Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2012 22:33:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
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