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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4/5  rDev -5%

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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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4.24/5  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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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark black/brown color with a finely grained tan head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing. While the head has soon receded into a ring sipping still leaves occasional spots and legs of lacing follow from the foam.

Smell: The aroma includes chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and traces of caramel.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include chocolate and cocoa , vanilla, cream, some dark caramel, traces of some coffee. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has minimal carbonation. The finish begins in dark chocolate sweetness and then changes into a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor and ends in dryness.

Drinkability: This is a fine dessert beer with great potential for sipping slowly after dinner while chatting with friends or reading a good book. In other words this is a beer worth taking the time to relax and enjoy one a night. However, it is also a beer to keep on hand for after dinner or late night enjoyment.

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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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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Had on-tap at Barrel 21 in State College, poured into a snifter.

L: Pours an inky black with thin tan head. Mild lacing.

S: Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.

T/F: Sweet roasted grains and chocolate. Milder tones of coffee and chicory. Smooth and creamy. Gets even more complex as it warms.

O: Delicious dessert beer that packs a nice high ABV punch. Loved it.

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

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

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

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

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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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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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark color..pretty much well black. One finger tan head shows little retention and ends up capping the beer. No real lacing as I drank it down.

S- Simple enough coffee beans dipped in a sweet chocolate. This is tied in a with a light banana scent to me.

T- does deliver a nice iced mocha flavor from the get go. A light sweet chocolate in the background the entire time stays well put as a light flavor. Roasted malts on the ending with a light alcohol flavor toward the very end.

M- Heavier mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Very creamy feeling with no lactose which I found to be interesting. Mocha flavor left on palate with some roasted malts in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended perfect I thought. Such a good mouthfeel!

D- This beer was very good. Drinkable is not really the right word for this. The ABV is the only downside to this beer. Oh well can't have it all and it limits you to a pint or two before you might start to feel it.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tall pint glass (shared among others).

Pitch black with a one finger brown head that slowly settles to almost nothing.

Very heavy chocoate aroma, with a little burnt malt in the background. Sweet mocha is in there, similar to what's found in a Starbuck's coffee.

Sweet cocoa in the background in the flavor, which complements the dark roasitness of the malts perfectly. The hops don't show up as much, maybe adding a slight amount of bitterness in the background along with a tidbit of citrus. Very full bodied, thick, chocolate syrupy.

A very sweet beer, but not too rich like some of the other ones. The bitter Belgian chocolate seems to go better with the characteristics of an RIS better than regular chocolate. Recommended.

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4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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