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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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1,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 1350
Reviews: 636
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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Photo of BrewDoctor


1.7/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I haven't reviewed a beer in many years, but this one had a profound impact on my taste buds and my stomach.

I stopped by Eli Cannons for an after work beverage and ordered up one of these gnarly concoctions after reviewing a fairly weak beer list for Eli's.

This thing poured a deep, dark chocolate with hints of mahogany. Head was nonexistent.

The smell was predominantly chocolate with a mild hint of coffee.

The first sip hit me with a wave of chocolate and even more chocolately sweetness followed by a strong alcohol burn in the stomach.

I proceeded to sip this concoction with each sip becoming more difficult than the last. I love chocolate, but the cloying sweetness and lack of complexity and complimentary flavors made this thing unbearable.

I couldn't handle it anymore, I had reached that dreaded point in every dedicated beer drinkers life. That point of conflict which burdens our soul to the core, but I had no other decision. I asked the bartender to take the remaining 1/2 glass away and do the ever so feared drain pour.

Seriously, I've had over 500 different beers in my life and this one was absolutely disgusting.

OK, I will keep my door open to this beer, but only under 1 condition. I would try this again if it was paired up with a proper meal that (gag) may actually compliment this hideous creation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 20:43:00 | More by BrewDoctor
Photo of brystmar


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Mudville in lower Manhattan. This is a favorite of mine that I've enjoyed bottled many times, first experience with it on draft though.

A: pours a very dark and ominous jet-black coffee color with a finger of brownish head. Good lacing, poor head retention.

S: sports a rich bouquet of coffee & bittersweet chocolate flavors that grab your attention immediately. Decadent! If they made Mokah air fresheners, I'd be all over them.

T: starts malty with coffee and chocolate right behind. The bittersweet chocolate lingers and fades into a surprisingly dry, hoppy finish. This isn't a super complex beer, but it excels superbly at its goal of melding mocha into an imperial stout.

M: my pour was served too cold (typical), so it certainly improved as it warmed, but the creamy mouthfeel I was hoping for from the tap never materialized. At temperature, it's a full-bodied brew with the right amount of carbonation. I'd loooove to see this on nitro tap!

D: ridiculously smooth and easy to drink. Fantastic for a local shelf beer. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 22:06:20 | More by brystmar
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber to a black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate and a pronounced mocha flavor. In the taste, bitter mocha flavor, kind of like hot cocoa mix. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, bitter, hot cocoa mix in the aftertaste. Kind of like a sweet imperial stout with some Swiss Miss mixed in it, with a small bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 15:47:44 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Spider889


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my CBC growler at Brew's Cafe earlier tonight. Fresh as can be without having directly on tap an hour ago...

Poured motor oil black, though a deep reddish brown glow around the edges appears when held to the light. Essentially no head, and I'm not getting any notable lacing either.

The smell is terrific! It's like smelling a fresh chocolate fudge brownie. The sweetness is so strong it's the only thing preventing this from getting a "5" here. There's lots of sweet vanilla notes as well, and some mild malt and coffee undertones, but you have to work for those. The chocolate dominates; and it. is. heavenly.

Taste is bold coffee and sweet milk chocolate. Plenty of chocolate malts and decent bittering. Alcohol burn chimes in on the finish along with a sweet vanilla and mild oakiness.

This beer is full bodied but not as thick as stouts can get. Light carbonation, fairly smooth going down.

Drinkability is not bad for an Imperial Stout, the alcohol is very well masked beneath everything else that's going on. However this beer is extremely sweet and bold, which means I'd normally settle for a single glass in a sitting.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2010 03:29:08 | More by Spider889
Photo of glid02


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

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, and iced coffee, in that order.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of roasted malt and robust dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip light amounts of grainy coffee flavors enter into things, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this is a solid beer and people who love Choklat will especially be a fan, however it lacks the complexity to be very good. Still, it's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 00:36:39 | More by glid02
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - It pours big, oily and black, with a decent cap of persistent foam.

S - It smells like Choklat plus Jahva, except maybe this whole is not as great as the sum of its parts. There is something forced about this, perhaps the flavor seems slightly artificial, whereas Mokah's aforementioned siblings are more like pure nectar. Still, this is pretty delicious.

T - The taste is much like the nose, and I am a bit disappointed over it. It is still a very nice tasting brew, but it is nowhere near as good as its inevitably compared siblings; indeed, it is difficult for me to describe the brew aptly, except as it relates to Choklat and Jahva. There is a lot of chocolate and coffee flavor here, not so much malt presence, and no discernible hops or yeast impact.

M - Big and silky.

D - Theoretically, this would be my favorite of the Blackwater series, but in reality it is a distant third at best. Still, I will drink the hell out of this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 12:21:55 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Temp: 48 degrees
Serving vessel: Snifter

Appearance: The darkest of amber and brown. Small khaki colored head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Big time chocolate is the first thing I noticed. Also a subtle coffee aroma.

Taste: Decadent milk chocolate. Roasted coffee in the finish with cream and vanilla. Espresso notes, hops are there to give the beer some balance.

Mouthfeel: Chocolatey, some warming booze as it goes down. Full bodied, smooth, low carbonation but not too syrupy.

Drinkability: Tasty, but one that would be best suited as an after dinner beer or as a sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 16:25:40 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of chickenflea


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft courtesy of Underground Bluz. Aroma was primarily of light coffee but also with dark fruits, some chocolate and alcohol. Pours black with mahogany highlights. A 2-finger creamy tan head coats the top. Lacing is thin and gets thinner as the beer sits. The taste is rich and dark-chocolate sweet. The sweetness is not that cloying kind of sweetness like sugar or honey. Bitterness is of the coffee variety and stays toward the front of the mouth rather than digging into the back. It's not a hoppy kind of bitterness. Medium creamy mouthfeel. The beer stays consistent as it warms. The alcohol is more noticeable in the nose than on the palate. I am normally quite attuned to too much alcohol burn in the beer. Primarily this is why I don't enjoy some imperial styles. But I did not find the same kind of burn in this beer. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 00:00:30 | More by chickenflea
Photo of Jesstyr


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one at American Craft in Brookline - what an incredibly unique beer in my opinion...

Pours pitch black, with a nice firm head that lingers nicely before settling in to small patching. This beer is as dark as they come. The nose is the most robust I have ever experienced, its pure dark chocolate, and is just an incredible thing to sense. This is like sitting down with a mug of hot cocoa on a cold day - a great beer for winter in this regard.

Its hard to follow a nose like that, but this beer makes a good, if not as enjoyable effort. Far more coffee in the taste then the nose, and a little less chocolate than I would have expected. A bit of alcohol burns on the end of the drink, and there is light carbonation that lingers under the medium/heavy body. This is the sort of drink you should enjoy with cheese or dessert, but it will hit you hard at anytime - you definitely feel the 11% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 18:00:37 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of CraftAleRookie


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

On tap at Capone's- served in a 9 oz Brandy Snifter.

A- Black as a moonless night in the woods- very thin head, that quickly became a ring of lace around the egde.

S- Wow- just like taking a whiff of Nestle Cocoa powder drink mix! I've never had a stout with such a forward smell of dark chocolate.

T- CHOCOLATE (what a suprise)- very forward cocoa flavor with just a hint of malt on the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body- slight silkiness. Good combo of fizz and flavor.

D- A perfect five here- I really like this brew, and would have it firmly on a "beer dinner" list, paired of course with dessert!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 12:43:49 | More by CraftAleRookie
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cole's. Pretty good coffee beer, with significant and above-average mouthfeel based on mokah. Dark brown, creamy, tasty, bitternsweetness, though leaning on sweet. Pleasant mochah aroma. Expresso coffee beans and chocolate in secondary.A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 00:23:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of taigor

New York

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

Served on-tap into 8oz glass

A - Poured black, coffee like appearance.

S - Coffee and cocoa with hints of malt.

T - Immediate taste of coffee and chocolate with light sweetness. Then alcohol and bitterness take over and stay.

M - Very smooth and thick.

D - Awesome winter stout that has to be slowly sipped.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 14:58:56 | More by taigor
Photo of drtth


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

Served in a snifter glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark black/brown color with a finely grained tan head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing. While the head has soon receded into a ring sipping still leaves occasional spots and legs of lacing follow from the foam.

Smell: The aroma includes chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and traces of caramel.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include chocolate and cocoa , vanilla, cream, some dark caramel, traces of some coffee. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has minimal carbonation. The finish begins in dark chocolate sweetness and then changes into a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor and ends in dryness.

Drinkability: This is a fine dessert beer with great potential for sipping slowly after dinner while chatting with friends or reading a good book. In other words this is a beer worth taking the time to relax and enjoy one a night. However, it is also a beer to keep on hand for after dinner or late night enjoyment.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2009 21:40:11 | More by drtth
Photo of DawnL

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with minimal tan/brown lacing that's sticky and clings to the glass.

Chocolate and coffee on the nose with vanilla accents. Smells like dessert.

Tastes of java and chocolate. Perfect mocha character.

Rich and thick mouthfeel. Like drinking Bosco - in a good way. It's basically like Manhattan Soda mixed with Bosco. Great flavor. Unctuous, rich - like having a chocolate milk - or even like having a milk shake.

Because of the heft of this beer in both abv and sweetness - it's not a beer that could be imbibed freely over an evening. Definitely a tasty after dinner beer - perfect for desserts - or as a dessert. Pour over vanilla icecream and enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 14:10:53 | More by DawnL
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, this one's a bit different:

A: Rather dark brown-black body with a very dark mokah head which dissipated relatively quickly, but was nice while it lasted.

S/T: Up front the smell is of absolute chocolate milk! To add to this was a good dose of coffee and cinnamon, a bit of a winter warmer-type spice scheme, with a slight sharpness to provide some balance, perhaps the hops.

M/D: Full enough with the robust chocolate taste. Being the Mokah, I had anticipated a bit more of a coffee presence, but nonetheless, it was plentifully pleasant. It was a little one-dimensional, but it was well enough.
The thought going through my head with this was: This is the kind of beer that a non-beer drinker could get started on. It's sweet, it's chocolatey, it's overall easygoing, with plenty of oomph without being overly aggressive.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 05:16:12 | More by dudecandle
Photo of Kadonny


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a tasting glass.

A: A dark brown almost black color with a light brown one finger head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Sweet milk chocolate with a hint of darker coffee. Sweetness really jumps out.

T: First taste is of sweet chocolate with milk chocolate and cocoa flavors. Rich deep sweetness comes mid palate and the dark coffee flavors settle in the back. Very rich, more chocolate flavor emerges as it warms. I can definitely taste more of the Choklat than the Jahva.

M: Full, coating and the alcohol really emerges as it warms, maybe too much.

D: Medium at best, just too sweet and boozy for my tastes.

Overall I'm glad I tried this beer, but no way it would or could be a regular drinker for me, it's just over the top. I like what they are doing, but these massive sweet beers are very limited in when and how you drink them.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 17:35:46 | More by Kadonny
Photo of birchstick


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another on-tap beer from Kelleher's in Peoria, Il.

A - dark with a one-finger head

S - this thing smells like a chocolate milk shake. I never would have expected this from a beer...definitely not what my nose was expecting.

T - tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Milk chocolate fades into some sweet malts, which then follows up with some dark chocolate and a bit of bitter acidity from some coffee flavors. I never thought I would taste this chocolaty of a beer without being over the top. Really nice flavor profile.

M - smooth but a little thin. I wish this was a little bit more full.

D - This is a great beer. ST is really hit or miss for me and this beer was a big hit. I will be buying some bottles of this soon...

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 05:32:14 | More by birchstick
Photo of Jayli


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

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/24
This beer poured a thick, deep, opaque dark brown, boardering on black color. A thin 1/2 finger tan head formed on top that didn't last, spots of wispy lacing left. Nose is much richer on tap than from the bottle - more pronounced notes of rich blegian chocolate with a touch of coffee filtering its way in, notes of dark malts can also be picked up. The taste is of sweet belgian chocolate up front, moving in to some the darker, more roasted malts, and finishing out with coffee notes - subtle yet very present. Alchol content is extremely well hidden. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy actually almost a velvety feel, full/heavy bodied, very light carbonation. This is one of my favorite offerings from Southern Tier and is even better on tap than bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 18:29:24 | More by Jayli
Photo of msolar


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


I'm a fan of Southern Tier but a few of their beers are over flavored in my opinion (i.e. Creme Brulee, Cherry Saison) which makes they seem syrupy and has deterred me from buying them at times. The Mokah, however, is an extraordinary beer. It's sweet but tastes delicious and retains enough beer flavor. It's more balanced than something like a Young's Double-Chocolate Stout and ends up being quite drinkable.

I'll certainly look to put this on tap at home once the cold season comes around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 18:41:36 | More by msolar
Photo of Cuzco

New York

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

Had this both in Bottle and On Tap. This review is for the Tap experience.

This is a DARK beer. Jet black in color. Small dark brown head which laces the glass the entire time. The smell of this beer is exceptional. You can spell it the minute it is placed in front of you. The taste almost lives up to the smell. It is a very sweet well balanced beer. Hints of malt and chocolate coat your tongue. Coffee flavors come after the initial sip.

The only area that could be a concern would be the drinkability. It is very sweet and after a pint or two it would become a bit much in my opinion.

This is a great combination of their Coffee and Chocolate stouts.

(PS if you do not enjoy sweet beers avoid this one!!)

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 14:22:47 | More by Cuzco
Photo of cooncat


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the new UPICK6 beer store in Erie this 4th of July weekend.

Served in a fluted pint glass, the beer has a beautiful tan head, which is long lasting, and leaves nice lacing on the sides. The beer itself is such a dark brown that it's nearly black and certainly opaque, except perhaps right around the edges in a bright light. Initially served way too cold for the style, I nursed it considerably until it got up to near room temperature.

The nose has lots of chocolate and coffee notes in it, along with some roasted malt. I was so intent on getting every note that I accidentally snorted up some of the head into my nose, but, in the end, that was a good thing.

The taste is absolutely huge with chocolate and coffee, both battling for top spot, but finishing in pretty much a dead heat. A very mild roastiness is faint in the background, as are some hop bittering and acidic coffee. The more it warms, the sweeter it becomes, and the more pronounced the 'mocha' flavors. Mouthfeel is larger than life, yet silky smooth, inviting sip after sip. Roll these sips around the full of your mouth to let the palate explore its wonderful complexity. At 11% abv, I expected to get some fusel notes, but none were detected. What was detected was, after finishing the pint, I definitely could feel the effects. This is an excellent dessert beer, or after dinner beer, but I would not call it a session beer. Enjoy this one responsibly. I enjoyed this one much more than Choklat, which I found a bit fusel. Mokah is not fusel at all, just a coffee/chocolate delight.

Highly recommended, and get this one on tap if you possibly can. For an orgasmic experience, have some 70% dark chocolate to nibble along with the beer, but it isn't entirely necessary, since the beer is pretty huge with that flavor already.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 13:31:06 | More by cooncat
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 17:57:28 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of stakem


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

On tap at Als in Enola.

Poured without a head into a pint. Color is black and No lacing at all.

Smell and taste are spot on with the name of mokah. Strong alcohol taste is present but hard to believe it's 11%.

Easy drinking and enjoyable but way over the top with the chocolate coffee taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2009 19:39:04 | More by stakem
Photo of sholland119


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

On tap at TJs Everyday

A-Pours a dark opaque brown with ruby highlights with a thin tan head and very good lacing.

S-Sweet chocolate syrup is the main aroma with espresso notes in the background.

T-Very sweet chocolate syrup in the front with roasted malt and a mild hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, rich and coating.

D-Yes, delicious and rich. A great nightcap beer.


Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 16:05:03 | More by sholland119
Photo of Yetiman420


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

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven CT.

Served in an Ommegang flute glass. Black with no head other than a crescent tan rim.

Phenominal dark chocolate aroma.

Flavor follows aroma and is all about well-balanced chocolate. Other than a touch of roasted finish, this one is all about chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 02:05:16 | More by Yetiman420
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.