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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,946 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,946
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 189
Gots: 338 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of HotHands
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours jet black into my Chimay chalice. Small tan head that quickly dissipates. Fairly typical for the style.

S - great intense chocolate smell, with some coffee as well.

T- wow, that's a lot of chocolate! Intense cocoa flavor, like a dark dark chocolate syrup. Hints of coffee throughout. Taste is quite sweet, but not cloying. Finish is bitter chocolate, like cocoa powder. Sometimes in stouts the finishing hops don't mesh well with the flavor, but this does.

M - heavy body, but it doesn't coat the mouth much. Average carbonation for the style.

D - this is definitely a sipper, what with the intense flavor and heavy body.

This is a great beer to have on a special occasion or to pair with dessert. Just keep in mind that drinking a whole bomber might be difficult unless you spend a lot of time on it.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bowels of Blackwater, the Mokah..coffee and chocolate intertwined divinely. Black like US ops in Columbia, the chocolate aroma starts overpoweringly then realizes that in order to stage this coup, it must bring in reinforcements, floral and fruity hops - the Cascades and Columbi - appear in the shadows of this battle.
coffee finally reveals itself in the flavor, with the bitter chocolate contributing beautifully as well. Little heat in this bottle, just beautiful balance and thick malts. Outstanding way to start the day..

Photo of Kendo
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler (half-growler from Westmere Beverage in Guilderland; full growler was $19.99, so this was about $10) into a pint glass. Body is black with a light-tan head. Some red hues when backlit. No lace.

S: Nice - chocolate from a foot away. Even more chocolatey when I put my nose into the glass. Real hard to find anything beyond that, but as it warms I get a bit of roasted barley malt underneath the chocolate.

T: Chocolate and coffee -- some roasted barley up front followed by chocolate and more chocolate. Coffee more noted as it warms. Finishes with a slight roasty bitterness, which nicely cuts the chocolatey sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol heat is felt at the back end of the sip, provides a bit of drying, and then warmth in the belly.

M: Full-bodied, carbonation is moderate.

D: Off the charts for a beer of this strength, but still - a big body and notable alcohol will slow you down a bit, so no 5 here.

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

Southern Tier and big tasty stouts. It's a good world to be in.
The scents of these big Southern Tier beers tend to be exciting and mokah holds to that tradition. Chocolate is big on the nose. Chocolate milk type cocoa, though not Yoohoo.
Flavor is also chocolatey, perhaps along with some vanilla extract. I'm not getting a whole hell of a lot of coffee out of it but maybe I could see a coffee drink, heavy with milk and cocoa powder. Possibly something along the lines of a chocolate soda.
Bosco! yeah.
Coffee comes across most in the bitter finish, though it really strike me as more of a dark, dark chocolate type bitter finish.
Booze doesn't really come across at all in the flavor but there's some of a boozy breath sensation after a bit; it's 11% strong, after all.
Chokolat is perhaps a more impressive Southern Tier stout but this one might be a bit better balanced. Definitely less potential for cloying. Tasty times.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical molasses black, real weak quick fading what would be a foamy tan head, a few carbonation bubbles cascading.

S - Very strong aroma...can smell it when the glass is sitting on the table. Very well balanced coffee and chocolate flavors with a solid roasted malt backbone. Also a pretty good alcohol aroma in the background.

T - Was hoping the flavor would be a strong as the aroma but it's not quite there. More on the chocolate side than the coffee up front. The alcohol heat and flavor butts in about halfway through each sip but doesn't ruin the palate. Finishes with a coffee bitterness and just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate.

M/D - A thinner body than I would have expected for this style but it is nicely carbonated. Finishes neutral from the bittering coffee and chocolate sweetness. Alcohol is present but not in a completely bad way, but it's 11% ABV so I can't really complain. Drinkability is average because of the balance of flavors but nothing spectacular that leaves me wanting more.

Was hoping for a little more but this beer is a superior candidate for bourbon or whiskey barrel aging, IMO

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

deep black with a sort of thin, fizzy, tan head that barely shows up and doesn't stick around. very little lacing.

lovely chocolate with an extremely light roasty aroma. extremely light hop presence, but its there.

Damn! straight up cocoa! light roasty finish but the chocolate keeps showing up. there is a slightly metallic heat in the finish though.

mouthfeel is creamy but has a definitive astringency to it. smooth all around though.

I could probably go for one of these with desert.

damn, thats a good beer, but its a bit more chocolaty than i expect from an imperial. great beer from southern tier, but not so good as jah vah or iniquity.

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark ruby brown color where only the minimal level of light can pass. Beige head that is predictable for stout, leaving stringy lace while maintaining a thin layer of bubbles after settling completely.

The smell is all mocha--no false advertising here. It leans slightly to the cocoa side, like a freshly opened Hersey's Cocoa.

Lots of cocoa to the tongue from the initial sip to long after the swallow. Interestingly, there's no indication to the high level of alcohol present. Lowly carbonated, given this beer a thick oily mouthfeel.

Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Mokah is a solid black beer. It takes a heavy pour and then cascades to form a thick, dense, light brown foam that leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a huge, sweet, chocolate aroma with a note of coffee. It has a very smooth, full body that's chewy with a clean finish. It has a huge chocolate flavor. Yes, stunning amounts of chocolate. It tastes like a 60%-cocoa chocolate bar. Later in the taste comes medium roast coffee and a lemon peel bitterness. This is serious business. I'm a big fan of chocolate beer, so this got me pretty excited. It's thick and strong. Like a lot of Southern Tier's stouts, this one is for dessert.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Black with a well....mocha head.
smell: Oh man! I teetered on a 5. Malted milk ball, dark chocolate Mocha! This works and then some.
taste: More of the same! Weirdly enough, it isn't over sweet.
mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy goodness.
drinkability: So well balanced that the intense flavors and surprisingly dry finish make this much more drinkable †han expected.

Photo of CascadeConan
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I hadn't had an imperial in a long while so I decided to step it up a notch and I've been discovering plenty of east coast breweries that can throw down so I had no bicoastal qualms going with Southern Tier.

Poured from the tap into a tulip the beer looked like motor oil with thick brown head that never left.

The nose is heavily dominated by chocolate and just a bit of coffee if you give the glass a swirl.

After the first sip I set the glass down and had to think if the bartender was fucking with me or not. It was definitely an imperial, no ethanol taste but unmistakably warming. Heavy, viscous chocolate flavor and very slight coffee bitter but the knee-jerk flavor that came to mind was Tootsie Roll. A break to let it warm up a bit added a little depth to the coffee flavor but it still remained dominated by chocolate. If Willy Wonka and Milton Hershey decided to collaborate and brew one beer this would probably be their labor of love. Half way through my glass my head was swimming and all I could think about was all the Halloweens I'd had too many Tootsie Rolls resulting in sugar headaches.

This beer is an amazing imperial, a supposed 50-50 blend of Southern Tier's Blackwater Imperial Series Jahva and Choklat, it delivers the distinct qualities of chocolate and coffee in the body of a big bad ass imperial.

If this beer was a person it would be Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile when he played, wait for it, John Coffey. I would recommend splitting a bottle over dessert with 3 or 4 people.

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

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice rich and roasty dark brown with a one finger tan head that has some nice tight bubbles but also some scattered medium ones. The head recedes pretty quick down to a nice thin film. As you spin the glass there is some nice and sticky tan to slight yellow lacing that is left by the head. Its not as dark as expected.

S - My first initial nose dive delivers quite a punch of nice fresh and sweet cocoa powder right away. Yum. Similar to Chokolat. There is some nice melted milk chocolate bar sweetness in there as well. There are slightly roasted hints that hint at coffee but the nose is definitely dominated by the chocolate.

T & M - Delicious sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder with some nice dark chocolate bitterness intermingled. After this chocolate bomb there are some nice roasted coffee hints that pop up and give the beer a nice acidic coffee bitterness. There is a nice alcoholic warmth especially on the back end. The hop presence is minimal except for some slight hints at the end. The beer isn't as good as Chokolat on its own and its not as viscous or as oily as I expected. The beer is good but the chocolate flavor tends to dominate and not work as well together with the coffee as in other similar stouts.

D - Good stout but could be better. Higher ABV so be careful. Overall not as good as Chokolat which is one of my favorite stouts and is ranked up there on this site but still delicious.

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

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep black with a nice tan head that fades to a layer across the top and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very complex with notes of chocolate milk, fudge covered coffee beans, and lots of cocoa. This seriously is one of the best noses on a beer I've experienced.

T: The taste is espresso soaked chocolate fudge cake. Lots of coffee in the taste and a good amount of chocolate as well...very good after dinner dessert beer.

M: The feel is creamy and thick...excellent mouthfeel for an Imperial Stout.

D: Besides the ABV this is pretty drinkable. I would definitely have it again. I'm regretting only getting 1...pretty good beer.

Southern Tier please distribute to TX soon!

Photo of rtepiak
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an intense syrup of coffee and chocolate. Pours a thick black with a finger of head. Nose of nothing of quick's chocolate. Palate is like a candy RIS with a rich sugar. Lean feel with body backed in sugar and non-fermentables. Not really something with an intense body to back the alcohol but sugar to high the broad somewhat aggressive abv. Warm but no palate abrasiveness due to the dulling carob cocoa.

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

A: Black and a bit bubbly with a huge frothy head with great retention; lacing is great especially considering the style

S: Rich chocolate--like chocolate syrup on top of a slightly bitter coffee aroma; roasted malts and a slight vanilla quality emanate as well; but that sweet chocolate dominates

T: Major chocolate--sweet milky chocolate like Hershey's chocolate syrup--with a bit of coffee; but that chocolate dominates; there is also a slight pleasant alcohol burn

F: A wonderful creamy viscosity all throughout the mouth; the beer coats the entire mouth and flows gracefully down the throat; perfect mouth feel

D: Delicious brew but almost an overwhelming amount of chocolate and not enough coffee for balance

Photo of holco34
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer for the first time at The Fred Bar in Atlanta:

A: Almost black, 1 finger brown head

S: Smells like chocolate milk, coffee, caramel, vanilla

T: Tastes more like coffee than the strong chocolate smell but you can definitely taste the chocolate as well. Burnt malts. Alcohol taste is very present but doesn't taste like 11%

D: It's delicious! I couldn't drink it all night but it's perfect if you're just having 1 or 2 beers in a night. Good dessert beer.

I love this style and really like how Southern Tier isn't afraid to take chances and create good beers like no others you've tasted before.

Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, served in a ST tulip, Mokah is black with a small light tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is amazing, very rich chocolate, some grassy hops.

Taste is similar, whoa - this is like a glass of carbonated hershey's syrup, but with the bitterness to keep it from being cloying! A bit of leafy hops added character. Awesome stout.

Mouthfeel is viscous and smooth, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is excellent. This might be my favorite stout. Perhaps overly simplistic in it's overt chocolaty, but my is it tasty. So rich, the ABV is lost. Not a guzzler by any stretch, but so indulgent that I had to order another, even though I shouldn't!

Photo of chrisgn
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a pitch black appearance and thick head upon first pour that dissipates to nothing. The mouthfeel is think and creamy. There are some really nice chocolate and coffee notes in the taste, but to me, the flavor of the alcohol is not masked well. I can smell it in the glass and it over powers the other flavors of the beer. It is 11% so it is certainly a strong beer, but I do not like the boozy quality that only gets worse as the beer warms up. I want to work through the ST Imperial Series. I enjoyed Pumking and Big Red, but I do not think I will get this one again. I hope Chokolat, Javah, and Creme Brule are better.

Photo of sogrady
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reactions to this beer will be even more dependent on one's palate than normal, I think: it's a very, very sweet beer.

Too much so for me, I'll admit. It's not cloying, exactly, but the sweetness will be almost overpowering with those with tastes that run more towards the sour or bitter. For everyone else, this DIS will be quite the treat.

Complex, deep chocolate flavors accompanied by the promised mokah with a hint of dark cherry. Body is moderately carbonated with minimal head, and its sweetness aside, it's easy to drink.

Photo of Kudashov
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter Mokah is nice black stout with a fat furry head . Aroma is sweet " moon pie " esque smell . Nice lacing on glass but after that, is where I have an issue with the brew. Tasting this over and over during MNF .The sweetness is too much .It is OK but not thick or chewy enough for my liking . It is not nasty but , this has been aged over a year and the flavors have not evened out. This is not Creme Brulee sweet but it is not my thing . Choklat is still my fav . If this had more of a coffee flavor then it would get a better grade . Good but not great .

Photo of hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. Deep, dark pour, with a thich two-inch head of tan foam
Aroma-Big whiff of chocolate,cocoa, and some background coffee notes.
Taste-Big onrush of sweet Belgian chocolate laced with smooth Jamaican coffee with cream. Alcohol hidden way back in the bushes to grab you later if you're not careful. Long, sweet, warming finish. One of the more chocolate-forward imperial stouts I have had.

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

Pours a two finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate and coffee nose. Flavor is a good chocolate/coffee, some sweetness. High ABV is hidden. $7.69 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I hadn't reviewed this beer before. I LOVE ST!

A - As expected, near dark, not much head, not much, spotty lace.

S - Milk and bittersweet chocolate are the first things that hit me. I barely get coffee at all.

T - Oh. Oh. Yum. Thick rich creamy chocolate, laced with just the right amount of coffee. Definitely boozy.

M - Ok, very sweet, to be sure. But it is not a cloying mess, at least not to me. Seems to chill out fairly well by finish. Creamy.

D - Ambivalent about this one. Big flavors and high ABV. But, it reminds me of the pound bag of peanut butter M&Ms...I know I should stop, but it is so good...

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of Southern Tier's Black Water Imperial Stout series. Presented in a 22 oz. bottle. Sipped slowly in a Hennepin snifter.

Pours jet black with a thick and foamy crown of khaki-colored head. Predominant aromas of cocoa powder, chocolate malts and vanilla.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Opens with layers of cocoa powder, choco milk and bittersweet, dark Belgian chocolate. Where's the coffee? Moves into suggestions of caramel malt and vanilla. Finishes with the faintest trace of roasted java.

At 11% ABV, Mokah isn't exactly sessionable, but...YAHOO!

Although I was anticipating more coffee flavor, Mokah provided an interesting and complex taste profile that has inspired me to taste Jahva and Choklat, the Southern Tier Imperial Stouts that were combined to produce this offering.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour is near black, with a half finger of brown foam. Aroma is very pronounced, sweet chocolate. Smells delicious.

Oh man. This beer is like drinking a coffee milkshake. Mouthfeel is silky, and this beer tastes strongly of chocolate. You would never know this is 11% ABV. I don't usually have a sweet tooth, but this is an amazing beer. This isn't something you can have more than a bomber of, and you'd have to drink that bomber slowly, but wow. This is delicious. Highly recommended - will absolutely get this again.

Photo of BrewDoctor
1.7/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I haven't reviewed a beer in many years, but this one had a profound impact on my taste buds and my stomach.

I stopped by Eli Cannons for an after work beverage and ordered up one of these gnarly concoctions after reviewing a fairly weak beer list for Eli's.

This thing poured a deep, dark chocolate with hints of mahogany. Head was nonexistent.

The smell was predominantly chocolate with a mild hint of coffee.

The first sip hit me with a wave of chocolate and even more chocolately sweetness followed by a strong alcohol burn in the stomach.

I proceeded to sip this concoction with each sip becoming more difficult than the last. I love chocolate, but the cloying sweetness and lack of complexity and complimentary flavors made this thing unbearable.

I couldn't handle it anymore, I had reached that dreaded point in every dedicated beer drinkers life. That point of conflict which burdens our soul to the core, but I had no other decision. I asked the bartender to take the remaining 1/2 glass away and do the ever so feared drain pour.

Seriously, I've had over 500 different beers in my life and this one was absolutely disgusting.

OK, I will keep my door open to this beer, but only under 1 condition. I would try this again if it was paired up with a proper meal that (gag) may actually compliment this hideous creation.

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,946 ratings.