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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,237
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 403
Gots: 629 | FT: 34
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 BSK_ONE
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Best Quality. Dark brown to black appearance, nice thick tan head that sticks around leaving nice lacing.

S: sweet, milk chocolate. The beer that smells like s'mores.

T: So sweet, nearly impossible to taste the alcohol.

M: smooth and delicious

O: very good

BSK_ONE, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of zackcg
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

zackcg, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of heebes
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml 9.5%

Released in the fall seasonals at the LCBO.

Pours a dark thick black with a fizzy tan foam head, foamy lacing forms.
The nose is very much dark chocolate, also sweet roasted malt, coffee, cocoa.
On the sip we have a smooth drinking, chocolatey stout. Theres almost no trace of alcohol in here. Drinks like a dark chocolate milkshake! Easy to down, but the overpowering of cocoa may be much after the entire bottle. Great mouthfeel, medium bodied and plenty carbonated.
Overall, this seems like a one-off beer, if your'e looking for a chocolate beer; here it is. A great after hours late nite beer or shared as a dessert.

heebes, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Fathead's. 10 oz in a snifter.

3.5 A: Came without much of a head. Black color.

4.0 S: This is the beer that doesn't fuck around when it comes to chocolate. This is about as much chocolate as you can shove into a beer without it solidifying. Smells pretty much exactly like a chocolate milkshake served at the Hershey store in central PA. Booze doesn't have much of a chance at penetrating the massive aroma.

4.0 T: Again, nothing but a Hershey's chocolate milkshake. Sharp, rich, with lots of sweetness, but not cloying.

4.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Sweet, but this never becomes a problem. Super smooth.

4.0 D: I could have had a couple more, but I wanted to drink something more "beer-like," haha.

DavoleBomb, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of vkv822
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a thick, foamy light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is of rich, fudgy chocolate. Reminds me of a rich chocolate cake. While not really complex, it gets points for nailing the chocolate notes.

The taste follows the nose, with pure chocolate fudge notes.

A medium body with average carbonation.

A good Imperial Stout. Definitely the most rich, chocolaty beer I've experienced. A real dessert beer.

vkv822, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours jet black with a thick creamy tan head that leaves some lacing.

S- Strong bittersweet chocholate malt nose. Maybe some hints of black liccorice.

T- Smooth and much like the nose, bittersweet chocholate malt with a touch of coffee. The finish was very similar to chocolate syrup. Alcohol was well hidden despite the high ABV.

M- Slick and creamy full body with ok carbonation.

D- Nice brew that tastes like it says it will. Drinking more than one might prove to be a bit too much though.

projectflam86, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown cola color with a thick khaki color head that is two fingers in thickness. The head gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of intense chocolate and a dark roasted malt. The taste is a nice deep roasted malt backbone with intense dark chocolate flavor over the top with vanilla present as well. Very well blended taste, big intense flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer, it is a little heavy however, it is very solid and you could easily consume a 22 of this beer.

goblue3509, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. 09 vintage.

A: Pours an even black with a thin frothy milk chocolate head that quickly disappeared into a bubbly collar around the glass. Tons of little specs of soapy lacing were left all around the glass.
S: Extremely rich notes of chocolate syrupy, Hershey's milk chocolate, and a hint of toasted marshmallow and alcohol.
T: Follows the nose. Malt hits first with a roasted yet sugary taste, then comes the chocolate with flavors of chocolate syrup and coco. Finish has some sweetness to it and a touch of warm alcohol.
M: Silken mouthfeel with light fluffy carbonation. Body is on the fuller side. Pretty velvety and creamy.
D: Great mouthfeel and a pretty wonderful chocolatey taste. For some reason I was expecting more though. I guess I'm just picky. Really solid stout none the less. Great drinkability.

scottfrie, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, two fingers of nice mocha coloured head with solid retention which settles to a mountainous terrain and some sporadic sticky lacing.

S - Musty chocolate and dark cocoa followed by barley scents reminiscent of Ovaltine and milk.

T - The sweet alcohol comes through off the top, though is slightly metallic. Milk chocolate and some dark cocoa come through followed with some mild espresso. The heat from the alcohol is noticeable but is not offensive.

M - Nicely carbonated, but still a bit thick and chewy. Goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - A very tasty offering but I couldn't drink much more than a single bomber. Worth a try to any chocolate stout fan with some tasty flavours and a relatively well hidden ABV.

andrenaline, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice deep black color with a thin dark tan/mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving not much of a trace.

S: The scent has major chocolate notes, very sweet cocoa smell with dark chocolate and everything else chocolate you can think of.

T: As one would expect, the major taste is chocolate. Very chocolaty flavor which masks the alcohol quite well, but it is still slightly present. There is a hint of hops in the finish, but the main predominant taste is chocolate explosion.

M: Medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

D: Even though this beer is 11%, you can barely notice it at all. The chocolate presence completely takes over. Because of the intense chocolate flavor, I wouldn't have more than 1 of these. But with a name like choklat, they really took it to another level and for a slow sipper, this is a good beer.

mavbrew, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours heavy. It's deep dark brown to black with light only getting through at the extreme edges. The tan color head dissipates to a ring that doesn't leave any lacing.

S: You have to let this one warm up otherwise you will miss it. Well, you will miss the fullness. Chocolate. The aroma is a double barrel shotgun of chocolate that fires off both barrels. I keep searching for something else but it is just chocolate. And one would think that the flavor would be way too sweet and over the top. Well...

T: Initially the smell made me thing I was going to be drinking a chocolate bar dipped in Hershey's sauce. Not really. Somehow the sweetness is balanced. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is strong and in your face but it isn't over the top and sickeningly sweet.

M: Medium to heavy body, light carbonation, a little oily, a warming alcohol feel (not surprising, this being an imperial).

D: Well, I would call this one a "one per session" but maybe it is a "one session per" instead. Weighing in at 11% ABV (according to the bottle) this is one that I would want to share amongst friends instead of drinking the whole thing myself (which is what I did tonight). A very enjoyable beer but maybe one that I would save for after dinner.

BobbyBeerman, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of shivtim
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here's one I hope lives up to the name.
It's dark black, with brown edges, and a tan head. Very delicious. Looks like black chocolate. Nose is bitter dark baking chocolate, with layers of milk chocolate. Then some more chocolate. Invocations of Willy Wonka.
Taste is chocolate and malts. Not as wonderful as the smell, but still roasty and good. Alcohol creeps in at the end.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, but slightly syrupy in an odd way. Drinkability depends on how much 11% ABV you can handle.

shivtim, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of LI_PO12
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Stout glass 12/21/2012

Appearance- Jet Black small off white head

Aroma- Well as you might think, its a lot of chocolate. Really doesn't smell sweet though, its like unsweetend cacao. There are some roasty malts and a touch of coffee poking through as well

Taste-A lot of chocolate, I've had a few chocolate stouts before and this is by far the most chocolate. It doesn't seem artificial though, nice touch of roast on the end. sweet up front but bitterness comes in and finished keeping it pretty balanced. slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel- Full, thick, creamy, a little low on the carbonation

Overall- I will admit I'm a little biased towards ST, but I liked this beer. Not something I could drink a lot of, but its the best chocolate stout I've had. Awesome for what it is, and you like chocolate it def worth a try.

LI_PO12, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Kadonny
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Shangys. I split a case with 2 other guys. Poured into an Imperial Stout glass.

A: A dark, dark brown color with a light brown slight head. Not a lot of carbonation.

S: I can smell the chocolate before I even lift it to my nose, it's that overwhelming. Hints of cocoa and sweetness, but the smell is mostly chocolate.

T: Ok, even the smell did not prepare me for this taste. I knew it would be chocolaty, but not this much. Flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate shine through from start to finish with heavy sweetness throughout. Some slight vanilla with a decent amount of cocoa powder too. It's like they melted the chocolate right in the beer. Do not make a mistake, this chocolate stout is not like the others. If you don't like chocolate, then don't drink this. Sweet on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy, but the alcohol of 11% is well hidden. It's oily and creamy both at the same time.

D: Medium. I easily finished my bomber but would suspect after any more than that I would have had enough of the sweetness. Low carbonation makes it easy to sit and sip.

Overall this is the most chocolaty beer I've ever had. If you are in the mood for chocolate, then this beer is for you, however you can only enjoy so much of it at a time.

Kadonny, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of readbaron
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, relatively thin (for the style) dark brown/black with a small dollop of tan head.

Smells like Whoppers (the candy) - sweet chocolate and malts.

Tastes exactly like it smells - very, very sweet, lots of chocolate and malt. I like my stouts sweet - but not this sweet. It's a good dessert drink, and I'm happy I shared the bomber with three other people. No way I could have finished on my own.

Mouthfeel is nice - but a bit thin and not as creamy as I'd prefer.

readbaron, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of garuda
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

garuda, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a smattering of bubbly carbonation on the surface. Spotty, yet persistent lacing.

S: A little roasted malt grains, but prominent amount of dark chocolate.

T: Dark bittersweet chocolate, balanced with a bit of pungent peat.

M: Thick and hearty. Pungent finish lingers on the palate. High alcohol is apparent, although not boozy.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Fair head, and persistent light lacing. Chocolate aspect is very pronounced, some roasty grain notes. Bittersweet dark chocolate rules the day, there is a bit of pungency to cut the sweetness. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Shawn_Money
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

Shawn_Money, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Very dark, essentially black. Opaque with a thin tan head and no visible carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate, cacao, lactose creamy sweetness, and hints of vanilla.

T: Big chocolate flavors (dark and semi-sweet), sweet lactose, hints of coffee flavor from the roasted malt. Roasted bitterness with some chocolatey sweetness into the hang.

M: Thick sticky mouthfeel, heavy body, alcohol noticeable but it doesn't seem "hot". Low carbonation sensation.

O: It delivers what it promises - a big chocolate imperial stout. Plenty of lactose used makes it seems almost like chocolate milk. It is tasty, but maybe the sweetness is little over the top after more than just a glass. A good dessert beer.

macrosmatic, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Hab11
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22 oz. bomber. Color is black at night with a creme brûlée colored head. Smell is a cross between Hershey's original syrup and Smucker's chocolate candy shell. There is also a slight Mexican spicy hot chocolate undertone. Definitely feel the bitter chocolate upfront that surrenders to the sweet and finishes to a cream on the tongue with a almost numbing zestiness on the gums. As far as tast goes this is where my only complaint comes in an it's not really a complaint. After a few sips it builds with sweetness. I would have to drink this as a desert beer and don't think I could have more than one. With its high alcohol content I would definitely need a ride home if out. For its style it's spot on but I wish it were a hair more relaxed with the sweetness and the Abv so that I could enjoy more than one in a sitting.

Hab11, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of daveytheformer
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a solid black with a thin lacy beige head.

Smells sticky and sweet like dark chocolate and caramel.

Tastes very similar to the aroma with a tad bitterness and roasted malt character to to fight off the chocolate syrup characteristic.

Mouthfeel is heavy and thick but not very much alcohol kick for the ABV. Very nicely subdued. Nice carbonation.

Overall very drinkable and probably my favorite of the Blackwater series that I have had so far

daveytheformer, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sprecher nonic. 11% ABV, 27 degrees plato, 195 degrees lovibond, ingredients listed, serve at 48 degrees, serve in a snifter.

Thanks to my cousin Dan for the surprise of bringing this over!

A - Clear on the pour but totally black with a massive tan head. Lower retention could be from the alcohol level but it left thick lace all over the glass.

S - Intoxicating aroma of dry, powdery cocoa and rich milk chocolate. The aroma bursts out in the pour. Almost like a tall glass of Ovaltine. Roasted malts hide behind the chocolate nose. The smell transforms into a bittersweet chocolate.

T - Rich flavor profile full of cocoa nibs and mocha with delicate but powerful bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is very robust and rich. Dry roasted malt bitterness finishes it out.

M - Rich, full-bodied and thick to the point of it being filled with melted chocolate. It starts sweet and soft with a smooth texture and slowly progresses to a balanced bitter, dry finish.

D - Very good but a slow-drinking beer that could pair well with tons of deserts. A bit too rich to be anything more than a sipping beer.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: A completely opaque brown body with a generous mid-brown colored head.

Smell: Rich milk chocolate, cocoa powder, more milky chocolate. Can almost taste the chocolate.

Taste: The chocolate is light at first then gradually becomes bitter-sweet before morphing into a smooth milky finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy goodness though body is a bit thin and not as full as flavor and ABV would necessitate. Holds its ground a bit though.

Overall: A very tasty stout that could use more robustness but is overall very pleasant to drink.

papat444, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of LeRose
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the 22 oz bottle with the expectation that this would be a sweet, dessert type of beer.

Pour - black with a very thin head (I used a SA perfect pint since I don't have a snifter). Probably a touch colder than recommended. The head dissipated fast, leaving a nice ring around the glass. Some nice deep red tints if you catch the light right.

Aroma - the alcohol wasn't hiding here at all, but weakened as it warms up. Dark-sweet chocolate otherwise, not too much else.

Taste - the alcohol still isn't being shy, even warmed up to temp. BIG chocolate up front, very sweet and very bitter but not unpleasantly so. Maybe a little vanilla, definitely a little smokiness in the after taste. Some layering of the flavors here, but dominated by chocolate.

Mouthfeel - seems it has a nice carbonation level and a little bit of a tingle. Not as thick and syrupy as expected (based on the smell, I thought this would be thick like chocolate syrup). Pretty clean overall. Nice warming feeling I assume from the high ABV.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but it would only be a once in a while thing for me. Reserve it for a sweet treat type of occasion.

LeRose, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Sierra Grille. I have had this about 7 times now, my opinion hasn't really changed so it's time to review it.

A- Pitch black with a dark mocha, creamy head that has pretty good retention. Several rings of thick lace as I sip it down.

S- Pretty much as close to Hershey's Chocolate Syrup as a beer could possibly ever get. It smells like so many good desserts and sweets I have had over the years. Roast malt accompanies the beastly chocolate scent.

T- After the aroma, the taste is a bit of a let down (compared to the latter). It has the chocolate but it is more bitter and not nearly as sweet and milky as the aroma suggests. After a few sips, a strange finish develops that has always puzzled me with this one. Maybe it is just overly roasty and it throws me off. It's not bad but hard to describe.

MF- Nice and creamy moderately thick body. The carbonation is fairly high but accompanies the creaminess quite well. Bitter cocoa and some warmth.

DB- The more I sip, the more the strange aftertaste/finish builds. It is very hard to describe, almost like a popsicle stick flavor when finishing a Haagen-daas. As with other ST Imperial Ales, great aroma but the taste doesn't quite follow up (but still rocks).

cbutova, Jan 08, 2011
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,237 ratings.