Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by DrinkinBuddy on 04-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
741
Ratings:
2,306
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
18.47%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
513
For Trade:
14
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Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
2.68/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

650mL bomber served into a Chimay goblet

Again, like every beer I pour into this Chimay goblet, there is essentially no head. Tan/orange foam settles into a small ring that laces in spots. The beer does not pour as black as I expect out of imperial/double stouts. Its reddish brown around the edges of the glass both looking at the side of the goblet and looking straight down on top of the liquid.

Oh, holy balls does this beer have an assertive bouquet. Vanilla -- oh, the unrelenting vanilla -- grabs ahold of every nose hair that I have. Just within the first five seconds of pouring this beer I am already thinking how smart it was to have this beer as dessert. After the vanilla, the chocolate wafts through. It doesn't smell "bittersweet" as the label proclaims its Belgian chocolate nibs to be; this is milk chocolate all the way. Sweet chocolate and vanilla become comprehensible together only to have pure sugar enter this mad-baker's equation. It smells like cinnamon roll icing -- not thick and super-cloying like cake icing, rather a thinner, more toned-down sugar blast. Finally, after some digging (and a few pauses to check my insulin level) I get the coffee. Its not so much roasted (again, as the label says) as it is reminiscent of a Starbucks Frappacino (sp?) bottled drink. All of these scents are good in isolation, but they sort of clash here by virtue of the strength of each element. This is saccharine.

Mokah isn't as sweet on the tongue as the nose suggests. Don't get me wrong -- I still feel as if my throat has been filled with congealed sugar. But some of the less-sweet aspects of chocolate and coffee actually make themselves known. There is a touch of roasted chocolate malt, especially on the back of the mouth. There are some definite alcohol fusels here, and they are unwelcome (even though they do interrupt the onset of diabetes). This is one of those beers that seems artificially boozy; that its high ABV of 11% is unnecessary. A lower ABV would serve the beer. Generic coffee aftertaste is the beer's lasting impression before the next, syrupy taste. I've got 75% of this bomber left, and it is going to be a chore to finish by myself. At the end of the day, this is still an imperial stout with familiar malty flavors. And generic milk chocolate & coffee syrup flavors aren't the end of the world. This is a decent beer. But its a little much for someone with healthy blood sugar levels.

The mouthfeel is the finest quality of Mokah. It has a familiar imperial stout thickness. Unfortunately, this positive (for the style) attribute contributes to the problem with drinkability, i.e. that this is too sweet for nominal human consumption. The good level of thickness here makes for a beer that is like pouring brownie batter down your throat. Combine that with the 11% ABV and you have a bomber that is difficult to consume alone unless you are a notorious sweet tooth.

I've had this bottle in my fridge since May. I don't know why I drank this on an August night. Partly because the weather was kind of cool, and partly to clear room in the fridge, I guess. I have never had Choklat or Jahva before, so I cannot comment as to how well this blend accommodates or improves upon those offerings. I am an imperial stout kind of guy, but this is huh wow (to borrow a message board meme). Southern Tier Mokah is straight up enamel-erasing. I feel like I've eaten an entire box of Russel Stover assorted candies. And taken a couple of shots of booze on top of that. I didn't come into this review with the intention of bashing the beer or writing funny lines or anything like that. But when a beer has such strong flavors that clash against each other, never making a cohesive whole, then I have little choice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Brewed with Jamaican coffee and Belgian chocolate, you have to love the American craft beer culture, as we see this as an amazing combo.

Not pitch black, but pretty damn close; light carbonation only gives up a thin lace. Choco- late is on top of the aroma with some charred grain, coffee and malt sweetness. With the carbonation being so light, the chocolate and coffee slam the mocha hammer down first and quick. Wet kiss of hop oil. The hop bitterness rears its head around the corner and stops there. Molasses maltiness plays well with the mocha character. Some warmth from the alcohol right away, and it warms more with each sip. Hint of burnt raisins middle to end. Finishes bittersweet with that alcoholic edge.

Flavor overload, very good but our taste buds are being worked over on this one. Set this one aside for the obvious dessert beer or digestif. The name says it all.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

*Take this review with a grain of salt, will explain in article*

This is a delicious beer, it just doesn't taste even remotely like coffee. I had it in a growler that filled from a year old keg, so I'm wondering if the coffee flavor mellowed an extreme amount. It basically just tasted like a more mellow version of Choklat. Like every Southern Tier stout, this one is more of a dessert beer, but not as sweet as above mentioned Choklat. I enjoyed this beer, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had this on tap at the Cloverleaf last night for the first time. As heavy as this was on the chocolate and the alcohol, this was a nice beer that was true to form and was pretty much what I anticipated it would be, without being too dry. I just tasted too much chocolate and not enough of the coffee to rate this any higher.

The pour to this was dark but not black, with a tan head and enough lacing to be seen but not appreciated. Lots of bitter and baker's chocolate in the nose and even more in the taste, with a moderate oat presence that kicked in as this warmed up. Full to the taste, this was almost overload and could have used more espresso and coffee notes to round this out. Too potent and too sweet, this was a dessert by itself and once the alcohol fully came on, there was no stopping the potency of this!

This was strong in nearly every sense of the world and even though this booze wasn't a detraction here, a bit less of it and some more flavor would have made this outstanding. It reminded me too much of the Southern Tier Choklat with a bit of the Oat thrown in for good measure. In a style crowded with a lot of big names, this one fell short because of this overlap but if you're looking for a dessert in a bottle, this would be a good a choice as nearly any!

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep as an oil slick with no light showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate,some sweet alcohol came out as it warrmed a little as well.Much sweeter on the palate than the nose,caramel/vanilla flavors mixed with some dark fruit and chocolate stand out most,the roast keeps it from becoming to sweet.Another impressive beer from ST,the sweetness is pretty big though.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ricke
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown with a medium-sized tanned head that leaves some lacings.

S: Basically just aromas of sweet chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. A gentle, powdery smell. Notes of roasted malts, vanilla and alcohol.

T: Very sweet with lots of sweet chocolate and sweetish coffee flavors completely dominating the taste. Notes of nougat and vanilla. Roasted malts. Not very complex or interesting, but in general the flavors are well integrated. The taste is less powdery than the smell. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of roasted malts, wood, chocolate and sweet alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, slightly too low on carbonation. It comes out as a bit heavy.

D: I've had both beers that make up this blend (Choklat and Jah-va). I thought Choklat was decent and Jah-va compete mess, and this one falls somewhere in between. It very sweet, almost cloying, and this gets too much after a while. It's reminiscent of a dessert without high quality dessert flavors.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mykd
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter, as directed. Thanks nUgZ for this hook up!
Poured a deep dark brown/black with little or no head.
A deep coffee and cocoa aroma as you take it in.
First sip was amazing! It's called Mokah for a reason and it delivers! While not an Abyss or BCBS, I took a sip and was amazed! Soooo warm and delicious!
While it does get tastier as it warms, I was eager for the next, and next, and next sip.
This is am amazing stout that I can't wait to share with others, pending receipt of trades going forward.
nUgZ, I owe you mang!

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Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bdkucharski
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown bordering on black with a half inch of tan head. Aromas are big with deep chocolate wrapped in caramel along with a deep coffee undertone and loads of sweet malts. A touch of vanilla and spice.

First sip brings big malts upfront with lots of wonderful chocolate flavors. Hints of caramel mix in as fresh brewed coffee comes through as well. A touch of vanilla, spice and a bit of dark fruits. Flows down somewhat sweet. Would be a good desert beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a big maltiness. Goes down rather easily while being a bit on the sweet side. Overall, a damn fine blend here that shows of the tasty nuances of both beers. Yummy stuff that would be great made into a shake!!

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Photo of sabitu
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was seriously amazing. As a big fan of most things that boast imperial and coffee, from the first sip until the last, I was in love with this beer. I think it is terribly under rated, especially because i had a Yeti afterward and felt the Southern Tier was the clear victor. Try this beer if you lov imperial coffee stouts. Dont try it if you dont...

To make my usual musical references, think of this as blue grass legend Earl Scruggs. It may be one of the very best of the genre, but I readily admit, it is not for everyone.

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Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/26/11 poured into tulip 7/30/11

A - Pours very deep brown/black with one finger on tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S - Huge nose of chocolate (both dark and quite a bit of milk chocolate). Also sweet malts and a faint amount of licorice. Definitely has quite a sweet smell, like many others in the Blackwater series.

T - There is definitely sweetness in the taste, though it is not overwhelming as I feared it might be. A lot of coffee in the taste that I did not up in the nose. The chocolate and coffee play off each other pretty well, though the sweet chocolate seems to be the more prevalent. A very welcome burst of hop bitterness keeps this one from going to Candyland. Some apparent alcohol, but not in a bad way. Overall, the sweet chocolate, roasty coffee and bitter hops come together to make this one of the better ST big stouts.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and actually a touch thin for such a big stout. Despite all of the sweetness, the bitter hops give a mostly clean, dry finish with a touch of numbing alcohol.

O - I really enjoyed this one. I have had Javah before (which I really enjoyed) and have a bottle of Choklat in the cellar. This makes me a little concerned that 100% Choklat will be too sweet, but paired with the roasted coffee, the combination of bitter and sweet was well done.

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Photo of Afroman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A chocolate bomb, especially once it warms up. Better than expected!

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Photo of DuckDodgers
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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