Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Ratings: 1,766 | Reviews: 673 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
22oz bottle (bottled 5/26/2011) poured into a snifter. Dark brown/black color with mahogany edges when held to light. Tan head dissipates quickly to a thin film on the surface. Appearance is a little thin.
Aroma is delicious rich coffee and dark chocolate. Smells great.
Taste is rich sweet chocolate blended with espresso. A really good balance here between the bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the chocolate; neither dominates. The one thing I'm kind of not getting is any malt or hops... but this is a unique dessert-type beer, a great blend of Jahva and Choklat. Very nice.
10-01-2011 05:13:14 | More by draheim
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Poured into a chalice (bottle suggests a goblet but the chalice is the closest wear I have). A dark dark dark black body that lets the slightest hint of dark red barely break through the presentation. The head is present for a short time, only to break down into an isolated film in the center attributed to the glass etching.
S - Dark chocolate aromas all over the place. For a second, I thought I was simply smelling hot chocolate. Some more sharper maltiness comes through, but the sweetness is just so much.
T - The flavors of coffee and chocolate raid the taste buds. Some more alcohol starts to come through after the initial sip, and then becomes straight up nearly corrosively alcohol bitterness.
M - Very condensed creaminess that stays smooth the whole way. The thickness shows no mercy.
O - An easy overbearing on the senses at first. If you really want a flavorful beer, look no further. It takes some time to get through this due to the unrelenting density in all qualities. A wonderful autumn evening beer around the fireplace.
10-01-2011 02:40:33 | More by animalchin
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
09-26-2011 04:50:46 | More by chinchill
3.48/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
09-19-2011 00:25:29 | More by Blanco
3.73/5 rDev -11.2%
Big thanks to mdfb79 for this growler fill - Cheers Dan
Notes from 09/12/11
Growler to Goblet
A: First growler pour was a slight viscous black color with some dark brown hints to it and no head. Just some specks of lace. Carbonation looked low however other pours yielded a decent 1 finger turbanado sugar cap to it.
S: Mokah smells like straight chocolate syrup. YooHoo bro. Deep chocolatey roasted malts. Some hints of this toasted oaky character too it. Has a sort of overall Tootsie Roll smell. It is quite incredible.
T: TOOTSIE ROLL. This is a rich and decadent brew no doubt. TOOTSIE ROLL Chocolaty for sure. TOOTSIE A tad thicker and def sweet but not too syrupy. ROLL Touch of licorice. Some booze. TOOTSIE ROLL Has a slight almost fake/artificial component to it that is not so pleasant but tolerable. TOOTSIE ROLL Some alcohol warmth. TOOTSIE ROLL A real treat. TOOTSIE ROLL.
M: Thicker body with any oily slick viscous mouthcoat.
D: A sweet and decadent sipper. Not something you are going to session at all.
Definitely an adventure in craft beer. A must try for any chocolate beer lovers...unless you can't stand TOOTSIE ROLLS
09-14-2011 23:49:26 | More by Nugganooch
4.8/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours an oily black color with very thin head mostly around the edge. Smell is very sweet, but like freshly poured chocolate. Goes down smooth and the a hit of bitterness that you'd expect from an imperial. Tastes exactly like smell which is quite rare. Except for the head, the brew has nailed the style.
09-14-2011 19:49:48 | More by DrainBamage
3.3/5 rDev -21.4%
A: pours a black ale with less than a single finger of transient light tan foam. This resides as a sheet of the same over a beer with limited clarity due to color. spotty lace. Looks thin.
S: Smells of chocolate, molasses and faintly of coffee. Smells sweet, as do all the black water series.
T: There's the coffee, and more chocolate, and some nice cherry flavors. Some marshmallow flavors as well. Kinda effervescent in approach. Sharp alcoholic flavor.
M: Oily and thin with slow carbonation. Sheet of slick around the mouth. Makes me phlegmee.
O: Better than some of the other Black Waters IIRC, but still just a sweet, savage, decadent treat to be savored only rarely. Very intense. I can say this for the beer: as usual, the name matches the profile quite precisely.
09-14-2011 14:51:59 | More by harrymel
4.45/5 rDev +6%
A - Pours pitch black, minimal head, and what head there is fades to nothing in a hurry. As a result, really no lacing
S - Very creamy aroma, with milk chocolate and some mild coffee, in that order.
T - Bittersweet chocolate, with some vanilla in there as well. The coffee is somewhat in the background but it a delicious mix. The alcohol is not really hidden in this one
M - Creamy and thick, with pretty low carbonation
O - Got ambitious and tried a bomber of this on my own tonight. Wish this came in 12oz bottles as 22oz of this is a lot for any man to handle on his own. It is a sipper for sure, but like the rest of the big ST stouts, very well done.
09-10-2011 23:31:48 | More by jman892
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from a glass tallboy into a beer mug.
Appearance: Beer is black...even while pouring, it's pretty much opaque. Head is creamy and tan with great retention; after several minutes, there's still a significant layer of foam on the surface, dotted sparsely with tiny bubbles.
Smell: Dark chocolate and sweet chocolate right up front. Some freshly ground espresso bean flavor, and then a caramel drizzle in the background. Only the faintest of alcohol tones. Beautiful, couldn't get any better.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer goes in thickly, and remains thick on the tongue. The alcohol pierces through a rich, complex malt layer to sting the tongue with love. As the beer is swirled across the palate, the chocolate really pushes itself to the forefront, and a French-blend coffee vibe is left on the way out. Beer finishes super wet (or maybe it's my mouth salivating). Creamy, bittersweet, but just a touch more sourness than would make it perfect.
Overall: I love this beer. Southern Tier are master beer alchemists!
09-10-2011 01:40:27 | More by Lauthaha
4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
A: Pours a very dark black that looks like it should be absorbing light against it. The head on the beer was really nonexistant, and what was there went away quickly.
S: Has a great smell to it, the "Mocha" smell is very prominent. I can smell a hint of alcohol on it, and there is the coffee smell as well.
T: The taste is very good, strong chocolate taste that smells like a mocha that has not been sweetened. The chocolate tastes like a darker chocolate taste and finishes smooth. Not at all sweet, but if this was a coffee I would put a splenda in it!
M: Sitting there for a bit you can taste the alcohol, very little combination and a hint of bitterness.
O: This is exactly what it sounds like. Its called an imperial stout, and tastes spot on like a mocha coffee. I would not want to bring this all the time, but its a nice changeup.
09-06-2011 22:41:43 | More by thadbme
3.18/5 rDev -24.3%
A: half finger head. Black. Not too much lace.
S: sweet mocha and cocoa.
T: very sweet. The taste is nearly identical to dymatap. Grape and mocha with a sharp sweet finish.
M: very thick. Moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: well, I love southern tier but this one is too sweet and medicinal for me.
09-06-2011 01:25:44 | More by kylehay2004
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
09-05-2011 03:15:53 | More by gford217
4.97/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
09-04-2011 16:50:00 | More by vfgccp
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
09-04-2011 03:19:05 | More by Casey10
3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
09-04-2011 01:27:30 | More by busterwhite
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
09-02-2011 03:36:14 | More by chodinheaven
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-31-2011 10:18:20 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.58/5 rDev +9%
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.
08-23-2011 22:37:48 | More by Mitchster
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
08-23-2011 16:45:12 | More by lurpy1
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-22-2011 00:36:29 | More by Manoftyr
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-18-2011 16:03:45 | More by FunkyFibes
3.95/5 rDev -6%
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.
08-18-2011 00:03:15 | More by jale
4/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
08-16-2011 23:29:44 | More by therica
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-15-2011 17:29:30 | More by kell50
3.83/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
08-15-2011 12:24:06 | More by zoso1967
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