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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,499
Hads: 4,906
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 470
Gots: 945 | FT: 47
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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 Kinsman
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz glass into "baloon" glass.

Not the darkest stout I've ever seen but it's certainly a good and healthy looking black stout with a coffee colored head that pours just a tad too thin for my liking.

Aroma is all chocolate on this one with little room for the roasted stout aromas to come through.

Taste was just about as chocolately as I expected but was able to detect some roasted barley flavors giving a slight coffee aspect which was appreciated to help offset the sweetness of the chocolate. Maybe even a slight bitterness from the hops but any of their flavor is covered up by the chocolate. As long as you can drink this beer expecting a full on CHOCOLATE stout, and not something with merely a chocolate flavor, you can fully appreciate this flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy but a little rough around the edges. Maybe this is one that settles down with time in a cellar but it's still plenty good fresh.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: black with no head
S: chocolate and alcohol
T: again, chocolate and alcohol. Not a sweet chocolate, but not quite bakers chocolate either
F: pretty thick and fairly smooth.

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Photo of Cavery
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Klym and SundaySour on July 28th. Review from notes.

Poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Black jellybean body with a very thin head formation from a conservative pour. Slightly off-white ring of foam around the rim. Body looks oily and thick. Midnight in a glass.

S: Really intense moon pie smell. An emulsion of roast marshmallows, moist grahams, and heavy handed sprinklings of chocolate. Alcohol makes its way into the mix with heavy suggestions of chocolate liqueurs. Chocolate syrups mix well with the chocolate liqueur. Moist chocolatey s'more smells throughout.

T: Creamy grainy chocolate shavings that mix with butterscotch. Chocolate syrup dowsed on moon pies. Chocolate marshmallows in chocolate sundae fudges. Crazy chocolate coffee lingers. Certainly long chocolate infused lingers, worth noting.

M: The mouth is a real back drop to the flavor. It's light enough to let chocolates dominate , but it's present enough to spark transitions into graham crackers and marshmallows. I suppose too much carbonation would inhibit the chocolate flavors. Though it exists on the fringe of flatness.

O: Good chocolate flavors, flavors that I've only ever had in whiskey barrel aged stouts before. Intense graham crackers and roast marshmallows. Definitely heavily suggestive of girl scout graham cookies and campfire roast desserts. A lot of nostalgic american smore flavors that takes me back to the world of pop tarts and camping. It's pretty good, but I can't help but associate these flavors with cheaply wrapped desserts you can buy at a gas station. Though the beer does an excellent job of capturing that american chocolate experience.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells amazing, but it's a little watering on the taste. I partially blame that on other high ABV stouts, but to me this beer didn't fulfill its chocolate taste as much when drinking it as it did when smelling it. I will give it another shot the next time I see it around.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a thin brown head that disappears rapidly. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, and mocha ;) Taste is chocolate, chocolate, and .... oh yeah chocolate. Oh wait and some warming alcohol. Oh, and I think a hint of smoked malts. Mouthfeel is a relatively thick but right on stout feel.

I wouldn't call this a very complex beer but it is what it's supposed to be. It's like drinking melted chocolate that's been mixed with alcohol. Not that it isn't good, for chocolate and beer lovers it's a dream come true. In fact I would drink this over some of the chocolate liquors that are made any time. It has fantastic dark chocolate qualities and I suspect would be even more of a dessert on nitro-tap. Certainly something good to try out, though I'm not entirely convinced on the $9 pricepoint it has to be purchased at on this coast.

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Photo of dsigmon
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: dark dark deep murky almost black/brown with a murky dark brown head.

S: like you stuck your head inside of a room covered with melted hershey bars dusted with hershey cocoa.

T: exactly as it smells, taste like chocolate with a little bitter cocoa from the hops which you really dont even realize is there. chocolate.

M: very thick and chewey, little oil on the tongue after it slowly rolls over it and down the hatch.

D: if you are a chocolate fan and sweet beer fan then you can drink this until you are sick, not drunk sick but sick from eating too many sweets. Unfortunately, I am not a sweet beer fan so the 4oz "test try" was more than enough to fill my needs for a night cap.

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Photo of shanem
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What an INTENSE beer. Each category is summed up with heavy chocolate. The second I popped the cap and started pouring, all I could smell was chocolate. Has a great thick stout feel and I really liked this, but it really tastes like a melted hershey bar. Glad I was able to share a bottle as I doubt I could've finished an entire 22 by myself, it's just soo sweet! If you're a hardcore beer person who dislikes extras, you will probably hate it, but if you're a stout and chocolate lover, then can't really miss.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 17 May 2008.

Small dark brown head. Pitch black in color. Smells just like a box of chocolates. This is all chocolate all the time. Cacao, cocoa powder, chocolate, it's all in there. Like a liquid truffle. Finishes a little on the dry side. Bittersweet slightly grainy aftertaste. Heavy body. Ethanol present but overpowered by the chocolateiness of it all. Drinkability a bit on the low side, was a challenge for two of us to finish a bottle.

This would be excellent for stout floats.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark coffee color with practically no head. A very thin off white/tan head appears but fades to black quickly. A thin ring of lacing hangs around as well as small frothy swirls that remind me of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

S - Chocolate whoppers with a hint of milk dud. Just a great chocolate malt scent with slight hints of caramel on the finish. As usual, the southern tier brews never disappoint me on scents.

T - A thin belgian chocolate bar with some hints of dark chocolate. Hides the alcohol well which is nice but i feel as though there was just something missing. Perhaps the bitter finish was it. I just needed something else to create just a bit more balance.

M - Medium carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

O - Not bad. If you like chocolate, get this one for sure.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours out pitch black with browns around the edges. There is very little head, and what does show up upon pouring, dissipates quickly leaving no head at all.

S: The nose is big vanilla extract, caramel, and milk chocolate. Yup. It's like a melted Milky Way chocolate bar. Super sweet, super vanilla extract.

T: It starts out sweet with a big burst of vanilla and caramel. It coats the palate and completely destroys it. As the beer slides on, I get milk chocolate and a bit of dark chocolate in the back end as it bitters up. Like a dash of cocoa powder in the back.

M: Full bodied beer. It's not super thick, but it's coating and sticky. It's syrupy and completely envelops the palate. Strong sweetness after the beer it gone.

O: Decent beer. It's mega sweet, but it's not terrible. The vanilla and over the top-ness of this beer is a welcome change from some of the super rare/limited beer tics. This beer has it's place as a dessert beer, and one to be shared with others. I might buy this again to share with friends and family.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a deep opaque appetizing sable with a decent tan head. Chocolaty aroma is like sniffing a chocolate bar rather than a beer. Rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky flavor is fairly sweet and has hints of molasses and cherry. Texture is smooth and nicely fizzy.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: no head, dark brown in color,

Smell: roasted malt, and chocolate

Taste: burmt malt, in the middle there is a sweet chocolate taste and a more bitter dark chocolate end taste.

Mouthfeel: sweet start, slightly bitter middle, and very sweet end. heavy and thick, no carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is a very slow drinker. You have to love chocolate to love this one. The mix of sweet and dark cholate is awesome. Excellent for a chocolate stout, I will be getting this again, although one per sitting is my limit.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark black color. A little thick while pouring but nothing over the top crazy. Two finger mocha colored head shows good retention. Some long streaks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- My first reaction to the aroma was letting everyone know it smelled like a Tootsie Roll. There is a light artifical presence in the aroma at times...to me it comes as what I would call barrel notes. Sweet chocoalte malts (milk chocoalte) and some light roasted malts give this beer a ton of aroma. I would say some lactose sugar would be stuck in there as well. This makes up almost all the aroma.

T- Sweet Lord this is diabetic coma waiting to happen. Huge sweet chocolate notes with a creamy undertone to it in the front of the beer itself. Middle of the beer has this strange oaky flavor to it along with a nice dose of alcohol that just sits in the background. Ending of this beer has a light roasted flavor but then the chocoalte kicks right back end and covers it all up except for a bit of warming alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but good for the beer. Chocoalte and light oaky notes left on the palate. Chocoalte and alcohol left in the aftertaste. Heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. The flavors are what they should be as per stated on the bottle...but I think more so in your face. No off flavors at all except I would say that oak which just threw me way off.

D- The huge ABV and sweetness to this beer really starts to limit it. After a little while the sweetness started to get to me and this bottle was split 4 ways. I could and would love to split this bottle but for just trying to drink a full 22oz no thank you. This beer though once again reaffirms my thinking that their 22oz Black Water Series is the best thing they do.

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Photo of LunaChick
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both in bottle and on tap now.

Presented in a tulip glass. The beer is pitch black with a slight head that fizzed down and overall left a fairly nicely laced glass.
Smell? Literally like a dark chocolate milkshake. First heavy milk chocolate. Alcohol warmth passes through and hints roasted coffee are present.
Taste begins full-on dark chocolate ice cream. For anyone who's ever had goats milk ice cream--the zest and richness are very similar. This beer is thick. 11% alcohol? Oh yes. The warmth come through but is not so extreme that is detracts from the flavor. Some high abv brews take on a fruity flavor from the yeast. I get some subtle fruit notes. Nothing to make me stop drinking it.
The end has bitter hints. Overall the flavor is all chocolate. Syrupy as the beer warms, it does become very intense.
Full bodied and thick, thick, thick in the mouth. Lower carbonation than some and very smooth overall.
Drinkability? Very low. Between the intense sweetness and the high alcohol this is a sipper and an on occasion beer at best. I would not drink it regularly.
I prefer Rogue's Chocolate Stout as a good every day heavily chocolate flavored brew.

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Photo of dickieb
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to finally come across this one in my neck of the woods. Pours a used motor oil in color with some hints of dark brown, and little to no head or lacing. The smell is well chocolaty. Like a sweet milk chocolate mixed with tootsie rolls, and some coco powder. The taste is much of the same, with a bitter lingering towards the end. The mouthfell is surprisingly light leading me to believe it is not just melted chocolate and this is very drinkable for the AVB but its still so sweat. I was hopping for more of a stout and got more of a desert in a bottle, but im still impressed.

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Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This stout poured a heavy jet black color with cola brown highlights around the edges. There was only the slightest hint of a tan head. Zero lace down the glass.

S= I found the aroma completely dominated by chocolate syrup and alcohol. Granted, those two things smelled pretty good together, but still very one dimensional for a big stout.

T= Much like the smell, the flavors were dominated by the syrupy chocolate notes. Only the slightest hint of roasted malts, and those were not apparent until the aftertaste. Alcohol was present, but not overpowering.

MF= Actually this had a much better feel than I expected. Medium-heavy body, solid yet soft carbonation.

D= Very one dimensional. It is easy to drink this and forget the huge ABV. Not something you will want to drink multiple glasses of however.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A healthy pour produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a deep black color, though if held up directly to the light it shows hints of concentrated ruby hues around the edges. This has a huge chocolate aroma, sweet, like a dense, dark chocolate mousse. Really this just has an intense, rich, full chocolate aroma to it. Perhaps a touch of toasted grain and burnt malt is noticeable underneath all this chocolate, but it is really hard to tell. If you really like chocolate you will like this aroma; rich, full and complex in its chocolate notes, but there is little else noticeable.

Thick and rich as it first hits my tongue, it becomes more viscous as it slides down my throat. Up front is lots of sweet, dark grain notes that quickly get engulfed by rich, dark-milk-chocolate like flavors. The beer picks up some substantial bitterness both likely from the chocolate and the roasted malt, but there is also some lingering hop bitterness in the finish that is not quite as potent, but does a better job of lingering on in the palate after the beer has slid down my throat. The bitterness is definitely quite needed for balance to the sweet malt and chocolate, but still plays only a secondary role. The carbonation, though light, adds a bit of acidity to this brew that accentuates some acrid, burnt grain notes. As it loses the carbonation it loses this acidic, acridness. It even seems to lose a touch of the sharp, biting bitterness, that while not overwhelming at first was almost a bit harsh at times despite the huge, sweet, chocolate character.

This really has an over-the-top chocolate character to it (both aroma and flavor), so if you enjoy nibbling on dark, fairly sweet chocolate then this should be right up your alley. This is definitely dessert in a glass, as it warms up it loses a bit of sweetness, but it becomes a bit more thick and rich to make up for this. I waffle back and forth between thinking the aggressive, almost harsh bitterness is too much with thinking that it is absolutely needed to help balance the thick, viscous, over-the-top chocolate character. I suppose it does distract me from a chocolate character that might be too much other wise, so in that sense it is good. At times I feel like I should be able to actually bite into and chew this beer, it is that rich and chocolaty. In the end this is a tasty brew, one which I would be happy to have more of.

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Photo of hawks10
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours black with crimson edges. Two fingers of light tan head forms and slowly recedes into a cap of haze, some lacing is left behind...

Malted milk balls!! Whoppers!! Holy crap, I want some whoppers now, that is the smell of this beer, that and only that. Whoppers, you know, the little malted milk balls. I'm serious, that is the ONLY smell, I kind of like it!

Tastes kinda like whoppers too, but not as intense. Rich malted chocolate, slight bitterness in the finish. Smooth and creamy, nice full bodied feel. Pretty one dimensional, but it delivers on its name. Choklat. Johnny Depp. Southern Tier. Ticked.

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Photo of afksports
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

All you need is one glass of Southern Tier's Choklat Imperial Stout and you will never, ever, forget it.

I had this on tap at a dog bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the end of the summer. So it had been aged about 8 months at that point. The pour is pitch black, thick as tar, and only a little bubbly. It screams dessert beer. Since we have to select a rating on BeerAdvocate, I gave the smell a 4.5. Truthfully, it's not hard at all to describe. It's chocolate and booze. But by that I mean, tons and tons and tons and tons (read: tons) of chocolate. Mostly sweet chocolate, a touch of bitter chocolate, and maybe there's fudge there too. Who knows. It's chocolate and then booze. The taste?

The same. Hardly anything to say except that it's absolutely overwhelming. A blast of chocolate, sweet and bitter, that covers all the boozy heat. You get the booze a bit more as it warms and at the back of the tongue. Other than that, all chocolate. It is what it says it is. And it does it better than any other chocolate stout I've ever tried.

Like a shake, this baby is so much one thing it pretty much overdoes it. If paired with food, or an ice cream float, I could see this beer being the hit of a party. But by itself, and reviewing it as a standalone beer, I couldn't even finish the glass.

But it was on my list of ones to try, and I do NOT regret it. I'm even aging a bottle to try after a few years. Maybe some of the notes temper down with age. We'll see.

Until then, I have my memories.

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Photo of photomike
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to BA stevemcqueenjr for sharing this at the Lost Abbey 3rd Anniversary party.

Poured a deep brown with just a suggestion of head; forms a little ring around the edge of the glass. Very light lacing.

Smell is cocoa powder and Hershey's syrup.

Taste follows suit. Pure chocolate syrup here; not even a hint at booze despite the high ABV. Quite sweet, and (I guess) intentionally unidimensional.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and velvety with no alcohol burn. Clean finish.

The alcohol on this one is undetectable, but its a bit sweet for me to drink a lot of.

All in all, a tough beer to rate. It is really tasty, but VERY unique. This thing is pure chocolate, from start to finish. It is definitely what the brewer was going for, but it doesn't seem like a great representative of the style.

Will drink again.

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Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours like oily black sludge with a surprisingly thick head with an oak hue.

S- Strong chocolate, hersheyesque with a coffee undertone and alcohol notes.

T- Again very strong chocolate, toffee, more chocolate. I think this one delivers on the chocolate but can become cloying a bit of the way through which is why I dinged it a bit, still a delicious brew.

M- Thick, with an ample amount of carbonation... just enough for the style in my opinion.

D- The chocolate is a bit overwhelming but it's definitely a treat for the first half of the glass and by the second half you dont even care at 11 percent abv.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep, deep brown. It is very close to black. The body was so still that there was no head and consequently no lace.
Smell: The aroma reminded me of s'mores. I wasn't able to place any of the specific scents.
Taste: The flavors were, obviously, chocolate. I tasted M & M's and milk chocolate. It wasn't very bitter at all.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very good sipping beer. It is a bit intense, but I enjoyed it. I wasn't able to finish the entire bottle.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of blackc5
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz'er at 49F into a tulip.

A - Deep black with a moderate amount of mocha cream colored foam that fades fairly quickly. Thinnish lacing.

S - Pure chocolate. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and just a hint of stout on the nose - malts, a pinch of hops. Definitely a bit of alcohol as well.

T - Very very chocolately. This is definitely a desert sipper. Sweet chocolate dominates at first, fading to bittersweet dark chocalate. Almost too chocolaty IMHO - wish I could sense the stout backbones a bit more. But, definitely can sense the alcohol - it is fairly well hidden in the chocolate taste, but surely is notable in the warmth as you sip. Go slow at 11% and enjoy this one after a fine meal.

M - Full bodied and creamy smooth - little in the way of carbonation, but you can always get a hot chocolate/chocolate syrup sensation as you sip this.

D - Considering the ABV, quite good, although it is almost too sweet by itself. Would surely pair well with chocolate desserts or vanilla ice cream. We split 22oz four ways, and it was definitely enough for us all - your senses just get overloaded with chocolate.

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Photo of glass_house
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of david18
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had heard this was an amazing beer and possibly one of the best beers ever. I liked it but don't feel that strongly about it. The chocolate flavor and smell are a little too much for me and make this beer vary limited in when and why i'd drink it. I like this brewery and appreciate all the non- conventional styles they create and applaud this one as well. YOu should try and but don't expect too much.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.