Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 2,153
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 221
Gots: 450 | 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 utopiajane
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of carmone
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Came out of the bottle with a beautiful opaque and dark brown color followed by a creamy caramel colored head that lasted while I imbibed.

Smell: Strong chocolate aroma with a slight amount of coffee.

Taste: Delicious. Chocolate is the in the forefront with coffee notes finishing. Sweet and bitter, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Overall: One of my favorite beers from Southern Tier and favorite stouts in general. Three of my favorite things all in one; coffee, chocolate and stouts! Whats not to love! I am glad I stocked up on this one. (566 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours thick and black with a cocoa powder colored head that sits at about a finger's width. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the top that thicken around the edges. Small, spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - As expected, lots of coffee and chocolate character in the aroma. Strong earthiness as well. Fair vanilla wafts with touches of coconut.

Taste - Big chocolatey notes upfront, hitting mostly on milk chocolate, but is backed by some fudge and baker's chocolate bitterness. Coffee grounds hit mid-taste and near the finish. Vanilla essence hangs well beneath, but comes through in the aftertaste, along with a strengthening fudge character and light coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly prickly. Chewy, with some syrupy stickiness.

Overall - This is good. Really frickin' good. Not quite up there with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout, but it does well to scratch that same itch. Fair balance, though leans toward the sweeter side. Don't know that I'd trade for it again, but would certainly buy it if it ever gets California distribution. (1,121 characters)

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thick and rich and chocolate! Ah, the wonderful combination of coffee and chocolate in beer. Mana in a bottle. The sales person warned me to not try to drink this in one sitting as he'd had a hard time finishing it due to the overwhelming amount of flavor and alcohol. I love a good challenge almost as much as I like a good beer. This is a very, very good beer. I will make sure to buy me some more of this one. Neither flavor overpowers the other and the alcohol content is not overwhelming, until you go to stand up. I look forward to sharing this with friends. (564 characters)

Photo of halo3one
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Rich, black, thick

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, malty

T - Coffee heavy with mocha, not a lot else

M - Over carbonated

O - I find that Southern Tier over carbonates their stouts. It tastes smoother as it's allowed to aspirate an hour or so and open up. (260 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged for nearly 2 years, poured from their bomber into my snifter...

Appearance - Pours 2+ fingers of rich medium brown mocha foam, color of the body is a vary dark but not opaque garnet brown, leaving solid webbed lacing coating the inside of my glass.

Smell - Wow, huge nose of rich chocolates, both milk and dark, sweetened rich french roast coffee, light hints of molasses and dark fruits, whiff of vanilla bean

Taste - Very much like the nose, I get alot of rich chocolate, dark fruits, nice sweetened coffee notes with a dash of cream, then the sweetness gently backs down and reveals semi sweet molasses, under ripe plum and plumskins, some light roast and dried vanilla bean. There is a gently warmth that builds as you work your way through this bomber, not offensive in the least, and almost makes it seem as if you're actually enjoying a warm choco mocha latte... this is delicious.

Mouthfeel - A solid medium, and maybe just a bit more. Not quite mouthcoating, but smooth as silk, and flavors that coat the palate and fill the mouth. Not thin by any means, but still very sippable - resist the temptation to take a larger swallow and enjoy the flavors and the transition. Carb is low and makes a barely perceptible soft foam, with a few late prickles at the back of the throat.

Overall - I'm really enjoying this. Yes, this is one of the sweeter impy stouts I've had, but it is complimentary with the strength and depth of all of the other flavors mentioned above. If you like a sweeter stout filled with chocolate and coffee, then this is a must. I personally find that this particular stout is best enjoyed just below 50 degrees, as the alcohol will begin to assert if it gets much warmer. (1,709 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,370 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark but not midnight dark. Strong scent of chocolate with a slight hint of coffee. Taste is pretty much the same. I'd like a bit less chocolate and a bit more coffee. This is a real dessert beer. I recognize the quality for those who like this type of beer, but this is a bit too dessert-like and not enough beer-like for me. (326 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Good looking stout. Pours with 1 and a half fingers of caramel colored head. Black and thick, like oil. Very little lacing, but some is present. Leaves a light brown film on the glass, just as oil would.

Smell: Mostly chocolate, with a hint of espresso, coffee. Like a frozen chocolate mocha latte whatever, you'd buy at Starbucks.

Taste: Very much like the smell. A strong, mostly sweet chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee at the end. Excellent taste. Reminds me a lot of the highly rated Choklat from southern Tier, but with a hint of coffee. A slight, very slightly alcohol twinge is noticeable. Excellent, excellent stuff!

Feel: Full bodied, creamy, light on carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: Excellence at it's best. Southern Tier is a world class brewery, and this hit it dead on with their Blackwater Series. Just absolute excellence. I can't say enough good things about it. (899 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this renowned stout; Southern Tier has a way with big beers. Cheers.

Bottled 04/06/2014, a little less than two months before the date of this tasting.

A: Deep black, pouring thick and syrupy with little head. What does bubble up is an oily, half-inch layer of khaki cream that dissipates quickly. Looks thick.

S: A decadent nose dominated by dark chocolate and gourmet coffee, dense with notes of roasts, nuts, molasses, and raisin. Smells like black forest cake with a shot of espresso.

T&M: Palpably thick with little carbonation, this ends up a hardy drink, though it somehow keeps from being syrupy. Still, the palate is dense as ever: fudgy chocolate, toasted marshmallow, cinnamon raisin, butterscotch, and warm mocha settle layer upon layer on the tongue. It’s residual sugars galore, as expected, though the mildly acidic coffee serves to keep it from getting cloying. Some bitterness bites toward the back end, more smoke than anything (though there is some zesty hop character to it); it remains shallow, though, never penetrating the massive sweetness that serves as the core of this palate. Finishes with a hot, woody alcohol burn, like young bourbon.

O: Southern Tier has a sweet tooth, no doubt about it. I could have used a bit more roasts/coffee, but as it stands, this is one hell of a stout; I mean, when a beer can stand on its own as dessert, you know you have something special. And that’s not just because it’s sweet – all in all, this is one enchanting stout. Nothing like it. (1,528 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured half a 22oz bottle into a snifer glass. Real dark/ black brown color brew that forms little to no head even with an aggressive pour and just a ring around the edge plus minimal lacing. Um, yeah smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate. Is chocolate. Not getting much of the coffee but not big on coffee so I'm loving the chocolate aromas and taste. Smooth, decadent, rich, and sweet; just how I prefer my stouts. Highly recommend this one if you also enjoy bold, big, subtle stouts! (489 characters)

Photo of deg
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured the beer into a pint glass. I noted coffee with cream colored foam, which faded over time. I could smell chocolate, but no coffee. First taste I noted more chocolate than anything. As I drank the beer, I picked up the coffee taste, the malt, the hops. The coffee taste was a little weaker than I would have liked for a coffee and chocolate beer. I didn't notice any alcohol burn, and only when I finished the bottle and felt a buzz did I look at the label to find the %ABV. I was surprised to see 10%. Overall, a very good beer. (537 characters)

Photo of bleedsblu
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The bottle is straight forward with a nice play on the word Mocha.

Appearance: Dark as night, cant see through it. There seemed to be no carbonation and no head.

Smell: It smells of chocolate and fruity scents.

Taste: It tastes of chocolate, like a tootsie roll, I can taste the coffee now although I didn't pick it up from the nose.

Mouth feel: Its thick and is very pleasing to the pallet. Slightly bitter with lingering notes of chocolate and coffee.

Overall: I think this is my first beer from Southern Tier and I can say it wont be my last, I'm a fan of stouts and this one does not disappoint, well done lads. (624 characters)

Photo of NickHalden
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black in color as it is poured into a snifter glass with a quick dissolving head. Sniffing the beer reveals the smell of a chocolate tootsie roll pop with a feint hint of dark roast coffee. The taste is similar to the chocolate pop as well with a good balance of malts between the coffee and chocolate with some bitterness. It is similar to the Chocolate Imperial Stout they make with the addition of Coffee. Pretty good as a after dinner beer. (450 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/6/14. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some light getting through; fluffy mocha head that fizzes rather quickly and leaves subtle lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty solid. It's reminiscent of Choklat. It has lots of hazelnut with hints of milk chocolate. Very nutty. Some vanilla in the mix. Heavy on the cocoa malts. It has subtle hints of alcohol. The coffee notes are there in the nose, but are much more alive in the flavors. Tastes very similar to Choklat, but is even more bitter. The bitterness it obviously from the coffee, which adds another dimension. More chocolate. It has an espresso vibe going on. Finishes warm. It's not boozy at all, but it has a little alcohol warmth going on. There's a subtle spiciness. It's ultimately a rich stout, like most of Southern Tier's stouts. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but light. Carbonation is active and fluffy. This is a nice dessert beer and a nice beer to relax with and savor. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms up, in my opinion.

This is a nice stout. Southern Tier has always made rich and flavorful stouts, and this is no exception. It's ultimately Choklat with coffee. It's similar to Choklat in the same way Warlock is similar to Pumking. I'm sure someone will get that analogy. It's ultimately enjoyable stuff. (1,319 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, bubbly, dark brown head with very good retention. Brew is solidly black, like a single cacao bean. Scattered lacing slowly slides down the glass.

This promises to be a beer brewed with chocolate and coffee, and the aroma does not disappoint! Insanely rich milk chocolate notes, punctuated with a hint of red grapes, and sprinkled with freshly ground coffee. A little vanilla and roast barley manages to sneak in at the end, but the chocolate is overwhelming - and in a good way!

Ever eaten chocolate-covered coffee beans? That's what this tastes like. Basically, flavor follows the nose, with the coffee taking a slightly more prominent role - but still a backseat passenger to the chocolate. Cacao is mild dark, giving a very nice, not too sweet, roasty flavor, without coming across as too dark and bitter. Big barley and wheat notes hit pretty strong as well, with cream and vanilla rounding it out.

Full, chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Mild alcohol burn. Long, long finish.

This is a fantastic dessert beer. It's sweet, but not overly so; and it's all about the chocolate (and, secondarily, the coffee). Get it! (1,128 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as night with a thin light brown head. Some slight lacing left behind.

S- Dark chocolate and coffee, in that order. A very slight alcohol smell is present. A great smelling stout.

T- Very dark chocolate followed by very strong coffee. Quite bitter, but not in a bad way. Decent amount of booziness.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium to full body that coats your mouth. Alcohol is well hidden for the high ABV.

O- A great beer for what it is... A chocolate/coffee bomb. (476 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a completely opaque black with a thin, rapidly dissipating tan mousse.

S: Huge aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, heavy cream, vanilla bean, leather, and burnt toast assault the nose.

T: Robust notes of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, kola nut, coffee, leather, vanilla bean, roasted grain, burnt toast, herbs, grass, and lemon fill the mouth. The finish is punchy and sweet with dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, and lemon taking over prior to a swirl of warming, somewhat prickly alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, and silky. Carbonation is mildly prickly on the entry, but soon mellows, though it remains more or less firm throughout. Alcohol is warming and mildly astringent, but far from distracting.

O: I'm always a bit torn on big stouts of this sort and anyone who is familiar with my preferences will tell you that I am more than a bit of a purist when it comes to stouts. That being said, I can honestly say that this beer impresses me. It's not a traditional imperial stout, it's not subtle, and it really is not nearly as complex as some would have you believe, but that's fine. The aromas and flavors integrate well, the beer feels substantial in the mouth, and for something this strong, it goes down easily enough. All in all, I may not be quite as taken with this beer as many other reviewers, but I would still have no trouble recommending it to fans of big, bruising stouts. (1,419 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pinocchio's.

Of course I've seen this beer around everywhere, but as far as ST goes, I got into the habit of brushing them off as uninteresting, because I really didn't find many of their beers to be that good. But recently, either they just started "clicking" with me, or they've made some serious improvements. I'm going to have to revisit some of their other offerings after having Mokah on tap.

Obsidian black pour into a mini snifter, topped with a small cap of mocha head that fell to a ring and held there; tiny dots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was understandably big on roast, roasty coffee, roasty malts, hints of dark chocolate. Lots of robust flavor, dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses...that's about it, and with a name like "Mokah," what else do you really want? There was enough sweetness in this hearty brew to keep the intense roast at bay. Full body, smooth, velvety mouthfeel, despite the higher ABV. Yep, I'll go back for more of this one. (984 characters)

Photo of tviz33
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber in to... the Duvel tulip, of course.

A- Almost jet black body with 1/2" of tan head.

S- Layers of rich chocolate, both milk and dark. Sweet coffee in the background, but the showstopper is the chocolate. It's hard to pick out, but there's a light amount of booze if you stick your nose in deep enough.

T- Huge flavor. Chocolate of course, but reminiscent of Hershey's syrup mixed with whipped cream. Hops come through in the flavor, fairly bitter. Tasty.

M- Medium-full feel and medium carbonation. A little off for some reason, but I can't put my finger on it.

O- I don't know if I'm too immersed in BA stouts or what, but lately I have been a bit out of touch with some regular imperials. Overall, I think it is an excellent beer, but tonight, the chocolate felt just a tad overpowering. I'll undoubtedly revisit this beer to see how my preferences change over time. Still I great stout from a great brewery. (930 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into large snifter; jet black with a thick dark brown foam that fades after a bit into a thick ring.
Smells like a sugar bomb... chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark sugary. Coffee is a secondary scent by far.
Taste is thankfully not as sweet as the smell. Coffee is much stronger, good espresso and bitter baking chocolate. Sweetness then comes in with dark sugar, toffee, caramel, and milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel is big and well carbonated, finishes sticky.
Overall a good dessert stout. Too sweet to do much else with, but at least it's drinkable unlike creme brulee. (574 characters)

Photo of fgmiele
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours opaque black with little to no espresso froth colored foam. Mild to little carbonation. Smell is pronounced milk chocolate with some background notes of cacao/espresso. Does not smell like beer. Flavor is sweet, chocolate frothy malted milkshake at first with an intense bitter twang to finish. Smooth, not overall thick, yet clings to the cheeks like milk. Really delicious overall, ultimate nightcap. (413 characters)

Photo of Gristle
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer is midnight...evil and opaque. The carbonation is slightly visible. The light brown head lingers then dissipates quickly.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes are there, but something else is there that I can't put my finger on. The coffee is secondary. The chocolate is pronounced. It's a sweeter chocolate. Not overpowering. What hits the nose hardest is a unique note that reminds me of marshmallow and the scent of a freshly sliced vanilla bean.

Taste: The taste follows the nose with notes of milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Initially, this beer is sweet. Not cloying and well balanced. There are two distinct acts to this beer. The back end or after taste is a little more coffee than chocolate. W/ 10% ABV no lingering alcohol on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. not sticky or lingering.

Overall: This beer has the best of both worlds in that it opens with strong sweet notes of milk chocolate and vanilla, but finishes with bitter notes of coffee. It's a remarkable feat for this sweet style of beer. Extremely pleasant and drinkable. (1,082 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been looking so forward to this beer coming back. I had it once on tap years ago, bought the bottles for another year or so thereafter and then found that it was replaced by other beers in the Blackwater Series. This is the first time I am drinking it since the re-release and it tastes, smells and looks exactly the same as it did 7 - 8 years ago, or however long ago that was.

4/8/2014 bottle date

Appearance: This beer absorbs almost all of the light that hits it. It is dark brown and opaque. The carbonation is not visible. The light brown head dissipates, but leaves some lacing and a thin rim around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The usual coffee and chocolate notes, but something more tantalizing . The coffee is secondary. The chocolate is pronounced. Extra sweet milk chocolate. Not overpowering. What hits the nose hardest is a unique note that reminds me of marshmallow and the scent of a freshly sliced vanilla bean. It's powdery. Rose water?

Taste: The taste follows the nose with notes of milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Initially, this beer is sweet. Not cloying and well balanced. There are two distinct acts to this beer. The sweet front is followed by a wave of bitter notes including dark chocolate and a more dry finish with a fair amount of hop oils on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Round.

Overall: This beer has the best of both worlds in that it opens with strong sweet notes of milk chocolate and vanilla, but finishes with bitter notes of dark chocolate. The hops leave a slight tingle on the tongue; a remarkable feat for this sweet style of beer. Oh, and 10% ABV? After drinking this bottle for an hour with the beer approaching room temperate there is not a single hint of booze noticeable on the nose of tongue. Extremely pleasant and drinkable. (1,809 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Beermuda, 28x Tap Take-Over for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
This version is the 2012 vintage.

A - Pitch black with one finger of tan head, thick wall of lacing
S - Rich dark and milk chocolates, light coffee roasts, toasted caramel
T - This beer is like liquid chocolate with a mild coffee flavor, its amazing. If you like Choklat, and Jah-Va, this is like the best of both worlds. Flavor is bold and huge, and for the ABV, the alcohol presence is low.
M - Creamy, clingy, rich chewy, full beer.
O - Just an awesome beer, I hope to get a few bottles this year and age a couple. (594 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.