Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

744 Reviews

Brewed by:
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 MGibbons
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great look, nice little head from the bottle pour. Really nice roasted mocha nose. The beer is really creamy on the palate and pleasantly thick. The mocha comes through very strong as does the heavy roast. I'm not the biggest fan of heavy roast, so this could be dialed back a bit for my taste. But overall, this is an excellent beer that isn't overtaken by the 10% alcohol.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with a small tan head.

The smell is milk chocolate.

The taste is milk chocolate, light coffee, with some bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall an excellent beer, the chocolate over powers the coffee but it's still good.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

SAmple a cellar temp 22 oz bottle that I have sat on for about 3 years. The beer pours jet black with small creamy tan head foaming up that fades to a sturdy edge layer fairly quickly after pouring the beer.
The aroma is rich chocolatey malt, almost like a hot chocolate, very sweet nose. No hops and not really any booze on the nose even at 10% ABV.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth texture with mild rolling carbonation. The body is fairly thick and coats my palate after every sip.
Flavor is what is anticipated from the nose with sweet chocolate dominating and a little brown sugar and some booze coming through on the finish. This is a big robust beer but isnt hot on the finish and is actually pretty drinkable. Not too complex but is certainly very enjoyable, a big malty sweet beer. NIce beer for a cool evening.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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 smanson56
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep dark black into my tulip glass. Lots of chocolate in the nose the coffee is a little subdued but is evident in the background. The taste is sweet and chocolate and with a subduing bitterness from the coffee makes it all very palatable. A very drinkable stout with great flavors. I need to pivk up a few more of these.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Westover Beer Garden. Poured into a clear solo cup.

A chocolate shake with a shot on the site. The alcohol and bitter finish balance the sweeter chocolate malty start. Has milk stout qualities. 4

A – Pours a dark brown with a healthy brown head, even for a bar pour. 4

S – Chocolate but maybe a bit too much, malty sweetness. 3.75

T – Milk chocolate/mocha, some milk stout sweetness but not cloying, alcohol is clearly present but not hot or solventy. The coffee was not evident to me. 4

MF – Medium body, semi dry finish, warming. 4

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black color with brown head. Smells of chocolate hit you immediately then hints of the coffee come thru. Upon tasting, I get Much the same. Huge Chocolate up front with some coffee sneaking in there. Another winner from Southern Tier

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Photo of JPowell712
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another homerun by Southern Tier! I have always been impressed with their Blackwater Series beers, and this one did not disappoint. If you are a fan of chocolate or coffee or both, you need to run, not walk, but run to your local craft beer store and get this beer! Right off the pour the deep dark black liquid fills the glass with the aroma of perfectly roasted coffee beans. Then the chocolate also becomes noticeable with the sweetness. When you finally do dive in, the robust taste of dark roasted coffee hits you like a ton of bricks with the sweet finish of a dark chocolate. The strength of the beer is also noticeable. At 10% ABV you also get a nice warmth off the alcohol. This is a great beer! It also finishes with an almost creamy mouthfeel with hints of lactose or sugar. The complexity of this beer is definitely going to make you appreciate the fact that you bought it. I highly recommend this beer for an after dinner drink. I could see this being enough for a dessert. This is also in my mind a great beer to have on hand during the colder months or after a holiday meal. Very nice work by Southern Tier.

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Photo of emyers
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Pours black in color with a light brown thin head. Minimal lacing.

I feel like I just walked into a chocolate factory - tons of chocolate in the nose. There is some coffee there, but it's more of a side-kick to the chocolate. Very subtle hints of earthy hops.

Tastes as you would expect given the nose. Rich milk chocolate with a touch of coffee. Bittering hops kick in towards the end along with a bit more earthiness. The bitterness in the finish is extremely welcome - this could very well be confused for chocolate milk without it (and the carbonation of course).

Mouthfeel is quite viscous with a medium carbonation level.

As seems to be the trend in the Blackwater series, this doesn't quite taste like...well, beer. Luckily it's delicious, so I really don't care. Just know what you're getting yourself into - this is essentially carbonated alcoholic chocolate milk.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black and brown color, lots of viscosity to this one. Lighter brown head on the top, tiny bubbles, varying lace on the glass. Aroma was mostly burnt malt, the coffee or 'mokah' didn't really come out.

Lots of heat for this one, way too much bitterness. Smooth up in ya, this is not, the Bullet Boys weep. Mocha notes not there. Could benefit from some creme brulee poured up in it to cut the sweetness of that and the bitterness of this.

Price too expensive for what ya get.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. Consumed over two hours starting around 40 degrees and ending up around room temp (65).

A: Black, some light around the edges. Minimal light brown head.
S: Chocolate dominates, roasty notes, fudge, caramel, breadyness. Coffee is present in the background.
T: Lots of milk chocolate upfront. Almost like a hershey bar. Notes of coffee, caramel and toffee follow. Chocolate dominated, lots of dark fudge in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, alcohol is almost undetectable for a 10% beer. Very light carbonation. Coats your mouth and lingers well after each sip.
O: Very tasty, lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Only complaint is I'd have liked the coffee to be a little more pronounced.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is okay given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Smells like a mix of amazing and heaven. Rich, silky sweet Hershey's chocolate. Mild roast coffee. Big sweetness, chocolate domination, with caramel, gooey fudge, and roasted barley.

5.0 T: Damn, this is something. It tastes a lot like Choklat, but not quite as... chocolate-ty. That doesn't mean it's not as intense. The added punch comes from a healthy coffee component. Vanilla, fudge, and plenty of roastiness that is balance out by the sweetness.

4.25 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue but could use a bit more creaminess. Still, really good here as well. Alcohol isn't perceived at all.

4.5 D: I live for beer like this. So tasty but so drinkable as well.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for something that's not too hard to find
Pour - black with medium tan head that stays intact
Smell - chocolate and coffee, just like it says
Taste - like biting into a liquid chocolate bar
Overall - if you know what you're getting into, it's great. If you're expecting something complex and different, this isn't it

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Base of bottle says DOB 03/30/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Medium carbonation leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Fudge brownie, chocolate-covered raisin and mocha leap forward making me think I'm smelling some hot chocolate concoction with caramel and marshmallow topping...this is not a bad thing. Slightly nutty.

T- Lots of caramel, toffee and even peanut brittle. The small amount of coffee that is there tries to balance out the intense sweetness, but to no avail. Oh yeah, and then there's to overwhelming amount of chocolate flavor. It's like I just put 50 M&Ms along with 50 Raisinets in my mouth at the same time...once again, not necessarily a bad thing.

M- Creamy and decadent. It's really what saves this beer from being an overly sweet mess. At least there's the slick mouthfeel to back it up.

O- Bottom line: if you're not looking at this as a dessert beer, you've got it all wrong. This is one of those guilty pleasures that's meant to be enjoyed when you want a feeling of indulgence. Yes, there are probably artificial flavors in this beer. But it's appropriate if you feel like getting drunk off a Hershey's bar.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, served in a snifter

A: Inky pour; deep black with tawny edges; foamy mocha head, retention is decent, lacing is minimal.

S: Mocha, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee, as advertised.

T: Sweet through and through; starts with sweet chocolate up front - milk chocolate and powdered cocoa come to mind; creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors follow; mid sip presents medium roast coffee and a nice toasty/nutty flavor from the malt bill - provides a nutty/earthy balance to the big rush of sweetness and prevents it from being cloying, but this beer still trends sweet; one last dash of powdered cocoa that dries out on finish leaving a mocha coffee like aftertaste that commands the next sip. Fantastic!

M: Full bodied; smooth creaminess, but not chewy or overly thick.

O: A sweet, over the top imperial stout - what else would you expect from the Blackwater Series? Like Choklat, but with a pleasing balance from the roast/coffee presence. A dessert beer, and a slow sipper for sure at 10% ABV, but the alcohol hides behind the waves of chocolate, coffee and vanilla goodness, making for a dangerously delicious brew. Definitely one to seek out for stout lovers.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I guess I should have tried the singleton Jahva and Choklat first. Alas, this one is all-in on aroma and flavor. Almost too much richness. Pours dark, almost black, with thin, tan head. Heavy in both chocolate and coffee aromas, it's delightful. The flavor is where there's almost too much going on. I like things simple, so a good imperial stout is my favorite. Adding both choc and java puts this into some kind of different realm, where it's tasty and all, but getting away from why I love beer. no doubt this one's for dessert!

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Good color with a nice (though not excessive) head which dissipates after a few minutes. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing glaringly problematic.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee is present but not overpowering. Given the name, I'd expect more coffee, but I think the balance is nicely done.

T: Another outstanding job from Southern Tier. While there isn't too much complexity, they've nailed the combination of dark chocolate and coffee, with a small amount of milk chocolate present. While I'm not normally a dark chocolate fan, it works well in conjunction with the coffee without being too bitter, and rather than being decadent it remains very quaffable. Despite the ABV, alcohol seems relatively muted.

F: Creamy but not light. Almost feels like a nitro beer.

O: Another home run from Southern Tier. Along with Choklat, Choklat Oranj, Pumking, and Warlock, this remains on my 'buy it if I see it' list. Cheap, delicious, and available.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a deep black with just a thin cap of mocha-colored head resting on top. No lacing at all.

As expected, the aroma met the nose with primarily black coffee and cocoa.

Like the aroma, mostly dark roasted coffee, cocoa, and boozy notes. The 10% abv is definitely there.

Lighter bodied for a stout and smooth with very little carbonation.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, black-brown opaque. A mark against because it pours with a minimal head that fades like a soda, with no lacing.

S - Chocolate and roast, with a subtle coffee element. Some mild alcohol warmth, as well.

T - Front is sweet chocolate brownie batter, middle brings a coffee acidity and mild bitter element, the close shows caramel stickiness in the fade.

M - For as bold, sweet and heavy this beer tastes, the carbonation helps keep this one from building too severely.

O - This is not an everyday beer, but it is a joy of malty chocolate and coffee notes, and the nose is one of the biggest bursts of brownie batter I've had in a beer. Even if in the end it is hard to finish a 22-oz., the ride is worth it.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of Givemebeer
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a beautiful khaki head that dissipates and very little lacing is left. Coffee is there but not overpowering. Creamy and too sweet for my liking. Still a good beer that I would probably buy again and drink on a cold night.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Southern Tier goblet.

A- pours pitch black in color with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that eventually reduces to a thin film and a ring around the edge

S- huge amounts of fresh espresso coffee, cafe mocha, dark chocolate & cocoa come leaping out of the glass. Sweet notes of whipping cream & caramel/toffee, the exact aroma one would expect from such a beer

T- opens up with strong espresso and dark chocolate that mimics a coffee house cafe mocha. Big sweetness mid-palate gives flavors of vanilla whipping cream, sweet caramel, and dark fruit. More dark chocolate kicks in as it nears the close, with fresh espresso clinging all the way through the linger

M- thick and heavy body with low carbonation leads to a thick and chewy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy and velvety finish, light alcohol warmth on the linger

O- in true Southern Tier fashion, this is a huge, sweet beer. The sweetness is the only thing that detracts it from being nearly perfect. Such a good coffee stout

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice chocolate flavors with hints of rosted coffee in the background. The finish is extremely creamy and delicious! I would love to find this one again!

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Photo of cdhaines
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout I have ever had. I like the combo of chocolate, coffee and stout; also the high ABV always makes a nice stout. Nice mouthfeel - smooth and slick with just the right amount of crispness/bite for a stout

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany bordering black with a thick caramel head.

Smells heavy of coffee and chocolate with dark fruit and caramel and a hit of earthy spice.

Taste is strong coffee rounded out by dark chocolate. Their is a nice mix of dark fruit (plum and fig) and caramel malt. There is a nice play of sweet and bitter coming from the coffee and chocolate backed the earthy spice. This is a very thick complex beer.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,317 ratings.
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