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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3799
Reviews: 1417
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%

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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into stone snifter.

Pours a solid dark black with some mocha head. Aroma is an incredibly pungent chocolate smell, some vanilla and sweet caramel but barely distinguishable due to the chcolate. Taste is similar and fairly, except it has a strange taste towards the end due to the fake chocolate flavoring. This beer could be much better if they used real chocolate and not some nasty fake chemical flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:32:44 | More by hops202
Photo of Doerrijustmether


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pouts aggressive into a snifter. finger of khaki head quickly disappears good lacing. about 52 degrees.

impenetrable deep amber color

smell of sweet chocolate roasted hops vanilla bean. overwhelmingly chocolate of course is the headliner.

nice full body, the chocolate flavor is almost like a Hershey syrup, very good, subdued vanilla in the back ground. lite caramel malted tones. great finish, boozy feel but not overwhelming,, high ABV but does not drink like it. great aftertaste, the chocolate really sticks around.

this beer totally delivers on the chocolate. this is probably the best strait up chocolate stout that I've had (by straight up im referring to not breakfast or bourbon of chocolate coffee)

great beer, highly commended desert style beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:06:43 | More by Doerrijustmether
Photo of abeeronthebeach


4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours jet black, topped with a cushion of fluffy mocha foam.

S - Milk chocolate toblerone leaps up to meet the nose as the glass draws near. Toffee and vanilla bean follow soon after.

T - Wondersful bittersweet chocolate on first sip. A little vinous heat. Bitter cocoa and a modicum of cabernet tannin on the finish. Classic stout flavour of roasted malt. Hazelnut.

M - Very smooth. Thickness of single cream. Carbonation is just right.

O - Very, very nice beer, although over the course of the beer I did feel like the chocolate was slightly overpowered by the heat from the abv. In terms of the spectrum of stout flavours it's definitely at the chocolate, malt and vanilla end rather than that of smoke, peat, char and ash. I'll be picking up a couple of bottles in the not too distant future for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 03:39:02 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Richardbeerlover


4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark brown black with a brown head. Nice and thick looking with a lot of body. Smells so much like chocolate. I was expecting the usual non sweet taste but this has a great chocolate sweetness. Let me say that this is the best chocolate beer I have ever had. Even better than Samuel Smiths organic. Nice little 10% alcohol burn at the finish. The alcohol is deceptive and quickly gave me a nice buzz. Fantastic beer that hits it's intentions right on the spot.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:48:15 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of EvoRich


4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been meaning to try this. Chocolate stouts aren't something I really seek out. But I've heard good thing. While I was getting some creme brûlée, I figured I give this stuff a try.

Look: Poured in a snifter as suggested. Not much head. I blame myself. My pour was too slow and safe. Otherwise it's as dark as anything. Swirl the glass and you can get a Carmel colored head to appear. Edit: Yes, poured another glass a bit more aggressively, and produced a nice, fluffy caramel colored head.

Smell: Here's a shocker.... Chocolate! A bit of alcohol smell, but mainly just chocolate here.

Taste: At first sip I was surprised at the presence of alcohol. I've had beers with the same or higher ABV with no alcohol present. I don't mean to make this sound like a bad thing. The chocolate flavor is very strong, as I assumed it would be. Very little bitterness. Only bitterness is a slight coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, just as a stout should be.

Overall: As mentioned, I've never seeked out chocolate stouts. I've had many. Many that get great reviews. I've always thought they were good, both nothing amazing. This is the first one that makes me feel different. Best chocolate stout I've had so far. Probably the best I'll ever have.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:57:45 | More by EvoRich
Photo of jlindros


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I've been sitting on for a while waiting to do a horizontal, and finally gave up to just drink them. No date on it, but it has to be like 4-5 years old by now. I hope it's not to old. My bottle also says 11% instead of the 10% that BA has listed.

Pours a decent fizzy darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but nice legs on the sides, typical and actually a nice head for an 11% beer, pitch black beer, no light getting through.

Nose is just pure chocolate, layers upon layers of chocolate, milk chocolate, fudgey, dark choc, even a bit of a baker's choc, fresh cocoa nibs sitting in hot chocolate, chocolate malt as well, with a hint of vanilla too, and a hint of other dark black like malts, but really nothing else. Just waves upon waves of chocolate.

Taste brings, yep you guessed it, chocolate, and more chocolate, creamy lush choc, with some baker's choc, and a bit of semi sweet dark chocolate, again that cocoa nibs bathed in hot cocoa like taste and feel, smooth rich melting expensive chocolate even. A mild biscuity malt underneath, little malty and hint of malted milk ball, a touch of a caramely flavor and little candy bar goodness, touch of fluffy nougat even and a little milk dud. Despite all the candy notes it's not too sweet either which is nice for a Southern Tier beer. Finish gets a little fudgey and sticky, coats the mouth with a thick viscous feel, a bit sweet still, with more layers of chocolate and fudge, and more milk dud candy, mild bitterness from the malts I think, and a touch of booze warmth finally. I'm finally getting a touch of oxidation very late on it, but that's typical for a beer this old.

Mouth is heavier bod, a bit creamy and lush, pretty rich, decent carb esp for the age, and booze hidden fairly well.

Overall surprisingly better than I expected, so much chocolate, delivers what it promises, with nice layers of choc and fudge, decent malt profile, wish it came through a bit more, nice mouth feel, and booze hidden quite well. Not sure if the age helped it or hurt it, as the booze is long gone but so are any of the other subtle flavors, and a hint of oxidation, but still quite nice, I think I remember this being a bit boozy and sweet and that's gone so nice and drinkable now.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:46:45 | More by jlindros
Photo of Franziskaner


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color and impenetrable to light. Head is pretty much nonexistent. A scant amount of dark brown foam is barely detectible. Incredible aroma of luscious milk chocolate greets my nose. The flavor is initially very rich milk chocolate that is quickly followed by a bit of bitter roasted malt and bittering hops. The mouth is silky smooth and creamy. This is dessert in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:31:16 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of RVigz


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a jet black color with a dark toasted caramel head.

Smell: caramel malts and vanilla, but prominently sweet chocolate.

Taste: An incredible blend of chocolate and roasted flavor blended with sweet caramel and vanilla, finishes slightly bitter with an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet yet it finishes bitter.

Overall: A delicious chocolate stout that has balanced sweet/bitter characteristics but has a slightly overpowering alcohol bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:11:52 | More by RVigz
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep black with a one-finger tan head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Roasted malts with dark chocolate and espresso.

T - Follows the nose. Dark chocolate right upfront. Nice amount of sweet roasted malts. Finish has s nice big espresso bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - Delicious stout with big bold flavors. Perfect cold weather sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 02:31:21 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Best Quality. Dark brown to black appearance, nice thick tan head that sticks around leaving nice lacing.

S: sweet, milk chocolate. The beer that smells like s'mores.

T: So sweet, nearly impossible to taste the alcohol.

M: smooth and delicious

O: very good

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:29:02 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of WarEagleJeep


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Rich black color with a half inch tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Bold chocolate, sweet grains, toffee, faint black cherry.

T: Lots of dark chocolate, sugary malt, gives way to aromatic coffee and a warm boozy finish. Almost no hop presence or bitterness.

M: On par with most imperial stouts I've had, a little syrupy with a nice sticky finish.

O: Great beer that delivers on its name and description, I"ll be looking for it again next fall.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:16:59 | More by WarEagleJeep
Photo of cambabeer


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good treat, but not a beer I'd frequent. Thick black body and a beige head that doesn't stick around very long. This beer is crazy chocolaty. From the nose to the taste, there was just so much chocolate. Like a stout should have, there was some malt bitterness and warming burnt character with the alcohol. But seriously all that could really come out was the cocoa powder flavor. Seems a little too put on, if I can add.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 05:40:34 | More by cambabeer
Photo of rdilauro


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To start with, I love stouts and I love chocolate and/or coffee stouts. I've enjoyed so many brews from Southern Tier, I could not wait to taste this one.

From the time, I popped the cap, I knew I was going to be in for something good. The pour was like a dark mountain river water, cascading over rocks , splashing along the way until it hits its destination.

It almost poured like a dark thick chocolate syrup. The aroma was beyond what I anticipated. I couldnt even wait to evaluate the other characteristics, I quickly took my first sip.

It wasn't a beer, it was like drinking the most round and full chocolate beverage, rich in flavour, perfectly balanced, a big mouthful, long lasting after taste. The CHOCOLATE comes through loud and clear.... BUT it is also gentle.

Anyone who has tasted other Chocolate Stouts, really needs to try this one. It was a close to perfect as any beer I have tasted in the past several years

I want this one over and over and over again. As a beer, as a desert, as a treat, this is
something very special

One thing I did notice at this tasting. While everything was what I said it was, it did have a bit of a strong alcohol taste this time. Not that that was bad, but I've had high ABV stouts that seem to mask the alcohol better.

This one was from an early 2013 delivery. The chocolate in this one is coming out much more pronounced, but its a sweet mellow rich chocolate. Each sip gives me more and more chocolate. The nose does appear to be a bit boozy. But the taste is not. Loving this one For the real chocolate lover, you dont have to like beer to love this

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:14:54 | More by rdilauro
Photo of bryangb

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Date of birth: 12/13/12. Poured aggressively from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Thumb sized peanut butter colored head. Aroma is one of my favorites I have ever smelled. Deep and rich dark milk chocolate. Taste is amazing. This is one of those beers where you sit and wonder how they do it. They called it Choklat for a reason. Milk chocolate punches you in the face. Expresso comes through after the initial punch. Finishes with a perfect amount of warmth. This stout sits up there with the best. This brew is a must try for all beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 21:51:09 | More by bryangb
Photo of GreenThumb


4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap in to a small snifter

A: Nearly jet black with a thin, dark brown head around the edge.

S: Dark chocolate and espresso. Big roasted malts. Some sweetness.

T: Silky chocolate. Basically no hop or yeast notes get through the huge chocolate and espresso flavors here. Very smooth. Pleasant warming alcohol in finish. This is a remarkable beer.

M: Lighter than expected, but a good match to the huge flavors. If this were a thick stout it would be hard to finish a half-pint. Well done.

O: This is a great dessert beer on a cold night. Flavors and aromas are a fine blend of gourmet chocolates and espresso.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 13:40:05 | More by GreenThumb
Photo of MDDMD


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a tan head and decent lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, coffee, molasses, mild herbal

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slight dark fruit, lid bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious stout with good flavor, great for sipping

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:00:30 | More by MDDMD
Photo of glass_house


3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance is close to jet black with some dark brown around the edges. One finger of tan head quickly dissipates to a thin but persistent collar. Smell is heavy on dark fudgy chocolate with espresso and smokey dark fruits sneaking through. A pronounced booziness is also evident.

Enters the mouth with a smooth creamy introduction. Could be a little heavier but the body is thick enough. However, the carbonation seems to be a bit much as it hits the back of my tongue. The taste is simple but well done. Almost all bitter dark chocolate with just a trace of roasted coffee and sweet dark fruits. It was good up until the finish--way too much medicinal alcohol for me to consider putting this among the best in the style. It's not necessarily hard to drink, but the booziness just seemed a little over the top and out of place.

I left about 8 oz. in my bomber and waited to review it after finishing it 24 hours later. I actually found it to be slightly better the next day when the carbonation had died down somewhat. I didn't hate it but I wasn't impressed either. I think I'll buy another bottle and give it a year in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 20:35:26 | More by glass_house
Photo of ThreeLions


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Motor oil. Held this beer up to the light and could not see even a whisper of light. Dark as the inside of a cave. Jet black. Little to almost no head.

Smell: Chocolate. All chocolate. No hop aroma whatsoever. This nose is all chocolate.

Taste: Holy chocolate batman. Wouldn't change a thing about this taste. For the style, there isn't a single thing I would change about this. The darkest of dark beer thrusts upon the taste buds intense dark chocolate, no noticeable hops or yeast but excellent chocolate. This is a true dessert beer. Hell, give me this any day as a dessert and you can keep your cake. Although there is no lactose this comes across as a milk stout. The bittersweet Belgian chocolate used is the perfect compliment to the carefully chosen malts.

Mouthfeel: Very silky smooth mouthfeel. Nice heavy body complimented by a silkiness is the mark of a true artist. This is heavy, but it should be heavy. I don't think I could drink more than one of these but believe me one is enough, and in a good way.

Overall: What more is there to say? This is quite the beer. Although it is almost too sweet it is intense and complete. This reminds me of Mary Poppins: Practically perfect in every way.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:47:12 | More by ThreeLions
Photo of Hab11


4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22 oz. bomber. Color is black at night with a creme brûlée colored head. Smell is a cross between Hershey's original syrup and Smucker's chocolate candy shell. There is also a slight Mexican spicy hot chocolate undertone. Definitely feel the bitter chocolate upfront that surrenders to the sweet and finishes to a cream on the tongue with a almost numbing zestiness on the gums. As far as tast goes this is where my only complaint comes in an it's not really a complaint. After a few sips it builds with sweetness. I would have to drink this as a desert beer and don't think I could have more than one. With its high alcohol content I would definitely need a ride home if out. For its style it's spot on but I wish it were a hair more relaxed with the sweetness and the Abv so that I could enjoy more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:44:23 | More by Hab11
Photo of silverblaze540


4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Poured without any head. Very dark color. Black and brown near edges. Completely opaque.

S- Smells like chocolate, no surprise. Very sweet smell-very delicious. Slightly malty smell.

T-Strong chocolate taste. A bit smokey/coffee after taste. Not extremely bitter. Very light malty taste, with fairly strong alcohol taste.

M- Medium thickness, which seems light for a stout. Some carbonation, fairly strong alcohol burn.

O-Delicious smell, like fine chocolates. Taste is pretty good too. Not too heavy for a stout. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 05:59:40 | More by silverblaze540
Photo of kemoarps


4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh man, just looking at that I can already tell I'm going to love it. Silky black body with plush tan head that dissipates, leaving just enough of a force to keep the walls in check...

That nose, though...
Velvety rich fudge. I just... I want like some brownies now or something. This is out of control. There's not much depth to it: I mean it's pretty much just rich deep dark fudge, but holy shit does it smell like delicious rich deep dark fudge.

Do you want to guess what it tastes like?

If you guessed delicious rich deep dark fudge... well you've probably been reading this little note up above. Beautiful silky mouthfeel, effervescence dancing on the tip of the tongue and good thick creamy mouthfeel. This is a bit more bitter than I would have guessed based on the aroma: I was expecting more cold alcoholic hot chocolate, but it's more complex than that. There's certainly that cocoa chocolate dominance, but there's a bitterness that's not all just dark chocolate. Dark fudge for sure, with enough hops to set up their own distinct camp in the middle...
Also hides the alcohol pretty well.

If you like fudge/chocolate and those types of stouts, this is an EXCELLENT example, with enough hop bittering to balance it and remind you that you're drinking a beer, not just a dessert. I can't believe it's taken me this long to pick one up. ST is a talented brewery, and this shines through in this offering. In fact the same can be said of most of their Blackwater Series.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:54:53 | More by kemoarps
Photo of martyl1000


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Side Door Grill & Tap, Madison.

The only drawback here: it's more melted milkshake than beer. Is that a bad thing?

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Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 02:11:26 | More by martyl1000
Photo of a0lbudman


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black that does not let any light come through that has a large light brown head that does not fade and leaves a heavey lace on the glass
S-a good chocolate smell(like a melted Hersey Bar) with some light hops in the background
T-light chocolate at first then comes a strong hop bitterness that mixes well with the chocolate and melts away the bitterness in the finish
M- full body and creamy with a good alcholol warming as the beer warms up
O- Great beer I picked up in Texas. We have many Southern Tier's beers here in Alabama, but have not seen this one

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 23:58:45 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of dexterk1


4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a regular pint glass. Appearance is dark black and opaque. Head is tan color and had some staying power before leaving good lacing.
Odor was, in a word, fudge. Chocolate most of the way through. A little sweetness and alcohol as well as maybe some brown sugar/molasses notes.

Taste is mostly like the swell. Dark chocolate front and present and in a big way. A little creamy sweetness and small bit of floral hops. A little alcohol at the end,but it definitely does not stand out. Nice finish. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a little carbonation.
Overall, an excellent stout! Thick and rich with lots of chocolate (little coffee). Good finish and still nice as it warmed a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:28:41 | More by dexterk1
Photo of ubenumber2


4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter , midnight black with a 3 inch dark brown head after a violent pour.

Smell??? Well imagine a tootsie roll smell , take out everything bad about it and all the good stuff is what you have left , really nice smell to this

A little thin on the mouth on this beer but doesn't take away from anything

The taste is a mixture of dark and milk chocolate and booze

Overall this beer is still a little rough around the edges but great tasting regardless , Not sure what some time would do to it but will have to find a bottle to find out. I would recommend this if you have a sweet tooth

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:49:52 | More by ubenumber2
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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,799 ratings.