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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,498 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,498
Hads: 4,900
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 471
Gots: 943 | FT: 46
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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 CoalCellar
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to tprokop7 for this bottle...

A: A dark/black stout. Nothing exceptional, doesn't have legs on the glass the way some other stouts do. Small amounts of carbonation, a thin amount of light brown foam clings to the glass just to get the point across...

S: Easily the best aroma of any stout ever made (in my humble opinion). Smells predominantly of liquid tootsie-roll (if you can imagine). Liquid chocolate candy...

T: Doesn't taste quite as chocolate as the smell would suggest.... but close. Thick, rich, burnt, cofffie, malty, chocolatey goodness. This is what you get. The strongest chocolate flavor I've had yet in a stout...I like over the top beers, and this baby is over the top!

M: Decent body, thick, syrupy, but not extreme.

D: Drinkability is decent. Drink enough and you'll be burping chocolate. Thick and rich, 1-2 glasses will do you in for the night....but you'll have pleasant dreams...

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this via Beer Powerball. Thank you Shaebs99!!

I had really been looking forward to this. It sounds so delicious. Maybe I had too high of expectations, I don't know. :(

Looks and smells awesome. Dark chocolate color with a small tan head that doesn't stick around for too long. This smelled of chocolate before I even managed to get my nose near the glass. After sticking my face in the glass, all I could get was chocolate...sweet sticky chocolate. Smells like Hershey's. I was really expecting a taste sensation!

So, took a sip....chocolate and liquor. Honestly, I would best describe it as chocolate milk with some vodka tossed in. I really really wanted to like this beer, but it was tough to get through the bottle and I was sharing it. It's something to try at least once, I guess.

If only it tasted like it smelled, this would have been great.

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Photo of rayjay
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz received from nlmartin in the black booty BIF 08. Served @ 65˚F in my Stone RIS goblet.

The nose is the first thing that stands out, consisting of a huge glob of Hershey's syrup and a faint hint of hops in the way back. Impressive head considering that all that chocolate adds quite a bit of fat; retention is sub-par, as is lacing.

A bit medicinal at this temp, perhaps it's best a bit cooler. Velvety texture carrying a huge wave of sweet milk chocolate. The gravity must be 7 or 8 plato because it's one really sweet stout. They went big on the high-alpha hops like Rogue did and I think it works great with the chocolate. The alcohol is noticable to the trained palate but also well hidden considering the strength.

Carbonation is very low and works great with the sweet stickiness and the silky mouthfeel.

Chocolate stouts are one of my favorites and this one can go head to head with the best in its class like Rogue. Excellent!

edit: 6-14-09 just tried a bottle served in a Pilsner glass. This glass fit the beer really well. Many years ago Bernie from Monk's served me a Rogue Chocoalte Stout in a pils glass and it's stuck with me as a perfect combo. Cheers!

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bomber and split into two pint glasses to share. Pours a deep brown. Not as dark or creamy looking as I thought it would be. Not much of a head on this. Smells very sweet. LOTS of chocolate in the nose. Tastes like chocolate syrup and nothing else. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Not as thick as the Oatmeal stout but still tasty. I put this down pretty fast, so the drinkability is good, but may be too much for some. This is my second Southern Tier, and I really wish I could get this stuff regularly in Georgia.

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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 Avryle
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a three-quarter-inch head of beige.
Traces of lacework are found on the glass only for a short while.
Aromatics are massively chocolaty.
Extremely fresh, high cocoa content chocolate.
Solid chocolate drizzeled with chocolate syrup and dusted with cocoa powder.
The nose finishes with a hint of espresso and dried brownie mix.
The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and tongue-wrapping.
The pallet is laced with a huge amount of dark chocolate, cocoa nubs, fudge-coated coffee beans, and black forest batter.
Alcohol is barely warming and barely cuts through the profile.
Finishes with ligering dark chocolate syrup, a drying bitterness, and espresso gounds.

Wowza. Did I mention chocolate? Absolutely by far the most intense chocolate experience to be found in a beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The wifey and I shared a couple of bombers of this courtesy of joeybeerbelly and pvllbum.. Thanks guys!!

Very thick black brew that wafts chocolate out of it like nobodys business.. Really good looking brew that smells loaded with chocolate..

Simply marvelous blend of rich dark chocolate and roasted malts with a huge thickness and creaminess to it... This is magnificent.

Drinkability suffers a bit due to the thickness and sweetness but otherwise this is just terrific..

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Photo of sfoley333
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle(thanks orbitalr0x) into a duvel snifter. Poured a jet black color with mocha colored head that was gone after a minute. Smell is heavy chocolate aroma one of the more chocolately nose that I have come acrossed. Taste is more chocolate but not as heavy as the nose followed by a light vanilla flavor, coffee, and roasted malt flavors. The mouthfeel is thick fullbody with a sticky feel, the low carbonation makes this beer a perfect sipper for after dinner or replacement for dessert. A Great beer from Southern Tier, only wished it was distributed in SoCal.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a darker black with a small brown head.

Holy cocao nibs Batman! The aroma was bursting with sweet Belgian chocolate. Roasted malts, caramel, and some faint vanilla were also there. The high alcohol helped carry the aroma.

The flavor of the beer was in-your-face chocolate! Damn. The guys at ST really know how to do extreme beers well. This beer was full of intense chocolate flavors mixed with deep roast, vanilla, and sweet caramel malt. The hops provided a sturdy bitterness that complimented the chocolate. In the finish there was a little bit of that boiled chocolate/boiled coffee staleness.

The mouthfeel was thick and heavy. It really coated my mouth with a big layer of flavor. The carbonation was medium and appropriate for an imperial stout. Drinkability was good, but a bit much for more than a single glass in one sitting.

Another great beer in the ST catalog of extreme beers along with Pumking, Jah-Va, and Oat.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an espresso-foam colored head that quickly fades into a foam ring at the edge, and there is some spotty lacing. Body is black.

Smell - cocoa fills the nose from arm's length ! Getting closer, some dark fruit such as raisins, plums, and prunes are evident, but chocolate overwhelmingly dominates. There is also some medicinal alcohol.

Taste - like the nose. Rich, dark cocoa floods the tongue. There is some dark malt bread, as well as some dark fruit, but again, there is mostly rich, hearty, dark chocolate. Medicinal alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and semi-dry at times.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, and one definitely to consider with food and dessert. I would not consider it a session beer because of how chocolatey it is , and also the very high abv would limit that anyway.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Barriques

Cheers to Southern Tier - wonderful brewery

appearance: poured into a snifter, dark mahogany body with a cream chocolate brown head and a nice lace...good body

smell: potent chocolate blast on the nostrils, chocolate covered cherry, chocolate covered chocolate, roasted malts, creamy

taste: creamy chocolatey madness...certainly the most chocolate of any so-called chocolate stouts...reminds me of flavors of recently deceased cocoliquot here in madison...chocolate covered cherry, dry roastiness, bittersweet hoppy finish

mouthfeel: bittersweet, creamy chocolate blast

drinkability: sipper

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Photo of pvllbum
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up tonight after tasting the Rouge Chocolate thinking I need to see what the hype behind this one was and I am very impressed. Pours a black with some red hints in it from the light. About a half finger dark tan head which went down to some lacing. It smells like chocolate strawberry with the chocolate more over powering. There's also a hint of alcohol in the smell. The taste is great. A bitter taste at first but a very nice chocolate after taste and the beer feels almost creamy in the mouth. Goes down smooth too. Like others said definately a desert beer because it would not go with pizza or burgers at all.

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Photo of ampzilla
2.61/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

As dark as can be with half inch tan head. Minimal lacing.
Smell, well, exactly like chocolate Necco waffers. Not bad, per say, just not "quality" chocolate.
The taste was more of the same. All bland sweet chocolate with just a bit of alcohol and bitterness in the finish. Bad aftertaste that was a real flem machine.
Really the only good thing I can say is this one is it has got a rich and full mouthfeel. Almost creamy in texture.
I can understand some people digging this for beer floats or whatever, but otherwise it is way over-hyped IMO.
No interest in finishing the bottle, but the wife was happy to.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with 3 other people for dessert of which i got the lion's share!

A: Pitch black with a dark tan head. Very appealing. It's been a while since i've seen a beer i didn't like

S: Dark chocolate all the way. When it warms up to about 55-60F, the hops become more apparent. The two meld together beautifully. Let's get this straight: it's a little one-dimensional but when done right, it can be great and this is a case in point

T: Dark bittersweet chocolate starts things off followed by a thick malt flavor. The hops assert their presence, but as I said, ST have nailed the blend of bitter hops and bitter chocolate. Excellent stuff

M: Smooth, thick and delicious.

D:Excellent for dessert, I doubt I'd drink two bombers a night, though

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Photo of soupyman10
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one cause basically everything Southern Tier makes is gold, and I figured I couldn't lose. Turned out I was right. Pours a dead black color, with a nice light brown single finger of head that dissolves quickly. Fairly weak lacing. Overall, good looking, although the head could use a little work. Nose is sweet roasted malt, lots of chocolate. Incredibly strong nose. Caramel in there as well. Flavor is similar, and mind-blowing. Absolute chocolate explosion, with tons of drying hops at the back. Chocolate is tootsie-roll up front, then shifting into bittersweet chocolate that mixes nicely with the hops in the after-taste. After that, the flavor is fairly consistent throughout, which might be its one failing - lack of complexity (however the beer tastes so damn good I'm not going to fault it much). A lot like an extreme version of Rogue's Chocolate Stout. Maybe a touch of citrus in the hops as well, and a very slight hint of alcohol bit at the end (but at 11%, this is pretty mild and doesn't hurt the beer). Body is crazy thick and creamy with perfect carbonation. Excellent on the tongue. Overall, an excellent beer, another winner from ST.

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Photo of therica
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My wife was convinced by the sales-guys at Wooden Keg to buy this for me. I'm so happy!

A= nice deep chocolate dark with a foamy off-beige head.

S= USE THIS STUFF LIKE AN AIR-FRESHENER! It's like walking into a store filled with cherry-covered chocolates. Expensive ones. Nothing like Hershey's as the previous reviewer mentions-- "maybe" Ghirardelli or a top-notch chocolateer. I was enjoying the nose so much that I really didn't want to drink it (a rarity!).

T= much like the cherry-chocolate I mention in the scent! Immaculate. A great dessert-beer. It would have ruined a pizza or any main-course. Superb dessert-beer, or by itself.

M= smooth, creamy, a slight hops bite but similar to the same bite of a GOOD chocolate.

D= hampered only by the 11%ABV but what the heck.

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Photo of blitz134
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Saw it and had to have it as I unfortunetly passed up a bottled at the local store and wasn't able to get it again.

Nice black brew, red highlights when held to the light. Light brown head that reduced to a ring around the glass. No lacing.

I try to be more descriptive in my reviews, but the bottom line of this beer is that the smell and aroma are straight up Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, straight from the bottle. No hints of the 11% at all. This is just straight up chocolate, with maybe a touch of bitterness towards the end. The only thing I'm tempted to ding this on is that it is one dimensional, but its so far above all the other chocolate beers out there, I'll let it pass.

Mouthfeel was decent, pretty full, slick on the tongue. Not the heaviest stout I've had. Overall drinkability is good too. The chocolate is amazing, this would be great with a multitude of deserts. But given its straight up chocolate aroma and flavor, you can only have so much. Also, that 11% will get you in trouble, as I found out later that night, haha.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Southern Tier's Choklat stout is really a taste (and olfactory) treat. Upon opening the bottle, the aroma of chocolate permeates the air (no hints of alcohol here). The taste buds know that something special is coming their way (and it is indeed). This imperial stout pours from the bottle a dark brown color (I was expecting something pitch-black). There is a nice foamy head which lasts a reasonable period of time. The taste is a delight, with a fine balance of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and a very faint bitter spark at the end (and again no hints of the relatively high ABV within). Very smooth. This is so special, I am going out for more. Seek out and ENJOY!!!

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is becoming a tradition, I am digging a special bottle out of the cellar for my birthday. Though BA says it's March 4th, it's still March 3rd here in Northern Cal. I think this should be a nice night cap.

This bottle is courtesy of todd1, thanks again!

Pours a dark flat black color, with a nice off white head.

Aromas are... you guessed it chocolate. Oh my, this is like walking into the Ghirardelli factory. Mostly this smells like dark bitter bakers chocolate. Whoa, almost like a dark chocolate cake, this doesn't smell like beer, but it sure smells wonderful though.

Taste is amazing. Though like the smell, this doesn't taste like beer. This tastes like drinking cool cocoa. A bit malty and creamy, but mostly this is all about the chocolate. Some bitterness, but it mostly reminds me of dark bitter chocolate, not really of hops. Did I mentioned that this tastes like chocolate?

Mouthfeel is pretty good. But a bit lean for a hefty stout.

Drinkability??? Well... this is tough for me. I can see why people LOVE this beer. But to me, this doesn't really taste like beer. It's just a bit overboard on the chocolate for my tastes. I would have liked more traditional beer flavors and I think the bomber is going to be too much for me. But wow... this is so interesting, and I would have never guessed that this was 11% ABV?! Amazing... I'll have to track down another bottle to share with some fellow beer lovers, they will get a kick out of this one.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours black with a dark tan head, decent lacing, not much retention

s - aroma is of strong dark chocolate, a little blueberry, hints of alcohol

t - tastes like melted dark chocolate with a few blueberries thrown in, strongest chocolate I've tasted in a beer, hints of alcohol but not overwhelming at all

m - medium-to-full-bodied, moderate carbonation, nice balance of bitter dryness and sweetness on the finish, some alcohol warming

d - somewhat drinkable as the alcohol is there but not overwhelming and the bitterness from the dark chocolate is balanced nicely with a chocolate and blueberry sweetness

Very nice beer all around...a great beer if you're in the mood for some chocolate. I can't put it in the top tier of stouts b/c the complexity is just not there for me. Well trying and indulging in occasionally.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a 70% pure chocolate black with a thin, milky mocha head. Wow, the aroma is straight up chocolate pudding and Hershey's chocolate powder. Nothing else. Taste is mostly chocolate, with hints of dark chocolate and finishing with milk chocolate. Also it kind of tastes like the milk after dunking 12 Oreos into it. This is the definitely the chocolatyest beer I have ever drank. Wow. Mouthfeel is great, like creamy chocolate pudding. I have to take the drinkability down a notch because the chocolate is all you get. This is definitely the most chocolate I've ever tasted in a liquid form.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. bottle (Blackwater Series) into a pair of wine goblets to cap off Saturday evening of our Manzanita, OR getaway weekend (watching 'Lost', season 3 on DVD). I'll reiterate my affection for the ST silk-screened label designs: we have another winner...I also enjoyed reading the history of the Mayan beverage 'xocoatl', the detailed ingredient list...what? oh, right...there's beer inside...

A: Sooty blackness, with slim amber traces at the edges. Vigorously poured, but yielding only a half-finger of tan head, creamy, rapidly fading. Minimal clinging lace. A wine glass may not have been the ideal glass, but it's what we had to work with...

S: Oh my! Huge chocolate aroma, bittersweet and earthy. A little peat, some oatmeal sweetness, slight espresso bean roasted bitterness, notable chocolate-covered raisins...maybe even cherries. Seems a little one-dimensional (but who's complaining, it's exactly like cocoa...) til it fully warms and presents the other subtle aromas. Very, very nice.

T: Wondered if the taste would fare as well, following that divine aroma. It's certainly a bold jolt of (what else?) bitter chocolate,married to a charred barley-grain toastiness and subtle mocha flavors. I kept picking up a slight tangy 'cherry' flavor in the background...is that how the alcohol comes across?

M: Expected this to be full and syrupy, coating. Instead it felt reasonably smooth, though not quite silky, and was perhaps thinner than my preconceptions. Modest carbonation, lasting back-of-tongue bittering.

D: Good for a small tasting, a pleasing and sharable dessert beer. Perhaps because we had sampled some outstanding Spanish and US-made chocolates earlier in the evening, this didn't elicit the 'wow' it might have otherwise. Regardless, a '4' score seems fair for drinkability; its overt chocolatiness makes it fine in modest amounts and on limited occasions.

Thanks to traders todd1 & jwale73 for a couple of these.

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Photo of rousee
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black onyx color with a 1 finger thick head that holds extremely well. Very active,fresh and hungry looking carbonation.

Dark somewhat bitter chocolate semi sweetness with a hint of chocolate powder akin to Hersheys powder but with a dark chocolate essence to it.

Taste is incredibly thick lush chewy silky chocolate. A touch of milk chocolate with more semi sweet bitterness. There are also some malty elements that come through in the background but they are faint.Finishes with a small amount of boozy heat but it is incredibly moderate and somewhat subtle given the high ABV. Very well concealed. There are also some elements of brownie or chocolate cake mix that I notice as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth coating velevety and lush--absolutely tremendous.

At 11%ABV and pretty sweet this is far from a session beer but I am definitely looking forward to trying this one again. Probably the best milk/sweet stout I have tried to date.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,498 ratings.