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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 211
Gots: 367 | 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 ShadesOfGray
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 batch. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours semi-dark, but not thick looking. Slight light shines through the pour, but pitch black once filled in the glass. Head forms late and is creamy and tan. Lacing is decent but quick sliding.

Aroma is way too light! Its such a great smell, just too faint. Full of coffee and Hershey chocolate bars. The chocolate notes are stronger than the coffee.

Flavor is great. Definitely needs to be drank a little above fridge temp to celar temp. This beer's flavor is seriously masked to the palate at fridge temp. Once it warms, tons of mokah like(coffee/chocolate) flavors take over. The aftertaste is all chocolate. Its a very sweet chocolate at that. Mouthfeel is medium body, medium to high carbonation. Booze isn't even a factor. A great beer from Southern Tier!

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate with some coffee as well as some cream. The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate with some creamy coffee notes. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A excellent, full bodied stout that is very heavy on the chocolate.

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

Looking forwards to this one it pours a dark expresso coffee hue with decent carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and sporadic spotty lacing,the aroma to be expected is quite a standout with a nice mix of dark expresso and belgian chocolate not much else gets thru on the nose past these two aromas,it has a very sweet chocolate milk taste which coats the mouth quite well with a nice bitter coffee finish and also a dash of fruity hops right at the end but not much and leaves a coffee taste on your palette very nicely just like you have had a coffee,overall its a very decent brew that i would definately revisit although its not for everybody with its sweetness and almost close to a Milk Stout in my mind but could easily see this being paired up with a nice rich dessert.

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appears very dark in the glass with two fingers of mocha colored head that had very good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is more on the chocolate than on the coffee side. Dark chocolate is complimented by some cream. Smells almost like ice cream. Alcohol is also detected. The flavor is more chocolate than coffee. I would of preferred it the other way. It has a chocolate milk quality. Slightly sweet with just a hint of coffee. Alcohol heat also plays a large part in the finish. A little too hot. Not a huge body but it is substantial and slightly chewy. Coats the mouth well. Carbonation is low and has a nice texture. I would like this much more if it featured coffee more and the alcohol toned down.

Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle from 2009.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet rich chocolate, almost like Hershey's syrup. Also smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and only hints of coffee. Perfect smell to me.

t - Taste is smooth rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, hints of coffee, and hints of alcohol. Very nice.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation. Thick and smooth.

d - I've been holding into this one for about 7 months or so and finally drank it and thought it was amazing. I'm a big fan of ST's Choklat & Creme Brulee and this is right up their with them. Amazing chocolate smell and taste and will definitely try again.

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

Aroma is chocolaty and coffee like, reminiscent of the smell of coffee beans, as opposed to freshly brewed coffee

Color is dark, black and mud like, murky like a cup of black coffee run through a French press
Bitter, yet smooth tasting. Highly drinkable, with the richness of a milkshake
Velvety and full bodied mouth feel to this beer. This is one fabulous offering from Southern Tier.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As I'm pretty sure Southern Tier is the master of dessert beer I'm stoked to try another of the Blackwater series.

Opaque black with a large beige head. Thick, horseshoe retention lasts about half the glass but put up some lacey splashes while it lasted.

True to it's name, Mokah does smell like mocha, perhaps with an emphasis on the chocolate. Sugary coffee aroma more akin to coffee ice cream. Booze all over.

Taste comes packaged in a hot alcoholic wave. Coffee ice cream and dark chocolate with a lean towards the coffee end of mocha. A neutral hop presence helps to push the flavors forward and enrich body.

It's good underneath the alcoholic heat so why not just tone it down?

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into three glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist!

A: Pours inky black with an amazingly creamy dark mocha colored head. Retention was fantastic with a large lump of foam hanging around till the very end of the glass.

S: Wonderful aroma of rich Belgian chocolate-chocolate milk with a shot of freshly pulled espresso. Chris picked up a hint of cinnamon toast and I noticed some roasty malt.

T: Tastes just as it smells. Steve loved the boozy chocolate milk flavor ("like getting drunk on chocolate milk").

M: Almost perfect mouthfeel. Thick, coating, viscous. Looses half a point for having a bit too much alcohol hotness.

D: There's no reason in the world that a beer like this should be so friggin' easy to drink...but it is. World class!

Photo of Yesac
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On trade from jwinship83 - thanks!

A- pours dark brown and appears solid black in the glass. Tan colored small head rests at a nice layer and has good retention.

S- Smells like a great piece of quality dark chocolate. Slightly bitter chocolate, amazing. Slight hint of coffee bean.

T- Along with smell.. a dark smooth chocolate malt taste.. with a slight hint of dry coffee bean aka that java taste. Ending quickly by a punch from the 11% that burns slightly as it goes down. Not the most complex taste but great job on getting it to taste like chocolate.

M- Full bodied.. smooth on the palate decent aftertaste.

D- Easy drinking.. the 11% isn't hidden very still it's got a sting to it. Smells great but lacks the complexity.

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

Coffee and chocolate are both black and opaque and, wouldn't you know it, Mokah - a beer which blends the two - is too! This dark, oily liquid looks equally like something I'd drink as it does something I might pave the driveway with. Although bubbles formed off the pour, its surface contains no head but instead only a thin smear of brownish colour.

Fix your eyes on something in the distance. Take your hand and cover one eye. Now cover the other eye instead. You see how the depth and alignment in your vision changes? Well that's exactly what happens when smelling this beer. Left nostril: roast coffee; Right nostril: bittersweet chocolate. Background and foreground are interchangeable.

Just as the ashy, heavily roasted (and lightly astringency) taste of black coffee starts to disintegrate from the tongue the curtains part again, this time to reveal the delectably milky, bittersweet flavour of finely conched chocolate. The two flavours really do share the stage, it's nearly impossible to say who puts on the better performance.

Of course, each of these two players already have lead roles in their respective beers (Jah*Va and Choklat - I'll let you figure out which is which). Blending them together, you'd think, might make a beer that's doubly as tasty. That's not the case. But it is equally as tasty. Which just goes to show that sometimes the sum is no greater than its parts.

The mouthfeel is suspiciously light and impossibly void of (nearly) any alcohol. There isn't nearly the bitter roast or rich sweetness you'd expect - whether this works in the beer's favour is a matter of opinion. I personally could have gone for a little more character although I am finding my way to the bottom of this bottle much faster than anticipated.

A world without stouts is a nightmare not worth contemplating; I'm grateful to have relative access to the four amazing beers (and this blend of two of them) that comprise Southern Tier's incredible 'Black Water' series. Although I hope these beers will be around forever, I'll continue to stock the cellar with them as if they won't.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber pours a dark black with a decent amount of foam. Smell is of dark chocolate. The taste is of strong chocolate with a hint of coffee. So much fucking chocolate in this beer, its beautiful. I swear I just ate a hersey bar. So damn smooth for the 11%. Loads and loads of chocolate. I can't wait to try the Choklat. Very damn awesome beer. Everyone should buy this beer if they see it.

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

Charred black walnut with surprisingly generous highlights of scarlet and orange. In fact, the beer rides the razor's edge between opacity and lucency, which is almost a crime for an American double stout. The khaki colored crown looks pretty good, as does a decent amount of sea foam lace. The fact that this beer isn't a stunner in the looks department is... a stunner.

Mokah is a mixture of Choklat and Jahva. They both smell outstanding, and this big stout does too. It smells more like bittersweet Belgian chocolate than Jamaican roasted coffee, which is fine by me. Here's hoping it's at least as delicious and drinkable as the beers that created it.

Mokah is not as amazing as expected, but it's still damn good beer. It would hard to equal the excellence of Choklat and Jahva since I gave each of them the ultimate flavor score. Part of the problem is that there isn't a huge amount of malt. Almost one year in the bottle shouldn't have taken that much of a toll on an 11.0% ale.

The other problem is that the flavors work incredibly well on their own, but don't seem to jibe completely when combined. That doesn't make total sense because I've had several stouts that used both chocolate and coffee and were incredible. Those two flavors are present in roughly equal measure and creme caramel makes a cameo as well. American hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade and Columbus) add balancing bitterness and little flavor.

Body/mouthfeel is the biggest puzzler. It was obvious when sunlight was *almost* visible behind the glass that this wouldn't be a thick and chewy brew. It's too light for the style, although it does gain enough creaminess by the bottom of the bottle to barely grab the 4.0 rung of the ladder.

It's hard to figure out why the combination of two out-of-this-universe American double stouts wouldn't lead to something better than this. Don't get me wrong, Mokah is good stuff and is worth a purchase. That said, Southern Tier could eliminate it from the lineup and I would not shed a tear.

Photo of Magpie14
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a hearty thick pour. Darkness envelopes every nook and cranny of my glass with viscous goodness. Adding to the appeal is a nice tawny hue hugging the edge of my snifter. The cap has poor staying power as it allowed me only a glance to examine its deep mahogany brown colored fluff. Lacing has a few notables otherwise it is burned clean off the walls of the glass. This beer seems loaded and looks in the right for an Imperial Stout

S: largely impressive nose that is dynamic and strong. The most notable whiffs are of sugary molasses with large portions of chocolate and coffee. Smells like a liquid candy bar. For an imperial stout this has to be one of the champs. Amongst such darkness a squeak of hops gather force

T: well, what can I say...this is sweet, almost to the point of sickly. This is more like a runny chocolate fudge java milkshake. I am baffled. I have to keep telling myself that this is a beer. After a few more sips a maltiness starts to show up and helps hold things somewhat together. In any event, a sturdy brown sugar candy flavor envelopes every sip. Other flavors range in character from sweet to bitter within the prominent self-indulgent milk chocolate. Some anise and dark fruits are making an appearance.
A dose of crushed coffee bean oiliness is evident and melds amongst the creamy sweetness. Towards the finish a small (and I mean small) hop essence rustles the tongue

M: pretty straightforward in the mouthfeel department. Maybe a bit on the lush and creamy side. The body is on the mild side of heavy and carbonation is in healthy order

D: not sure what to think of this, pretty extreme. This brew is the port wine of the beer world. I could see this as an after dinner delight. Make sure to share this beer as I am finding myself wrestling to finish this one. Wild stuff!

Photo of womencantsail
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a viscous dark brown with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam.

S: The nose was pretty on par for what I expected. A nice blend of chocolate and coffee, but certainly on the sweet side. That's usual for these Soutern Tier beers, though.

T: The coffee really dominated the flavor which I wasn't expecting from the nose. The chocolate adds a sweetness to balance out the bitterness from the coffee which worked very well.

M: This has a real creamy feel on the tongue which is quite appropriate, given the name of the beer.

D: I was surprised by how easy to drink this was given some of the other Southern Tier beers. While it's certainly high in alcohol, the flavor is not cloying.

Photo of Zippie9999
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: 220z. bomber-Aged for a year
A: Jet black with a thin foamy head
S: Lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Mellow and well rounded with the age!
T: Lots of coffee and chocolate
M: Very smooth. Dangerously drinkable for an 11% abv beer
D: Highly drinkable. Very good job in hiding the 11%ABV!. One of the best of the style. I have another aging for one year or two! This one was bought at Liquor Depot in New Britain, CT and was aging on their shelves for about a year!

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

Bottle into snifter.

Jet black in color. One finger khaki head. Very good retention. Bits of spotty lacing.

You can smell this on comin as son as the cap comes off. Chocolate bar, mocha, chocolate truffles, a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows smell. Testes of chocolate, mocha powder, chocolate truffles. Some roasted coffee. Very sweet with a slightly bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Sort of grainy/powdery in texture, not sure how to explain it. Good though seems to add to my sense that this beer smelled/tasted like truffles.

Probably couldn't have more than one bomber. Great as dessert.

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

An entry into heavy dessert stout category. It pours a solid black with very little head and carbonation. There is a milky foam atop the black beer that hangs around through out the end of the glass.

The aroma is bourbon, chocolate with less coffee and more cocoa. It has a pronounced bitterness in the aroma which then carries through in the taste.

There is the chocolate milk shake flavor reminiscent of Choklat however the coffee provides a distinct bitterness, while the hops create a sense of bright tanginess. The flavor is like a deep chocolate-coffee cake with a vaguely citrus and grassy after taste. The warmth and flavor or alcohol seep in and create a lush, dark finish.

The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and milky. It fills the mouth and the warmth fills the gut and sinuses.

It is highly drinkable with a lingering dry bitterness like a medium roast Costa Rican coffee on the finish. Handle with care. The impact builds up quickly.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice and provocative dessert beer. Not too extreme but quite edgy.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Contemporary and cared for design around a coffee maker. Small paragraph narrative going over the dedicated craft developed to achieve this brew, and a note on the name and scientific effort of the brewers to present this offering. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (27), and Alc. (11.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, recommended drinking temperature, and glassware. Poured into a medium size snifter.

A - Very dark brown/black color with shades of a minimal transparency towards the edges. Minimal head, that is quickly gone and not retained. No lacing other than a relatively thing ring that tend to remain as you refill from the bomber.

S - Hefty coffee and chocolate take front seat with a touch of caramel.

T - Flavor follows nicely from the smell with a coffee range coated by the chocolate and a hint of soft booziness. There is a tad of vanilla and a good sense of dark malts.

M - Full bodied with fine carbonation, creamy and smooth.

D - Nicely drinkable. A great dessert sipper. Best at a social setting.

Notes: It´s a rather top notch dessert brew, and in that context one of the favorites I´ve tried from Southern Tier. It may not make such a lasting impression in non-beer crowds like their creme brulee but it is a good ale to offer closing the table, or opening it with and after dessert...

Photo of sweemzander
2.93/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. A date of 17-01-09 on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a pitch dark black color that produced no head, just some tan bubbles/froth on the surface.

(S)- Mountains of brown sugar & vanilla. Very sugary sweet smelling. Tiny tidbits of coffee beans & chocolate in the far background.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. Lots of vanilla & brown sugar with an espresso-like chocolate creaminess on the finish. The smell foretold a giant sugary beer, but this is a little better balanced that that, but its still extremely sweet. Once this warms up, it becomes a rich milk chocolate bomb!

(M)- A good carbonation level for the style. Very sweet; very much a dessert beer. I wish I could taste more of the coffee that is lost behind the massively sweet milk chocolate. Am I being picky? Maybe. It gets very hot & boozy as it goes down.

(D)- Dont get me wrong, this tastes good; I just wish there was something more to it than an alcoholic milk chocolate shake. Very one-dimensional to me. If I had this again, it would definitely be as a replacement for dessert. Way too filling & sweet to me to enjoy fully on my own. Share a bottle with at least 2 people.

Photo of Brez07
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes a few weeks old. 22oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours black with brown and red tones. Gives a small coffee colored head with doesn't last long. Has an oily appearance

S: Starts with a vanilla and cocoa mix, with coffee as well. There is also some caramel and the slightest hint of some kind of nut

T: The chocolate and coffee blend nicely and the vanilla completes a nice flavor trio. I do find the alcohol fairly present though

M: Light to medium bodied, certainly on the lighter side of imperial stouts. Leaves a roasted malt aftertaste and a tad sticky finish

D: OK, but not great. Personally I enjoyed the Jahva much more. It's a little thin and seems to have a stronger alcohol presence then others of this style

Photo of Minkybut
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was really black and poured a really this disappointing head. The beer smelled and tasted like oatmeal and was of course chocolaty. I liked the beer and will buy it again. It was expensive. The little bitty head was tan colored.

Photo of ltjska04
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my snifter, Mokah is jet-black with a small head of big, loose bubbles. Apparently opaque at first, it reveals brown edges when held to the light.

S- Hershey's Syrup. That's it. While pretty one-dimensional, that one dimension is pretty damn awesome.

T- This blend must be mostly Choklat because the chocolate flavor dominates. There is also vanilla, but I'm disappointed that the coffee taste is barely there.

M- A bit more carbonated than I'd like for this kind of beer. Not bad, but could be better.

D- While I really enjoy the flavor and smell of this I don't think I'd want to drink too many of these. It is very sweet and the alcohol is high which don't bode well for drinkability. However, I would definitely recommend it and look forward to having it again in the future.

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

Southern Tier Mokah

G- Riedel 6416/07

A- Black-brown. Foamy head, quick to settle.

S- Seductive, huge aromas of chocolate soar from the glass. Slight but alluring café au lait.

T- Decadent and delicious chocolate, rich malted milk & vanilla beans.

M- Enticing. Velvety. Creamy. Well-balanced CO2.

Serving- Bomber

Photo of DIM
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: Black body with a thick foamy tan colored head.

s: This smells like mildly diluted Choklat. I couldn't find any coffee behind the boozy brownie batter.

t: I wonder what the ratio of this mixture is. This seems to be heavy on the Choklat, it was through the power of suggestion that I might have tasted a little coffee. This was almost entirely bozzy cake batter. Looking back, I should have tried to tweak this with some Breakfast Stout or Joe.

m: Gentle carbonation and a fairly viscous body.

d: Jahva is a pretty good coffee stout. Choklat is a great desert beer in small doses. I was hoping hoping an artful blend would elevate both beers. Instead all I found was another syrupy sweet desert beer from ST. Creme Brulee, Oat, Choklat, and now this. Pretty good in small doses, but that signature ST sweetness wears thin after 6 ounces.

Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle of this received as an extra from a generous trader awhile ago. I apologize for my lack of memory at this time...

Split this with a friend. Poured my allotment into a snifter. Poured black as sin, extremely viscous and thick. Capped off by a dark mocha head resting on top. Retention was fair, but it left little-to-no lace. Strong scents of booze, fresh coffee, and chocolate cake. Definitely one of the more sweet-smelling beers I've experienced.

Very creamy mouth on this full-bodied beer. This was a sipper for sure. Slight chewy feel at the back end. The booze quality was a bit on the strong side, unfortunately. Strong hot alcohol right away, but as I continue to sip, more of the sweet chocolate comes through. Finishes with a subtle vanilla creaminess that is pleasant. Aftertaste of roasted coffee.

This beer sure hit everything spot on. All of the expected flavors come through in one way or another. I'm glad I split it with a friend though, as I would have struggled to finish the bottle on my own as the "hotness" was a bit strong for me. Still, this would make a great dessert beer.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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