Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #511
Ranked #1,477
4.23 | pDev: 10.17%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!
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Sigmund from Norway

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, as Southern Tier Imperial Mokah, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.0%. Pitch black colour, moderate to low tan head. Lovely strong aroma of predominant chocolate, also notes of vanilla and coffee. The flavour has loads of dark chocolate, vanilla and strong coffee, with bitter hops (Columbus and Chinook) in the finish. Extremely powerful stuff.

May 01, 2021
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having a 2015 bottle in 2020 and this has held up tremendously. I figured the coffee or chocolate would take over but both are still balanced. Tasty and not too old yet at this juncture. Goes down easy. Finishes smooth with a coffee aftertaste. Truly a well balanced beer that has aged as such. Quite enjoyable.

Apr 05, 2020
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful beer. Straight up milk chocolate until the after taste, which is dark chocolate. Every possible thing about this is chocolate and great. Great at 7 years aged.

Dec 02, 2018
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reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft in large snifter glass. Pour a little cold. Very little head that dissipated quickly. Smells awesome, cocoa and vanilla. Very smooth taste and finish for a 10% beer. Lots of choc and not boozy

Feb 03, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There weren’t any significant differences in either one. The appearance was a nice dark brown close to brown colored body with a decent one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. There was some light lacing here and there in a messiness of sorts. The smell had a nice rolling bittersweet cocoa bean to roasty ground coffee bean hovering over top of some light vanilla. The taste was sweet all the way and pervades inside of a light roastiness that allows the vanilla to combine very nicely. There is a long lingering roasty to sweet milk chocolate aftertaste that lead to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Overall, what a nice imperial stout to have again.

Jun 27, 2017
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from tap at Southern Tier's new location in Pittsburgh. As Leah says, "It tastes like you are walking into Hershey's Chocolate World! We liked this one a lot!

Jan 20, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Dark black. Light white head.
AROMA is chocolate and vanilla. touch of coffee.
TASTE is chocolate more than coffee. Too Sweet.
FEEL: A bit syrupy like all the Blackwater. Ok."
Parallel tasting: 1 GD Espresso Yeti, 2. Lagunitas Capuccino Stout 3. Old Dominion Morning Glory 4. Southern tier Mokah

Dec 20, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz snifter at Stone Grille & Taphouse in York PA. Dark, dark brown with a thin tan head. Initial impression is chocolate, coffee, and booze. Medium mouthfeel - very smooth. Carbonation is light, but just about right for the style. Sweet, chocolate finish. Very enjoyable and very drinkable, even at 10%.

Oct 29, 2016
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a 10 oz snifter from draft at Half Day Brewing on May 6, 2016. Look is dark brown with a thick tan head and lingering lacing. Smell is cocoa powder and coffee with dark roasted malt aromas. Taste is cocoa and hints of coffee with dark roasted malt flavors.

May 06, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage
~ 1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, frothy and creamy. Slight alcohol legs and head lacing.

Aroma- Bittersweet chocolates, cocoa, chocolate syrup. Spicy coffee bean, roasted malt, and toasted marshmellow.

Taste- Dark chocolates, roasted coffee, spicy coffee bean. Fudgy chocolate syrup, dry cocoa. Caramel, vanilla, marshmellow creaminess.

Feel- Medium feel, sweet and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Coffee seems to have come more forward with age. In previous tastings the chocolate almost seemed to cover up, but now a nice roasty coffee quality has come forward more. Still has a good amount of chocolate, but its in nice balance with the coffee. Beer has aged well.

Apr 24, 2016
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Iluvink from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A pretty good dessert stout. Coffee isn't as strong as I thought it would be, but the chocolate comes through. I won't run to the store for another, but wouldn't pass it up if offered another.

Apr 14, 2016
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like chocolate flavored stouts, this is the one for you. It is screaming of dark chocolate. It's one dimensional but its soooo tasty in the chocolate flavors. This is what I like in a stout. Enjoyed greatly.

Mar 21, 2016
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance - dark brown body with dark tan head

Smell - chocolate candy bar, mocha

Taste - chocolate, mocha, toffee, coffee, hint of booze

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, sweet upfront, enough bitterness and hoppiness to provide some balance

Overall - enjoyable beer that starts out sweet, but has enough balance to keep you coming back. Would be appropriate as a dessert beer.

Price Point - $6.99/22 oz bottle

Jan 23, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brewery thinks of their job too much like chemists and not enough like they're in the food industry. This beer was at least decent, but also had some artificial notes and some unpleasant char.

Dec 24, 2015
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a small tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts
T: taste is a huge blast of milk chocolate with some balancing coffee. There's a slight roast malt presence as well but with this beer the chocolate is the star of the show. Swallow is more milk chocolate and coffee with some more roasted malt and a slight burnt sugar taste at the very end. Maybe a little oxidized
M: Smooth and velvety on the palate with a heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is smooth and just slightly prickly. This one has a drying finish.
O: Very chocolatey with a little coffee right now. This bottle is at least eight months old at this point so unfortunately the coffee has faded. I'm sure it was a better balance but now it's a really sweet treat. Still a great beer if you like cafe mochas.

Dec 15, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mostly black, a little dark brown to it. Thick. The head is tan and small. Expected better aroma, more coffee. Boozy aroma too.

Taste was ok, but damn, where is the coffee and why do I get so much almost fusel alcohol throughout the mouthfeel? Acrid, bitter. Won't be revisiting this, expensive, lame coffee delivery.

Dec 08, 2015
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MGibbons from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great look, nice little head from the bottle pour. Really nice roasted mocha nose. The beer is really creamy on the palate and pleasantly thick. The mocha comes through very strong as does the heavy roast. I'm not the biggest fan of heavy roast, so this could be dialed back a bit for my taste. But overall, this is an excellent beer that isn't overtaken by the 10% alcohol.

Nov 30, 2015
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with a small tan head.

The smell is milk chocolate.

The taste is milk chocolate, light coffee, with some bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall an excellent beer, the chocolate over powers the coffee but it's still good.

Nov 23, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

SAmple a cellar temp 22 oz bottle that I have sat on for about 3 years. The beer pours jet black with small creamy tan head foaming up that fades to a sturdy edge layer fairly quickly after pouring the beer.
The aroma is rich chocolatey malt, almost like a hot chocolate, very sweet nose. No hops and not really any booze on the nose even at 10% ABV.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth texture with mild rolling carbonation. The body is fairly thick and coats my palate after every sip.
Flavor is what is anticipated from the nose with sweet chocolate dominating and a little brown sugar and some booze coming through on the finish. This is a big robust beer but isnt hot on the finish and is actually pretty drinkable. Not too complex but is certainly very enjoyable, a big malty sweet beer. NIce beer for a cool evening.

Nov 22, 2015
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into snifter. The color is a deep brown-almost black-and opaque with a thin, light tan head and lacing. The smell is primarily chocolate, coffee, and some sweet caramel. It's a very aromatic stout! The taste closely follows the nose with chocolate and caramel followed by a slightly bitter burnt coffee. The body is thick and luxurious; you can almost chew it. It's a delightful dessert stout - perfect for sipping after a good dinner. In fact, you could serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Southern Tier's Choklat is delicious; if anything, Mokah is even better. If only they could spell better.

Nov 15, 2015
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep dark black into my tulip glass. Lots of chocolate in the nose the coffee is a little subdued but is evident in the background. The taste is sweet and chocolate and with a subduing bitterness from the coffee makes it all very palatable. A very drinkable stout with great flavors. I need to pivk up a few more of these.

Oct 14, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Westover Beer Garden. Poured into a clear solo cup.

A chocolate shake with a shot on the site. The alcohol and bitter finish balance the sweeter chocolate malty start. Has milk stout qualities. 4

A – Pours a dark brown with a healthy brown head, even for a bar pour. 4

S – Chocolate but maybe a bit too much, malty sweetness. 3.75

T – Milk chocolate/mocha, some milk stout sweetness but not cloying, alcohol is clearly present but not hot or solventy. The coffee was not evident to me. 4

MF – Medium body, semi dry finish, warming. 4

Oct 12, 2015
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black color with brown head. Smells of chocolate hit you immediately then hints of the coffee come thru. Upon tasting, I get Much the same. Huge Chocolate up front with some coffee sneaking in there. Another winner from Southern Tier

Oct 11, 2015
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another homerun by Southern Tier! I have always been impressed with their Blackwater Series beers, and this one did not disappoint. If you are a fan of chocolate or coffee or both, you need to run, not walk, but run to your local craft beer store and get this beer! Right off the pour the deep dark black liquid fills the glass with the aroma of perfectly roasted coffee beans. Then the chocolate also becomes noticeable with the sweetness. When you finally do dive in, the robust taste of dark roasted coffee hits you like a ton of bricks with the sweet finish of a dark chocolate. The strength of the beer is also noticeable. At 10% ABV you also get a nice warmth off the alcohol. This is a great beer! It also finishes with an almost creamy mouthfeel with hints of lactose or sugar. The complexity of this beer is definitely going to make you appreciate the fact that you bought it. I highly recommend this beer for an after dinner drink. I could see this being enough for a dessert. This is also in my mind a great beer to have on hand during the colder months or after a holiday meal. Very nice work by Southern Tier.

Sep 30, 2015
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emyers from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Pours black in color with a light brown thin head. Minimal lacing.

I feel like I just walked into a chocolate factory - tons of chocolate in the nose. There is some coffee there, but it's more of a side-kick to the chocolate. Very subtle hints of earthy hops.

Tastes as you would expect given the nose. Rich milk chocolate with a touch of coffee. Bittering hops kick in towards the end along with a bit more earthiness. The bitterness in the finish is extremely welcome - this could very well be confused for chocolate milk without it (and the carbonation of course).

Mouthfeel is quite viscous with a medium carbonation level.

As seems to be the trend in the Blackwater series, this doesn't quite taste like...well, beer. Luckily it's delicious, so I really don't care. Just know what you're getting yourself into - this is essentially carbonated alcoholic chocolate milk.

Sep 27, 2015
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