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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,538
Hads: 5,029
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 476
Gots: 1,004 | FT: 46
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

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Photo of utopiajane
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown and has some lighter brown hues at the edges of the glass. Scant head of chocolate colored foam that fell fast but leaves great legs to look at as you drink. Nose is every shade of chocolate. Chocolate, fudge, chocolate syrup, chocolate brownies, cocoa nibs, sweet and bitter chocolate. The roast takes a back seat in the nose but does give up a faint hint of espresso. There's a bit of hop character on the nose and as this warms you will notice a berry like fruit in the form of a subtle lightness.

Taste is an explosion of chocolate. Rich belgian style chocolate. The roast has a big toasted character and comes forward as much as it can but seems drowned out by all the chocolate. It's deep and willful though and in the end it shows a nice grain with a touch of blackness and bitter of it's own. The roast is endless and is trying to reach infinity with the endless chocolate. The mouthfeel is silky, creamy and smooth. There is no alcohol on the nose and only a enough on the palate to make it delightfully boozy and warming. The carbonation is perfection and tickles the palate. This beer is sweet. It develops a bit of caramel as it warms and to the delight of the palate a duo of chinook and williamette hops lend a graceful bitter to the long and satisfying finish.

Southern Tier has gone crazy for chocolate and has made a stout that will satisfy your every fantasy about chocolate.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room while brewing my first batch of homebrew in over a year. From 22oz. bomber to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a nice milk chocolate head.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Taste: What you would expect from the smell. However, I thought it was too much chocolate and it went down a little too bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Very good. So thick you could almost chew this beer.

Drinkability: As stated earlier, just too chocolaty for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark mahogany, soft tan head.

S: Great full chocolate smell, it really smells like a Tootsie Roll, very fragrant.

T: Tasty, but kind of one-dimensional, has a nice chocolate flavour, Tootsie Roll again, bit of bitterness at the end which I wasn't too fond of.

M: Smooth, kind of light-bodied, for a beer called Choklat, I wanted it to be more mouth-coating.

D: A nice beer from Southern Tier, I wasn't as wowed as I've been with some of their efforts, but it was certainly interesting to drink.

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Photo of zackcg
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into trappist chalice

A - Opaque! pours a deep dark chocolate color with a small merky brown hazelnut head. Hardly any retention, pretty scarce lacing.

S - Dairy! (like a frozen yogurt dispenser, no joke, milk chocolatey ice-cream) Big bouquet of choco malts and alcohol aromas.

T - An initial bitter bite balanced off with huge malty-chocolate blend. finishes with alcohol undertones.

M - silky smooth, minimal fizzyness, booze-burn.

D - wish I had cracked this after dinner. Not quite my style, and more of a desert concept brew, perfectly executed no less.

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Photo of BasementDweller
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Hey! Who put hops in my chocolate milk!? Pours a jet black with a cream head. Aroma is of purest chocolate syrup with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is more of the same: wonderfully sweet chocolate (the Hershey's syrup variety, not the dry cocoa flavor found in some other chocolate stouts) with a hop kick at the end. Would have liked a little more body, and a little less hops. Still, a good beer for the style, and much better when it warms. Here's one to get your buddies talking.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Guinness pint glass (yeah I know Southern Tier recommends to serve in a snifter, fug it; all I have is pints and tulips. Maybe next year I'll get a snifter for christmas).

At any rate, the beer pours a DARK brown that can only be seen into by tilting the pint and looking upwardly at a light source. The head is minimal (mocha color) with no real lacing to speak of.

The smell is heavy chocolate, with barley wayyy down the road throwing rocks that fall about 200 yards short.

The flavor is HEAVY bittersweet chocolate, with it being more sweet than bitter and the alcohol shouting "look at me" in the background.

FOR ME, the mouthfeel is medium heavy like I am in an arid climate and just ate a Milky Way bar with no water in sight. It's almost to the point of being syrupy.

I know this style is way open to interpritation and I can dig the brewers take on Mayan Choklat (power to the aboriginals), and perhaps with a 6 oz. Maya vessel to drink from I could perhaps look back in time and say this is nice native drink for the aristocrate. But ya know for a BEER in 2012, this is just to much FOR ME. While I'm on my soap box, Why are all of the "Belgium sweeteners" i.e. chocolate and candied sugars so friggin sweet. I mean WTF, if I want a sweet fix, beer is not what I look for, instead I would prefer a candy bar, a cake, a pie, 40 gallons of HFCS, but not beer(spank my azz now if you disagree we can still be friends ... stepping down off soap box).

For me this brew is to far out of balance with very little barley to speak of, no noticeable hops to keep the sweetness in check, evidently there is some yeast (not a clue what it may be since the semi sweet chocolates blow it to hell), and not enough water (it's to damned heavy, syrupy on the throat and tongue).

Before you jump may azz, I know that this is an Imperial Stout, not ya common every day kinda stout, and the only thing I can judge it against is Rogue's Double Chocolate (which I find to be well balanced, easy sipping, more complex, better looking, better mouthfeel, and more flavor than this 1 trick pony). This to me is a 1 hit non wonder. I MIGHT buy 1 more of these to celler out for a few years and see if it becomes a beer, or if it remains a fermented beverage with semi sweet Belgium chocolate up the wazoo.

OH and BTW, Brooklyn is a English Russian Imperial Stout, not an American Imperial, lets try to compare apples to apples here.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black in the glass with a thick, dark brown head. A thick layer of foam clings to the glass.

Intense, dessert like chocolate aromas are very potent. It reminds me of a double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. There might be some Hershey's chocolate syrup poured on that cake too. Very rich and decadent. There aren't a lot of dark, bittersweet cocoa aromas as they are covered up by the sweet chocolate character. As it warms and opens up, a bit of alcohol comes through to keep some beer-like element in the nose.

The flavor is more like chocolate than anything I've ever had that isn't chocolate. It might taste more like chocolate than some chocolates I've had. It reminds me most of a rich, decadent chocolate cake. Finish has a decent amount of bitterness but is overall sweet in character.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, but it really doesn't slow down the drinkability as much as the overall intensity does. Despite how tasty this beer is, it might be the least drinkable beer I've had. Split this with at least four people, maybe even eight. It just gets cloying and sickening after a while.

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Photo of garuda
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fairly aggressive pour gets only a few brown bubbles on top of the black liquid. No retention, but has some spotty lacing.

S - Rich, dark chocolate and noticeable alcohol, but in a good way.

T - A more roasted coffee flavor comes through in the front, then milk chocolate, with a bitter dark chocolate finish and warming alcohol.

M - Full, heavy body, good low carbonation. My mouth gets coated in chocolate with the finish.

D - Good for what it is as a dessert beer. I split a bomber with my wife, and still had trouble finishing 11 oz of it due to its heaviness. I feel a 9 oz serving would probably be perfect.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical stout appearance, very dark brown/borderline black, with cinnamon colored head. Retention is low.

The smell is obviously chocolate for the most part. Very sweet and also very dark roast. It's very strong and there's no mistaking it.

I was a little let down by the taste. Oh yeah, it's chocolate, but it's like Hersey syrup. Not that I don't like Hersey syrup, but it's better over ice cream or in milk than in my stout. That's basically the entire flavor profile. There's a roasted malt in there somewhere, but it's more in the scent than anything. It gets some bonus points for definitely being committed to the name and doing it with conviction.

Mouthfeel was thin and overcarbonated for my liking in a stout.

Drinkability is just barely over average. It's interesting at first, but becomes rather gimmicky in no time. I actually used half of this bomber to make a choklat stout frozen custard. It was much more enjoyable in that form than in it's liquid state.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Snifter

A-Black as night and as thick as motor oil.

S-The name says it all, maybe with a slight twinge of alcohol

T-Same as the nose here they got exactly what they were going for on this beer

M-Very thick and rich on the palate. Very straightforward but silky smooth and goes down like candy

D-There is no way I could nor would I want to drink this on a normal basis, its very good and I'll buy it once a year and split it between 3 people min.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin, oily black pour yielded a brief, thick dark head; soon enough, just some bubbly froth along an edge

S: no question about this being a chocolate stout

T: heavy on the sweet chocolate flavors - made me think of Bosco chocolate syrup; there's an espresso coffee background, but it is still dominated by the chocolatey taste

M: there's a bitterness to the brew, sure, but there is more than enough sweetness to dominate most everything; some alcohol vapors slipped through; had a slick, thin feel, but it still had a rich quality

O: this is a dessert beer for folks that want a sweet dessert; of the stouts I've had from these guys (Creme Brulee, Mokah, Jahva), I prefer the Jahva, but this whole line-up definitely caters to beer fans with a sweet-tooth, of which I am not usually a member

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Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with no head.

S: Milk Chocolate and alcohol. A bit of coffee and hop.

T: A nice Chocolate and malt flavor with a bit of an alcohol bite and burn. The yeast and fruity esters give it a good flavor.

M: Medium feel with low carbonation. Smooth. Sticky feel.

O: A little bit too sweet to rate any higher. The flavors are really good though.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a 9 ounce tasting tumbler, number 3 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday.

A- Black, thick black with syrupy texture. Paper thin lace in leiu of head.

S- Dark, semi-sweet chocolate is very forward in the nose of this brew, followed by malt.

T- Chocolate! But more of a dark chocolate (less sweet), with a hint of caramel and a very slight note of vanilla.

M- Flatter, but still smooth and silky which makes up for the lack of bubbles.

D- I like "Mokah" the best so far in the Southern Tier Blackwater Series, but this is a very close 2nd for a chocolate stout. Very drinkable, but I'd like to age this a year or two to take the edge off the alcohol note.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown/black with a small, tan head with pretty nice retention and lacing overall.

S: A fairly strong, bittersweet chocolate smell. Reminded me a little bit of Hershey's dark chocolate.

T: Taste like chocolate with a fairly high alcohol level. The chocolate taste was very nice and did a good job of covering the high alcohol level and prevented any serious alcohol burn from taking away from the overall experience. Definitely a nice, warming beer.

M: A pretty nice, medium-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Nice feeling on the tongue.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer pretty drinkable. Besides the fairly high alcohol level, it was pretty easy drinking and could have had a few without really filling me up. Definitely a solid beer and recommended to all.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.50] The beer looks jet black in the glass. It pours out with 1/2 finger of dense mocha head. The head dissipates pretty quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (10.0%). The bottle has a born on date of 10/15/15.

S: [3.75] Semi-sweet chocolate. I get nothing else which is okay but interesting. Typically there will be some coffee/vanilla/roasted malts etc. This is just straight chocolate.

T: [4.00] Doesn't exactly follow the nose. I am getting more roasted malts. There is chocolate but it comes across more as malted chocolate (like Whoppers candy). I think I am getting malted chocolate because there is limited sweetness to the beer.

M: [4.00] A little bit dry. But the beer is thick and coating feeling. The finish is pretty short. There is NO sense of the 10% ABV.

O: [4.00] At exactly 1/2 the ABV I would rather drink Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout. This has a muddied chocolate taste that doesn't come across that well in the taste. The beer is enjoyable I just feel they could ramp up the chocolate flavor.

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Photo of korguy123
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super oily, inky black pour with a thin dark tan ring. Lacing is gobs of sticky.

S- Super strong dark bakers chocolate, vanilla and molasses.

T- Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. It is literally alcoholic chocolate syrup. There is vanilla and molasses with a touch of brown sugar.

M- Medium to full bodied, creamy and low carbonation. Super sticky on the lips.

O- literally a box of chocolates in a bottle. Very good rich, sweet slow sipper.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a darker brown head, about 2 fingers high, creamy, doesn't last too long, slight lacing. The color is pitch black even when held to the light.

This beer is aptly named. Overabundance of chocolate in the aroma. The smell is like a very sweet mix of hot chocolate powder, chocolate syrup, and a freshly unwrapped milk chocolate candy bar. Decadent could be used to describe it. Beyond all the chocolate are some hints of brown sugar, vanilla, cream, coffee, and may a tad bit of caramel.

The taste is just as rich and indulgent as the aroma alludes to. I'm bombarded with bitter chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, and chocolate syrup, along with notes of cream, and vanilla, hints of brown sugar, caramel, and coffee.

The carbonation is low-medium, consistency is silky but oily, while the body is medium-high, and the finish is a little longer than expected.

Overall this is a nice offering if you prefer to have your desert in liquid (beer) form. I don't think these beers from ST are too over the top, but I do enjoy them. Others might think they are a bit ridiculous. I didn't quite like this as much as I did Mokah, but both are good.

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Photo of mikey711
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1, I have no idea when it is from but i know it is batch one, received from a friend

A: Dark syrupy black that doesnt allow any light to get through. A very nice mocha colored head sits on top and retains quite well, sitting with about a quarter of an inch for quite some time. Lacing is decent as well

S: It smells like herseys chocolate syrup, just chocolate, not roastiness, just chocolate. A bit too much on the sweet side for me

T: This is a dessert beer for sure, but given the time that it has sit, it has mellowd out quite nicely. The chocolate is the prominent flavor but it is a bit like a chocolate milkshake which is rather pleasant

M: Very nice and creamy feel, like a milkshake. it is nice that the sweetness is not cloying and it is very smooth. No heat is present either.

D: Surprisingly for the abv this one goes down very easy

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Photo of airmike
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours dark black with little to no head.

Initial smell is of a dark chocolate bar, second smell is a little dark fruit, and more chocolate bar!

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would expect, and carbination is there but barely.

Taste is very similar to the smell, lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts. No real taste of Alcohol is present which make this a dangerous dessert beer.

Overall I like this beer and would enjoy it again, BUT it's kind of a one trick pony meaning that it's very chocolate forward and not very complex after that.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark and black. Tall, thin, whispy tan head which stood for only about a minute.

S: Alcohol up front. followed by coffee, then coco.

T: Lots of chocolate, and coco. Followed by the coffee. (I think this would do better w/o the coffee - imo)

M: Nice and thick and very chewy. Big beer.

D: Southern Tier may be one of the most underrated and unknown gems around.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with schen9303. Poured from a 22oz. bottle (09 vintage) into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a upward cascading, semi-fine, light chocolate, 1 finger head with decent retention. Beer is opaque black but doesn't strike me as particularly thick. Carbonation seems ample but is hidden within the darkness. Lacing is present but patchy and sticks close to the head that creates it.

S: The sweetest stout that I ever did smell. Strong milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, a hint of toasted malts, a sprinkle of licquorice, and a dose of molasses. No coffee or dark fruit to be found though.

T: As the nose eludes, heavy on them milk chocolate. I can tell this beer is gonna be very polarizing from the beginning. Offensively sweet like an alcoholic chocolate milk shake. Molasses is present to further add to the sugary profile. Slightly boozy towards the finish with a burnt malt finish that lingers just a bit longer than expected. No bitterness either hops or coffee at all. Syrupy sweet all the way.

M: Feel is a bit dissapointing here. No doubt full bodied but also highly carbonated and this prevents it from being as smooth as I want it even when it warms. Sticky aftertaste with a finish that coats my lips in sugar but not to the point that the taste would lead me to believe. Carbonation also make this one a bit harder to get down... milkshakes are supposed to be pretty smooth after all.

D: I remember liking this a lot more at the beginning of my beer journey... but I guess palates change... or maybe I just expected too much because of those fond memories. Nevertheless, an enjoyable brew though I can't see how anyone can be on the fence about this one. You either love it or you hate it.

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Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is so Choklaty it is like taking a "Choklat" bar melting it adding hops letting it ferment and turning it in to a beer. The aroma is so rich and chocolaty, it is almost unreal how awesome it smells. Again as you sip on it there is a strong chocolate flavor that coats your mouth and a bitter and drying effect it has on the after taste. The beer I think is toooo sweet to drink much of it...although after a day goes by, I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of westweasel
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The beer pours out pretty thickly, and is a very dark chocolate brown color. The beer is opaque with a thin tan head. Some lacing is left along the glass as the beer goes down.

The smell is a luscious milk-chocolate smell. I did not detect much roastiness. The taste is mostly smooth chocolate and a bit of caramel followed by a surprisingly bitter citrus finish.

The moutfeel is soft and pretty full. This beer is enjoyable, but the mix of the sweet and smooth chocolate flavors followed by the abrupt, strong citrus bite is not quite right to me. If it was slightly less bitter, or the bitterness was a little cleaner then I think I could love it.

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Photo of Morbo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours the darkest shade of brown with cola-like highlights at the edges. A nice creamy one inch head quickly reduces to a thin film and leaves behind little lacing.

Smells like tootsie rolls with some coffee and alcohol in the background.

Loads of sweet milk chocolate slowly give way to roasty bitterness. Rather one-sided, but that is what I was expecting, a chocolate bomb. The 11% alcohol starts to poke through as it warms, which is a welcome reminder that yes, you are in fact drinking a beer.

The mouthfeel is big and velvety with very little carbonation, like drinking chocolate made with half & half.

Southern Tier sure makes a great dessert stout. This is a wonderful beer that is best enjoyed as a special treat and shared with a good friend. I had a hard time finishing it by myself but intend to grab a couple more to cellar for special occasions.

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Photo of brewsclues
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black-black, darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. With some beers you have to get your nose in the glass in order to properly smell what you're cooking with. Not so with Choklat - it hits you as soon as the beer hits the glass. Chocolate, obviously. Dark, bitter, straight-from-the-Swiss-Alps chocolate - this isn't messing around.

Taste is really over-the-top - no points for subtlety here - but that's the idea. It's like you're drinking a big, hoppy, bitter IPA mixed with chocolate milk. The hops are noticeable but surprisingly well-masked. It's rich, creamy, smooth in the mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable. Points off for being a bit too bitter on the finish - and that's coming from someone who has never met a dark chocolate that was too bitter. I would have liked to see a more gentle, let-'em-off-the-hook finish - I could see this as a nightcap beer and that's about it. A solid effort for the style - definitely worth checking out.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.