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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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735 Reviews

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Reviews: 735
Hads: 2,242
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 234
Gots: 492 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of JMD
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with rocky tan head that dissipates very slowly. Leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Wow, the aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Sweet dark chocolate, fresh brewed expresso and toasted malt. Smells rich and decadent.

T: Same as the aroma. Big malty flavor, this one is sweet and delicious. Toasted malt, rich bittersweet chocolate, and big blasts of coffee. Finishes with a light hop bite. The depth of flavor to the beer is amazing.

M: Smooth and creamy, rich and syrupy. Very robust and full bodied

D: Mokah is another outstanding offering from Southern Tier. Amazing flavor and texture. The chocolate and coffee aroma practically burst out the bottle. The only drawback, is the sweetness and high ABV make this one a sipper.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.68/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

650mL bomber served into a Chimay goblet

Again, like every beer I pour into this Chimay goblet, there is essentially no head. Tan/orange foam settles into a small ring that laces in spots. The beer does not pour as black as I expect out of imperial/double stouts. Its reddish brown around the edges of the glass both looking at the side of the goblet and looking straight down on top of the liquid.

Oh, holy balls does this beer have an assertive bouquet. Vanilla -- oh, the unrelenting vanilla -- grabs ahold of every nose hair that I have. Just within the first five seconds of pouring this beer I am already thinking how smart it was to have this beer as dessert. After the vanilla, the chocolate wafts through. It doesn't smell "bittersweet" as the label proclaims its Belgian chocolate nibs to be; this is milk chocolate all the way. Sweet chocolate and vanilla become comprehensible together only to have pure sugar enter this mad-baker's equation. It smells like cinnamon roll icing -- not thick and super-cloying like cake icing, rather a thinner, more toned-down sugar blast. Finally, after some digging (and a few pauses to check my insulin level) I get the coffee. Its not so much roasted (again, as the label says) as it is reminiscent of a Starbucks Frappacino (sp?) bottled drink. All of these scents are good in isolation, but they sort of clash here by virtue of the strength of each element. This is saccharine.

Mokah isn't as sweet on the tongue as the nose suggests. Don't get me wrong -- I still feel as if my throat has been filled with congealed sugar. But some of the less-sweet aspects of chocolate and coffee actually make themselves known. There is a touch of roasted chocolate malt, especially on the back of the mouth. There are some definite alcohol fusels here, and they are unwelcome (even though they do interrupt the onset of diabetes). This is one of those beers that seems artificially boozy; that its high ABV of 11% is unnecessary. A lower ABV would serve the beer. Generic coffee aftertaste is the beer's lasting impression before the next, syrupy taste. I've got 75% of this bomber left, and it is going to be a chore to finish by myself. At the end of the day, this is still an imperial stout with familiar malty flavors. And generic milk chocolate & coffee syrup flavors aren't the end of the world. This is a decent beer. But its a little much for someone with healthy blood sugar levels.

The mouthfeel is the finest quality of Mokah. It has a familiar imperial stout thickness. Unfortunately, this positive (for the style) attribute contributes to the problem with drinkability, i.e. that this is too sweet for nominal human consumption. The good level of thickness here makes for a beer that is like pouring brownie batter down your throat. Combine that with the 11% ABV and you have a bomber that is difficult to consume alone unless you are a notorious sweet tooth.

I've had this bottle in my fridge since May. I don't know why I drank this on an August night. Partly because the weather was kind of cool, and partly to clear room in the fridge, I guess. I have never had Choklat or Jahva before, so I cannot comment as to how well this blend accommodates or improves upon those offerings. I am an imperial stout kind of guy, but this is huh wow (to borrow a message board meme). Southern Tier Mokah is straight up enamel-erasing. I feel like I've eaten an entire box of Russel Stover assorted candies. And taken a couple of shots of booze on top of that. I didn't come into this review with the intention of bashing the beer or writing funny lines or anything like that. But when a beer has such strong flavors that clash against each other, never making a cohesive whole, then I have little choice.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.77/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. *Pretty* sure this came from onix1agr. Thanks Barry.

A: Pours a brown-black blend, impenetrable in my tulip but definitely shows some light through the edges if I hold it close to a lamp. Has a strong mocha (ha!) colored head that retains well and leaves splotches of lacing down the sides.

S: Chocolate / cocoa, coffee, caramel, and some nutty character. I'm scared by how sweet this smells, as I've had less-than-positive experiences with ST's other oversweetened beers.

T: It tastes pretty damn sweet too... Like liquid sugar at first. But, it shapes up pretty nicely as it warms, and gets less sweet in the finish (though I wouldn't call this dry exactly). The coffee does a good job of providing a balancing bitterness against the chocolate and caramel flavors, and the nutty components give it some depth. Some vanilla to be found as well. Make no mistake, it's heavily on the sweet side, but not as cloying as I was expecting.

M: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Sweet finish with some definite booze burn.

D: I would not specifically trade for this, but I might take a sip of a future bottle.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Thin brown head. Lace is minimal. It is what it is. Very rich smell of rich chocolate. The good kind. Like Belgian chocolate. Almost like smelling a melted down bittersweet chocolate bar...but a good one, like a Belgian chocolate. Good smell overall, even with minimal barley aromas. This is like tasting a melted down bittersweet chocolate bar....but a good one. Like a Belgian one. That has been diluted a little bit so it's not like molten polymer in the mouth. The body is pretty full, but not like molten polymer. Which is good. There's a lingering bitterness that is agreeable. The bottle says its brewed with Jamaican roasted coffee, but I don't get a lot of coffee on the the buds. Slight roasted malt notes come and go. But chocolate overrides everything, which was probably the intent. It is what it is and I'd hate to find out how many calories I just ingested with this 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of LieutenantWort
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass (no snifters on hand, sry folks). This is one deep, dark beer... almost jet black in the glass with a moderate cinnamon-brown head. Nose is effervescent and carries a lot of sugar and alcohol.

Taste is incredible, as long as the sweetness doesn't bother you. Rich, deep caramel and toffee flavors dominate. The bittersweet notes of the chocolate come out a little later, and there's just the slightest hint of coffee behind it all. The coffee notes are very subtle; tastes much more like a spiced chocolate than a coffee/chocolate blend despite the provenance.

Mouthfeel is good -- thick and hearty without being cloying or syrupy. ABV is very high, and although it doesn't wallop you on the tongue, the alcohol is there and makes this more of a sipping/nursing beer. The bottle suggests that maybe this *is* your dessert, and it's certainly both filling and sweet enough to fit the bill.

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Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, nearly black mahogany with a bit of tan head. It smelled like creamy milk chocolate with fresh roasted coffee, and a bit of muted barley and salty yeast. It tasted like lots of milk chocolate with roasted coffee, and a bit of toasted oats and copper. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was a very nice, clean tasting stout. It had nice body (although I was personally hoping for a bit more) and it hid the alcohol very well, so it was very easy to drink. As much as other Southern Tier's big beers might be gimmicks, I think this one is actually a very well-rounded double stout that I would consider drinking (somewhat) regularly. It also seemed like age would make this beer even sweeter and smoother, as the coffee's bitterness fades. Great beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very dark body that is black at its core and dark brown with just a bit of light passing through at the edges. A tan head has ok retention, but does not leave any lacing on my glass at all.

The smell has a lot of thing going on, but first and foremost is chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate, hot cocoa, loads of it. Coffee is also noticeable in there, with an aroma of whole coffee beans.

There are layers upon layers of flavor in this one. Once again, the first thing I notice is chocolate in the same forms as the nose, dark chocolate, cocoa, maybe even a bit of milk cocolate. A bit of vanilla and after that a very muted hop bitterness that is practically buried underneath all the other flavors, hiding somewhere down there with a touch of caramel. Next comes the coffee, which tastes like a fresh brewed cup and makes the finish dry and bitter. A bit of alcohol toward the end also.

The body is surprisingly light for the style; it isn't a huge, viscous stout. Moderate carbonation also.

This beer certainly is interesting, and the chocolate and coffee flavors are done really well, but I found even a bomber was a bit hard to drink because it is so sweet.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically black in color with some cola brown around the edges when it is held to a light. The ashy tan head tosses up big bubbles as it dissolves to a nebulous lacing across the surface.
Fudge brownie batter nose, drizzled in caramel. Coffee beans are mild, both in roast and in impact, but emerge more as it warms. Booze adds a bit of vaporous heat.
Chocolate and fudge are the mainstains. As a mixture of Jahva and Choklat, that is expected. Caramel and vanilla add some depth to all this processed cocoa. Still, it follows in Choklat trail pretty closely to this point. Here, now, is the dovetail. Coffee, again, is mild, but brings a rasping semi-bitter roastedness, and some wafts of smokiness. It's sweet as all get out, but the coffee help balance an otherwise oversweet beer (see: Choklat). Some bitter hoppy traits ride in on the tail end. Booze adds a bit of burning afterglow, but does not suggest the actual strength.
Syrupy full bodied with little carbonation. It's cloying, as all of Southern Tier's "candy flavored" stouts are. But there seems to be more levity here than in most of their others.
22ozs of this is straight lunacy. This is best served as dessert itself, and split 3 or 4 ways.
Overall, I've gotta hand it to this. And while it's still hardly beer, and more of flavored alcoholic beverage. I came in with rancid thoughts of a Creme Brulee level disaster. Happily, this ain't that.
It's actually better as a crossbreed than either of its two parent beers are individually.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black color with one finger head of tan bubbles. Head reduces to a ring after a minute or two.

Chocolate, ripe banana, hint of coffee and some cola. Smell is sweet as a dessert.

Big and rich flavor. Mimics the nose almost to a tee. The chocolate is terrific. Satisfying and full of flavor.

Feels lighter than most others in this category. Not thick and syrupy. More smooth and cola like in texture. Nice velvety carbonation.

More of a sipper, but the lighter body makes it a little easier to drink. One or two is about the max on this. A really nice RIS. Makes me want to try the Choklat version.

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Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black to ebony colored beer, only a hint of light passes at the edge of the glass, mildly frothy head, some visible viscosity to the beer, there are minor patches of stick foam along the edges - 4.25, S: The chocolate and coffee that are mentioned on the label dominate the nose, there is a powdery sweetness that reminds me of Nestle Quik, slightly herbal - 4.50, T: A thick syrupy sweetness to the beer, alcohol is noticeable but considering that it is 11.0% it is remarkably well hidden, as expected chocolate and espresso command the palate, some pitted fruit flavors such as plums and possibly peach, a touch of raisin and vanilla is also noticeable, an exceptional beer - 4.50, M: Extremely creamy and thick - 4.25, D: Very drinkable even at the high alcohol content, rivals their Chokolat Stout beer, complex and a beer that I would unquestionably drink again - 4.50

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Photo of generallee
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a snifter. There is no freshness date or born on date on the bottle.

Appearance: Its body has a very dark brown/black color that blocks out all light. The head on top is thick and foamy with a creamy tan color. It hangs on well as it slowly fades down to thin wispy layer that leaves behind some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a big sweet and creamy chocolate and roasted grain scent with a hint of dark roasted coffee. Also there is very noticeable boozy alcohol presence.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a big bold and boozy character. It has sweet roasted malts with loads sweet milk chocolate, warming alcohol and a slow finish of dark coffee with cream. The finish also has just a light hint of hop bitterness as well. The palate has a big full body with a velvety smooth texture and active yet smooth carbonation.

Notes: This is a huge beer with big bold flavor and hefty 11%abv.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich chocolate, barely a head, leaving fine lacing. Nose of chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Mouthfeel alcohol and light, the ABV comes in at 11% and is very obvious. Easy drinkability, but the high alcohol content makes deters from drinking to quench the thirst. There is a slight hint of coffee, and a creamy sweetness to the aftertaste. Another smooth, great tasting brew from the folks at Southern Tier.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Updating my review.

Poured from a bomber bottle into a tulip glass. No glass lacing to speak of.

L: A jet black color that allows no light to shine through. Light brown slight head appears. It just looks thick and gummy.

S: I pick up the huge coffee smell right away that mixes with some equally as huge dark chocolate smells. I get some sweetness and some roasted notes that mix in.

T: Very roasty in flavor with huge flavors of milk chocolate up front. The coffee flavor mixes in well but is overtaken by the chocolate flavors. Sweetness really takes over mid taste vanilla and some caramel flavors that remain creamy. Finish actually turns more to dark chocolate with some bitterness on the finish mixed with some alcohol. Huge beer.

F: This was a two faced mouthfeel. Up front and mid palate was all creamy smooth whereas the finish turned bitter. Alcohol definitely is tasted. Really rich and full beer.

O: This was way more chocolate than coffee, I was hoping it was the other way around. Huge beer that can only be had in smaller doses. I just don't get why ST insists on putting these huge somewhat tough to drink beers in bombers. 12 ounce bottles would be much better suited. Good beer, not great (seems to be a lingering undertone with me and ST).

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, one finger, tan head that slowly recedes to nothing. Very dark molasses brown with some molasses-like viscocity. Some black char colors, and no bubbling. Creamy caraml atop a sweet coffee and chocolate treat. Vanilla and milk chocolate with some gourmet, medium roast coffee aromas. Starts with a Starbucks coffee liquer blended well with milk and dark chocolate. The palate feels liquer warm yet sweet. While the finish is a combo of both the dark chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. Very slow and soothig finish. Great warming and flavorful sipper.

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Photo of stevenseg
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After tasting the Southern Tier Creme Brulee on draft at a local establishment here in my city of Columbus, Ohio, I decided that more Southern Tier should follow. Touted as a merging of Southern Tier's Jahva and Choklat, I picked up a 22 oz bottle of Mokah Imperial Stout from Southern Tier's Blackwater Series at a Michigan specialty store along with 25 oz of Dogfish Head Theobroma. The Mokah is first up carrying an 11% ABV.

As I poured into a pint glass, the head failed to form, so I increased the aggressiveness of the pour. In the end, the head climbed with big loose bubbles and receded very quickly. I'm staring here at a very dark and seemingly thick beer that appears flat with just a hint of lacing. We'll see how it hangs as it goes down.

The sniffage is about what I expected...very sweet with very little hops, but this is supposed to be an explosion of chocolate and coffee, not rival the bitter IPAs. It smells like a mudslide. Hopefully my love of chocolate and beer merge in the taste.

The first sip hit my palate with sweetness, which faded into the roast of the malt. The bitterness I tasted was only associated with the coffee and roast. I tasted very little coffee up front, but when the aftertaste settled in, it was pure coffee.

I am not sure whether intended the viscosity of this brew to be as thin as it is, but it did hold onto a bit of carbonation. It's not flat, but the carbonation is lame enough to let me experience the chocolate in a smooth fashion. No lacing has stuck to the glass this far, reaffirming the thinness of the beer.

Similar to the Creme Brulee, this is a 22 oz and done beer for me. It is so sweet and rich that it's good as a dessert beverage, but a night of drinking the Mokah would be a bit much for me. Plus, at 11% ABV this is a sipper, but that's OK since there is enough alcohol to feel the effects of a slowly nursed beer. Overall this was an after dinner treat that I would love to try on draft. I can't wait to pull more Southern Tier off the shelf.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this at the ACBF and thought it was great. Picked up a bottle at Capone's and thought I'd give it a real try and a review.

Appearance- Pours a pretty pitch shade of black with a very small amount of patchy brown head. Nothing to write home about, but not particularly bad looking either.

Smell- Lots of bitter coffee up front followed closely in second by dark chocolate. Smells like a bar of dark chocolate infused with espresso beans-not particularly surprising either given the blend of this beer! A very appetizing combination that reminded me very much of what I remembered about the flavor profile from the festival.

Taste- Not gonna lie, a bit of a letdown from my first impressions. Bitter coffee flavors overpower much of the dark chocolate that was present in the nose, leaving it only as a afterthought for me as the beer goes down the hatch along with some biting alcohol aftertaste. A much harsher and one sided blend of the two main flavors than I initially remembered from the festival. Is it possible that this would vary bottle to bottle or that this was a different batch? Not terrible by any means, but ended up tasting more like a weakened Jahva rather than the smoother mixture that I remembered.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty solid on this beer and it is thick and chewy, though quite sticky. Very much a dessert mouthfeel. Drinkability was not great for me as I found the flavor mixtures too harsh to drink a lot of this, along with the fact that it is a heavy, sweet, dessert beer. Glad my lady friend was around to split the bomber with.

Overall, not bad but a letdown from my first experience with the beer. Found this to come across as a fairly harsh blend the second time through and would prefer to have either the Jahva or the Choklat instead on its own as a result.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: Poured more brown than black...but settled into my tulip glass as expected...black. A nice light toffee colored head, that seemed to stand more than an inch tall, with pretty good lacing.

S: A strong mix of dark and milk chocolate...seriously, it's almost like smelling a chocolate milkshake from Ruby's...WOW! The coffee...or Jahva influence seems to be minimal on the overall aroma...but does add a somewhat nice complexity to the smell.

T: The coffee quality definitely takes over a bit more...with the initial taste being more coffee than chocolate. The sweet and bitter "Choklat" kick is more noticeable towards the middle and back end of the beer, which I think fits perfect.

M: Basically average for an Imperial Stout...full-body, a little harsh on the carbonation.

D: This is the third time I've had it...and I have to say, this beer grows more and more on me. Even at 11%, the alcohol is hidden pretty well and the flavor is rich.

Overall: Worse than Choklat, but better than Jahva. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Aenema
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep black with a tan, 1 finger head. Minimal lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee.
Taste - Lots of chocolate, transitioning to coffee and a lingering bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Rich, smooth and creamy with a full body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Very rich and filling. 3

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Southern Tier bomber, this time an apparent blend of Java and Chocolat stouts? After my experience with Creme Brule stout I was a little apprehensive but this turned out to be a successful experiment for ST.

The beer is Dark brown and opaque, just a hint of ruby-colored light gets through at the edges, relatively thin tan foam (several millimeters at most). The main aroma is chocolate, it smells like a chocolate shake. The taste is sweet, chocolate and malt, not much coffee to speak of but maybe in the slight bitter feel at the end of each sip. Too sweet to be sessionable, this is a dessert beer. The thick body adds to the impression of an alcoholic chocolate malt, really tasty and memorable. One is more than enough, the sweetness gets old before the bottle is empty.

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Photo of aewinte1
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pitch black, 1" tan head
S- Smells like a chocolate malt shake. Smell is dominated by a hersheys syrup type smell. Really cant detect much besides a hint of coffee and a ton of fudgey sweet chocolate
T- Chocolate malt in beer form. Coffee is somewhat subtle. Chocolate is not the typical bittersweet chocolate taste found in beers, but more of a sweet hersheys milk chocolate taste. Chocolate is rather cloying but unique.
M- Carbonation is so-so. No lacing to speak of
D- By the end the chocolate is completely overpowering. Alcohol isn't very strong or easily detected but I don't think I can handle another chocolate malt milk shake right now.
Overall, A super sweet chocolatey stout. Not necessarily for me, but something new and different. Was very good, but for a bomber it was pretty cloying sweetness by the end. Good in moderation, but can be somewhat overpowering.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rich, thick, syrupy black color that slowly builds a nice big mocha color head...how fitting. Pretty awesome lacing along the glass. Nice lookin brew.

S: Chocolate, lactose, milk, cocoa, molasses, raisins (chocolate covered), caramel, and coffee that gives it a bittering aroma.

T: Very chocolaty, very sweet and definitely lactose infused. Perhaps a little too sweet for me, almost tastes like a cold chocolate malt milkshake.

MF/D: Low carbonation, full body, long chocolaty finish.

A little overdone for me, beware of its richness. Something just didn't sit right and it made me (and my Dad) feel sick from the sweetness, but we will see next time I can grab one.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to jdmek9, my east coast beer supplier!

Black brew with a small tan head that faded quickly. Aromas are all chocolate milk, momentarily taking me back to my nesquick days. Flavors are huge chocolate and some unbelievably pronounced dark berries. The vanilla melds nicely with the chocolate, and a mint flavor pulls through with a bit of warmth. Wow...like mint chocolate chip ice cream! Viscuous mouthfeel. This is a really wonderful brew. One that deserves sipping with undivided attention, and maybe a brownie.

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Photo of jmalex
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some people think these imperial stouts from Southern Tier are just too much. Me? I can't get enough of 'em!

Pours a deep brown (not black) into my Duvel tulip. As the loose, tan head forms, the chocolate aromas are already hitting my nose. A closer nasal inspection yields equal parts chocolate, nutty coffee, and boozy alcohol. Yep, the perils of an 11% stout. By now, the head is down to a full cap of foam and going no lower.

The flavor yields more of the massive chocolate and coffee, but it's the latter that takes the forefront. A bit of a bready base beer comes through as well and is a welcome taste. The alcohol isn't nearly as prevalent though still a bit detectable. In the finish, the coffee continues to dominate and sticks around long afterward. For being so robust, there isn't a whole lot of complexity in this. It basically tastes like INGREDIENTS.

Meanwhile, the mouthfeel is massive thick as one would expect. It's fairly slick though a higher-than-low carbonation serves very well to lighten it up quite a bit, aiding in drinkability. That said, this will be an all-night sipper.

A fine choice though it may be my least favorite of the Blackwater stouts. I'd say if you like Jah-va, you'll like this one as well.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz brown pop top bomber with nice label with a ditty about the beer and a list of ingredients (I love it when breweries do this)

Appearance: Ultra dark brown near black beer with BARELY any light penetrating even the edges when held up to a lamp...a hard pour produces a medium dark cream head that fades to a thick film with pretty good retention

Smell: Straight up old-fashioned chocolate cream soda like my grandma always had around for us when we were kids...simple, odd, and nice...there's just the barest hint of coffee in the background

Taste: Quite a bit more roasted coffee present in the flavor than in the aroma...there's a nice balance of light cocoa and coffee, with more bittersweet chocolate coming through on the finish...this is not the chocolate cream soda bomb that it is on tap; it's more balanced, with a little more roasted bitterness in the finish...a touch of alcohol present as well

Mouthfeel: Thick, a touch hot and alcoholic, but not over-the-top by any means, especially at 11%abv

Drinkability: 1 bomber was perfect for dessert split between me and the wife

Conclusion: A different animal than on tap; I actually think I like the bottled version better...great dessert beer, served this one with dark Belgian chocolate with espresso beans

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Photo of EvilPumpkin
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. into a tulip glass

A: A very attractive incredibly dark brown, almost black. Dark tan head shows up for a moment but quickly escapes in my Bell's tulip glass. Little head leads to no lacing.

S: The smell catches me off guard with its mellowness. The last ST I had was the Crème Brulee which had a much stronger smell. The coffee and chocolate notes mix well but the chocolate is overall more noticeable. Slight hints of caramel, like chocolate sweetened with caramel.

T: The taste is also carried by the bittersweet chocolate. Initially the chocolate commands the taste but the coffee notes come in strong immediately afterwards followed by a noticeable sweetness. The 11% alcohol also makes an appearance with a lingering taste. The lingering taste is the bitterness of the chocolate, coffee and the alcohol. Overall the flavor is fuller and more pleasant up front than in the lingering notes.

M: When the beer first touches my lips I fell in love with the thickness of this brew. Silky yet with enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Great mouthfeel.

D: As with the last ST Blackwater Series Stout I had, the Crème Brulee, this beer demands to be had slowly, as the bitterness from the coffee and chocolate together can become too much when sips are spaced too close together. As with the Creme Brulee, large sips spaced well apart really lend well to the flavors of this beer.

I've been missing ST's Choklat since I first had it in New York a year and a half ago and the Mokah fulfilled my desire for some chocolaty goodness from Southern Tier. A very enjoyable beer.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.