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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 205
Gots: 358 | FT: 11
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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 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.

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

Another blind beer from MpBugeye. Says to use a snifter. My DFH signature is getting called up from the bench.
This veer was reviewed blind, with no knowledge of brewery or style.

Pours a deep dark brown-- slight reddish hints in the edge. Imelda the glass is filled, the red and brown hues completely disappear. This thing is black. Deep and dark. Looks like fun. A dark tan head of 2 fingers. Average retention, spotty lacing.

Smell is huuuge chocolate. This must be a chocolate stout. Big chocolate notes. Like crazy crazy silly chocolate. Copious amounts of chocolate. A booziness comes through too.

Taste is sweet and boozy... Big chocolate with some light roasty and coffee-like notes. The coffee flavor even reminds me of chocolate-- like a mocha drink at Starbucks. As this warms, it gets pretty boozy... not overly boozy, and not bad, just a noticeable increase in booziness. The overall flavor is good, albeit a one note song.

Body is more full than medium. Low carbonation works well-- nice thick creamy feel.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. I personally wish I didn't have to drink a bomber solo-- much too sweet and possibly boozy (I'd guess 9%-10%). If this were in 12 oz bottles, I'd consider drinking this more often-- or, of ourse, this would be good to share with some other people! I can enjoy this for what it is-- I'm assuming a desert beer-- and think it is tasty and well-made.

--- reveals bottle to be Southern Tier Mokah ---

Haha. No kidding! Well... That explains a lot in terms of the flavor... I actually almost bought a bomber of this last week-- glad I held off! Thanks to Seth for another beer!

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter giving a perfect milk chocolate brown head of small size with very uniform bubbles, with a dark walnut body. The color of the head is EXACTLY and I mean exactly like the color of the brown on the label of this beer.

Bouquet is impressive. Even just opening the bottle chocolate literally bursts out of this thing on the nose. Giant Belgian Leonidas good quality chocolate on the nose which is dominant, it is hard to get past it and anything else that is behind it. There is coffee but hard to find, and some malt which comes through easier after a few sips later.

Taste as always is very chocolate silky but also very balanced with coffee roast characteristics and some hint of a malt backbone on the finish. Velvet mouthfeel .. silky... just great. Highly masking the big abv although it is there but doesn't feel as big as the 11 mentions.

Great desert drink, or a perfect evening closing sipper. Excellent stuff.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost pitch black with a nice tan head that fades fairly quickly

S: Coffee, chocolate, and dark malts dominate

T: Same as the smell, big on the coffee and chocolate. Very sweet, but that has been the case with all of the beers in the black water series

M: Heavy body with little carbonation

D: This one is a sipper at 11%. Combine that with the sweetness and you'll only want a bomber at most, even though it's soooo delicious

Notes: This is a mix of the choklat and jahva stouts, and fittingly so, it tastes like the 2 were combined very well, neither of the 2 dominates the flavor but both are definitely there

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Brewed with Jamaican coffee and Belgian chocolate, you have to love the American craft beer culture, as we see this as an amazing combo.

Not pitch black, but pretty damn close; light carbonation only gives up a thin lace. Choco- late is on top of the aroma with some charred grain, coffee and malt sweetness. With the carbonation being so light, the chocolate and coffee slam the mocha hammer down first and quick. Wet kiss of hop oil. The hop bitterness rears its head around the corner and stops there. Molasses maltiness plays well with the mocha character. Some warmth from the alcohol right away, and it warms more with each sip. Hint of burnt raisins middle to end. Finishes bittersweet with that alcoholic edge.

Flavor overload, very good but our taste buds are being worked over on this one. Set this one aside for the obvious dessert beer or digestif. The name says it all.

Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, with a finger thick dark tan cranium that dissipates quickly.

Has aromas of chocolate, and coffee.

Chocolate dominates the flavor with a mild coffee backbone.

Mildly carbonated, full in body, and warming in the end.

Too much chocolate in this one... Needs to be balanced a bit better.

Photo of malty
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into my stemmed Ayiger tulip-style glass - no light penetrates at al. Big, blossoming, settled attractive 2" loose khaki head. I hold my ear up to it and can hear a muffled crackling of bubbles.

An utmost chocolaty nose to say the least. Smells exactly like a freshly blended chocolate malt - made with hot fudge instead of chocolate syrup. Hi-grade vanilla bean. Nestle Quick powder. This thing is all about layers and variants of chocolate.

The flavors automatically take a swing into the bitter coffee realm right away. I can now detect a coffee element I was hoping for in the nose. Bitterness nicely offsets the still very prevalent chocolate presence, which is quite harmonious now. An slight alcohol 'edge' is detected, but more so in the warmth and not taste. The handshake is becoming firmer. Still very friendly, but a bit firmer nonetheless. The chocolate is tamed now, while the dark cocoa powder and coffee components are lifted as this ale warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, oily and slick. The carbonation is minimal, but still fine and present. The finish is sweet, bitter, lush and warming.

Drinkability is good. I'l be nice and cozy once this bomber is consumed, but that will be enough for me.

Overall a very remarkably indulgent stout. A was happy to taste bitter, charred flavors because the sweet smells had me fretting this would be a cloying glob of an ale - but it's not. Everything is just so luxuriously over-the-top. A great beer to share with a couple friends to break up a session of IPAs maybe? Definitely a dessert beer, better enjoyed fireside with a comfy flannel robe and fuzzy slipper. Thanks for spoiling me ST!

Photo of drewd0g
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - ~$10

Pours jetblack with a 1 finger head which dissapated pretty quickly. the smell is awesome, hints of vanilla chocolate and coffee. it smells like breakfast. tastes like theres a lot of choklat and not as much jahvah. its really good. very sweet syrupy chocolate and coffee taste. the after taste is a little bitter, but pleasant. a really sweet beer, very tasty. i really enjoy these ST beers but sometimes i wonder if they should just start calling them malt beverages. Slow Sipper, share with a friend.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by sweet and creamy flavors of milk chocolate and black coffee. There is a touch of an alcohol sting that tries to poke its way through the malts and the hops presence is very mild but where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice big creamy stout worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was a truly opaque black color with a meniscus the color of root beer. The two finger head left killer lacing all the way to the finish of my glass. The aroma was so chocolaty it was amazing. In addition to chocolate I also smelled vanilla and hints of toffee. The flavors were stunning. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, molasses, maple, coffee. Similar to a Tootsie Roll candy in flavor, which is wild given the %11.2 ALC. The mouthfeel was good, the body full and the carbonation average/soft. Very drinkable for a "Big" beer and for someone like me with a sweet tooth this beer was a true joy to imbibe.

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.

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.