Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,154
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 221
Gots: 450 | 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 Givemebeer
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a beautiful khaki head that dissipates and very little lacing is left. Coffee is there but not overpowering. Creamy and too sweet for my liking. Still a good beer that I would probably buy again and drink on a cold night. (235 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: coffee-colored, viscous, agressive pour provides barely any head.

S: smells exactly like a Tootsie Roll, also dried cherries, hot chocolate

T: semi-sweet chocolate and Coffee Mate flavored coffee, finish is medicinal with a cough syrup and charcoal aftertaste

M: medium to full bodied, the alcohol burns on the finish.

O: too much candy and too little coffee. The cough syrup at the end was unpleasant. (409 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an intense syrup of coffee and chocolate. Pours a thick black with a finger of head. Nose of nothing of quick's chocolate. Palate is like a candy RIS with a rich sugar. Lean feel with body backed in sugar and non-fermentables. Not really something with an intense body to back the alcohol but sugar to high the broad somewhat aggressive abv. Warm but no palate abrasiveness due to the dulling carob cocoa. (405 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with a thin tan head that lingers just briefly before turning into a ring around the edge of the glass

S - Chocolate wow. Sweet and bitter chocolate, smells similar to hot chocolate

T - Chocolate is the mainstay in this brew. Sweet chocolate with a bitter finish could be bitter chocolate or the coffee. I dont really get to much in the way of coffee unless that bitterness at the end is due to it.

M - full bodied, milkshake like

D - At 11% and fairly syrupy idk that i could drink more than one 22oz bottle im on the second half of the bottle and its getting hard to drink (595 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle of this received as an extra from a generous trader awhile ago. I apologize for my lack of memory at this time...

Split this with a friend. Poured my allotment into a snifter. Poured black as sin, extremely viscous and thick. Capped off by a dark mocha head resting on top. Retention was fair, but it left little-to-no lace. Strong scents of booze, fresh coffee, and chocolate cake. Definitely one of the more sweet-smelling beers I've experienced.

Very creamy mouth on this full-bodied beer. This was a sipper for sure. Slight chewy feel at the back end. The booze quality was a bit on the strong side, unfortunately. Strong hot alcohol right away, but as I continue to sip, more of the sweet chocolate comes through. Finishes with a subtle vanilla creaminess that is pleasant. Aftertaste of roasted coffee.

This beer sure hit everything spot on. All of the expected flavors come through in one way or another. I'm glad I split it with a friend though, as I would have struggled to finish the bottle on my own as the "hotness" was a bit strong for me. Still, this would make a great dessert beer. (1,109 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of Southern Tier's Black Water Imperial Stout series. Presented in a 22 oz. bottle. Sipped slowly in a Hennepin snifter.

Pours jet black with a thick and foamy crown of khaki-colored head. Predominant aromas of cocoa powder, chocolate malts and vanilla.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Opens with layers of cocoa powder, choco milk and bittersweet, dark Belgian chocolate. Where's the coffee? Moves into suggestions of caramel malt and vanilla. Finishes with the faintest trace of roasted java.

At 11% ABV, Mokah isn't exactly sessionable, but...YAHOO!

Although I was anticipating more coffee flavor, Mokah provided an interesting and complex taste profile that has inspired me to taste Jahva and Choklat, the Southern Tier Imperial Stouts that were combined to produce this offering. (788 characters)

Photo of gatorbreath
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

really should be called the meal replacer...

black as night, chocolatey dark brown head, tall, some lacing, smell is chocolate and alcohol, almost scared me off from the nose, the taste is non stop chocolate/mocha and malt and heavy heavy chocolateyness on the palate on the back end...ridiculous..mouthfeel, heavy as F, overall, maybe 1 more ever...got lots of love for s. tier but this one is just too melted hershey bar in a glass for this cat

peas (453 characters)

Photo of BrahnSolo
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into Maudite snifter.

Dark brown body letting little light through. Nice thick light tan head that slowly dissipates.

Nose is light roast, rich coffee, creamy chocolate (Hershey's Syrup). Smells great.

Taste's exactly as it smells. At first its very sweet, but then the coffee takes over and battles back with a bitter aftertaste. Creamy and silky smooth, coffee, dark and sweet chocolates, caramel, and milk sugar dominate, slight hop kick midway through but it doesn't last long.

Very sticky mouthfeel. Fully coats the entire mouth and sticks around.

Goes down a little too easy at 11.2% ABV. Overall a good dessert beer, a little too sweet for my tastes, but it has it's place and time. Second go with this one and it has grown a little on me since the first time. (796 characters)

Photo of infi
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Transparent dark-brown pour with a tan, loosely-fit bubbled head, which quickly dissipates to a thin cap. Spotted lacing throughout the glass. Smell carries this predominant nutty essence, presumably from the Jamaican coffee and/or Belgian chocolate used in the process. Good amount of roastiness overall, but a huge malt foundation throughout. No hop resin bitterness found, probably vanishing with the time on shelf.

Taste has an apparent roasted coffee presence, but not really in a big way. Great deal of processed powdered milk chocolate on the taste too - doesn't taste authentic, sort of like a Nesquik/Ovaltine flavor. Good amount of sweetness overall though. Thin bitter astringency in the finish to end.

Mouthfeel is just about medium-bodied, but more so on the thin side. Not as substantial as I had hoped. Drinkability is fair and average. Could definitely use more drive in the flavor profile, notably in the "mocha" sense. Very, very muted in the coffee, milk, chocolate flavors. Personally, it's suffering from the 'Jahva syndrome,' with the beer not tasting like its intended name. (1,171 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den

Pours an inky black color, very viscous. A crop of tanned head fades out, leaving very little retention or lacing.

Explosive nose filled with chocolate syrup and cocoa powder. This literally smells like hot chocolate. Some notes of nuttiness and coffee are underneath with a faint flair of booze.

Plenty of roasted malts wrapped in chocolate sweetness. Cocoa powder and milk chocolate dominate the profile. Some hints of coffee beans, mocha, and nuttiness are in there, but very understated. Similar to the nose, this is close to chilled hot cocoa. Finishes sweet and warm.

Full body, mild carbonation, soft and smooth on the tongue. Big time flavor here, although it tends to be a little one note. If you like hot chocolate, this is it. (765 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appears very dark in the glass with two fingers of mocha colored head that had very good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is more on the chocolate than on the coffee side. Dark chocolate is complimented by some cream. Smells almost like ice cream. Alcohol is also detected. The flavor is more chocolate than coffee. I would of preferred it the other way. It has a chocolate milk quality. Slightly sweet with just a hint of coffee. Alcohol heat also plays a large part in the finish. A little too hot. Not a huge body but it is substantial and slightly chewy. Coats the mouth well. Carbonation is low and has a nice texture. I would like this much more if it featured coffee more and the alcohol toned down. (779 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice thick black with a decent king size head due to serving it a bit warmer than recommended. Has a slightly initial metallic smell along with sweetness and bitter coffee. Contrary to many other reviews, this really smells like coffee and tastes more like coffee to me than chocolate. A mild bitterness at the finish and a slightly oily mouthfeel. There is a definite difference between this and choklat to me. Alcohol seems well masked. Surprisingly, not too sweet. (475 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/12
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: Like Southern Tier's Jah-va, the presentation is disappointing. Ugly, drab brown in hue. A firm, hard pour yields a meager head that falls so fast that I can't even measure it.

S: Damn this smells good. Chocolate covered malted milk balls envelop my schnoz and won't let go.

T: Candied chocolate and sugar hit first. The coffee that once was prevalent is no longer, instead we've got this extremely sweet and chocolaty brew. As it warms though, a bit of coffee does comes to pass, and it really begins drinking like one of those bottled, milk based Starbucks coffees.

M: Not what I'd hoped for. It needs more viscosity. Too sharp. It feels unfinished.

O: Not as good as their Choklat, nor as bad as their Jah-va. This is right in the middle, and something that has aged pretty well. I wouldn't go out of my way to store this for long periods of time, but if you like more of a candied quality to your sweet stouts, this is a prime candidate.

A decent beer overall (fresh or cellared), though not one I feel the urge to return to often. Or ever, actually. Just a bit too sweet. (1,161 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sort-of a love hate with this one. Near-black with a thick, fluffy nearly white head. Dark, espresso-roast coffee bean and a dark chocolate scent. Mild alcohol scent.

Nice mocha taste. Good blend of cofee and dark chocolate...but a very noticeable alcohol warmth. The alcohol really overwhelms pretty much any other flavour.

Thick, stout mouthfeel but the big alcohol presence in the taste really destroy this. (412 characters)

Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date needed. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Very dark brown with ruby highlights and 1-finger head that disappears quickly and dies away with some scant lacing,

S: Heavy on the milk chocolat but more bitter, although the coffee contribution is lost here. Lots of roasted dark and black malts, too.

T: A disappointment with much more chocolate and very little coffee flavor. Milk chocolate flavors are met with some darker malt and little cofee bitterness. Maybe this should be mixed to a higher Javah fraction.

M: The mouthfeel is very good with full-bodied smoothness all around and a very long coffee-infused milk chocolate aftertaste.

D: Downgraded here because of the price and the let-down. I will try to progenitors and see if one or both of them surpass this combo-brew. Not bad by any means, but many better beers can be had at this price point. (963 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jah-Vah plus Choklat equals Mokah...at least in Southern Tier's beery little world. Poured on tap at Trivia Pub in moon, thanks god only a 10-12 oz pour. Tasty dessert beer that really hits you with the Hershey's sweet chocolate syrup with a touch of toffee. Pitch black pour with a deep toffee colored brown head, minimal scattered lace with the booze well hidden among the chocolate candy sweetness. Flavor is great but the roasted coffee beans were overshadowed by the layers of chocolate I already descrbed. I'm glad I tried this, mouthfeel was thick and syrupy with moderated slow bubbling carbonation pretty much chewy in nature. Drinkability overall is great in moderation, one of those beers that are great when you get a sweet tooth but not for my everyday imbibing. I had Choklat and JahVah in the past my heart lies with the Jahvah. (843 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,505 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber with a couple friends. Can't say I'm surprised that like ST's other big, dark beers, this is on the sweet and syrupy side. It's not as a over-the-edge as the Creme Brulee, but I might enjoy this more on a scoop of vanilla ice cream than solo. Why? Well the beer is dominated by an almost cloying cocoa, with very minimal mocha notes. I wouldn't have guessed it's a coffee beer really (OK, it's a blend of Jahva and Choklat), many stout get more java flavor from their roasted malts. That said, it's makes for a tasty dessert beer with more balanced malts (against the chocolate, not the hops) than the Choklat. For my money, I'd just get the Jahva. (663 characters)

Photo of sogrady
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reactions to this beer will be even more dependent on one's palate than normal, I think: it's a very, very sweet beer.

Too much so for me, I'll admit. It's not cloying, exactly, but the sweetness will be almost overpowering with those with tastes that run more towards the sour or bitter. For everyone else, this DIS will be quite the treat.

Complex, deep chocolate flavors accompanied by the promised mokah with a hint of dark cherry. Body is moderately carbonated with minimal head, and its sweetness aside, it's easy to drink. (533 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark ruby brown color where only the minimal level of light can pass. Beige head that is predictable for stout, leaving stringy lace while maintaining a thin layer of bubbles after settling completely.

The smell is all mocha--no false advertising here. It leans slightly to the cocoa side, like a freshly opened Hersey's Cocoa.

Lots of cocoa to the tongue from the initial sip to long after the swallow. Interestingly, there's no indication to the high level of alcohol present. Lowly carbonated, given this beer a thick oily mouthfeel. (544 characters)

Photo of NickHalden
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black in color as it is poured into a snifter glass with a quick dissolving head. Sniffing the beer reveals the smell of a chocolate tootsie roll pop with a feint hint of dark roast coffee. The taste is similar to the chocolate pop as well with a good balance of malts between the coffee and chocolate with some bitterness. It is similar to the Chocolate Imperial Stout they make with the addition of Coffee. Pretty good as a after dinner beer. (450 characters)

Photo of wd40
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can see how this is a well crafted beer, but I don't think it was quite for me. There is definitely a lot of chocolate to the smell, and a fair amount in the taste, but not enough coffee to balance it out. The taste is also a bit cloyingly sweet. It had pretty soft carbonation that I think was detrimental to this brew because a bit more carbonation might have helped lift some of the cloying sweetness off the tongue.

Anyway, it's well crafted and an interesting experiment, but not balanced very well for my tastes. I can tell that the base stout is good, but I don't like the overwhelming chocolate flavor. I think it tastes artificial and needs to be balanced out by something else. This is something of a general problem I have had with Southern Tier beers. They have a fantastic smell or at least a very intriguing one, but they also have an overwhelming sweetness that is too much. (893 characters)

Photo of far333
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crystal snifter. Pours black and opaque, resulting in an inch-high frothy, lumpy and dimpled head that lingers long and slowly recedes while leaving long legs of lace wrapping around the inside of the glass.

Low aroma of cocoa. Interesting mix of flavors of cocoa and smokiness, some notes of sharp espresso, but more cocoa than coffee. Hints of leather and toasted marshmallow. A subtle hop bitterness offsets the semi-sweet chocolate.

Full and rich mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but could use more balance and bitterness. Too similar to Choklat IMO. (567 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours jets black with no head at all. I poured it straight in to glass to get any kind of head but only got a little lacing around the glass.

Smell - tons of bakers chocolate some oakyness, vanilla and alcohol.

Taste - taste is similar to the smell. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate up front with enough vanilla to smooth out the bitterness of the burnt chocolate and coffee. Its got a good amount alcohol in the finish but the burnt chocolate sits around in the aftertaste. I'm a little disappointed because the mokah doesn't shine as much as I would have like. Its more bitter than sweet.

Overall it was good but not great southern tier brew I've had (658 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical molasses black, real weak quick fading what would be a foamy tan head, a few carbonation bubbles cascading.

S - Very strong aroma...can smell it when the glass is sitting on the table. Very well balanced coffee and chocolate flavors with a solid roasted malt backbone. Also a pretty good alcohol aroma in the background.

T - Was hoping the flavor would be a strong as the aroma but it's not quite there. More on the chocolate side than the coffee up front. The alcohol heat and flavor butts in about halfway through each sip but doesn't ruin the palate. Finishes with a coffee bitterness and just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate.

M/D - A thinner body than I would have expected for this style but it is nicely carbonated. Finishes neutral from the bittering coffee and chocolate sweetness. Alcohol is present but not in a completely bad way, but it's 11% ABV so I can't really complain. Drinkability is average because of the balance of flavors but nothing spectacular that leaves me wanting more.

Was hoping for a little more but this beer is a superior candidate for bourbon or whiskey barrel aging, IMO (1,120 characters)

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