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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,975
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 193
Gots: 356 | FT: 12
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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 begforme4484
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown/black. Minimal brown head that laces surprisingly well.

At first I smell lots of fire roasted coffee, and then was overpowered by a cocoa and dark fudge scent. Almost smells like chocolate milk.

It's like drinking a cold chocolate milk and coffee blend. Lots of rich cocoa flavor. A slight coffee bitterness and finish.

Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Little carbonation and an easy drinker.

Drinkability is good. I couldn't have more than one in a sitting, but talk about a desert stout.

Photo of JayS2629
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black cofee color with a small foamy tan head that quickly dissipates with thin rings of lace.

S- Chocolate and cocoa strongly up front followed by strong dark roasted coffee with hints of caramel.

T- The opposite from the smell. The taste is dark black coffee up front followed by bitter-sweet cocoa and hints of milk chocolate. Bitter finish. 11% alcohol can be detected but hidden well by the strong bitter coffee finish.

M- Heavy, thick, full bodied, creamy beer. Slightly oily and filmy. Warming from the alcohol content.

D- Very drinkable for a sipper. Take it slow. The bitterness takes a little getting used to, and the alcohol boozy taste makes it one to take your time on. Be careful. Its good enough to sneak up on you fast.

Photo of case4816
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks just like a glass of black coffee. Head very foamy, but small, totally dissappeared in my snifter.

S- Coffee comes foreward first, but the smell is dominated by a very rich cocoa scent. Also smells a little bitter from the hops, but also lots of barley smell.

T- Taste very close to the smell, only more coffee taste in the beginning. The chocolate is not sweet at all which is a nice surprize. The barley comes through on the end with a hint of bitterness and malty flavours; the hops also come through at the end with a perfect bitter finish. Only criticizm is that the alcohol comes through a little on the finish.

D- Very nice beer. Very drinkable but also very heavy in flavour. Viscosity is quite heavy which is very en

Photo of RossCain
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 22oz bottle into an 11oz snifter

A: Poured from the bottle a dark, translucent brown looking a little akin to weak coffee. It eventually settled in the glass with a small, light brown head that receded quickly and left behind splotchy lacing. Appeared a very deep amber in the glass, almost reminiscent of Coke-a-Cola.

S: Sweet milk chocolate hits the nose upfront with a retreating characteristic of roasted malts and a vague lasting aroma of bittersweet coffee.

T: I could best describe the taste as extremely pleasurable, albeit virtually two-dimensional: sweet milk chocolate nicely blended a caramel roasted malt profile is readily noticeable upfront. Just as the taste is building to be possibly cloying, the distinctly bitter taste of roasted coffee steals the scene which mixes well with the bittersweet profile of the chocolate. Overall, a very pleasing start, middle, and finish. For 11%, the alcoholic crescendo of lesser imperial stouts seems like it is going to come in the middle of the sip but becomes pleasantly masked by the coffee like finish.

M: Thick, chewy, fully bodied and coating on the palate. Carbonation is slightly too prickly upfront with a mildly noted alcoholic warming in the back of the throat upon finish.

D: As previously noted, I believe there exists a very well blended sweet/bitter profile in this beer that masks the overall high abv. The beer goes down like a sipper but doesn't leave you not wanting more. At 11% abv and about $7.50 per bottle, the beer was of great perceived value to me to unwind and read outside with during a blustery night.

I'd recommend anyone who gets the chance to give a try to the Southern Tier Mokah. Overall, a pleasant (however, not perfect) Imperial Stout experience.

Photo of Ambiorix
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black pour, with a tan-colored, fast-fading head. Little to no lacing.

S: Cocoa powder, coffee, bready yeast. Not very roasty. Little to no alcohol notes. No hops. Very chocolate.

T: Flavor is layered with cocoa, baker's chocolate, coffe, and alcohol all coming through up front. Finish is slightly bitter, but there is no hop aroma or flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slightly oily.

D: Too much chocolate, not enough stout. Not very well balanced. It was good, but I won't place it on my list of things I must try again.

Photo of machostacos
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to tulip.

A: Opaque, black, with maybe a touch of ruby highlight around the edges of the glass. Small tight tan head that shrinks to a small ring around the glass and a light film atop the beer. Little to no lacing.

S: Unmistakably mocha - smells like chocolate milk and a frappaccino with a touch of dark sticky fruit and vanilla as well. Soooo tasty! Can't wait to dive into this one. Little to no alcohol presence on the nose.

T: Exactly what you'd expect from the nose, but possibly even more delicious. Loads of chocolate and smooth coffee. Flavors keep bouncing back and forth between the chocolate and coffee, never veering too much into sweet or bitter territories but staying in perfect balance. Finishes bittersweet, a touch more on the bitter side, and tastes of delicious, silky milk chocolate and oh-so-smooth, perfectly roasted coffee. The chocolate and "craft" coffee lovers in me are in heaven. The alcohol is incredibly well-hidden here. There is definitely a warming characteristic, but I can't detect the booziness in the flavor.

M: Big, rich and creamy, with bright carbonation that keeps this beer from feeling too heavy. I'd say it might be just a tad too effervescent, but I like my beers quite thick compared to most. Slightly oily. Coats the mouth well.

D: Simply an absolutely delicious beer. I polished off a bomber on my own and if not for the 11% ABV I could easily drink another. The high alcohol content is incredibly well masked, which can easily lead to trouble if you're not careful with this one since it's just so incredibly delicious. Outstanding. Compared to its cousin "Jahva" (which is no slouch), this brew is in a league of its own.

Photo of dfclav
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter 

A - black, not much passes into this one, pretty much like all stouts. Barely any head and dissipates almost immediately.

S - bittersweet chocolate, coffee....pure vanilla extract...combined outside of a beer this is an excellent combo; but mixed with a hoppy presence it takes something away.

T - this is definitely mocha, with a very good balance of hops. The perfect amount of IBU's for a beer like this.

M - very smooth, good carbonation. Nice hop presence.

D - the abv is hidden deceptively well in this and I had no problem polishing off a 650ml in no time. It's good for a dessert beer, but give me Old Rasputin instead. I don't think this beer deserves the hype it gets but it's good.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter glass. I had cellared this for about a year, and am eager to see how it turns out.

Pours a deep, dark brown, with glints of ruby when swirled in the light. A thin, brown wisp of head forms a swirl in the center.

Smells of deep dark chocolate, with roasted coffee, honey, alcohol, and a hint of peppermint. More than anything else, it smells sweet.

Tastes much more coffee -- bitter coffee -- than it smells. The bitter definitely tempers the sweet of the smell. Honey sweet, baker's chocolate, and raosted coffee round this out. Almost more of an appertif than a beer, this beer is full of flavor. It is tough to drink even one glass of it, though, as the flavor gets to be too intense.

Smooth and syrupy, the bitterness nips at the end of the tongue. The alcohol burns the tongue a little and certainly warms the belly.

Overall, a nice sipping dessert beer. I recently had the Choklat, and must admit to liking that one much more than this. I'll have to grab another bottle of it and review it sometime!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as ink with a very nice beige head that fades to a ring. Fantastic aromas of very rich dark bitter chocolate and rich black coffee, perhaps with just a hint of cream and sugar. Not very sweet, lots of nice bitterness here. The taste has lots of strong, high quality coffee flavors with a finish that is more bitter chocolate, cream, and a touch of sweetness. Very big beer, but very smooth and quite enjoyable. Not nearly as cloying and sweet as the Creme brulee, but delivers an equally flavorful hit. Very good.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a black hole of a beer. Very little head in the snifter, just a ring, really.
Smell is whiskey, dark chocolate ice cream, caramel. Really balanced.
Taste is whiskey, dark chocolate, malt, caramel, with alcohol noticeable but not harsh or overpowering. Good balance here, too.
Thick, a little syrupy, with a rich full body and negligible effervescence. Oh, baby this a really, really good beer. Awesome dessert beer, either with a dessert or as one. Bartender, another please.

Photo of overcrestmedia
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Snifter.

I'm not so much a fan of flavored beers, but the chocolate and coffee notes really comes through in the finish.

Smooth and delicious, with really nice mouthfeel as well.

However at 11% ABV one will do the trick!

I have looked for this on-tap elsewhere, but haven't had any luck.

Photo of frederichar
2.3/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i do not like flavored beers in general, and i do not like chocolate, though coffee is nice--iced coffee, cafe au lait, starbucks, any kind of coffee except coffee in my beer. i made a mistake ordering this beer, and left it on the table and finished my wife's widmer hefweizen

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter as per the bottle's instructions. I have had both Jahva and Choklat, and both are amongst my favorite beers, so I am looking forward to trying this hybrid of the two. Bottoms up!

Look: dark, dark brown but not quite black. The head is very thin, but what is there is a dark, mocha brown head. I can't see much in the way of carbonation on this.

Smell: smells predominantly chocolatey, reminsicent of Choklat. The roasted malt, alcohol, and coffee are lurking in the background. If the smell is any indication, this is a chocolatey beer through and through.

Taste: mmm! This is good. This leans more towards Choklat than it does to Jahva. There is a lot of chocolate flavor in the front, roasted malt in the middle and it finishes with some bitterness from the coffee but the coffee is quite subdued. Delicious!

Feel: medium bodied towards full. The alcohol is very well hidden for an 11% beer.

Drink: a sipper because of the full flavor, full body and the bitterness from the coffee, but its an American Double Stout. Since I'm not expecting to drink this to be something I could guzzle, I won't dock this area any points.

This beer is excellent. Southern Tier is a master of American Imperial Stouts and this is no exception. The only one I have left to try is Oat and I hope it lives up to my expectations. This beer is Choklat with a hint of Jahva. I recommend this one wholeheartedly. The blend of coffee and chocolate is masterful. Southern Tier should be proud of what they've done witht his beer. Do your best to pick this one up!

Photo of biglite351
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - considerable red around the edges for a chocolate-coffee stout. Creamy light tan head leaving no lacing.

S - heavy chocolate, milk chocolate, almost truffel like. Mild coffee in the background. Like you walked into a high end chocolate store.

T - like popping a truffel after taking a sip of coffee. But unlike the scent, this is a bitter dark chocolate and bitter coffee. Honestly, not the sum of its parts.

M - solid coating. Good tingle all over the tongue and a bit in the throat.

D - no thanks, too bitter.

Photo of kylehayworth
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think the only other beer from the Blackwater series I have had was unearthly, I am surprised it took me this long to try this one...

A: The color was a glimmering blackish/brown, while pouring it leaned more towards the deep brown side, while in the glass a healthy black hue. The head was a swirled chocolate milk frothyness.

S: Hershey's chocolate syrup right away, WOW! This beer smells amazing. It also has mild hints of vanilla and coffee bean, maybe a touch of caramel.

T: The first sip leans toward the Hershey's syrup, after a couple of slow sips and a bit of warming the flavors become more pronounced: sweet chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee, vanilla.

M/D: This beer is silky smooth, with a sweet finish. The beer is pretty well balanced, maybe leaning toward the sweet side. I would pick another one of these up for sure.

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

From bomber to pint

Paired with pumpkin cheesecake streusel.

A: Pours a dark brown with red hues and light carbonation. A small, coffee-tan head forms that dissipates quickly. Not a trace of lacing - the brew seems way to heavy.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and alcohol dominate the aroma. The alcohol volatiles have a powerful warming effect, but the coffee and toasted malts are strong enough to poke through.

T: Like the smell, rich, bittersweet chocolate and alcohol swarm the palate, but there are layers of flavor underneath. Coffee combines with the toasted malts and form a balanced bitter/sweet backdrop. Hops follow though with a drying effect adding just a bit more earthy bitterness to the mix, but with all of the chocolate and malts, you really come away with a flavor to match the brew's title - think of your favorite cafe mocha and add a touch of beer's bready profile.

M: Of course this is rich and viscous on the palate. Definitely a sipper, this one, and was a perfect compliment to my desert.

D/N: Drinkability points? Well, don't drink this if you're in the mood for red bull-vodka and clubs (I know, you wouldn't be reading this if you were, but fair warning all the same). Pretty much any other time is acceptable, though. There's nothing remotely off-putting about this beer and would be enjoyed by many who don't normally like beer. Just remember to share.

Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter. This has been aged for about a year and a half (from the initial release)

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a thin layer of mocha colored head that settles down quickly.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, hint of vanilla and alcohol at the end.

Taste: Very sweet, but in a good way. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and some caramel. Absolutely no trace of the slight alcohol that was on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: I might be Southern Tier homer, but this is a very tasty sweet Imperial Stout. Have some more in the cellar, curious to see how it holds up, as it was still really enjoyable with this much age on it.

Photo of velosuds
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from the Blackwater Series. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Purchased at Corvallis Brewing Supply for $8.45.

A-Pours a midnight black. Very dark. A two finger, creamy tan head quickly recedes into a scant lace.

S-This smells like a Starbucks Mocha Latte. Chocolate and coffee are very pleasant and dominant. But the sweetness from vanilla and toffee are also very welcome.

T-There is burnt sugar, caramel, rich chocolate, and coffee that combine very well. May be just a bit sweet. Kind of in between their Crème Brulee and Jahva stouts. Good beers all.

M-Deliciously smooth with medium to full body. Warming due to the alcohol.

D-This is a fine beer. Best enjoyed by sipping. Southern Tier brews some excellent imperial stout.

Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's after remembering the hype surrounding this stout from Southern Tier. Actually kind of shocked at this one, really wasnt a fan. Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A - A nice typical black pour with a healthy 2 finger tan head. As it sat, the head receeded leaving a light tan halo around the glass. No side lacing.

S - Not picking up those big aromas that others have mentioned. The stout is definately not too cold (right around 50). There is some nice roasty malt aromas as well as some chocolate, but no coffee to speak of. There is a definate alcohol smell though.

T - Kinda like the nose. Theres some chocolate, some malt, but very, very little in the way of coffee flavour. The strongest flavor is the alcohol which while I understand this is an Imperial Stout I've had stronger stouts with the alcohol hidden better.

M - Low carbonation, but not syrupy or sticky. Typical mouthfeel for this style, nothing out of the ordinary.

D - I've had much better Imperial stouts. A shame really, as I wanted to really love this offering from Southern Tier but sadly it just didnt do it for me. Theres much better ones out there.

Photo of ne0m00re
2.63/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

09/26/10- Had a 22 oz bottle of this.
A: Very dark brown with a wide red hue, large cream head died to a good large collar.
S: Creamy vanilla creme filling with oakyness, dental cleaner, strange sugar substitute, some coffee and licorice. This is beginning to sound like a mistake getting this bottle.
T: Sticky sweet creamy mocha, like Starbucks mochas where it is too sweet. Only OK; it is over the top.
M: Sticky with a cleansing carbonation.
D: I really wasn't excited about finishing the bomber.

Photo of steve8robin
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like a lot of the Southern Tier stuff. Haven't gotten the chance to try this brew yet, but wanted to for a while. 22oz bottle...

A: Super perfectly dark with a 1 inch tan head that fades at a fast pace leaving a bubbly lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Get some chocolate notes upfront with some roasty scents quickly followed. The more you smell the more the chocolate overtakes the nose. Sugary malts quickly followed. Good.

T: The texture of this on my palate really follows suit with chocolate just without the intense over the top chocolate flavor. I get some roasty coffee bean upfront with some chocolate notes in the middle. Some licorice and hints of candi sugars on the backend. I get some vanilla and cocao also. Very good.

M: Full bodied with a very heavy carbonation. Good.

D: This one goes down after you get through the carbonation wall.

All in all, this is another good brew from ST. I def love the over the top flavors of this brewery. Definitely try if you like Choklat or similar thick / heavily carbonated stouts.

Photo of wvsabbath
2.75/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Very dark tan, black, great 3 inch thick creamy head

Smell - Coffee, cocoa, mocha, hops, chocolate, malts, barley, smells amazing

Taste - As the smell prepaired me, very strong mocha coffee taste. Has a warm hop alcohol kick also. You get some coffee mixed with chocolate but really, the mocha flavor is way to strong and dominates all.The yeast mixed with the mocha is way too bitter for my liking, and the aftertaste is rather odd

Mouthfeel - Its rather bitter on the tounge, and leaves a very bitter aftertaste. After a few drinks, wasnt digging it as much as before. Its rather thin in the mouth, and doesnt ready leave me wanting more

Drinkabilty - With Its high alcohol, and bitter mocha overload, this beer doesnt do it for me. Couldnt finish the 220z. I dont want this again, so much better coffee stouts out there. This smelled better then it tasted to me.

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

A: Pours a dark pitch with a bit of tan head.

S: Strong espresso and dark chocolate.

T: Wow. Espresso hits... no, more like slaps you in the face then slams you with a 2x4. Strong dark chocolate followed by an incredible roasted bitterness that just hangs in the mouth and doesn't let go.

M: Thick and oily, with a bit of carbonation to remind you it's beer.

D: One of the more powerful stouts that I've ever had. This one really makes a deep and lingering impression.

Photo of patra7
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rare import for Greece, which I found and bought at a beer festival. I had this at home after 1-2 months of fridge-resting, in snifter glasses, split between me and my wife (650ml bottle).

Appearance: Black colour, perhaps with a reddish tint. Dark brown head, thin, quickly dissipating.

Smell: A smorgasboard of aromas starts attacking you from the moment you open the bottle. Chocolate(s), coffee, caramel, alcohol hitting on you with no mercy. I'm still sniffing on the empty bottle as I'm writing this! Fantastic!

Taste: A caramel-like, light sweetness, closely followed by sweet and bitter chocolate. The light bitterness presents itself halfway in, only to be "covered" by a new wave of caramel-like sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Siropy, but not too thick. Medium body, not highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Depends on how you define it... You start feeling the high alcohol towards the end of the 1st glass. I'm not sure I'd attempt to drink a 2nd bottle unless I was in a serious drinking mood. I love it anyway.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours jet black with a nice light mocha head. Good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. Great coloring. Nose brings loads and loads of chocolate as well as a strong amount of coffee. The taste is all about the chocolate and coffee, but can get a tad bit sweet, as there is some roasted malt, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Feel is fairly heavy with a bit of alcohol. Drinks really well and I prefer it to Choklat.

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,975 ratings.