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Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,993
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 204
Gots: 358 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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:
Beer added by: DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

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Photo of bmjivi221
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of zoso1967
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mokah pours a deep dark blackish brown that appears quite opaque, but shows some orange highlights around the edges.. The head is wonderfully fluffy and mocha colored with excellent retention and decent lacing abilities. This is a very attractive brew.

The aroma is just what I had expected and yet at the same time not. It is predominantly chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate really ruling the roost. It is a chalky bakers type chocolate aroma crossed with chocolate milk that reminds me a lot of Choklat. The coffee aromas seem nice and roasty.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well, though the coffee comes through very nicely on the back end of the flavor with its sharp roasty qualities. The flavors are intense and true, but chocolate and coffee are pretty much all I get. I pick up a bit of vanilla and some caramel as it warms, but they are way in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a smoothness that is broken up by some lively bubbles. The finish is sweet, but tempered by the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors.

This is another flavorful beer from the blackwater series. It is quite tasty, but just like all the others it is a bit over the top. I must say though, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it had more coffee in the aroma.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz pours a dark brown, cola around the edges, thin mokah head which dies to the odd spot of head. Not much retention.

Cocoa powder, espresso, sweet sugar, caramel, chocolate milk in the nose.

This is not as chocolatey as Choklat, not as coffee as Jahva but a pleasant mix. Blends a little too much into a nondescript sweet mess but still a pleasant stout. Cocoa powder and roast bitterness, sweet caramel and milk, chocolate, lighter coffee, espresso in finish, hint of booze in the throat, very sweet body.

A sipper for sure and the smooth, light carb aids the sipping. A dessert beer, wouldn't want this with a meal or summer. A bomber is the max but for what it is, relatively drinkable.

Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMoney575
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-30-09

Pours super black, no light at all, even on the edges. Almost no head, and absolutely no lacing.

Smell is immense chocolate, sweet and bitter at the same time. Tons of vanilla, with a very young, sweet-stout aroma dominating. Super sweet, but very enjoyable.

Taste is all alcohol bite, with lots of sweet vanilla flavor. A little coffee is in there, right at the end, but the finish is all booze. Not as offensive as it might sound, just very young.

Mouthfeel is thick and very creamy, spot-on for the flavors.

Drinkability is not very good, the sharp alcohol and sweetness are a wicked combo.

Overall, a good beer, and I might have to pick up another one, to age for awhile.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a light tan head.

Mokah is right! No word could describe it better. Its like a mocha milk shake with chocolate sprinkles. Maybe I'm just anzious to kick back and enjoy this one, but I just don't know what I can add here. Amazing Mocha aromas combine with an equally remarkable mocha flavor to create a decadent, deliscious brew. Full bodied and velvety in feel. Really lingers on the palate.

Depth is the strength of this beer. It doesn't offer much range of flavor, its really all about chocolate and coffee and nothing else, but those flavors are captured so brilliantly I couldn't hope for anything else. The other thing that impresses me is the lack of bitterness. Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stouts tend to be rather bitter, sometimes to their detriment. Mokah is almost the opposite, if anything it may be a tad sweet. In any case, it is just the right beer for a cool Kansas City night next to the fire. Speaking of which....

Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of GuttaMane138
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ksimons
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black with no highlights seen, a fingers worth of dark tan head leaves some lacing around the top

S-lots of sweet chocolate with a nice roasted coffee smell mixed in

T-rich milk and dark chocolate with a good mix of dark roasted coffee. Well hidden alcohol for such a high ABV beer.

M-full body, milkshake quality, light to medium carbonation

Overall an excellent chocolate coffee beer, great smell and taste with an amazingly thick body

Photo of elgiacomo
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours relatively thin (for the style) dark brown with a two finger light brown head that leaves spotty lacing and holds a light foamy cap and eventually settles down to just a ring.

Aroma is pretty much pure dark and bakers chocolate, cocoa, some roasted coffee, touch of dark fruits for that Raisinette character, some nuttiness, and a little bit of grassy, herbal hops deep underneath along with a bit of alcohol. Very pleasant and potent aroma overall.

Flavor is rich dark chocolate, cocoa, bakers chocolate, rich roasted robust coffee, fair bitterness and sweetness battling it out, and a strong dose of alcohol which is really the only detractor as it only gains in strength as I work my way down the glass. Oh well. Still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat sticky, medium carbonation.

Very nice overall, I like this better than Jahva, have yet to try Choklat. Booziness is the primary concern, which I'm finding is a common theme among Southern Tier 22oz beers and their apparent 11% ABV benchmark.

That being said, this still scores well with me as I am a sucker for both chocolate and coffee beers, and this really hits the spot in many ways. Glad to have finally tried it.

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from Charles St. Liquors - always a good spot for a lot of stuff. Into a Portsmouth snifter...

First pour looks damn impressive. Dark chocolate/espresso dark with a peanut-colored head to match - actually looks sort of capuccino/cinnamon color. The head is unfortunatel quite ephemeral but the dark body has a nice hint of oiliness and viscosity.

The aroma is what you'd expect...deep, dark, mild roasted chocolatey malt with a calm hint of Italian roast coffee to match. Just like a Reese's cup..."tastes great together." There's a little hint of hop oils in there - maybe not the grapefruit aromas expected from C-hops but definitely some pine and a little flora. Balance in abundance.

This has potential to be excellent - sweet booziness and coffee chocolate goodness. Very much a maple/molasses character there as well. Unfortunately the finish when cold is a little tinny - hoping this clears up. Even after a couple of minutes I can tell that it's dissipating (thankfully). The dry slate from the coffee, bittersweet chocolate and patent malt cleans this up nicely. A little carbonation saltiness cuts the heft. $#!+ dog.

This hits the palate like a Pop Rocks sledgehammer. It's thoroughly meaty beaty big and bouncy but that carbonation gives a spritely tingle - maybe a little too much tingle. Doesn't pour down the gullet as much as oozes down. Still for its viscosity there's a slight layering feel to this - maybe a little more Beautiful Chemistry is needed, cause I'm getting a hint of clamminess.

javah is good, choklat is better. This should in theory either split down the middle or, if the idea was a good one, be more than the sum of its parts. Oh, it's good, alright. It's pretty damn good. Expecting the flavors to synergize a little more but hell, I'm not turning this down.

Some may accuse me for hating on ST, but I like their beers. Somehow as mentioned before, I have 1 or 2 of things like this and don't go back to them. The only ones I come back to the trough for are oat and pumking. And I liked creme brulee. This is good but it seems too much like a gimmick from a marketing sense. Guys, it's time to stop the pump & dump and stick to making good quality beers that people come back to time after time instead of hoping that every beer obsessive picks up only a couple bombers of each every season. Loyalty will be rewarding in the long run. And Cuvee #3 better be damn good, by the way...

Photo of joepais
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dim

It poured rather well into a snifter and produced a finger worth of tan head that went away rather quickly and nothing was left behind . The body was a black in color but it did really miss the lace on top of the glass. I thought this smelled wonderful, these guys do get the aromas' of there brews right. Big old chocolate and coffee it did smell like a Starbucks mochachino. The flavor was a bit sweet for me. though they should have bittered it up a bit. The brew bordered on being to sweet sometimes but the flavor was dead on for a mocha drink. It was medium feeling in my mouth but it did need a tad more carbonation
I finished the bottle myself but wished for someone to split it with half was thru one glass was enough in one sitting. A interesting brew I may buy another to share as a desert

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier and big tasty stouts. It's a good world to be in.
The scents of these big Southern Tier beers tend to be exciting and mokah holds to that tradition. Chocolate is big on the nose. Chocolate milk type cocoa, though not Yoohoo.
Flavor is also chocolatey, perhaps along with some vanilla extract. I'm not getting a whole hell of a lot of coffee out of it but maybe I could see a coffee drink, heavy with milk and cocoa powder. Possibly something along the lines of a chocolate soda.
Bosco! yeah.
Coffee comes across most in the bitter finish, though it really strike me as more of a dark, dark chocolate type bitter finish.
Booze doesn't really come across at all in the flavor but there's some of a boozy breath sensation after a bit; it's 11% strong, after all.
Chokolat is perhaps a more impressive Southern Tier stout but this one might be a bit better balanced. Definitely less potential for cloying. Tasty times.

Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to mdfb79 for this growler fill - Cheers Dan

Notes from 09/12/11
Growler to Goblet

A: First growler pour was a slight viscous black color with some dark brown hints to it and no head. Just some specks of lace. Carbonation looked low however other pours yielded a decent 1 finger turbanado sugar cap to it.

S: Mokah smells like straight chocolate syrup. YooHoo bro. Deep chocolatey roasted malts. Some hints of this toasted oaky character too it. Has a sort of overall Tootsie Roll smell. It is quite incredible.

T: TOOTSIE ROLL. This is a rich and decadent brew no doubt. TOOTSIE ROLL Chocolaty for sure. TOOTSIE A tad thicker and def sweet but not too syrupy. ROLL Touch of licorice. Some booze. TOOTSIE ROLL Has a slight almost fake/artificial component to it that is not so pleasant but tolerable. TOOTSIE ROLL Some alcohol warmth. TOOTSIE ROLL A real treat. TOOTSIE ROLL.

M: Thicker body with any oily slick viscous mouthcoat.

D: A sweet and decadent sipper. Not something you are going to session at all.

Definitely an adventure in craft beer. A must try for any chocolate beer lovers...unless you can't stand TOOTSIE ROLLS

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of dbossman
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black and a bit bubbly with a huge frothy head with great retention; lacing is great especially considering the style

S: Rich chocolate--like chocolate syrup on top of a slightly bitter coffee aroma; roasted malts and a slight vanilla quality emanate as well; but that sweet chocolate dominates

T: Major chocolate--sweet milky chocolate like Hershey's chocolate syrup--with a bit of coffee; but that chocolate dominates; there is also a slight pleasant alcohol burn

F: A wonderful creamy viscosity all throughout the mouth; the beer coats the entire mouth and flows gracefully down the throat; perfect mouth feel

D: Delicious brew but almost an overwhelming amount of chocolate and not enough coffee for balance

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,993 ratings.