Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
As impressed as I was with the creme brulee, I think this one tops it! It immediately reminded me of tiramisu and coffee after a good meal. What a dessert beer!
The body is a dark black-brown with deep mahogany highlights at the base of the glass and just under the creamy head along the rim of the glass. The creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves nice splatters and spots of lacing behind.
Caramel, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, and coffee greet you in the nose. It's a bit sweetish to be sure, and that carries over into the flavor...
..where coffee appears first, followed by some alcohol (it's reminiscent of Kahlua) and then notes of chocolate, vanilla, cream, caramel, nuts and coffee. A solid bitterness backs it, and in conjunction with the dark malt acidity and a hint of grassy hops, they lead it to a focused, less-sweet finish. The depth of flavor is stunning, and only the note of alcohol holds it back from being exceptional. As you progress through the glass your palate will single out certain flavors at certain times, but I find it always seems to end with a kind of roasted, almost smokey, coffee note.
Really nice! A stunning dessert beer!
06-23-2009 01:05:53 | More by NeroFiddled
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a very faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by sweet and creamy flavors of milk chocolate and black coffee. There is a touch of an alcohol sting that tries to poke its way through the malts and the hops presence is very mild but where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice big creamy stout worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for the style.
12-29-2010 04:52:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.58/5 rDev +9%
A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body with absolutely no light showing through. The foam settles down pretty quickly and leaves only light lace on the glass.
S - Slightly acrid roasted malt with a hint of coffee and sweet, rich chocolate. Medium caramel notes come out in the background with a hint of spicy molasses and perhaps some pine hops.
T - Sugary malt up front with notes of caramel and mild chocolate. Spicy hop notes appear in the middle with some herbal, chicory like coffee flavors. Finishes with sweet milk chocolate richness and some blacker roasted coffee character. Lingering acidic roasted notes with a hint of smoke and more of the spicy chicory flavor that appears earlier.
M - A thick, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.
D - Big, sweet, thick and surprisingly well balanced considering the divergent points of the flavor compass that it hits. The aroma is somewhat subdued, with a subtle spicy chocolate note as its most prominent aspect. Nonetheless, while it may be a somewhat one dimensional aroma, being simply the aroma of chocolate, it is still enticing as it is the aroma of very good chocolate. The beer only really comes alive once it hits the tongue with a combination of rich, creamy chocolate and intriguingly spicy coffee that melds flawlessly. There is a lot of caramel in the background, which works nicely with the chocolate character and seems to highlight the chocolate's richness in particular. I an inclined to think that the national origin of the chocolate used in a beer would be of little consequence, but whether it is real or just a placebo effect, I can't help but think that the chocolate character in this beer has a smooth, buttery richness that I would normally associate with Belgian chocolates in particular. The coffee is quite interesting as well. I don't know if it is a varietal characteristic or something from the malt bill, but the coffee notes are unusually spicy and chicory like, which plays nicely off of the subtle pine hop character and acts as a contrast to the creamy thickness of the chocolate. I am usually of the opinion that chocolate and coffee are wasted in most stouts as they rarely achieve flavors that malt, if used skillfully, could not by itself, but this beer is a stunning exception. This is the best Southern Tier brew that I have tried thus far, and it is a unique and very well executed interpretation of the style.
06-22-2010 04:50:32 | More by nickfl
3.63/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
06-28-2009 17:57:28 | More by WVbeergeek
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
Thanks to koopa for this one, cheers Dennis!
Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of, well mocha colored head. Above average lacing & a trace of head retention
S: Cream, cocoa & coffee, plus grinds, fades a bit a the end, pus a touch of booze
T: Roasty malt, cocoa, chicory, along with dryness & dark chcolate up front. As this warms, I get juicy, singed grain, coffee grinds & dark chocolate, plus a touch of iron & booze. Finishes warming, choclately, with juicy grain, charred grain & vanilla & toffee
MF: Smooth, semi-chewy, skews sweet, but is working for me
Drinks a touch slow between the ABV & heft. I am loving this for what it is, not for everyone I'm sure, but in my wheelhouse! Maybe my ultimate dessert/breakfast beer??? Nah, but close
07-31-2009 03:16:45 | More by russpowell
4.45/5 rDev +6%
Mokah, A Stout Brewed with Chocolate and Coffee. "Imperial" Mokah.
Jamaican coffee, Belgian chocolate, caramel, chocolate & black malts...11%? We're in for some fun.
Aroma is all chocolate, coffee below, hops muted....appearance, utter darkness, rich, roasted brown head....that aroma is to kill for though...so, rich, bittersweet, ...is it my birthday already?
Taste:Insane! Everything I try from these guys goes further and further. Jahva, and Oat, and Choklat...these can be pushed further and made deeper, richer, fuller and more expressive in flavor? Damn right.
Bittersweet, coffee mingled with rich cocoa flavor...liquefied chocolate frosting.
Holy macaroni, this is great stuff. Full-bodied, long, luxurious finish. Damnably delicious. Pretty amazing, never quite tasted quite this much genuine chocolate flavor in a stout. Intense, decadent, almost indecent.
06-14-2009 05:55:33 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is black with a thin and brown, falls away quick. Almost no lacing. Rate of carbonation is difficult to determine in stouts and porters. Cannot see any but I assume it is there. Whoa aroma. Alcohol, solvent, chocolate, the aroma is a little harsh, in your face. Any roasted malt aroma is completely eclipsed by the chocolate.
Beer is warm in the taste. Probably due to the high alcohol. There is some roastiness on the back end of the flavor. The midpalate flavor is full of chocolate again. The coffee flavors definitely come at the end. Mouthfeel is fine. Neither thin nor thin. Imperial stouts should have some body to them, this hits the low end of that. Drinkability is surprisingly high considering style and ABV. Overall a very good, albeit, flavored beer. Imperial stouts are not my favorite, have to admit, but this one is good.
10-07-2009 04:06:47 | More by drabmuh
4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a double walled tumbler
A - Deep black w/ a garnet acccent and 1 finger of light tan, the translucent clarity w/ a quickly settling tan that clings as a sheet to the glass and has an ultra fine bead.
S - Like chocolate milk - sweet and bitter aromas of belgian chocolate w/ a gentle hop accent but the chocolate overwhelms w/ both sweet and roasted notes
M - Creamy rich sweet and strong w/ alcohol warmth and bitter cocoa/hop finish w/ a high residual sweetness in the feel and mild fruitiness
T - Right of the bat the chocolate/vanilla taste and dark malt blend w/ subtle roast sweet coffee but the chocolate overtakes the jamaican blue's subtleties. Candy and cocoa lik a yoohoo w/ class. The taste is followed by a citrusy chinook/columbus combo and plum fruitiness stand up to support all the dessert like malt and chocolate saturated taste. The mix of dark malt citrus and alcohol lasts until the last sip.
D - Not the most drinkable but high on flavor a bit too sweet w/ less actual mocha taste - too little java taste. It is a real dessert, a rich beer best shared at 11%. I would probably prefer 10oz or less and would like it in cooler weather
05-24-2009 16:38:33 | More by Slatetank
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet, chocolate scent that's right in line with the style. The taste is great! It has a smooth chocolate flavor with a nice complimentary coffee taste. This is a damn nice dessert beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's a bit on the sweeter side, but I'm a huge fan.
06-06-2009 23:50:52 | More by WesWes
4.2/5 rDev 0%
On tap at Pinocchio's.
Of course I've seen this beer around everywhere, but as far as ST goes, I got into the habit of brushing them off as uninteresting, because I really didn't find many of their beers to be that good. But recently, either they just started "clicking" with me, or they've made some serious improvements. I'm going to have to revisit some of their other offerings after having Mokah on tap.
Obsidian black pour into a mini snifter, topped with a small cap of mocha head that fell to a ring and held there; tiny dots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was understandably big on roast, roasty coffee, roasty malts, hints of dark chocolate. Lots of robust flavor, dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses...that's about it, and with a name like "Mokah," what else do you really want? There was enough sweetness in this hearty brew to keep the intense roast at bay. Full body, smooth, velvety mouthfeel, despite the higher ABV. Yep, I'll go back for more of this one.
05-23-2014 13:46:05 | More by Rifugium
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a pitch black with finger of tan head that goes away and just leaves a ring.
Smell: Quite sweet with lots of chocolate up front. I do pick up some roast and coffee, but it's not as strong as the chocolate.
Taste: More roast and coffee here than in the smell. Sweet but there is a good balance of roasty bitterness. A bit creamy, and I can definitely taste the chocolate. Hardly taste the alcohol at all.
Mouthfeel: Thick with a good amount of smooth carbonation. Sticks to your mouth long after the sip is done.
Overall: I had this in the cellar for a year, and it was really smooth. This is one of the better coffee stouts I've had. Really nice.
07-23-2011 02:46:42 | More by oline73
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate with some coffee as well as some cream. The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate with some creamy coffee notes. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A excellent, full bodied stout that is very heavy on the chocolate.
05-19-2010 02:31:31 | More by Mora2000
4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle from 2009.
a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.
s - Smells of sweet rich chocolate, almost like Hershey's syrup. Also smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and only hints of coffee. Perfect smell to me.
t - Taste is smooth rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, hints of coffee, and hints of alcohol. Very nice.
m - Full bodied and low carbonation. Thick and smooth.
d - I've been holding into this one for about 7 months or so and finally drank it and thought it was amazing. I'm a big fan of ST's Choklat & Creme Brulee and this is right up their with them. Amazing chocolate smell and taste and will definitely try again.
05-04-2010 23:51:41 | More by mdfb79
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
22 oz. bottle - poured into snifter:
Pours shiny black (dark brown when looking down into it) with a brown head that descends to thin wisps and a ring. Some dots and "legs" stick.
The smell is of very rich, delicious chocolate backed by roasted coffee.
The taste is of rich chocolate with very nice roasted coffee. They work hand-in-hand with each other and tied together by caramel. The ST house character is there. Sweetness, with a touch of warming, well-incorporated alcohol turns to a bitterish, dry finish.
Full-bodied and very smooth.
A rich chocolate/coffee dessert that has an easy drinkability for its richness and abv.
05-20-2009 01:22:02 | More by jwc215
3.63/5 rDev -13.6%
Deep, dark ruby brown color where only the minimal level of light can pass. Beige head that is predictable for stout, leaving stringy lace while maintaining a thin layer of bubbles after settling completely.
The smell is all mocha--no false advertising here. It leans slightly to the cocoa side, like a freshly opened Hersey's Cocoa.
Lots of cocoa to the tongue from the initial sip to long after the swallow. Interestingly, there's no indication to the high level of alcohol present. Lowly carbonated, given this beer a thick oily mouthfeel.
10-02-2010 21:24:21 | More by smcolw
4.78/5 rDev +13.8%
Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger head that falls to a spotty surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.
Smell: loads of chocolate rise from the glass. Some hints of coffee are there too.
Taste: big chocolate tones, nice coffee flavors, some prunes sweetness, mild roasted malt flavors, and a decent bitterness make up a superb double stout. Alcohol is warming but not noticable flavorwise.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth and creamy throughout with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavor linger in the moth for a while.
Drinkability: this is one of the most drinkable beers I have had at this alcohol level. Easy to quaff and numerous glasses could be had over a session but it will hit you eventually. Great beer.
05-09-2009 00:13:52 | More by Gavage
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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