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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3816
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 CuriousMonk


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

Had this beer on NYE poured in a dimple glass. Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Very light lacing and carbonation. Aroma is fantastic. It's big time chocolate and grain (cereal). Flavor is mainly chocolate with a touch of mint. There is just enough hop bitterness to help balance the beer. A very smooth, medium body beer. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. I can't say I loved this as much as I hoped to as this beer is too chocolate-y for me. Perhaps a nice dessert beer as there is some high quality chocolate in there!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 17:39:16 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of mountsnow1010


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown/black with a tiny head and some lacing. Bubbles evident.
S - It took me a while to place this, but I realized it's a hybrid of the fake-chocolate salt water taffy and a tootsie roll. It's an interesting nose and extremely sweet, but definitely smells "fake."
T - Taste mimics the nose very strongly. It's like blended tootsie rolls. Very sweet, not much to this that tells me that it is beer; tastes like a chocolate soda. No alcohol taste whatsoever.
MF - Creamy and smooth, balanced with the perfect amount of carbonation.
O - If drinkability was still a category this would get a five. I can't tell that this is 3% alcohol, let alone 11%. Alcohol is shockingly hidden. Very solid beer, although I wish the chocolate tasted more genuine. Would drink again, definitely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 20:00:12 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of danedelman


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

A-little to 0 head with a tan color. Beer is black and syrupy looking.

S-very strong milk choolate smell that drowns out anything else. May have some fruity notes but all I smell is chocolate.

T-Much more of a dark chocolate taste, nice hoppiness to the sweetness to this one. I even get a caramel with salt flavor on the back end of this one. More of a unsweetned chocolate taste.

M-medium to think body with perfect carbonation for this one.

Glad I tried this one but chocolate isnt my favorite flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 13:00:55 | More by danedelman
Photo of BrownNut


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 to nonic. One month old.

A - Opaque black, light tan head, lots of lacing. Shine a light at it and you'll see that the carbonation is in slow motion. Neat.

S - Straight up chocolate and caramel. There's even a chocolate lava cake smell, that maillarded chocolate pastry smell with the thick chocolate filling.

T - Chocolate and caramel at candy levels. There's milk chocolate, a hint of dark chocolate, and powdery cocoa. There's not really a beer taste. There's also a minor tart/sour/lemon element that doesn't quite jibe with the rest. That overlaps with a metallic note that doesn't jibe either. Those things want to be complexity but wind up discordant instead. I can mostly ignore these things and enjoy the chocolate, but I wish that discordance wasn't there. The metallic note lingers on the tongue in a way I don't want, though it's minor and somewhat less noticeable later in the glass as the chocolate dominates.

M - Thick and sticky, though actually less thick than the slowww carbonation would make you think.

O - This is more a dessert drink than a beer. It's pleasant in that light, but not as much in the context of beer. It is candy forward and not complex in the way that, say, Rogue's Chocolate and Double Chocolate stouts have other complementary layers going on. I hear people talk about beer ice cream floats and usually am turned off by the idea, but this would absolutely work for that. A scoop of vanilla or even mint chocolate chip in this would be a treat for any beer/dessert lover. I'm glad I tried it but won't get it again unless a fitting novelty situation presents itself. If I were rating dessert drinks, this would get a high score. As a beer, it's hard to rate it up.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 22:50:56 | More by BrownNut
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 Biscuit033


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Brown with ruby specks at the edge with a thin tan head.

S: Muted sweet chocolate and some cream.

T: Chocolate milk made with Hershey's chocolate syrup with a hint of alcohol.

M: Full and oily like chocolate milk.

D: Too sweet and high in alcohol to make it a continuous drinker. It would make an OK after dinner beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 18:54:29 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- A jet black body has a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but that is all I can see of carbonation. There is a thick film of tan head that leaves a nice bit of broken lace stuck to the glass after each sip.

S- The big chocolate nougat flavor has a light marshmallow quality and a strong smell of Hershey's chocolate syrup in the finish.

T- The taste of tootsie rolls and chewy chocolate nougat has some lighter flavors of roasted black malt for support. The bitterness of black grain lingers a bit after each sip. No fusel alcohol at all until the last few warm sips.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until it warms a bit and then it is a pleasant soft burn.

D- This beer is not overly sweet but it is overly chocolate candy flavored, and not real milk or dark chocolate just chocolate candy. The first glass was novel but the second glass was hard to get through. There isn't much malt supporting the tootsie roll flavor. The beer underneath has some nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:05:56 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of cokes


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light-swallowing burnt magenta, which approximates black for the most part unless back-lighting is involved. The head is brief and ashen brown, with a small, lasting collar.
A veritable S'mores on the nose, with chocolate being the obvious bandleader, but with backing graham cracker and marshmallow traits. And that's it, no trace of hops nor alcohol, and malt is vague, at best. This is chocolate. This is candy. This is not stout. But I'd be lying if I said it didn't smell delicious.
There is one simple word that adequately surmises the taste profile. And in case you failed preschool multiple times, it's chocolate. It's all over this, perhaps even more so that I would have guessed. It's also very sweet and confectionery. I'd have guessed a more bittersweet cocoa approach than this liquid fudge bath. It segues into an equally sweet and sugary marshmallow impression, still slathered in chocolate syrup. Liquid dessert, indeed.
Problem is, any beer-derived assets are virtually cloaked. There are scant traces of roasted malt on the sides and back of the tongue. Hops? Phantoms of spruce when the tongue searches around the mouth post-sip. Alcohol? Scary absent.
Initially, it's thick and decadent, as it's brings a sucrose-thick gooeyness and serves a tiny, semi-persistent bubble, which makes this mouth-bindingly huge upfront, then almost vacated by the time it goes down the throat. The first couple sips are delicious, the last few from the bomber get to be bludgeoning and a chore. Like trying to eat a bag of Hershey's bars at once.
I'm not a huge dessert fan, but I'd probably take this over a slice of cake (not tiramisu, though, I love that stuff). It's hard to rate, because it is so overbearingly chocolately, and in that sense, it succeeds. But I want more nuance and complexity. In short, I want more beer, because there are any number of directions I want this 11% stout to go towards, and it just doesn't.
It's a shame that this isn't quite thick enough to drizzle over shit, because that might be it's calling.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 09:25:03 | More by cokes
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark, with some red and amber hues around the edges. Has a big fluffy brown head with some lacing and a bit of bubbles last throughout. The smell is pure chocolate and alcohol, it's nice and sweet, but you wouldn't guess that it was beer just by the smell alone. The taste matches the smell perfectly, like creamy chocolate mixed with alcohol, pleasant and enjoyable, but personally, I would like to have a bit more of the bitter roasted or more complex tastes in an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth and creamy, not harsh at all. And it drinks very easily, for the style at least. I found this very pleasant, not an everyday imperial stout (I think I could drink some type of impy every day) but one that's worth purchasing and probably worth revisiting.

Edit: If this beer had a distinct style, for something like flavored stouts like chocolate etc. then it would have much higher marks.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 23:45:04 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of squaremile


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing else to know about this except that it tastes like melted chocolate. Nice tan head, great bottle, nice deep brown color. The alcohol is barely present in the nose and not at all on the tongue. It even leaves a chocolaty coating on your mouth. Mmmm chocolate...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:02:31 | More by squaremile
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - Bitter chocolate and hops, surprisingly complex. This really turned chocolatey as it warmed.

Appearance - Dark black brown with a quickly dissipating light brown head.

Taste - Bitter hops and chocolate lead to a little roasted malt. A lot of bitter flavors mostly of the chocolate variety. Probably too bitter for my tastes but still decent. There was a warming in my chest half way through the bottle but never really any hints of alcohol on the palate. Again like the nose chocolate came out more as it warmed.

Notes - I started drinking this beer at 51 degrees and found it a little harsh. As it warmed up the chocolate became more prominent and this beer definitely began to shine. I would buy it again but not drink it even as cold as 55 degrees.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 20:58:27 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured into a goblet, leaving little head. black lacquer liquid leaves little lacing.

S: Literally smells like chocolate syrup. No exaggeration! Over the top? sure - but I like it

T: very sweet, chocolate of course. Vanilla notes and not really much else. A one trick pony here. But if you want chocolate beer, this is it.

M: quite thick and chewy. carbonation is smooth and ample.

D: Due to the massive sweetness and simple nature of this beer, its not one to drink in quantity. I'd recommend you share this 22oz bottle with a friend.

A great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:53:13 | More by uno99


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

World-wide sweet-toothed you´ve got it!! On-tap.Shaker glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Black in color,black to the light.Dark beige froth.Creamy lasting crown.Nice lacing rings.Every expected aroma is well hidden by an intense sweet chocolate fragancy. Smooth sweet upfront.Then fudge chocolate explosion.Full & dense body.Silky sweet palate,sweet buttery notes.Wonder if raisin & prune hues will be present at a very deep level... Just an illusion! Nothing but dense chocolate swamping all over while lingers to the end.Soft carbonation.A flavorful delicious beer for all those who believe they don´t like beer.4 points are given to palate box since it´s really difficult to maintain a balanced flavor while masking hops,malts & ABV. Suggested as a 5 o´clock beer.Excellent pairing with danish butter cookies.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 18:57:52 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from cellar, about 1 year old. Acquired in trade. Seemed like a good Game 7 sorta beer. Poured ~8C into a stemmed flute.

A: Jet black, small head and minimal lacing.
S: Nestlé Quik syrup. Hershey chocolate syrup. Sweetness and chocolate. Is there a beer in here?
T: Some roasted notes wityh a milky thick sweetness and a great deal of chocolate that comes across as an artificial version of chocolate. Bitterness is there and builds over time with a roasted bitterness that builds a little too sternly for my liking in such a sweet dessert beer.
M: Thick and sweetness that sticks to the tongue. Lighter carbonation that lets the beer come through.
O: Maybe a bit old? The chocolate is still there, but it just comes across as artificial chocolate sweeteners. Meh. I expected much more especially after loving the Crème Brulée.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:55:11 | More by kjyost
Photo of hoppymeal


3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with cola and ruby hues, seems clear, a small covering of pumpkin pie orange and tan colored head. Aroma is of chocolate fudgsicles, chocolate milk, very noticeable lactose aroma, smells of chocolate mint as well. Taste follows with the same chocolate milk, mint and fudgsicle flavors mixing into a burnt roasted malt with a bitter coffee finish. Medium to heavy body, sweet thickness is cut by the roasty flavors and a slight dance of hops on the tongue. Alcohol is very well hidden for its strength, just a quick warmth. An unusual and interesting beer, I enjoy the mouthfeel, the mint in the nose and flavor is unusual as is the powerful chocolate flavor. Glad I got to try it, seems a beer that is best to be shared as the flavors are strong and unique, would like to cellar one and see what develops.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:46:38 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from drinking the 22oz split with my wife earlier on a frigidly freaking freezing day in the Northeast. I thought that would be the time to crack it open. Poured into enormous Dogfish snifter.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10. Enticing.

I want to start that Southern Tier has been hit or miss to me on several occassions because they push the envelope. I, unlike many, loved the Creme Brulee. This one actually falls in the middle though- didn't love it nearly as much as Jahva but didn't find it hard to drink like the Cherry Saison.

A: Body-- Black, nuff said. I see nothing else in the glass from the pour, like a blackest of black holes. Is it possible to have a nearly black foam produced from a beer? These guys may have done it, come pretty darn close.

S: Melted chocolate bar, the sweet Ghiradellli chocolate, not garbage choclate. Maybe some good hot cocoa syrup, again- not the nestle bunny stuff, the high maintnance fu-fu fancy chocolate. I need to hunt for it but there is a spice flavor in the aroma that comes out when its cold.

T: Intense chocolate, diabetics beware. I think I like the Creme Brulee better because I am more of a butterscotch fan than I am of raw chocolate. This is nearly as intense and that is saying a lot. Not kidding when I say this tastes like a melted high-quality 80% chocolate bar with alcohol burn. It does not taste like any other beer I've tried or even like a beer.

The 11% is felt in the taste, no games being played. Different flavors come out more than it did in the aroma- coffee, cashew. As it warmed off, I didn't find it as pleasureable- I enjoyed the burn.

M: Decadent like many of the ST brews. Smooth, chewy, minute amounts of carbonation. Lovely alcohol burn that warms all the way down to the chest with the heat.

D: Oh yes, this will warm you on a cold winter's night. Between the feel and punch of the alcohol and the sugar content I am glad I didn't take on the 22oz myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 16:39:19 | More by marcpal
Photo of NardiByNature


3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1/21: On-tap at the Shadow Lounge in East Libery, drank from a pint glass.

It's syrupy-black with a nice mocha head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Damn this smells like chocolate. Like Hershey's chocolate syrup.

The taste? Exactly like the smell. It tastes like chocolate syrup. I find this good for a sip but way too sweet to drink much more of. Thick and syrupy, with a sugary aftertaste. Does hide the 11% very well.

Maybe having a whole pint glass of this stuff in front of me turned me off to it - it was a little much. Nonetheless, delicious, and, in proper setting, I can see this having merit. I'll try a few more beers in this style and maybe eventually come back to it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 17:38:45 | More by NardiByNature
Photo of mattcrill


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle inspection:
11% abv
27 plato
195 lovibond
2 row barley
carmel 60
barley flakes
chocolate malt
Bittersweet Belgian Chocolate
Kettle hops: Chinook, Willamette
Serve in a snifter at 48F...hell yeah! that's a label!

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, a definite hop nose, low fruity esters, and warming alcohol cascade out of the glass. Hops open up a bit as the beer warms.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown pour with a tan head that is fizzy and almost soda-like. Rings the snifter as it fades.

Flavor: Big chocolate flavor up front, milk chocolate, hop bitterness, and some background alcohol. A nice roasted profile emerges as the beer warms up. Finish is dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent, full bodied, slick, and medium-high carbonation. Leaves a milk chocolate aftertaste on the palate.

Overall impression: A big, bold chocolate stout. I was suprised at the hop presence on this one. I didn't expect it to be so forward given the style and chocolate addition. All sorts of great things going on here (hops, chocolate, good recipe) but they just didn't seem to "knit" together well. Good beer? Yes. Worth they hype? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 22:36:09 | More by mattcrill
Photo of JonMich13

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jamie2dope for the trade.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Flying Saucer 2009 Beerknurd glass.

A= Very dark black with some hints of light coming through on the edges. Very little head on the 1st pour. Hard poured the 2nd half and got a 3+ head of light brown. Light lacing.

S = Basically chocoate/ tootsie roll with a bit of earthy hop presence.

T = INTENSELY sweet chocolate dominates. Very syrupy to the point of overbearing. No coffee. Hop bitterness slightly in the finish. HOT alcohol on the finish as well. Burns a bit from the intense sweetness as well. Wanted to give a 4 because I love chocolate, but this is a bit heavy handed.

M = Not overly thick. This could use a bit of softening. I like my RIS creamy and smooth.

D = Definitely a sipper. The harsh alcohol burn and syrupy sweetness make this one a one hour affair. I made it through the bomber, but it took a bit of effort.

Overall, has some very redeeming qualities. The chocolate is very overt (big surprise, huh?) and quite tasty, but in whole, this one could use some work to soften some of its more harsh qualities.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 00:06:16 | More by JonMich13
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this one in a recent trade.

This one is dark black with some reddish notes on the edge. The head is brown and disappear quickly. Wish it could stick around a bit more longer.

The aroma is dominated by notes of chocolate and alcohol... very chocolate in the aroma. Appears to be a complex beer nevertheless and full body. All that from the nose, lets dive in.

The taste is very deep chocolate note. Almost like drinking chocolate... just like milk chocolate. Carbonation is present in the mouth. Almost no bitterness, but the one I get is similar like a dark chocolate. This is truly a dessert beer. I wouldn't drink this just to quench my thirst, it wouldn't work IMO. It was hard to finish alone, too sugary for my taste. It isn't bad, but the drinkability suffer from it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 20:08:26 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of SolomonGrundy


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A quickie tonight:

The basics: No idea on price (thanks to Brian44556, great trade cheers mate), 11% ABV (whoa boy)...

Dark...Not much carbonation...Light lacing and even lighter head...

Huge chocolate aromas. Almost the only thing you can smell...A lot like Hersey's hot chocolate mix...A hint of chocolate covered cherries...

Tastes identical to its smell...A lot of hot chocolate right upfront and in the early middle...Very sweet...Very thick...Viscous in the mouth...A nice, roasty malt tang carries throughout, although I bet some of that is chocolate...Finish has a nice, sharp bitterness, polly from da hops...Not bad, but certainly not for everyone...

What I like most: The robust nature of the beer

What I like least: Taken as a whole, this one just leaves me wondering "what if"..

Verdict: Not sure I like it, but it's big and robust...I'd try something else if it was around...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:06:18 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22, no date

A - Pours motor oil black with an initially vigorous beige head that quickly fades. What is left laces nicely.

S - Nose is full of bittersweet and dark chocolates, heavily roasted malts, and a sweet and fruity alcohol

T&M - Full bodied and thick. Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Sweet, dark fruity esters with raisin and deep roasted malts. Warm in the finish and somewhat sticky and sweet. The light hop bitterness actually matches the bitter notes of the chocolate very nicely.

D - Certainly on the sipper end of things, but lots of nice characteristics, and sweet without being cloying.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:32:21 | More by ZeroSignal
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the standard pressure cap bottle into a Corsendonk tulip at low altitude. Expectations are high considering the reviews here.

A: Pours jet black with a three-finger tan head that fades rather quickly and doesn't leave any lacing to speak of.

S: This basically smells like a Hershey's chocolate bar. Sweet chocolate with some caramel malts in the background.

T: Semisweet chocolate flavor up front followed by caramel malts. There's some hop bitterness on the finish, but this still tastes cloyingly sweet to me.

M: Medium- to full-bodied with a wet mouthfeel. However, it's a bit rough around the edges and could definitely be creamier and smoother.

D: This beer seems grossly overrated to me. The ABV listed on the bottle was 10.0%, so maybe the recipe changed significantly from past years. While it's not difficult to drink, it's overly sweet and not very complex. With the quality of imperial stouts out in the market, I wouldn't buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 18:17:39 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz split 3 ways.

A - deep dark body, thin brown head, yet still slightly clear.

S - intensely chocolate, sweet.

T - again tons of chocolate, bittersweet, roasted malts.

m/d - Not a particularly sticky body. Not bad but glad I shared the bomber, too much chocolate for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 20:25:06 | More by magnj
Photo of Jeffo


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a few of these from various people this past summer. Thanks to my friend Jill for surprising me with one, as well as to wfeddern and a mystery trader for bringing some bottles along for trade. We drank lots of this stuff by the pool. Thanks guys!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown and shows and 1+ finger, noisy, medium looking, fluffy, light brown head with good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident for the style. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp, but only a ring remains, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. An average looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Dark, pure chocolate. Perhaps some slight roasted notes and some slight hints of vanilla, but I’m searching a bit here. This is basically all dark chocolate. I like dark chocolate, so it’s an enticing aroma, but I also like some more complexity with my beer.

TASTE: Starts out a bit empty actually. A touch of roast and chocolate perhaps, but relatively mute up front. Flavors come out nicely after the swallow, however. Some roasted flavors, caramel sweetness as well, then lots of pure, dark chocolate. Flavors jump out, but then mellow out quickly. A mild aftertaste lingers nicely and is laced with bitter-sweet chocolate and a touch of heat. Not quite as bold as hopped, especially up front, and relatively one dimensional. Gets points for being very chocolaty.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with some decent heat on the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. A little less carbonation and heat would be nice. Good though.

OVERALL: Southern Tier is phenomenal at making their beers taste like exactly what the label says. Creme Brulee, Jahva, Pumpkin, etc., all taste as advertised. This one is no exception. This is basically a chocolate beer with a relatively hot imperial stout as a base. While I enjoyed a full bomber to myself, I do prefer a little more complexity in imperial stouts like this, which is perhaps why I like their blend Mokah a little more. Moreover, this one is a little lacking in flavor up front and could be a little bolder overall. A fun beer that I will eventually drink again, but not one I will be inclined to seek out. Thanks again for the bottles guys!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 14:26:15 | More by Jeffo
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,816 ratings.