Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
2,321
Reviews:
745
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
241
Gots:
511
For Trade:
12
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charred black walnut with surprisingly generous highlights of scarlet and orange. In fact, the beer rides the razor's edge between opacity and lucency, which is almost a crime for an American double stout. The khaki colored crown looks pretty good, as does a decent amount of sea foam lace. The fact that this beer isn't a stunner in the looks department is... a stunner.

Mokah is a mixture of Choklat and Jahva. They both smell outstanding, and this big stout does too. It smells more like bittersweet Belgian chocolate than Jamaican roasted coffee, which is fine by me. Here's hoping it's at least as delicious and drinkable as the beers that created it.

Mokah is not as amazing as expected, but it's still damn good beer. It would hard to equal the excellence of Choklat and Jahva since I gave each of them the ultimate flavor score. Part of the problem is that there isn't a huge amount of malt. Almost one year in the bottle shouldn't have taken that much of a toll on an 11.0% ale.

The other problem is that the flavors work incredibly well on their own, but don't seem to jibe completely when combined. That doesn't make total sense because I've had several stouts that used both chocolate and coffee and were incredible. Those two flavors are present in roughly equal measure and creme caramel makes a cameo as well. American hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade and Columbus) add balancing bitterness and little flavor.

Body/mouthfeel is the biggest puzzler. It was obvious when sunlight was *almost* visible behind the glass that this wouldn't be a thick and chewy brew. It's too light for the style, although it does gain enough creaminess by the bottom of the bottle to barely grab the 4.0 rung of the ladder.

It's hard to figure out why the combination of two out-of-this-universe American double stouts wouldn't lead to something better than this. Don't get me wrong, Mokah is good stuff and is worth a purchase. That said, Southern Tier could eliminate it from the lineup and I would not shed a tear.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of drink right here. Coffee and chocolate, what more could I asked for. Served in a 10 oz pour on tap, this was a nice way to start an evening.



The pour was as dark as night with a rich head of dark brown on the top. Smooth settle here left nice amounts of lace on the sides and a really fine little layer across the top. Very well done here indeed. Tons of aroma here, coffee and chocolate that were blended together perfectly. Rich, smooth, seductive, this was dessert in a glass. A rich velvet like feel to it and smooth, almost like sorbet as it coats the tongue. Light hint of the ABV but the chocolate just washed it straight away. One of the biggest feels I have seen in a while as this one had to be sipped, it was just too huge not to be. It would creep on you fast, I could see a bomber between two, but any more would be rough.



Overall very good and just what I expected it would be like. I love the tow originals so this was a natural progression. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a double walled tumbler

A - Deep black w/ a garnet acccent and 1 finger of light tan, the translucent clarity w/ a quickly settling tan that clings as a sheet to the glass and has an ultra fine bead.

S - Like chocolate milk - sweet and bitter aromas of belgian chocolate w/ a gentle hop accent but the chocolate overwhelms w/ both sweet and roasted notes

M - Creamy rich sweet and strong w/ alcohol warmth and bitter cocoa/hop finish w/ a high residual sweetness in the feel and mild fruitiness

T - Right of the bat the chocolate/vanilla taste and dark malt blend w/ subtle roast sweet coffee but the chocolate overtakes the jamaican blue's subtleties. Candy and cocoa lik a yoohoo w/ class. The taste is followed by a citrusy chinook/columbus combo and plum fruitiness stand up to support all the dessert like malt and chocolate saturated taste. The mix of dark malt citrus and alcohol lasts until the last sip.

D - Not the most drinkable but high on flavor a bit too sweet w/ less actual mocha taste - too little java taste. It is a real dessert, a rich beer best shared at 11%. I would probably prefer 10oz or less and would like it in cooler weather

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It was served with a finger of mocha-brown head with good retention. The nose was like an Arby's Jamocha milkshake - heavy on the chocolate, underlain with coffee. The color was a Stygian black. The mouthfeel was thick, full, and chewy. It really was like a milkshake, but a quality one, not one of those watery messes that they foist on us now. Lots and lots of dark, rich chocolate on the tongue. Man, I hovered on the brink of diabetes with each sip. The finish was equally intensely sweet. As a hophead, this would not normally be my first choice, but in this case, it was a rare opportunity on draft.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle from 2009.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet rich chocolate, almost like Hershey's syrup. Also smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and only hints of coffee. Perfect smell to me.

t - Taste is smooth rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, hints of coffee, and hints of alcohol. Very nice.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation. Thick and smooth.

d - I've been holding into this one for about 7 months or so and finally drank it and thought it was amazing. I'm a big fan of ST's Choklat & Creme Brulee and this is right up their with them. Amazing chocolate smell and taste and will definitely try again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a viscous dark brown with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam.

S: The nose was pretty on par for what I expected. A nice blend of chocolate and coffee, but certainly on the sweet side. That's usual for these Soutern Tier beers, though.

T: The coffee really dominated the flavor which I wasn't expecting from the nose. The chocolate adds a sweetness to balance out the bitterness from the coffee which worked very well.

M: This has a real creamy feel on the tongue which is quite appropriate, given the name of the beer.

D: I was surprised by how easy to drink this was given some of the other Southern Tier beers. While it's certainly high in alcohol, the flavor is not cloying.

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

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

During the pour, this brew appears a bit thinner than it ought. In the bowl, though, it sits starkly opaque, a cool obsidian in color, with a finger of foamy, light khaki head. Like ST's Creme Brulee, this pool of darkness gives off a scent most desserts would kill for. Luscious chocolate syrup tops a blonde vanilla cake, while an aromatic cup o' joe sitz steaming nearby, waiting to provide a pleasant bit o' liquid accompaniment to the baked goods at hand. Digging in, the coffee takes more of a lead, and it is evidently a darker roast than initially figured. The chocolate syrup has hardened into a brick of bitter dark chocolate, and it is clear that the cake is composed primarily of darker grains, malted and roasted. A small vein of vanilla still slices through, but quite thinly. Though not as alluring as the nose, I would order this tasty dessert every time I found myself at this particular eatery. Just as suspected, the body is thinner than usual, but only slightly so. This, coupled with a low-lying carbonation and a sweetly moderate coating of the mouth, makes for a rather drinkable sweet stout.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a nice treat on a 90 degree summer day. I found this at the local could not pass it up.
Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate syrup, alcohol, coffee, toffee, and caramel. Taste is of chocolate syrup, toffee, caramel. Lots of sweetness in this one. A little alcohol burn mid to end with a lingering alcohol and bitter hop finish. Thick body, chewy with a bit of a syrupy feel. Low carbonation. This is not my favorite from the black water series, but certainly drinkable. I would put this one in the same realm as the creme brulee to be enjoyed as a desert beer.

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Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

A - Almost black with some brown lacing.

S - Big bouquet of mocha, lots of sweet, rich chocolate and dry full bodied coffee beans. Smells somewhat spicy and alcohol present in the nose.

T - The taste follows the nose here. And yes, this beer is exactly what the name says. If you like chocolate covered coffee beans, you'll enjoy this brew. Lots of sweet syrupy chocolate and robust brewed coffee here. A nice warm alcohol kick melds well with these 2 flavors, reminding the palate of a mocha coffee with a shot thrown in. Big flavor here.

M - Viscous and sturdy bodied, with a warming smooth finish. Some dryness and bitter coffee in the finish. Very light carbonation, letting the strong flavors shine through.

O - A strong flavored Imperial Stout, if you are looking for bold flavors this one has it. Probably overwhelming for most, but nice once in a while.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stakem
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Als in Enola.

Poured without a head into a pint. Color is black and No lacing at all.

Smell and taste are spot on with the name of mokah. Strong alcohol taste is present but hard to believe it's 11%.

Easy drinking and enjoyable but way over the top with the chocolate coffee taste.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jah-Vah plus Choklat equals Mokah...at least in Southern Tier's beery little world. Poured on tap at Trivia Pub in moon, thanks god only a 10-12 oz pour. Tasty dessert beer that really hits you with the Hershey's sweet chocolate syrup with a touch of toffee. Pitch black pour with a deep toffee colored brown head, minimal scattered lace with the booze well hidden among the chocolate candy sweetness. Flavor is great but the roasted coffee beans were overshadowed by the layers of chocolate I already descrbed. I'm glad I tried this, mouthfeel was thick and syrupy with moderated slow bubbling carbonation pretty much chewy in nature. Drinkability overall is great in moderation, one of those beers that are great when you get a sweet tooth but not for my everyday imbibing. I had Choklat and JahVah in the past my heart lies with the Jahvah.

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,321 ratings.
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