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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,658
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 155
Gots: 267 | FT: 10
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 PEBKAC

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Whole Foods.

An unexpected ST tasting after hitting New Beer. Great way to start off the weekend. :) Poured into a generic tumbler.

The description stated a blend(listed ingredients for Jahva & Choklat match). The server couldn't quite put the two words "new" & "beer" together, but denied & assured us that is was not a "blend".

Color was a leathery black, with a thin, but frothy, dark tan head.

Well just from the smell, it seems unfamiliar. Chocolate dominates, but not like the Belgian chocolate found on Choklat. This smells like sugary milk chocolate, white sugar, cocoa mix, & lactose. A little similar to Nesquik. On the edges, just a twinge of coffee & grass. Good & soothing, but not complex or irresistible.

Taste is of grainy, sugary milk chocolate up front, with lots of smooth lactose. Clean caramel, it hints with grain past the middle, coffee just barely peaking through(no bitter roast or earthy/ground flavors, but so much less then expected), & ends on an obvious cascade note that works really well.

Feel is decent. Somewhat of an oat-y feel, with an overall hearty body. Carbonation is mild to strong, simulating a little acidity. The lack of alcohol I think is the most drastic thing here though. Like a Bailey's with ice, the alcohol buries itself in the overall sweetness. Choklat, as good as it is, just can't drink this easy.

Taste was almost irresistible. $16.99 for 64 ounces(plus glass)... err. Better then $9 for a bottle, but still something I just can't do much of. ...I remember when UnEarthly was $5.49.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2009 01:16:12 | More by PEBKAC
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Catskeller - Cincy, OH

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Moderate frothy head, moderate lacing.

S: Strong cocoa and tootsie roll aromas.

T: Biter-sweet and roasty with flavors of cocoa and tootsie rolls. More chocolate than java. Slight burnt character in finish. A touch of heat.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and warm.

D: Quite tasty. Better than java or choklat. Yet, one glass is enough for satiation.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 03:16:58 | More by klewis
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears black and murky with minimal head. Aroma is almost purely chocolate with a touch of alcohol. No discernable hops in aroma or taste.
Taste is overwhelmingly chocolate, as well. I can't say that I'm getting much, if any, coffee. There is the expected roastiness. The chocolate really lingers.
Mouthfeel is velvety thick.
While this is a very enjoyable beer, its strength and thickness make it a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 23:33:37 | More by joerodiii
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

Pours a deep ebony with chestnut/mahogany edges and a thin, one finger khaki head. Leaves some spotty lace along the sides.

Smell is of rich hershey's syrup and roasted coffee beans. Some mild fruit, but the focus here really is on the chocolate and the coffee. Very pleasing overall, definitely more chocolate dominant.

A big rush of rich, bittersweet Belgian chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. A pleasing bitter finish with a hint of cherry and plum and a touch of alcohol. A big robust flavor that really is balanced well. Choklat is almost too fudgey and thick, but the addition of Jahva really mellows it out a bit and rounds it out.

Full bodied and rich. A great pair with dessert. Velvety smooth with a bitter, dry finish and a long lingering chocolate flavor.

I split this with a couple friends and really wish I hoarded the whole bottle to myself. It was super easy to drink even at the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 17:20:16 | More by ColForbinBC
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Deep, dark brown color that closes in on being black with ruby hints around. Finger of slightly off-white head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate that became a bit sweeter in aroma as it warmed. A few roasted notes

T - Bitter chocolate at first; then coffee flavors come in and then back to a creamier milk chocolate flavor

M - A bit thinner than I expected given the look of the brew with some fairly lively carbonation

D - Good overall here as it was an interesting brew after dinner one night...hit the spot pretty well, but sharing this brew worked out best for me.

Overall, I actually prefer Jah-va and Choklat, indepedently, to this brew. That being said, it's still a pretty darn good brew. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:04:46 | More by Nickls
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with amber highlights when held to the light. A thin tan head settles to a ring of foam quickly.

S - Heavy chocolate and coffee. Almost reminds me of slightly burnt smores. The chocolate takes on a hershey's syrup aroma.

T - Sweet malt with rich chocolate slowly fade to slightly bitter coffee and deeply roasted malts the finish with a lingering sweet vanilla.

M - On the heavy side of medium with a mouth coating slickness.

D - ABV is well hidden. Makes for a nice after dinner sipper for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 02:28:54 | More by brewcrew76
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass is pitch black with a thick off white head that slowly subsides into lace. Strong aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and spices. Taste is intensely sweet malt followed by strong coffee and cocoa flavors, with an alcohol finishing presence. Carbonation is low and feels rich and milky. The alcohol makes it a sipper for sure.

According to the bottle it's a combination of Choklat and Java, and I think the sum is more than the parts, this really is an incredible combination of flavors and one of the most unusual and satisfying brews I've had. Well worth the price and this would make an incredible desert.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:18:10 | More by jsp2
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a double walled tumbler

A - Deep black w/ a garnet acccent and 1 finger of light tan, the translucent clarity w/ a quickly settling tan that clings as a sheet to the glass and has an ultra fine bead.

S - Like chocolate milk - sweet and bitter aromas of belgian chocolate w/ a gentle hop accent but the chocolate overwhelms w/ both sweet and roasted notes

M - Creamy rich sweet and strong w/ alcohol warmth and bitter cocoa/hop finish w/ a high residual sweetness in the feel and mild fruitiness

T - Right of the bat the chocolate/vanilla taste and dark malt blend w/ subtle roast sweet coffee but the chocolate overtakes the jamaican blue's subtleties. Candy and cocoa lik a yoohoo w/ class. The taste is followed by a citrusy chinook/columbus combo and plum fruitiness stand up to support all the dessert like malt and chocolate saturated taste. The mix of dark malt citrus and alcohol lasts until the last sip.

D - Not the most drinkable but high on flavor a bit too sweet w/ less actual mocha taste - too little java taste. It is a real dessert, a rich beer best shared at 11%. I would probably prefer 10oz or less and would like it in cooler weather

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 16:38:33 | More by Slatetank
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New York

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

Bomber bottle, pours darkest shades of brown, with some ruby hues shining through, the head is dark tan, better the average reteniona dn leaving some spotty stickage. Nose is boldly of the advertized coffee and chocolate. Thick on the tongue, bold on the flavors, high on the quality department. Loads of coffee and over the top chocolate notes. Tasty sipper. More fine brew from ST. World class dessert beer, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 14:22:15 | More by Billolick
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Almost black, brown pour. Small tan head that disappeared completely. Heavy dark chocolate, mocha and light roast malt and coffee aroma. Taste does match, quite a bit of chocolate and mocha with accenting roast malt and espresso. Medium, somewhat milky body, but just enough carbonation to keep it honest. Finishes like a mocha Starbucks drink. A little sweet, but not quite as overwhelmingly chocolate as the Choklat. A little better drinkability than the chocolate milk like Choklat. Still like the Java and Oat better though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 04:01:41 | More by Bung
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sterling Neil St. Piccadilly just brought this is, a new bomber bottle offering from Southern Tier. When told it was in, I hesitated for I already had a few other items on the counter, but quickly acquiesced. So glad I did, for this is easily one of Southern Tier's best in my opinion.

Impenetrable black body with a nice tan head in the Duvel tulip, with lots of lacing adorning it. Rich, complex smells--lots of chocolate, Jamaican coffee, caramel--tremendous, and really carrying forward into the flavor. I cannot believe how good, smooth, and heavy the taste and texture are, especially with chocolate. The bittersweet Belgian chocolate and Jamaican roasted coffee ST advertises on it shine through and, more importantly, blend exceedingly well. It's chocolaty but not sugary sweet. It's as much dark as milk chocolate, with lots of coffee throughout. Incredible, like a liquid candy bar.

The mouthfeel, to me, is sublime--very smooth, creamy with a bit of bite from the chocolate and coffee. I'm in awe. For the very high ABV (11%), this is very accessible, though worth taking some time with it to savor its goodness. This is one I'll frequently revisit, one of the very best Southern Tier has created.

An outstanding achievement.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 18:03:01 | More by Gehrig
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Dark dark brown, not quite black. Anemic head quickly fades. No lacing to speak of.

S: Like chocolate. Specifically, like Choklat. Other reviews that have likened it to Tootsie Rolls are spot-on. I can't really pick out any coffee.

T: Pretty much all chocolate. Just the faintest hints of coffee in the background. Warming alcohol burn. It kind of dries out the mouth, but I'm not sure if that's from the alcohol or the coffee.

M: Much thinner than I expected it to be. No carbonation.

D: As far as I can tell, this is pretty much indistinguishable from Choklat. And the parts that are different are worse. I don't really see the point of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 05:00:53 | More by BarrelO
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle pored into large snifters, split with oglmcdgl cause there is no way I could finish this whole bottle.

A- Pitch black like a cold night and with a moderate pour a faint dark tan head popped up with some bubbles within. The tan head faded before my glass was handed to me leaving just a sea of blackness. It took a very hard swirl to bring it back momentarily. Not much lacing just a scattered line here and there.

S- Well this really smells like choklat if you ask me but there is a very faint scent of coffee is in there but it isnt that pleasant smelling, almost generic. Overall I will give this one a pass on smell because I am a lover of choklat and this is not far off. Big huge amounts of dark malts are within the smell as well. Getting some tootsie roll as well and some mild roast.

T- Okay, a little more of the javah does come out in the taste and does make this pleasant, but in no way do I think this is a 50/50 split between the two styles, as the Choklat reigns supreme. Any hops that were used in the brewing process had no chance of making a dent in the taste, in this case they kind of support the overly sweet taste. Big focus on the malts in the taste as well.

M- Thick and sweet. Mokah has the same feel as choklat and many others in the blackwater series, although I have not had Javah by itself though. This one is very sweet and not for the faint at heart. Not bitter in any way, in fact i will venture to say no bitterness just candy like sweetness.

D- As I get older, I find myself to drink less and less in the blackwater series because it's just too much. I love Southern tier's desert beers, but only in about 5oz samples in a sitting. As for Mokah, it's a great beer but in the future i'll just pick between the two base beers and share amongst friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:33:43 | More by BARFLYB
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: black body with frothy milk chocolate river head.

S: Rich milk chocolate, almost all chocolate. Super sweet and perfect. Makes me think of hersheys milk chocolate syrup.

T: Almost all chokolat, a light roast from the jahva in the background at the end.

M: It leaves a dusty dry cocoa in my mouth. Very full body.

D: Served in a pint, I wish it was in imperial pint.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 01:38:38 | More by drseamus
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, huge amounts of chocolate, and hints of coffee at the end. Really sweet smelling.
T: Really deep roasted malts underneath an enormously sweet chocolate and coffee flavor. I am wondering if they just brewed the choklat and the javah and mixed them because this is what it would probably taste like.
M: Very smooth, rich, heavy, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: I thought it was drinkable, but I like all the other really strong flavored Southern Tier Beers. I finished the bomber and was sad it was done.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 10:26:26 | More by erosier
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. 3 finger head and smells like chocolate pudding for sure. Some roasted coffee notes coming through as well. Taste is great and feels like I am drinking dessert. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side and this is definitely not a super easy drinking beer. Great for dessert and I would def. try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 19:16:31 | More by dublife1
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2.83/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I poured this one from a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a very dark black-brown color with a 1" dark tan head. The head settled slowly and left some nice sticky lace down my glass. Unfortunately the appearance was this highlight of this beer.

S= Extremely chocolate-y in the nose. Smelled like chocolate pudding as its being cooked. Only a very slight bit of coffee in there.

T= Started off sweet and somehow got sweeter as each sip progressed. Nearly all of the flavor was sweet, rich milk chocolate. Near the finish, things dried out just a bit and a small roasted note emerged and then disappeared again under the chocolate onslaught. Cloying to say the least.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a creamy, slippery mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation level.

D= This was a big disappointment for me. I usually like Southern Tier a lot and have enjoyed many of their more adventurous brews. This one really fell flat for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 16:34:47 | More by spointon
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 into a tulip glass. Jet black with a tan head leaving some lacing along the glass.
Smell is all chocolate and more chocolate, kind of reminds me of tootsie rolls. The coffee is there just not near as dominate as the chocolate.
Taste is similar to smell mostly all chocolate and I'm getting some coffee flavors and then the alcohol kicks in leaving with a nice dry finish.
Feels nice and creamy in the mouth good carbonation as well.
It's a little sweet for me but still a nice treat every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:23:09 | More by scifan
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours black with a 2 finger head that fades fast and the beer then looks flat and lackluster

smells just like a chocolate tootsie pop
with a little coffee

taste is just like the smell but i can pick up more of the coffee

mouthfeel is very good - heavier body and has just enough carbonation for that nice creamy finish

drinkability - you would have to be a sweets lover to drink more then one of these or even the whole bomber(i split this one) - and its not a beer i would want more then once every few months or so

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:29:27 | More by jsh420
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - poured into snifter:

Pours shiny black (dark brown when looking down into it) with a brown head that descends to thin wisps and a ring. Some dots and "legs" stick.

The smell is of very rich, delicious chocolate backed by roasted coffee.

The taste is of rich chocolate with very nice roasted coffee. They work hand-in-hand with each other and tied together by caramel. The ST house character is there. Sweetness, with a touch of warming, well-incorporated alcohol turns to a bitterish, dry finish.

Full-bodied and very smooth.

A rich chocolate/coffee dessert that has an easy drinkability for its richness and abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:22:02 | More by jwc215
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny.
Pours a dark brownish black color with a thin tan head into a tulip glass. Good retention and some lacing. Smells of chocolate, tootsie rolls, caramel, and cream. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, cream, dark chocolate bits, and tootsie rolls with a touch of roasted malt and a bit of coffee in the finish. Medium-full body with low carbonation but a nice pop. Smooth and sweet. Amazingly easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well. A little too high in ABV and sweet for me to want to session this, but it is a real nice treat!

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 00:10:52 | More by HopDerek
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South Carolina

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

This is another excellent beer from southern tier. These guys really know how to nail a flavored stout.

The beer pours a midnight murky brown, with a small but thick and creamy brown head. Heavy lacing, nice retention.

The smell and taste are both blends of hot chocolate and coffee. Excellent, spot on the flavors blend very well with a huge malt backbone. There is a little bit of alcohol present, but it really melds well into the overall beer.

The mouth is thick and chewy, with just enough carbonation to bring things together.

I drank a bomber of this without a problem. Granted, it lasted me all night, but this is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 19:54:20 | More by grayburn
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dpowers for sending this one my way.

A - Brown with a slight coffee colored head.

S - Chocolate syrup with not much coffee in there. Smells sweet but I like it.

T - Sweet chocolate dominates the first taste then fades to some coffee. Some roasted malt with alcohol at the end.

M - For a double stout, I think that it should be thicker. Medium to heavy carbonation but creamy nonetheless.

D - Very drinkable for 11%. The alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness isn't overpowering.

I'm not sure that this is a double stout. I'd probably put it more in the sweet stout category. And I'd make it my favorite sweet stout. Maybe Imperial Sweet Stout?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 04:07:57 | More by infestaxion
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint.

A - Pours black, with a huge tan head which subsided into a thin layer. Some lacing.

S - Smells like chocolate. No real coffee aroma.

T - Various chocolate flavors. Sweet. Slight coffee taste. Some bitterness in the finish. Slight alcohol warmth.

M - Medium thick, nicely carbonated, creamy.

D - Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:40:49 | More by tedpeer
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, almost black, small tan head that was gone quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma is full of chocolate. Tootsie roll chocolate to be exact. Pretty much smells exactly like ST's Choklat. No coffee can really be found in the nose. Big time chocolate flavor on this one. I'm still having trouble distinguishing this one from Choklat. I suppose there is a light smattering of coffee in the background, but the thick luscious chocolate flavor pretty much washing everything else out. A nice roastiness is also present, but this is a chocolate dessert drink like no other. Mouthfeel is medium-high, average carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden in the taste, but a warming can be felt on the way down. Really, I can't say it enough, this pretty much tastes just like Choklat with only a little bit of coffee mixed in. Not bad, but really nothing new it seems. It really does taste great and I think some age would do wonders for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 00:11:30 | More by KeefD
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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