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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,662 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,662
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 155
Gots: 268 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009)
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

01-18-2013 01:45:25 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored a deep, deep brown with good carbonation and a small tan head. Nose is light but good with hints of light cocoa and coffee. taste is smooth and balanced, just the right mix of cocoa and coffee, very subtle and nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, tasty creamy. Drinkability is very good but one bomber and its time to retire.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 02:49:48 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber with a couple friends. Can't say I'm surprised that like ST's other big, dark beers, this is on the sweet and syrupy side. It's not as a over-the-edge as the Creme Brulee, but I might enjoy this more on a scoop of vanilla ice cream than solo. Why? Well the beer is dominated by an almost cloying cocoa, with very minimal mocha notes. I wouldn't have guessed it's a coffee beer really (OK, it's a blend of Jahva and Choklat), many stout get more java flavor from their roasted malts. That said, it's makes for a tasty dessert beer with more balanced malts (against the chocolate, not the hops) than the Choklat. For my money, I'd just get the Jahva.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:15:59 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber.

A: The stout a dark black color, a hue that swallows up all other colors. An off-white head is nothing more than a thin band around the glass.

S: Decadent chocolate drives the nose. It isn't as sweet or intense as Choklat but I'm not complaining. Lactose and sweet java follow, giving this one a really nice aroma. Southern Tier's track record on stouts and smell is impressive (except for Creme Brulee).

T: Bam, this one hits hard. Mocha is dominant up front, sweet and oily and, frankly, a little heavy. Boozy strength can't hide anywhere in this beast. As the taste evolves, coffee comes through but in a small way. Lactic sweetness, a milky smoothness, follows and interacts nicely with the coffee. Coffee stands out in the finish.

M: Coffee and chocolate are dominant with a lactic sweetness backing them up. What's not to like about that? My only request would be a little more coffee.

D: At 11%, this one is a challenge to get through, especially on a July afternoon (I'm not holding ST accountable for the weather in my score). A bold stout no matter how you slice it.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 21:04:51 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

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

Bomber bottle, pours darkest shades of brown, with some ruby hues shining through, the head is dark tan, better the average reteniona dn leaving some spotty stickage. Nose is boldly of the advertized coffee and chocolate. Thick on the tongue, bold on the flavors, high on the quality department. Loads of coffee and over the top chocolate notes. Tasty sipper. More fine brew from ST. World class dessert beer, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 14:22:15 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-21-2014 19:20:55 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

It was served with a finger of mocha-brown head with good retention. The nose was like an Arby's Jamocha milkshake - heavy on the chocolate, underlain with coffee. The color was a Stygian black. The mouthfeel was thick, full, and chewy. It really was like a milkshake, but a quality one, not one of those watery messes that they foist on us now. Lots and lots of dark, rich chocolate on the tongue. Man, I hovered on the brink of diabetes with each sip. The finish was equally intensely sweet. As a hophead, this would not normally be my first choice, but in this case, it was a rare opportunity on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2009 11:22:06 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-09-2013 01:04:04 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-01-2012 16:46:03 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduce to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet milk chocolate with light aromas of freshly brewed coffee and hints of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of sweet milk chocolate which is followed by moderate flavors of roasted malts and roasted coffee. Overall the beer is pretty sweet with a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick upfront with some light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer is fairly sweet and pairs really nicely with dessert - in my case leftover 1st birthday cake from my daughter's birthday party over the weekend (vanilla cake with vanilla frosting). The alcohol is pretty well hidden but due to the sweetness, this is a sipping beer. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:05:40 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate and coffee nose. Flavor is a good chocolate/coffee, some sweetness. High ABV is hidden. $7.69 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:21:25 | More by jdhilt
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours black as ink with a very nice beige head that fades to a ring. Fantastic aromas of very rich dark bitter chocolate and rich black coffee, perhaps with just a hint of cream and sugar. Not very sweet, lots of nice bitterness here. The taste has lots of strong, high quality coffee flavors with a finish that is more bitter chocolate, cream, and a touch of sweetness. Very big beer, but very smooth and quite enjoyable. Not nearly as cloying and sweet as the Creme brulee, but delivers an equally flavorful hit. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:18:08 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-18-2012 15:27:41 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very good dose of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla notes, very slight roasty notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go ST.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 01:13:43 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the clear, barely translucent dark brown brew. Heads recedes gradually, ample legs, and and slow-falling lace. Aroma is deeply of chocolate and alcohol, reminds me of a boozy chocolate Tootsie pop. Taste mirrors the aroma, this is a good thing, alcohol aftertaste may be a touch harsh. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is good as well. A tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 01:45:47 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle pored into large snifters, split with oglmcdgl cause there is no way I could finish this whole bottle.

A- Pitch black like a cold night and with a moderate pour a faint dark tan head popped up with some bubbles within. The tan head faded before my glass was handed to me leaving just a sea of blackness. It took a very hard swirl to bring it back momentarily. Not much lacing just a scattered line here and there.

S- Well this really smells like choklat if you ask me but there is a very faint scent of coffee is in there but it isnt that pleasant smelling, almost generic. Overall I will give this one a pass on smell because I am a lover of choklat and this is not far off. Big huge amounts of dark malts are within the smell as well. Getting some tootsie roll as well and some mild roast.

T- Okay, a little more of the javah does come out in the taste and does make this pleasant, but in no way do I think this is a 50/50 split between the two styles, as the Choklat reigns supreme. Any hops that were used in the brewing process had no chance of making a dent in the taste, in this case they kind of support the overly sweet taste. Big focus on the malts in the taste as well.

M- Thick and sweet. Mokah has the same feel as choklat and many others in the blackwater series, although I have not had Javah by itself though. This one is very sweet and not for the faint at heart. Not bitter in any way, in fact i will venture to say no bitterness just candy like sweetness.

D- As I get older, I find myself to drink less and less in the blackwater series because it's just too much. I love Southern tier's desert beers, but only in about 5oz samples in a sitting. As for Mokah, it's a great beer but in the future i'll just pick between the two base beers and share amongst friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:33:43 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

12-25-2012 22:11:26 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Ontap
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
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Coffee and chocolate are both black and opaque and, wouldn't you know it, Mokah - a beer which blends the two - is too! This dark, oily liquid looks equally like something I'd drink as it does something I might pave the driveway with. Although bubbles formed off the pour, its surface contains no head but instead only a thin smear of brownish colour.

Fix your eyes on something in the distance. Take your hand and cover one eye. Now cover the other eye instead. You see how the depth and alignment in your vision changes? Well that's exactly what happens when smelling this beer. Left nostril: roast coffee; Right nostril: bittersweet chocolate. Background and foreground are interchangeable.

Just as the ashy, heavily roasted (and lightly astringency) taste of black coffee starts to disintegrate from the tongue the curtains part again, this time to reveal the delectably milky, bittersweet flavour of finely conched chocolate. The two flavours really do share the stage, it's nearly impossible to say who puts on the better performance.

Of course, each of these two players already have lead roles in their respective beers (Jah*Va and Choklat - I'll let you figure out which is which). Blending them together, you'd think, might make a beer that's doubly as tasty. That's not the case. But it is equally as tasty. Which just goes to show that sometimes the sum is no greater than its parts.

The mouthfeel is suspiciously light and impossibly void of (nearly) any alcohol. There isn't nearly the bitter roast or rich sweetness you'd expect - whether this works in the beer's favour is a matter of opinion. I personally could have gone for a little more character although I am finding my way to the bottom of this bottle much faster than anticipated.

A world without stouts is a nightmare not worth contemplating; I'm grateful to have relative access to the four amazing beers (and this blend of two of them) that comprise Southern Tier's incredible 'Black Water' series. Although I hope these beers will be around forever, I'll continue to stock the cellar with them as if they won't.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 23:56:04 | More by biegaman
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-15-2013 18:07:23 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other night.

The beer pours a dark blackish brown color with minimal head retention and lacing. Frankly, this beer doesn't look all that impressive. However, looks can often be deceiving in these high gravity beers.

The nose on this beer is gorgeous, with a lovely aroma of milk chocolate, cherry and coffee. This beer smells terrific, and happily, the flavors on the palate pretty much completely replicate the nose. Chocolate lovers will be happy with this beer, no doubt about that. Mouthfeel is full, rich, smooth and mouthcoating, with a very long finish. Drinkability is not this beer's strong suit, though it's not too bad for an ST 11% beer. Initially I didn't detect a lot of alcohol, but as I went along it became more and more prevalent and noticeable. Nevertheless, I had little trouble drinking a pint of this excellent beer, and would rate it as one of the better efforts I've seen from ST of late.

I still wonder about the appearance of this beer, and wonder if the bar was getting near the end of the keg. However, it certainly tasted as if it were fine (and relatively fresh), so who knows. However, will revisit this beer soon and see if it appears the same as it did last night at the Bench. I may need to revise my appearance score.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 14:57:05 | More by John_M
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-18-2012 03:55:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/26/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass with some alcohol legs. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, toffee, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, light coffee, toast, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of chocolate, dark/roasted malt, and light coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, toffee, caramel, toast, vanilla, cream, coffee, roasted malt, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, cream, coffee, and roasted malt on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate coffee presence; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic chocolate/coffee imperial stout! Even with the significant age of it. All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of chocolate, dark/roasted malt, and light coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:44:30 | More by superspak
Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,662 ratings.