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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,919 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 685
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 Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ontap
Serving Temp: 48 degrees
Serving vessel: Snifter

Appearance: The darkest of amber and brown. Small khaki colored head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Big time chocolate is the first thing I noticed. Also a subtle coffee aroma.

Taste: Decadent milk chocolate. Roasted coffee in the finish with cream and vanilla. Espresso notes, hops are there to give the beer some balance.

Mouthfeel: Chocolatey, some warming booze as it goes down. Full bodied, smooth, low carbonation but not too syrupy.

Drinkability: Tasty, but one that would be best suited as an after dinner beer or as a sipper.

Stinkypuss, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter giving a perfect milk chocolate brown head of small size with very uniform bubbles, with a dark walnut body. The color of the head is EXACTLY and I mean exactly like the color of the brown on the label of this beer.

Bouquet is impressive. Even just opening the bottle chocolate literally bursts out of this thing on the nose. Giant Belgian Leonidas good quality chocolate on the nose which is dominant, it is hard to get past it and anything else that is behind it. There is coffee but hard to find, and some malt which comes through easier after a few sips later.

Taste as always is very chocolate silky but also very balanced with coffee roast characteristics and some hint of a malt backbone on the finish. Velvet mouthfeel .. silky... just great. Highly masking the big abv although it is there but doesn't feel as big as the 11 mentions.

Great desert drink, or a perfect evening closing sipper. Excellent stuff.

smakawhat, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very good dose of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla notes, very slight roasty notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go ST.

Wasatch, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the clear, barely translucent dark brown brew. Heads recedes gradually, ample legs, and and slow-falling lace. Aroma is deeply of chocolate and alcohol, reminds me of a boozy chocolate Tootsie pop. Taste mirrors the aroma, this is a good thing, alcohol aftertaste may be a touch harsh. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is good as well. A tasty treat.

ppoitras, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other night.

The beer pours a dark blackish brown color with minimal head retention and lacing. Frankly, this beer doesn't look all that impressive. However, looks can often be deceiving in these high gravity beers.

The nose on this beer is gorgeous, with a lovely aroma of milk chocolate, cherry and coffee. This beer smells terrific, and happily, the flavors on the palate pretty much completely replicate the nose. Chocolate lovers will be happy with this beer, no doubt about that. Mouthfeel is full, rich, smooth and mouthcoating, with a very long finish. Drinkability is not this beer's strong suit, though it's not too bad for an ST 11% beer. Initially I didn't detect a lot of alcohol, but as I went along it became more and more prevalent and noticeable. Nevertheless, I had little trouble drinking a pint of this excellent beer, and would rate it as one of the better efforts I've seen from ST of late.

I still wonder about the appearance of this beer, and wonder if the bar was getting near the end of the keg. However, it certainly tasted as if it were fine (and relatively fresh), so who knows. However, will revisit this beer soon and see if it appears the same as it did last night at the Bench. I may need to revise my appearance score.

John_M, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee and chocolate are both black and opaque and, wouldn't you know it, Mokah - a beer which blends the two - is too! This dark, oily liquid looks equally like something I'd drink as it does something I might pave the driveway with. Although bubbles formed off the pour, its surface contains no head but instead only a thin smear of brownish colour.

Fix your eyes on something in the distance. Take your hand and cover one eye. Now cover the other eye instead. You see how the depth and alignment in your vision changes? Well that's exactly what happens when smelling this beer. Left nostril: roast coffee; Right nostril: bittersweet chocolate. Background and foreground are interchangeable.

Just as the ashy, heavily roasted (and lightly astringency) taste of black coffee starts to disintegrate from the tongue the curtains part again, this time to reveal the delectably milky, bittersweet flavour of finely conched chocolate. The two flavours really do share the stage, it's nearly impossible to say who puts on the better performance.

Of course, each of these two players already have lead roles in their respective beers (Jah*Va and Choklat - I'll let you figure out which is which). Blending them together, you'd think, might make a beer that's doubly as tasty. That's not the case. But it is equally as tasty. Which just goes to show that sometimes the sum is no greater than its parts.

The mouthfeel is suspiciously light and impossibly void of (nearly) any alcohol. There isn't nearly the bitter roast or rich sweetness you'd expect - whether this works in the beer's favour is a matter of opinion. I personally could have gone for a little more character although I am finding my way to the bottom of this bottle much faster than anticipated.

A world without stouts is a nightmare not worth contemplating; I'm grateful to have relative access to the four amazing beers (and this blend of two of them) that comprise Southern Tier's incredible 'Black Water' series. Although I hope these beers will be around forever, I'll continue to stock the cellar with them as if they won't.

biegaman, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +19%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -4.8%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a quarter inch of chocolate head. Nice retention. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, faint coffee notes, and alcohol esters. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Chocolate and coffee battle for the most dominant flavor with chocolate having the edge here. The alcohol adds a nice warmth to the finish, but does not diminish the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and full bodied.

Really a rather good stout. I wish the coffee and chocolate had more balance, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delicious. I really enjoyed this one.

tdm168, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black with modest but lasting tan head.mahogany highlights at edges.

Well concealed ABV, particularly in the tasting.

Plenty of coffee and sweet chocolate in the aroma and in the flavor. The sweetness in the aroma is fine but there's a little too much in the taste. Started fine, but soon became cloying. A more recent tasting in JUNE 2012 found the sweet level acceptable. The 'extra' sweetness did make for a notably nice coffee finish without much of the bitterness.

chinchill, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dmorgan310, May 25, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. Pours black with a thin tan frothy covering. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of sweet chocolate, it reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Maybe a slight hint of coffee but way more chocolate then anything else. Very appealing and strong aroma though.

Taste is very chocolaty as well. Dark chocolate dominates the taste with some bitter coffee and roasted grains coming through as well. The bitterness and coffee come through more on the finish then anyplace else.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, one glass is good of this but I wouldn't want to consume the entire bomber. A little too sweet to drink that much of.

Overall a pretty good chocolate coffee beer but more on the chocolate side. A good choice for a desert beer but not something I would have very often.

billab914, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

iL0VEbeer, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Zaphog, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +19%

PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Black with a khaki head. Dense retention and a whole lotta lacing. Nose has a ton of cocoa powder, milk chocolate and sweet dark malts. Not much in the way of roast or coffee character. More cocoa powder, bakers chocolate and slight heavily creamed coffee. Light roast, sweet and a touch of alcohol which is great for the actual ABV. Perfectly smooth carbonation, medium body. An excellent coffee/chocolate stout, different than Peche let's say, but hits it's mark in a sweeter gentler way.

liamt07, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, big thanks to Jenn for sharing!

Pours a deep dark black, very oily looking, thick tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer and ring around the glass, disappears rather fast, some lace spots, looks good. Smell is neat, really intense, like chocolate covered banana bread, biscuity, chocolate, coffee roast, lots of caramel, touch of vanilla, raisins and dark fruit, milky, pretty nice. Taste is nice, like chocolate milk, really rich, light coffee roast but not as intense as the aroma, some banana and fruitiness, strawberries, some alcohol, caramel and brown sugar, lightly toasty, pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth, some warmth from the alcohol, pretty nice stuff. Thanks Jenn!

Viggo, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

rolltide8425, May 13, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Thin brown head. Lace is minimal. It is what it is. Very rich smell of rich chocolate. The good kind. Like Belgian chocolate. Almost like smelling a melted down bittersweet chocolate bar...but a good one, like a Belgian chocolate. Good smell overall, even with minimal barley aromas. This is like tasting a melted down bittersweet chocolate bar....but a good one. Like a Belgian one. That has been diluted a little bit so it's not like molten polymer in the mouth. The body is pretty full, but not like molten polymer. Which is good. There's a lingering bitterness that is agreeable. The bottle says its brewed with Jamaican roasted coffee, but I don't get a lot of coffee on the the buds. Slight roasted malt notes come and go. But chocolate overrides everything, which was probably the intent. It is what it is and I'd hate to find out how many calories I just ingested with this 22 oz bottle.

Bighuge, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle picked up long ago in Olympia, WA.

Black and mostly dark brown color comes out, plenty of viscosity to this bad boy. Small lighter brown head on it, really tiny bubbles, inconsistent lace patchwork on the side of the glass. Aroma was a little more burnt malt and not enough coffee/espresso/mochawhatchacallit to cover up the substantial existence of alcohol booziness wafting up from the glass. But its good, but not great.

Taste, still plenty of heat. Cover up the heat, way too much acrid bitterness on this one. Mokah makes me think brown + cream, not burning acidity and bitterness. Smoov it out yo! The mocha notes are just not there. People should blend this with creme brulee if they don't like brulee's sweetness, because this one has none, and would benefit from more chocolate and sweetness. More coffee and lactose please.

I dunno about my score here. I was ultimately disappointed by a good beer. I think that stems from a few things:

1. The price. $10+ a bomber means you better be bad ass.
2. I know ST can and does make better stouts: See choklat/creme brulee. I dunno, maybe they thought those stouts big complaint was for being too sweet, so they decided to make this big and burly without the soft touches.
3. The coffee flavor was average at best.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 22, 2013
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,919 ratings.