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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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717 Reviews
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Reviews: 717
Hads: 2,175
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 229
Gots: 461 | FT: 10
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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 StuClayton
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, aged around a year.

Look: pours very thick, pitch black with a very small caramel colored head that lingers but slowly dissipates. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: very sweet on the nose. Lots of chocolate, small amount of caramel, don't find the coffee on the smell.

Taste: more of the same but the coffee really comes through in the front and end. Leaves a mild coffee and booze after taste. Minus the after taste the booze is fairly well hidden for 10% Warms very well.

Feel: very sticky, molasses feel.

Overall: really enjoying this one! Would love to have had one fresh to compare. Would, and will buy again. (623 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours an oily jet black. Forms about a half finger of extremely dark tan, even to light brown colored head. Weak head potential, retention and lacing, but forgivable at this ABV.
S - 3.25 - It is what it is. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, sweetened cream and malts.
T - 4 - VERY decadent and dessert oriented. Not a stout for every day consumption and definitely one to sip. Quite sweet chocolate upfront, not quite to a milk chocolate level, but almost. Semi-sweet coffee and almost a light, Bailey's Irish Cream finish on this beer. Very much a dessert in a bottle. Hardly any bitterness to balance the chocolate.
F - 4.5 - Good, thick, creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - Not your every day beer, but good for the right occasion. Would pair exceptionally well with chocolate cake I think! (839 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 650ml. Brown glass. Appealing label art and design. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Cost was $10.99. Reviewed live as an imperial stout since the label calls it a stout and it's 10% ABV (it seems unlikely this is merely an American stout).

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Khaki colour. 1 finger wide. Not as smooth or even as would be ideal. The consistency isn't too creamy or soft-looking either. It's not particularly full, thick, or supple. Could use some fine-tuning. The complexion is pretty nice. Recedes fully within 2 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. It looks pretty conventional for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. Rather average.

AROMA: Walnut, pecan, caramelized nuts...that's unexpected. In fact, if they billed this as a peanut butter stout I'd probably buy it. Has a nice sugary character to it, with plenty of chocolate malts and schwarz malts/dark malts in there. Its chocolate character seems artificial; consulting the label, I note that an ingredient was "natural chocolate flavor" - which has me skeptical. Hershey's chocolate syrup comes to mind, but it's not fudgy or milk chocolate-y. Maybe the artificial chocolate lent it those nutty notes? I find no coffee at all - much to my shock; usually the notes promised on the front of Southern Tier's labels are always evoked beyond question (see Creme Brulee or Choklat). Speaking of which, where is the mokah? It's creamy, sure, but the absence of coffee is mind-boggling given this beer's name and premise.

The overriding artificial sweetness is a little off-putting, but the aroma is still evocative and interesting enough; I'm excited to try this but skeptical of the authenticity of its constituent notes.

No hop profile, booze, yeast character, or off-notes are detectable.

The absence of roasted barley is concerning, but overall I find it appealing. Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Hmm. That pesky artificial sweetness and artificial chocolate/Hershey's chocolate syrup is quite bothersome, and it's joined by a hint of marshmallow which doesn't really work. I find no coffee whatsoever, nor any mocha - to its detriment. And the absence of roasted barley is a deal-breaker. Has some generic cream, as well as the requisite chocolate malts and dark/schwarz malts. On the sweeter side for the style, sure, but not to the extent you might expect given this is a Southern Tier imperial stout. The nuttiness is nice, with hints of pecan, peanut, and maybe walnut.

It's too bad its constituent notes are inauthentic and artificial; the chocolate leaves a lot to be desired and the nuttiness is odd and overly caramelized. Moreover, I wish it had more character in general, and more depth. Some burnt, charred, or ashen character would help tame the sweetness a bit. Obviously, coffee is needed. It just needs more components to lend it bitterness.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. This isn't a particularly intricate or subtle imperial stout build, but when I regard it as an American stout I find myself liking it better. Maybe this is just a high ABV plain stout? It's cohesive, but it never tastes like a gestalt whole.

No yeast character, hops, or off-notes come through. The alcohol is slightly noticeable; this would be a better brew at about 8% or so.

TEXTURE: Artificially sleek, smooth, and wet - almost porter-like. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Not syrupy, fortunately. But I do find it a bit too thick and heavy on the palate for its relative lack of flavour (both in terms of depth and diversity). What does work is its creaminess, but it should be creamier and softer; isn't this supposed to be a mocha beer? This texture fails to elevate the beer, but suits the taste decently.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is above average.

OVERALL: A forgettable and generic offering from Southern Tier, Mokah is best regarded as a high alcohol American Stout. Its biggest disappointment is its gaping absence of the promised coffee note; did I get an old bottle? Artificial Hershey's chocolate syrup dominates to its detriment, and there's little else happening. I wouldn't buy it again, and I guess I'm in the minority saying I prefer Choklat. Say what you like about Creme Brulee; at least that beer delivered on its premise. This is drinkable, sure, but it's not worth its price at all and is more on par with what I'd expect from a Victory variety box. I'd recommend steering clear; it's not that it's bad, it's just that it's generic and overpriced. Not Southern Tier's strongest work, and far from anywhere near the level it would need to be to compete with even merely good offerings in the style (whether you consider it an American stout or an Imperial Stout).

Low C+ (4,998 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black bodied and an aggressive pour gives way to a fairly large light brown head that slowly settles down.

Coffee, chocolate, fudgy, cotton candy sweetness. Bitterness comes through on the flavor to somewhat balance but definitely is a sweeter beer.

A little full bodied, sticky sweet, and medium-light carbonation.

Delivers on chocolate and coffee. Sweet and delicious. (375 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9 month old bottle

Appearance- Pours jet black, opaque. One finger thick mocha, cinnamon colored head, bubbly, slightly creamy appearance. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Rich, cold coffee grounds and deep dark chocolates emit a pleasant bitterness. Some sweet milk chocolate aromas as well, also some nice roasted malts and a certain marshmellow aroma.
Taste- Intense milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors, incredibly decadent and sweet. Bitter, roasty coffee comes through and lingers into aftertastes. Roasted malts, thick and creamy sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, thick and creamy. Moderate level of carbonation.
Overall- Wonderful chocolate flavors dominate, milk chocolate sweetness counterbalanced by dark chocolate and roasty coffee bitterness. Wonderful creamy quality to this beer, almost an airy marshmellow flavor and quality floats through. Not overly sweet, but decadent and rich. (923 characters)

Photo of TheWiredDJ
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After trying a bottle of Southern Tier Mokah and a bottle of Choklat, I am convinced that the Mokah tastes nearly of no coffee and is much more heavy on the chocolate, while the Choklat is a coffee bomb with only a little chocolate flovor. (239 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: a gorgeous black color with a small tight Mocha chocolate head

S: small amounts of coffee and chocolate but a nice marshmallow smell

T: very deep rich chocolate taste with some dashed in coffee even from the the get go the two tastes like marshmallows

M: slightly watery it's got a mediumish feel for a stout

O: it's got a great taste but it's sweet as hell and has an acidic end on it like it wasn't meant to be drank in large quantities but for a sugary coffee chocolate bomb it does it well (540 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

*Take this review with a grain of salt, will explain in article*

This is a delicious beer, it just doesn't taste even remotely like coffee. I had it in a growler that filled from a year old keg, so I'm wondering if the coffee flavor mellowed an extreme amount. It basically just tasted like a more mellow version of Choklat. Like every Southern Tier stout, this one is more of a dessert beer, but not as sweet as above mentioned Choklat. I enjoyed this beer, it just wasn't what I was expecting. (500 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

HUGE chocolate milk presence attacks the taste buds instantly. Coffee notes stand predominant on the backend. After taste literally feels like I drink a coffee shop mocha. The only thing I can ever knock Southern Tier for is how incredibly 'sweet' there brews are. This one is masked a little better with the bitterness of the coffee than chocolaT. Nonetheless still has a very sweet taste. Would love to see it barrel aged. A bold stout worth seeking out~ (619 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. The flavor starts out with lots of sweet dark chocolate. Coffee and roasted malts complement the sweetness. Finish has more sweet chocolate.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a sticky and dry finish.

O - This reminds me of a sweeter version of Founders Breakfast Stout. A very nice sipper for cold night. (465 characters)

Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Bottle shared. Pours dark black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Slightly bitter at the back end. Medium bodied. Delicious! (180 characters)

Photo of Josh012012
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. looks almost pitch black, not much (if any) light getting through this one. Head is a dark kaki color and leaves no trace of lacing.

S smells EXACTLY like a bag of chocolate flavored licorice.

T Ok now I am getting the coffee AND chocolate. Where the nose was definitely a singular chocolate note I am picking up a lot of coffee taste as well as chocolate and roasty stout notes along with very little bitterness and a moderate to high sweetness.

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bottle recommends serving at 42 degrees Fahrenheit at about 60 degrees the beer tasted almost flat on carbonation more booze flavor and bitterness are now noticeable.

F this is where the beer was most lacking.. was ok... but did not quite complement the rest of the beer.. it was a bit to crisp for me and had more sharp carbonation and a thinner mouth feel than I would have wanted.

O Its hard to believe that this thing has 10% ABV because it drinks more like an milk/sweet stout than an imperial. I would consider this a desert beer.. it most certainly delivers the promise that its name implies. (1,068 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Southern tier stouts. Not as sweet as Creme brûlée but sweeter and smoother than chokolat. This beer can best be described as a liquid tootsie roll. Really enjoyable. Poured from a bomber into my Stone snifter. Will be buying or trading for more. (267 characters)

Photo of HeartofMiami
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours opaque black like brewed coffee. No head. Smell is mostly chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is odd, much more carbonated, like a porter or lager than expected. Taste is balanced chocolate and coffee but fades fast. No lingering flavor. Not very complex. Not bad but expected better. (293 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had one of these a couple of years ago and wasn't that impressed but I wanted to homebrew an Imperial stout and I figured this would let me know if I wanted to add coffee and/or chocolate to it.

A - Black color with a light khaki colored head with light lacing. Doesn't pour too thick but still creamy.

S - Tons of chocolate and coffee aromas pound your nose with a nice stout backbone after the initial hit. The chocolate and coffee meld extremely well with the roastiness of the stout. You can definitely tell they were not beating around the bush with the other ingredients; from the smell this is literally a mocaccino drink mixed with a stout.

T - Great sweetness that is held with the chocolate and roasted notes over the complex coffee and malt flavors. It seems as though there is lactose or low attenuation because the flavors coat your mouth and let you soak the sweet mocha in. Not too overpowering or too cloying with the roasty stout balance but lots of flavors in there and it makes you want another drink. There is some alcohol warmth but it doesn't detract.
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M - High mouth-feel and some may think of it as cloying but it is more flavorful than just sweet. Light carbonation which may lend itself to not helping the body seem more drinkable. On the thicker side but not quite as thick as Ten Fidy or some >11% Imperial Stouts.

Overall, best dessert beer ever! This is a delicious flavored Imperial Stout. Couldn't drink more than one in a night but this is a very tasty stout that has the alcohol to put you down when you want a cafe mocha at 10pm. And maybe you've tried this before and didn't like it I would suggest you try it again and maybe you'll love it. Not overall my favorite beer of the style, but I really look forward to having it again next year when it comes out again.

Glass- Stout glass (1,829 characters)

Photo of Jnashed
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter shared with my wife.

A: black as midnight. Very thin head that retains after a good ten minutes. I let it warm up a bit

S: wow lots of chocolate. Slight coffee but mostly dark malt and cocoa.

T: good night that is like cocoa powder. Even the hops just give it the same bitterness that cocoa powder would have. Very smooth though. Coffee takes a backseat. Not as balanced and tasty as FBS to me but really a chocolate forward and not coffee forward beer.

O: great beer when you want a chocolate bomb. Accomplished well. Not my favorite but darn good and nice price point and availability. (637 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

On draft in a 10oz snifter at Mainely Brews. Pours a dark black opaque with very minor head of an off white yellowish color, very good lacing ten minutes after the pour. Smells of mainly chocolate (dark chocolate) especially, with hints of coffee and vanilla sugar. Tastes as wonderful as it smells, you instantly notice the chocolate on first mouthful, and as it sits the coffee comes out as well as the vanilla in the after taste. The mouth feel is thin and light for a stout, with moderate carbonation if any, perfect compliment to the taste in my opinion. Overall it is an exceptional stout and one that I'll definitely be seeking out again! (647 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

A -pours a deep brown, appearing solid black in the glass. Minimal lace on the glass.

S - strong aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Smell reminds me of a chocolate shake!

T - taste resembles the aroma. Flavor upfront is chocolate and vanilla sweetness followed by a roasted malt/coffee finish. Low hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. This is very smooth!

M - heavy bodied but not chewy. Medium carbonation.

O - this is one of the beers that made me love Southern Tier. Full sweet flavor in a stout without going overboard. Overall, I love this beer. The label says exactly what you get with this beer. (625 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Fantastic stout from Southern Tier. Pours black as midnight with a thin tan head that dies
quickly and light lacing. Nice nose of deep roasted coffee, dark chocolates, and a light hint
of dark plums. Taste is up front dark chocolate, lightly gritty, with caramel notes to the sides
and coffee (lightly bitter) to the rear. Smooth and slick mouthfeel with decent carbonation
to keep this alive and lively, a light smokiness comes though on the aftertaste as well.
An A plus amongst my favorite stouts, even the little lady loves it.

Cheers! (548 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my snifter (and shared bottle with the wife). I have a sweet spot for the appearance of stouts, and this was not a disappointment. Deep black (jet), with cocoa lacing and very few bubbles. Strong chocolate aromas up front, a bit of plum and roasted malt in there as well. Definite Kahlua note on the front of the taste (good thing). Nice coffee presence, balanced bitterness, nothing too overpowering. Bit of a fakey taste to the chocolate notes (but again nothing overpowering, and maybe my imagination). Smooth and full-bodied in the mouth, lingered nicely on the palate. Overall a very delicious brew. Wife's review: "Oooohhh I like this!". Probably the best we are going to get out of her! (725 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color. Beige head drops quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Chocolate sauce and chocolate syrup jump out. Earthy and nutty coffee roast peeks out from behind the chocolate. Spicy and green hop scents.

T: Black cocoa powder, semi sweet dark chocolate,chocolate sauce and chocolate syrup. Like in the nose, the nutty and roasty coffe flavors are stifled somewhat by the chocolate, though they pick up a bit toward the back. Roasted malts and smokey flavors. Spicy and green hop tastes interject briefly and are a mild distraction. Chocolate sauce and smokey, heavily roasted coffee beans on the long finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Slight creaminess. Carbonation has a crisp and biting feel. Not quite as decadent and rich as I would like, it feels a little thin for a big dessert beer.

O: The chocolate and coffee aspect of the beer come through nicely. It does have some great mocha flavors. The body could use a little more richness, and the hops distract a bit. Columbus might not be the best hop for the job here; at least not as it is being utilized. A more neutral bitterness with less flavor would help. Still a very good dessert beer. One would not guess that it is 10% abv. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Skordi13
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this is delicious. To begin with, this beer is not named appropriately. There is minimal coffee taste in this beer, which isn't such a bad thing but not what you would expect. I saw a previous review and agreed that it should be called double chocolate milk stout. It is very hard to drink and very sugary. This is a special occasion beer, it is fantastically tasty but if you get a bomber, be sure to share it with a friend... for calories sake. (449 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Jet black brew, small head for a RIS but high retention.

Smell- Bittersweet baking chocolate, fudge, booze.

Taste- The most chocolaty beer I have ever tried, very dark and heavy. A little vanilla. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel- Silky, good carbonation for a stout, slightly thick.

Overall- Very nice dessert-style stout. No coffee to be found, this should be called "double chocolate milkshake stout". Definitely worth buying again and saving for a special occasion. Not the most drinkable, but it tastes great! (521 characters)

Photo of BurningTreeMufen
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a large, foamy espresso colored head.

Smell- A huge nose that is full of chocolatey notes with subtle coffee and caramel as well.

Taste- The chocolate takes the forefront again with nice coffee undertones. Sweet and full of flavor but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied. The alcohol is hidden well which makes for awesome drinkability.

Overall- A complex, refreshing stout that hits the right notes on almost all levels. (467 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour with a brown one-finger head. Really great chocolate and marshmallow aroma. Initial taste has a really strong dark chocolate and cocoa flavor that is big and bold. Full body that drinks relatively easy. Coffee flavor is very subdued and there’s just a slight bitterness around mid taste. Finishes sweet with a really nice lingering chocolate flavor…almost list a good chocolate ice cream. (409 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.