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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,812 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 169
Gots: 312 | FT: 12
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of CascadeConan
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I hadn't had an imperial in a long while so I decided to step it up a notch and I've been discovering plenty of east coast breweries that can throw down so I had no bicoastal qualms going with Southern Tier.

Poured from the tap into a tulip the beer looked like motor oil with thick brown head that never left.

The nose is heavily dominated by chocolate and just a bit of coffee if you give the glass a swirl.

After the first sip I set the glass down and had to think if the bartender was fucking with me or not. It was definitely an imperial, no ethanol taste but unmistakably warming. Heavy, viscous chocolate flavor and very slight coffee bitter but the knee-jerk flavor that came to mind was Tootsie Roll. A break to let it warm up a bit added a little depth to the coffee flavor but it still remained dominated by chocolate. If Willy Wonka and Milton Hershey decided to collaborate and brew one beer this would probably be their labor of love. Half way through my glass my head was swimming and all I could think about was all the Halloweens I'd had too many Tootsie Rolls resulting in sugar headaches.

This beer is an amazing imperial, a supposed 50-50 blend of Southern Tier's Blackwater Imperial Series Jahva and Choklat, it delivers the distinct qualities of chocolate and coffee in the body of a big bad ass imperial.

If this beer was a person it would be Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile when he played, wait for it, John Coffey. I would recommend splitting a bottle over dessert with 3 or 4 people.

CascadeConan, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of TK5150
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours dark brown with a large beige head.

S- Brownie batter and Hershey's syrup.

T- Hershey's syrup is the biggest flavor, followed by brownie batter and dark fruits (prunes, raisins).

M- Full bodied, and average carbonation.

D- This beer is so sweet, it is ridiculously hard to put down after more than a few sips. I'm glad I split a bottle with one of my buddies. There is no way I could drink a bottle by myself.

Overall, an interesting experience. I have never had a beer that resembles chocolate syrup as much as this. Not very complex at all...very focused on the flavors presented. Somewhat artificial tasting. It is hard to drink after 3-4 sips. Very reminiscent of a desert wine where you really like the first couple sips, but almost detest the rest of the glass due to the sweetness. A hard beer to rate because of this.

I am interested/nervous to try their choklat after having this.

TK5150, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Minkybut
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was really black and poured a really this disappointing head. The beer smelled and tasted like oatmeal and was of course chocolaty. I liked the beer and will buy it again. It was expensive. The little bitty head was tan colored.

Minkybut, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle picked up long ago in Olympia, WA.

Black and mostly dark brown color comes out, plenty of viscosity to this bad boy. Small lighter brown head on it, really tiny bubbles, inconsistent lace patchwork on the side of the glass. Aroma was a little more burnt malt and not enough coffee/espresso/mochawhatchacallit to cover up the substantial existence of alcohol booziness wafting up from the glass. But its good, but not great.

Taste, still plenty of heat. Cover up the heat, way too much acrid bitterness on this one. Mokah makes me think brown + cream, not burning acidity and bitterness. Smoov it out yo! The mocha notes are just not there. People should blend this with creme brulee if they don't like brulee's sweetness, because this one has none, and would benefit from more chocolate and sweetness. More coffee and lactose please.

I dunno about my score here. I was ultimately disappointed by a good beer. I think that stems from a few things:

1. The price. $10+ a bomber means you better be bad ass.
2. I know ST can and does make better stouts: See choklat/creme brulee. I dunno, maybe they thought those stouts big complaint was for being too sweet, so they decided to make this big and burly without the soft touches.
3. The coffee flavor was average at best.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Desaparecido
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Desaparecido, Nov 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

elkinbrown, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Noelito76, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

TheBishopco, Nov 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

david18, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Mr_Rocca, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Ewlew, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

mrbojangles31, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Boston_Steve
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Boston_Steve, May 23, 2013
Photo of otto251068
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

otto251068, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Whsrickqb12
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Whsrickqb12, May 13, 2014
Photo of kristougher
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

kristougher, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of SelMa86
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

SelMa86, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of coz
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

coz, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of RTrain12
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

RTrain12, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DOB 05/13/2011 printed on bottom of the bottle in yellow ink. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown with orangish brown hues at the edge of the glass. The head is almost non-existent, even with a strong pour. The slightest ring of tan foam shows up around the glass but it's paper thin and disappears pretty quickly. A few tiny wisps of lacing stick to the glass at first but that doesn't last either.

Sweet milk chocolate is extremely dominant and by far the most prominent aroma in the nose. There may be a bit of roast at first when the beer is chilled but as it warms the aromas is exclusively sweet milk chocolate. It can be almost sugary sweet at times, smelling of sticky chocolate syrup.

The taste follows along with the nose. I get almost zero coffee, maybe a bit on the back end but, again, it's pretty much all chocolate. It's very sweet, not cloying, but very sweet. There is a touch of bitterness at the finish, perhaps from some roasted malt.

The beer feels a bit thicker than it looked when it was poured but a not as thick as it should considering the amount of sweet, sticky chocolate in the taste. The smell gives the impression that it would be syrupy but it really isn't. The carbonation is just a bit higher for a stout this big so perhaps that helps.

Overall this is an ok beer. The sweetness isn't overwhelming but it does become a bit much over time. No real coffee flavor as the bottle says but plenty of the chocolate. This beer would benefit from a nice coffee flavor to balance out the sweetness.

ms11781, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Schade, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

sheltone60, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ChicagoNick, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of russwbeck
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pitch black pour with a nicely sized light brown head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

S: It blows my mind how much chocolate is in the smell. It's almost too much. Very sweet, not a lot of coffee.

T: I was expecting more balance here. But the thick, creamy, rich chocolate really over powers anything elthat tries to rear its
head.

MF: Very thick. Carbonation is low. No hint of alcohol.

O: Sort of a disappointment honestly. Wanted a bigger more balanced flavor. Probably wouldn't get it again.

russwbeck, Jun 28, 2011
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.