Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,476
Hads: 4,791
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 raven3131
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times; both bottled and on Tap @ TJ's in Paoli. Recalling my first experience via bottle, the smell of chocolate filled the air the second I popped the top. It pours with a nice firm head that holds throughout. This beer tastes more like pure chocolate than any other I have tried and is clearly brewed with actual chocolate. Halfway through my first pint I assumed one would suffice and I blurted out the all too familiar "I don't think I'll want more than one of these" comment that all too often comes standard with similar big, bold flavored beers. After two 16 oz bottles of a sneaky 11% beast I realized this brew was much more drinkable than I thought. Great with or without food - I can't get enough of this beer (746 characters)

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

A- About a 1" light mocha head on a big black body.
S- Wow, just like smelling a Hersey's bar. Tad more coco powder in it but just straight up chocolate.
T- Really strong chocolate with just a tiny hint of alcohol on the tongue. Can really taste the coco powder in it. Almost like a cooled down hot chocolate with a little carbonation.
M- Medium to full body with low carbonation.
D- If you like chocolate this is the beer for you. The only compliant with it is I wish it had a more creamy silk body. (501 characters)

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

There may be nothing wrong with this beer unless you don't like chocolate. And having said that - this beer isn't just for stout lovers, its a very good stout, but its feels more chocolate than it does stout.

I didn't get that crema head that I am accustomed to (er maybe spoiled by) on some Imperial stouts (I of course could have poured it wrong). 2nd pour, I overdid it and got foam but it was crema-like. Color is a nice brown, hints of red it in, slightly opaque.

This beer's aroma is solid chocolate - all chocolate - its great - the nose get the chocolate, then the mouth - the taste is superb.

No sign of the 11% ABV - none - it drinks like a regular stout or porter and a 22 oz bomber is going down nicely.

I want to make a mole sauce out of this beer, I want to put this beer on ice cream, I want to freeze this beer on sticks and suck on it.

It's the best pairing of chocolate and brewing I have ever had - it's better than Rogue's, better than Brooklyn (and brooklyn is really good), this is better because its blended so well.

The hops come out when it warms a bit and so does the alcohol, ice cold its strongly chocolate, as it gets to room temp,, the chocolate settles and the alcohol comes forward but not overwhelmingly. Nice roasted malt taste, its very balanced.

Trade for this one, its worth it and its delicious. (1,340 characters)

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

On tap at The Ugly Mug, Downtown Minneapolis. Served in a snifter

A - Used motor oil black, light khaki head that thins and leaves no lacing.

S - Chocolate, sugar, cocoa, light coffee, light peanut butter

T - Snickers, milk choclate, light coffee, toffee creaminess, tootsie rolls, hint of reeses peanut butter cups as it warms. Very little booze taste but a light warming sensation as it goes down. Amazingly tasty stuff!

M - Super smooth and velvety, light carbonation, nice lingering mouthfeel

D - Crazy drinkable for 11%; I had to have more than one it was so good.

Overall, another fine example of how Southern Tier does it right. (642 characters)

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

Excellent presentation, nice label on a bomber. Poured into a goblet at around 50 degrees. Muddy brownish black with a dark head that stays with the beer.
The smell is pure chocolate. Delicious, more of a belgian chocolate than any other type.
The taste is so true to chocolate, it is a semi-dark delight. Milky, smooth, creamy delicious. Saying that this beer is one dimensional because it is pure chocolate is plain wrong. The chocolate is manifested so thoroughly its hard to believe this is beer. The carbonation even blends perfectly with the flavors and the mouthfeel. Taking a sip of this makes me feel as though I am an ancien Aztec ruler sipping a regal divine beverage. This is chocolate beer. Perfect. (712 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottled poured into a snifter - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" light brown head. It shows decent retention, without any lace left behind.

Smell: Humongous amounts of dark and milk chocolate, cocoa and chocolate cake. It smells chewy, bready and sweet. Chocolate malt, subtle anise, but not roasty at all. Very pleasant.

Taste: Heavily chocolated with more milk chocolate and dark chocolate. It really tastes like a decadent milk/dark chocolate truffle. It has a Hershey's syrup flavor as well. Chocolate malt and some espresso are subtle. The hops are hard to notice, but do add a bitter component. Impressive to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full body that might as well be chocolate syrup. Very sweet initially, with a little bitterness that follows. Chewy, cakey and boozy at the end.

Drinkability: What a beer. I am thoroughly enjoying this chocolaty monstrosity. This is one of a kind and should be treated as such when preparing to be consumed. A perfect digestif dessert beer. For that it gets a drinkability 5. (1,064 characters)

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

Chocolate beer? Hell yes! For anyone, and I mean anyone, who enjoys chocolate, this will be the beer for them. From first smell, to final sip, this beer screams chocolate.
Serious-the smell is of a fine Belgian chocolate, the taste is like a chocolate milk shake made from that fine Belgian chocolate, mixed with some love and a fat doughboy called Yeasty-the alcohol smacks ya right in the kisser with a handful of baby don't tickle this doughboy in the belly, this is a serious beer for those who will accept and submit to a chocolate flavored treat. Wow! (571 characters)

Photo of Airyk12
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown, almost black. Thick, almost creamy, with a thin, cocoa-brown head that dissipates almost immediately.

This smells more like a bar of Belgian chocolate than beer. The chocolate smell overwhelms initially, but is eventually balanced out by roasted malts and a slight note of hops.

The taste is far less chocolate-heavy than the nose, with the dark chocolate balanced by roasted malts and light hops. The sweetness is strong, but the bitterness helps to bring balance in the end. The alcohol is completely masked, with none of the warmth or bite you'd expect at 11%.

The beer isn't as smooth and creamy as I'd like in a chocolate stout, but it still feels great, and goes down easy.

Overall an amazing beer that is a credit not only to its style, but to the brewer that crafted this beauty. I was looking for the ultimate in chocolate stouts, and this just might be it... (894 characters)

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

Very dark, completely opaque pour. The only knock is that there's not a head to bee seen.

Smells so strongly like chocolate that it's five feet from my face right now but it's like I'm holding a glass container of thick, creamy chocolate milk inches from my nose. A closer sniff reveals strong, rough nodes of roasted malt--really more like a porter than an impy but still very nice. It's room temp and a little overwhelming, to tell the truth. Strong esters of oak (not of oak aging but of wood itself, no smokiness) along with medium RIS fruits and a firm hop profile and a little dose of cola that is oddly, perfectly at home against the rest of the beer.

Tastes just about like it smells. Firm, verysmooth chocolate starts things off and that heads quickly into a wooden middle that gives way to a sourbitter finish of hops and off color malt.

I just--I mean I'm all for unique beers but this one kind of needs to come off the fence if it wants to be perfect. It's great--it's damn great--but it's just a weee bit uneven. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Blanchette
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is *incredible*. By far the best chocolate stout I've ever had; it somehow blows Rogue's out of the water.

Appearance: Dark as night. Thick head and a really strong lacing. Really a good head for this much alcohol.

Smell: Smells like chocolate milk. That's all I get, and it makes my mouth water.

Taste: Up front is chocolate milk -- certainly the creamiest and fullest tasting chocolate stout I've ever had. In the middle of the sip you taste the booze for a second, but then the hops shine through and let you know that, in fact, this is beer. Aftertaste is heavenly: chocolate here dissipates and you get a very robust imperial stout w/ heavy malts. A deceptively complex beer.

Mouthfeel: What it should be. Thick, thick, thick. Heavy.

Drinkability: It gets heavy fast. Not something I could drink all night. But that's, of course, not the point of the beer.

This one was tremendous. If you're rating based on styles, it is flawless since there are no chocolate stouts in its class. So I rated compared to other RIS that I've had... and it's near the top of the pack.

At $6.49 a bomber, Southern Tier is both producing world-class beer while doing it at a price that allows everyone to savor excellence on a regular basis. There are simply no beers at this price range that compare. (1,303 characters)

Photo of circus_cat
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep oil-black body with a khaki head. The head is initially rocky but as it dissipates it becomes more creamy with moderate lacing.

S: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate morsels, dark fruits such as plums in the background

T: Greeted by lactose smoothness and sweetness followed by whole coffee beans and bitter chocolates through the middle. A nutty pecan ending. Glorious.

M: Rich, creamy, everything I would want in a stout. Bravo. (444 characters)

Photo of sonicdescent
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ds six pack in Monroeville pa.

Now this is how to do an imperial stout. Pours black with a generous brown head. Clings to the side of the glass through the entire drink.

Smells of chocolate milk. Not complex but damn appetizing.

Tastes like a carbonated chocolate milk. The chocolate flavor is very rich and there is not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel is just perfect. Lightly carbonated and full.

As for drinkability, this is worth the price. It is just too rich flavored to drink more than one at a time, not to mention the alcohol content.

With all that said, this is the best imperial stout I have had. (630 characters)

Photo of biophiliadude
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying wow- what a beer! I've had all the Founder's Breakfast's (Yes I mean Canadian, Kentucky, and Breakfast) and this beer gives them a run for their money.

Tulip, multiple times

A: Standard stout black, nice coffee colored head.

S: Amazing! Hersey's chocolate syrup. I also got some of that Cadbury, more caramel forward chocolate at the end.

T: Boom! Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, and a little bite of booze. Seriously, this tastes exactly like Hersey's chocolate, but it's not cloyingly sweet, more of a dark chocolate finish leaving a slight bitterness.

M: Full bodied for sure!

D: You can't drink a bunch of them since they are 11% but I had two or three in a session over the past week.

If you see this on tap seek it out. I love imperial stouts but don't like the coffee aspect of most of them. This stays true to it's name. (863 characters)

Photo of Corndork2
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz Bomber poured into Duvel tulip

A - Black, with a nice malt brown head about 1" thick. Amazing appearance. It had the deep, motor oil black appearance, but still had a great head, that didn't fizz (like some other heavy ABV stouts...WWS)

S - Dark malts, and chocolate. This literally smells like you just cracked open a chocolate bar out of a Christmas stocking.

T - Dark chocolate shines through. The dark malts just refine this chocolate taste. Everything in this beer centers around the chocolate. This is exactly how a chocolate stout should taste.

M - Light but refined. Does not coat the mouth, or leave a film, and does not feel creamy, yet has depth.

D - Amazingly drinkable. To me this is just chocolate in liquid form, for adults. Its 11% ABV, but it sure doesn't feel like it. I had no issues finishing my 22oz, and still wanted more after. This is the best after dinner dessert kind of beer that I have ever had.

Overall an amazing chocolate brew. I plan on going back to the store and buying out the remaining bottles on the shelves to stock the cellar. (1,077 characters)

Photo of AaronRed
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of expectations come with this beer. It does not dissapoint. The only down side, and I don't really see it as one, is the lack of head retention- probably due to the nature of this brew. Being a chocolate lover, this beer is one of a kind. Never have I smelled or tasted a beer that has so much chocolate. I now do not mind spending so much on this beer, because it had to be a fortune to produce. A very rich pleasing stout, so amazingly smooth given how much alcohol there is. One of the best desert beers I have ever had. (529 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It looks black. It presented an inch of brown head.

S - It smells like chocolate syrup.

T - It tastes like chocolate syrup. I get some roasted malt on the finish. No hints of alcohol at all.

M - Full

O - This beer tastes exactly as the name implicates, chocolate. I thought Young's Double Chocolate Stout had a lot of chocolate flavor. This is a dessert beer. (401 characters)

Photo of velosuds
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another from the Blackwater Series. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Purchased at Whole Foods in Bend, Oregon, the first place I have seen this, for $8.99.

A-Pours a midnight black. Very dark. A one finger, creamy tan head quickly recedes into a scant lace.

S-Chocolate. This is about chocolate malt (barley) and Belgian bittersweet chocolate. This is the best use of actual chocolate in beer I have enjoyed. Thinking of adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make an amazing float.

T-Chocolate again dominates the taste. Damn, this is the chocolatiest tasting beer I have had. Don't mistake me. This is beer. Chocolate doesn't ferment. So there is indeed a great malted barley (2-row, caramel 60, and barley flakes) background to this chocolate and sweet surprise of a beer. Ample bitterness from the Chinook and Willamette hops (great choices for imperial stouts). Awesome, if you, like me, are a chocolate lover.

M-Deliciously smooth with medium to full body. Warming due to the alcohol, although masked extremely well.

O-This is a fine beer. Best enjoyed by sipping, although it can be drunk in gulps. Probably better to drink this on the colder side since very sweet. I've wanted to try this for quite some time. It was well worth the wait, and too soon gone. Southern Tier brews many excellent imperial stouts. (1,341 characters)

Photo of raoulduke37
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beauty of a bottle from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, those boys are alright. It's been sitting in my cellar for just the right moment. It's moment has come.

Pours a beautiful viscous black with a khaki head. No lacing around the glass, and 1/4 inch head seems to be dissipating.

Smell - Chocolate hits you right in the face - molasses, definitely vanilla and some faint espresso bean in the background, but not overpowering like coffee RIS's

This taste is one of the reasons I drink beer. Unbelievable blend of chocolate and roasted malt, maybe even hints of rum and coconut in the background too. WOW.

As you can imagine, creamy, thick, coats the inside of your throat. Even though this has a high ABV, it hides it extremely well, and if available on tap at a nearby bar (not bloody likely), I'd get into a lot of trouble.

Southern Tier - My hat goes off to you boys. Simply magnificent. (905 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep black under a small, creamy tan head. Slight retention and lace.

S: Wow. Somehow pulls off milk chocolate, sweet chocolate and bitter dark chocolate all at the same time. The chocolate character is perfect, eventually switching between a dark chocolate bar to fluffy chocolate cake. If you blind folded me and put this under my nose, I would never guess it was a beer. Excellent smell.

T: Really nice taste. Complex, dominated by chocolate. A sweet character up front with a huge bitter chocolate in the back end. Slightly warm in the finish. Gets better with every sip.

M/D: Full creamy body, bit of prickly carbonation. Good drinkability. A sipper, but something that could be sipped all night. Absolutely delicious beer. Excellent. Every time I take another sip or smell, I just get hit with chocolate cake. (844 characters)

Photo of soulfly967
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter a couple weeks ago at Fatheads.

The appearance was very much black with a very thin tan head that quickly faded to a mere ring, but still managed to leave some lacing.

The smell; it was exquisite! Being a dark chocolate fiend, I quickly fell in love with this beer! Dark chocolate all the way with hints of roasted malts and alcohol.

She tasted even better than I could have possibly imagined. Sweet chocolate dominated, with some vanilla and a slight flavor of dark roasted barley and coffee at the finish.

Exceptional mouthfeel. It was quite thick and had perfect carbonation.

The drinkability of this is not quite perfect, but is an exceptional sipper. The only thing that would have made this experience any better would have been a sampling of dark chocolates. Yet another excellent offering from Southern Tier! (845 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a coal black with a brown head and, man this one has legs. Swirling leave heavy lacing and the look of a big beer.
Smell and taste are "off the wall" . HUGE chocolate notes in both nose and taste. Liquid chocolate for sure.
Has to be the number one most chocolate beers I have ever had.
Truly a must try!!! (313 characters)

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a chance to grab some of this from Friar Tuck on a visit to STL. Pours the standard very dark brown and has little head and looks like your average RIS. The smell is incredible! Straight chocolate! The taste is pure chocolate without being too bitter - very creamy mouthfeel. One of the best brews I have had the privelege of drinking in 2008. (349 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, my old friends at Southern Tier. You do nothing halfway. The Pumking was a nobleman of unmatched power, your Creme Brulee was the creme de la creme of dessert beers, and your Unearthly is truly that.

As I gaze at this, your creation, another of these massive things as you do nothing halfway, I know I am in for it, in for the real treat. It's a pure, shimmering, night-dark brown and a roasty tan floating for a few moments, but appearance is really of such little consequence. Appearance is a byproduct, a necessity, a qualification, a check-mark. What I'm interested in is the soul.
So it comes out, the tootsie roll, the fine layers of milk chocolate as on the commercials, the wave after wave after wave after wave and it seems to solidify as you watch, this must be what the factories smell like. I want to ride on the river, to scoop my hands in and have a sample, to be taken in and immersed.
And then the flavour, of course, much the same... A chocolate milkshake on a warm day, a hot cocoa on a freezing night, and gentlemen this creation is exceptional, more than that. Just the slightest husky, grainy, breadiness in the end that reminds you that this is still a beer and not a funneling from Wonka's secret vats, though it couldn't be much different...
Thick and creamy, exactly as it should be, an ale of unmatched proportions. This is what you were really dreaming of in childhood, you just didn't know it yet. Devil's food cake, this. Tempting, unhurried, sensuous, silky, lovely, it wraps your mind and heart up in the imaginations of what it would be like if there truly was a chocolate river, if there truly was a possibility of a golden ticket, if we weren't so jaded and stodgy and still believed in creative possibility, in eccentric madmen that craft elemental, carnal, yet filial, jovial and, most of all, glorious concoctions as they dream in their bright and colourful hallways of all ways of creating the most innocent, the most delectable, the most childlike and sensible beer possible.

It's simply grand. (2,040 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bomber

A: snifter, pours a pitch black obsidian color. nice, rich tan head. moderate head retention. decent lacing.

S: smells like a fresh baked batch of dark rich brownies or a hershey bar.

T: it literally taste like a damn chocolate bar. dark rich chocolate bar. Unreal.

M: thick, smooth and creamy. nice bite from the high alcohol. perfect carbonation.

D: The 11% is high, but you can drink the hell out of this one if you like chocolate. (459 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got to try this on tap at the local bar. Simply astounding. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Large, dark head that leaves adequate lacing. Pours pitch-black as well.

S: Wow! This smells great! Loads of toffee, caramel and...wait for it...a ton of milk chocolate. This beer reeks of chocolate, and I don't mean the bitter, coffeeish kind either. Pure sweet milk chocolate.

T: Follows the nose, making the beer excellent. Milk chocolate is quite robust; almost like eating a chocolate mousse cake. Will definitely have this beer in the future, judging by just the taste alone.

M: Beautifully thick creamy.

O: An impressive beer from ST. Will definitely have again. (675 characters)

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.