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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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717 Reviews
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Reviews: 717
Hads: 2,178
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 230
Gots: 463 | 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 brureview
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a dark chocolate color with almost no head.

Immediate chocolate aroma. Quite nice, but it dissipated with warming.

The mouth feel is very smooth. Lightly carbonation.

The taste is deep chocolate with very pronounced strong coffee.
The beer is better served at the suggested temp on the bottle: 48F ( 8.8C)

Overall, an excellent beer. In the American Double style, the taste profile is very accentuated- the Mokah exemplified this with deep coffee-chocolate taste, and a relatively smooth lightly carbonated finish. The aroma was good, but it didn't last long for the duration of the warming.

No bottle date. perhaps it wore off the bottle, so I am thinking the bottle could be from last year. (714 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For my 900th review I'll thank andrenaline for including this beauty in our latest trade
A - cold black with a little light getting through at the bottom of the glass, short tan head dissipated to some random islands
S - big shot of sweet milky chocolate, mild roasty and coffee notes, all rich and decadent aromas
T - mix of milk and dark chocolate goodness, espresso compliments and lingers, roasty background, alcohol is there but more sweet than heat making this extra dangerous
M - silky creamy smooth from start to finish, would have guessed half the ABV, dangerous...
O - what a ridiculous beer in the best kind of way, like a rich mocha with a melted chocolate bar stirred in, definitely left wanting more (713 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- the stream of liquid from the bottle looks a tawny brown but in the snifter it is pitch black and ominous, the thin cappuccino head settling to a soapy ring within seconds. The elephant shaped etching in my DT snifter does keep a nice clump in the middle of the surface for the remainder of the glass however.

S- enormous dark chocolate aroma with background notes of mild coffee and floral citrus hops. The hops blend into the sweetness and don't at all smell 'bitter'. I imagine a cup of blue mountain coffee ($40/lb. wtf) with like a whole fancy chocolate bar melted into it. Deeply roasted coffee bitterness fumes out over the chocolate so I guess these beans aren't from the magic mountain after all. Burnt wood, tobacco, leather, soil, composted coffee grounds.

T- intense bittersweet flavor annihilation. The chocolate flavor is alarmingly strong, and the sweetness is cut hard by black roasted coffee bitterness. The interplay between sweet and bitter is almost overwhelming, with a somewhat balancing acidity and earthy hop presence. Malts are grainy and treacle, with caramel, cocoa, and lots of residual sugars. Finishes sweet and roasted with persistant dark chocolate flavor.

MF- big bodied but not exactly thick or chewy. Carbonation is very soft and tickling giving the beer a light syrup like character- very coating and sticky, an intimidating texture for te uninitiated. Something between alcoholic hot fudge and iced espresso, the feeling of strong coffee on the cheeks is undeniable.

D- this is an example of the whole not being equal to the sum of its parts.. The outstanding, nearly perfect Choklat just doesn't play well with the awesome kick ass existential entity that is Jah-va. (Get it.. Jah. Idk it's irie. Alcohol isn't Ital anyway). This is a great beer, but leaves something to be desired- specifically and glass of Choklat followed by a glass of Jahva. Not the two combined. Still, it puts on that bilateral buzz, coffee and booze, and I bet it would kill something like a blue Stilton. (2,029 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark black body with a light brown head.

S: Intense chocolate aroma in the front. There is some roast and coffee in the background of the aroma.

T: Chocolate and coffee. That sums it up nicely. Very rich dark chocolate and very bold coffee.

M: Thick heavy body with a decent carbonation.

O: Unique and amazing beer. If you can get this beer thrown in as an extra if you trade or just buy it if you can. (412 characters)

Photo of brewdude1982
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was a 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

This beer pours dark and has a small head with low retention. It smells sweet and chocolately with a tad of booze. It tastes like roasted malts and then sweet and chocolate followed by the coffee and then lastly a bite of the booze. It has a big body and low carbonation. Great dessert beer. I love this and highly recommend. (372 characters)

Photo of Beerquester
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I guess I'm biased but this is still one of my favorite beers. I bought a bottle at Wegman's (local grocery store). It cost only $7.99 for the bomber bottle which i thought was reasonable for an imperial beer that does a fine job of combining chocolate and coffee flavors. I haven't had one for a few years so I thought I'd try it though I wondered would it be as good. I was not disappointed, however.

Out of the bottle i had a knock your socks off aroma of chocolate. The coffee aroma was there though not as strong as the chocolate. It poured up a nice thick tan head with retention average. The wonderful aroma just won't die and keeps coming out of the glass. I wish they sold this flavor in air fresheners!

Carbonation spot on for this beer. Full body, slightly "chewy", ending with an warm alcohol sensation, not surprising for an 11.2% beer. Flavor profile includes the chocolate and coffee flavors, and some caramel.

I have had both the Jahva and Choklat separately and feel I prefer the mix to either. Profile starts out really smooth then the alcohol hits, then a slight "roastiness", a fairly clean finish. Definitely on the "sweet side", not hoppy, to be enjoyed as a "dessert beer". But not too sweet I hasten to mention. I would consider purchasing a case of this beer.

p.s. I detected a flavor close to vanilla. I didn't want to mention it at first since it wasn't listed in the ingredients but i thought it was there and I see now some other people picked the flavor out as well so there you have it. A secret ingredient? A known mellowing/smoothing agent? Could be. Stranger things have happened in the beer world! (1,637 characters)

Photo of Long813
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black body with no light shinning through. One finger of mocha head with some retention. Typical look for a heavy stout aged a bit.

S: Amazing aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. It smells like I'll be drinking melted chocolate. Very pleasing.

T: Big mix of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. The alcohol is still quite strong, coming through in the taste.

M: Thick bodied with low carbonation. Texture is oily and thick, what I would expect from a strong stout. After taste is of chocolate and coffee with a strong lingering alcohol finish.

O: Great chocolate beer. I've usually been impressed with ST beers and this is no different. Well made, but still a little to hot. (696 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; bottled June 29 2012. I've seen most of the brews in this Blackwater Series for sale in Ontario over the last year or so, but until now I'd never actually bothered to pick one of them up. Not that they didn't look enticing, but various factors - high prices, conflicting reviews and the fact that I am typically not all that enthusiastic about high ABV brews in general - combined to cause me to avoid this series on principle. Still, I love me some coffee, and this one's label description managed to intrigue me into a purchase. Poured into a tulip wine glass, and served only slightly chilled.

Pours a deep brownish-black colour, reminiscent of cola, topped with a half-finger of dense, beige-coloured head that wilts away relatively quickly. Its only remnants are a narrow, foamy collar around the edge of the glass and a modest spattering of lacing. Not the most impressive thing to look at, but oh man does this stuff have a lovely aroma - lots of roasted malts, chocolate (more milk than dark but both are present), espresso and molasses, with hints of vanilla, raisins and fruit cake. Honestly, this is one of the best-smelling beers I've had in recent memory; everything about it is robust, complex and intense.

In fact, 'robust' and 'intense' just might be the words of the day, because the flavours are every bit as bold and interesting as the aroma. The sip starts off sweet, with a solid dose of milk chocolate, molasses and hints of dark fruit, followed by some pleasant espresso notes. This immediately leads into a huge blast of roasted malts, dark-roasted coffee and baker's chocolate, finishing with a combination of earthiness, roastiness and booziness. Milk chocolate, coffee grinds and some ethanol heat linger into the aftertaste. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with a relatively silky consistency and moderate carbonation that could probably stand to be toned down a notch. This becomes less of an issue as it warms and breathes.

Maybe I should rethink that whole "high abv beers aren't my thing" thing, because this is an absolutely delicious imperial stout that I honestly can't find much to complain about. It's one of the finest dessert beers I have ever had the pleasure of trying, and would eagerly recommend it to any fan of chocolate beers, coffee beers, or imperial stouts in general.

Final Grade: 4.49, a very high A grade. At 11.2%, Southern Tier's Mokah is actually the heftiest beer I've ever bothered reviewing. Make no mistake - the taste is just as big and impressive as the abv suggests, but the supremely well-balanced flavours prevent it from becoming a sticky-sweet boozy mess (which is usually my main concern with these big stouts, and why I am rarely willing to shell out the bucks for them). A sinfully tasty 'extreme' beer that is well worth a try, and an ideal tipple for Christmas evening. Highly recommended. (2,898 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color with not much of a head and some lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. A little bit of roasted malts.

T: Lots of chocolate and a little bit of roasted malts. Mostly chocolate,

M: Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation.

O: It's almost like I'm drinking chocolate milk with a ton of alcohol in it, Fucking lovely!! (391 characters)

Photo of SanFranJake
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter, as directed. Thanks nUgZ for this hook up!
Poured a deep dark brown/black with little or no head.
A deep coffee and cocoa aroma as you take it in.
First sip was amazing! It's called Mokah for a reason and it delivers! While not an Abyss or BCBS, I took a sip and was amazed! Soooo warm and delicious!
While it does get tastier as it warms, I was eager for the next, and next, and next sip.
This is am amazing stout that I can't wait to share with others, pending receipt of trades going forward.
nUgZ, I owe you mang! (557 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black. Very little head. Some alcohol legs. Fairly standard for a high alcohol Imperial Stout.

A: HUGE, HUGE!!! Chocolate smell. This surpasses any chocolate aroma I've had from another beer. Dark and milk chocolate pour through. Not even sure how, but creamy smoothness is conveyed. Some sugary sweetness is present as well. Perhaps a NERD candy smell? Hard to place but you get the picture.

T: BAMMM Chocolate in your FACE! Deep, creamy, smooth chocolatey goodness. Its like what you'd want to happen if you poured nestle into a beer. Some bitterness from the hops shine in as well. Chocolate bomb.

M: Thick, smooth, and some carbonation action on the tongue which I wouldn't have expected. The hops leave a dry finish, with chocolate over tones.

O: Fantastic brew. Can't think of anything that comes close, maybe MAYBE, Green Flash Double Stout is in the same ball park sitting up in the nose bleeds. Definite must try for stout lovers. Love this beer, will drink again. (1,026 characters)

Photo of maltyb
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a Leffe chalice, tried to let it warm up a little bit before drinking.

Produced a nice solid brown head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving lace that lasted for a good while before being left with a ring of foam around the glass.

Color is as close to black as possible, no light gets through this, very dark brown.

Aroma is initially of chocolate, which becomes more pronounced as it warms. At one point the smell is reminiscent of Nesquik powder, and eventually some coffee/espresso aroma comes through.

Taste is definitely chocolate based in the front, malty and sweet. Before this warmed up it was nearly cloying. The espresso really comes through more in the taste than in the smell of this brew, and provides the main bitterness. Some noticeable warmth on the finish, as expected at 11.2%. As the carbonation dissipates and it warms, the flavors blend together more smoothly. I do wish it had a bit more hop contribution to help pull the finish together.

The head is creamy initially before giving way to a thick rich feeling beer.

Overall, definitely an enjoyable beer that should be tried at least once. Chocolate on the forefront and a coffee/espresso finish leave it spot on for what its advertised as. (1,256 characters)

Photo of etop8222
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of cfalovo97
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another quality beer from Soutern Tier. One of the breweries I always look forward to seeing at the LCBO.
Smell is chocolate and coffee. Smooth and sweet. Taste is light milk chocolate is very sweet and has a slight bitter aftertaste. There is a bit of a kick in the aftertase that could be a little smoother, but i'm not complaining. Mouth is creamy, the carbonation is very mild.
Overall, as i stated above, another quality beer from Southern Tier. I think i need to visit the brewery (491 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super, oily, inky pour. Heavy and viscous with a two finger tan head. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

Dark chocolate syrup, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, fresh baked bread. There is a touch of molasses and licorice.

Chocolate syrup, espresso, molasses and vanilla. Super rich, super decadent.

Medium to full body, slightly syrupy, medium carbonation really sticky on the lips. (389 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with a smallish espresso colored head. Short head retention, but good amounts of lace on the glass. The aroma is roasted barley, dark chocolate and brandied plums with some spicy booziness evident. huge chocolate flavors - dark, milk, raw nibs fill the taste. A bit of earthy coffee and some caramel add to the complexity. Pine forest hops lay in the back, providing a good bitterness for balance. The wall of malt and chocolate flavors is kind throughout though. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous with light carbonation. The finish is bitter from the preponderance of black malts more so than the hops, and quite chocolatey. Alcohol is evident throughout - a spicy kick - but never distracting.

This is a nice Imperial Stout. Very full flavored, worth a try. It could have a bit less alcohol presence and a bit more hop and coffee presence.. Then it would be world class! (891 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Chocolate explosion, sugary malts, hints of espresso, caramel, vanilla and a touch of burnt toast.

T - The sweetness is present but not overwhelming, literally tastes like chocolate milk with an espresso flavour that lingers on the finish. Solid cocoa profile, hint of ABV sweetness, but for 11.2% the alcohol is dangerously hidden.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and sticky on the finish.

O - Dare I say one of my favourite offerings from Southern Tier. Flavour profile is tasty but not overwhelming. I had no problem taking down this bomber alone. A worthy ale and definitely worth seeking out. (677 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a smallish tan head. Fades relatively quickly.

Smell is predictably full of chocolate and coffee, leaning toward the former. It is a milk chocolate scent rather than dark chocolate, a significant creamy component. Smells like dessert, there is no doubt about that.

Taste is the same. Lots of milk chocolate, some coffee, some caramel. Vanilla. Very sweet. Doesn't have any roast malt or hoppy element to it. Quite nice but you can only drink so much.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. SIlky smooth.

Overall, pretty much what you would expect. Dessert in a bottle. Some is very nice but not a beer you can go through a lot of. (652 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black liquid with slight tan head.

S: Smells primarily of fudgesicle ice cream bars.

T: Grass and chocolate fudge up front, caramel in the middle, and some coffee with roasted barley malt on the back end along.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: A sweet and fantastic tasting imperial stout with chocolate, caramel and coffee flavours. My only complaints are that this beer could have better head retention and more carbonation. (465 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - no date, but I assume its from this year. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Bit of a very dark cola brown upon pouring, but this quickly got quite dark and black. Barest ring of foam around the edge, no lacing. Dark, but not a stunner in the appearance department for this category of stout.

Smell: Very rich and inviting. Rich chocolate & cocoa powder smell combined with afternotes of coffee.

Taste: Very rich. Sweet and desert like. Starts with a rich upfront chocolate taste moving into dark black coffee and bit of an espresso bitter finish at the end. Indeed a beer with coffee and chocolate as the dominant features, as advertised by the bottle. Alcohol very well hidden in all of this richness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy thick, barest level of carbonation underneath it all. Some alcohol burn/bite as it goes down the throat.

Overall / Drinkability: A definite dessert beer. I had this with dessert (Buttermilk Pie) but afterwards, I felt this beer WAS the desert. It stands all on its own. Combining it with more dessert is almost too much. But it is an amazing beer in aroma, taste, and mouthfeel. Definitely a one and done beer though. 1 large snifter was enough, and more and I would be hurting later. The beer is a slow sipping savoring beer, much like a big dessert being picked at and savored towards the end of a nice meal. (1,353 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoked for this guy, 22oz bomber split into snifters...

A: Black pour with red hues, surprisingly not as dark or viscous as I thought it might be...off-tan head dissipates pretty rapidly.

S: Huge milk chocolate and Belgian bittersweet chocolate notes...chocolate covered espresso beans, roasted malt base, hints of darker caramel...lots of sweetness without being cloying. Smells like dessert for sure.

T: Sweetness again, with a moderate roasted malt character...touch of a burnt note on the finish. Dark chocolate and black malt maybe? There is the slightest semblance of balance here between sweet and bitter.

MF: Creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation levels and a dry flash of bitterness on the finish.

O: This is the ST stout I've been looking for since trying Choklat and Creme Brulee. The suggestion of balance, though it might be a facade, is still welcome. Toning down that sweet ST style into something more readily drinkable is a HUGE plus to me. Good stuff. (984 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly jet black, cap of tan head, little lace at the edge of the glass. Smell is full of chocolate, milk and bittersweet, vanilla, coffee beans and a moderate amount of roasty malt are present with bits of alcohol, but really quite chocolate heavy. Taste is similar to the nose lots of chocolate, vanilla and black coffee, sweet milky chocolate notes, fairly bitter most likely the work of the coffee, some alcohol heat but not boozy, more chocolate and coffee beans in the finish and leaves flavours of vanilla in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated and creamy big and full bodied. Delicious stuff here, sweet and loaded with a ton of flavour, really good stuff. (663 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mokah pours a black color with very little head. there was a very sweet aroma, lots of chocolate. There is a very sweet chocolate flavor, lots of coffee flavors too; mokah flavors. Rather sweet, and easy and almost dangerous to drink. Overall a very different and interesting beer, worth a shot. (295 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)

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.