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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 727
Hads: 2,208
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 232
Gots: 474 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of nriech
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seriously, this is a dessert beer. I thought a big bold dark beer would go nicely with my BBQ but was waaaay off.

This beer has a sweet smell of chocolate and coffee. Nice creamy head.

The chocolate and coffee flavors are well balanced, just that its like drinking cake. I think had I planned this a little better it would have been a better experience but Im judging my scores based off the actual flavors. I would have liked a little more coffee than chocolate but I guess this is less common of a desire.

Alcohol is nicely hidden, not a hint of it.

Again, a great brew for dessert on its own.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After trying the Chokolat, I had no qualms about picking this one. Just as succulant, irresistable, and delecident as the ultimate chocolate beer that preceeds this version. Blended with the coffee-ee goodness of Jav-ha, and the richness, depth, and boldness is taken up a knotch. Light espresso notes are the perfect companion to the chocolate character. Where the Chokolat is more chocolatey, this beer gives more complexity and depth. An absolutely outstanding taste. Heavy textured with very little carbonation makes the beer heavy on the palate and becomes a bit lifeless in the end. Some would call this a good desert beer; I say it is the desert all into itself.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As impressed as I was with the creme brulee, I think this one tops it! It immediately reminded me of tiramisu and coffee after a good meal. What a dessert beer!

The body is a dark black-brown with deep mahogany highlights at the base of the glass and just under the creamy head along the rim of the glass. The creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves nice splatters and spots of lacing behind.

Caramel, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, and coffee greet you in the nose. It's a bit sweetish to be sure, and that carries over into the flavor...

..where coffee appears first, followed by some alcohol (it's reminiscent of Kahlua) and then notes of chocolate, vanilla, cream, caramel, nuts and coffee. A solid bitterness backs it, and in conjunction with the dark malt acidity and a hint of grassy hops, they lead it to a focused, less-sweet finish. The depth of flavor is stunning, and only the note of alcohol holds it back from being exceptional. As you progress through the glass your palate will single out certain flavors at certain times, but I find it always seems to end with a kind of roasted, almost smokey, coffee note.

Really nice! A stunning dessert beer!

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Photo of UA8
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger tan head.

S- Belgian chocolate, espresso beans, and sweet toffee malts. Smells a bit like a tootsie roll.

T- Sweet toffee malts, big semi sweet chocolate notes, a hint of dark roasted coffee and, some sweet dark fruits. Quite nice though I would say the blend leans heavily towards chokolat.

M- Medium to high viscosity with a medium carbonation (I would have like to see it a bit lower).

D- this stuff is some sweet sippin nectar I'm greatly enjoying just slowly rolling through this bottle on this father's day afternoon.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown, with a finger and a half of tan head that subsides fairly quickly to a thin layer. Blankets of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Well, alcohol and chocolate. Not really getting much of a coffee note.

Taste: Wow, this is sweet. Lots of intense chocolate flavors, and the chocolate lingers on the tongue for quite awhile. There's a slight hoppy bitterness there as well, but it's necessary to offset the sweetness. I'm not really getting much coffee flavor at all. Almost seems like there's some oak in there as well, but I could just be confusing that with the hops. Not as sweet as Choklat, but almost there. As it warmed, I got a little bit of a coffee bitterness, but very little coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and creamy, but prickly carbonation - almost a little bit too much. Almost.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper, because it's so sweet, rich, and thick. I really didn't get any coffee flavor out of this - to me, this tasted like a watered-down version of Choklat, but just a rich and sweet (if that makes sense). It's definitely best to split the bomber - almost impossible to finish one of these by yourself.

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

On tap at Als in Enola.

Poured without a head into a pint. Color is black and No lacing at all.

Smell and taste are spot on with the name of mokah. Strong alcohol taste is present but hard to believe it's 11%.

Easy drinking and enjoyable but way over the top with the chocolate coffee taste.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this one at Charleston Beer Exchange last week for $9 a bomber. I've had Choklat and Jah-va in the past, and I was excited to try this blend. The bottle pours a deep, dark, ultra-brown color with a tiny ring of head. As far as appearances go, this looks more like a really dark brown ale than an imposing imperial stout. The aroma brings back memories of Choklat with its dominating, heavy, candybar, chocolate character. I don't detect the Jah-va in the aroma. The taste backs up the aroma. It's definitely sweet chocolate up front, and it then turns a bit drier in the finish. The change in the finish might be the Jah-va trying to come through, but it's hard to detect. The yummy chocolate flavor totally dominates in this brew. I'd like to say that the coffee flavor is a solid back-up to the chocolate, but it's very hard to find here. This doesn't surprise me since Choklat is probably the "most-all-around chocolaty" beer I've ever encountered, while Jah-va was only mildly coffee flavored. Do I like this beer? Yes...but, this beer is all about the Choklat portion of the blend, and it seems the Jah-va got lost somewhere along the way. It's too bad ST couldn't squeeze a stronger coffee character into this brew. Whatever the case, this is still a good brew and one that is probably most appropriate as a dessert.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJs Everyday

A-Pours a dark opaque brown with ruby highlights with a thin tan head and very good lacing.

S-Sweet chocolate syrup is the main aroma with espresso notes in the background.

T-Very sweet chocolate syrup in the front with roasted malt and a mild hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, rich and coating.

D-Yes, delicious and rich. A great nightcap beer.


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Photo of lackenhauser
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep black in color. Not much head to speak of. Muted aroma of coffee and chocolate-somewhat sweetish smelling-almost a caramel/vanilla highlite. Just a great big chocolate flavor upfront though it doesnt blow you away. Well balanced against a very mild coffe flavor. Great lingering sweetness of vanilla and cream. Some roastedness to it. Great body-velvety smooth. Just a great beer flavor and drinkability wise. Not as sweet as some of the beers that are similar to this. great job.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mokah, A Stout Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee. "Imperial" Mokah.

Jamaican coffee, Belgian chocolate, caramel, chocolate & black malts...11%? We're in for some fun.

Aroma is all chocolate, coffee below, hops muted....appearance, utter darkness, rich, roasted brown head....that aroma is to kill for though...so, rich, bittersweet, ...is it my birthday already?

Taste:Insane! Everything I try from these guys goes further and further. Jahva, and Oat, and Choklat...these can be pushed further and made deeper, richer, fuller and more expressive in flavor? Damn right.
Bittersweet, coffee mingled with rich cocoa flavor...liquefied chocolate frosting.

Holy macaroni, this is great stuff. Full-bodied, long, luxurious finish. Damnably delicious. Pretty amazing, never quite tasted quite this much genuine chocolate flavor in a stout. Intense, decadent, almost indecent.
Yum, mmm!

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven CT.

Served in an Ommegang flute glass. Black with no head other than a crescent tan rim.

Phenominal dark chocolate aroma.

Flavor follows aroma and is all about well-balanced chocolate. Other than a touch of roasted finish, this one is all about chocolate.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, jenny street market

appearance: served in a snifter, dark inky body with a light tan ring...very dark garnet highlights

smell: big roasty nose, black coffee, dry chocolate, burnt espresso beans

taste: this is some sort of a mix of jahva and choklat...very strong rush of roasted goodness - coffee, current of creamy chocolate, biting bitterness level. i like this but i think i prefer the originals

mouthfeel: high bitterness, strong alcohol - a little rough around the edges to be honest

drinkability: wish it was easier - way too boozy, too rich and sweet. not impressive

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Photo of ReynardenBrew
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I was expecting over-the-top chocolate in a too-alcoholic imperial stout. Boy was I wrong! This stout definitely packs a wallop at 11%, but it does not overwhelm. Nor does the chocolate. The flavor is upfront and definitely present, but it is still extremely drinkable. Save this one as a stand-alone or as a dessert complement.

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Photo of beergirlblog
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, like the Night Stalker, is black on the pour, it has a tan foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. It smells, again, like really sweet chocolate, with undertones of coffee, but the smell is primarily chocolate. In my notes, I wrote chocolate about 10 times.
Chocolate was also my only note in the taste section. In addition to the descriptors dark, melted, yummy, creamy, thick. There wasn't much of a coffee taste, it came across as a starbucks-style mocha rather than something better quality. The flavors definitely weren't as complex or balanced as in the night stalker, but the chocolate was so delicious that it didn't matter too much.
In the mouth, again, chocolate, smooth and sweet all the way. It IS the perfect thickness for the flavor profile. Can't drink it fast, but it's pretty delicious as a rich indulgence.

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Photo of wnh
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours deep, opaque black with just a hint of chocolately brown highlights. One finger of foamy head, light tan, that dissipates rather quickly. I expected a deeper, richer head color, and much more retention.

Nose is straight up Hershey's Syrup, at least what I remember of it--I imagine side by side this would be infinitely more rich and delicious. Roasted coffee beans are underneath, but I've got to dig to find them. Coffee aromas open up as the glass warms, which helps temper the intense chocolate, but they're still awfully hidden for what's billed as a coffee/chocolate stout.

The taste offers more true chocolate than the nose conveys, more in the way of a well-made dark chocolate bar than the Hershey's Syrup. As the intensity of the chocolate fades, I start to get more of a rich chocolate milk impression. I'm having a difficult time, however, picking up any coffee notes, but there is a slight bitterness to the finish. My score of 4.0 here is both a knock on the overall lack of coffee flavor in a "mocha" beer as well as a boost for the incredible chocolatiness of it. As I drink more, I begin to note the balance of this beer; although the bitterness isn't manifested in the coffee bean form I was expecting, there's enough on the tail end to temper the sweet chocolate and keep things in check.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, like chocolate milk. Mouth-coating, but not to the extent that the flavors linger excessively, which may actually be a good thing. This could very easily have been a sickeningly thick beer, and that would have fit the flavor profile, but I've got to give the brewers credit for not making it so. Too far in either direction and the overall experience would have taken quite a hit, but they seem to have nailed it.

Definitely something to be sipped relatively slowly, but not as revoltingly sweet as it easily could have been. The balance makes it quite drinkable, though the richness will easily prevent me from wanting another any time soon.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle appropriately served in my ST tulip at the recommended 48 degrees. Poured the color of cola with a half inch khaki-colored head; frothy, but not dense. Cap eventually recedes into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass; some slashes and spots of lacing are revealed as the brew is consumed. Great nose - chocolate, coffee, dark fruity esters and caramel. Chocolate takes the forefront in the flavor department, albeit it comes off a little chalky. Some acidity is revealed towards the back. Not getting much of the coffee and caramel in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side for the style; really just shy of medium-bodied, but lacking the viscosity or chewiness of an American Double IS. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden on this one; just a feint suggestion of heat at the very back of the throat. As such, this brew goes down pretty easy. IMO, not as good as Jahva, but better than Choklat. Nonetheless, a solid big beer from ST.

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

Bottle. Pours black with hardly any head. Aroma of a brownie sundae--rich chocolate fudge, Hershey's syrup, and even some peanut butter chocolate notes. Better aroma than Choklat? I think so! Flavor is chock full of peanut butter chocolate and rich chocolatey malt. Definitely more like Choklat than Jahva. The weakness in this beer is its palate--this is a rich, sweet, and somewhat cloying beer. A pint is fairly drinkable, but I wouldn't combat more than that. Alcohol isn't present in the flavor, but this does start to get to you after a bit! Very tasty! Better than the last Choklat I had for sure.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was seriously amazing. As a big fan of most things that boast imperial and coffee, from the first sip until the last, I was in love with this beer. I think it is terribly under rated, especially because i had a Yeti afterward and felt the Southern Tier was the clear victor. Try this beer if you lov imperial coffee stouts. Dont try it if you dont...

To make my usual musical references, think of this as blue grass legend Earl Scruggs. It may be one of the very best of the genre, but I readily admit, it is not for everyone.

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

It was served with a finger of mocha-brown head with good retention. The nose was like an Arby's Jamocha milkshake - heavy on the chocolate, underlain with coffee. The color was a Stygian black. The mouthfeel was thick, full, and chewy. It really was like a milkshake, but a quality one, not one of those watery messes that they foist on us now. Lots and lots of dark, rich chocolate on the tongue. Man, I hovered on the brink of diabetes with each sip. The finish was equally intensely sweet. As a hophead, this would not normally be my first choice, but in this case, it was a rare opportunity on draft.

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Photo of jrnold
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: black with a thick tan foamy head. The head took its time dissipating but left lacing and a thin cover.
S: There is chocolate and coffee, but it is definitely the chocolate that comes through the most. The smell is amazing.
T: Again the chocolate comes in up front. A little burnt malt and coffee, and even a hint of vanilla and cream. There is some warming alcohol as would be expected from its ABV, and a dry finish.
M: Thick and creamy.
D: This is dessert reincarnated as a beer. I would drink these all day if it weren't for the ABV.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous black body and a frothy tan head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation leaving a dark sticky lacing as the head resides but remains faint throughout the beer.

Wow, the aroma is leaping from the glass featuring tons of dark malts such as chocolate & caramel with other coffee aromas, and more sweet chocolate. This smells amazing!

HOLY S**T! Desert anyone? An impressive flavor of dark, sweet, chocolate, coffee, and just a touch of hop bitterness towards the back of the palate, all in a harmonious blend with the roasted malt to develop a pleasant warming feeling at the finish.

Medium carbonation with a thick, chewy body, and delightful flavor variety with just a slight alcohol kick to finish.

In terms of flavor, this beer is second to few. It is absolutely delicious, with the only downside being that it is a touch syrupy which keeps the drinkability in check. Likely a good thing, otherwise I would breeze through this bomber way too quickly. This is an amazing beer though. A must try if you like the style (and even if you don't). Have it after dinner on a cool night and relax.

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Photo of rye726
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours quite dark with hints of rusted mahogany. Tan head thins rather quickly. Delcious nose has rich fudge, coffee, fruity malts, bitter molasses and subtle hops. Taste is also powered by the chocolate but perfectly balanced by the bitter coffee flavors and black molasses. More big malts, a tinge of booze and quiet hops through the finish. Thick, creamy body, but the carbonation was a bit rough. This 22oz bottle drank way too easy for 11%.

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

Bottle from Root Cellar.

Poured a dark clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing.
Moderate to heavy roasted cpffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma.
Heavy chocolate sweet coffee flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration.
Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

This is a standout beer.

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

22oz bottle picked up at merchant's fine wine in dearborn yesterday. sampled june 7/09.

pours black and nearly fairly opaque, but you can tell that it's crystal clear during the pour. a small very dense brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving tons of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. rich dark and milk chocolate. alcohol. wheat bread. biscuit. touch of cracker. caramel and toffee. so far it's very reminiscent of choklat and i'm not getting a whole lot of coffee character.

taste is good. milk and dark chocolate. bit of espresso and coffee. big warming alcohol. lightly toasted wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. touch of caramel. anise. bit of roast. seems a bit like a diluted version of the choklat - a little thinner, not as much depth and complexity to the chocolate - yet with at least as much alcohol as that one held.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body, a bit thinner than i'd like. nice silky smooth medium carbonation.

drinkability is nice. as mentioned above, the alcohol is very present in this one, warming every part of your mouth on the sip and spreading through the rest of your chest following. i think this, like the gemini, just isn't as good as the beers that went into it. still, it's got some pretty big shoes to fill and remains darn tasty anyway.

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

22 oz bottle, big thanks to Jenn for sharing!

Pours a deep dark black, very oily looking, thick tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer and ring around the glass, disappears rather fast, some lace spots, looks good. Smell is neat, really intense, like chocolate covered banana bread, biscuity, chocolate, coffee roast, lots of caramel, touch of vanilla, raisins and dark fruit, milky, pretty nice. Taste is nice, like chocolate milk, really rich, light coffee roast but not as intense as the aroma, some banana and fruitiness, strawberries, some alcohol, caramel and brown sugar, lightly toasty, pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth, some warmth from the alcohol, pretty nice stuff. Thanks Jenn!

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.