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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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1,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 1353
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 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
Photo of monitorpop


2.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Solid black with a half finger creamy head

S: Sweet Hershey's syrup.

T: Sweet milk chocolate upfront, followed by faint mild coffee, finishes bitter. Flavor seems a bit artificial.

M: Silky smooth, low carbonation with a slight alcohol burn.

O: The chocolate seems a bit artificial and I'm not a big fan of the bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 21:20:26 | More by monitorpop
Photo of kylehay2004


3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head. Black. Not too much lace.

S: sweet mocha and cocoa.

T: very sweet. The taste is nearly identical to dymatap. Grape and mocha with a sharp sweet finish.

M: very thick. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: well, I love southern tier but this one is too sweet and medicinal for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 01:25:44 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of lurpy1


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this as an after-dinner drink at Dusty's in Okemos. Pre-emptive note to self, when you've already had something to drink and have to drive home shortly, picking an 11% ABV is not a great choice. Anyhoo, I've had a summer full of stouts and porters that were underwhelming or at best, whelming, so hoping my luck changes with this one. I regard Southern Tier as primarily a purveyor of dessert brews.

Pours dark, dark, dark. On top of that, it's dark. Good thick scummy looking head as well.

I'm expecting a bushel full of coffee and cocoa. The smell does not disappoint. It's more coffee than cocoa, but very appealing. Not a phony or burnt smell that comes in coffee stouts done wrong.

OK...taste. Yeah, there's chocolate in there. Holy cow. Waves and waves of bittersweet chocolate. From time to time it becomes overwhelming, as if Hershey's syrup was poured straight in. But at the end of the day it hold together. Sublime combination of coffee, chocolate, and malt. A bit boozy too but that's expected at 11%

Mouthfeel, again, perhaps owing to the Hershey's syrup sensation, is smooth, and viscous, and eminently drinkable.

Overall, an outstanding brew. Southern Tier hits you over the head with the mocha tones, which can be viewed as a strength or a weaknes. Definitely recommended, especially if somebody else is driving.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 16:45:12 | More by lurpy1
Photo of mynie


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass(!) at Three Cellars in Milwaukee.

Pours super black and smells like MILK Chocolate syrup. Coffee nodes (the "mocha," right?) are minimal, as the Choklat really overwhelms the Javah.

Tastes a bit more balanced. A big, very sweet, very milky chocolate beginning, moving into a a darker chocolate middle that's somewhat more bitter and a finish that's like the foam on top of a mocha cappuccino.

What gets me is the beer's relative thinness. It's about as thick and creamy as a regular dry stout. This makes it dangerously easy to drink (my pint was consumed at about normal speed), and also causes it to the lack the sumptuousness you'd want out of a giant dessert beer. It's still really nicely done, only I don't think it's *quite* what they were going for.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 16:20:45 | More by mynie
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown, borderline black color with a thin, almost nonexistent eggshell hued head.

S: Aroma is very chocolaty along with some vanilla and caramel notes and a sweet nuttiness, also.

T/M: Flavor is just as sweet with chocolate. It rivals most of the double chocolate stouts for sweetness. It has a medium amount of carbonation and is really reminiscent of cocoa powder or even chocolate cake icing. Unfortunately, I don’t get much of the coffee, but it’s still incredible. The texture weighs heavily on the palette but it really isn’t all that thick.

This is a dessert in a bottle, if ever there was one. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, this might be your best option. I bet it has a bajillion calories.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 22:42:59 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


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

Poured on tap into a snifter.

A- Really dark brown, on first glance basically black looking, beige ring around the glass, slight carbonation, nice lacing and retention.
S- Wow the aromas are pure chocolate and cocoa, slight coffee aromas as well, this is one delicious smelling beer, I feel like I just took a big whiff of fresh chocolate brownies straight from the oven, cannot wait to try this.
T- The taste did not let me down, this is a pure dessert beer, perfect for a cold winter day, I have to buy some of these bottles and save them for Christmas, big chocolate and malt flavors, cocoa, coffee, slight roastiness, sweet and some bitterness to balance it out, alcohol is present but just adds to the experience in a positive way, really impressed.
M- Medium to big mouthfeel, thick and smooth at the same time, coats the palate, well carbonated.
O- I was not sure what to expect when I first ordered this, I was expecting something more coffee like, this one blew me away, just a pure dessert beer, I could of ordered 2-3 more pours, but luckily I had the wife present to stop me haha, love the chocolate flavors, really impressed with this offering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 06:07:28 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of KAP1356


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

On tap last night at Capone's. Served in a snifter...

A - Completely opaque black with a nice espresso color collar. Nice lacing as well.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted coffee/espresso, vanilla, toffee, slight molasses - all mixed together and mixing extremely well.

T - This is by far my favorite offering of the Southern Tier stouts. The mix of chocolate and coffee is done quite well. There does seem to be a TON of dark fruit flavors coming from this one which adds nicely to the overall profile.

M - Full bodied with slight carbonation. Very silky and smooth on the tongue.

O - My favorite of the series. Nice combination of coffee and chocolate and a perfect dessert beer for any chocolate lover.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 18:01:52 | More by KAP1356
Photo of GreenJetta912


4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Headkeeper Inn and Tapas bar in Greensburg,PA had this on tap so I had to try it while I was in there.

Poured into a snifter almost pitch black but still dark brown. thin layer of beige head leaves excellent lacing.

The smell is like chocolate milk. It's definitely bigger on the chocolate flavors than the coffee.

Everyone would like this beer. It's a taste reminisent of Hershey's chocolate syrup. The most milk chocolately beer I've ever had (most have more dark chocolate or coffee flavors). Milky, moreso than most. Surprisingly drinkable for the high abv.

Finishes off milky and a tad dry but so excellent and chocolately. Not a lot of coffee but its there.

This is the best stout I've ever had to date. I like my stouts heavier on chocolate than coffee and it reflects my rating. I honestly don't think they could improve this in any way.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 22:54:57 | More by GreenJetta912
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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 21:49:27 | More by russwbeck
Photo of mjw06


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

Served room temperature. Had the color of a dark chocolate bar and moved around in my glass with the fluidity of a chocolate liqueur. Little to no head when it was brought to my table, which was disappointing, but seemed to go along with the body.

Smell was amazing, mocha of course (or mokah). The mokah-ness wasn't overpowering however, as I can still get whiffs of roasted barley on its canvas. The sweetness was distinctly beer sweetness, not just the product of a bunch of sugar being added to sweeten it up. This same sweetness would translate into the taste. Amazing mouthfeel in the body, however I took into consideration the lack of head and how that effected the feel.

This is a great beer. A lot of chocolate imperial stouts tend to overdue it with the chocolate or the sweetness, or just the alcohol in general. Mokah, however, is an organic balance of all three, and much more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 12:42:03 | More by mjw06
Photo of Lerxst


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours black as night. This is served as a 5.5 ounce pour in a small snifter with just a thin layer of head. Looks menacing though.

S-Rich chocolate and coffee aromas abound along with some roasted malt. This is a very aromatic beer and its smells wonderful.

T-Rich and delicious with chocolate and coffee flavors bold and in your face-in a good way. Some roasted malt as well. Really mirrors the nose and thats not a bad thing. There is a nice juxtaposition of flavors with the sweetness of the chocolate and a slightly bitter bite of the coffee playing off one another to much success. This is a fantastic desert beer.

M-Thick, creamy, smooth, coating. On draft this is more full bodied than the bottle version.

O-My favorite of the Blackwater series. I love this beer and wish I had access to it year round. This is a fantastic dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 00:27:07 | More by Lerxst
Photo of ChugginOil


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

Southern Tier Mokah

Served at DLD 2011 in a plastic cup.

Solid black in color with a dark dark amber edge along the bottom. An inch of dark cream colored head.

This beer smells like a melted Hershey bar. Decadent milk chocolate with a touch of vanilla.

The taste is out of control. Almost following the nose to a T, Mokah is filled with lavish milk chocolate and a touch of coffee on the end. A bit of booze warmth on the end as well follows the roasty malts.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a warming feel that lingers. Full-bodied beast

Overall, super impressed with the chocolate impressions implemented here. Liquid dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 01:03:11 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

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

Had this on tap, served in a small mug. Absolutely pitch black, with no head.
Aroma is all chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee coming through. In terms of aroma this is almost the same as Choklat.
Taste is also predominantly chocolate, however, the difference is in the finish. Nice bitterness in the finish makes the sweetness not very overwhelming. The alcohol definitely warmed me up with every sip. Definitely a sipper. Full-bodied, silky and creamy mouthfeel. This is a big beer and definitely worth a try for those who like a mix of chocolate and coffee in their stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 13:25:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was a truly opaque black color with a meniscus the color of root beer. The two finger head left killer lacing all the way to the finish of my glass. The aroma was so chocolaty it was amazing. In addition to chocolate I also smelled vanilla and hints of toffee. The flavors were stunning. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, molasses, maple, coffee. Similar to a Tootsie Roll candy in flavor, which is wild given the %11.2 ALC. The mouthfeel was good, the body full and the carbonation average/soft. Very drinkable for a "Big" beer and for someone like me with a sweet tooth this beer was a true joy to imbibe.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2010 19:56:19 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of PorterLambic


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a black hole of a beer. Very little head in the snifter, just a ring, really.
Smell is whiskey, dark chocolate ice cream, caramel. Really balanced.
Taste is whiskey, dark chocolate, malt, caramel, with alcohol noticeable but not harsh or overpowering. Good balance here, too.
Thick, a little syrupy, with a rich full body and negligible effervescence. Oh, baby this a really, really good beer. Awesome dessert beer, either with a dessert or as one. Bartender, another please.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 02:56:15 | More by PorterLambic
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New York

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

Served in a Snifter.

I'm not so much a fan of flavored beers, but the chocolate and coffee notes really comes through in the finish.

Smooth and delicious, with really nice mouthfeel as well.

However at 11% ABV one will do the trick!

I have looked for this on-tap elsewhere, but haven't had any luck.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 16:56:16 | More by overcrestmedia
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District of Columbia

2.17/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i do not like flavored beers in general, and i do not like chocolate, though coffee is nice--iced coffee, cafe au lait, starbucks, any kind of coffee except coffee in my beer. i made a mistake ordering this beer, and left it on the table and finished my wife's widmer hefweizen

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 01:41:09 | More by frederichar
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours jet black with a nice light mocha head. Good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. Great coloring. Nose brings loads and loads of chocolate as well as a strong amount of coffee. The taste is all about the chocolate and coffee, but can get a tad bit sweet, as there is some roasted malt, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Feel is fairly heavy with a bit of alcohol. Drinks really well and I prefer it to Choklat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 11:13:54 | More by Thorpe429
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 23:34:55 | More by CascadeConan
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.