Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 190
Gots: 339 | 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

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(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of becktone
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown with a medium-sized tanned head that leaves some lacings.

S: Basically just aromas of sweet chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. A gentle, powdery smell. Notes of roasted malts, vanilla and alcohol.

T: Very sweet with lots of sweet chocolate and sweetish coffee flavors completely dominating the taste. Notes of nougat and vanilla. Roasted malts. Not very complex or interesting, but in general the flavors are well integrated. The taste is less powdery than the smell. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of roasted malts, wood, chocolate and sweet alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, slightly too low on carbonation. It comes out as a bit heavy.

D: I've had both beers that make up this blend (Choklat and Jah-va). I thought Choklat was decent and Jah-va compete mess, and this one falls somewhere in between. It very sweet, almost cloying, and this gets too much after a while. It's reminiscent of a dessert without high quality dessert flavors.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

The pour is almost black save some brown hues. A thick tan head stayes for a while before receding, leaving a nice amount of lacing.

The nose is mostly chocolate and coffee with some sweet notes of toffee. The taste is creamy chocolate and sweet coffee. It reminds me of melted coffee ice cream; very nice.

Mouthfeel is about as creamy as possible, and the alcohol content is hidden well. Drinkability may be a bit too high: it's almost like a milkshake.

Definitely is one for when you only want _one_. It is almost too drinkable, especially with its alcoholic content.

Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown. Compact but dense khaki colored head that dissipates into a ring, leaving some lacing. Smell is of dark and semi sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, hops and booze. Taste is rich dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate, with touches of dark roasted coffee and sugar. Hops and Booze noted on the back end. Chocolate is very forward on this puppy. Mouth-feel is surprisingly thinner than i expected, could be creamier. Another very good beer from Southern Tier, but another where a 22oz bottle pushes the limits on how much i can handle of an extreme tasting beer. Definitely better at colder temps.

Photo of DawnL
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with minimal tan/brown lacing that's sticky and clings to the glass.

Chocolate and coffee on the nose with vanilla accents. Smells like dessert.

Tastes of java and chocolate. Perfect mocha character.

Rich and thick mouthfeel. Like drinking Bosco - in a good way. It's basically like Manhattan Soda mixed with Bosco. Great flavor. Unctuous, rich - like having a chocolate milk - or even like having a milk shake.

Because of the heft of this beer in both abv and sweetness - it's not a beer that could be imbibed freely over an evening. Definitely a tasty after dinner beer - perfect for desserts - or as a dessert. Pour over vanilla icecream and enjoy!

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

Pours a sexy black/opaque with medium brown head that is quite thick at first and recedes to a nice one finger layer for awhile.

Nose is exceptional. This could seduce any non-beer drinker into having a sip. Reminds me of one of those chocolate cheesecakes, creamy/milky fresh with overflowing chocolate "sweet" aromas. There's some nougat and coffee in there too. So, so seductive nose.

On the palate the body is good with plenty of cocoa, coffee, roasty flavors, with some alcohol warmth. I suppose it is higher than many Imperial stouts. Hops help to balance some but who cares - the chocolate & coffee are to die for!

Photo of Goliath
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black, with some deep amber hued edges. A thin layer of light brown head forms on tp and lingers with poor retention leaving a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma is ok but a bit underwhelming. Indeed notes of choolate and coffe can be found in this beer. Actually, the chocolate tones here are some of the most realistic I've encountere. therwise, there's not much else going on in th nose.

The taste is decent. There is a nice milky sweet chocolate tone and then it is quickly followed by some robust dark roasted coffee. Ther's just a nice presence of roasty malt here and although the flavor profil doesn't have too many dimensions, it is still intresting nonetheless.

The mouthfeel here is very nice. It's more of a full bodied ale with a silky smooth texture, and just a slight carbonation tingle at the end.

Drinkabily is moderate to high. We're looking at fairly high ABV here which limits it's sessionability quite a bit, but it's well incorporated which always makes for easier drinking. The flavor profile is fairly pleasing as well which makes for pretty easy drinking. All in all it's a pretty decent beer.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black/dark brown, with ruby highlights, topped by a dark beige three finger head qith good lacing.

Overpowering chocolate aroma, roughly like sniffing a bottle of Hershey's Dark Chocolate syrup. Ithink there is a coffee note lurking around the edge, but its fighting an uphill battle.

Taste starts chocolate, lets some coffee out to breathe, some nice bitter hops emerge from the coffee, and then at the finish its a big blast of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is decadent. Drinkability is dangerous.

Another champ from Southern Tier.

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

22 oz. bottle.

Inky dark brown to black body. Small, tight, khaki brown head. Nose of roasted barley, sugary dark fruits (figs, dates, plums), big time caramel, chocolate milk, and mild coffee. Sure smells like a mix of Javah and Choklat...which is definitely not a bad thing.

Roasted coffee bitterness up front. This is quickly replaced by sweet caramel and chocolate malt notes. There are also some rummy dark fruits with a smoky, charred edge. Espresso and herbal hop bitterness pick up near the finish. Dark chocolate and vanilla mix in. Bittersweet finish with a healthy dose of roasted coffee. Lingering chocolate syrup. Warming. Full-bodied with a slightly oily feel. Pretty damn good!

Photo of myost88
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a two inch head. The head receds fairly quickly and leaves a small bubbling in the middle and a ring around the outside. Almost no lacing to be found.

Smell: The first thing I smelled was Hershey's chocolate syrup. Not much of a coffee presence in the smell.

Taste: Chocolate is the strongest flavor. The coffee shows through a bit, but it is dominated by the chocolate flavors. This one is EXTREMELY sweet, many people would find it too sweet, but I think it makes an excellent desert beer. There is a trace of a cherry taste that makes it taste like chocolate covered cherries.

Mouthfeel: Thick an chewy. Very creamy, almost no carbonation. If not for the etched basin of the glass, I think this one might go completely flat.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure. The alcohol isn't noticeable, but the sweetness alone makes this one a slow drinker. I think this is best to be split with someone. More than one glass is a little too much.

Overall: This is an excellent desert beer. I think it would pair best with any dark chocolate cake. Not something I'd drink with a meal. I found it highly enjoyable, but I can see why some may not.

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

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is black with a thin and brown, falls away quick. Almost no lacing. Rate of carbonation is difficult to determine in stouts and porters. Cannot see any but I assume it is there. Whoa aroma. Alcohol, solvent, chocolate, the aroma is a little harsh, in your face. Any roasted malt aroma is completely eclipsed by the chocolate.

Beer is warm in the taste. Probably due to the high alcohol. There is some roastiness on the back end of the flavor. The midpalate flavor is full of chocolate again. The coffee flavors definitely come at the end. Mouthfeel is fine. Neither thin nor thin. Imperial stouts should have some body to them, this hits the low end of that. Drinkability is surprisingly high considering style and ABV. Overall a very good, albeit, flavored beer. Imperial stouts are not my favorite, have to admit, but this one is good.

Photo of nick76
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is exactly like chocolate milk with coffee and toasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden. The appearance is dark brown with a smaller tan head. The taste has the same elements as the aroma but the bitterness is overpowering and unexpected since the aroma has no hops. The palate is smooth and almost thick but right about what I was expecting. Overall a fantastic smelling beer now they need to match the taste to it.

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

Poured this one into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, debated between that and a snifter style glass. I think either would be a good choice, I don't regret my choice. Pours a thick dark brown/black color that gets slightly lighter on the sides. A chocolate milk colored head that goes away fairly quickly, but it has some ok lacing to the glass. Smell is nice, dominated by what smells like a few different types of chocolate, mostly strong and bitter types. The taste is quite good. Some roasted malts to add to the different chocolate type flavors. Doesn't taste too bitter, has a sweet flavor to it as well, would be the perfect dessert beer. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. It's very thick, might be a little too sweet if you weren't expecting it. The drinkablility is very nice eventhough it's very thick. I really enjoyed this beer but I'd recommend it really as a dessert beer only, it's so sweet that it's really tough to think of it in any other way. Still a very solid brew by Southern Tier

Photo of Madmax99
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber (tried this beer 3 times before the review) Non-aged 2009.

More of a winter beer for me but since its freezing outside I think its suitable for this brew. Poured into a snifter to let some of the alcohol evaporate and let the flavor develop. Head very slight, almost like the beer is flat, but that's typical of imperial stouts. Very heavy and very complex. Don't know if I taste much coffee notes but the chocolate from the roasted malt is very prevalent. Easy to drink for an imperial stout. Share with friends.

Cheers

Photo of DeeMented
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for sending me this one.

Poured from the 650 mL bottle into a glass snifter.

The beer poured a dark, cola brown/black with a minimal tan head that faded rather quickly. There seemed to be very little carbonation.

The aroma was very rich, smelling of bittersweet chocolate with a slight, underlying coffee aroma. The chocolate dominated.

The mouthfeel was smooth and full-bodied.

The taste started with the bittersweet chocolate, then developed a coffee bitterness about mid-swallow. The finish was dominated by the coffee bitterness and then faded again back to a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol had a very warming effect.

The more of this I had, the more it grew on me. And I don't think that's solely because of the 11% alcohol content.

It seemed to be the kind of thing I'd want to sip on to warm up by a nice fire.

Photo of bminor7
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY, poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A - wonderful brown foam leaves persistent lacing on the side of the glass. color is dark brown.

S - sweet, sweet chocolate. dark roasted malts. coffee may be in there but I can't detect it in the chocolate!

T - dark malts and chocolate upfront, then the bitterness from the hops and coffee show up. the flavor is amazing. though the coffee plays 2nd, if not 3rd fiddle to the chocolate, this is still one of the best 10 beers I have ever tasted. truly remarkable. I had to check the bottle incredulously to find that it's 11%. almost undetectable!

M - thin for a stout? nonetheless, pairs well with the abundance of accessible flavor.

D - aided by the thin mouthfeel, this is not necessarily a weakpoint. I finished the 22 oz easily alone, and wish I had another! southern tier continues to be one of the most impressive breweries on the east coast.

Photo of adamette
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Rozi's Wine house in Lakewood, Ohio (interesting that the brewery is in Lakewood, NY!) a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed goblet (in the shape of a Westvleteren goblet).

A Absolutely opaque black body lets no light through under a medium brown head. Delicious looking. 4.0

S Dark roast malt, chocolate, maybe some coffee. This smell is great and reminds me of the Choklat but it is less "chocolate milk" sweet that that was to the nose. It cannot be improved. 5.0

T Wow, an explosion of dark roast malt, chocolate and coffee which again is very close to Choklat (which I really enjoyed by the way) only a bit more dark roast which I really like. This is great beer advocacy experience. The brewer has taken a beer that I really like (Choklat) and actually improved it. 5.0

M This is a big beer for sure. Big dark malt, big chocolate, big coffee. Despite that it actually achieves a nice smoothness and it "goes down" very easily. 4.5

D Well I finished the bomber without much hesitation. This is such a delicious beer that it makes a style that normally would not be THAT drinkable (Stout) into a good, drinkable brew. 4.0

Notes: Bravo!

Photo of Goldfish19
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. As I start to describe this jewel, I stopped and asked myself "what can I say about this that has not already been said before?" Well, If you like beer, chocolate, coffee, or any combination of the three, then you are simply going to love this. If not, you will probably wind up rating this a c+ or b-. I am delighted to say I side with the majority. This is amazing! A Southern tier offering never ceases to amaze me. The brewery is always pushing its beer to the outer limits. All the mouth-watering flavors mask the 11% ABV like it's not even there. A truly delicious treat! Highly recommended! ~

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep as an oil slick with no light showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate,some sweet alcohol came out as it warrmed a little as well.Much sweeter on the palate than the nose,caramel/vanilla flavors mixed with some dark fruit and chocolate stand out most,the roast keeps it from becoming to sweet.Another impressive beer from ST,the sweetness is pretty big though.

Photo of PartyBear
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beers from breweries like Southern Tier are not easy to come by in the UK but thanks to Beermerchants.com, I have managed to get hold of this one.

Poured from a cellar temperature 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head, that fades fast. Little, if no carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and malty on the nose, with obvious strong coffee notes, and sweet sugars. Dark chocolate is also apparent, with potent alcohol, and some honey.

Taste: The initial taste is strong and bitter espresso coffee, after which there is a hint of dark chocolate sweetness. The flavours are smokey, with a roasted maltiness, and whiskey-like peatness. There is a subtle impression of dark fruits towards the end, possibly blackberries.

Mouthfeel: The body is undoubtedly full, and smooth, with a rich warming feel.

Drinkability: The flavours are rich, dark and incredibly filling; it feels more like a meal than a drink! Having said that, the flavours are brilliantly balanced, not too bitter and not too sweet, just right. It's slightly more coffee than it is chocolate, which prevents that cloying taste that is common with chocolate based imperial stouts. This is a decadent beer, and a real treat.

Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber bottle purchased from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville... Unfortunately, I am not a particular fan of Stouts or darker beers in general, yet I will offer an unbiased review of this fantastic beer... Pours a pitch-black, deep, dark, ebony hue... Enormous and powerful aroma and flavor combined with rich essences of coffee, caramel, dehydrated fruits, roasted malts, and semi-sweet sugars... Near-cloying rich, dark chocolate flavor... Very filling and would pair well with just about any decadent chocolate desert...
Assertive and aggressive, but what else to expect from Southern Tier??...

Photo of seaoflament
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to imperialking for this one in our recent trade. I really like the Southern Tier Imperial Series and was very interested in trying this one when it was released. I shared this bottle at La Bella this past Tuesday night (9-15-09).

Not the darkest stout I've seen but dark enough, some crimson highlights on the sides.

A huge amount of Choklat is evident on this blend, some vanilla, and a bit of coffee, almost just pure liquid chocolate. Lots of malted milk once it starts to open up.

Loads of chocolate, vanilla, sweet coffee with a bit of acidity to cut through the sweetness, but still very sweet. Hints of dried dark cherries in the last sip. The coffee part of the beer does bring a little more balance and complexity than the full on liquid chocolate nature of Choklat.

Nice carbonation, medium level. Not much sign of alcohol as the sweetness hides it quite well. Good dessert beer that I would mind having a pint, but probably not more than that.

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very good dose of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla notes, very slight roasty notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go ST.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with skinnyguy. Thanks Dan!

Poured this into my Stone Imperial Stout glass. Black with a half inch brown head. Head clung to the sides for a bit but died down, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, English toffee, peanut butter. Smells more like a gourmet chocolate bar than beer.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee. Dark chocolate bitterness at the end. A little warmth coming from the alcohol at the end.

Full bodied with little carbonation, giving it a chewy texture. Leaves that classic roasted/dark chocolate flavor in your mouth after each drink.

Damn good overall. My girlfriend loved it and she doesn't really like stouts. We agreed that it was pretty smooth in flavor but I think what got her was the slightly sweeter flavor of the chocolate. I'd love to have another bottle of this stuff.

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.