkrefetz for this blackwater goodness. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Not quite black, when backlit and distinct reddish hue shows through. A smooth pour produces one and a hald fingers of sand color head that retains nicely.

A: Big chocolate aroma. From the name I thought I would be getting much more coffee and espresso, but the nose is strongly chocolate. You get some earthiness from the hops and some coffee.

T: The first thing I think of is hot chocolate. I mean it tastes just like it to me. I actually get a little roasted marshmellow, along with some coffee, molasses, and more chocolate.

M: Heavy body, creamy mouthfeel. Some moderate carbonation is very nice.

D and overall impression: I can't even tell this is a 11% beer. It is a dessert beer, and if you're in the mood for it, the drinkability is huge. This is the third blackwater offering I've had, and it's my favorite. This is a dangerous brew, drink this one in place of dessert, it'll do the trick. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 12:11:05 | More by Gtreid
Photo of KAP1356


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap last night at Capone's. Served in a snifter...

A - Completely opaque black with a nice espresso color collar. Nice lacing as well.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted coffee/espresso, vanilla, toffee, slight molasses - all mixed together and mixing extremely well.

T - This is by far my favorite offering of the Southern Tier stouts. The mix of chocolate and coffee is done quite well. There does seem to be a TON of dark fruit flavors coming from this one which adds nicely to the overall profile.

M - Full bodied with slight carbonation. Very silky and smooth on the tongue.

O - My favorite of the series. Nice combination of coffee and chocolate and a perfect dessert beer for any chocolate lover.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 18:01:52 | More by KAP1356
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated 12/12/11? Poured into a Bruery Tulip. Pitch black with just as black highlights. Head is minimal and light tan in color. Head recedes fairly quickly to leave a small collar and some nice lace.

Smell is ultra chocolate and coffee. The chocolate is milk smooth and sweet. There are other mild roasted malt smells here like roasted coffee and some char or ash. No alcohol or hop here at all.

Taste is just as the nose. The light milk chocolate is very sweet and has a bit of a bitter aftertaste. There is some bitterness but I believe it's from the chocolate and not any hops. This taste reminds me a lot of my my recent review of Choklat. It is similar in the chocolate. Tootsie Roll is what we came up with. There is just a hint of alcohol in the finish of this one. This is just a perfect early fall sipper.

Mouth is creamy, the carbonation is very mild. Body is medium and the finish is on the long side but more on the dry side than wet for such a huge roasted beer.

Overall I really liked this. Reminded me a lot of it's brother (or sister) Choklat. A real treat as the weather turns. Pick this up or trade for it because it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 04:42:44 | More by azdback
Photo of Kadonny


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a tasting glass.

A: A dark brown almost black color with a light brown one finger head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Sweet milk chocolate with a hint of darker coffee. Sweetness really jumps out.

T: First taste is of sweet chocolate with milk chocolate and cocoa flavors. Rich deep sweetness comes mid palate and the dark coffee flavors settle in the back. Very rich, more chocolate flavor emerges as it warms. I can definitely taste more of the Choklat than the Jahva.

M: Full, coating and the alcohol really emerges as it warms, maybe too much.

D: Medium at best, just too sweet and boozy for my tastes.

Overall I'm glad I tried this beer, but no way it would or could be a regular drinker for me, it's just over the top. I like what they are doing, but these massive sweet beers are very limited in when and how you drink them.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 17:35:46 | More by Kadonny
Photo of utopiajane

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 14:02:46 | More by utopiajane
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-26-2014 18:47:35 | More by huntermop
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-16-2012 19:42:59 | More by John11486
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-10-2014 03:16:31 | More by NonicPanic
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color that turns black in the glass, very light for an imperial stout. The beer is carbonated poorly, not much body or activity going on here either, reasonable given the 11%.

Smells of spiced milk chocolate with coffee notes and American hops to finish things off. Absolutely intoxicating aroma.

Spiced chocolate and coffee blend flawlessly into a single unified flavor that I’ve had before, but can’t place. Unlike other coffee and chocolate beers where one flavor dominates the other or they come off as two completely separate flavors, this has managed to perfectly mingle the flavors together. A strong presence of American hops here really adds another layer of flavor and complexity.

The mouth here really hurts this beer. This beer drinks rather like an IPA far more than an imperial stout. The mouth lacks carbonation which just keeps this one from being even remotely decent.

Great flavor, but the lack of body here just is leaving me amazingly under whelmed.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 22:17:11 | More by bobhits
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-05-2013 05:39:17 | More by vissai
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-04-2014 17:40:58 | More by Casey3236
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-07-2014 09:14:41 | More by HoppyBastard2
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber sent to me, yet again, by the great trader IBUnit63. This was a pleasant suprise because I was expecting to seek this out in a future trade, but it will do just fine as a great extra. Shared this bottle with my lady because Southern Tier dessert beers tend to be crazy ass sweet. Served up in a Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours out a nice dark black, but it seems like the thickness of he beer may be a bit thin. Uh oh?! Held to the light you get a pretty light proof body, maybe a touch of brown peaks out on the very top here. The head is a nice half finger or so of . . . you guessed it . . . mocha colored head. Seems fitting. It has some decent retention but does falter a little quicker than I expected. Doesn' really throw up any lace to talk about, but there is a touch of wispy foam scattered occassionally. Not bad but its a bit weaker than I expected or I expect from Southern Tier.

S: Smell is damned nice and it really hits you as soon as that cap came off the bomber. First impression is that this smells a lot like a tamed down Choklat. Really nice milk and dark chocolates coming out along with a manufactured type Tootsie Roll type chocolate as well. There is a lot of chocolate going on but its not so incredibly sweet as it was in Choklat. Behind that you get the coffee presence. Its a nice dark coffee bean type aroma but there is also that element of rich and slightly sweet cream added. Yet again, Southern Tier nails the aroma of what beer idea they have (choklat, creme brulee, etc). Its just amazing that the intended flavor always translates damn near perfectly in the aroma.

T: Quite nice and it translates nicely like in the aroma. Yet again you get a toned down Choklat like flavor. Its more of a creamy milk chocolate, followed by a touch of dark and then that chocolate syrup like flavor (Tootsie Roll or Hershey's syrup sweetness). Behind that is the coffee flavor. Nice dark coffee but it is a bit muted. Still has that lactose quality from a cream like flavor and effect, adding a slight sweetness and milkiness. My only beef with the flavor here is that it doesn't exactly translate like a cup of cafe mocha. A mocha would be a bit more seamless with a bit more coffee followed by the chocolate and cream. Here it seems the flavors (honestly they are good to great) only translate seperately. You get the chocolate then the coffee, then the milk, not just a unified flavor. Don't get me wrong, its still tasty, it just needs more cohesive flavors to make one unified flavor.

M: Behind the aroma, the feel really is the showstopper for this brew in my opinion. Has a nice and rich full body but a very frothed like creaminess at times. Very cool and creamy and it seems like this is what they were looking for, kind of like an iced mocha. Carbonation is low but adds to that somewhat frothy feel, adding creaminess. ABV is nice and light feel-wise. I still can't believe this one sits at 11%. Very nicely hidden. Aftertaste is a bit of that combination of chocolate, coffee and cream. Basically the entire flavor profile coats with a nice stickiness that allows te flavors to have a good residual effect.

D: Not bad and I really have to say as far as all the Souther Tier dessert beers that I have had, this one was the easiest to drink. Sure it is a sweet beer and has some wieght, but its not as cloying as Creme Brulee or Choklat was. Plus it doesn't sit as rich and sweet as the others tend to do as well. It works nicely in most categories. Sure it could be a bit more cohesive in that "mocha" flavor but it is still nice. Needs work on the look as well. Still another good beer from ST and it really hit the spot when my lady and I were in the mood for a sweeter brew. Dig it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 23:44:54 | More by everetends
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