Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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714 Reviews
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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,155
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 5.78%
Wants: 222
Gots: 449 | 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 beergirlblog
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of wnh
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (2,027 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of jrnold
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.69/5  rDev +13%
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%. (444 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,295 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (756 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet, chocolate scent that's right in line with the style. The taste is great! It has a smooth chocolate flavor with a nice complimentary coffee taste. This is a damn nice dessert beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's a bit on the sweeter side, but I'm a huge fan. (463 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a deep black with only a bit of highlights when backlit, the tan head recedes to a thin sheet. the aroma is right on with the chocolate right up front and the coffee hiding in the back with the roasted malt. the taste delivers the chocolate with surprising results, the bit of hop bitterness really sets off the sweetness. the full body and good co2 really make this far too drinkable to for an eleven percenter. (428 characters)

Photo of Wheelinb
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Stable. I am strange. I do not like chocolate nor coffee but I like things that taste like both, and this is on of them.

Rich dark color but not much head. Great aroma coming of this one. Very chocolaty smell and something slightly fruity. Could catch a whiff of malt as well. Immediately tasted big chocolate flavors and a little coffee. Was there a little cherry taste in their too? It's not overly sweet which is a plus in my book. It also had more body than I thought it would, which is also a plus. Nicely done but as rich as it is it would be hard to drink more than one at a session. I will seek this beer out again. (648 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other night.

The beer pours a dark blackish brown color with minimal head retention and lacing. Frankly, this beer doesn't look all that impressive. However, looks can often be deceiving in these high gravity beers.

The nose on this beer is gorgeous, with a lovely aroma of milk chocolate, cherry and coffee. This beer smells terrific, and happily, the flavors on the palate pretty much completely replicate the nose. Chocolate lovers will be happy with this beer, no doubt about that. Mouthfeel is full, rich, smooth and mouthcoating, with a very long finish. Drinkability is not this beer's strong suit, though it's not too bad for an ST 11% beer. Initially I didn't detect a lot of alcohol, but as I went along it became more and more prevalent and noticeable. Nevertheless, I had little trouble drinking a pint of this excellent beer, and would rate it as one of the better efforts I've seen from ST of late.

I still wonder about the appearance of this beer, and wonder if the bar was getting near the end of the keg. However, it certainly tasted as if it were fine (and relatively fresh), so who knows. However, will revisit this beer soon and see if it appears the same as it did last night at the Bench. I may need to revise my appearance score. (1,287 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mokah pours a dark chocolate brown color. It's not quite opaque. A little light cuts through and reveals garnet highlights at the edges. A light tan head caps it off and only rises to about a finger. It fell quickly and left light, sticky lacing on the glass. Not too shocking for an 11% beer.

The nose is good, but not quite what I'd hoped. It is very reminiscent of Choklat and is very heavy on chocolate malt. It has a sweet, Hershey's chocolate-like scent. There's no questioning the delicious smell of that aspect. It's excellent. As far as coffee goes, that element is clearly present, but doesn't smell as prominent as I had hoped. A little vanilla and brown sugar are noted at the secondary level. Alcohol is masked extremely well and is not noted at all. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine smelling beer. But, I'd like a little more coffee presence.

The flavor is better. How much? I don't know yet. Close call. The Choklat aspect is again easily recognizable. Chocolate malts are sweet and have a really nice milk chocolate flavor. Choklat is such a unique beer and its impact here is not lost on me. Coffee is more prominent in flavor and the flavor is a little better as a result. I'm unsure of the proportion of Choklat/Jahva that was utilized here, but I'm still guessing it's more Choklat than Jahva. It certainly tastes more Choklat to me. That's far from bad news. Brown sugar and vanilla are noted and complement the other flavors well. The x-factor here is the bitter hop flavor that emerges late. That's enough to trigger a score bump for me. Once again, alcohol seems lost in the mix and goes unnoticed. It finishes a little sweet and bitter. This is good stuff. Let there be no doubt.

The body feels slightly thick and smooth. Carbonation is light and really helps it attain an impressive, creamy feel. Drinkability is good, but is a little limited by the high abv. Yeah, I'll finish the bomber, but this is a big time beer. It's a little deceptive, but still big. It is very good, but not quite good enough to overcome that.

There really wasn't any question that Mokah would be impressive beer. I mean, how can one go wrong with a mix of Choklat and Jahva? The only question (for me) was, how impressive will it be? That's a tough call. It's extremely good beer, but it falls just a little short of both. But, not by much at all. The coffee aspect is notable here, but isn't all that strong. Non-coffee folks shouldn't be intimidated by this one. If it were a little stronger, it might improve a little overall. Who knows? Maybe not. Having said that, it's still great beer with a lot of great flavor. I like it a lot. The hoppy twist on the flavor is really nice and appealing. I have no reservation recommending this one. It's another gem in Southern Tier's Black Water Series. (2,803 characters)

Photo of mcsquint
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into small tulip glass:
A - Opaque black with dark tan head. Head lingers for quite some time.
S - Chocolate, espresso, vanilla,alcohol.
T - Unbelieveable. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee upfront followed by slight vanilla, then warming alcohol.
M - Full and thick. More like an aperatif than what is normally considered 'beer'.
D - I split this bottle with a friend and we both agreed that this would be incredible with a nice dessert such as tiramisu or rich chocolate cake. Definitely not a 'lawnmower' beer. Like all of the other Southern Tier products, this is worth a try. (604 characters)

Photo of beerorRIP
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the office: poured into a delerium tulip, yields a tan two finger head that hangs around. not much lacing noticed throughout. the body is a nice obsidian black, with no light passing through. filtered? who knows.

wow this thing smells awesome! right away chocolate. vanilla. coffee. some roasted malt. alcohol. it all blends to a really nice aroma. i kept on simply smelling this thing in the tulip throughout (which had some barflies wondering what i was doing).

the taste matches the aroma. man, it's sweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of roasty, with an underlying vanilla and sweet cream taste. there is some alcohol taste in there, but it's easily overpowered by all these other guys. no bitterness here really, but it works for what they were aiming for.

full bodied and thick. again, this is good for the flavor profile. i'd not like it to be thin, it would seem really strange.

this is a very very sweet bomb of a brew. don't ask how, but i did have two in one sitting. and i was rather goofy feeling afterwards. like a kid who had too many milkshakes. one should have been enough, but i wanted to catch that aroma and flavor again. (1,153 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, thin edges, no head.

Choklat nose, ie that Tootsie roll stench, slight bit of roasted coffee beans, but mostly sweet artificial chocolate smell.

Coffee comes out a bit more in the taste, I get an herbal almost minty coffee bean character on the finish. Front end is mostly sweet chocolate . Nice mix of flavors here although the chocolate flavor is very Hershey's syrup-like and seems artificial.

Feels fairly light for how big this beer is, just a little bit slick. In my mind this one is better than the Choklat, as far as drinkability, but probably still best consumed with vanilla ice cream and a spoon. (617 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

Black color with a khaki head that thinned to a layer leaving a few spots of lacing.
Sweet chocolatey smell with hints of french vanilla and roasted malts.
Chocolate taste is done right, not too sweet with a good roasted malt background.
Full bodied and creamy smooth.
A very nice treat. (321 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with some translucency around the edges. I can tell on the pour that this beer suffers from the fate of all recently released Southern Tier beers. They are all thinner than the first releases.
Smell is some roasted coffee, a little chocolate and a good amount of creme brulee. Wasn't really expecting that much vanilla, but it's there. And it's even more prevalent in the taste. Just enough chocolate and a small amount of coffee to reel it in. Much easier to drink and quite enjoyable. This isn't cloying or tiring to drink. There's no sign of the alcohol at all. Decent beer. (598 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a small tight light brown head that quickly settles into a light ring. The aroma is very similar to the Choklat; brownie batter all around, nice chocolate aroma, some alcohol vapors in the end. Nice sweet and bitter chocolate flavor up front, not as sweet as the Choklat. Noticable roasted coffee flavors are present but clearly take a backseat to the chocolate. There is a bit of a metallic taste to it and a fusel alcohol presense. The body is thick and chewy but with prickly carbonation; finishes mostly sweet with some roasted bitterness. The alcohol presense is pretty raw, could use some aging. An "Irish Twin" to the Choklat as they are not that far apart. The brew could be a bit smoother and the ABV needs to mellow. Once that happens, this is one good brew; more balanced than the Choklat. (830 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this at Binny's in Buffalo Grove for around $8. I really enjoyed the original Choklat (not this years though) and OAT. Jahva and Crème Brulee, not so much. They were good but too sweet. I'm hoping this is more like the latter two. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a small half finger medium tan head that recedes fairly slowly. A decent cap and collar is left but not much lacing remains.
Smell- Well the nose is definitely more on the side of Choklat than Jahva as the sweet milky chocolate just bursts out of the glass. Sweet and caramely that is nice and rich (this coming from the nose). Really no sort of roasted malts come through at all as the chocolate blocks it out. I get nothing that smells like coffee. A light bit of hoppy citrus is detectable though, especially while cold.
Taste- Starts slightly bitter with a sharp kick of roasted and charred malts. The coffee is more on the side of overly roasted and extremely concentrated which makes it surprisingly bitter. The chocolate is sort of rich and smooth and tastes a lot like Hershey's Syrup. Some caramel and alcohol are present as all 11% shows a bit too much. Like the Jahva I think maybe there's more caramel than coffee but this seems to work better.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich and creamy and although the brew is velvety smooth there is this sort of roasted gritty under feel. The alcohol is very warm as well.
Drinkability- Overall not bad. Its certainty not as good Choklat or OAT but it's a bit better than Jahva and Crème Brulee (especially the later). Southern Tier defintily gets creative with these beers and they are a fun novelty. Definitely worth the try. (1,706 characters)

Photo of damienblack
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mokah pours just like a good Imperial Stout, super thick and hearty. Not much in the way of livelyness or carbonation, though. Smell is absolutely fantastic. Just like Hershey's chocolate syrup, and that is also exactly what it tastes like. Sweet Hershey's syrup. It has a bit of slightly bitter kick at the end that goes away as it warms. I found that the Javah tempers the bitterness of the chocolate from Choklat, it tastes more milk chocolate than semi-sweet. Definitely makes for a far more enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel again is a little dead, I know this is the kind of beer that works with less carbonation, just lacks that "killer instinct" zing to it. Amazingly drinkable though, the perfect desert beer (and a damn good regular beer too, if you really like chocolate). Now, I was really underwhelmed by Javah, and thought Choklat was just a pretty good beer. This one is definitely more than the sum of its parts. (920 characters)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.