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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,605 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 154
Gots: 257 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of gford217


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours almost completely black with a small off-white head that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing or a cap. There is a bit of ruby through the edges.

Aroma is great, especially if you're a fan of coffee and chocolate. It actually has a heavier chocolate presence than coffee in the nose with some lactose and a bit of heavily roasted malts.

The taste also has a heavy dark chocolate presence up front with some malts underpinning the chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness. There is some vanilla, caramel and lactose sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not as thick as I was expecting from a Southern tier stout. That said, it's medium bodied with good carbonation.

I think this is a great beer, which doesn't come as too big a surprise given my love of chocolate and coffee beers. This is a great blend of both and I personally think it takes the extreme edge off of the Jahva and Choklat.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:15:53 | More by gford217
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A – Black with mahogany highlights. Great dark tan head stacks high with great retention and lace.

S – Ridiculous. The aroma inundates you with solid black chocolate, malted milk balls, and fresh brewed coffee with cream.

T – The taste picks up where the nose left off. Bittersweet chocolate coast your palate as a soft espresso note rises to balance out the chocolate, cutting the sweetness with a fantastic, clean bitter roast. At 11%, alcohol laces throughout the profile, highlighting the chocolate and coffee like a spotlight.

M – Full body with an incredible aftertaste that lasts a lifetime. Minutes after each sip you can still taste the flavors ebbing through your palate.

O – A world class beer. Put an few years on this and it’ll be pure gold.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 16:50:00 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Casey10


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer, taste as described. Opened this brew it is really stong worth drinking and taste is as described as it is nice coffee dark chocolate kind of drink. Would have again and worth having if never had.

I would also suggest pouring this into a nice snifter or a chalice as to get all the flavors of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:19:05 | More by Casey10
Photo of busterwhite


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Dark brown almost black in color, no head at all.

Big chocolate smell, hint of coffee.

Like the smell a big rush of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee flavor followed by a bit of an alcohol taste. Lingering sweetness stays in the mouth.

Light carbonation, rich and thick.

Definitely lives up to the Mokah name, a little too sweet and chocolaty for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:27:30 | More by busterwhite
Photo of chodinheaven


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black in color with brown and ruby undertones. Small tan head with decent retention in the form of a thin sheet. The aroma is of bittersweet chocolate at first, followed by a sweeter milk chocolate. Coffee follows that, but not heavily, overpowered by the sweetness of the chocolate aromas. Almost french vanilla-like. Dark roasted malts round it out and balance the smell. Very aromatic.

Scrumptious beer. Creamy and chocolatey all the way through each and every sip. Reminded me of Godiva chocolate liqueur. The alcohol is almost undetectable despite its high percentage. Its so creamy that its almost remeniscent of chocolate milk when cold. Coffee flavor pushes its way through, but can't stand up to the creamy milk chocolate flavors. Definitely there though all the way through in a balancing way. Tastes like a mocha basically. Creamy mouthfeel is nearly dead on, finishing slightly drier, but still creamy and lightly bitter. Sweet, no doubt about it so if you don't typically like chocolatey beers, this one may not be for you. I think its an almost perfect dessert beer, and I definitely reccommend this. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 03:36:14 | More by chodinheaven
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 10:18:20 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Mitchster


4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with 2-row pale malt • 2-row barley • caramel, chocolate & black malts • roasted barley barley flakes • Jamaican roasted coffee • bittersweet Belgian chocolate • chinook, willamette, cascade & columbus hops.
11.2% abv • 221ºL • 27º plato, $8.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo.

Pours out to a very dark brown, near black, forming a medium tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is a little on the lower side. The aroma is heavenly...opening with a tonof vanilla (although it's not listed as an ingredient, it has to be in here), followed by milk chocolate syrup, and walnuts. The mouthfeel is syrupy with a thick chewy body and a chalky finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma...a skillfully balanced blend of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and sweetness with just a touch of hoppy bitterness to balance it in the finish. The chocolate tastes more like Hersheys syrup, not like a a bittersweet Belgian chocolate as advertised on the bottle. The coffee flavor is subtle in comparison, and adds a touch of acidic mouthfeel. The alcohol is very subtle in flavor, but I can definitely feel it creep up on me with an empty stomach.

A very well made brew, but go into it knowing that it's a dessert beer and you may want to split the bomber with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 22:37:48 | More by Mitchster
Photo of lurpy1


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this as an after-dinner drink at Dusty's in Okemos. Pre-emptive note to self, when you've already had something to drink and have to drive home shortly, picking an 11% ABV is not a great choice. Anyhoo, I've had a summer full of stouts and porters that were underwhelming or at best, whelming, so hoping my luck changes with this one. I regard Southern Tier as primarily a purveyor of dessert brews.

Pours dark, dark, dark. On top of that, it's dark. Good thick scummy looking head as well.

I'm expecting a bushel full of coffee and cocoa. The smell does not disappoint. It's more coffee than cocoa, but very appealing. Not a phony or burnt smell that comes in coffee stouts done wrong.

OK...taste. Yeah, there's chocolate in there. Holy cow. Waves and waves of bittersweet chocolate. From time to time it becomes overwhelming, as if Hershey's syrup was poured straight in. But at the end of the day it hold together. Sublime combination of coffee, chocolate, and malt. A bit boozy too but that's expected at 11%

Mouthfeel, again, perhaps owing to the Hershey's syrup sensation, is smooth, and viscous, and eminently drinkable.

Overall, an outstanding brew. Southern Tier hits you over the head with the mocha tones, which can be viewed as a strength or a weaknes. Definitely recommended, especially if somebody else is driving.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 16:45:12 | More by lurpy1
Photo of Manoftyr

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours absolute black with a finger of beige foam, silky retention, thick ring of lacing once the head bubbles down to a thin and spotty film. Looks perfect to me.

Aroma-Mmmn, big aromas of chocolate with black coffee blended into the background; huge maltiness. It smells like a strong mocha latte...only beer.

Taste-Initial malty sweetness cut immediately by black and earthy coffe, some alcohol bite, chocolate and creme and maybe a bit of caramel add themselves on. The finnish is surprisingly bitter with a focused bitter coffee and even slightly hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium-full with a creamy texture; appropariate carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability-Another winner from the Blackwater series by Southern Tier; awesome beer for dessert after a meal or as a late night treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:36:29 | More by Manoftyr
Photo of FunkyFibes


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a nice black color with a small creamy mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S- smell is nearly identical to a Tootsie Roll. Lots of chocolate with coffee background.

T- firm chocolatey flavor with subtle hints of coffee. Clearly a dessert beer, but very drinkable for 11.2% alcohol

M- coats the mouth with each sip. I could see this tiring the taste buds after too much. Very low carbonation suits the style.

O- While the bold flavors and sweetness may run it thin in quantity, it is highly enjoyable. I could see making this into an ice cream float...in the very near future. A very well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 16:03:45 | More by FunkyFibes
Photo of jale


3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with a quarter of light brown head.

S: Chocolate and more chocolate. Just a hint of coffee behind that huge chocolate.

T: Chocolate and booze upfront followed by some burnt sugar and a hint of raisin. Finish is a nice mild slightly bitter coffee.

M: Thick body that is a tad chewy. good carbonation. Alittle chalky.

O: I would love to try this with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:03:15 | More by jale
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:29:44 | More by therica
Photo of kell50

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this 3-ways with a couple friends. Poured into a pint glass.

Apperance: Stuff pours almost pitch black with a subtle tan head that bubbles out after a few moments.

Smell: Chocolate cake, a touch of whole, unground coffee bean aroma and bold dark malts speak up!

Taste: Suprising- just as I thought it would! Huge chocolate and coffee going on here. Very creamy too- a beer that is sweet, but isn't overly sweet to the point you can't forge ahead. I note a taste of vanilla bean as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Big Stout with little carbonation, but with big bold flavors. It seems to coat the tounge with each sip. This would mesh perfectly with a roaring fire and a cold night.

Overall: ST Mokah is a true sipper at 11%. The price tag ($8.50) might be steep for a bomber- but don't be scared. Awesome flavors going on here. Do yourself a favor and buy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 17:29:30 | More by kell50
Photo of zoso1967


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mokah pours a deep dark blackish brown that appears quite opaque, but shows some orange highlights around the edges.. The head is wonderfully fluffy and mocha colored with excellent retention and decent lacing abilities. This is a very attractive brew.

The aroma is just what I had expected and yet at the same time not. It is predominantly chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate really ruling the roost. It is a chalky bakers type chocolate aroma crossed with chocolate milk that reminds me a lot of Choklat. The coffee aromas seem nice and roasty.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well, though the coffee comes through very nicely on the back end of the flavor with its sharp roasty qualities. The flavors are intense and true, but chocolate and coffee are pretty much all I get. I pick up a bit of vanilla and some caramel as it warms, but they are way in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a smoothness that is broken up by some lively bubbles. The finish is sweet, but tempered by the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors.

This is another flavorful beer from the blackwater series. It is quite tasty, but just like all the others it is a bit over the top. I must say though, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it had more coffee in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 12:24:06 | More by zoso1967
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pitch black with a 1 finger creamy slight tan head. Good head retention.

S: Dark chocolate, slight coffee, black strap.

T: Molasses, slight chocolate, bitterness, snappy finish. Alcohol is present and noticeably boozy.

M: Thick and well suited for the style. Although highly alcoholic this beer doesn't have any warming properties.

O: Eh...take it or leave it. I say leave it. There are a lot better Southern Tier beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:40:21 | More by JerseyKirk
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date. poured into snifter

appears an opaque black color, with tan head. as expected, a strong aroma of coffee and rich chocolate.

taste starts off with sweet milk chocolate, ends with bitter espresso. body is thick and starts off smooth. but ends almost a little grainy feeling in the finish.

overall, a great balance of the two flavors. just the feel is a bit off.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 04:29:27 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized tan head, fades a bit fast, leaves some bubbles on top for awhile, for a stout this strong I figured it'd be darker, more black like, especially if coffee is part of the equation.

Smell has a huge freakin' chocolate aroma, a very sweet smelling chocolate at that, reminds me almost like chocolate milk, definitely not picking up the coffee.

Taste is heavily on the sweet side, the chocolate really comes through but the roasted malt helps balance things more than some other Southern Tier offerings, slight burnt bitterness in the aftertaste which might be from coffee but it could also be from the roasted malt so the coffee presence is still very subtle.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:56:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:55:45 | More by tdm168
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4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intro: Split a 22 oz. bottle with a friend in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thin head but large bubbles in the lacing, dark chocolate brown color with lots of carbonation on the glass. Swirls up a good head, with foam that looks like chocolate milk bubbles.

Smell: Nice chocolate smell, like a semi sweet chocolate, although the alcohol can also be discerned. No noticeable coffee tones in the aroma.

Taste: Rich and deep chocolate taste with some coffee tones at the end. Not overly sweet like Hershey, but more like a semi sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It is crisp, clean and yet creamy, with a bitter sweet chocolate after taste.

Overall: It is tempting to make the taste on this beer a 5.0, but knowing I have not had that many I went with a 4.5, but will revisit this after tasting more stouts. This beer has changed my mind about stouts in general due to its rich flavor. After sampling several stouts I concluded this to be one of my favorite. Definitely a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 19:03:20 | More by heysuz
Photo of rarbring


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beverage is black with a brown base, a tan light head, heavy curtains.

The taste is an explosion in chocolate, small dark notes and large milk chocolate booms accompanied by synthetic banana aromas. Very much chocolate covered banana foam candy. Other chocolate, vanilla and cherry candy is there as well.

The taste is rather consistent with the smell, but there are bitter coffee notes that balances the chocolate.

A small carbonation, oily and smooth texture, an enormous body with a pleasant dry finish.

This beer is a very good dessert - in itself, and if you like chocolate you're in for a treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 08:44:14 | More by rarbring
Photo of jondeelee


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the smell alone, you know you're in for greatness: Mokah smells like the world's most appealing Tootsie Roll mocha-java, but with the added benefit of an 11% ABV. The nose is heavy on milk chocolate, with a coffee base beneath.

On the tongue, the coffees and chocolate are in an all-out war for dominance, and believe me, they're wielding heavy weaponry. So powerful are their flavors that their shadows will be flash-imprinted on your tongue. While an amazing assault, this also marks one of the brew's few weaknesses, for few of the other flavors manage to make it to the front lines alive--and this despite 2-row barley, three kinds of malt, and two varieties of hops. In fact, all that is really noticeable besides coffee and chocolate are a slighty hoppy fuzz and an alcohol twang.

So while the flavors that are present rank a Spinal-Tapping eleven, the beer as a whole suffers from a lack of balance. Still, I'm not complaining (much); I could drink this all night, but for the fear of wondering tomorrow morning why I'm on the kitchen floor.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 21:59:29 | More by jondeelee
Photo of beerboy9960


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Rhong187 for this one. My first Southern Tier brew so we'll see how it turns out!

A: Pours a midnight black with a thin light brown head.

S: I'm picking up quite a few different smells with this one. Hints of bitter cacao, milk chocolate, coffee, and even a tad of licorice.

T: WOW! This is a very delicious beer! Chocolate definitely dominates this beer. On the aftertaste you detect the bitter cacao and coffee notes. A very sweet tasting beer!

M: Very thick, almost chewy! It has a good amount of carbonation to it as well.

O: Overall this is a very great beer! I'm very pleased with my first Southern Tier offering! I wish I had another one to age to see what type of changes it would undergo over time. Worth trying if you have the chance!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 05:02:49 | More by beerboy9960
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pitch black body with a light ivory head.

Smell: A wonderful milk chocolate aroma fills the nose first followed by a cream soda hint.

Taste: As advertised on the bottle, a wonderful mixture of chocolate and coffee dominate. Some roasted malts are apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: This beer is creamy and heavy. There is a slight alcohol burn but you would never think the beer is 11% ABV without looking at the bottle.

Overall: Two flavors dominate but those two flavors are delicious. It lacks the complexity of other imperial stouts but it definitely is a unique take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 11:20:47 | More by Raven3464
Photo of BelgiumBill


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

I paid $8.49 for a 22 oz bottle at Total Wine. I enjoy this style so my review may be on the generous side.

I poured into a Chimay chalice which gave a thin head of tan bubbly foam dissipating to a ring. It was black with a mahogany rim and highlights.

The nose was dead on Tootsie Roll. Also some chocolate shake, and cream soda.

The flavor was Tootsie Roll, chocolate, some roast malts.

The mouthfeel provided was very velvety, thick, luscious. It was reminiscent of a milk stout. I really liked the mouthfeel because you don't usually get this mouthfeel in an Imperial Stout. One thing I don't like about Milk Stouts is the low ABV. At 11% this offered some of the best qualities of both the Imperial Stout and Milk Stout. The alcohol was present and warming down the throat but not overly so.

Well done and would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:38:20 | More by BelgiumBill
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, jet black, with a small mocha colored head that dissipates quickly.

S - Mmm, what a good smelling beer. Ton of sweet, Belgian chocolate, some notes of roasted coffee, even some dark, sweet fruits in there, hints of grape, even some burn from the alcohol. Delicious smell, and a lot of it.

T - A great blend of that sweet chocolate and pure, roasted coffee. It's got somewhat of a chocolate milk quality. The taste is full of sweetness, but the bitterness of the coffee does a great job of providing some bitter balance. Great taste.

M - Quite milky with a touch of carbonation, the beer goes down very smooth and just a tinge of burn from the alcohol.

Overall - I thought this was a fantastic brew, unlike just about any other imperial stout I had. Great job by Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:33:39 | More by BeerBuckeye
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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