Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
2,331 Ratings

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

Style: American 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

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,331 |  Reviews: 746
Photo of BirdFlu
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening the first thing to notice is the aroma right out of the bottle.. it is amazingly chocolatey with smaller hints of espresso. Like coffee-ice cream with chocolate syrup or chocolate rootbeer float.. Pour isnt as viscous as would be expected/wanted, its not really a solid dark color and the head is a dark tan/light brown. Also its fizzier than expected. Taste is quite sweet, like chocolate-covered espresso beans with slight bitterness like black chocolate or coffee.. theres also a chocolate syrup-like element. As it warms and opens up it tastes like a chocolate-flavored candy or such, like a chocolate dum dum lollipop and this becomes less appealing. Mouth, again, is much lighter than expected, but its still full-bodied. Carbonation is a good medium level. Its certainly quite delicious if you enjoy sweet stuff, not as heavy as I'd like for a stout. If you're not into sweets it may become a bit much, I didn't even finish the entire bomber. The chocolate flavor becomes almost artificial tasting around the last few ounces. Still very interesting, though..

 1,078 characters

Photo of BeerSox
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.

 752 characters

Photo of gungorr
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured a very dark black with a decent amount of dark brown head.

S: I could smell the coffee right from the get go with the chocolate hanging around in the back.

T: It tasted like bitter sweet chocolate slowly following up the coffee.

M: It was well cabonated, slightly thinner than other coffee stouts I have had.

D: I sipped on this and as it got warmer it got better.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The bitter chocolate might turn a few people off from this beer.

poured from a bottle

 506 characters

Photo of roadhouse
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber split with spointon into pint glasses

Poured a deep black color with a one inch tan head that gradually faded, left some decent lacing behind.

Aroma was overly of chocolate, if the label didn't say coffee I wouldn't have guessed it actually had any. Maybe there was a slight hint. It was extremely sweet with something of a "creamy" smell to it.

Taste was extremely sweet again with only chocolate coming through. It was like chocolate milk with dark chocolate and a ton of sugar added. In the finish a slight roasted coffee edge tried to come out and overcome the sweetness but it ultimately failed.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, it was medium bodied, on the thick side, and quite creamy.

We both agreed that this beer kinda blew. It was very hard to drink and we struggled to finish the bomber between the two of us. It ended in a chug just so we wouldn't waste it. Very disappointing.

 903 characters

Photo of naproxen
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wished that this blended offering was a little heavier on the Java and little less on the Choklat. Now, I love me some Choklat now, later, and in between, however this Mokah came off like it was 80% chocolate and 20% coffee.

The body and appearance definitely hinted away from this being as dark or thick as Choklat. It poured with a pinky thin tea-stain brown head, dark brown body but not 100% opaque either.

The nose actually had some coffee in it, but mostly just chocolate and creamy milk, very sweet.

Besides tasting overly of Choklat, the actual flavor of this beer is flooringly tasty. There was even less of an alcohol presence in this than I expected given 11% abv. This goes down smoooth.

 706 characters

Photo of Vonerichs
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a dark brown color. I poured aggressively into a tulip glass and got about 1 inch of foamy coffee colored head that fully subdued within 1 minute, leaving behind some nice lacing.

Heavy on the chocolate smell with coffee in the backround, imagine that. The chocolate smelled like baker's chocolate.

Same on the taste. The chocolate dominated the coffee tones on this and has a Hersey Syrup flavor. It reminded me of a chocolate phosphate. The coffee is there with roasted malts, but both are muted by the sweetness. I was hoping for more balance with the coffee flavors but they were overshadowed by the artificial tasting chocolate.

This is a little thin, in my opinion, and the sweetness leaves a slightly bitter filmy feeling on my tounge. The aftertaste was a little bit of a turnoff for me.

This doesn't get any bonus points from me on drinkability. On top of being too sweet and leaving a bad aftertaste, the alcohol really shows up hard and clashes with the flavor. It does calm down a little as it warms, though.

I've never tried chokolat, but I have tried jahva and I think jahva is much more enjoyable. I did like this and was glad I tried it, but it had too many distractions along the way.

 1,220 characters

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

Bottle #5, dessert. Had to grab this one for the chocolate pie ending. Pours almost completely black but illuminated by the tan head. I wanted to see if this smelled and tasted more like jahva or choklat... Choklat clearly winning on the nose, so rich! The palate follows gracefully without being cloying or overbearing. The flavors are rich, and for somethat tried it that night, too much chocolate. Balanced in my opinion, and went very well with the dessert.

 461 characters

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

A:Pours a nice dark brown with a touch of red when held to the light. A very nice 2 finger head that fades into a small ring.

S: Lots of chocolate with a touch of coffee and a bit of alcohol.

T: Rich Chocolate notes with the roasted barley and coffee in the background.

M: It is a little thinner then I expected, but still nice mouthfeel to it.

D: Surprisingly very easy with the 11%ABV tag. I could have a couple of these with dessert and then be set for bed.

Overall: It is a very good beer, the only turn off for some might be the large chocolate presence.

 564 characters

Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a not quite transparent black with ruby highlights around the edge of the snifter.
Smells strongly of chocolate, or should I say, Choklat. Lots of deep roasty chocolate and a bit of coffee.
Taste is nicely sweet, lots of milk and dark chocolate. Seems like the coffee is dominated by chocolate. It comes through in the finish but it takes a while. Slight noticable alcohol.
Feels pretty thin which is my biggest complaint. A stout this tasty should be dense and heavy. It's not so easy to drink either, it would be hard to finish a bomber by yourself.

 558 characters

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A very chocolatey smell, with traces of coffee and malt.

T: Like the aroma, chocolate dominates the flavor. Also has some roasted malt, coffee and caramel in the finish. Complex and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy consistency in the finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It might not be for everyone, but it is well made and tasty.

 543 characters

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, looks black in the glass. Produces a weak brown head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Strong chocolate scents dominate, smells like the hersey's syrup scent from choklat. Some hoppiness and coffee tones accompanied by vanilla and some caramel.

T: Sweet maltiness hits right away with faint roastines, which increases across the palate. Some caramel kicks in with a note of alcohol and dark fruit. Finishes with some hop bite and bitterness from the coffee. I'm actually quite let down with this one, just not enough to it. Alcohol is warming but not extremely noticeable.

Overall: Mouthfeel is pretty good it's very well carbonated however a little thinner than I would have expected, although 27 plato, it doesn't feel like it. Very drinkable however, this bottle is not problem. Not worth the premium ST price, I'd rather get choklat

 911 characters

Photo of far333
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crystal snifter. Pours black and opaque, resulting in an inch-high frothy, lumpy and dimpled head that lingers long and slowly recedes while leaving long legs of lace wrapping around the inside of the glass.

Low aroma of cocoa. Interesting mix of flavors of cocoa and smokiness, some notes of sharp espresso, but more cocoa than coffee. Hints of leather and toasted marshmallow. A subtle hop bitterness offsets the semi-sweet chocolate.

Full and rich mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but could use more balance and bitterness. Too similar to Choklat IMO.

 567 characters

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

Pours a deep, dark brown with a short tan head that falls to a partial covering.
The smell is, very strongly, dark chocolate and cocoa powder and a small tinge of coffee..
The taste is very much the same as the aroma but with a noticeable alcohol finish and a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium but not as smooth as I would've liked.
There's nothing wrong with the drinkability of this beer but it is a slow goer.

I just didn't get a lot of tastes, especially the coffee, in this bottle. It reminds me more of Choklat than Jahva. While I love chocolate and sweetness there's a little too much of both, personally, for me. One glass on tap at a bar would've suited me better.

 681 characters

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from Charles St. Liquors - always a good spot for a lot of stuff. Into a Portsmouth snifter...

First pour looks damn impressive. Dark chocolate/espresso dark with a peanut-colored head to match - actually looks sort of capuccino/cinnamon color. The head is unfortunatel quite ephemeral but the dark body has a nice hint of oiliness and viscosity.

The aroma is what you'd expect...deep, dark, mild roasted chocolatey malt with a calm hint of Italian roast coffee to match. Just like a Reese's cup..."tastes great together." There's a little hint of hop oils in there - maybe not the grapefruit aromas expected from C-hops but definitely some pine and a little flora. Balance in abundance.

This has potential to be excellent - sweet booziness and coffee chocolate goodness. Very much a maple/molasses character there as well. Unfortunately the finish when cold is a little tinny - hoping this clears up. Even after a couple of minutes I can tell that it's dissipating (thankfully). The dry slate from the coffee, bittersweet chocolate and patent malt cleans this up nicely. A little carbonation saltiness cuts the heft. $#!+ dog.

This hits the palate like a Pop Rocks sledgehammer. It's thoroughly meaty beaty big and bouncy but that carbonation gives a spritely tingle - maybe a little too much tingle. Doesn't pour down the gullet as much as oozes down. Still for its viscosity there's a slight layering feel to this - maybe a little more Beautiful Chemistry is needed, cause I'm getting a hint of clamminess.

javah is good, choklat is better. This should in theory either split down the middle or, if the idea was a good one, be more than the sum of its parts. Oh, it's good, alright. It's pretty damn good. Expecting the flavors to synergize a little more but hell, I'm not turning this down.

Some may accuse me for hating on ST, but I like their beers. Somehow as mentioned before, I have 1 or 2 of things like this and don't go back to them. The only ones I come back to the trough for are oat and pumking. And I liked creme brulee. This is good but it seems too much like a gimmick from a marketing sense. Guys, it's time to stop the pump & dump and stick to making good quality beers that people come back to time after time instead of hoping that every beer obsessive picks up only a couple bombers of each every season. Loyalty will be rewarding in the long run. And Cuvee #3 better be damn good, by the way...

 2,451 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
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!!

 745 characters

Photo of Gavage
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger head that falls to a spotty surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: loads of chocolate rise from the glass. Some hints of coffee are there too.

Taste: big chocolate tones, nice coffee flavors, some prunes sweetness, mild roasted malt flavors, and a decent bitterness make up a superb double stout. Alcohol is warming but not noticable flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth and creamy throughout with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavor linger in the moth for a while.

Drinkability: this is one of the most drinkable beers I have had at this alcohol level. Easy to quaff and numerous glasses could be had over a session but it will hit you eventually. Great beer.

 755 characters

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

22oz bottle.

Poured a dark, and deep brown (bording on dark black, but I could see brown when I held it up directly in front of the light), with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of milk chocolate (as with the Choklat, it reminded me of walking into a small chocolate shop), caramel, lighter coffee, and vanilla. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruits. Light to medium alcohol in the finish. I had some chocolate brownies before this which put me in the mood to have this one. Definitely a dessert sipper.

 532 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

 1,007 characters

Photo of SiphonKing
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious blending of Jah-Va and Choklat from Southern tier. The coffee comes through with a nice balance of chocolate. A little on the sweet side but well balanced with the coffee. A great dessert beer that can even be the final course in a dinner. I highly recommend this beer and it is a welcome addition to
STBC line-up of Blackwater Imperial Stouts series.

 364 characters

Photo of tavernjef
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep root beer brown with ruby highlights and settles a massively opaque black in the glass. A fairly full and tall froth of dark tan foam grows up quickly and then dissapates slowly down to a nice collar and a faint skim. Large and long strings of lace are stretched about.

Oh my, what a fantastic nose! Massive chocolate in a lushly thick presense of darkness. Hints of cream, graham crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, hazelnuts, and some steamy warmth. Very nice! Reminds me a bit of chocolate muffins just coming out of the oven. Could be a bit more beefy or big really, but what's there is oh so incredibly complex and down right impressively appetizing.

Holy yummy! This is quite a complex yummy fuckin brew! Much like Choklat in every way! Super huge chocolate/cocoa and cream with well placed nuances to baking goods like vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cream. Coffee ascents are found to be quite mild and mostly in a just a titch of the burntness that appears in some of its wonderful drying characteristics as it finishes fluffy, warm, and lightly, airy textured in a battered, flour-like, cocoa dryness. The warmth is sublime perfection and totally sets a great tone of sinking cocoa drying fluff and fullness. Outstanding!

Feel is lavishly lush, enticingly full, enticingly rich, thickly creamy, floatingly fluffy, appetizingly dry, and wonderfully warm. Did I just drink a warm chocolate chocolate chip muffin? Wow! Way too drinkable for 11%. The warmth is there but incorporated so well its beautiful!

Another creatively yummy brew from Southern Tier! If ya like Choklat: this will be its twin!

 1,632 characters

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small light tan head.

Scent of strong, sweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and earth.

Taste of strong chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, caramel and sugar. Very sweet, but very tasty; a bomber is best split between two people.

Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth with a bit of carbonation.

 302 characters

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

A--Pours a very dark brown, about as dark as you can get before it becomes opaque. Holding it up to the light reveals dark red highlights on the sides. Moderately hard pour yields about a finger and a half of tan head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves only spotty lacing

S--Chocolate dominates the nose with coffee beans taking a backseat. I haven't had a Southern Tier Choklat yet, but descriptions of that beer state that it smells just like Hershey's Syrup and they were definitely right. Its like a chocolate milk that someone splashed with a tiny bit of coffee.

T--Oh yeah...exactly what I had hoped for when I first heard this beer was being brewed. Great balance of chocolate and coffee and a huge overall flavor. This is what I love about American Stouts. While the chocolate dominates the nose, the taste ends up being dominated by the coffee. Take a cup of joe, throw in four or five creamers, melt a few tablespoons of chocolate chips in it, and presto you have Southern Tier Mokah. There is a back end bitterness from the coffee that lingers and masks the chocolate after a while, which is preventing me from giving this a 5 on taste

M--Medium-to-full bodied, I would have liked a little more thickness but its not bad. Oh, and the Hershey's Syrup burps taste excellent!

D--This bomber is disappearing too quickly. I can't believe that this is 11% ABV, it drinks almost like a session stout. Great beer from Southern Tier

 1,442 characters

Photo of jwinship83
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into an over sized snifter. i liked both jahva and choklat and wanted to drink a stout tonight. a blend of them both? this one practically sold itself...

A- this one pours a black colored body with a small khaki colored head. the head vanishes quickly, and leaves behind small rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- the smell reminds me of choklat immediately. just like a chocolate tootsie roll pop. very sweet and chocolaty. milk mostly, some dark. not really able to tell theres any jahva in here, but i have no complaints.

T- again, choklat dominates the taste in this blend. very tootsie roll pop like. very sweet. very chocolaty. mostly dark in the taste. roasted malts. a little bit of alcohol. the coffee comes in at the end, which is slightly hoppy/coffee like.

M- full bodied and rather thick. a nice low level of carbonation makes this one come off as very creamy. a slight warming from the alcohol as it goes down, but thats expected with something thats 11% abv. very well done.

D- i cant find anything about how equal the blending is, but if id have to guess id say more choklat than jahva. thats not a problem as far as im concerned. my glass pretty much drank itself and left me wanting more. the only thing making this drinkability not perfect is the massive ABV. another bomber of this would make for a very bad next day. check this one out if given the chance.

 1,411 characters

Photo of Martin2D
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a tan head that fades and laces lightly

S - Swiss Miss of Choklat plus a little hint of coffee

T - Huge chocolate forefront met with a nice coffee backbone that provides roastiness and a little bitteness.

M - Medium-heavy in carbonation and full in body. Creamy mouthfeel, but a little too much carbonation for me.

D - This is so delicious it that 11% ABV doesn't mean anything with how delicious this was. Extremely drinkable. One of my favorite American Doubles.

 489 characters

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, opaque near-black with a thick head of tan fluff that doesn't want to yield. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge cocoa blasts up front, followed by some roasted java beans, and a hint of toasted nuts, and vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a balance between the Choklat, and Jahva melded into an actual Mocha Stout.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, some roasty bitterness pulling through but enough sweetness and hoppy punch to keep it interesting.
Nice idea. I like it.

 535 characters

Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,331 ratings