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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,480
Hads: 4,825
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
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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 SkunkWorks
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at TJ Finleys in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a Delerium Tremens tulip glass. I've reviewed this from a bottle so this is a review of the beer on tap.

Look: hard to tell exactly because of the dimly lit bar, but its dark brown but not quite black. I can't get any highlights by holding it to a light either. There's no head except a thin layer of bubbles hugging the side of the glass. No lacing.

Smell: big chocolate aroma, like brownies in the oven. There's some roasted malt and a hint of vanilla. Smells like the bottle version.

Taste: huge chocolate taste, as if someone melted a chocolate bar into a tulip glass. Hints of roasted malt and coffee. The alcohol is nicely hidden.

Feel: this is where the beer steps down from the bottle version. The bottle is a bit more silky and a bit more full. The tap version is a little thinner. Not bad but I would prefer my 11% ABV stouts to be a bit thicker.

Drink: quite high. This is a very drinkable imperial stout and its one I recommend people try in order to get them into the style.

Overall, a very good beer. This and Mokah are Southern Tier's best beers. I would certainly recommend trying this as soon as you can... except you might enjoy it in the bottle a little bit more. I know I did. Cheers! (1,265 characters)

Photo of Statman
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice desert beer- deep dark color, a small head, but the AROMA! Tootsie Roll hits you as soon as it is opened. Good taste of chocolate with a surprisingly thin body, just a hint of roast ( or maybe dark chocolate ?) at the finish. Best as an after-dinner drink, as I found that unlike many other stouts, it doesn't go with a rich chocolate cake at desert, seems to be not compatible there. (394 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite chocolate stout + favorite dessert beer of any variety. Wow.

A: poured from a large bottle into a red wine glass. Black overall with fringes of dark red. Not much head.

S: chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup on top. Not Hershey's either -- think more like Lindt. Never smelled anything like it from a beer.

T: like it smells. Chocolate everywhere. Finishes with a tad of hops but never loses the sugary glow.

M: like a typical well crafted stout, smooth but not exceptional in any dimension.

D: very easily downed for the style (11% imperial). Frankly, it's hard to stop drinking! Just don't expect a session beer. Like the oversized old-tyme milkshake your mom told you not to chug so fast, it's so tasty you'll do it anyway, even if you regret it later. (781 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark and black with no color coming when held to light. A good finger of tan head fades into a patchy layer. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: HUGE aroma of chocolate, both dark and milk. Like putting a chocolate bar to your face. Also picking up some dark roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of dark fruit and hops.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, big kick of sweet dark chocolate and milk with strong dark roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of hops and dark fruit. Also has a hint of vanilla. Has enough bitterness to help balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting version of an imperial stout. Very sweet and has a lighter body than your typical imperial stout, but balanced enough to make it a great brew. (892 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours black with a beautiful 1/2" tan head that settles to a tan cap.
S - Wonderful chocolate aroma!
T - Solid chocolate flavor, slightly bitter finish.
M - Great mouth feel, nice and chewy, beer sticks to your mouth for a good long time.
O - I love this beer. This not is not just a 1 glass desert beer, I had no trouble finishing the bomber by myself in an hour. Very drinkable. I need to go buy some more. (414 characters)

Photo of dylnthmsn
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dessert beer! Best chocolate stout I've had the pleasure of drinking. Also had from a 22oz bomber, but doesn't compare to the fresh chocolaty essence of a well tempered keg pour.

A- Thick black and 2 finger head that lasts for longer than i can wait. Lacy as can be the whole way through.

S- A fresh bar of Godiva semi-sweet fell into some Guiness wort.

T- As I've always expected a chocolate stout should taste. Sweet chocolate notes and alcohol, balanced by caramelized vanilla, and smoky wood bitterness.

M- Like Yoo-Hoo, but made with love and without all the water and bullshit. Excellent!

D- Surprising an 11% stout is this delicious. I continue to hammer these bombers, and look forward to having the keg on tap again at The Dive Bar, or Armsby Abbey (Whichever comes first) (787 characters)

Photo of Impfan
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The quintessential chocolate stout, but with more than just that standout aspect. There’s also a dash of mushroom, chipotle, vanilla, roast, smoke, and allspice with enough high alpha acid hops to cut through the sweetness. A few have said that the body is just a tad thin for all that flavor, but I disagree. A unique masterpiece that puts Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout in its place. (387 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark brown/black color with a brown fizzy head. The scent is rich with robust malts and cocoa. The taste is rich, bold, and delicious. It starts out with a bold stout taste of robust malts and complex flavors but crescendos into a delicious dark chocolate flavor. Quite well made and it’s a beer and a desert in one. With that in mind, what’s not to like? (377 characters)

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy head, typical of stouts. The smell is immediately dark chocolate. Taste is heavy on the roasted malts, very heavy bordering on burnt. The chocolate is pronounced and very heavy. Mouthfeel is incredibly chewy, the high ABV is so prevalent that it almost changes the texture. Aftertaste is a bit intense due to the extremely high ABV. Drinkability is notched down just a smidge and I can't believe I'm saying this but it's mainly due to the overwhelming presence of alcohol. Still tremendously delicious though. (548 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a slick black into the glass, a small mocha head rises and recedes and leaves a ring of lace. This beer is blacker than black, one of the blackest stouts I've ever seen.

Aroma-*CHOCOLATE* that pretty much sums it up, there is some minor malt character in the background but it takes a back seat to all that raw chocolate aroma; I love it.

Taste-Chocolate again but not 'quite' as much as the aroma but still a ton of chocolate flavor. There is some dark malt on the backened as well as a *VERY* slight bittering hop preventing everything from becoming to cloying. The chocolate flavor really dominates everything around it though.

Mouthfeel-Great, I'd have liked a little bit more of that silky melted chocolate kind of feel which prevents it from getting a perfect 5 but other than that it's thick, plush and great.

Drinkability-Great, just great; I can hardly wait between the sips as I review this beer; I love drinking it, so I can only say the drinkability is perfect. (994 characters)

Photo of littlekidlover
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 22oz bomber into a wine glass. There was minimal biege head and slight lacing. Dark black in appearance with a slightly red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has some alcohol on it, also coffee, dark chocolate. This beer punches you in the mouth with flavor coffee and chocolate, a bit of dried fruit. There is a great hop/ malt balance. The mouthfeel is viscous, like motor oil. This could be an very dangerous beer considering it's alcohol content. I would highly recommend this beer. One of my favorite stouts. (536 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Large tan head that laces the glass. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malts, and coffee. The taste is chocolate upfront to finish; probably the most chocolate in a brew I have ever had to date. The usual flavor of an imperial stout are in there as well. The brew has a mild carbonation with a full body. The chocolate coats your mouth along with hops bitterness. A great brew, but I can't do more than a bomber a night. Still want to have it around for a different session. (498 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, black, light brown head
S: Dark chocolate/coffee
T: Like dark belgian chocolate with a bit of stout mixed in
M: Silky and smooth
O: I won't rate many stouts on here as I don't care for the style, but I tried this one at a friend's house and I loved it. Definitely needs to be enjoyed slowly. Stout characteristics are more prominent at colder temps, but the chocolate increased as it approached room temperature. Didn't bother to cool it at all for my second tasting, chocolate flavor perfectly balanced. Great for a cold day to sip on. Will buy again next year! (617 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours out jet black with a brown, frothy head. Smells like malted milk balls. Tastes of chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, roasted malts. I even pick up some bitterness and herbal hop character in the finish. My only complaint is that it's a bit sweet (of course). Mouthfeel is full, but could be thicker. Overall, this is a textbook chocolate stout. Awesome. (357 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I can imagine this brew is generally a hit-or-miss in terms of producing polarizing personal reaction. I honestly wasn't expecting too much from this one... suffice it to say that I was pleasantly blown away.

Thanks to Bobbby8405 for the hook-up.

A - Average for a stout, perhaps slightly better. Shiny obsidian-black with a very scant head that is quickly reduced to a small ring.

S - The smell is like a very delicious hot chocolate with melted mini marshmallows. Or perhaps like chocolate-covered cherries. Actually, I think it is like the center of a Tootsie Pop.

T - The taste is pure candied deliciousness. This qualifies as one of the most delicious deserts I've ever had. It is like a brewed essence of chocolate M&Ms, Tootsie Rolls, and/or Hershey's Kisses, except worldly and sophisticated. That it doesn't delve into flavors other than superb chocolate is commendable; it is simply chocolate, simply outstanding. The 11% alcohol is literally imperceptible, the flavor is richly sweet but never cloying, and the finish lingers deliciously; this brew is fantastic.

M - The feel is a tad flat and somewhat less than heavy viscosity, especially toward the finish, but it does not detract. It also doesn't enhance, either...

D - If you don't like chocolate, or you can't wrap your mind around the concept of a beer as a dessert, than this isn't for you. If you like sublimely decadent flavor, this is your ticket. This is my ticket, no doubt. (1,454 characters)

Photo of sleazykeyz
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

If you LOVE chocolate this is for you. Theres no other way to describe this beer. Its chocolate and it makes no apologies. It walks a thin line with being overwhelmingly chocolate, but it walks it so well. It's incredible! Only a few can be had before a nap is needed so be forwarned! (284 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- deep impenetrable black with a slight creamy mocha head. Minimal retention but some lacing all the same.

S- rich dark chocolate dominates. This is in no way bad.

T- more complex than the aroma. In addition to the dark chocolate there is some burnt malt flavor and a nice alcohol sweetness

M- silky smooth with a little crispness on the finish

O- a delicious big flavor chocolate stout (391 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 2-22-09

Done horizontally with Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Southern Tier Choklat, Redhook Double Black, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Avery Mephistopheles, and New Holland Night Tripper.

Eye: Pretty much no head, what formed of it died instantly, however I think that it is this particular glass. Was drinking this one last night and it had a nice head with nice lacing. It pours black and thick, no highlights.

Nose: Intense chocolate aroma. This one smells like melted dark chocolate. Just sweet dark chocolate. Nothing that resembles beer in this one, yet the aroma is very inviting. Prolly the best chocolate smelling beers I've ever put the nose to. Just big chocolate, not much complexity, but very strong and just... well, overall great.

Tongue: Heaviest and the most robust and focused of all these beers. I'm not going to fault this beer for having one flavor only. This is an intense chocolate that hits you. Alcohol is hidden, you'd have no idea that this were 11%abv less the bottle told you. Its like you're drinking melted chocolate, yet were you to do that you'd prolly gag because its so thick. This is an awesome beer. If you're a fan of chocolate you can't pass this up. Faint fruitiness as well, mirroring the darker side-such as black cherries. This beer is the epitome of chocolate.

Feel and Drinkability: This is by far the heaviest and thickest beer in this lineup. Very heavy and thick, smooth like velvet, but with the weight of lead. Carbonation is almost nonexistant, just enough to tell you this is a beer. This is by far the best feeling and the easiest to drink of all these beers, alcohol is well hidden and it feels perfect. With the alcohol hidden this well its almost as if you're not partaking any alcohol into your body.

edit: of the six beers here the most difficult to drink were the World Wide Stout, Avery Mephistopheles, and New Holland Night Tripper. After coming back to the beers once done with the tasting, these three had alcohol in the foreground, the most prevalant....making them sippers. (2,062 characters)

Photo of fitzy21
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - deep black like a well shined shoe. head and lace very minimal and dissipate quickly

S - rich boutique of dark chocolate. reminds me of walking into a chocolate factory and all the glory that comes from enjoying myself there

T - rich, dark chocolate overload until the aftertaste, where some of the bitterness comes about. but it fits nicely with the rich chocolate taste

M - full, somewhat syrupy, but leaves a nice thick coating as the beer migrates through the mouth

D - Would love to keep drinking more if I didn't feel so full after a glass.

Hides the alcohol content very well (592 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So I was expecting a big chocolate flavored beer and that's exactly what I got. In the smell at first is a sour chocolate smell, probably because it was a bit too cold. As it warms up the smell is like cocoa powder. The taste is ALL milk chocolate. Ok there's a lot of alcohol that comes out as it warms as well but this is like drinking chocolate milk. There is still a slightly roasty barley finish. Very very good but almost a bit hard to drink, even if it does taste so good. Great in small quantities. (506 characters)

Photo of LeonTrotsky
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mikesgroove and dmeadows for this one, I received a bottle from each of them in my Beer Powerball winnings.

Poured from a bottle into my Darkness tulip (just like most beer I drink).

A: Black with a small creamy head that left minimal lacing.
S: Chocolate! It certainly does smell a lot like chocolate, the bitter dark kind that I like. There was a hint of yummy malt in the background as well.
T: CHOCOLATE! Just like it smells. "Oh man this is good" is what I was thinking every time I took a sip. There is no hint of the 11% it claims on the bottle.
M: Thick but not cloying, it feels pretty good. Also it tastes like chocolate.
D: I was sad to have the bottle end, I could really drink this all night, which with the invisible 11% would not be such a good idea.

This was a very good beer. It makes me sad to think that after I drink the other bottle I have I won't be able to drink anymore. Southern Tier should really start distributing to Minnesota for me. (979 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque black color that has some slight rootbeer color highlights when held in light. The head is pretty dense, creamy, and retains for a short while, leaving rings of lacing along the over-sized wine glass

S: Wow! Smells very similar to hot chocolate! Definitely sweet and bittersweet chocolate aromas, a LOT of lactose for that creamy note, and an overall toasty aroma. The hop presence is not that noticeable, nut a nice dose of alcohol on the nose is.

T: Very similar to the nose. Extremely unique for the style (not really for ST). Sweet chocolate, lactose, a slight bitterness from the hops, and a healthy dose of alcohol as it warms. Very delicious, and works very well as an after-dinner beer or even an aperitif for a small but rich meal.

MF/D: Very viscous, very creamy, and an amazing lactose/sweet chocolate finish.

A side note...this is a very good "conversion" beer for newcomers to the world of craft beer (a friend of mine who only drinks BMC says he will buy an $8 bomber tomorrow), especially those who tend to stray away from dark beers or stouts (1,081 characters)

Photo of Packforever1976
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at cellar temp in my oversized snifter.

A: Pours jet black. Good sized creamy tan head that slowly recedes. Decent retention for an imperial.

S: Wow. Smells of decadent milk chocolate. A nice blast of vanilla mixes in there as well. Smells unbelievably awesome.

T: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Or should I say Choklat? A blend of good milk/dark chocolate. A touch of vanilla. Not too sweet, just right. Fricking decadent.

M: Ummm...awesome. Nice and creamy. ST really nailed it with the thickness. Carbonation is just right. Too much carbonation would totally change this. It's spot on.

D: I can't detect the alcohol hardly at all. Just a slight alcohol burn in the back. This one could be dangerous. Great beer. (729 characters)

Photo of Avryle
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lionheart in Albany, NY- $4 happy hour special. Hot dang!! My question is, why do men feel the need to warn me, "Be careful, its 12%." I'm getting Choklat not a freakin' can of Schlitz! Ya think I don't know what I'm doing??

A- Rich, brown-black. No light's getting through this. Poured with a 1/2" dark creamy head off the tap. I haven't gotten much of a head out of the bottle. The head stayed throughout the entire pint leaving stratigraphical rings down the glass.

S- Like fermented Tootsie Rolls. Its sexy. This had to have been created by a woman who realized the need for 'period beer.'

T- Tastes lite it smells. To all the haters who have reviewed this as tasing "Too chocolaty," its called Choklat and that's what you get. Cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, chocolate covered malt balls, chocolate covered hazelnuts... you name it.

M- Seems to have poured a bit thinner on tap than out of the bottle. That's not really saying much though. Its very full bodied & smooth with low carbonation

D- Dangerously drinkable for something so rich and heavy. I'm very pleased to have several bottles of this in the cellar. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Steamer
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a 16 oz chalice. Jet black with an brown, very thin head that is gone quickly leaving a sparse ring around the edge of the glass. The strong aroma of dark, dark chocolate hits your nose immediately, like liquid chocolate mousse; sweet coffee overtones; outstanding. Roasted walnuts, caramel, plum, slight bitterness fades to sweet malty after taste, warm alcohol. Heavy and sticky, low carbonation. This one has it all; a complex blend of flavors and aromas. I expected the chocolate to dominate the taste like the aroma, but I was pleasantly surprised when the other flavors came to the forefront. An amazing beer. (641 characters)

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,480 ratings.