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Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured very dark, almost black in color with a thin amount of coffee colored head.

The scent is of overwhelming chocolate, roasted chocolate malt, and a slight alcohol presence.

The taste is also dominant of milk chocolate, roasted chocolate malt, some notes of maple syrup and licorice. The high abv is almost nonexistant in the taste.

Full body, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, though the chocolate was so dominant the other flavors were able to be tasted. Also the high abv is hidden very well with the strong chocolate flavor.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- at first, the dark, tan cappuccino colored head is hesitant to form but as the snifter fills up, foam cascades to the surface of this this viscous brew. Sadly, it hastily diminishes to a thin soapy ring. Lace is spotty and minimal. The body is so think and black that it looks like a bowl of melted dark chocolate.

S- insane and powerful dark chocolate aroma. Cocoa, chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup, everything chcocolate. And quality chocolate at that. There's a black roasted coffee smokiness nestled in the background. Hops are hidden, or slightly earthy at most. This one solely focuses on the chcocolate. Awesome.

T- this is just freakin bonkers. Up front it's chocolate ice cream. 80% cacao. Hot fudge sundae. Devils food cake. However it can be described as a wholly holy chocolate elixir would be appropriate. The flavor transition is easily broken down into 3 parts. First is just a mouthful of melted chocolate and nothing else. Just high quality chocolate. Abruptly, it shifts gears to huge roasted malt character with espresso and bittersweet cocoa, damp wood, stone, soil, mild smoke, and peppery spice. As the malt fades, hops move in and mesh with the roasted bitterness to form an herbal, rustic, earthy and lasting bittersweet finish.

MF- smoothly grainy particle chocolate feel. Like its big and rich and smooth and creamy but it's not totally liquid. You can feel the molecules and shit. Coating coffee cocoa feel on the cheeks. Some hop oil feel too. Carbonation? Who even cares about that now?? It's understated and modest, quiet and only preset as a tiny little tickle. Exactly as it should be.

D- completely imperceptible alcohol makes this one a real monster. I mean, I'm throwin this bottle down like a seventeen year old girl on her first mudslide. As a matter of fact, I think the chocolate hides the booze in the same way ice cream masks the vodka in that mudslide. Now I'm back on the mothership. Such concentrated flavor in this beer you would have to eat it with... Idk probly just strawberries, cream and vanilla. This one without a doubt rewrites the book on imperial chocolate stout.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at the recommended 40 degrees.

Pours a jet black with a creamy brown froth with big bubbles that dissipates somewhat quickly. Pronounces aromas of chocolate truffles, mocha espresso, light vanilla, VERY subtle citrus hops, molasses, did I mention Milk Chocolate yet? Simple, but spectacular! Flavor? WOW! Absolutely amazing! Tastes like a Milk Chocolate shake (Milk Chocolate, Cocoa powder, Vanilla) with roasted espresso! There is a definite weight to the mouthfeel, but this beer is extremely smooth. Slightly sweet with a balanced/subtle hop bitterness that runs from beginning to end. The alcohol is well hidden on this beer....this is the best chocolate stout that I have ever had. Besides having a better look to the head, I couldn't imagine how this beer could get any better!

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Photo of Kallessin
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown, almost black) with orange/amber highlights. First pour had a very short lived small brown cocoa head on it. Second pour stayed around a few seconds longer.

Smells of very strong bittersweet dark chocolate with some molasses, figs and raisins. Some deep roasted notes with a few hints of alcohol.

The flavor, much like the aroma, tasted like very intense bittersweet dark chocolate, figs, raisins, as well as, some roasted coffee beans and hint of licorice. A really creamy mocha flavor. The alcohol is hardly present at all and not much bitterness.

Thick, full bodied and creamy with a little grittiness. A tingly warming sensation. Sticky mouth coating.

A really amazing beer. It should be a sipper, but the lack of alcohol flavor makes this a dangerous beer. Fantastic flavor, rich and robust and great aroma make this one the best Imperial stouts I've had.

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Photo of mattpetti
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you dont like chocolate beers or even chocolate in general please do not review this beer...
When a beer's name is Choklate I expect it to be a chocolate dominated beer and my god does this not dissapoint. Pours a solid opaque with an average tan/brown head. This beer is very forward on the chocolate. Smells and tastes like a tootsie roll but with a subtle roasted, dark, chocolate finish and a whiff of the bittering hops. (chinook and willamette). Creamy body, 11 percent alcohol is non existent unless you stand up. This beer was a delight to drink from start to finish...is it a session beer? Not even close. Along with dark lord this beer has its small place in the beer drinking world set. Have with a dessert or as a dessert by itself or better yet with a cabernet or hearty shiraz. Just joking on that last one. All in all not for the faint at heart this beer is a hearty imperial stout with a chocolate level that as far as i know has been unreached. Think a double rogue chocolate stout. Grab 2 if u can get it and thats 3 for 3 for southern tiers black water stouts. Well done.

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Photo of chakadrum
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the most enjoyable dessert beers in the world!

Just by the pour in a glass you might think it is a fairly typical stout. Nice dark color. Decent head.

The smell is chocolate and roasted malts and everything you would hope it would smell like.

The taste doesn't skip a beat. Chocolate milk. Not overly sweet, but no real detectable hops which I think is actually a really good thing. If you've ever had Youngs Double Chocolate, this follows the same idea but it even more complex yet drinkable.

I can't think of any other way I'd want it to feel in my mouth, so I have to give it a 5. It has a minor coating quality. I would imagine the actual chocolate involved is to thank for that.

This is world-class in my opinion. If there is a better chocolate stout or "interesting" stout for that matter, I haven't found it yet I've had thousands of commercial beers.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, these guys really gotta stop doing this. First with Pumking, now this...
I'm having a hard time getting around to tasting this beer because I want to keep on smelling it. If I drink it, I won't be able to smell it anymore.
This is like a combination between Brooklyn's black chocolate stout and Young's Double Chocolate stout... but with the volume turned up because of the alcohol to help carry all that flavor. This also makes me think that Southern Tier's Oat, or something very similar, is the backbone to this, and that the added chocolate is adding that other dimension that I felt Oat needed.
Excellent chocolate flavors along with some added nuttiness, hazelnut at that. Nutella does come to mind when drinking this. The hops in here dry this up enough to keep it from being sickeningly sweet and cloying.
Lusciously smooth with some spikes of vanilla bean flavor...
Thoughtfully made hot chocolate drink comes to mind with this guy.
Food for the Gods indeed.
This beer makes me want to write a very long review.
'nuff said.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay...all of my reviews are usually the same on here. I buy a beer, I explain why I bought it, then what it tasted like, and then the ABV% and my final thoughts. This isn't gonna be like that.

This isn't just another beer.

Yes, you heard me right. Not just another beer. This has been hyped on here and at the stores around me that are now selling this like hot cakes. Naturally, I wanted to see, er, taste what the fuss was about and sure enough, this is the shiznit. It's not often I say that - the Troegs Nugget Nectar isn't available year around!

So I get this beer, take it out, and warm 'er up. Then it comes time to open it. BAM! Emeril has nothing on this. Wave after wave of banana, root beer, milk chocolate, vanilla, and cream hit my nose as it's still a good foot or two away from the bottle. Could it taste just as well?

Am I raving about this?

Yes, yes...it does taste that good. Incredibly smooth, silky, incredibly creamy, and worth savoring every drop. This was not bitter at all up front but just an amazingly rich amalgamation of the aforementioned flavors with all of the warmth and comfort of a hot chocolate after a snowfall. If you've ever wanted to drown in chocolate, find the outer edges of the beer universe, or wanted to get over the way your ex ripped your heart out and stomped all over it unmercilessly, you've found your drink to imbibe in...

...and thankfully, you don't have to wait until it snows to try this.

So what if this didn't have the best apperance. It's dark, with a decent head, and didn't stand out as much as everything else did.

Big deal.

If you can get your hands on this, by all means, do so. You won't even taste the alcohol and by the time it hits you, you'll wonder why you didn't get more of this before your local liquor store runs out.

Yes, it's that good!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison for $7.99. Have been nothing less than impressed with everything I've had from Southern Tier so far.

Pour: near black with a a finger of khaki foam, ruby highlights. Head is short lived without any discernible lacing.

Nose: luscious cocoa powder, vanilla, and powdered sugar

Taste: cocoa nibs, hot chocolate, vanilla malt, light hazelnut, with a slight alcohol pepperiness.

Mouthfeel: rich and smooth like drinking chocolate, but surprisingly not thick and cloying. Carbonation is light.

Drinkability/Overall: A decadent chocolate stout, easily rivaling that of Rogue. Insanely drinkable for 11%. Yet again, I'm left nothing but impressed with Southern Tier's Big Beer offerings.

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Photo of hdofu
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow what a chocolate taste. This is one of the sweetest beers I have ever encountered. Color is coffee brown with a thin tan head. Smell is like hershey's syrup. Taste is deep chocolate flavor with a hint of malt finish. Drinkability is dangerously high considering the high abv. Mouthfeel is pretty thick. All and all I would say its another example of southern tier's impressive imperials.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark brown black with a brown head. Nice and thick looking with a lot of body. Smells so much like chocolate. I was expecting the usual non sweet taste but this has a great chocolate sweetness. Let me say that this is the best chocolate beer I have ever had. Even better than Samuel Smiths organic. Nice little 10% alcohol burn at the finish. The alcohol is deceptive and quickly gave me a nice buzz. Fantastic beer that hits it's intentions right on the spot.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle, 11% ABV. Pours nearly jet black, maybe some brown hues. Nice mocha head that holds together well, especially considering the size of this beer.

What a nose on this. Tons of chocolate syrup, chocolate chip cookies, fudge, and brownies. This is every bit as rich and robust as it sounds in the aroma department. I don't think a chocolate beer could smell any better.

Huge amounts of chocolate and caramel malt give this a slight cookie dough feel. Chocolate syrup and fudge, and brownies. Just a bit of bitterness to keep this from being too sweet. There are so many layers of different chocolates.

Thick and creamy like a milkshake. Alcohol is very well hidden. What an incredible dessert beer. This thing is top notch.

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Photo of EGledhill
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at D's in Regent Square.

get it while you can, they bought up the last 6 barrels of this sweet gift from the beer gods left in Pittsburgh

A. black with a tan head

S. an unbelievable chocolate aroma...couldn't wait to suck it down

T. not as potent as the smell, but nevertheless, fantastic. chocolate the whole way through. the only beer I've had with a better chocolate taste so far has been Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

M. a little thin, maybe making them a little too easy to drink.

D. supremely good. Stopped at D's to grab a mixed 6 and Probably should've eaten something. they're not kidding when they say 11.0% ABV. Overall one of the best. Simply put, amazing

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Photo of mcleester
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite novelty beer. Be warned, if you do not like chocolate beers, you will not like this beer at all.

It smells like chocolate...and, unlike many chocolate beers, it actually tastes like it too. This can be dangerous, however, as it packs a pretty decent alcoholic punch.

I drank it from a 22 oz bottle into a large, wide red wine glass. I have also had it at a bar into a snifter. This beer would be phenomenal on a nitro tap.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a deep black with two to three fingers of brownish head and some slight lacing.

The smell is right up front chocolate. Like having a bang of chocolates the nose has some hints of some nice sugary delight leading to the taste.

The taste is really smooth with some nice chocolate flavor that covers the pallet in a nice sugary and sweet flavor that brings me back to visions of Halloween candy when you're allowed to have more than the normal share of chocolate. There is a nice milky flavor that makes me think of chocolate milk and a slight nutty flavor in the background as well.

The feel of this beer is pretty easy drinking. It goes down well and does not leave but a moment or two of chocolate flavor on the tongue after each sip. A really wonderful experience.

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Photo of brentk56
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a bubbly tan head that hangs around for about as long as you would expect for a high ABV beer; dots the chalice with lace

Smell: This one smells like rich Belgian chocolate, melted down and streaming into your nostrils

Taste: Opens like an Aztec chocolate, with rich, dark chocolate flavors that are joined, mid-palate, by the subtle bitter influence from the hops, which persists to the very end; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; warmth on the finish adds to the hot chocolate aspect

Drinkability: This is one superb brew; it's going to be tough to beat on the chocolate scale

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to cosmicevan for this one.

A: 1/4" light brown head that dissipated quickly over black liquid with very little visible carbonation.

S: It smells like a fudgesicle. Faint toasted malt and coffee notes underneath.

T: It tastes like a chocolate with hazelnut. Nutella in a glass. Toasted malt, roasted barley and coffee are faint in the aftertaste. Just beautiful.

M: Medium viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: Beautiful, one of the best chocolate digestif beers I have tried.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to DrDog for this one via trade a while back.

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges pitch black with a substantial, light tan head of about one finger in size. There is tons of lacing around this bitch, which is surprising, given the abv of the beer.

Aroma is purely chocolatey. Chocolate, roasted coffee, and not much else. With a beer being named Choklat, I wouldnt expect much else. Simply sublime.

Wow. A chocolate bar has just been melted into my mouth. Smooth, creamy, chocolatey, rich, and absolutely delicious.

I thought this beer may be too sweet, but as an after dinner treat, this one is perfect. I dont think I would have this as an afternoon beer, but a dessert beer; yes! Loverly.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lionheart. $4.

A: Black. Tootsie roll colored head. Lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate, cocoa, chocolate syrup, tootsie rolls, cocoa nibs. Get the idea yet?

T: Chocolate and a nice roasty character. This is the most chocolate you will probably ever experience in a beer.

M: A little bit thiner on tap than in the bottle. Still super thick and creamy though.

D: Had two pints of this. No hint of the ABV at all. This beer nearly killed me.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: An incredibly dark brown, pretty much opaque black. A frothy tan head tops this bad boy, with great lacing.

S: Really incredible mix of chocolate and sweet malt, with a little booze in there too, phenomenal, if you are a chocolate lover.

T: Probably one of the tastiest beers I have ever had. Enormous chocolate flavor. Very much like a chocolate malt shake. There is a little boozy kick at the end, but then just covered up with more sweet chocolate.

M: Incredibly smooth and frothy texture, alcohol masked incredibly well.

D: Can't believe this is 11% ABV. Should sip on it, but so good you won't be able to.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Total blackness except for the thinnest of red lines at the bottom of the glass. Light tan level dentable head.

Incredible rich chocolate aroma.

There's probably a stiff malty backbone here, but its chocolate coated. A surge of earthy hops balance he sweetness and make a nice bit at the swallow. Finishes with a gobs of Hershey syrup.

Smooth, rich, thick, syrupy, lush.

Takes dangerously drinkable to new heights. Extra thick chocolate milk at 11%. Probably shouldn't have two in one night, but the thought will come up.

Chocolate beer has a new standard bearer.

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Photo of PutsDeBnABV
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice Dark Color with light brown head. No lacing

S - Bitter Dark Chocolate (dark chocolate M&M's) jus wait for the taste. Instant gratification

T - WOW the chocolate taste that comes out is Ama-za-zing.... Can't ask for any more chocalate not too bitter either. Almost wish there was more going on but from he name alone its expected.

M - Great full body no to viscous

D - It's like a box of chocolates. you have one sip you take another you keep drinking and want more and more. like the box is empty and you just think when can i buy another

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Photo of ManofWax
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this in a bottle, and it's terrific in that form, but I was lucky enough to have it on-tap at Cambridge Common just north of Harvard Square.

A: 100% black--the extract of outer space.

S: I drank mine in a snifter, the perfect vessel by which to sample the exceptional aroma. Unsurprisingly, it smells a great deal like chocolate. It is a bold scent that beckons your lips to the glass.

T: Again, it should come as no surprise that Choklat tastes principally of chocolate. But not just any chocolate. It's more Godiva than Toll House. It's like excellent chocolate syrup. In fact, the chocolate is so good, it more than makes up for the lack of overall complexity. There is little by way of hops, and other flavors prominent in stouts--coffee, especially--are subtle in some sips, nonexistent in others. The aftertaste contains some bitterness, but rather than hop bitterness, it's the bittersweetness of dark chocolate with a high cocoa count--70%+. Yum!

F: I would have liked a bit more volume from Choklat, but it doesn't perform badly within its class. On cask I suspect it would be deserving a 5.0 rating, and it wouldn't suffer lack of carbonation because it has none on-tap anyway.

D: It is astonishing to learn than Choklat is an 11% ABV beer. There is no alcohol flavor, no burn anywhere. Every sip goes down smooth as velvet. Lack of hop bitterness means that even inexperienced drinkers can enjoy Choklat.

In sum, Choklat is the best chocolate stout on the planet. At the risk of succumbing to hyperbole, it may be among the three or four best stouts period. I agree with previous reviewers that this is an apéritif beer, though it can be enjoyed just about any time.

Southern Tier makes many delicious beers, but none are quite like Choklat. A memorable experience.

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Photo of dotlikeimpact
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just got myself a bomber of this from Whole Foods on North ave. Chicago.

A: Totally black, some tan head, nothing crazy.

S: Oh my God. This smells like brownies just taken out of the oven. WOW

T: The Brownies theme is strong in the flavor profile as well, big, yeasty, cake like flavors with the taste of delicious chocolate. I am VERY impressed.

M: The only thing bad I have to say about this beer is that it could use a little more carbonation, but I understand how hard that is at 11% abv.

D: Really Drinkable and very smooth. Never would have thought this was a 10% plus beer. S. Tier has a way with extreme styles that is impeccable.

Wonderful beverage.

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Photo of schroederm
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer.

I love this beer so much that I went back and bought six more so I could age a few, and drink a few more. So much that I'm now writing my first BA review.

In a tulip...

A: Gorgeous dark color. Head was creamy, somewhere in between tan and a white, and lingered for quite a while.

S: Indescribably chocolate. Somehow, more chocolaty than you'd expect real chocolate to be... combining serious dark chocolate (70%+) scents with lighter, milk chocolate hints. I also was convinced I smelled strawberry in there.

T: Outstanding taste. Just what you'd expect from the smell, but even better. The dark chocolate was very, very evident - but a chocolate syrup taste came through quite a bit. Starts out delightfully sweet, bitter at the finish, but not a hoppy bitter - a 70% cocoa bitter. And who knew this was 11% ABV? Not hot at all.

M: Creamy, good level of carbonation.

D: The only place where I took any deduction, just because drinking a whole bottle of this would be tough. There's just so much to this beer, drinking it in large quantities doesn't make all that much sense to me. This is not a bad thing.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.