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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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1,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 1353
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared with my girlfriend, poured into two brand new snifters! (One of them says “Friends and Lovers / Prom ‘87”! Love it.)

A – pretty dark, semi-carbonated head that goes down pretty quickly but hugs the sides of the glass the whole time, just like a good stout should. Held up to the light, the brew starts light brown at the top and fades into complete blackness.

S – smelled it both in the bottle and poured out. Dear god, so much chocolate. In the bottle, it’s literally all I smell, but, poured out, I smell the alcohol too. Bracing myself for the 11.2% claimed on the bottle.

T – this is where this beer really, really shines. The chocolate isn’t quite as prevalent in the taste, but it’s definitely present. It’s also quite a bit sweeter than other chocolate stouts, including FBS. I taste only a hint of coffee, and the alcohol I detected in the snifter smell plays a role, but not an 11.2% role. It’s strong, but, as my girlfriend put it, it’s “ridiculously smooth.”

M – very good. The sweetness hugs the sides of the mouth; there’s hardly any carbonation. The alcohol starts pretty strong, but finishes subdued and perfectly balanced. Superb.

O – wonderful beer. I’m so glad I found something that I can get year round. I can’t wait to try Choklat, although Mokah is apparently a mix between Choklat and Jahva, so I don’t know how it could be better. Well done, Southern Tier.

11/24/2012 EDIT: I should have checked this originally, but the bottle I reviewed was actually from 2011. I had a fresh bottle and asked myself why it wasn't nearly as good; dug out the old bottle and found out why.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 15:25:35 | More by JamesShoemaker
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into long-stemmed tulip. DOB: 4/13/12.

A: im going to say very dark brown instead of black. but not by much. head is frothy, but i wish the retention and lacing were a little better. perhaps even some legs coming down.

S: smells like a glass of chocolate milk. reminds me a lot of their Chokolat brew more-so than there Jahva. however, there is definitely a bitter coffee factor going on, but this thing is more sweet chocolate aroma than coffee focused.

T: the coffee and the chocolate are both very frontal on the palate. definitely more on the chocolate side than the coffee side. very similar to the nose in that sense. the sweetness is cloying and lingering. hangs out like a sweet sugary mess, in the dessert sense, not a bad way.

M: silky smooth mouthfeel. just what the style should have. full bodied for sure.

D: damn, another really solid stout from southern tier. these things are more like dessert than beer. everything works together, even if i do find it more on the sweet chocolate side than the bitter coffee side. wouldnt hate to see a tad more coffee in this brew to really balance things out.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 04:05:47 | More by Jimmys
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a creamy tan 1 finger head that was full of bubbles and popping like lava percolating; there were bubbles racing up the brew near the side of the glass, and it faded leaving a creamy tan layer on top and very good spotty lacing.

Smells damn good and inviting with chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee up front, followed by caramel, vanilla, molasses, roasted grains, charcoal, brown sugar, sweet malt, and some booze like bourbon; the booze is faint, and there are herbal notes mixed in with the intense chocolate and coffee which just smells great overall. There is zero balance in the nose, but that’s fine as the aroma is so sweet and delicious smelling that it’s perfect as is.

Tastes like it smells, with chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee (beans or a bag of Starbucks), molasses, caramel, vanilla, roasted grains, charcoal, brown sugar, sweet malt, herbs like tea leaf, mild floral hops, dark chocolate like a Hershey’s Special Dark, and some booze like bourbon; the malts are present, the hops make a brief appearance, but the chocolate and coffee stand up and smack you with so much flavor that you’ll ask for another smack and take another sip. Southern Tier has a tendency to make their big beers so big that they are hit or miss, and this is another home run that they hit out of the park. If, and this is a bid "IF", you like chocolate, coffee and stouts, then you will love this beer; if not, it will come off as offensive and over the top, but to those enthusiasts like myself this is an amazing stout.

Mouthfeel is as thick as an ice cream shake or a thick glass of almost frozen coffee, with a heavy chewy feel, little to no carbonation and an extremely bitter finish that is sweet, chocolately and full of coffee notes that snap your tongue, but then leave a delicious sweet chocolate/coffee aftertaste in it’s wake all while hiding the high ABV almost completely. The acidity is present, but the flavor is so enjoyable that I looked right past it and kept sipping and enjoying this brew.

This is a dangerous beer in a way because it’s so sweet and tasty that you just keep drinking it without regard or respect of the 11.2% ABV, which will hit you later on. No matter, as this beer was so great and so tasty overall that the headache will be worth in the morning. A very high recommendation for any stout lover out there and a very high rating for me as I love coffee, chocolate and stouts; another gem from Southern Tier that pushes the limits of the craft brew movement.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:54:43 | More by CHickman
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very much not my type of beer, but I'm reviewing it anyway -- and favorably, because it succeeds in what it sets out to do even though I don't care for it.

It pours a brilliantly dark (if you know what I mean) chocolate brown, almost black, with a light head and nice lacing. The aroma is filled with chocolate and coffee.

The taste is incredibly sweet and chocolatey, to the point that you can't taste the high ABV. Mouthfeel is thick almost to the point of chewiness. There's another load of chocolate in the finish.

I don't like it and I will never ever buy it again for myself; Founder's Breakfast Stout is just about my limit in the chocolate-and-coffee-flavored beer department. But hoo boy, if you want a deeply chocolatey mocha beer, this one fills the bill, and it's very well crafted. If that's your thing, you'll like this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 22:00:42 | More by ScottR
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated 12/12/11? Poured into a Bruery Tulip. Pitch black with just as black highlights. Head is minimal and light tan in color. Head recedes fairly quickly to leave a small collar and some nice lace.

Smell is ultra chocolate and coffee. The chocolate is milk smooth and sweet. There are other mild roasted malt smells here like roasted coffee and some char or ash. No alcohol or hop here at all.

Taste is just as the nose. The light milk chocolate is very sweet and has a bit of a bitter aftertaste. There is some bitterness but I believe it's from the chocolate and not any hops. This taste reminds me a lot of my my recent review of Choklat. It is similar in the chocolate. Tootsie Roll is what we came up with. There is just a hint of alcohol in the finish of this one. This is just a perfect early fall sipper.

Mouth is creamy, the carbonation is very mild. Body is medium and the finish is on the long side but more on the dry side than wet for such a huge roasted beer.

Overall I really liked this. Reminded me a lot of it's brother (or sister) Choklat. A real treat as the weather turns. Pick this up or trade for it because it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 04:42:44 | More by azdback
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with a tan head surging forth but sputtering to a halt and disappearing with a couple minutes' time.

Smell: Well, with the strong scents of chocolate and coffee, it lives up to it's poorly spelled namesake. As the sweet embellishments to the nose kick in, it takes on the scent of a chocolate frosted Dunkin' Donut.

Taste: Bittersweet combination of chocolate and coffee roastiness, though the malt pendulum is certainly swinging hard towards the sweet side of things. Some caramel, too. Bucked gently by some bitterness, roast astringency, and alcohol, but it remains fairly sweet. Smooth, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, malty mouthfeel.

Overall: Good stuff, this. It's big and sweet, so have a friend handy. Proudly follows in the footsteps of Southern Tier's previous jacked up stouts in their Blackwater series.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 19:19:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep dark black hue with a thin, tan head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong and sweet chocolate and coffee aromas.

T: Very sweet and chocolate flavors followed by a slightly astringent coffee background..

M: Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a good beer – but nothing I could have more than one of. It was almost hard to finish this beer due to it being so heavy and rich.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 13:02:18 | More by ckollias


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Mokah

Appearance: This imperial chocolate and coffee stout pours, as expected, a very dark brown bordering on black. Only on the very top of the beer is any light visibly coming through. Also positioned at the top of the dark, viscous liquid is a dark tan ring of head that reached maybe an eighth of an inch and moderate alcohol legs due to the high 11.2% ABV; blink, and you will miss any semblance of head, however. It is impossible to know anything about the carbonation because of the opaque nature of the beer. Mokah certainly looks the part of an imperial stout, no more, no less.

Aroma: Sniffing this beer smells like unwrapping a high-quality bar of dark chocolate. The chocolate and dark malts completely dominate the aroma, leaving room only for a touch of coffee-esque notes and just a hint of the alcohol. Hopefully that alcohol will stay in the nose and eyes, rather than invading and destroying the mouth. There are no hops to be found via the nose. Perhaps a better balance could have been found by making the coffee more pronounced. Nonetheless, this beer smells delicious. Southern Tier has, once again, captured the essence of the food or beverage that they are imitating. Hopefully this one does not travel down the cloying corridor that their Crème Brûlée unfortunately passed through.

Taste: Another Southern Tier masterpiece. This beer has the richness of espresso and mocha, mixed with the bitterness that one would expect from a good example of those delicacies. The chocolate is very sweet, but it balances itself because of the bitter nature of dark chocolate. At times, it even approaches baking chocolate levels of bitterness, but that sweetness from the malt and chocolate itself always keeps it in check. Still, this beer could use some more coffee flavor (or less chocolate) to really put it over the top, as the chocolate is the clear star here. Perhaps Southern Tier’s straight coffee stout Javah will take up that mantle. Thankfully, the alcohol is completely absent from the taste, though a bit of heat slowly creeps up on the drinker as the bottle empties. This is definitely the best chocolate beer this reviewer has enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Like the rest of Southern Tier’s imperial catalogue, this morsel is syrupy and sticky with a medium-thick feel on the palate. The carbonation does a great job of making sure the drinker does not get bogged down in the beer, as well as trying, in vain, sadly, to give all the flavors a chance to shine. Surprisingly, while many examples of the style are sippers, this one can either be sipped or enjoyed at a session beer pace (not that that is advised if one wants their clothes to remain on); this may be attributed to the utter drinkability of the chocolate flavor. The finish is a lingering stickiness in and around the mouth as well as a bitter feeling suggestion of hoppy astringency. The mouthfeel really complements the taste.

Overall: This is a very well done imperial chocolate/coffee stout. The aroma (and taste, to a lesser degree) are a bit one-note, but when that note is this fantastic, hearing it over and over is not as tiring as one might think. Be wary while drinking this, as it will disappear far too quickly, and the drinker may wonder where their beer went, or where they, themselves went. Because of this, sharing is highly encouraged; with a beer this good, your friends will owe you something very special indeed. It is a foolproof win-win for you, the purchaser. Southern Tier has yet to disappoint this reviewer, and I eagerly await my next beer from them (Unearthly or Javah, I’m thinking). 16.5/20

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:08:06 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Bogies in Beverley, Mass. I poured this one into my beer goblet. Paid 9.20 for a bottle dated 4-12-12.

Appearance: Dark brown beer with little head and no lacing on this glass.

Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, coffee notes and charred malts.

Taste: The chocolate is very strong with this one. Very sweet in the nose, but balanced in the taste. Some bitterness from the roast and coffee balance the chocolate very well. A hint of dried fruit to go along with the stout taste. Alcohol is well hidden for 11 ABV.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly this beer is even zesty, strong carbonation and a body that is surprising light for the style. This keeps this beer from dragging along.

Overall: I would love to have this available in Utah. I am very happy to have tried it and would recommend to any chocolate lover. Very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:18:06 | More by kagent777
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK to look at but nothing special. Black and opaque with barely a one finger head that lasted a bit but faded, leaving thin sheets of lacing.

Looks ain't everything though. Aroma was really nice, very chocolatety with coffee, dark roasty malts, very sweet, very nice!

Taste: Milk and baker's chocolate, some cocoa, so many facets of chocolate it's almost overwhelming. Amply named. Coffee and roasty malt flavors pretty much accent the chocolate. You can't tell much from the smell, but there's some pretty good hoppiness to this beer. Just a touch of acrid burnt. Alcohol wasn't noticeable much when cold, but comes through a little as it warms.

Body is pretty good, pretty thick, very slick, super sweet choco finish, fairly low carbonation.

Very likeable. Beware, if you're not up for drinking a bomber of very sweet, very alcoholic beer, save this one for when a beer buddy comes over. A super dessert type brew.

This brew fits right into southern tier's genre of imperial beers that includes creme brulee, pumpking, choklat, gemini, krampus, unearthly et al. Their imperial series really are imperial, and most are quite over the top on flavor, body, and the defining ingredients/theme. These are not for the faint of heart or recently converted bud light drinkers, they are for dedicated craft beer demons like myself.

Great job on this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 23:48:21 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bomber aggressively into a snifter.

Appearance: Very very dark and opaque. A little bit of dark brown around the edges. A thin light brown head.

Aroma: Caramel coffee creamer with semi-sweet chocolate. Also the smell of Hershey's chocolate syrup.

Taste: Like drinking cold chocolate milk laced with irish cream. The coffee is mostly evident in the aftertaste as a black coffee bitterness on the palate. There is the smallest hint of hop presence when it first hits your tongue but that is quickly replaced by a chocolate syrup flavor that really takes over your whole mouth. At 11.20% abv, this beer isn't joking around and it seems like the alcohol hides in plain sight. As the beer warms, that Hershey's chocolate syrup taste reveals itself to be the alcohol. Given that observation, there is limited range of temperature where this beer really shines (around 48 degrees, as specified on the bottle). Otherwise it becomes overly boozy. Very much a dessert beer, with a chocolatey aftertaste that sticks around for a good while.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not cloying. Seems a tad over-carbonated but the carbonation fades so quickly in your mouth that it doesn't hinder the smooth finish.

Final Thoughts: This is the first Southern Tier beer I've ever had or reviewed. It definitely leaves me wanting more and wanting to try their other offerings. Although it's not a beer that Joe 6-pack would go for, I think anyone can enjoy this one if they know what to expect going into it. It delivers on every level.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 05:12:04 | More by JamesMN
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An aggressive pour into a snifter yields almost one finger of finely textured tan head. Body is what would be expected... black. Lots of it, and not much else. Head dissipates pretty quick - standard for an 11.2 ABV.

S - Mocah, obviously, is quite prominent. It smells like a creamy hot chocolate.... except cold. Maybe more like a glass of whole milk with a bottle of Hershey syrup poured into it. Smells fantastic, although I have a feeling that this might be a bit too sweet for my taste.

T - Pretty much like the aroma - cappucino, chocolate syrup, and plenty of it. Not overly sweet, but polishing off this bomber by myself might be a bit much.

M - Super thick, like a milkshake. Very viscous and slick.

O - Really solid beer that has a unique flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:29:34 | More by ChimRichels
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark brown, near black in color. Two finger caramel colored head becomes a thin cap. Thick sheets of sticky lace cling to the glass.

S - Black coffee and chocolate. Plenty of rich, dark, malty goodness.

T/M - Unsweetened black coffee, milk chocolate, and just a touch of bitter toffee. Chocolate becomes a little sweeter as it warms. Medium-full bodied, but not so thick as to be a detractor. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel.

O - Highly enjoyable! Would love to get some more of this for the cooler months.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:29:43 | More by bigaltemple
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger tannish white head. Can see a ruby on the edges of the glass. Head lasts for the glass and leaves some lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate up front,coffee in the background that comes out the more it warms. Roasted malt with a lot of sweetness.

T: Starts off with a sweet chocolate malt, has a bitter middle and then a coffee aftertaste. A little sweet and a little bitter with loads of mokah.

M: Thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. Very warming. Sticky and lingering flavor.

Overall a great beer thats always been a favorite of mine. An aggressive approach on a blend of strong stouts. Visit the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:29:44 | More by CloudStrife
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Ridiculous nose on this beer.  The 2x milk stout was a let down but they nailed the aroma on this one.  Lots of sweet chocolate with subtle lactic cream and a decent amount of robust roast.  Smells like a tootsie roll dipped in a latte.  I wonder what the blend is because it sells more like choklat than mokah.  Either way it's very impressive with a nice gourmet roasted coffee presence countering the sweet and dark chocolate notes.

Medium bodied with a very nice balance of sweet chocolate and robust roasted coffee.  All dark and milk chocolate sweetness up front with a touch of the tootsie roll from the nose.  This is countered by roasted coffee bitterness that lingers into a dry finish where somehow the sweet chocolate flavors reappear.  The abv is invisible making it dangerously drinkable.  Great balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness with the dark chocolate notes complimenting the coffee flavor.  Similarly to the aroma, the chocolate is most prominent.  It doesn't taste like a mocha but has lots of chocolate and coffee flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 06:58:36 | More by corby112
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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a bit of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted milk chocolate and coffee with some vanilla, dark fruits, and some booze.

T - Starts out with chocolate malts and light coffee with some sweet lactose and a touch of dark fruit. Through the middle, the coffee comes through stronger with some milk chocolate and a hint of anise. The finish is a mix of chocolate and coffee with some milk sweetness and a touch of roastiness and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit creamy with a sweet, lightly bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The balance of chocolate and coffee is spot on and the mouthfeel is awesome. A really wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 06:11:33 | More by ngeunit1
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to snifter, bottled 4/13/12:

Pours a deep black with an edge of copper clarity. A thin half finger of light brown head dissipates quickly, leaving wisps of carbonation to cap the body. Looks nice.

Smells absolutely fantastic. Fresh mocha and cream, like a cold glass of Nesquik... powdered cocoa, the coffee character is far from bitter. Obviously sweet but not invasive in any way, and no discernible alcohol presence.

Tastes like it smells... chocolate powder and cream, faint coffee, it's hard to really gather much of anything else. Tasty, but sort of one dimensional I think. It's a bit artificial which becomes overpowering, kinda reminds me of Pumking in that regard but the thing is, I love Pumking.

Terrific smelling beer. I wish that translated better on the tongue. If you're on the fence about this one, I'd say give it a go though.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 23:41:14 | More by yamar68
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very deep black color with small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is big and bold of chocolate and malt. Heaviest is the aroma of a milk chocolate nature; a sweet and very soothing smell. The malt is of a bitter dark roast, balancing out the milk chocolate sweet. Along with the coffee and chocolate are notes of vanilla, caramel, coffee, and cream. Overall it creates an aroma with tons of roasty and cocoa aromas. It smells delicious.

Taste – A heavy roasted malt body with a strong semi-sweet chocolate flavor are the first to meet the tongue. These flavors are big and bold and are soon meet with a lighter coffee flavor as well as flavors of lactose and some burnt caramel. While initially the chocolate was more sweet in nature, it bitters as time goes on, taking on a more bitter dark chocolate taste. As the chocolate transitions the dark roast coffee flavor also intensifies. In the end these favors mix with a very light alcohol flavor, leaving a pleasant sweet yet somewhat roasty taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the creamier side with the carbonation level being on the very average side. The body coasted the tongue in all the delicious roast and malt flavors and once the carbonation bubbles are done popping on your tongue it makes for one smooth and silky tasting beer.

Overall – This is a strong and delicious beer. Huge sweet and darker chocolate flavors mixed with a wonderful body and aroma. Fantastic!!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:38:45 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, dark brown with a modest mocha head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with a strong alcohol component. This beer is big on flavor, with rich dark chocolate and gourmet coffee. The body is smooth and substantive, an excellent complement to the rich taste. The high ABV is respectably mellowed while the beer is still at its coldest (though still hardly invisible). As it warms, the alcohol becomes more strident--the only real flaw I can point out. Normally, I tend to enjoy dark beers more as they warm, but that's not the case here, as the alcohol becomes something of a distraction. The luxurious flavor profile, along with an eagerness to "beat the heat", make this imperial stout way too easy to imbibe without conscience. Another winning stout from Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 01:19:09 | More by MaximalC
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and a half finger of head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of chocolatey goodness was popping out of the aroma with good roasty grainy character, coffee, lactic notes, and a little nuttiness as well.

T: the coffee chocolate flavor really blended quite well alongside some roasty grainy notes, hints of hoppy biterness, caramel, and lactic creamy accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a roasty, lactic, sweet, chocolatey, coffee and silky finish.

O: southern tier always comes correct with these theme beers and this one is no exception. Glad I got to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 09:09:13 | More by Gobzilla
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a deep, black red amber with a light head and lacing. Aroma of dark malts and chocolate. Flavor is similar, sweet and dark malts, chocolate, light caramel and coffee. A nice blend.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:12:47 | More by LiquidAmber
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Dark chocolate colored body. Thick cloudy, film textured head starts to bubble away looking like swiss cheese.

S: Nestle chocolate milk with undertones of licorice. Really have to work to find an alcoholic touch. As it warms up I get a fluffy mellowness I get in marshmallows, but then the alcohol starts to show.

T/M: Big estery yeast taste up front. A creamy, smooth chocolate note. A thick body as hershey syrup/milk shake. Licorice tastes comes out to cover up a boozy finish. Lots of adjuncts and yeast taste, I do not pick up any hops. A more complex malt profile would make the fantastic chocolate taste seem more dynamic.

O: For an Imperial Chocolate Stout this is spot on, but I prefer a more dynamic bill. This is straight forward and ridiculously smooth. This would be great in a bowl of cereal for extra flavor.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2012 01:30:30 | More by One2Remeber
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the creme brûlée stout a few months back and discovering a rekindled interest in "dark" beers, I came across the only bottle of Mokah at the grocery store and snatched it up with high expectations. For the most part, I'd say it delivers and then some.

The pour is nice and thick, but lacks the creamy head and smoothness I'd hoped for.

Smell is fantastic; the chocolate is present, but not overpowering or fake - just the right amount. I would have liked to smell the coffee a bit more though.

Tast is noteworthy and impressive; the chocolate is certainly well balanced and natural tasting, but again I would have liked the coffee notes and taste to be a bit more pronounced. It may sound like a contradiction, but taste is simple and complex at the same time. It's pretty consistent from start to finish and matches the smell.

Mouthfeel is pleasant and mostly smooth, but with a little bit of sharpness in the middle and towards the end that makes it feel more carbonated than it actually is.

Overall, Mokah is impressive and enjoyable. Though I've had similar styles recently that I'd rate higher, its still worth enjoying again. Southernteir has never let me down.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:24:34 | More by Aaron_R_Bradley
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South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from CBX. Poured into a Maudite snifter...

A: Pours a thick black, with a... ahem... mocha head; a few strands of lace cling to the glass; opaque - looks like a imperial stout, for sure.

S: Fudge; Hershey’s syrup; cocoa... WOW! Some graham cracker, too; not much coffee - maybe a little - but the chocolate on this is amazing. Superb aroma.

T: Milk chocolate and cocoa followed by dark chocolate and some semi-sweet bitterness; coffee bean bitterness on the end - not roasty - just a bitter bean flavor. DELICIOUS.

M: Full mouthfeel and creamy / velvety; low-moderate carbonation; a real big beer; not much alcohol or heat, which is crazy considering this is an 11.2% beer.

O: The best Souther Tier beer I’ve had, hands down. Rivals Rogue Double Chocolate Stout for best chocolate stout - this one is unbelievably chocolatey with a smidge of coffee. Great blend of tastes - although not super drinkable due to the abv, sure makes for a good, easy sipper. A great dessert beer. Wonderful.

*from notes (6-22-12)

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 04:07:16 | More by jpro
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with dark brown highlights. Somewhat thin (1/8th inch) mocha head which fades to the rim leaving clingy lace.

N: Sweet dark chocolate, earthy, roasted coffee, slight vanilla notes.

T: Oaky roast blast followed immediately with semi-sweet chocolate nibs. Close behind is roasted coffee with a slight acidity. Faint char and nuttiness. With warming the vanilla and toasted oak increases along with the alcohol.

M: Rich, creamy and sweet. Slick and oily. Cloying. Full bodied and mild carbonation.

O: Simply dessert in a glass. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:15:59 | More by wethorseblanket
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.