Mokah - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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94
outstanding

2,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,134
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 219
Gots: 443 | FT: 12
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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 THANAT0PSIS
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Mokah

Appearance: This imperial chocolate and coffee stout pours, as expected, a very dark brown bordering on black. Only on the very top of the beer is any light visibly coming through. Also positioned at the top of the dark, viscous liquid is a dark tan ring of head that reached maybe an eighth of an inch and moderate alcohol legs due to the high 11.2% ABV; blink, and you will miss any semblance of head, however. It is impossible to know anything about the carbonation because of the opaque nature of the beer. Mokah certainly looks the part of an imperial stout, no more, no less.

Aroma: Sniffing this beer smells like unwrapping a high-quality bar of dark chocolate. The chocolate and dark malts completely dominate the aroma, leaving room only for a touch of coffee-esque notes and just a hint of the alcohol. Hopefully that alcohol will stay in the nose and eyes, rather than invading and destroying the mouth. There are no hops to be found via the nose. Perhaps a better balance could have been found by making the coffee more pronounced. Nonetheless, this beer smells delicious. Southern Tier has, once again, captured the essence of the food or beverage that they are imitating. Hopefully this one does not travel down the cloying corridor that their Crème Brûlée unfortunately passed through.

Taste: Another Southern Tier masterpiece. This beer has the richness of espresso and mocha, mixed with the bitterness that one would expect from a good example of those delicacies. The chocolate is very sweet, but it balances itself because of the bitter nature of dark chocolate. At times, it even approaches baking chocolate levels of bitterness, but that sweetness from the malt and chocolate itself always keeps it in check. Still, this beer could use some more coffee flavor (or less chocolate) to really put it over the top, as the chocolate is the clear star here. Perhaps Southern Tier’s straight coffee stout Javah will take up that mantle. Thankfully, the alcohol is completely absent from the taste, though a bit of heat slowly creeps up on the drinker as the bottle empties. This is definitely the best chocolate beer this reviewer has enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Like the rest of Southern Tier’s imperial catalogue, this morsel is syrupy and sticky with a medium-thick feel on the palate. The carbonation does a great job of making sure the drinker does not get bogged down in the beer, as well as trying, in vain, sadly, to give all the flavors a chance to shine. Surprisingly, while many examples of the style are sippers, this one can either be sipped or enjoyed at a session beer pace (not that that is advised if one wants their clothes to remain on); this may be attributed to the utter drinkability of the chocolate flavor. The finish is a lingering stickiness in and around the mouth as well as a bitter feeling suggestion of hoppy astringency. The mouthfeel really complements the taste.

Overall: This is a very well done imperial chocolate/coffee stout. The aroma (and taste, to a lesser degree) are a bit one-note, but when that note is this fantastic, hearing it over and over is not as tiring as one might think. Be wary while drinking this, as it will disappear far too quickly, and the drinker may wonder where their beer went, or where they, themselves went. Because of this, sharing is highly encouraged; with a beer this good, your friends will owe you something very special indeed. It is a foolproof win-win for you, the purchaser. Southern Tier has yet to disappoint this reviewer, and I eagerly await my next beer from them (Unearthly or Javah, I’m thinking). 16.5/20

Photo of HeartofMiami
4/5  rDev -5%

Pours opaque black like brewed coffee. No head. Smell is mostly chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is odd, much more carbonated, like a porter or lager than expected. Taste is balanced chocolate and coffee but fades fast. No lingering flavor. Not very complex. Not bad but expected better.

Photo of OrangeMen
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9 month old bottle

Appearance- Pours jet black, opaque. One finger thick mocha, cinnamon colored head, bubbly, slightly creamy appearance. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Rich, cold coffee grounds and deep dark chocolates emit a pleasant bitterness. Some sweet milk chocolate aromas as well, also some nice roasted malts and a certain marshmellow aroma.
Taste- Intense milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors, incredibly decadent and sweet. Bitter, roasty coffee comes through and lingers into aftertastes. Roasted malts, thick and creamy sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, thick and creamy. Moderate level of carbonation.
Overall- Wonderful chocolate flavors dominate, milk chocolate sweetness counterbalanced by dark chocolate and roasty coffee bitterness. Wonderful creamy quality to this beer, almost an airy marshmellow flavor and quality floats through. Not overly sweet, but decadent and rich.

Photo of machostacos
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to tulip.

A: Opaque, black, with maybe a touch of ruby highlight around the edges of the glass. Small tight tan head that shrinks to a small ring around the glass and a light film atop the beer. Little to no lacing.

S: Unmistakably mocha - smells like chocolate milk and a frappaccino with a touch of dark sticky fruit and vanilla as well. Soooo tasty! Can't wait to dive into this one. Little to no alcohol presence on the nose.

T: Exactly what you'd expect from the nose, but possibly even more delicious. Loads of chocolate and smooth coffee. Flavors keep bouncing back and forth between the chocolate and coffee, never veering too much into sweet or bitter territories but staying in perfect balance. Finishes bittersweet, a touch more on the bitter side, and tastes of delicious, silky milk chocolate and oh-so-smooth, perfectly roasted coffee. The chocolate and "craft" coffee lovers in me are in heaven. The alcohol is incredibly well-hidden here. There is definitely a warming characteristic, but I can't detect the booziness in the flavor.

M: Big, rich and creamy, with bright carbonation that keeps this beer from feeling too heavy. I'd say it might be just a tad too effervescent, but I like my beers quite thick compared to most. Slightly oily. Coats the mouth well.

D: Simply an absolutely delicious beer. I polished off a bomber on my own and if not for the 11% ABV I could easily drink another. The high alcohol content is incredibly well masked, which can easily lead to trouble if you're not careful with this one since it's just so incredibly delicious. Outstanding. Compared to its cousin "Jahva" (which is no slouch), this brew is in a league of its own.

Photo of hmf05
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty dark although not completely black. I poured this one pretty aggressively and got a massive three finger tan head. The head dissipated to a thin ring of lace that stuck around. The aroma is magnificent. At the forefront I get tons of semi-sweet chocolate followed by coffee. The taste mirrors the smell. A nice blend of chocolate and coffee, but the chocolate comes through more. Not as sweet as I anticipated. I was expecting a cloyingly sweet beer but am pleasantly surprised in how easy it is to drink this. Mouthfeel is good, but I was expecting a thicker body. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Overall, very delicious double. I cannot detect the 11.2% abv which is surprising. This is clearly a dessert beer, but not nearly as heavy as one might expect. Not overly complex as the only flavors are chocolate and coffee, but a decadent brew nonetheless.

Photo of robboyd
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is good. I had mediocre expectations and the beer blew everything I thought a mocha inspired beer could be. I've never tasted so much chocolate in a beer. It was delightful.

It pours a deep dark brown almost black with minimal head but good lacing when filling my gold rimmed tulip glass.

It smells delicious. Lots of chocolate, a touch of coffee, some caramelized sugar, a bit of vanilla. Simply magnificent smelling.

It tastes the same as it smells, a feat in itself. As I mentioned before, it's so strong with the chocolate and that makes it amazing in my eyes. I get coffee and vanilla, caramelized sugar. This actually reminds me more of creme brulee than their beer of the same name.

The mouthfeel was great as well. Medium in body but the wash reminded me of drinking chocolate milk made from the powder, which in this case was a good thing.

Overall, I think this beer is fantastic. I wish I grabbed more bottles because I could drink one anytime the temp drops below freezing.

Photo of adkirkish
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark ruby / Brown. Creamy light tan head w/ slight head retention as consumed / lite persistance.

A: Sweet Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Caramel. No hop aroma. Pretty straightforward.

F: Flavor matches the nose, sweet chocolate upfront and finishes with a light coffee / espresso.

M: Medium-Heavy body and mouthfeel and light carbonation. Drinks incredibly smooth. Light alcohol warmth. Drinks a little boozy.

O: This is an amazing beer. A little more carbonation to enhance the creamy feel and this would be perfectly on point. Would do well pairing with some awesome dessert dishes. I love the blend and they pulled this one off very well.

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.84/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of Lillie1128
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "liberated" McNeill's pint glass

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head

S - yummm, smells like toasty mocha!

T - Oh. Wow. This is stupendous! I'm a sucker for any kind of flavored stout, especially coffee and chocolate. Smooth coffee taste with hint of chocolate. I am in love.

M - Medium, pretty smooth

D - This is a bit dark or I would straight chug it. Into my belly you go little bomber.

Thanks to BobCS for this one!! You must have read my mind.

Photo of fgmiele
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours opaque black with little to no espresso froth colored foam. Mild to little carbonation. Smell is pronounced milk chocolate with some background notes of cacao/espresso. Does not smell like beer. Flavor is sweet, chocolate frothy malted milkshake at first with an intense bitter twang to finish. Smooth, not overall thick, yet clings to the cheeks like milk. Really delicious overall, ultimate nightcap.

Photo of jsp2
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass is pitch black with a thick off white head that slowly subsides into lace. Strong aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and spices. Taste is intensely sweet malt followed by strong coffee and cocoa flavors, with an alcohol finishing presence. Carbonation is low and feels rich and milky. The alcohol makes it a sipper for sure.

According to the bottle it's a combination of Choklat and Java, and I think the sum is more than the parts, this really is an incredible combination of flavors and one of the most unusual and satisfying brews I've had. Well worth the price and this would make an incredible desert.

Photo of dfclav
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter 

A - black, not much passes into this one, pretty much like all stouts. Barely any head and dissipates almost immediately.

S - bittersweet chocolate, coffee....pure vanilla extract...combined outside of a beer this is an excellent combo; but mixed with a hoppy presence it takes something away.

T - this is definitely mocha, with a very good balance of hops. The perfect amount of IBU's for a beer like this.

M - very smooth, good carbonation. Nice hop presence.

D - the abv is hidden deceptively well in this and I had no problem polishing off a 650ml in no time. It's good for a dessert beer, but give me Old Rasputin instead. I don't think this beer deserves the hype it gets but it's good.

Photo of infestaxion
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dpowers for sending this one my way.

A - Brown with a slight coffee colored head.

S - Chocolate syrup with not much coffee in there. Smells sweet but I like it.

T - Sweet chocolate dominates the first taste then fades to some coffee. Some roasted malt with alcohol at the end.

M - For a double stout, I think that it should be thicker. Medium to heavy carbonation but creamy nonetheless.

D - Very drinkable for 11%. The alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness isn't overpowering.

I'm not sure that this is a double stout. I'd probably put it more in the sweet stout category. And I'd make it my favorite sweet stout. Maybe Imperial Sweet Stout?

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really am impressed by the appearance of this beer. The way the bubbles shoot to the top and the fact that the head retention is perfect, I think that it is carbonated very well. Black body and a cream color head that quickley turns into a whip cream consistency. Lacing perfect. Color perfect. Appearance perfect.

s- I can smell that this beer has been brewed with chocolate. It is so upfront that I cant smell the other aromas around it. This beer definately delivers what it is trying to. I already know that its name lives up to its flavor.

t- wow the flavor of this beer doesnt at all dissapoint. The chocolate flavor doesnt hit you right away, instead waits for the moment of bitterness and substitutes it with sweetness. I am in shock that this beer is 11% alcohol, goes down like chocolate milk.

m- perfectly carbonated with a creamy feel to it. The beer is like silk. I am getting impressed more and more with this beer.

Photo of DrewShal9
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pitch black with a 1finger light tan head
S: a strong nose of chocolate, light coffee, vanilla, dark fruits vaguely emanating from my snifter and booze
T: mainly chocolate and some coffee with a hint of dark fruit. Booze finishes the end but its a welcomed booziness as there isn't a heat and it's smooth.
M: silky and almost like milk chocolate. Very fitting. Not a lot of carbonation.
O: think I may have gotten an older bottle but its still enjoyable. Gonna look for a fresh bottle soon. Or try and recreate this blend with the jahva and chocolate stouts from southern tier.

Photo of SiphonKing
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious blending of Jah-Va and Choklat from Southern tier. The coffee comes through with a nice balance of chocolate. A little on the sweet side but well balanced with the coffee. A great dessert beer that can even be the final course in a dinner. I highly recommend this beer and it is a welcome addition to
STBC line-up of Blackwater Imperial Stouts series.

Photo of chrisgn
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a pitch black appearance and thick head upon first pour that dissipates to nothing. The mouthfeel is think and creamy. There are some really nice chocolate and coffee notes in the taste, but to me, the flavor of the alcohol is not masked well. I can smell it in the glass and it over powers the other flavors of the beer. It is 11% so it is certainly a strong beer, but I do not like the boozy quality that only gets worse as the beer warms up. I want to work through the ST Imperial Series. I enjoyed Pumking and Big Red, but I do not think I will get this one again. I hope Chokolat, Javah, and Creme Brule are better.

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black, poured into a snifter. Brown on the edges when held to light. Semi-thick brown head. Hard to see too many specifics on appearance, as the bar I drank it in was too dark.

Aroma is of heavy milk-chocolate. Sweet nose, with obvious coffee smells included. It smells exactly like its name: Mocha. Really a great nose. Everything a dessert beer should be, rich and decadent!

Palate: Amazing. Full bodied chocolate and coffee flavors. Hints of alcohol (11% ABV comes through nicely). Caramel and subtle hoppy bitterness on the finish. Compliments the cocoa flavor perfectly!

Intense and flavorful, each sip brings some new complexity. A sweet beer, which may make it hard to drink for some, this is a beer to be shared and sipped slowly, perhaps with a canoli? or tiarmisu? Really a tasty beer. Hats off to Southern Tier.

Photo of beerorRIP
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the office: poured into a delerium tulip, yields a tan two finger head that hangs around. not much lacing noticed throughout. the body is a nice obsidian black, with no light passing through. filtered? who knows.

wow this thing smells awesome! right away chocolate. vanilla. coffee. some roasted malt. alcohol. it all blends to a really nice aroma. i kept on simply smelling this thing in the tulip throughout (which had some barflies wondering what i was doing).

the taste matches the aroma. man, it's sweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of roasty, with an underlying vanilla and sweet cream taste. there is some alcohol taste in there, but it's easily overpowered by all these other guys. no bitterness here really, but it works for what they were aiming for.

full bodied and thick. again, this is good for the flavor profile. i'd not like it to be thin, it would seem really strange.

this is a very very sweet bomb of a brew. don't ask how, but i did have two in one sitting. and i was rather goofy feeling afterwards. like a kid who had too many milkshakes. one should have been enough, but i wanted to catch that aroma and flavor again.

Photo of RyBrew54
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/8/14 vintage. Stored at 46° in beer fridge. Pours jet black with light brown head. Decent head that dissapates moderately with solid lacing. Rich milk chocolate nose, cocoa malt, light roasty notes. Taste is semi sweet chocolate that is followed with a milky cream note, roasty malt comes through, then layered with dark chocolate, and finishes with bitterness that comes from coffee and dark chocolate backbone. Not getting a lot of coffee/"Mokah" but the semi bitterness from coffee is there. Body is lighter, semi syrupy, and easy to drink. A rich, silky smooth, and tasty imperial stout that has milk stout qualities. A great stout offering that was worth saving.

Photo of joerodiii
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears black and murky with minimal head. Aroma is almost purely chocolate with a touch of alcohol. No discernable hops in aroma or taste.
Taste is overwhelmingly chocolate, as well. I can't say that I'm getting much, if any, coffee. There is the expected roastiness. The chocolate really lingers.
Mouthfeel is velvety thick.
While this is a very enjoyable beer, its strength and thickness make it a slow sipper.

Photo of tim9887
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into goblet

Appearance: BLACK as night; 1" of tan foamy head

Aroma: Dark chocolate/cocoa; boozy

Taste: Very malty! Sweet chocolatey flavor up front w/ a touch of bitter/roasty coffee that lingers on in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very viscous; moderate alcohol warmth; soft subtle carbonation

Photo of MadLatvian
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Just too much chocolate for me.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours complete darkness into a snifter with nice 2 finger dark brown head. Smells like chocolate syrup with some twangy alcohol scents. Taste is in your face kick you in the pallet chocolate followed by a nice roasted coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, thick, and oily with little carbonation. Alcohol can be felt warming your guts while this oil slick makes it's way to your stomach so I'm going with a 4. Very tasty brew. Play on ST. Phin, Paul, and Jared, nice job!!!

Photo of Trentt2
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic stout. Smells like chocolate. Tastes like that and coffee. Smooth and creamy as heck. Great beer.

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,134 ratings.