Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

744 Reviews

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

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

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
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

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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%.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Iluvink
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of MGibbons
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.46/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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 MacMalt
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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Photo of JPowell712
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of emyers
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black and brown color, lots of viscosity to this one. Lighter brown head on the top, tiny bubbles, varying lace on the glass. Aroma was mostly burnt malt, the coffee or 'mokah' didn't really come out.

Lots of heat for this one, way too much bitterness. Smooth up in ya, this is not, the Bullet Boys weep. Mocha notes not there. Could benefit from some creme brulee poured up in it to cut the sweetness of that and the bitterness of this.

Price too expensive for what ya get.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. Consumed over two hours starting around 40 degrees and ending up around room temp (65).

A: Black, some light around the edges. Minimal light brown head.
S: Chocolate dominates, roasty notes, fudge, caramel, breadyness. Coffee is present in the background.
T: Lots of milk chocolate upfront. Almost like a hershey bar. Notes of coffee, caramel and toffee follow. Chocolate dominated, lots of dark fudge in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, alcohol is almost undetectable for a 10% beer. Very light carbonation. Coats your mouth and lingers well after each sip.
O: Very tasty, lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Only complaint is I'd have liked the coffee to be a little more pronounced.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is okay given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Smells like a mix of amazing and heaven. Rich, silky sweet Hershey's chocolate. Mild roast coffee. Big sweetness, chocolate domination, with caramel, gooey fudge, and roasted barley.

5.0 T: Damn, this is something. It tastes a lot like Choklat, but not quite as... chocolate-ty. That doesn't mean it's not as intense. The added punch comes from a healthy coffee component. Vanilla, fudge, and plenty of roastiness that is balance out by the sweetness.

4.25 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue but could use a bit more creaminess. Still, really good here as well. Alcohol isn't perceived at all.

4.5 D: I live for beer like this. So tasty but so drinkable as well.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for something that's not too hard to find
Pour - black with medium tan head that stays intact
Smell - chocolate and coffee, just like it says
Taste - like biting into a liquid chocolate bar
Overall - if you know what you're getting into, it's great. If you're expecting something complex and different, this isn't it

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Base of bottle says DOB 03/30/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Medium carbonation leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Fudge brownie, chocolate-covered raisin and mocha leap forward making me think I'm smelling some hot chocolate concoction with caramel and marshmallow topping...this is not a bad thing. Slightly nutty.

T- Lots of caramel, toffee and even peanut brittle. The small amount of coffee that is there tries to balance out the intense sweetness, but to no avail. Oh yeah, and then there's to overwhelming amount of chocolate flavor. It's like I just put 50 M&Ms along with 50 Raisinets in my mouth at the same time...once again, not necessarily a bad thing.

M- Creamy and decadent. It's really what saves this beer from being an overly sweet mess. At least there's the slick mouthfeel to back it up.

O- Bottom line: if you're not looking at this as a dessert beer, you've got it all wrong. This is one of those guilty pleasures that's meant to be enjoyed when you want a feeling of indulgence. Yes, there are probably artificial flavors in this beer. But it's appropriate if you feel like getting drunk off a Hershey's bar.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, served in a snifter

A: Inky pour; deep black with tawny edges; foamy mocha head, retention is decent, lacing is minimal.

S: Mocha, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee, as advertised.

T: Sweet through and through; starts with sweet chocolate up front - milk chocolate and powdered cocoa come to mind; creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors follow; mid sip presents medium roast coffee and a nice toasty/nutty flavor from the malt bill - provides a nutty/earthy balance to the big rush of sweetness and prevents it from being cloying, but this beer still trends sweet; one last dash of powdered cocoa that dries out on finish leaving a mocha coffee like aftertaste that commands the next sip. Fantastic!

M: Full bodied; smooth creaminess, but not chewy or overly thick.

O: A sweet, over the top imperial stout - what else would you expect from the Blackwater Series? Like Choklat, but with a pleasing balance from the roast/coffee presence. A dessert beer, and a slow sipper for sure at 10% ABV, but the alcohol hides behind the waves of chocolate, coffee and vanilla goodness, making for a dangerously delicious brew. Definitely one to seek out for stout lovers.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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