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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 211
Gots: 367 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,009 | Reviews: 696
Photo of Krakistophales
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with half a finger's worth of cream colored foam that recedes into a halo on the rim and spiderweb patterns in the middle of the glass.

S: Dark, roasty coffee smell mixed with a bittersweet chocolate, more of a dark cocoa smell, and some caramel malts.

T: Tastes like a chocolate milk stout. The middle hits you immediately with dark coffee mixed with a chocolate creamer, like a milk chocolate taste, and the aftertaste leaves you with a double espresso finish and just a taste of bittersweet chocolate.

M: All of southern tier's stouts are incredibly smooth and mask the booziness of their brews. This one has good carbonation and goes down easily.

O: This one is really nice. Rich and complex, I think I might like this one better than the choklat. I'll have to revisit the chocolate and review it, but this one is awesome. Definitely will be getting this one again. Oddly enough, it gives me more coffee/java flavor than the java stout. Go figure...

Photo of OddNotion
2.56/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for this beer as in general I am a fan of Southern Tier, and in particular enjoyed Choklat which is mentioned on the label.

Appearance: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass with next to no head and minimal lacing. It pours a pitch dark black but when held up to the light a lot of light makes its way through showing a dark ruby color for a good portion of the glass.

Smell: It smells quite sweet but I get next to nothing in terms of the chocolate or coffee. It is dull which was very unexpected.

Taste: Follows the nose in that the coffee and chocolate flavors are very weak, next to non existent. Unfortunately this beer is not appealing but since I am against the abuse of alcohol, I will not drainpour. For an 11% brew the alcohol is well hidden, there is no booziness. As it warms it gets sweeter but still no chocolate or coffee.

Mouthfeel:I like my stouts thick and viscous. This was medium bodied and lightly carbonated. It was kind of close but not quite where I wanted it to be.

Overall: I will not revisit this bottle, unless I can figure out that this bottle was very old. I got it from a store with a good reputation so I am not banking on it being too old. There are far better examples of both chocolate stouts and coffee stouts. As I saw in a previous review, the chocolate and coffee flavors that are noticable taste very artificial and it is a huge turn off.

Photo of weazal
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SMELL: Intense, yummy sweet milk chocolate aroma. A little candy and some coffee earthiness.

TASTE: Tingly and sweet, the overall taste lives up to the delectable aroma. There's a long, prevalent flavor that lasts forever. Chocolate candy sweetness - like a chocolate liquor. Smooth and surprisingly not bitter for a stout.

The drinkability suffers some because it's a bit saccharine.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours pitch black with a finger of light tan head that dies quickly and leaves small traces of lacing.

S: Artificial chocolate and coffee, licorice, lactic cream, and caramel.

T: More artificial chocolate and coffee notes, nuttiness, sweet dark fruits, and booze. It is similar to Godiva liquer.

M: It has a thick and syrupy body with lots of sweet stickiness.

O: This is probably good with vanilla ice cream or with tiramisu. Drinking the entire 22 oz bottle by itself, however, is a chore.

Photo of surprenant1138
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Dirty motor oil color with no head and slight lacing. Aroma is strong of chocolate and some coffee scent. The mouthfeel is dry, almost grainy. Taste is of chocolate, black coffee, and nuts. Not as sweet as other Southern Tier stouts, and therefore, very good.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a opaque black color. The head is a half inch of tan foam that recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a faint hint of chocolate. It is a very nice aroma, but if there were just a little more coffee it would be perfect. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with some strong heat in the finish. Again, I think it would be better if the coffee showed a bit more. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good beer, but it is not quite great. I would, however, happily drink it again.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, served in a small mug. Absolutely pitch black, with no head.
Aroma is all chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee coming through. In terms of aroma this is almost the same as Choklat.
Taste is also predominantly chocolate, however, the difference is in the finish. Nice bitterness in the finish makes the sweetness not very overwhelming. The alcohol warmed me up with every sip. Definitely a sipper. Full-bodied, silky and creamy mouthfeel. This is a big beer and definitely worth a try for those who like a mix of chocolate and coffee in their stout.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deark brown but not black colour with a minimal head.

S - Strong aromas of dark chocolate cocoa, really nice.

T - Dominant flavours of chocolate and really morerish, a little coffee at the end. Quite sweet and milky. Tastes like chocolate mud cake.

D - I'm in love with this beer. It is liquid chocolate cake and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Photo of kbutler1
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a MB tulip glass a dark brown boardering on black color win a fluffy 1 finger tan head. HUGE notes of chocolate in the nose with a touch of coffee and vanilla, seems the ST Chocolat dominates the nose in this one. The flavor has more of the coffee flavor which is rather nice. Sweet chocolate start mixed with a roasted coffee flavor. The coffee is much more prevalent in the taste than the nose lets on. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Lingering roast bitterness.

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours jets black with no head at all. I poured it straight in to glass to get any kind of head but only got a little lacing around the glass.

Smell - tons of bakers chocolate some oakyness, vanilla and alcohol.

Taste - taste is similar to the smell. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate up front with enough vanilla to smooth out the bitterness of the burnt chocolate and coffee. Its got a good amount alcohol in the finish but the burnt chocolate sits around in the aftertaste. I'm a little disappointed because the mokah doesn't shine as much as I would have like. Its more bitter than sweet.

Overall it was good but not great southern tier brew I've had

Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a massive dark black colour with a moderate, short-lasting tan head.

Really rich, milk chocolate aroma with moderate alcohol spice and a good amount of stressed yeast, fruit ester.

Rich, thick chocolate flavour with a hint of coffee. Nice spicy alcohol. A touch of fruit.

Full bodied with moderately-low carbonation. Nice and chewy.

A really nicely flavoured, big, chewy stout. A great dessert.

Photo of timobkg
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. I've had this bottle cellared for a few months.

Aroma is lots of dark chocolate, with hints of coffee in the background.

The flavor is rich dark chocolate, backed by coffee. The coffee definitely takes a back seat to the chocolate, but the effect is a great mocha flavor. This is a sweet beer, and would pair great with dark chocolate or coffee deserts.

This is incredibly drinkable. The alcohol is hidden entirely, and the beer is incredibly smooth and creamy. Overall, a delicious brew.

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really am impressed by the appearance of this beer. The way the bubbles shoot to the top and the fact that the head retention is perfect, I think that it is carbonated very well. Black body and a cream color head that quickley turns into a whip cream consistency. Lacing perfect. Color perfect. Appearance perfect.

s- I can smell that this beer has been brewed with chocolate. It is so upfront that I cant smell the other aromas around it. This beer definately delivers what it is trying to. I already know that its name lives up to its flavor.

t- wow the flavor of this beer doesnt at all dissapoint. The chocolate flavor doesnt hit you right away, instead waits for the moment of bitterness and substitutes it with sweetness. I am in shock that this beer is 11% alcohol, goes down like chocolate milk.

m- perfectly carbonated with a creamy feel to it. The beer is like silk. I am getting impressed more and more with this beer.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes earlier this fall:
Aggressive pour into sam adams pints glass.

Appearance: black body with a dark brown head.

Smell: Chocolaty coffee that has a sweetness.

Taste: Coffee and bitter chocolate blast. little bit of sweetness tasting like brown/maple sugar then a bit more bitterness & roasty malt coffee flavor. Some booze that is tamed by roasty bitterness of this beer. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: another full bodied beer. Smoothest Blackwater Series beer yet from Southern Tier. I think I like Mokah the best out of Chokolat, Creme Brullee, & Mokah! It is close thou. It bit more complex & it bit smoother out of the 3 I have tried.

Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a jet black color into a La Guillotine snifter glass yielding a one-finger thick, clingy, creamy tan head with very good retention (4.5)

S - Rich nose of chocolates, coffee, milk and roasted malts (4.5)

T - Upfront notes of sweet caramelized chocolates quickly blending in coffee flavors in the middle with the chocolates still dominant; finally finishes with flavors of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and above average bitterness. Chocolate flavors generally felt like added processed, powder chocolate and not a "naturalized" chocolate flavors that some Imperial Stouts feature (4.5)

M - Full-bodied thickness with slightly above moderate carbonation and a foamy, creamy smooth texture (4.5)

D - Good flavors and great smoothness with the 11% ABV almost transient; however, the perceived "weight" of this brew along with the slightly heavy finish and bitterness makes this a sipper that you would probably be better off sharing (3.5)

Generally, more approchable than the Creme Brulee though both are good in their own flavors

Photo of mdagnew
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com...

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Burnt brown head poured incredibly thick and foamy with very small bubbles and a meringue like topping... a good one finger of foam remained throughout.. some thick lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of roasted sweet chocolate malts backed with caramel and strong coffee, toasted nuts - hazlenuts mainly, quite earthy, some faint citrus notes, liquorice, brown sugar, honey notes, some light smokiness...

Taste - Tons of dark chocolate up front followed by strong black coffee notes, roasted malts, cocoa powder, some light smoke just coming through, dark fruits (black cherries and currents), nut brittle, treacle / molasses, warming alcohol is just noticeable..

Feel - Smooth and velvety with just a little sharpness underneath... full bodied... pretty drinkable for an 11% brew although becomes quite sweet towards the end...

Overall - Another superb example of an imperial stout from Southern Tier although again a 650ml bottle is way too much... definitely recommended though...

Photo of infi
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Transparent dark-brown pour with a tan, loosely-fit bubbled head, which quickly dissipates to a thin cap. Spotted lacing throughout the glass. Smell carries this predominant nutty essence, presumably from the Jamaican coffee and/or Belgian chocolate used in the process. Good amount of roastiness overall, but a huge malt foundation throughout. No hop resin bitterness found, probably vanishing with the time on shelf.

Taste has an apparent roasted coffee presence, but not really in a big way. Great deal of processed powdered milk chocolate on the taste too - doesn't taste authentic, sort of like a Nesquik/Ovaltine flavor. Good amount of sweetness overall though. Thin bitter astringency in the finish to end.

Mouthfeel is just about medium-bodied, but more so on the thin side. Not as substantial as I had hoped. Drinkability is fair and average. Could definitely use more drive in the flavor profile, notably in the "mocha" sense. Very, very muted in the coffee, milk, chocolate flavors. Personally, it's suffering from the 'Jahva syndrome,' with the beer not tasting like its intended name.

Photo of bbeane
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my PALM tulip... starts with a nice mixed tan brown head that disappears somewhat quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Beer is black in color, and turns a very dark shade of ruby when held up to the light

S- First wiff is pure chocolate, almost like smelling hot chocolate. After some swirls of the snifter, gets a bit more bitterness and malts

T- Intense chocolate taste with a bit of bitterness. Also can detect a bit of booziness, though its not really hot... just apparent

M- Very thick, full bodied with light carbonation

D- Tastes great, though its a bit too rich for me... don't thick I could drink more than 1 at a sitting


Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a darkish brown that settles easily into the glass. Lots of loose spotty lacing from the thinnish light tan head. Viscosity is a bit on the light side as it swirls around pretty loosely in the glass. Ruby tips outline the edges of the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, with subtle coffee and vanilla nuances underneath.

Taste has a big malty presence up front. Chocolate and coffee follow that up, providing the eponymous mocha flavoring. Tiny bit of roastiness from the coffee beans. Bittersweet cocoa in the finish, with no hoppiness of which to speak. Alcohol is detectable, especially as the brew warms, tempering the flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with quite a bit of carbonation making for a slick and slightly prickly finish. A very slight bit of chewiness too.

Drinkability is good. Pleasant coffee flavors meld with chocolate nuances to provide the titular taste. Southern Tier has done very well with their Blackwater series of stouts, with most of them being quality brews, and Mokah is no exception. It's a finely crafted brew and worthy enough for a try.

Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a treat. Just as it sounds, and has lived it up to what I thought it would taste like. Pitch dark. Poured into a tulip glass. The aromas of chocolate danced in the glass. Swirled with a nice head that slowly disappeared. The sweetness melts in your mouth, and goes down smoothly. High ABV hidden by it's sweetness. Served at slightly cooler than room temp. Dessert beer for sure. Something to share and enjoy with a friend.

Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather timid appearance for an imperial stout--a far cry from pitch black with a wimpy head that quickly fades. Other than that it's all good. In-CRED-ible chocolate aroma makes me unable to keep my nose out of the glass. Not enough roasted malt in the taste, but the combination of coffee and chocolate flavors is quite well done. hi abv and cloying sweetness detract from the drinkability, but i don't think i'll have any trouble finishing the bomber. Haven't had jahva or choklat yet; this beer, while very good, doesn't do much to convince me to pull the trigger at $8.50 a bomber.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Goblinmunkey7 for the hookup on this one...

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger beige head. Good amount of head retention, but not much lacing to be had...

S - Wow, this one smells amazing. Lots of chocolate notes come through. Also pick up some coffee. Chocolate definitely domitates though. Very enticing...

T - Chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, and more chocolate. Ends on a sweeter caramel note that subsides a little when the beer warms. Abv is very well hidden. Delicious...

M - Thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Wish they sold these in my area. Looks like i'm going to have to make a trade to get a couple more because I definitely want to revisit this one in the near future. Southern Tier brewed a top notch brew here...


Photo of GehenHerzog
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber from Grapevine (Fort Mill, SC) poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Deep black with a small, tan head

S- Chocolate and caramel upfront and vanilla on the back end

T- Tastes of creamy, rich, milk chocolate with a coffee bitterness that hits you on the back end to let you know that it is present. Wow, is all I can say. This is fantastic. A little on the sweet side though.

M- Creamy, almost like drinking chocolate milk but there is a little carbonation to remind you it's not.

D- I could drink this all night long if alcohol wasn't a factor. The alcohol is not noticeable at all until you are buzzing after the fact.

This is a great beer, which is to be expected from Southern Tier. I am happy that they have decided to distribute to North Carolina and we are expecting them in the area this month YES.

Photo of Vec2267
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: jet black, small tan head
S: chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke/char
T: creamy, deep and rich, smokey and burnt, chocolate and coffee of course, balanced by a nice hop bitterness, alcohol interferes slightly
M: creamy without being syrupy
D: the wonderful depth of flavor keeps you coming back for more, the only blemish are the alochol notes, but under control for such a big beer

Another great, big beer from a great brewery.

Photo of techfed87
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head to it, which isn't too out of the ordinary for beers of it's ABV.

Color is dark opaqe black.

Smells surprisingly chocolatey and malt-like at the same time, almost as if you were smelling a glass of Ovaltine rather than a beer. An interesting first impression, I must say.

First sip is a wham of chocolate sweetness accompanied by a coffee bitterness. It really is something to behold. The alcohol has a bit of a strong presence, which can be distractig from the overall character of the beer.

Overall, the only beer I've had before that really compares in terms of ingredients to this was Founders Breakfast Stout. As a beer, I would say that focused a bit more on the coffee characteristics than this does. This focuses on the sweeter notes of what makes a mocha a mocha.

Not as sweet and creamy as their Créme Brùlee, this remains another reason why Southern Tier is one of my favorite breweries.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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