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 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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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Inky black w/ thin tan head.
S: HUGE milk chocolate notes, a little coffee, sweet. Smells awesome.
T: Milk chocolate, roasty malts, and a little coffee (not as much as expected tho).
F: Smooth and full at first, but definitely has a little bite.
O: Phenomenal dessert beer. Very sweet with a nice kick to it.

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Photo of PCbeer
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gets slightly better as it warms due to the chocolate flavor becoming stronger as the temperature increases. Excellent overall taste and bite. A 22 oz is a perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/8/14 vintage. Stored at 46° in beer fridge. Pours jet black with light brown head. Decent head that dissapates moderately with solid lacing. Rich milk chocolate nose, cocoa malt, light roasty notes. Taste is semi sweet chocolate that is followed with a milky cream note, roasty malt comes through, then layered with dark chocolate, and finishes with bitterness that comes from coffee and dark chocolate backbone. Not getting a lot of coffee/"Mokah" but the semi bitterness from coffee is there. Body is lighter, semi syrupy, and easy to drink. A rich, silky smooth, and tasty imperial stout that has milk stout qualities. A great stout offering that was worth saving.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

DOB 3/13/15 bomber at 43 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate, somewhat like a peanut butter cup, with some coffee hints
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 1 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – rare irregular island of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter, aftertaste of bitter chocolate; no roasted malt, no coffee, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.25

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Photo of MA_hops
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Midnight black with a thin, tan head.
S: Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate. Very sweet smelling.
T: Similar to the nose.
M: Slight bitterness, mild carbonation.
O: Solid stout, however the chocolate notes taste a bit artificial.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Inky black look, with a nice khaki head :)
S: Smells like sweet chocolate
T: It starts out with sweet chocolate, but then takes a disappointing turns to a bittering medicinal taste that lasts even after it's down the hatch. I don't get the coffee either, unless that's what's making it so bitter. But if that's the case, the coffee is terrible.
F: The flavor coats well but a bit too thin
Overall, it's worth trying and good for the price. $8-9 per bomber.

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

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date or vintage date present. At long last I'm finally getting around to reviewing this one from the Blackwater Series from Southern Tier. Expecting great things based on this beer's good reputation.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark inky black body with about a finger of dark chocolate mocha head. Leaves lots of good sticky sugary lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - A pleasant aroma, but I'm mostly pulling out the chocolate, and not much of the coffee beans. A powdery baking cocoa sort of aroma is most prominent.

T - The taste is the same, a very similar chocolatey profile as Southern Tier Choklit and the new Southern Tier Choklit Oranj. Coffee beans are apparent, but firmly in the background. Notes of caramel, vanilla extract, and powdery cocoa. The chocolate is a touch artificial, as with the others. Piney Columbus hop bitterness is also apparent on the finish.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Full-bodied, with good carbonation. Easy-drinking for the 10.00% abv, but sweet & sugary. A definite dessert beer.

Overall, a nice stout, but it is awfully similar to Choklat, and there isn't much coffee to be had from this one. In the future, I would recommend skipping these, but I look forward to trying more from Southern Tier.

Southern Tier Mokah -----4/5.

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Photo of smonroy3
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A little too sweet. Definitely a dessert beer. Great for beer floats, but hard to drink a bomber of it on your own. Tastes like Hershey's made a stout.

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Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malt in aroma, with vanilla sweetness.

Flavor is deeply chocolatey, fairly sweet, with big coffee bitterness throughout. There's a bit of an acrid finish that's offputting. Very rich, but the coffee and roast bitterness counter nicely.

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Photo of seedyone
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Tried on rec & was not disappointed. Only area wit some points off was the texture. I would have liked a bit more chew, but behind all the other pluses i remained a superlative treat. The aroma was really outstanding. A deep chocolate/coffee treat. The coffee takes over on the tongue & there is very little on the bitterness front. The 10.9% ABV will be the rstraining factoe. Otherwise I could roll with this guy all night long. Wish me luck.

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Photo of mzingie
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing beer by southern tier. Smells heavily and complexly of coffee and chocolate. Large head with great retention. Mouthfeel is very creamy and a perfect compliment to the taste of dark bitter chocolate with prominent notes of coffee grounds and underlying caramel. One of southern tier's best.

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Photo of Bone53
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Blue Dust

Appearance: Seems to be black with a light brown head

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cream

Taste: A ton of chocolate upfront with an espresso finish. Undertone of hops throughout

Mouthfeel: Great body for 10%; Smooth with moderate carbonation throughout. Carbonation is spot on

Overall: I was surprised how much chocolate presence was in here. It overshadows the coffee in my opinion. After all it is called mokah right? The chocolate also seems slightly artificial. I think this is a slightly better than average imperial coffee stout. I can see how people really like it, just not exactly what i go for

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Photo of muchos
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet like a chocolate dessert, slight coffee. Doesn't smell like a beer but delicious nonetheless.
Taste is of sweet and bitter chocolate and of bitter espresso-like coffee, with toasty maltiness and slight alcohol. Not nearly as sweet in the taste as compared to the smell.
Feels smooth, somewhat thick. Not much carbonation.
Not as good as their Choklat, but overall pretty darn good.

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Photo of docoman
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very rich and better than expected, had on tap at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati this past weekend, recommend trying if you like chocolate + coffee, both flavors represented well in this offering.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass, pours a wonderful jet black with a nice darkish brownish head. Nose is chocolate for days, slight coffee notes in there as well, Surprised that there is not that much coffee presence, bottle is about 8 or so months old....
Right now it's a rich chocolate milkshake, I approve, even without the coffee.

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