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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 717
Hads: 2,175
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 229
Gots: 461 | FT: 10
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of 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)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A really rich dark brown color, almost black, but through the sunlight, you can see some light. A small head at first that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: Lots of dark coffee and dark chocolate scents hit the nose immediately. Becomes even more noticeable once it gets closer to room temperature.

T: Ample amounts of dark chocolate are the most predominant flavor. Some rich dark coffee beans are mixed in as well, but the chocolate is the most apparent.

M: A very robust and sweet taste is left lingering on the palate.

D: This is a great dessert beer. An 11% ABV makes this a long sipping beer. I could have two in a sitting but no more. (653 characters)

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bit of an opaque brown with a thin fluffy head with slight lacing.

S: Like I thought it would smell. Mixing Jahva and Choklat. You get that real sweet Hershey syrup smell battling with the coffee flavors of the Jahva.

T: Would be a 5 if the flavor was just a little bigger. It might work to this beers advantage that its not though...

M: Full bodied and slightly silky. A little bit of a hop presence and good carbonation add well to this beer.

D: Not too bad. Could definitely finish a bomber no problem. Would want it at the end of a session however. (570 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty excited about this one...

Poured into a snifter. Very dark brown almost black with a very thin off-white head. This ultimately becomes a white ring around the glass.

Smells brownie/cake batter, butter, sugar, dark chocolate and some sweet coffee. Its a very intensely sweet smelling beer. There is definitely some of the chocolate liquer smell coming out as well.

Tastes a lot like alcoholic brownie batter, not that its a bad thing...that is quite an accomplishment! Very sweet, chocolatey and dry from the alcohol content. Although, that 11% is very, very well hidden!

Their is nice creaminess to this beer that makes it super smooth drinking despite its strength.

I'm enjoying this one with a home made brownie, sipping away out of my snifter. Its not for the pint glass, that is for sure!

My only complaint would be the dominance of the chocolate and my desire for my coffee flavor. (899 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was waiting for this one to show up in the Commonwealth for a while, and I'm pleased to see it finally arrive

A: Stark black, though the head has some trouble forming - the beer was quite well chilled, which would play into that, though. A tiny hint of a collar remains around the glass.

S: Choklat had a scent that could remind of a Ghirardelli bar, but I don't notice that here... moreso, it's a Hershey chocolate syrup scent - used as a sweetener to a cup of coffee with plenty of cream and sugar.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and sweetened coffee. It comes across as about evenly mixed between the two. The coffee flavours are a little more intense, and the chocolate flavours do not particularly blend like a mocha. It's something more along the lines of a sweetened coffee and chocolate syrup as two separate entities, or layers in the same glass. For some reason, I feel a sense of deja vu in having written something similar before, but nothing would compare to this.

M + D: The big alcohol of both brews is hidden under the intense flavours. Very slow going, as it can become a little too intense if it is consumed in any sort of rush. The more it warms, the more the sensation of alcohol will be noticed. Big, thick, and syrupy, paired with a modest carbonation that suits the style. This one might be a little on the cloying side for my palate. Like the Creme Brulee, it is something I would probably enjoy much more in good company than alone. (1,460 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque darkness with full finger foamy dark tan head that fades slowly leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is aggressive and classic Tootsie Roll and rich gooey chocolate brownie. Full bodied, the mouth feel is heavy and creamy. A slight effervescence and tang from the 11% ABV on the tongue keeps things alive. Full flavored, sweet rich brownie chocolate taste that finishes with the coffee notes and with chalky malted Necco wafer texture. A really nice sipper. Recommended. (509 characters)

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

The beer was served very lightly chilled and allowed to hit room temperature before completion. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint Glass.

Appearance: The beer has a black body. The body of the beer shows ruby opaqueness to light. The head of the beer is the color of nugget. The head retention isnt good but what do I expect for an 11% beer.

Smell: This beer is a very sweet smelling combination of Jahva and Chocolat stout. The beer has a sweet malted milk ball aroma, vanilla, dark roasted malts, well roasted and toasted coffee. Would have liked a bit more coffee notes but this is really nice. Dam near perfect smell on the aroma.

Taste: The darkly roasted coffee malt tones I was craving ride down my throat. The chocolate notes run from the bitter sweet, fudge to malted milk ball. The alcohol is well incorporated in the beer. Major delivery on the aromas in terms of flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The mouthfeel is almost full bodied. I am like Mix-Alot I like em round and big. The carbonation is low but works well. Drinkabililty is really good. I couldnt believe how fast the beer left my glass. This is a dam near perfect effort. (1,156 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Whole Foods.

An unexpected ST tasting after hitting New Beer. Great way to start off the weekend. :) Poured into a generic tumbler.

The description stated a blend(listed ingredients for Jahva & Choklat match). The server couldn't quite put the two words "new" & "beer" together, but denied & assured us that is was not a "blend".

Color was a leathery black, with a thin, but frothy, dark tan head.

Well just from the smell, it seems unfamiliar. Chocolate dominates, but not like the Belgian chocolate found on Choklat. This smells like sugary milk chocolate, white sugar, cocoa mix, & lactose. A little similar to Nesquik. On the edges, just a twinge of coffee & grass. Good & soothing, but not complex or irresistible.

Taste is of grainy, sugary milk chocolate up front, with lots of smooth lactose. Clean caramel, it hints with grain past the middle, coffee just barely peaking through(no bitter roast or earthy/ground flavors, but so much less then expected), & ends on an obvious cascade note that works really well.

Feel is decent. Somewhat of an oat-y feel, with an overall hearty body. Carbonation is mild to strong, simulating a little acidity. The lack of alcohol I think is the most drastic thing here though. Like a Bailey's with ice, the alcohol buries itself in the overall sweetness. Choklat, as good as it is, just can't drink this easy.

Taste was almost irresistible. $16.99 for 64 ounces(plus glass)... err. Better then $9 for a bottle, but still something I just can't do much of. ...I remember when UnEarthly was $5.49. (1,558 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Catskeller - Cincy, OH

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Moderate frothy head, moderate lacing.

S: Strong cocoa and tootsie roll aromas.

T: Biter-sweet and roasty with flavors of cocoa and tootsie rolls. More chocolate than java. Slight burnt character in finish. A touch of heat.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and warm.

D: Quite tasty. Better than java or choklat. Yet, one glass is enough for satiation. (446 characters)

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

Appears black and murky with minimal head. Aroma is almost purely chocolate with a touch of alcohol. No discernable hops in aroma or taste.
Taste is overwhelmingly chocolate, as well. I can't say that I'm getting much, if any, coffee. There is the expected roastiness. The chocolate really lingers.
Mouthfeel is velvety thick.
While this is a very enjoyable beer, its strength and thickness make it a slow sipper. (413 characters)

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

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

Pours a deep ebony with chestnut/mahogany edges and a thin, one finger khaki head. Leaves some spotty lace along the sides.

Smell is of rich hershey's syrup and roasted coffee beans. Some mild fruit, but the focus here really is on the chocolate and the coffee. Very pleasing overall, definitely more chocolate dominant.

A big rush of rich, bittersweet Belgian chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. A pleasing bitter finish with a hint of cherry and plum and a touch of alcohol. A big robust flavor that really is balanced well. Choklat is almost too fudgey and thick, but the addition of Jahva really mellows it out a bit and rounds it out.

Full bodied and rich. A great pair with dessert. Velvety smooth with a bitter, dry finish and a long lingering chocolate flavor.

I split this with a couple friends and really wish I hoarded the whole bottle to myself. It was super easy to drink even at the high abv. (951 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Deep, dark brown color that closes in on being black with ruby hints around. Finger of slightly off-white head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate that became a bit sweeter in aroma as it warmed. A few roasted notes

T - Bitter chocolate at first; then coffee flavors come in and then back to a creamier milk chocolate flavor

M - A bit thinner than I expected given the look of the brew with some fairly lively carbonation

D - Good overall here as it was an interesting brew after dinner one night...hit the spot pretty well, but sharing this brew worked out best for me.

Overall, I actually prefer Jah-va and Choklat, indepedently, to this brew. That being said, it's still a pretty darn good brew. Worth checking out. (734 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with amber highlights when held to the light. A thin tan head settles to a ring of foam quickly.

S - Heavy chocolate and coffee. Almost reminds me of slightly burnt smores. The chocolate takes on a hershey's syrup aroma.

T - Sweet malt with rich chocolate slowly fade to slightly bitter coffee and deeply roasted malts the finish with a lingering sweet vanilla.

M - On the heavy side of medium with a mouth coating slickness.

D - ABV is well hidden. Makes for a nice after dinner sipper for dessert. (526 characters)

Photo of jsp2
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass is pitch black with a thick off white head that slowly subsides into lace. Strong aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and spices. Taste is intensely sweet malt followed by strong coffee and cocoa flavors, with an alcohol finishing presence. Carbonation is low and feels rich and milky. The alcohol makes it a sipper for sure.

According to the bottle it's a combination of Choklat and Java, and I think the sum is more than the parts, this really is an incredible combination of flavors and one of the most unusual and satisfying brews I've had. Well worth the price and this would make an incredible desert. (662 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a double walled tumbler

A - Deep black w/ a garnet acccent and 1 finger of light tan, the translucent clarity w/ a quickly settling tan that clings as a sheet to the glass and has an ultra fine bead.

S - Like chocolate milk - sweet and bitter aromas of belgian chocolate w/ a gentle hop accent but the chocolate overwhelms w/ both sweet and roasted notes

M - Creamy rich sweet and strong w/ alcohol warmth and bitter cocoa/hop finish w/ a high residual sweetness in the feel and mild fruitiness

T - Right of the bat the chocolate/vanilla taste and dark malt blend w/ subtle roast sweet coffee but the chocolate overtakes the jamaican blue's subtleties. Candy and cocoa lik a yoohoo w/ class. The taste is followed by a citrusy chinook/columbus combo and plum fruitiness stand up to support all the dessert like malt and chocolate saturated taste. The mix of dark malt citrus and alcohol lasts until the last sip.

D - Not the most drinkable but high on flavor a bit too sweet w/ less actual mocha taste - too little java taste. It is a real dessert, a rich beer best shared at 11%. I would probably prefer 10oz or less and would like it in cooler weather (1,241 characters)

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

Bomber bottle, pours darkest shades of brown, with some ruby hues shining through, the head is dark tan, better the average reteniona dn leaving some spotty stickage. Nose is boldly of the advertized coffee and chocolate. Thick on the tongue, bold on the flavors, high on the quality department. Loads of coffee and over the top chocolate notes. Tasty sipper. More fine brew from ST. World class dessert beer, IMHO. (415 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Almost black, brown pour. Small tan head that disappeared completely. Heavy dark chocolate, mocha and light roast malt and coffee aroma. Taste does match, quite a bit of chocolate and mocha with accenting roast malt and espresso. Medium, somewhat milky body, but just enough carbonation to keep it honest. Finishes like a mocha Starbucks drink. A little sweet, but not quite as overwhelmingly chocolate as the Choklat. A little better drinkability than the chocolate milk like Choklat. Still like the Java and Oat better though. (535 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sterling Neil St. Piccadilly just brought this is, a new bomber bottle offering from Southern Tier. When told it was in, I hesitated for I already had a few other items on the counter, but quickly acquiesced. So glad I did, for this is easily one of Southern Tier's best in my opinion.

Impenetrable black body with a nice tan head in the Duvel tulip, with lots of lacing adorning it. Rich, complex smells--lots of chocolate, Jamaican coffee, caramel--tremendous, and really carrying forward into the flavor. I cannot believe how good, smooth, and heavy the taste and texture are, especially with chocolate. The bittersweet Belgian chocolate and Jamaican roasted coffee ST advertises on it shine through and, more importantly, blend exceedingly well. It's chocolaty but not sugary sweet. It's as much dark as milk chocolate, with lots of coffee throughout. Incredible, like a liquid candy bar.

The mouthfeel, to me, is sublime--very smooth, creamy with a bit of bite from the chocolate and coffee. I'm in awe. For the very high ABV (11%), this is very accessible, though worth taking some time with it to savor its goodness. This is one I'll frequently revisit, one of the very best Southern Tier has created.

An outstanding achievement. (1,243 characters)

Photo of BarrelO
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Dark dark brown, not quite black. Anemic head quickly fades. No lacing to speak of.

S: Like chocolate. Specifically, like Choklat. Other reviews that have likened it to Tootsie Rolls are spot-on. I can't really pick out any coffee.

T: Pretty much all chocolate. Just the faintest hints of coffee in the background. Warming alcohol burn. It kind of dries out the mouth, but I'm not sure if that's from the alcohol or the coffee.

M: Much thinner than I expected it to be. No carbonation.

D: As far as I can tell, this is pretty much indistinguishable from Choklat. And the parts that are different are worse. I don't really see the point of this. (686 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle pored into large snifters, split with oglmcdgl cause there is no way I could finish this whole bottle.

A- Pitch black like a cold night and with a moderate pour a faint dark tan head popped up with some bubbles within. The tan head faded before my glass was handed to me leaving just a sea of blackness. It took a very hard swirl to bring it back momentarily. Not much lacing just a scattered line here and there.

S- Well this really smells like choklat if you ask me but there is a very faint scent of coffee is in there but it isnt that pleasant smelling, almost generic. Overall I will give this one a pass on smell because I am a lover of choklat and this is not far off. Big huge amounts of dark malts are within the smell as well. Getting some tootsie roll as well and some mild roast.

T- Okay, a little more of the javah does come out in the taste and does make this pleasant, but in no way do I think this is a 50/50 split between the two styles, as the Choklat reigns supreme. Any hops that were used in the brewing process had no chance of making a dent in the taste, in this case they kind of support the overly sweet taste. Big focus on the malts in the taste as well.

M- Thick and sweet. Mokah has the same feel as choklat and many others in the blackwater series, although I have not had Javah by itself though. This one is very sweet and not for the faint at heart. Not bitter in any way, in fact i will venture to say no bitterness just candy like sweetness.

D- As I get older, I find myself to drink less and less in the blackwater series because it's just too much. I love Southern tier's desert beers, but only in about 5oz samples in a sitting. As for Mokah, it's a great beer but in the future i'll just pick between the two base beers and share amongst friends. (1,807 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: black body with frothy milk chocolate river head.

S: Rich milk chocolate, almost all chocolate. Super sweet and perfect. Makes me think of hersheys milk chocolate syrup.

T: Almost all chokolat, a light roast from the jahva in the background at the end.

M: It leaves a dusty dry cocoa in my mouth. Very full body.

D: Served in a pint, I wish it was in imperial pint. (374 characters)

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

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, huge amounts of chocolate, and hints of coffee at the end. Really sweet smelling.
T: Really deep roasted malts underneath an enormously sweet chocolate and coffee flavor. I am wondering if they just brewed the choklat and the javah and mixed them because this is what it would probably taste like.
M: Very smooth, rich, heavy, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: I thought it was drinkable, but I like all the other really strong flavored Southern Tier Beers. I finished the bomber and was sad it was done. (671 characters)

Photo of dublife1
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. 3 finger head and smells like chocolate pudding for sure. Some roasted coffee notes coming through as well. Taste is great and feels like I am drinking dessert. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side and this is definitely not a super easy drinking beer. Great for dessert and I would def. try it again. (330 characters)

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