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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 1359
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Martin2D

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a tan head that fades and laces lightly

S - Swiss Miss of Choklat plus a little hint of coffee

T - Huge chocolate forefront met with a nice coffee backbone that provides roastiness and a little bitteness.

M - Medium-heavy in carbonation and full in body. Creamy mouthfeel, but a little too much carbonation for me.

D - This is so delicious it that 11% ABV doesn't mean anything with how delicious this was. Extremely drinkable. One of my favorite American Doubles.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 02:42:15 | More by Martin2D
Photo of weeare138


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, opaque near-black with a thick head of tan fluff that doesn't want to yield. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge cocoa blasts up front, followed by some roasted java beans, and a hint of toasted nuts, and vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a balance between the Choklat, and Jahva melded into an actual Mocha Stout.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, some roasty bitterness pulling through but enough sweetness and hoppy punch to keep it interesting.
Nice idea. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 19:37:03 | More by weeare138
Photo of naterock


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured pitch black into a pint glass. Medium Brown head with no lacing. Black as night.

Smells like hershey's syrup with some coffee mixed in. Some bready malts in the background.

Tastes very rich, Hershey's syrup. Not so much coffee as chocolate but there is a slight hint of coffee in the background with the alcohol. Burns like Brandy on the first sip.

Mouth is thick and viscous, any thicker and it would have chunks. Drinks slow but is a damn fine treat from Southern Tier. Damn you Kevin for making me finish this alone!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:26:39 | More by naterock
Photo of skrib09


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a rich dark brown, very dark, almost black. thick dark tan head formed.

smell is a sweet chocolate with hints of coffee. malt notes come through and pair with the chocolate well.

taste is chocolate and coffee bomb. the alcohol comes through along with some bread flavors as well.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. the flavors of the chocolate pair with the feel to make it creamy.

good drinkability, even for an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 23:19:25 | More by skrib09
Photo of SpecialK088


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter

Deep dark near black more of a film over the top after the about 1 finger head goes away, no real laceing

Chocolate dominates with alchol and slight coffee notes as well

Very smooth chocolate with alchol notes, tastes like drinking hershy syrup with a little alchol and the slightest little coffee note in the finish

Very smooth heavy body very sliky on the palate

Smooth and easy to drink I would recomend at the very least spilting it with 1 person if not more, its real sweet and heavy. I have come to expect nothing less thank things like this from Southern tier.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 22:30:43 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in a snifter. Poured a dark brown/black with a sparse tan head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, also some caramel. Full bodied and rich. Flavor is more of the same. I found the coffee to be very bitter, and the chocolate to have a bittersweet quality as well. Long dry finish of chocolate and coffee. Some alcohol also present. There is a bit of hop bitterness. I find Southern Tier to be very hit of miss. I either really like it or not. This one is a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 18:01:23 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of keaston

New York

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visited the brewery less than a week after this was released, picked up a bomber for $4.

A - Jet black with a creamy tan head. Head fades to a quarter-finger and sticks around. An impressive looking stout.

S - Hershey's chocolate syrup in the nose. Not as intense as their Choklat, but still overpowering. I find the smell too cloying and easily the weakest aspect of this beer.

T/M - Same intense chocolate as Choklat, but quickly gives way to more complex and less cloying taste. Sweet fades to a not-quite-bitter coffee flavor. There is very little roasted flavor typically associated with stouts. Coffee and an interesting prickly spiciness on the palate. Coffee flavor becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is very good. Rich and full with perfectly attenuated carbonation. 11% ABV is nowhere to be found.

D - Definitely above-average drinkability for an Imperial stout. Flavors are not overly rich, but rather brisk and bracing. The chocolate in the beginning is rich but quickly fades and is not overbearing. The alcohol is masterfully hidden and I had to remind myself that this is an 11% brew.

While not something I will be guzzling in the summer months, I will definitely pick up some more of this for when it gets cold. Between this brew and their barleywine, Southern Tier has persuaded me to try every one of their offerings. Everything I've tried from them has been well-crafted and is of high quality, and this beer is no exception

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 23:48:13 | More by keaston
Photo of DrinkinBuddy

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours complete darkness into a snifter with nice 2 finger dark brown head. Smells like chocolate syrup with some twangy alcohol scents. Taste is in your face kick you in the pallet chocolate followed by a nice roasted coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, thick, and oily with little carbonation. Alcohol can be felt warming your guts while this oil slick makes it's way to your stomach so I'm going with a 4. Very tasty brew. Play on ST. Phin, Paul, and Jared, nice job!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:41:29 | More by DrinkinBuddy
Photo of Redrover


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Mokah on tap at the Old Toad in Rochester and served in a 10 oz. goblet. The beer is jet black with a skim of brown foam. Drank on 8-6-13

It has a nose of milk chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste leads with chocolate milk balls and medium roasted malts. There are hints of percolated coffee mid glass. It hits all the right notes for a desert or end of night beer. The achol is well hidden which is nice.

The mouth is slightly thick and a bit coating.

For me at least, a great nightcap beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 17:05:21 | More by Redrover
Photo of MDDMD


4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown to black color with a smallish tan head and some lacing

S-coffee, dark roasted malt, caramel, chocolate

T-dark malts with some char, coffee, chocolate, hints of brown sugar and earthiness, touch of vanilla

F-medium to full body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy, palate coating

O-a nice sipping beer with a good blend of both chocolate and coffee flavors

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 01:43:51 | More by MDDMD
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Rochester, NY.

A mix of Jahva and Choklat- yes, please.

Pours a dark, wretched black. 1 inch head sticks to the glass, staining it almost. Good lacing.

Smells include coffee ice cream, chocolate ice cream, Hershey's syrup, espresso beans, and vanilla.

The taste is similar. Such strong sweet coffee and chocolate flavors here. Seductive flavors here. Tons of rich chocolatey desserts come to mind- hot fudge, chocolate milkshake, brownie batter, along with melted coffee ice cream, espresso beans, vanilla, a little bit of caramel maybe. Decadent, very sweet, almost cloying, you gotta drink this slow so your palate doesn't wear down.

Thick, syrupy, sticky-sweet mouthfeel. Velvety and smooth, amazing. Low carbonation.

A great one from ST, sad that they retired it, although I've heard rumblings it might come back.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 16:01:30 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of etop8222


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great experience for the first time. Like my first girl, something I will remember. When I ordered this, it came to me in a goblet style glass. I could tell before I tasted it that it would be everything I expected. I could smell the rich coffee chocolate aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 02:26:09 | More by etop8222
Photo of corby112


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Ridiculous nose on this beer.  The 2x milk stout was a let down but they nailed the aroma on this one.  Lots of sweet chocolate with subtle lactic cream and a decent amount of robust roast.  Smells like a tootsie roll dipped in a latte.  I wonder what the blend is because it sells more like choklat than mokah.  Either way it's very impressive with a nice gourmet roasted coffee presence countering the sweet and dark chocolate notes.

Medium bodied with a very nice balance of sweet chocolate and robust roasted coffee.  All dark and milk chocolate sweetness up front with a touch of the tootsie roll from the nose.  This is countered by roasted coffee bitterness that lingers into a dry finish where somehow the sweet chocolate flavors reappear.  The abv is invisible making it dangerously drinkable.  Great balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness with the dark chocolate notes complimenting the coffee flavor.  Similarly to the aroma, the chocolate is most prominent.  It doesn't taste like a mocha but has lots of chocolate and coffee flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 06:58:36 | More by corby112
Photo of MaximalC


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, dark brown with a modest mocha head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with a strong alcohol component. This beer is big on flavor, with rich dark chocolate and gourmet coffee. The body is smooth and substantive, an excellent complement to the rich taste. The high ABV is respectably mellowed while the beer is still at its coldest (though still hardly invisible). As it warms, the alcohol becomes more strident--the only real flaw I can point out. Normally, I tend to enjoy dark beers more as they warm, but that's not the case here, as the alcohol becomes something of a distraction. The luxurious flavor profile, along with an eagerness to "beat the heat", make this imperial stout way too easy to imbibe without conscience. Another winning stout from Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 01:19:09 | More by MaximalC
Photo of One2Remeber


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Dark chocolate colored body. Thick cloudy, film textured head starts to bubble away looking like swiss cheese.

S: Nestle chocolate milk with undertones of licorice. Really have to work to find an alcoholic touch. As it warms up I get a fluffy mellowness I get in marshmallows, but then the alcohol starts to show.

T/M: Big estery yeast taste up front. A creamy, smooth chocolate note. A thick body as hershey syrup/milk shake. Licorice tastes comes out to cover up a boozy finish. Lots of adjuncts and yeast taste, I do not pick up any hops. A more complex malt profile would make the fantastic chocolate taste seem more dynamic.

O: For an Imperial Chocolate Stout this is spot on, but I prefer a more dynamic bill. This is straight forward and ridiculously smooth. This would be great in a bowl of cereal for extra flavor.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2012 01:30:30 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of ThickNStout


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a goblet. 

Pours jet black with half finger of light tan head that laces nicely on the way down. 

Nice nose of rich chocolate, roast coffee, burnt sugars & caramel. Very nice. 

Wow! Even the outstanding smell didn't prepare me for this superb blend. The coffee comes through fresh from the tap in a way it never has in bottles for me. It's followed by that rich chocolate flavor that Southern Tier does better than anyone else. Aside from that there is molasses, subtle fig/date, vanilla and a hint if bitter hopping. So many outstanding layers that almost completely mask the 10+% abv. 

Creamy smooth medium thick feel with appropriately subtle carbonation. 

Outstanding! Mokah rivals Creme Brulee as my favorite of the Blackwater series. Fresh on tap I can really catch the near perfect mixture of Jahva and Choklat. Delicious and worth a try. It also ages well so don't shy away from any old bottles you may run across. 

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 23:57:53 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of thecheapies


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark as black but just the darkest of browns. Modest head forms a ring in no time. Looks thick like chocolate milk.

Smells like chocolate milk, too. Mocha powder, lactose, milk chocolate, light coffee, and mild roastiness.

Tastes like a hot cocoa/coffee mix with cream and two sugars. Mild bitterness amplifies in the finish and reminds you that it's beer. A lot of mid-palate coffee drowned in lactose and flavored with cocoa nibs. Some earthiness through hops and char-roast. Hints of licorice and blackberries. Exceptional.

Creamy and thick. Huge body with a medium carb at work. Very sticky and gluggy.

Unreal beer. Literally, hard to believe they nailed this down. Decadent and desserty. Loads of flavor. Nothing off about it. Ballsy and spot on. Among the killers of the Southern Tier lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 04:02:47 | More by thecheapies
Photo of drpimento


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High speed, heavy weight train delivering mocha to my mouth. Served at a good temperature with a nice foamy, tan head that settled after a bit and lots of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is cocoa foremost, then malt, roast, hint coffee. Flavor's the same but with sweetness playing heavy role along side the rich cocoa flavor and roasty, caramel, slight acid qualities. Body is good but with slight oddities. Finish is good for a solo serving; kind of rich for more than that.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 05:01:17 | More by drpimento
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark black with almost no head. Strong notes of chocolate and coffee in the nose. The taste follows with an additional astringency from the alcohol. There is a tasty chocolate aftertaste with a residual cocoa pebbles... It's a tasty beer that reminds me of chokolat, but is distinct at the same time. The price point and availability are excellent and it's definitely worth the money.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 20:56:12 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of Kelly88


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at mellow mushroom in wilder Kentucky. Served in the ever popular and Ever useful Kentucky bourbon barrel ale sniffer.

A- very dark brown on the top fading into a pitch black at te bottom of the glass. Starts out with a dense dark khaki head that slowly fades to tiny islands of dirty white islands with small amounts if lace in the side if the glass

S- wow! Rich dark chocolate hits you hard. Getting a faint rich chocolate coffee smell but mostly hard core chocolate. Tasty.

T- just about mirrors the nose and that is great. Lots if chocolate, very milky and rich. A pleasant faint hop bite rounds this beer off to keep it from being to overpoweringly sweet.

M- you think a beer if this style would be heavier especially the way it tastes but irbid only about medium bodied. I actually prefer this feel since it allows you to appreciate the flavors without being overwhelmed.

Overall one if the best stouts I have ever had. Really full flavors that jump and ask you to have another sip. For all of the big hyped one day Release stouts. This beer stands shoulder to shoulder with them.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 01:53:16 | More by Kelly88
Photo of QuantumPint


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the local micro tonight (it's featured as one of the guest beers of the month).

A: Pitch black with a head smaller than one finger and poor retention. Still beautiful, though.

N: I read through some reviews before trying this, and noted the one about chocolate milk, and honestly thought it was a joke/exaggeration. Lo and behold, I take a whiff and it smells like: chocolate milk. I actually started laughing out loud in surprise. There's a little toasty malt, but mainly chocolate milk.

T: This one tastes more like a mudslide, especially when cold. Major chocolate up front with a more bitter taste with the alcohol burn on finish. A great sipping beer. Gets more of the biter/coffee notes as it warms.

M: It has a good deal of carbonation which, in my opinion, goes great with the sweet chocolate taste.

O: Drinking this puppy after dinner, and it's one hell of a dessert beer. I'm just starting to dive deeper into the stout scene, but this is already a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 01:32:09 | More by QuantumPint
Photo of Drewcifer


4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in 10oz goblet.

Poured out black, slight tan head.

Big aroma of milk chocolate, with coffee backing and malts.

Great taste of milk chocolate with a little coffee, sweet caramels, malt, very sweet, hard to believe it's a beer.

Great mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, not too thick.

Overall, damn near perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 00:25:05 | More by Drewcifer
Photo of gatornation


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in 10 oz glass

A-dark black pour with a 1 finger khaki head,nice lacing and a fresh collar

S- was sweet chocolate,coffee with cream and caramel

T- was a milk chocolate start with fresh coffee,roasted malts and sweet caramel .smooth sweet and creamy

M- was sweet and smooth,but was full of flavor

O- this imperial stout was delicious it was not as bitter as others much more smooth

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 01:51:54 | More by gatornation
Photo of woemad


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy Crap! Dessert in a glass!

Had a schooner of this at Jones Radiator in Spokane. I ordered it in a schooner because I suspected this would be way too sweet in a pint glass. This was one of the better instinctive moves I've made during the course of my life.

Very dark brown, almost black, with a tan head that wasn't too terribly long-lived, not too surprising given the strength of this beer.

HUGE sweet scent, like a German sweet chocolate pie my Mom used to make many years ago before she became health conscious. Hops, malts, etc don't enter your mind when you smell this - instead, terms like pie, dessert, sweetness, and (not surprisingly) mocha are what you think of.

Big massive sweet dessert taste hits the tastebuds. It's big, rich and totally missing any sign of how much alcohol is in this beer. Drink this beer last - after anything else y9u wanted to drink, after your meal, after sex, whenever, but make sure nothing worthwhile comes after, as your body's ability to percieve it will be lessened!

Full-bodied, with a slick, slightly viscous mouthfeel.

This beer is not for the faint hearted. It's delicious, but it took me 40 minutes to drink a schooner. Not something to session or drink before or during a meal. But, oh, what a nightcap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 03:44:22 | More by woemad
Photo of xnicknj


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 02:26:29 | More by xnicknj
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.