Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Had this on tap when it came on and finally getting around to reviewing this monster.

A: Appears black but when held up to the light it reveals hints of brown around the edges. A nice coffee colored head with a slight touch of lacing.

S: The choklat really dominated this beer and the nose is no exception. It is a mix of every single chocolate product produced by man since 1715. You don't really get any straight coffee but you do get a little bitterness in the finish. A touch spicy as well.

T: Again choklat dominates. Tons of chocolate and everything associated with it. The jahva really does not shine through as much as I would have liked. A touch of it in the finish but choklat is one of the most intense beers ever so it is really hard to cut something like that down.

M: On tap this was industrial motor oil. Out of the bottle it is a little thinner which really helps out drinkability quite a bit. Still on the super thick side though.

D: I prefer the parts greater than the sum. If you want this beer hold on to choklat and jahva for a year and you will get the best part of this beer.

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

Poured a deep dark brown with a thin, but creamy layer of sticky dark brown head, some moderate lacing.

The smell was all chocolate, milky sweet chocolate almost like Hersheys syrup.

The flavor is much more balanced than the nose with a nice bit of burnt smokey malt peeking through with hints of coffee and a long lingering lightly sweet chocolate finish along with a touch of piney bitterness as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky.

I like this its much more balanced than Southern Tiers Chokolat which I found to be to much chocolate. Nicely Done.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with no head. Nose is coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Taste is malty with caramel and with roast. Smooth soft malt with an underlying expanse of caramel. Creamy choccolate lays down on the tongue. Roast takes up the background in a delightful way. Finishes a touch bitter. Perfect! Not too bitter and it has southern tiers signature malt sweetness that is like a wonderful cookie inside the beer. Only a bit of warmth from alcohol.

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

Photo of CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark but surprisingly not as dark as either the choklat or the jahva pour - at least, as far as I remember them pouring (it has been some time on both of them). The fizzy head fizzles quickly, leaving only sporadic, intermittent dustings of lace and a barely perceptible - imperceptible? - collar, devoid of volume. Though holding it up to the light doesn't reveal a lot of light creeping through, it really does still seem lighter. Not too much else goin' on here.

Aroma: Equal parts earthy, sticky coffee, bittersweet cocoa, and heavily toasted, not-burnt-but-getting-decently-close toffee, sticky sweet all around and with a faint, snappy, biting bit of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Thick waves of bready malts, caramel overtones, heavily toasted toffee, and the two stars of the show - coffee and chocolate liquor. They're both fairly pungent - bitter chocolate, sweetened by all the stray malty notes, melding and swirling in a sticky, milky bath with ... a roast that it's difficult to describe, if only because it's a little artificial. To be fair, it's not as artificial as Jahva is individually, and all of what I imagine would otherwise be some cloying sweetness is cut somewhat by a mild, backing bitterness and a faint hop fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner and more heavily carbonated than I would have liked, resulting in a fluffy albeit creamy mouthfeel ... I mean, precisely like a carbonated mocha would feel.

Drinkability: My comment above about re: how long it's been since I have a Southern Tier beer ring true on some level, and I think that level is as follows: these are well-made, innovative craft beer, but they are not friendly, drinkable, everyday beers. These are not the kind of beers you find yourself populating your fridge with, whether its the Choklat (delicious, as an occasional treat), the Jahva (a little less delicious, as an occasional treat), the Mocha (see above), or, um, the Creme Brulee (ummmm ...). And at 11%, you can't really afford to, to be honest. That being said, yes, wonderful beer, slightly more "originally" authentic in its melding than either the Jahva or the Choklat singularly, but still a little on the "faux" side of the line, a little boozy, and a little decadent. Definitely worth trying once.

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Photo of kdivers
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into snifter glass. No bottle date, but from 2011 batch I believe. Brand new to the store I purchased from.

A: Pours a deep black (as night) color. Not overly thick though. This had hardly any head on it, but with high ABV thats expected. Surprised at minimal alcohol legs on this. Hardly any lacing at start.

S: Amazingly over powering chocolate on the nose. I don't get lots of coffee from the nose though. Lots of roasty and toasty notes. Smells great!

T: Again, over powering chocolate flavors (which isn't a bad thing), deep Belgian undertones. A little faint coffee bitterness and some hop bite at the close. This is a very pleasing brew. Definitely better as it warms up! Smell and taste.

M: Medium to full bodied brew. This is not the biggest imperial that I have tasted, but a very pleasing RIS.

O: I have never really been overwhelmed by ST's stuff, but maybe this Blackwater Series will turn me on to them. If this is any sign, I see good things ahead.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of teromous
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: It pours pitch black with no colors reflecting at the edge. There is maybe a half a finger of tan colored head that disappears into a thin film. No lacing on the glass.

S: I can smell the roasted barley and there is the slight smell of chocolate. The mocha scent is not as present...not absent, but just not very strong. The barley overpowers the nose of the beer.

T: Immediately I can taste the mocha flavor and some of the chocolate as well. It tastes a lot like a frozen mocha that you'd get from a coffee shop. The chocolate is not very strong but I can taste it. The end of the drink is very bitter, which is to be expected. My burps taste delicious. I can taste the alcohol in this beer after a few drinks.

M: It has a very milky mouthfeel. I had to check the bottle (Southern Tier posts their ingredients on the bottle, hooray!) and it has no lactose. Perhaps it's the Belgian chocolate? I do taste the alcohol but it doesn't seem to burn the mouth.

D: It is very easy to drink if you are used to bitter stouts or barleywines. The bitterness is not too strong but it is there. If you can sit down and drink a cup of coffee without thinking twice, this is the beer for you. It is mocha in every sense of the word. At 11% ABV it will knock you off your feet. I was originally going to give the beer a 4.5 for drinkability because of the slight alcohol flavor, until I looked at my bomber bottle and realized that it was nearly empty!!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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 MacMalt
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice rich and roasty dark brown with a one finger tan head that has some nice tight bubbles but also some scattered medium ones. The head recedes pretty quick down to a nice thin film. As you spin the glass there is some nice and sticky tan to slight yellow lacing that is left by the head. Its not as dark as expected.

S - My first initial nose dive delivers quite a punch of nice fresh and sweet cocoa powder right away. Yum. Similar to Chokolat. There is some nice melted milk chocolate bar sweetness in there as well. There are slightly roasted hints that hint at coffee but the nose is definitely dominated by the chocolate.

T & M - Delicious sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder with some nice dark chocolate bitterness intermingled. After this chocolate bomb there are some nice roasted coffee hints that pop up and give the beer a nice acidic coffee bitterness. There is a nice alcoholic warmth especially on the back end. The hop presence is minimal except for some slight hints at the end. The beer isn't as good as Chokolat on its own and its not as viscous or as oily as I expected. The beer is good but the chocolate flavor tends to dominate and not work as well together with the coffee as in other similar stouts.

D - Good stout but could be better. Higher ABV so be careful. Overall not as good as Chokolat which is one of my favorite stouts and is ranked up there on this site but still delicious.

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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ambruns1979
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of target88
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wayne17
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. The flavor starts out with lots of sweet dark chocolate. Coffee and roasted malts complement the sweetness. Finish has more sweet chocolate.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a sticky and dry finish.

O - This reminds me of a sweeter version of Founders Breakfast Stout. A very nice sipper for cold night.

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Photo of sposter4
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized tan head, fades a bit fast, leaves some bubbles on top for awhile, for a stout this strong I figured it'd be darker, more black like, especially if coffee is part of the equation.

Smell has a huge freakin' chocolate aroma, a very sweet smelling chocolate at that, reminds me almost like chocolate milk, definitely not picking up the coffee.

Taste is heavily on the sweet side, the chocolate really comes through but the roasted malt helps balance things more than some other Southern Tier offerings, slight burnt bitterness in the aftertaste which might be from coffee but it could also be from the roasted malt so the coffee presence is still very subtle.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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