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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,875 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 176
Gots: 320 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 11% ABV. Pours a pitch black color, with a good size mocha head. Great head retention. Not much lace. Very nice looking.

Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, coffee with cream. A roasty note or two. Smells very nice.

Some bittersweet notes, with a roasty flavor. Maybe some coffee with milk. Seems almost like stale coffee. A bit of earthy bitterness, and a few caramel notes.

Alcohol is somewhat noticable. Medium body. Not as full and creamy as some of the others in this series. Fair amount of residual sweetness. Overall, solid, but not quite what I hoped for. Maybe a bit more of the Javah would have done well.

Bierguy5, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber enjoyed in a snifter. Read while reading Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses."

A-Black beer, looking dark brown off the pour, and allowing some light through on the edges, but otherwise an imposing black beer. Big lighter-brown head, frothy and luxurious, recededquickly to only a thin collar.

S-The chocolate is certainly very evident, with some dark flavored, light-feeling fruity esters.

T-Chocolate right away, rich and thick, remniscent of a milkshake (also in consistency). More coffee was able to emerge as my palate became accustomed to the chocolate; also, more coffee cames through in the finish and aftertaste. Overall, a defining roastiness, in both the maltiness and coffee. Warming alcohol flavor emerges near the end, along with some slight fruity esters.

M-Full, creamy and frothy body, remniscent of a milkshake (as stated above). A bit more than low carbonation, providing just enough for a good feel and texture.

D-I enjoyed this brew for desert (as recommended on the labe), and it was superb. Thick and indulgent, I think it's a great brew, though as a rare treat.

CHSLBrew, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark but surprisingly not as dark as either the choklat or the jahva pour - at least, as far as I remember them pouring (it has been some time on both of them). The fizzy head fizzles quickly, leaving only sporadic, intermittent dustings of lace and a barely perceptible - imperceptible? - collar, devoid of volume. Though holding it up to the light doesn't reveal a lot of light creeping through, it really does still seem lighter. Not too much else goin' on here.

Aroma: Equal parts earthy, sticky coffee, bittersweet cocoa, and heavily toasted, not-burnt-but-getting-decently-close toffee, sticky sweet all around and with a faint, snappy, biting bit of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Thick waves of bready malts, caramel overtones, heavily toasted toffee, and the two stars of the show - coffee and chocolate liquor. They're both fairly pungent - bitter chocolate, sweetened by all the stray malty notes, melding and swirling in a sticky, milky bath with ... a roast that it's difficult to describe, if only because it's a little artificial. To be fair, it's not as artificial as Jahva is individually, and all of what I imagine would otherwise be some cloying sweetness is cut somewhat by a mild, backing bitterness and a faint hop fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner and more heavily carbonated than I would have liked, resulting in a fluffy albeit creamy mouthfeel ... I mean, precisely like a carbonated mocha would feel.

Drinkability: My comment above about re: how long it's been since I have a Southern Tier beer ring true on some level, and I think that level is as follows: these are well-made, innovative craft beer, but they are not friendly, drinkable, everyday beers. These are not the kind of beers you find yourself populating your fridge with, whether its the Choklat (delicious, as an occasional treat), the Jahva (a little less delicious, as an occasional treat), the Mocha (see above), or, um, the Creme Brulee (ummmm ...). And at 11%, you can't really afford to, to be honest. That being said, yes, wonderful beer, slightly more "originally" authentic in its melding than either the Jahva or the Choklat singularly, but still a little on the "faux" side of the line, a little boozy, and a little decadent. Definitely worth trying once.

CrellMoset, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Cuzco
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this both in Bottle and On Tap. This review is for the Tap experience.

This is a DARK beer. Jet black in color. Small dark brown head which laces the glass the entire time. The smell of this beer is exceptional. You can spell it the minute it is placed in front of you. The taste almost lives up to the smell. It is a very sweet well balanced beer. Hints of malt and chocolate coat your tongue. Coffee flavors come after the initial sip.

The only area that could be a concern would be the drinkability. It is very sweet and after a pint or two it would become a bit much in my opinion.

This is a great combination of their Coffee and Chocolate stouts.

(PS if you do not enjoy sweet beers avoid this one!!)

Cuzco, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the clear, barely translucent dark brown brew. Heads recedes gradually, ample legs, and and slow-falling lace. Aroma is deeply of chocolate and alcohol, reminds me of a boozy chocolate Tootsie pop. Taste mirrors the aroma, this is a good thing, alcohol aftertaste may be a touch harsh. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is good as well. A tasty treat.

ppoitras, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber.

A: The stout a dark black color, a hue that swallows up all other colors. An off-white head is nothing more than a thin band around the glass.

S: Decadent chocolate drives the nose. It isn't as sweet or intense as Choklat but I'm not complaining. Lactose and sweet java follow, giving this one a really nice aroma. Southern Tier's track record on stouts and smell is impressive (except for Creme Brulee).

T: Bam, this one hits hard. Mocha is dominant up front, sweet and oily and, frankly, a little heavy. Boozy strength can't hide anywhere in this beast. As the taste evolves, coffee comes through but in a small way. Lactic sweetness, a milky smoothness, follows and interacts nicely with the coffee. Coffee stands out in the finish.

M: Coffee and chocolate are dominant with a lactic sweetness backing them up. What's not to like about that? My only request would be a little more coffee.

D: At 11%, this one is a challenge to get through, especially on a July afternoon (I'm not holding ST accountable for the weather in my score). A bold stout no matter how you slice it.

akorsak, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is heaven in a glass. I love both the JahVa and Choklit. Southern Tier has created a legit alternative to FBS which is one of my all time jaw droppers. This a a great dessert beer but it will work with bacon and eggs ,or in my case a tofu scramble with soy cheese and veggie bacon with biscuits and cajun gravy. Pecan waffles and pancakes also come to mind here. This beer is pretty in the glass with a good head, lacing and all but just a bit lighter in viscosity than you would think. This translates into a superb drinkability and a devilishly delicious taste. It is indeed a perfect union of the two premier stouts and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes either of them. One caveat is that the Choklit is the dominant partner as any good mocha blend would have it but there is a good strong JahVa component in the finish making it more bitter and thus a more rounded player for food. A firm hopping backs up the coffee bitterness. The feel is still thick and sticky like the Choklit but with a light oily slickness that is very pleasing and encourages you to hold it on your tongue and savor the liquid Hershey up front and Jamaican Blue Mountain in the finish. There is a silkiness as well. The abv is so well integrated that you never feel it draw attention to itself and so you forget about it and find yourself quite buzzed, looking at your other bottle wondering...

Yep, I drank this one alone as the other half fell asleep

This is a great beer. I plan on stocking up as it will delight my
wife, friends, and guests.

scootny, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes

A- poured from a bomber into a pint glass. pours pretty much opaque black that revealed some deep dark brown when held up to the light. dark mocha colored head, that faded to a ring pretty quickly. a touch of lacing, little head retention.

S- huge milk chocolatey aroma. reminds me a little bit of youngs or rogue chocolate stout. smells like a chocolatey brownie and maybe some chocolate milk. some coffee like expresso aromas mixed in their as well. some roasted malts and a little bit of some solvent like alcohol.

T- delicious milk chocolate brownie like taste. chocolate and a nice expresso perfectly compliment each other. a little bit of roasted malts/barley going on as well. has a bitter milk chocolate finish.

M- big chewy heavy full body. leaves a creamy texture on the palate. very light carbonation, very nice.

D- pretty good drinkability for 11%. recommend this to any chocolate or cream stout lover that maybe want something a little bigger.

dogfishandi, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of cooncat
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the new UPICK6 beer store in Erie this 4th of July weekend.

Served in a fluted pint glass, the beer has a beautiful tan head, which is long lasting, and leaves nice lacing on the sides. The beer itself is such a dark brown that it's nearly black and certainly opaque, except perhaps right around the edges in a bright light. Initially served way too cold for the style, I nursed it considerably until it got up to near room temperature.

The nose has lots of chocolate and coffee notes in it, along with some roasted malt. I was so intent on getting every note that I accidentally snorted up some of the head into my nose, but, in the end, that was a good thing.

The taste is absolutely huge with chocolate and coffee, both battling for top spot, but finishing in pretty much a dead heat. A very mild roastiness is faint in the background, as are some hop bittering and acidic coffee. The more it warms, the sweeter it becomes, and the more pronounced the 'mocha' flavors. Mouthfeel is larger than life, yet silky smooth, inviting sip after sip. Roll these sips around the full of your mouth to let the palate explore its wonderful complexity. At 11% abv, I expected to get some fusel notes, but none were detected. What was detected was, after finishing the pint, I definitely could feel the effects. This is an excellent dessert beer, or after dinner beer, but I would not call it a session beer. Enjoy this one responsibly. I enjoyed this one much more than Choklat, which I found a bit fusel. Mokah is not fusel at all, just a coffee/chocolate delight.

Highly recommended, and get this one on tap if you possibly can. For an orgasmic experience, have some 70% dark chocolate to nibble along with the beer, but it isn't entirely necessary, since the beer is pretty huge with that flavor already.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bkrefetz for this blackwater goodness. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Not quite black, when backlit and distinct reddish hue shows through. A smooth pour produces one and a hald fingers of sand color head that retains nicely.

A: Big chocolate aroma. From the name I thought I would be getting much more coffee and espresso, but the nose is strongly chocolate. You get some earthiness from the hops and some coffee.

T: The first thing I think of is hot chocolate. I mean it tastes just like it to me. I actually get a little roasted marshmellow, along with some coffee, molasses, and more chocolate.

M: Heavy body, creamy mouthfeel. Some moderate carbonation is very nice.

D and overall impression: I can't even tell this is a 11% beer. It is a dessert beer, and if you're in the mood for it, the drinkability is huge. This is the third blackwater offering I've had, and it's my favorite. This is a dangerous brew, drink this one in place of dessert, it'll do the trick. Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into a pair of shaker glasses. Mokah appears a deep dark brown color with about an inch of fluffy ecru foam. Not really getting much coffee notes here. Mostly that sweet tootsie roll smell and flavor that is so very prevalent in Choklat. Milk chocolate, and sweet caramel dominate the flavor and aroma. Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation. Not too shabby, but I was all smiles when my glass was empty so I could move on to something else.

ClockworkOrange, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date needed. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Very dark brown with ruby highlights and 1-finger head that disappears quickly and dies away with some scant lacing,

S: Heavy on the milk chocolat but more bitter, although the coffee contribution is lost here. Lots of roasted dark and black malts, too.

T: A disappointment with much more chocolate and very little coffee flavor. Milk chocolate flavors are met with some darker malt and little cofee bitterness. Maybe this should be mixed to a higher Javah fraction.

M: The mouthfeel is very good with full-bodied smoothness all around and a very long coffee-infused milk chocolate aftertaste.

D: Downgraded here because of the price and the let-down. I will try to progenitors and see if one or both of them surpass this combo-brew. Not bad by any means, but many better beers can be had at this price point.

argock, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into goblet on 6/30/09. Shared with brewslut.

A - Extremely deep brown body, bordering black, with crimson hues around the edges and about a finger's width of creamy tan foam that settled into a patchy film and left very little lacing around the glass.

S - Initial aroma is simply an amazing waft of ice cream-like chocolate goodness with just a hint of java. The roasty notes gain some momentum as the liquid warmed up, but the chocolate really dominates the aroma.

T - The chocolate presence definitely overshadows the coffee character in this brew. However, an earthy, roasty bitterness really emerges in the finish and comes to the forefront. Delicious!

M - Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy with a fair amount of bristly carbonation and subtle warmth from the alcohol content. Finish is on the bitter side with lots of roasty notes and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Southern Tier does it again with an incredible Imperial Stout that's off the charts. I don't know how they do it, but virtually anything they put in a bomber is liquid gold, and this is no exception. While this is eerily reminiscent of Choklat, this is nevertheless a fabulous brew in its own right.

ffejherb, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap when it came on and finally getting around to reviewing this monster.

A: Appears black but when held up to the light it reveals hints of brown around the edges. A nice coffee colored head with a slight touch of lacing.

S: The choklat really dominated this beer and the nose is no exception. It is a mix of every single chocolate product produced by man since 1715. You don't really get any straight coffee but you do get a little bitterness in the finish. A touch spicy as well.

T: Again choklat dominates. Tons of chocolate and everything associated with it. The jahva really does not shine through as much as I would have liked. A touch of it in the finish but choklat is one of the most intense beers ever so it is really hard to cut something like that down.

M: On tap this was industrial motor oil. Out of the bottle it is a little thinner which really helps out drinkability quite a bit. Still on the super thick side though.

D: I prefer the parts greater than the sum. If you want this beer hold on to choklat and jahva for a year and you will get the best part of this beer.

aerozeppl, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer struck me as if it could be a blend of Southern Tier Jah-va and Southern Tier Creme Brulee. It was coffee-ish, but not as coffee-ish as Jah-va, and it was very dessert-like, but not as dessert-like as Creme Brulee. It was not as chocolate-y as either I expected or as other reviewers indicated they experienced; instead I got a caramel-coffee taste over any other, like it was a pretty bitter cup of coffee flavored with caramel syrup. Head was minimal, body was dark but not opaque, and aroma was coffee, caramel, and chocolate. It really scratched my dessert itch, and was quite good. Also quite deceptive - it wasn't until the next morning that I realized this beer was 11% ABV.

Quite good. High marks for uniqueness (different from other RIS's). Definitely recommended. Bought my bottle at Blacklick Liquors in Columbus.

BeerBelcher, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (via spacecowboy) poured into a snifter...no freshness...

pours a deep brown, almost black with a thin creamy head that bubbles and dies very quickly...nice legs, but almost no lacing noted...

some matled chocolates, roast coffee...some notes of whole milk and cream...all of the aromas are mild, yet extremely balanced.

lots of bitter chocolates and coffee roasts in the background with some creamy notes near the finish...bitter finish...the coffee and chocolate seem to work together quite nicely.

this is where things begin to go downhill...watery and low in carbonation and slightly sticky...not real promising for an impy stout.

this has decent drinkability, but who really wants to deal with that wateriness for more than 22 oz.? the alcohol is hidden extremely well...

I will give Southern Tier slight props here, because this is the best of the Blackwater Series (at least from what I've had so far), but it's still not cutting it for me. Can someone help me find a GOOD Southern Tier brew? The saving grace on this one, is the simple fact that it's not as over the top on the artificial flavors as the other two that i've had.

NOTE: this beer opens up a lot more as it warms and becomes slightly better

BitterPachyderm, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jah-Vah plus Choklat equals Mokah...at least in Southern Tier's beery little world. Poured on tap at Trivia Pub in moon, thanks god only a 10-12 oz pour. Tasty dessert beer that really hits you with the Hershey's sweet chocolate syrup with a touch of toffee. Pitch black pour with a deep toffee colored brown head, minimal scattered lace with the booze well hidden among the chocolate candy sweetness. Flavor is great but the roasted coffee beans were overshadowed by the layers of chocolate I already descrbed. I'm glad I tried this, mouthfeel was thick and syrupy with moderated slow bubbling carbonation pretty much chewy in nature. Drinkability overall is great in moderation, one of those beers that are great when you get a sweet tooth but not for my everyday imbibing. I had Choklat and JahVah in the past my heart lies with the Jahvah.

WVbeergeek, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Southern Tier Mokah poured dark dark brown, with the slightest hint of a tan head that immediately dissipated to a narrow ring.

The smell and taste are...yep...chocolate and coffee. The feel is creamy and smooth up front, but with a sticky and pasty finish. This is a slow sipper that kinda leaves the tongue feeling like it does after sucking on hard candy.

A little of Southern Tier Mokah goes a long way as the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate, rather than compliment, the "beer," which gets completely lost. A bomber of this wouldn't be bad split among four people with dessert, but it's too much for one person. After a while, it smells and tastes like cheap chocolate candy.

MetalHopHead6, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a quickly disipating tan head on top of a murky black body. The aroma first strikes me as chocolatey, although not overpowering. You can still discern different malts like coffee, roasted, toasted, and hints of caramel and/or toffee but make no mistake - the cocoa malts are what really drive the beer. Smooth, creamy, slightly chewey although mostly a medium body, this is an easy to drink stout that is rather sweet with only a minor dry backbite for a rather clean, coffee-esque finish. The body is mostly sweet and mostly chocolate, so while not sweet like a milk/sweet stout be prepared for some sweetness; gets smoother and a little dryer on backend as it warms but the ABV is hidden for the most part.

clayrock81, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber sent to me, yet again, by the great trader IBUnit63. This was a pleasant suprise because I was expecting to seek this out in a future trade, but it will do just fine as a great extra. Shared this bottle with my lady because Southern Tier dessert beers tend to be crazy ass sweet. Served up in a Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours out a nice dark black, but it seems like the thickness of he beer may be a bit thin. Uh oh?! Held to the light you get a pretty light proof body, maybe a touch of brown peaks out on the very top here. The head is a nice half finger or so of . . . you guessed it . . . mocha colored head. Seems fitting. It has some decent retention but does falter a little quicker than I expected. Doesn' really throw up any lace to talk about, but there is a touch of wispy foam scattered occassionally. Not bad but its a bit weaker than I expected or I expect from Southern Tier.

S: Smell is damned nice and it really hits you as soon as that cap came off the bomber. First impression is that this smells a lot like a tamed down Choklat. Really nice milk and dark chocolates coming out along with a manufactured type Tootsie Roll type chocolate as well. There is a lot of chocolate going on but its not so incredibly sweet as it was in Choklat. Behind that you get the coffee presence. Its a nice dark coffee bean type aroma but there is also that element of rich and slightly sweet cream added. Yet again, Southern Tier nails the aroma of what beer idea they have (choklat, creme brulee, etc). Its just amazing that the intended flavor always translates damn near perfectly in the aroma.

T: Quite nice and it translates nicely like in the aroma. Yet again you get a toned down Choklat like flavor. Its more of a creamy milk chocolate, followed by a touch of dark and then that chocolate syrup like flavor (Tootsie Roll or Hershey's syrup sweetness). Behind that is the coffee flavor. Nice dark coffee but it is a bit muted. Still has that lactose quality from a cream like flavor and effect, adding a slight sweetness and milkiness. My only beef with the flavor here is that it doesn't exactly translate like a cup of cafe mocha. A mocha would be a bit more seamless with a bit more coffee followed by the chocolate and cream. Here it seems the flavors (honestly they are good to great) only translate seperately. You get the chocolate then the coffee, then the milk, not just a unified flavor. Don't get me wrong, its still tasty, it just needs more cohesive flavors to make one unified flavor.

M: Behind the aroma, the feel really is the showstopper for this brew in my opinion. Has a nice and rich full body but a very frothed like creaminess at times. Very cool and creamy and it seems like this is what they were looking for, kind of like an iced mocha. Carbonation is low but adds to that somewhat frothy feel, adding creaminess. ABV is nice and light feel-wise. I still can't believe this one sits at 11%. Very nicely hidden. Aftertaste is a bit of that combination of chocolate, coffee and cream. Basically the entire flavor profile coats with a nice stickiness that allows te flavors to have a good residual effect.

D: Not bad and I really have to say as far as all the Souther Tier dessert beers that I have had, this one was the easiest to drink. Sure it is a sweet beer and has some wieght, but its not as cloying as Creme Brulee or Choklat was. Plus it doesn't sit as rich and sweet as the others tend to do as well. It works nicely in most categories. Sure it could be a bit more cohesive in that "mocha" flavor but it is still nice. Needs work on the look as well. Still another good beer from ST and it really hit the spot when my lady and I were in the mood for a sweeter brew. Dig it.

everetends, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick and rich dark brown color with less of a head than is typical for Imp Stouts. Shiny color and thick looking. No lacing.

Aroma is of chocolate syrup and coffee ice cream. Fairly nice, but a touch of an artificial sense to it.

Yep, another dessert beer from Southern Tier. The flavor follows the aroma directly in the area of the chocolate syrup. Again, the flavor does have a touch of an artificial sense. Then coffee (yes mocha) flavor comes in next and it taste a bit like French pressed coffee. The two balance each other nicely. There is certainly a strong sweetness here that cuts through all of the flavors. Some roasted malts, but these are really hidden amongst the chocolate/coffee flavors.

Body is thick, but frankly a little to thin for the flavor. I think this would be better if there was a touch more body here.

This is a pretty good one and another good effort in the dessert beer category from Southern Tier.

Crème Brulee 1, Mokah 2, Chokolat 3

Reagan1984, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a bomber of this with Kels -- quite the amazing stout, really. Note to any readers though -- don't doze off and try to drink this when you wake up and it's warm... Not so good then.

Appearance: Pour is near black and opaque; comes with a solid one finger tan head that fades to a pretty thick skim after a bit; I can actually see some moderate carbonation bubbling up near the sides; leaves a pretty full fluffy lacing sticking to the sides; body looks just a tad watery on the pour and not quite as viscious as I was expecting.

Smell: Holy crap! Easily the most impressive aspect of the brew. Best description came from Kels and I can't say it better, so I'll quote what was said: "It smells like a Hostess Cupcake." No joke, that's exactly what it smells like, cream filling and all; bitter and sweet chocolate, bordering on Hershey sweet; a very slight hint of coffee roastiness in the back mixed with some sugary sweet (slightly burnt and brown sugars); slight detection of alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste: A little hotter than I thought it was going to be -- the alcohol is very much predominant and is a little like a liquer or Kahlua; definite sweet cake-like chocolate and a pleasant burnt roasty cofffee bean flavor as well; a very slight hoppy bitterness makes a brief appearance in the mouth amongst all the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, body is moderately thicker than I thought it was going to be, which is a nice surprise based upon the pour; carbonation is a little higher than I'm used to in a big stout like this; mouth is thoroughly coated and I'm left with a film covering the whole mouth; throat and chest are especially warm from the big boozy alcohol.

Drinkability: Moderate at best - the alcohol is pretty high and hot, the beer is pretty heavy - almost a meal unto itself. Would make an excellent desert or accompaniment to one.

bamadog, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep, deep brown borderline black...a small light brown head forms and fades away quickly...very little lacing

S - Wonderful aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and more chocolate

T - This beer is very sweet up front...first you go through the chocolate...milk and dark...the coffee hits you next...espresso beans roasted perfectly...the only problem I have here is the presence of alcohol...it's not well hidden

M - Full bodied...big time thick, creamy, and smooth

D - I'm glad I shared this to top off a good dinner...great for sipping and dessert...now I just have to try Choklat and Jahva

thain709, Jun 24, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seriously, this is a dessert beer. I thought a big bold dark beer would go nicely with my BBQ but was waaaay off.

This beer has a sweet smell of chocolate and coffee. Nice creamy head.

The chocolate and coffee flavors are well balanced, just that its like drinking cake. I think had I planned this a little better it would have been a better experience but Im judging my scores based off the actual flavors. I would have liked a little more coffee than chocolate but I guess this is less common of a desire.

Alcohol is nicely hidden, not a hint of it.

Again, a great brew for dessert on its own.

nriech, Jun 24, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After trying the Chokolat, I had no qualms about picking this one. Just as succulant, irresistable, and delecident as the ultimate chocolate beer that preceeds this version. Blended with the coffee-ee goodness of Jav-ha, and the richness, depth, and boldness is taken up a knotch. Light espresso notes are the perfect companion to the chocolate character. Where the Chokolat is more chocolatey, this beer gives more complexity and depth. An absolutely outstanding taste. Heavy textured with very little carbonation makes the beer heavy on the palate and becomes a bit lifeless in the end. Some would call this a good desert beer; I say it is the desert all into itself.

BEERchitect, Jun 24, 2009
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,875 ratings.