Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

MokahMokah
BA SCORE
4.21/5
2,325 Ratings
MokahMokah
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#1,001
Reviews:
745
Ratings:
2,325
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
513
Trade:
12
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cole's. Pretty good coffee beer, with significant and above-average mouthfeel based on mokah. Dark brown, creamy, tasty, bitternsweetness, though leaning on sweet. Pleasant mochah aroma. Expresso coffee beans and chocolate in secondary.A must try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.27/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head. Black. Not too much lace.

S: sweet mocha and cocoa.

T: very sweet. The taste is nearly identical to dymatap. Grape and mocha with a sharp sweet finish.

M: very thick. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: well, I love southern tier but this one is too sweet and medicinal for me.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Good rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of Cocoa Puffs cereal, Hershey's milk chocolate, and coffee hard candy. There is also some dark roasted malt smells. Taste is like an alcoholic milkshake made with Cocoa Puffs, Hershey's syrup, and coffee flavoring. Very rich and very sweet. Low carbonation level makes for a very smooth and very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with a very tasty chocolate and coffee mix. The best of the Southern Tier stouts I have had thus far. With that being said, this is extremely sweet almost to the point of being cloying. Definitely a beer that is made for sharing.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mokah pours out as a very deep brown color with a creamy looking tan head on it. The lacing has some decent retention along the glass. The smell of this beer is a really good mix of Chocolate and Coffee. It's very sweet smelling and just by the aroma should be considered as a dessert beer or a night cap. The taste had a big amount of coffee upfront that fades into the dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is a thick and rich silky smooth brew that leaves you wanting more. Overall this brew is better than the Jav-ah in my opinion. Although both brew are pretty good all around.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured very dark brown (near black) in color with a thin mocha head that quickly died down. There is a light amount of visible carbonation and a thin ring of bubbles consistently covered the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There is a moderately strong aroma of sweet chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of bittersweet chocolate dominate the taste; there are some hints of roasted coffee in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat viscous on the palate. There is some dryness and alcohol heat in the finish.
D: This beer is a good sipper and the alcohol doesn't stand out too much in the taste, but it's very difficult to drink an entire bottle in one sitting. It would definitely pair well with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying the Chokolat, I had no qualms about picking this one. Just as succulant, irresistable, and delecident as the ultimate chocolate beer that preceeds this version. Blended with the coffee-ee goodness of Jav-ha, and the richness, depth, and boldness is taken up a knotch. Light espresso notes are the perfect companion to the chocolate character. Where the Chokolat is more chocolatey, this beer gives more complexity and depth. An absolutely outstanding taste. Heavy textured with very little carbonation makes the beer heavy on the palate and becomes a bit lifeless in the end. Some would call this a good desert beer; I say it is the desert all into itself.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 650ml. Brown glass. Appealing label art and design. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Cost was $10.99. Reviewed live as an imperial stout since the label calls it a stout and it's 10% ABV (it seems unlikely this is merely an American stout).

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Khaki colour. 1 finger wide. Not as smooth or even as would be ideal. The consistency isn't too creamy or soft-looking either. It's not particularly full, thick, or supple. Could use some fine-tuning. The complexion is pretty nice. Recedes fully within 2 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. It looks pretty conventional for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. Rather average.

AROMA: Walnut, pecan, caramelized nuts...that's unexpected. In fact, if they billed this as a peanut butter stout I'd probably buy it. Has a nice sugary character to it, with plenty of chocolate malts and schwarz malts/dark malts in there. Its chocolate character seems artificial; consulting the label, I note that an ingredient was "natural chocolate flavor" - which has me skeptical. Hershey's chocolate syrup comes to mind, but it's not fudgy or milk chocolate-y. Maybe the artificial chocolate lent it those nutty notes? I find no coffee at all - much to my shock; usually the notes promised on the front of Southern Tier's labels are always evoked beyond question (see Creme Brulee or Choklat). Speaking of which, where is the mokah? It's creamy, sure, but the absence of coffee is mind-boggling given this beer's name and premise.

The overriding artificial sweetness is a little off-putting, but the aroma is still evocative and interesting enough; I'm excited to try this but skeptical of the authenticity of its constituent notes.

No hop profile, booze, yeast character, or off-notes are detectable.

The absence of roasted barley is concerning, but overall I find it appealing. Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Hmm. That pesky artificial sweetness and artificial chocolate/Hershey's chocolate syrup is quite bothersome, and it's joined by a hint of marshmallow which doesn't really work. I find no coffee whatsoever, nor any mocha - to its detriment. And the absence of roasted barley is a deal-breaker. Has some generic cream, as well as the requisite chocolate malts and dark/schwarz malts. On the sweeter side for the style, sure, but not to the extent you might expect given this is a Southern Tier imperial stout. The nuttiness is nice, with hints of pecan, peanut, and maybe walnut.

It's too bad its constituent notes are inauthentic and artificial; the chocolate leaves a lot to be desired and the nuttiness is odd and overly caramelized. Moreover, I wish it had more character in general, and more depth. Some burnt, charred, or ashen character would help tame the sweetness a bit. Obviously, coffee is needed. It just needs more components to lend it bitterness.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. This isn't a particularly intricate or subtle imperial stout build, but when I regard it as an American stout I find myself liking it better. Maybe this is just a high ABV plain stout? It's cohesive, but it never tastes like a gestalt whole.

No yeast character, hops, or off-notes come through. The alcohol is slightly noticeable; this would be a better brew at about 8% or so.

TEXTURE: Artificially sleek, smooth, and wet - almost porter-like. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Not syrupy, fortunately. But I do find it a bit too thick and heavy on the palate for its relative lack of flavour (both in terms of depth and diversity). What does work is its creaminess, but it should be creamier and softer; isn't this supposed to be a mocha beer? This texture fails to elevate the beer, but suits the taste decently.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is above average.

OVERALL: A forgettable and generic offering from Southern Tier, Mokah is best regarded as a high alcohol American Stout. Its biggest disappointment is its gaping absence of the promised coffee note; did I get an old bottle? Artificial Hershey's chocolate syrup dominates to its detriment, and there's little else happening. I wouldn't buy it again, and I guess I'm in the minority saying I prefer Choklat. Say what you like about Creme Brulee; at least that beer delivered on its premise. This is drinkable, sure, but it's not worth its price at all and is more on par with what I'd expect from a Victory variety box. I'd recommend steering clear; it's not that it's bad, it's just that it's generic and overpriced. Not Southern Tier's strongest work, and far from anywhere near the level it would need to be to compete with even merely good offerings in the style (whether you consider it an American stout or an Imperial Stout).

Low C+

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with an abundant amount of tawny highlights; the rocky mocha cap fades away but leaves a drape of lacing

Smell: Strong aroma of mocha, with both chocolate and coffee elements

Taste; Both chocolate and mocha flavors jump out, accompanied by charred grains, up front; the sweetness builds, after the swallow, but there is a surprisingly hoppy undertone that adds balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While this is one of the characteristic sweeter dessert beers in the Southern Tier lineup, it has a nice balance and a great chocolate/coffee character

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Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with finger of tan head that goes away and just leaves a ring.

Smell: Quite sweet with lots of chocolate up front. I do pick up some roast and coffee, but it's not as strong as the chocolate.

Taste: More roast and coffee here than in the smell. Sweet but there is a good balance of roasty bitterness. A bit creamy, and I can definitely taste the chocolate. Hardly taste the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Thick with a good amount of smooth carbonation. Sticks to your mouth long after the sip is done.

Overall: I had this in the cellar for a year, and it was really smooth. This is one of the better coffee stouts I've had. Really nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam that left sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee - big roasty coffee aromas with a strong cocoa nose.

T - It tasted of cocoa nibs, coffee and roasted malts. Really delicious blend of coffee and chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really fantastic. I don't know why I passed on it in previous years.

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

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of nice black chocolate malt with nice creamy espresso notes. Taste is a nice mix between some very well balanced black chocolate and some creamy espresso with a nice dose of lactic sugar. Body is full with nice carbonation and a great creamy texture. Very well done with all the ingredient well balanced out and doesn't taste too artificial.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,325 ratings
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