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Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding
742 Reviews
MokahMokah
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
742
Ratings:
2,309
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
514
For Trade:
13
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Photo of dutesanch
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Southern tier stouts. Not as sweet as Creme brûlée but sweeter and smoother than chokolat. This beer can best be described as a liquid tootsie roll. Really enjoyable. Poured from a bomber into my Stone snifter. Will be buying or trading for more.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bit of an opaque brown with a thin fluffy head with slight lacing.

S: Like I thought it would smell. Mixing Jahva and Choklat. You get that real sweet Hershey syrup smell battling with the coffee flavors of the Jahva.

T: Would be a 5 if the flavor was just a little bigger. It might work to this beers advantage that its not though...

M: Full bodied and slightly silky. A little bit of a hop presence and good carbonation add well to this beer.

D: Not too bad. Could definitely finish a bomber no problem. Would want it at the end of a session however.

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Photo of jman892
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black, minimal head, and what head there is fades to nothing in a hurry. As a result, really no lacing

S - Very creamy aroma, with milk chocolate and some mild coffee, in that order.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, with some vanilla in there as well. The coffee is somewhat in the background but it a delicious mix. The alcohol is not really hidden in this one

M - Creamy and thick, with pretty low carbonation

O - Got ambitious and tried a bomber of this on my own tonight. Wish this came in 12oz bottles as 22oz of this is a lot for any man to handle on his own. It is a sipper for sure, but like the rest of the big ST stouts, very well done.

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Photo of nriech
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seriously, this is a dessert beer. I thought a big bold dark beer would go nicely with my BBQ but was waaaay off.

This beer has a sweet smell of chocolate and coffee. Nice creamy head.

The chocolate and coffee flavors are well balanced, just that its like drinking cake. I think had I planned this a little better it would have been a better experience but Im judging my scores based off the actual flavors. I would have liked a little more coffee than chocolate but I guess this is less common of a desire.

Alcohol is nicely hidden, not a hint of it.

Again, a great brew for dessert on its own.

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Photo of mjw06
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served room temperature. Had the color of a dark chocolate bar and moved around in my glass with the fluidity of a chocolate liqueur. Little to no head when it was brought to my table, which was disappointing, but seemed to go along with the body.

Smell was amazing, mocha of course (or mokah). The mokah-ness wasn't overpowering however, as I can still get whiffs of roasted barley on its canvas. The sweetness was distinctly beer sweetness, not just the product of a bunch of sugar being added to sweeten it up. This same sweetness would translate into the taste. Amazing mouthfeel in the body, however I took into consideration the lack of head and how that effected the feel.

This is a great beer. A lot of chocolate imperial stouts tend to overdue it with the chocolate or the sweetness, or just the alcohol in general. Mokah, however, is an organic balance of all three, and much more.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sat on this for a couple of months...

A- Pours an almost black with grape purple edges against a bright light. Topped with a coffee ice cream colored 2 finger head. Ample splotchy lacing throughout.

S- Chocolate syrup, espresso and malt.

T- Way more chocolate than espresso/coffee. Very sweet. Almost too sweet....almost.

M- Very light carbonation. Sticky sweet. Slightly oily.

O- Sweet and decadent dessert type beer. ABV sneaks up on you.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bomber into a pint glass. It was black with very little head and lots of lacing. It had a very strong cocoa smell, which was very sweet and largely masked the roasted malts and coffee. This thick beer had a taste to match; think of Swiss Miss cocoa delivered via a stout vehicle. It was too much for me at the time I had it, but admittedly it was at the end of a 4 hr session, and I likely hit a wall. I generally love everything from Southern Tier, so I need to give this another shot on its own.

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Photo of bminor7
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY, poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A - wonderful brown foam leaves persistent lacing on the side of the glass. color is dark brown.

S - sweet, sweet chocolate. dark roasted malts. coffee may be in there but I can't detect it in the chocolate!

T - dark malts and chocolate upfront, then the bitterness from the hops and coffee show up. the flavor is amazing. though the coffee plays 2nd, if not 3rd fiddle to the chocolate, this is still one of the best 10 beers I have ever tasted. truly remarkable. I had to check the bottle incredulously to find that it's 11%. almost undetectable!

M - thin for a stout? nonetheless, pairs well with the abundance of accessible flavor.

D - aided by the thin mouthfeel, this is not necessarily a weakpoint. I finished the 22 oz easily alone, and wish I had another! southern tier continues to be one of the most impressive breweries on the east coast.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $8.49 for a 22 oz bottle at Total Wine. I enjoy this style so my review may be on the generous side.

I poured into a Chimay chalice which gave a thin head of tan bubbly foam dissipating to a ring. It was black with a mahogany rim and highlights.

The nose was dead on Tootsie Roll. Also some chocolate shake, and cream soda.

The flavor was Tootsie Roll, chocolate, some roast malts.

The mouthfeel provided was very velvety, thick, luscious. It was reminiscent of a milk stout. I really liked the mouthfeel because you don't usually get this mouthfeel in an Imperial Stout. One thing I don't like about Milk Stouts is the low ABV. At 11% this offered some of the best qualities of both the Imperial Stout and Milk Stout. The alcohol was present and warming down the throat but not overly so.

Well done and would buy again.

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Photo of begforme4484
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown/black. Minimal brown head that laces surprisingly well.

At first I smell lots of fire roasted coffee, and then was overpowered by a cocoa and dark fudge scent. Almost smells like chocolate milk.

It's like drinking a cold chocolate milk and coffee blend. Lots of rich cocoa flavor. A slight coffee bitterness and finish.

Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Little carbonation and an easy drinker.

Drinkability is good. I couldn't have more than one in a sitting, but talk about a desert stout.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours absolute black with a finger of beige foam, silky retention, thick ring of lacing once the head bubbles down to a thin and spotty film. Looks perfect to me.

Aroma-Mmmn, big aromas of chocolate with black coffee blended into the background; huge maltiness. It smells like a strong mocha latte...only beer.

Taste-Initial malty sweetness cut immediately by black and earthy coffe, some alcohol bite, chocolate and creme and maybe a bit of caramel add themselves on. The finnish is surprisingly bitter with a focused bitter coffee and even slightly hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium-full with a creamy texture; appropariate carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability-Another winner from the Blackwater series by Southern Tier; awesome beer for dessert after a meal or as a late night treat.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer like Choklat has a strong, up front, and in your face nose. It is a perfect blend of Javah and Choklat in one beer. The nose follows straight through to the taste of this beer. It's sexual. The mouth feel of the beer is smooth as silk and leaves a nice lining on your glass. It is a perfect sweet coffee stout. I personally could drink this year round. Buy it while it is out, since it is a limited release. It will age well till next years release.

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Photo of patra7
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rare import for Greece, which I found and bought at a beer festival. I had this at home after 1-2 months of fridge-resting, in snifter glasses, split between me and my wife (650ml bottle).

Appearance: Black colour, perhaps with a reddish tint. Dark brown head, thin, quickly dissipating.

Smell: A smorgasboard of aromas starts attacking you from the moment you open the bottle. Chocolate(s), coffee, caramel, alcohol hitting on you with no mercy. I'm still sniffing on the empty bottle as I'm writing this! Fantastic!

Taste: A caramel-like, light sweetness, closely followed by sweet and bitter chocolate. The light bitterness presents itself halfway in, only to be "covered" by a new wave of caramel-like sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Siropy, but not too thick. Medium body, not highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Depends on how you define it... You start feeling the high alcohol towards the end of the 1st glass. I'm not sure I'd attempt to drink a 2nd bottle unless I was in a serious drinking mood. I love it anyway.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into a snifter tonight. even though its really warm out, im looking forward to sipping on this in the nice chilly AC.

a- pours pitch black with no light getting through. a thing sliver of head rises with a creamy color then drops quickly.

s- the chocolate on this nose is crazy. sort of like creamy milk chocolate cocoa powder. the chocolate is overpowering anything else in the nose because i dont smell much else.

t- starts off with a rich milk chocolate, melts into a more bitter dark chocolate with a dry, slightly hoppy finish. the sweetness of bittersweet chocolate lingers quite a while.

m- feel is creamy and rich. it drinks incredibly well and easy. the high abv is nowhere to be found at all. there is very little carbonation, but that lets the flavors linger on my palate and i love it.

overall, im a huge fan of this beer. i love huge rich imperial stouts and dont mind them being on the sweeter side. the chocolate is very prevalent, but not overpoweringly so. the flavors linger on my palate for so long and i find it awesome. I have a huge appreciation of southern tier brews and this doesnt dissapoint at all.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Mokah

Appearance: This imperial chocolate and coffee stout pours, as expected, a very dark brown bordering on black. Only on the very top of the beer is any light visibly coming through. Also positioned at the top of the dark, viscous liquid is a dark tan ring of head that reached maybe an eighth of an inch and moderate alcohol legs due to the high 11.2% ABV; blink, and you will miss any semblance of head, however. It is impossible to know anything about the carbonation because of the opaque nature of the beer. Mokah certainly looks the part of an imperial stout, no more, no less.

Aroma: Sniffing this beer smells like unwrapping a high-quality bar of dark chocolate. The chocolate and dark malts completely dominate the aroma, leaving room only for a touch of coffee-esque notes and just a hint of the alcohol. Hopefully that alcohol will stay in the nose and eyes, rather than invading and destroying the mouth. There are no hops to be found via the nose. Perhaps a better balance could have been found by making the coffee more pronounced. Nonetheless, this beer smells delicious. Southern Tier has, once again, captured the essence of the food or beverage that they are imitating. Hopefully this one does not travel down the cloying corridor that their Crème Brûlée unfortunately passed through.

Taste: Another Southern Tier masterpiece. This beer has the richness of espresso and mocha, mixed with the bitterness that one would expect from a good example of those delicacies. The chocolate is very sweet, but it balances itself because of the bitter nature of dark chocolate. At times, it even approaches baking chocolate levels of bitterness, but that sweetness from the malt and chocolate itself always keeps it in check. Still, this beer could use some more coffee flavor (or less chocolate) to really put it over the top, as the chocolate is the clear star here. Perhaps Southern Tier’s straight coffee stout Javah will take up that mantle. Thankfully, the alcohol is completely absent from the taste, though a bit of heat slowly creeps up on the drinker as the bottle empties. This is definitely the best chocolate beer this reviewer has enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Like the rest of Southern Tier’s imperial catalogue, this morsel is syrupy and sticky with a medium-thick feel on the palate. The carbonation does a great job of making sure the drinker does not get bogged down in the beer, as well as trying, in vain, sadly, to give all the flavors a chance to shine. Surprisingly, while many examples of the style are sippers, this one can either be sipped or enjoyed at a session beer pace (not that that is advised if one wants their clothes to remain on); this may be attributed to the utter drinkability of the chocolate flavor. The finish is a lingering stickiness in and around the mouth as well as a bitter feeling suggestion of hoppy astringency. The mouthfeel really complements the taste.

Overall: This is a very well done imperial chocolate/coffee stout. The aroma (and taste, to a lesser degree) are a bit one-note, but when that note is this fantastic, hearing it over and over is not as tiring as one might think. Be wary while drinking this, as it will disappear far too quickly, and the drinker may wonder where their beer went, or where they, themselves went. Because of this, sharing is highly encouraged; with a beer this good, your friends will owe you something very special indeed. It is a foolproof win-win for you, the purchaser. Southern Tier has yet to disappoint this reviewer, and I eagerly await my next beer from them (Unearthly or Javah, I’m thinking). 16.5/20

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is such a damn good beer!

Pours a nice rich dark body with a fluffy tan head... great lacing, with an amazing nose of chocolate and coffee, just what I expected from a mocha flavored beer. This Mocha Stout, Mokah was really reallly good.... I would suggest this to any one who loves dark beers. This reminds me of the Grand Imperial Porter from Poland... Both great beers.

This is a good beer. I love it.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark opaque that thins to copper amber hue. Poured out of a 22oz Bomber into a large snifter.

Smell: Hershey's chocolate syrup, pecan, vodka (alcohol very present), green olive

Taste: Chocolate instantly on the palate then rounded out with mokah and coffee and slight bitterness from hops. Strong mokah aftertaste. Chocolate peanuts.

Mouthfeel: Fullbodied brew - goes down like you're squeezing a container of Hershey's chocolate syrup down your throat. Completely satisfying.

Drinkability: Sipper. This beer can split you in half at 11.00% ABV.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at mellow mushroom in wilder Kentucky. Served in the ever popular and Ever useful Kentucky bourbon barrel ale sniffer.

A- very dark brown on the top fading into a pitch black at te bottom of the glass. Starts out with a dense dark khaki head that slowly fades to tiny islands of dirty white islands with small amounts if lace in the side if the glass

S- wow! Rich dark chocolate hits you hard. Getting a faint rich chocolate coffee smell but mostly hard core chocolate. Tasty.

T- just about mirrors the nose and that is great. Lots if chocolate, very milky and rich. A pleasant faint hop bite rounds this beer off to keep it from being to overpoweringly sweet.

M- you think a beer if this style would be heavier especially the way it tastes but irbid only about medium bodied. I actually prefer this feel since it allows you to appreciate the flavors without being overwhelmed.

Overall one if the best stouts I have ever had. Really full flavors that jump and ask you to have another sip. For all of the big hyped one day Release stouts. This beer stands shoulder to shoulder with them.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Dirty motor oil color with no head and slight lacing. Aroma is strong of chocolate and some coffee scent. The mouthfeel is dry, almost grainy. Taste is of chocolate, black coffee, and nuts. Not as sweet as other Southern Tier stouts, and therefore, very good.

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Photo of FunkyFibes
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a nice black color with a small creamy mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S- smell is nearly identical to a Tootsie Roll. Lots of chocolate with coffee background.

T- firm chocolatey flavor with subtle hints of coffee. Clearly a dessert beer, but very drinkable for 11.2% alcohol

M- coats the mouth with each sip. I could see this tiring the taste buds after too much. Very low carbonation suits the style.

O- While the bold flavors and sweetness may run it thin in quantity, it is highly enjoyable. I could see making this into an ice cream float...in the very near future. A very well crafted beer.

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Photo of kaips1
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a bomber, my second time around, poured into a 12oz mug

this poured a nice dark black with a nice one n half finger khaki head that is leaving lacing on the glass. the smell is all choklot with hardly any hints of coffee, at least to my partially congested nose but once you take a sip its nothing but coffee chocolate mix and its awesome, its like drinking desert but its not to rich or thick that you cant finish the bottle. i prefer this far over the choklot because it atains more balance and leads to better drinkability and that helps overall

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

A beautiful, glorious beer. Delighted to have this twice after it's retirement. Splendid merriment of chocolate and coffee, this easily outdoes it's parent beers. Silky smooth mouthfeel with limited amount of carbonation. It doesn't quite have the heft of the larger representations of the style but it gets very close in smoothness.
I really enjoyed this beer both times I've had it which spurred me to submit this while enjoying it the second time. Cheers.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An entry into heavy dessert stout category. It pours a solid black with very little head and carbonation. There is a milky foam atop the black beer that hangs around through out the end of the glass.

The aroma is bourbon, chocolate with less coffee and more cocoa. It has a pronounced bitterness in the aroma which then carries through in the taste.

There is the chocolate milk shake flavor reminiscent of Choklat however the coffee provides a distinct bitterness, while the hops create a sense of bright tanginess. The flavor is like a deep chocolate-coffee cake with a vaguely citrus and grassy after taste. The warmth and flavor or alcohol seep in and create a lush, dark finish.

The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and milky. It fills the mouth and the warmth fills the gut and sinuses.

It is highly drinkable with a lingering dry bitterness like a medium roast Costa Rican coffee on the finish. Handle with care. The impact builds up quickly.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

On draft in a 10oz snifter at Mainely Brews. Pours a dark black opaque with very minor head of an off white yellowish color, very good lacing ten minutes after the pour. Smells of mainly chocolate (dark chocolate) especially, with hints of coffee and vanilla sugar. Tastes as wonderful as it smells, you instantly notice the chocolate on first mouthful, and as it sits the coffee comes out as well as the vanilla in the after taste. The mouth feel is thin and light for a stout, with moderate carbonation if any, perfect compliment to the taste in my opinion. Overall it is an exceptional stout and one that I'll definitely be seeking out again!

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Photo of mcsquint
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into small tulip glass:
A - Opaque black with dark tan head. Head lingers for quite some time.
S - Chocolate, espresso, vanilla,alcohol.
T - Unbelieveable. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee upfront followed by slight vanilla, then warming alcohol.
M - Full and thick. More like an aperatif than what is normally considered 'beer'.
D - I split this bottle with a friend and we both agreed that this would be incredible with a nice dessert such as tiramisu or rich chocolate cake. Definitely not a 'lawnmower' beer. Like all of the other Southern Tier products, this is worth a try.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,309 ratings.
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