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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,993 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,993
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 204
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 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.

Photo of joepais
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dim

It poured rather well into a snifter and produced a finger worth of tan head that went away rather quickly and nothing was left behind . The body was a black in color but it did really miss the lace on top of the glass. I thought this smelled wonderful, these guys do get the aromas' of there brews right. Big old chocolate and coffee it did smell like a Starbucks mochachino. The flavor was a bit sweet for me. though they should have bittered it up a bit. The brew bordered on being to sweet sometimes but the flavor was dead on for a mocha drink. It was medium feeling in my mouth but it did need a tad more carbonation
I finished the bottle myself but wished for someone to split it with half was thru one glass was enough in one sitting. A interesting brew I may buy another to share as a desert

Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please refer to my more detailed tap review here - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/49286/?ba=philbe311

Note - Seldom do I review both tap and bottle offerings of a specific beer, only in cases of major differences... This was the case with ST Mokah...

The bottled version of ST Mokah is still a very solid offering but pails in comparison to the tap version... The only component which is consistent between the two is the stellar aroma... All other categories are a downgrade in bottle form, the two biggest drops being taste and mouthfeel...

Photo of millah
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmmm...coffee and chocolate. 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass and the goodness began to roll. Black, thick pour (a bit oily IMO) with a slight tan head that dissipated quickly. Sweet chocolate smell dominates with a little coffee at the back end. The taste was more balanced than the smell, with chocolate and some vanilla tones up front and a mellow coffee finish. Mouthfeel...smoooth. Thick, with little carbonation. Overall I'd say great drinkability, especially as an after dinner selection. 11%? Hard to tell until after the fact...great beer!

Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. Pours black with a thin tan frothy covering. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of sweet chocolate, it reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Maybe a slight hint of coffee but way more chocolate then anything else. Very appealing and strong aroma though.

Taste is very chocolaty as well. Dark chocolate dominates the taste with some bitter coffee and roasted grains coming through as well. The bitterness and coffee come through more on the finish then anyplace else.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, one glass is good of this but I wouldn't want to consume the entire bomber. A little too sweet to drink that much of.

Overall a pretty good chocolate coffee beer but more on the chocolate side. A good choice for a desert beer but not something I would have very often.

Photo of Anthony1
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tim9887
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into goblet

Appearance: BLACK as night; 1" of tan foamy head

Aroma: Dark chocolate/cocoa; boozy

Taste: Very malty! Sweet chocolatey flavor up front w/ a touch of bitter/roasty coffee that lingers on in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very viscous; moderate alcohol warmth; soft subtle carbonation

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

Opaque black that produces a thin and surprisingly light colored head. Light gives it a brownish ruby edge. Lacing is thin and delicate. Wispy bubbles remain atop the beer when the head dissipates.

Bittersweet chocolate fills the nose and is followed by mild coffee aromas. Strong undertones of vanilla bring an interesting balance that I find very appealing. This beer has a more intensely sweet aroma than many imperial stouts.

The seemingly unbalanced nose yields a phenomenal blend of flavors when it hits the palate. The chocolate is still very sweet, but the coffee moves from the sweet mocha to a slightly more bitter version. The finish has a slight vanilla characteristic mellow and soft flavor that really is strong in the aftertaste.

Silky and smooth with only slight carbonation. After aging for a year, the texture is a bit syrupy, but it has retained its coffee character phenomenally. This is a good one to share, as its a bit too much to handle, both from a sweet and a buzz standpoint. A great after-dinner beer.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark brown with a hint of lightness on the edge. A thin layer of tan foam covers the top and sticks around for awhile. Smell is of chocolate and light coffee, with a hint of roasted grains.

Taste follows suit.Chocolate, coffee, and a small hint of vanilla all fill the taste. This is a rich brew, better suited towards an after dinner drink than anything else. Very tasty though. Smooth and adequately carbonated. Very tasty, and I look forward to having more of these.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my Southern Tier tulip/goblet (12/14/09) at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a deep, rich, motor oil black caped off with a two finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving no lacing behind.

S: Wonderful aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

T: The dark chocolate theme continues and the palate and is followed by a nice roasted coffee which slightly dilutes the chocolate and makes for a milder flavor than what I expected. Still very rich indeed, but not as much as Choklat.

M: Fairly thick and viscous with low, but appropriate carbonation along with a slight alcohol burn. The addition of Jahva thins the beer out a bit.

D: The 11% abv is hidden quite and this beer is very drinkable, but I can stop thinking about Choklat after each sip.

Overall this an outstanding chocolate/coffee imperial stout that is well-crated and deeply complex. If i did not know that this was a blend of Choklat and Jahva I would have thought even higher of this beer, but if I'm in the mood for a chocolaty beer I would prefer to go with its superior brother, Choklat. This beer however is quite nice and if your looking for a little more Jahva in your Choklat than this is for you. Recommended.

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

A - This stout is pretty dark, just a hint of light can pierce it. Not a lot of head, maybe an 1/8 of an inch and it disappears quickly. Decent lacing across the glass.
S - Smells like a brown tootsie roll pop. Nice and chocolatey, with a bit of coffee mixed in there.
T - Strong chocolate taste, sweet too. Coffee is stronger here than in the smell, a nice blend of flavors. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. I guess that should be expected from 11% abv.
M - Pretty carbonationed for a stout, coarse over the tongue. Once the fizz fades, has a light feel to it.
D - Very drinkable brew, there's almost nothing I didn't enjoy about it. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, but not necessarily bad. Overall this was a pleasure to drink and I'm looking forward to picking up some more Southern Tier brews.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of theghost3
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of vince4953529
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
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...

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.42/5  rDev +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

Photo of Vinny71
2.22/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,993 ratings.