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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,224
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 402
Gots: 628 | FT: 34
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brief re-write of an old review. While this is still a great beer - with one HELL of a chocolaty aroma - it doesn't hold the same luster as it used to. It's still one of the best chocolate showcases of any beer on the market, however its lack of depth and sugar-laden finish can make it a bit wearisome after a while. Even half a bottle is far too sweet, and the overly thin texture doesn't help it out. This is still immensely enjoyable, especially considering it's as drinkable as a super-sweet, 10% dessert beer will ever be.

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A: Pours an extremely dark body that looks a little thinner than one might expect. I like how vigorously the carbonation rises to the top, even if the one finger tan head has lacking retention/lacing.

S: A total sensory overload of dark, bittersweet chocolate. I mean HOLY SHIT. As a chocolate lover, this is total nirvana. I would complain about it upsetting the balance of the other stout characteristics (such as roastiness), but who cares? The smell is so amazingly in your face and shamelessly bold that it's hard not to fall in love with it.

T: I admit to having a bias toward chocolaty stouts (or, for that matter, chocolaty anything), but I have to admit. This is incredible. The booze does make a bit of an appearance on the finish, but it fits here. Aside from the bittersweet dark chocolate explosion (that thankfully doesn't feel or taste artificial), notes of dark fruit, coffee, and licorice pop up in patches. Still, this is something that knows what it's trying to accomplish, and doesn't go for anything different. Subtlety? Balance? Complexity? Fuck that. Here's more chocolate. Sure, I'm a huge advocate of those three criteria, but sometimes, you just want to be punched in the face with a certain flavor you really enjoy. That's exactly what Choklat is, an unashamedly one-note chocobomb. Chocoholics, your heaven in a bottle has arrived.

M: A little thin given its alcohol weight, but it bulks up just as it gets ready to leave the tongue covered in stickiness. Carbonation is low as expected, but dryness is high. Some of the flaws of its body may be more evident on a lesser beer, but it's hard to say it's overly porteresque (which it is) when the rest of the beer is so enjoyable.

O: I'd only ever drink one of these at a time, because trust me on this one - a little goes a long way, in fact, it would be best to share the bottle with friends. I can't give it all 5's in good conscience, since it's not quite perfect by any stretch, but I can't think of a beer I enjoyed more in such a long time.

It might be overdone for non-chocolate lovers, though. Even if you're not, it's more than worth a try. If you do love chocolate, then this is something to go out of your way to discover.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This amazing stout poured into a Guinness pint glass a deep but not quite opaque black there was a little tinge of ruby when held to the light a creamy tight one finger mocha colored head atop that settled into a creamy mass atop.I have never encountered a beer with such a chocolate fudge presence in the nose in anything for that matter it was like a fudge brownie with a bit of raisin and molasses just awesome.That big bakers chocolate presence is felt on the palate hitting big up front like a dense chocolate cake infused with a touch of raisin and raw nut,a slight earthy presence is felt in the finsih to make it perfect no cloying sweetness.Wow can a better chocolate stout be made? I honestly dont think its posible, ST made this beer a standard for any beer infused with chocolate,just awesome!

oberon, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of mojohawk21
5/5  rDev +17.6%

mojohawk21, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -5.9%

aszatk01, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark Brown with a light brown head that lasts and lasts as a thin skim.

Aroma: Boozy and bitter dark chocolate. Tootsie roll like sweet chocolate too.

Taste: Chocolate dominates, making up perhaps 90 plus percent of the profile. Touches of roasted malt and crème fill in the rest.

Mouthfeel: Boozy but only lightly burning, bittersweet, fairly full bodied but still surprisingly light considering the abv.

Drinkability: Not good at all for me. This is too tootsie roll like and one dimensional for my tastes. I have a hard time drinking this in any serious quantity. Good for what it is trying to be though.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev 0%

DanGeo, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Smokesnotes
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Smokesnotes, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, the liquid actually seems thinner than I had expected. A small light-beige head dissipates quite fast. Small lacings, basically just a ring of foam around the edges.

S: A very nice but not as complex smell. Deep and powerful smell of dark chocolate. Chocolate syrup, hazelnuts and cream. Rather sweet smell and with all that chocolate is almost reminiscent of a chocolate dessert.

T: Chocolate flavors dominate - both rich flavors of dark chocolate and some sweeter chocolaty notes. Chocolate syrup. The taste is actually quite sweet. Nice coffee flavors, roasted malts, some wood, faint salty notes. More sweet notes in the form of vanilla, cream and hazelnuts. Almost like a chocolate milkshake. The finish is more bitter than expected and has a rather prominent taste of alcohol to it. Some vanilla sugar, light hop aromas and even more chocolate.

M: Full bodied, but it could be a little thicker if you'd ask me. Rather sticky texture. Restrained carbonation.

D: A very good chocolate stout with a chocolate profile that would make Willy Wonka envious. But still, it has some weak points. The bitterness and the taste of alcohol in the finish is too prominent and the body could have been a little thicker. But still, a really good beer.

ricke, May 08, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a guest beer at Willibrew. Pours nearly jet black with dark brown at the edges only when held to a bright light. 1 finger tan head dissipates to small amount of lacing.
Smell is chocolate, a hint of roasted barley, and a slight amout of sweetness that hints at the alcohol. Did I mention it smells like chocolate?!
Taste initially is sweet with huge amounts of bittersweet chocolate. There is again some roasted flavors, but these are swept away in more chocolate. The alcohol is barely evident in the taste. The flavor is like a beer version of sipping chocolate. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is smooth and becomes smoother as the temperature warms. Minimal carbonation, which is fine by me.
Drinkability is very high...provided you like chocolate. (Did I mention it tastes like chocolate?) ABV is evidence is the start of a buzz but does not interfere with the other flavors. Despite the dominant chocolate, there is enough else going on to make this a beer that is definitely worth drinking.

ExtraStout, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/16/11.

Choklat pours dark, dark brown, close to black, in color. The head is a pretty mocha-tan and sits at a finger tall after a medium-hard pour into a snifter. Small, splotchy lacing is left behind on the glass post-sip.

The smell yields loads and loads of dark chocolate. It reminds me of a really dark and thick chocolate shake. A hint of caramel resides in the bouquet, along with just the smallest whiff of alcohol.

The taste is an ooey gooey dark chocolate bomb that has much more of a supporting caramel flavor than I smelled. It makes me think of a dark chockate version of a Rolo. The aftertaste is pretty roasty, with a little acidity, and lingering overtones of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth on my tongue, with a pretty full-bodied and coating syrupyness. At the end of each sip there is a rather biting and acidic roastiness, accompanied by a little sting on the throat from the alcohol.

This is a great chocolate stout. It is so rich and flavorful and is, by far, my favorite Southern Tier beer. They really hit a home run with this one!

TCHopCraver, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Zakk, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jono0101, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Pitch black color with a head that falls quickly.

Aroma is pure chocolate, similar to hershey's syrup drizzled over a hershey kiss.

Taste is spot on rich, sweet chocolate with a full body that hides the alcohol well.

While I can't drink a lot of this, it is a great conversation piece that goes over well even among non-beer drinkers.

brownbeer, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Schlais, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared with the girlfirend.

A-Black, small whitish head about 1 inch.
S-Chocolate(surprise), cocoa, little vanilla, some earhty hops smell
T-Wow. Really surprised how much like chocolate this tastes. Smooth sweet and bitter dark chocolate. More vanilla, more hoips, sugar. Chocolate flavor really consolidates as it warms up. Where is the 11% alcohol?
M-Smooth and creamy with a tickle of carbonation on the swallow. Becomes really smooth as it warms
D-Dangerously drinkable especially as it warms

Not the most balanced beer, but one that wasn't the point. You should try this one.

hopsleeroy, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of mykd
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Spaten454
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a 10oz. snifter at Brixies in Brookfield Il

It poured a nice deep brown with a lasting cream colored head. Medium lacing proceeded to layer the glass.

The nose is 100% pure Hershey's chocolate syrup. No ifs and ir buts about it to me. It doesn't just smell chocolaty to me it smells exactly like the syrup. After that I can't even smell the beer to try and pick anything else out without focusing on the chocolate. I've never had another beer trigger a sensory memory like that before.

The taste is like a creamy bitter chocolate liquor to me. It's fresh so the alcohol stands out among the crowd but it isn't harsh, just present. This is a nice sipper and I think it some age will be awesome to this beer. I also think it's an excellent candidate for a nitro-tap.

Just a nice dessert beer that will fill you right up.

weatherdog, Feb 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

tbryan5, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

woodchipper, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

SanFranJake, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ricksrealm, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Krafty34, Mar 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Ben7773, Jan 25, 2014
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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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