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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 169
Gots: 314 | FT: 13
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of Metalmonk
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the good-looking stout, with ample froth forming a tan head, which doesn't stick around long, but at 11%, it wouldn't. Liquid is insanely dark brown, just a shade under pure midnight black.

Not unexpected, the aroma is balanced between dark chocolate and coffee, with a sweetness appropriately reminding of cream. And when I say "balanced" I mean it--the chocolate and coffee strike a perfect chord together.

Am I dreaming or am I drinking Southern Tier's absolute best beers lately? Last night it was Oak Aged Unearthly, plus a shared bottle of Jahva with Dr. Snorkapotamus, and tonight it's Mokah. And wowza, this is freaking fantastic. After letting it slide over my tongue and down my throat a few times, it seems the aroma was merely hinting at what was to come. These flavors have all kinds of depth and they're mingled incredibly well. Huge gooey chocolate meshes with coffee that isn't all that bitter or burnt, just perfect is all, with some big ol' graham cracker elbowing in and sweet vanilla-flavored coffee creamer too. Alcohol provides a lightly spicy, nicely warming flair, certainly not timid but not at all out of whack. Tremendous! Can I give it a 5.5 for Taste?

Mouthfeel is appropriately luxurious, a silky, creamy thing that is just carbonated enough to deliver some life to the body. A little more bubbled than expected, actually, but it's all kept in check and eventually the texture totally won me over.

Being a huge fan of Jahva, I was looking greatly forward to this. Still can't find Choklat in this area, but if this is the meeting point of the two aforementioned (as stated on the label), then I guess I'm halfway there. As expected, Mokah is completely, utterly wonderful.

Metalmonk, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cole's. Pretty good coffee beer, with significant and above-average mouthfeel based on mokah. Dark brown, creamy, tasty, bitternsweetness, though leaning on sweet. Pleasant mochah aroma. Expresso coffee beans and chocolate in secondary.A must try.

Sammy, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, dark brown, almost black. Slight beige head that quickly becomes just a ring. Minimal lacing.

The smell is exactly like a cafe mocha--dark chocolate, buttery, and quality roasted coffee. The taste is very intense on the chocolate but the roasted coffee malts come through nicely too. There's also a little bit of alcohol popping through the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick to the point of being chewy.

This is a rich, tasty stout, but with the 11 percent ABV, it's definitely a sipper. It is definitely not to be taken lightly.

theghost3, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of vince4953529
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very very dark brown, to the point it amost crossed the boundary between brown and black.

Tasted a bit of mustiness, a faint hint of female vagina. But also a pronounce taste of tootsie roll. It's an interesting mix. The name "Mocha" is right on target as if you are drinking a cup of mocha from the cafe that sells, um... mocha.

It's easy to drink, but not without consequences. As you gulp down this baby, your get dizzy, peachy, rosy, and finally sleepy...

vince4953529, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of stoutfiend27
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bomber brought back to me from boston from a very good friend of mine..

a-black..quite possibly the blackest beer i have ever seen..small tight khaki colored cap on top of the beer..not really head...collar sticks to edges..no highlights or bubbles present..strangely thick looking

s-like a really nice chocolate bar...lovely cocoa...subtle roast and coffee...no alcohol detected in the nose...

t-rich dark bitter chocolate..like drinking a chocolate bar with some nice coffee hightlights...slight bitterness to hold it together..finishes dry..rich and smooth

m-very thick and chewy..heavy...moderate carbonation...tate lingers for a while..slightly drying on the palate...

d-takes a slight hit due to the abv..if it werent for this i would have given it a 4.5...

overall a superb beer..my first from southern tier and i have to say im thoroughly impressed..this would make a great dessert beer all on its own..a nice sipper

stoutfiend27, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Vinny71
2.23/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 ounce poured into a pint glass on Thanksgiving day. I didn't care for this one at all. There was virtualy no head or lace to speak of. Some burnt coffee and vanilla but I'm smelling and tasting mostly just alcohol. I'm quite dissapointed with this one because I'm a stout lover and was looking forward to it after seeing so many good reviews here. Possibly I got a hold of an older bottle but being an imperial I would figure it would have some decent shelf life. It was a struggle to finish.

Vinny71, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with a good head to begin, but that remains only as a 1/8" ring of nutty-colored carbonation.

Smells like melted dark chocolate, with just a hint of coffee - makes me think I'm stanidng in a cafe somewhere.

Heavy on chocolate, like indulging your tongue in the baking variety - sweet and bitter, it creates an immense pallette. That is a mighty beer.

Exceedingly smooth, with light carbonation - bitter at the back of the throat, but it hardly touches down, as it slides right down.

Far more chocolate than coffee, but that's hardly a disappointment - this is an incredible beer.

Highly drinkable, but better as a dessert beer than one for regular enjoyment.

mdcrouser, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Burl41
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Jet black, resembling a piece of dark chocolate.

Smell-Alch is first then a wonderful chocolate aroma and followed by a slight coffee backing.

Taste- I'm impressed here, when I saw the abv and the first whiff when it was poured, I wondered if it would be an overpowering beer that lacked in flavor. There was no need to be worried, this is a great chocolate stout. Thick complex, with rasin, coffee, and chocolate sweetness all balancing together.

Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy

Drinkability- surprising, I could drink this faster than most imperials, and more if it were not for the sweetness which does hold it back.

A great beer, something I would have a cold fall night like tonight, probably a great dessert beer.

Burl41, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of nice black chocolate malt with nice creamy espresso notes. Taste is a nice mix between some very well balanced black chocolate and some creamy espresso with a nice dose of lactic sugar. Body is full with nice carbonation and a great creamy texture. Very well done with all the ingredient well balanced out and doesn't taste too artificial.

Phyl21ca, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into snifter.

1/2F tan head hovering over a deep, dark brown body. No lacing.

Smell was, well... chocolate. Milk chocolate bar, and unfortunately nothing else. Until it warmed, then an alcoholic quality picked up.

Flavor was slightly more complex. Toffee, dark chocolate syrup, and Baileys (milkey liquer).

Mouthfeel was pretty smooth and thick, with very little afterburn considering the ABV.

Sip-purs, no doubt. Take your time with this. Ok, but far too one-dimentional to be one of my favorites.

BeerImmediately, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz pours a dark brown, cola around the edges, thin mokah head which dies to the odd spot of head. Not much retention.

Cocoa powder, espresso, sweet sugar, caramel, chocolate milk in the nose.

This is not as chocolatey as Choklat, not as coffee as Jahva but a pleasant mix. Blends a little too much into a nondescript sweet mess but still a pleasant stout. Cocoa powder and roast bitterness, sweet caramel and milk, chocolate, lighter coffee, espresso in finish, hint of booze in the throat, very sweet body.

A sipper for sure and the smooth, light carb aids the sipping. A dessert beer, wouldn't want this with a meal or summer. A bomber is the max but for what it is, relatively drinkable.

ritzkiss, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thin finger of tan head that quickly dissolves down to a fine film. No real lacing. Looks solid if not particularly special.

Nose is huge. Massive chocolate malt along with roasted coffee, like the bottle advertises. Subtle dried fruit, maybe raisins in particular. Brown sugar. Very nice.

Flavor is likewise monstrous. That massive chocolate malt is up front. Up front notice that alcohol, but it fades fairly quickly as the beer warms (kind of opposite of what you'd expect). Roasted coffee malt in there, although it's fairly mild (and gets pretty dominated by the chocolate). Actually, overall, it legitimately tastes just like a mocha, which...makes sense.

Body is full. Carbonation is mild but this is a smooth beer.

First Southern Tier I've had in a long time, and I really enjoyed it. The mix of Jahva and Chocolat goes works really well - evening out the sweetness of the Chocolat. Tasty.

P St. Whole Foods/$9/22 oz

soupyman10, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large capped bottle, poured into a very large snifter.

Very dark, but not quite black, with a rich coffee colored head that holds well, and produces nice lacing.
It should be mentioned right off the bat this is not your typical stout, but rather a "dessert stout", much more than Rogue Chocolate Stout, for example.
Sweetish, and quite so, but not nearly as sweet as creme brulee. Chocolate and caramel, as well as coffee on the nose suggest what is coming.
Cocoa, sweet chocolate, sweetened coffee, caramel, vanilla, and cream.
Medium bodied, it is one good dessert beer, I think, although it took a while to get over the susprise there was no bitterness to be mentioned.
Have to try this one more time to make up my mind, but plan to share the bottle among four people - in my case, a large chunk ended being wasted (divided in two).

brdc, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head

Smell: molasses, black coffee, and chocolate

Taste: The Javah hits before Choklat. There is a big black coffee taste, then sweet milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: bitter start that becomes super sweet, medium/heavy body, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: It is interesting to me how these two beers when combined do not mix. It is like having the two separates tastes one after the other. I will have this again, but would just as well have the two beers separate depending on what I am in the mood for.

tigg924, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into pint glasses from a bomber. Very dark, like black coffee but thicker. Brown head was small but very dense.

S - totally ridiculous smell to be coming from a glass of beer. Like taking the cap off a bottle of Hershey's, except the chocolate has real quality and complexity to it. (If Godiva came in a bottle that would be a better comparison.) Dark and roasty, a whiff of booze, but with a lighter side too all swirled together. The java flavors come secondary -- which is not to say they're hidden, by any stretch, merely playing the role of harmony to the chocolate's melody.

T - rich profusion of several chocolate and java flavors. The chocolate is still in charge here, but the balance is closer. Probably because this is when you start to notice the acidity of the coffee bean. Provides a nice extra jolt to the tongue so you won't forget this is a blended brew. Neither it nor the 11% ABV comes close to distracting you from the primary flavors though. There's more than enough sweetness -- one could argue TOO MUCH sweetness -- to smooth over the whole experience.

M - somehow creamy, oily, and chewy all at once. Better hope you like the taste because it's going to linger.

D - definitely a sipping beer aimed squarely at dessert or a select few complementary meals, but given that target it's right on. ABV is never a detriment; all to easy to get hammered on it. Only the overly one-sided sweetness keeps it from a higher drinkability rating.

Richardberg, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color. Looks like coffee with a thin foamy tan head on top.

On the nose I can definitely smell Southern Tier's trademark Choklat aroma coming through. Smells of rich chocolate syrup coated in a hard shell candy. However, the blend of ST's Jahva also comes through with roasted coffee like malts. It takes a bit of a back seat to the chocolate aroma, but still has a decent presence.

The first sip is delicious, and so is every sip after that. Lots of rich dark and milk chocolates at first and then the roasted coffee beans roll in. An excellent mixture of coffee and chocolate. On the rich side, but this is a dessert beer.

The mouthfeel is great. Thick and creamy. Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation and a lovely warming alcohol sensation, which is a lot less than you would expect for a beer of 11%. For a dessert beer the drinkability is very good. It's definitely a sipper, but one that I can't stop sipping.

Overall, I highly recommend this beer. I've had Choklat, which is another great beer, but I think Mokah definitely trumps it. Rich chocolate and coffee. This is a perfect dessert. Thanks Southern Tier!

sisuspeed, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of abuliarose
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a bit of tan head. Smells like chocolate syrup, which is a good smell but a disconcerting one if it's all you can smell.

Tastes very sweet with an up front milk chocolate taste and undertones of roasted malt and burnt espresso. Carbonation is tiny and piercing, but makes up a good part of the body before disappearing into sweet smoothness and appropriate bitterness. Medium to heavy body. A chewy beer. I would have another someday, but it's not something I could have alone just because of how sweet it is.

Overall a pretty standard one of Southern Tier's offerings as far as what I've come to expect... which is to say: it's not an amazing chocolate stout or coffee stout, but it would make a pretty good dessert sauce.

abuliarose, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of taigor
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into 8oz glass

A - Poured black, coffee like appearance.

S - Coffee and cocoa with hints of malt.

T - Immediate taste of coffee and chocolate with light sweetness. Then alcohol and bitterness take over and stay.

M - Very smooth and thick.

D - Awesome winter stout that has to be slowly sipped.

taigor, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this one open as a little celebration for my 22nd b-day tonight, to commemorate my first full year of legal booze. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a giant glass mug.

A - Pours a predictable yet still awesome jet black; black as the ace of spaces. There is a touch of head to it, but it goes away quickly, leaving a familiar foam collar.

S - Rich, intense coffee and chocolate with a touch of licorice on the aroma. Like a fine espresso with sambuca.

T - The coffee and chocolate come at you with ferocity, but are well rounded by a slightly milky, slightly chocolatey sweetness.

M - Smooth and silky with just enough carbonation to grant some levity.

D - Best to share this one with a friend, though if you've got a stout tolerance for alcohol and are willing to get trashed for the evening, this one's drinkable enough to enjoy alone.

Overall - Feeling a little tipsy right now, but It was worth it. This one's a little one-dimensional compared to many other Impy Stouts, but the few notes it plays are harmonious and awesome. A great treat for mocha lovers.

DannyS, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in body with off-white head that dissipates quickly. Deep, dark chocolate, coffee bean aroma that sends my mouth watering. Tastes of cappuccino, smooth dark chocolate, coffee with cream and sugar,chocolate cream. Medium in body with no carb that gets in the way of the decadent flavors. An enjoyable ale that is a let down to finish. "Enjoy with or as your dessert!" I like where your heads at Southern Tier.

JRed, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of irishkyle21
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very thick, jet black in color. Some pretty good lacing and the head retention is fair. Looks good.

This is one of the best smelling beers I have come across, lots of chocolate (almost as much as Choklat), the coffee is noticeable but not as much as the dark chocolate.

Tastes great, a good amount of bitterness but it mostly comes from the chocolate. The coffee and chocolate make a great mix and keeps my taste buds happy. Smooth mouthfeel and pretty drinkable for such a big beer.

irishkyle21, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Poured a 1.5 finger caramel colored fine head with good retention. Brew was semi-opaque amber. Lacing was ample, layered, but dissipated quickly.

S: Milk and dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and brown sugar.

T: Milk chocolate lasts throughout the whole brew and reminds me of the Chokolat. Coffee is present in small amounts with a big brown sugar finish. Also a fig sweetness towards the end. Very sweet aftertaste, a little too much.

M: Medium to full bodied. Oily, filmy, sticky, and really coats the mouth. Finish is wet and messy. Almost completely flat.

D: Good if you enjoy ST Chokolat. However, a little too sweet to drink in excess.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a trade some time back... been cellaring it for about 5-6 months I think...

- Dark stout... looks like the Creme Brulee.... dark cola, can't see through it... bubbly mocha head upfront.. but a small ring sitting still.

- Nice sweet chocolate scent.. light bittering.... like a German chocolate cake... little whipped mouse.. cream..

- Sweet chocolate cream... and warming alcohol.. certainly not quite like the hot out of the oven brownies like the chocolate.. but a nice more mild blend of that... with a touch of light roasted coffee.... now i need to try the Jahva....

- Dry and bitter, but yet sticky sweet... overall not bad.

- Certainly another desert beer from Southern Tier.... and easy to drink. I am wishing I had aged this one even another year or two...

Docer, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of becktone
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 8-25-09

Knowing that this is a combination of the two-Jahva and Choklat-I'll see how much in balance they are and how well these two have been combined

Eye: Opaque and black, what else can you expect? Head has a nice size good retention and formation, lacing appears nice...all in all its a creamy tan. Looks better than the Jahva from earlier today.

Nose: Oh, that big chocolate that is oh so familiar from Choklat is present here, like melted/liquid chocolate and its the extra expensive kind...it beats the shit out of Hershey's. Nose is mostly akin to that of Choklat. Sweet dark fruit is present, fruitiness here reminds me of Queen Anne's Chocolate Covered Cherries. All in all great, hopefully the coffee comes through more in the flavor. So far no qualms as the Jahva the coffee didn't come through that much in the aroma.

Tongue: Chocolate flavor is strong (no complaints) and is accompained by the driness of the coffee beans. Sweetness from the chocolate is nicely countered by the bitterness of the beans and the roasty flavor that comes from them. At first sweetness is so upfront you can't get anything else. After the second sip it becomes more balanced and more complex. The palate gets more. Its balanced between chocolate and coffee very nicely. The best of both worlds.

Feel and Drinkability: Feel is nice, lighter in carbonation than the Jahva which works very well, too high would kill the chocolate in here. Feel in heavy (but lighter than both the Jahva and Choklat at the same time) and smooth too, just as are the two separate brews this comes from. Its not as smooth as the Choklat but smoother than the Jahva (Smooth as in velvety feel). This is very easy to drink, as aforementioned the best of both worlds. Very easy to drink and dangerous too. I'll be enjoying the rest of this bottle. I recommend this, highly recommend this. My choice of the three are Choklat, Mokah, Jahva.

becktone, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark black/brown color with a finely grained tan head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing. While the head has soon receded into a ring sipping still leaves occasional spots and legs of lacing follow from the foam.

Smell: The aroma includes chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and traces of caramel.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include chocolate and cocoa , vanilla, cream, some dark caramel, traces of some coffee. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has minimal carbonation. The finish begins in dark chocolate sweetness and then changes into a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor and ends in dryness.

Drinkability: This is a fine dessert beer with great potential for sipping slowly after dinner while chatting with friends or reading a good book. In other words this is a beer worth taking the time to relax and enjoy one a night. However, it is also a beer to keep on hand for after dinner or late night enjoyment.

drtth, Oct 26, 2009
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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