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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3799
Reviews: 1417
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%

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 abeeronthebeach


4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours jet black, topped with a cushion of fluffy mocha foam.

S - Milk chocolate toblerone leaps up to meet the nose as the glass draws near. Toffee and vanilla bean follow soon after.

T - Wondersful bittersweet chocolate on first sip. A little vinous heat. Bitter cocoa and a modicum of cabernet tannin on the finish. Classic stout flavour of roasted malt. Hazelnut.

M - Very smooth. Thickness of single cream. Carbonation is just right.

O - Very, very nice beer, although over the course of the beer I did feel like the chocolate was slightly overpowered by the heat from the abv. In terms of the spectrum of stout flavours it's definitely at the chocolate, malt and vanilla end rather than that of smoke, peat, char and ash. I'll be picking up a couple of bottles in the not too distant future for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 03:39:02 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of cambabeer


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good treat, but not a beer I'd frequent. Thick black body and a beige head that doesn't stick around very long. This beer is crazy chocolaty. From the nose to the taste, there was just so much chocolate. Like a stout should have, there was some malt bitterness and warming burnt character with the alcohol. But seriously all that could really come out was the cocoa powder flavor. Seems a little too put on, if I can add.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 05:40:34 | More by cambabeer
Photo of GreenThumb


4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap in to a small snifter

A: Nearly jet black with a thin, dark brown head around the edge.

S: Dark chocolate and espresso. Big roasted malts. Some sweetness.

T: Silky chocolate. Basically no hop or yeast notes get through the huge chocolate and espresso flavors here. Very smooth. Pleasant warming alcohol in finish. This is a remarkable beer.

M: Lighter than expected, but a good match to the huge flavors. If this were a thick stout it would be hard to finish a half-pint. Well done.

O: This is a great dessert beer on a cold night. Flavors and aromas are a fine blend of gourmet chocolates and espresso.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 13:40:05 | More by GreenThumb
Photo of martyl1000


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Side Door Grill & Tap, Madison.

The only drawback here: it's more melted milkshake than beer. Is that a bad thing?

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Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 02:11:26 | More by martyl1000
Photo of Landar


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Choklat
Draft at Blue Dust

Aroma 10/12
Strong rich deep sweet dark chocolate and cream with dark and cholcoate malt coming through.

Appearance 3/3
Opaque. Deep dark brown color.
Tan creamy head that lingers.
As the head fades it leaves a pleasant thin layer of creamy foam and sticks solidly to the sides of the glass.

Flavor 18/20
Strong hop bitterness dominates with dark chocolate and lactose cream.
Sweet dark chocolate and lactose cream aftertase with a lingering backbone of hop bitterness to balance.
As it warms the dark chocolate comes through as the dominant flavor with a backdrop of lactose cream sweetness, rich dark and chocolate malts and a continuation of the bitter balancing backbone.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Full bodied. Thick and creamy while still going down smooth. Medium high carbonation. Exactly what is expected of the style.

Overal Impression 9/10
This hits everything right for a solid American imperial stout. It makes no bones about being a chocolate stout and is rich and creamy to complement the highlighted ingredient. Many, this reviewer included, will appreciate the strong sweet creamy rich dark chocolate profile balanced by the hop bitterness, but to make a well rounded beer for the style, bringing the roasted malts through a tad more would help to balance the flavor and add more complexity to the character. If one of the methods for masking the malts was by an extra large amount of lactose during the boil, perhaps reducing the quantity of lactose would bring out the roasted dark malt profile.


Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 03:49:31 | More by Landar
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a 10 ounce poor at Mission Dolores on a very rainy Saturday.

The pour was dark black with a one finger head that was a blend of espresso and khaki color. It diminished rather quickly. The lacing was sparse.

Upon lifting my glass to my nose, I immediately sensed a very sweet, almost Hershey syrup like aroma that was simply wonderful. The chocolate was sweet but there was also hints of burnt sugar and marshmellows. Was I drinking beer, or chocolate milk?

The taste was dark chocolate right away with a blast of sugar that lead to a hint of raisin. As the beer warmed, the chocolate subdued a bit and gave way to a marshmellowy, vanilla flavor.

The finish was a bit on the bittersweet side for such a sweet tasting beer. Medium mouthfeel with a foamy texture. The alcohol was extremely well hidden at first however, the warmer it got, the more pronounced the alcohol became.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 14:04:58 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of reebtaerG


4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-Deep black with a thin light khaki head. The head dissipates leaving a ring. Some bubbles and lacing

S-Nose is amazing, with loads of milk chocolate,with vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel

T-The flavor is the same. Very sweet and milk chocolately

M-well balanced silky to the tongue

O-great chocolate stout not to sweet doesn't have to be a dessert beer. It's great to just sip and take your time like you would with a big bar of Hersey chocolate eating each little block at time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 16:34:32 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of Numba1Stunna

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Was hammered at Surf Club when I tried this. Went down smooth like a thick yoohoo. Heavy on the chocolate, would make an awesome beer float. You could pour this on your ice cream. Puked everywhere about 3 hours later. Dont drink a bunch of these with Jameson.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2013 01:54:08 | More by Numba1Stunna
Photo of WoodBrew


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer....Amazing....the brewer gets an A+++ for nailing what the intention is/was. The beer poured an opaque black with 1/2 finger of rich tan head that laced all the way down the sniffer glass. The scent was Nestle Quick....sorry to name brand but the smell was NESTLE QUICK!!!! The taste was a semi sweet chocolate mixed with a slight roasty malt and enough bittering hops to cleanse the pallet. The mouthfeel was a full bodied ale with smooth carbonation. Overall....awesome...a perfect desert beer...a perfect winter warmer....a perfect fireside chat beer...did I mention it smelled like NESTLE QUICK!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 00:14:03 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown to black coloring with a thin, light tan head. Good lacing while you drink. Nose of melted chocolate, syrupy, milky, and fudgy. Flavors of roast initially, with a blend of bitter baker's chocolate and milk chocolate, with a sugary sweet overtone. Smooth and creamy in mouth, and the bitterness cuts through to clean everything up. Roasty and bitter aftertaste, with a slick, smooth finish and moderate linger. Beer made for the chocolate lovers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 03:19:59 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DanaSwanson


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came highly recommended to me. The beer had a rich chocolately aroma, tasted like chocolate, and had a slight hint of coffee/toffee in the finish. I immediately ran out to find this beer in the store. It is available in large bottles as well as draft.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 20:50:37 | More by DanaSwanson
Photo of Omnium


4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft > 13oz Tulip glass
A - Pours absolutely black, thick sticky 1 finger head with a nice caramel color to it, hangs on for a while.
S - Smells like everything chocolate thats good. Chocolate covered coffee beans, vanilla, slight roasted malt, chocolate syrup.
T - Chocolate everywhere on everything at once! Creamy smooth, roasted coffee beans, a little vanilla.
M - Huge full thick body, very sweet, but not overly sugary/syrupy, flavor hangs on to your palate for a good while.
O - Hands down the best chocolate beer out there, excellent desert beer, It is exactly what one would dream of a chocolate beer being. Southern Tier did things right on this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 19:38:21 | More by Omnium
Photo of haddon


4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is thick and dark, pretty much black with a normal/nominal mocha head.

The smells is pure milk chocolate. Every once in a while I think I might pick up a bit of roasted malts/coffee... no, just milk chocolate.

This is chocolate milk in a beer... excellent! Sweet, There's also a component of roasted malt and coffee that balances the sweetness quite nicely.

The beer is smooth and creamy with minimal carbonation. Makes it thick & viscous.

Some say Choklat is too sweet and I understand that point of view. I say, however, it is a wonderful example of chocolate flavors in a thick Imperial Stout. I could drink this every night after dinner for a wonderful treat. Well done, Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 20:59:28 | More by haddon
Photo of SierraDeuce


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Christmas eve in the brewer's tulip-shaped glass at Parklane Tavern in Virginia as part of their Monday Steal the Glass promotion. Paired with their bread pudding dessert.

A: Very dark brown/ black, with tall, cream-colored head that lasted for 10-15 minutes. Beautiful Belgian lace lined inside of glass for the entire 30 minute session.

S: Warm, bittersweet chocolate aroma, coffee notes

T: Amazing chocolate taste-- sweet at first, with hints of nougat (like a 3 Musketeers or Milky Way), then finishing bittersweet, with familiar coffee roastiness characteristic of Imperial Stouts. Some warming from the alcohol, but not overly pronounced like some stouts and strong ales. Very balanced.

M: Balanced-- not too thin, but not too chewy. Perfect!

O: Excellent sipping beer to accompany a chocolate / caramel type dessert. The bread pudding I had brought out more of the beer's bitterness. Wonderful!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 03:10:18 | More by SierraDeuce
Photo of BadgerBrewer16


4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Poured pitch black with about a fingers worth of an almost yellowish head that quickly dissipated

S-Milk Chocolate a whole lot of it

T- It starts out with milk chocolate in the beginning and slowly transitions to a dark chocolate finish this beer does a really good job at hiding the alcohol

M- Mouth feel was a little thinner than I was expecting

O- This is one kick ass dessert beer 'nuff said

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 21:47:30 | More by BadgerBrewer16
Photo of nightowl66


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter. Thinksh brown head dissipates qucikly, leaving some lacing around the rim of the glass. Intense nose of cocoa and vanilla. This is not chocolate, think cocoa. I could easily picture this nose paired with hot cocoa with a marshmellow melting into it. Color is dark,dark brown. Smooth flavor with cocoa, malt, vanilla, carmel and a trace of cinnamon. Not overly sweet. Well balanced, smooth and drinkable. Tasty smoothness masks a pretty high alcohol content. Do not attempt to pair this one with food unless it is a dessert. Had it with toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream, which is complemented well. Wonderful beer, try it if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 21:33:01 | More by nightowl66


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

World-wide sweet-toothed you´ve got it!! On-tap.Shaker glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Black in color,black to the light.Dark beige froth.Creamy lasting crown.Nice lacing rings.Every expected aroma is well hidden by an intense sweet chocolate fragancy. Smooth sweet upfront.Then fudge chocolate explosion.Full & dense body.Silky sweet palate,sweet buttery notes.Wonder if raisin & prune hues will be present at a very deep level... Just an illusion! Nothing but dense chocolate swamping all over while lingers to the end.Soft carbonation.A flavorful delicious beer for all those who believe they don´t like beer.4 points are given to palate box since it´s really difficult to maintain a balanced flavor while masking hops,malts & ABV. Suggested as a 5 o´clock beer.Excellent pairing with danish butter cookies.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 18:57:52 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of tut2528


3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: its a black hole, creates about 1 fingers worth of dark tan/mocha colored head which diminished rather quickly

S: oh God. it has such a massively sweet dark fudge aroma that it makes me immediate regret opening this bomber up with no one else to share it with. I get nothing but immense fudge, a slight touch of vanilla and if I really pull for it, I get a slight molasses note.

T: nothing but straight up chocolate fudge brownies and coffee. also big bitter dark chocolate that makes the brew a bit more enjoyable because it takes away the richness of this brew, but this one is gonna be an epic challenge to finish tonight.

M: full bodied all the way. leaves a bitter dark chocolate note along with a subtle rich fudge note on the palate. it is what i would expect for a brew that has enough calories to cause hyperglycemia.

Overall, this one is just so damn rich. It tastes like its 5,000 calories (possibly an understatement). I have never had a beer this sweet and I feel that this one crushes Creme Brulee in richness. Having a pint of this one is more than enough, drinking a bomber welcomes diabetes.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 03:45:53 | More by tut2528
Photo of GoalieRon33


4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark. Syrupy. If you could make a Hershey's bar a beer, it would be this one.
S- Heavy maltiness. Extra sweet. If you have every been to the Hershey's factory in PA, then you know the smell I'm talking about....Fresh chocolate.
T- Malty, sweet, chocolate-like. Overally deliciously sweet. Undertones of vanilla, coffee, toffee, caramel. Excellent
M- Heavy, syrupy, strong. Coats the mouth. Wonderful.
O- Top of the line chocolate beer. Excellent all the way around. Heavy and refined. Fun to drink. Some dare to mix it with a Cherry Lambic, possibly even a Kriek. Absolutely worth pursuit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 04:27:17 | More by GoalieRon33
Photo of 57md


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a deep, dark chocolate brown with little head. There are big chocolate notes in the nose. The flavor is dominated by bittersweet chocolate with some roasted malt flavor. However, the roasted flavor is muted when compared to the bottle version. The finish has a touch of alcohol, but it is certainly nothing unpleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 08:01:48 | More by 57md
Photo of TFrankMac2140


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap and into a snifter glass

A: Super dark and chocolatey with a small head

S: The smell is superb and really sets this stout apart. Rich chocolate. As some other reviewers have mentioned, this beer does not smell like a beer at all and gives off a rich syrupy like smell.

T: Pure chocolate right off the bat followed by toasted malt. Chocolate characteristics remain in the after taste.

M: Medium body, not too overwhelming.

O: One of the best chocolate stouts in my opinion. Easy to find in my location when in season and relatively cheap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 21:22:15 | More by TFrankMac2140
Photo of jmdrpi


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from the tap in a pint glass.

appears an opaque black, with tan head, decent head retention. massive heavenly aroma of pure milk chocolate. taste is all chocolate as well, but not overly sweet or cloying, even after a whole pint. no booze at all in the taste. thick smooth body, easy to drink.

overall - Southern Tier does it again. Their massive stouts are all great. Have one for or with dessert!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 22:38:04 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of challenja


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served On Tap at Fireworks in Courthouse/ Arlington VA.

A: Midnight black, like sackcloth black! A small dark mocha froth head that dissipates rapidly.

S: This is Amazing! It's like a sweet Hershey syrup chocolate milkshake! Candied pecans, vanilla bean, dark cocoa nibs.

T: WOW!!! this one sweet monster! Hershey syrup straight out the bottle and into the mouth... This is more of a dark chocolate milk stout with chocolate malt balls crushed in the mix. Irish in style and creaminess. The alcohol is amazingly masked but WOW is it in there! Drinker beware!

M: Creamy lushish mouthfeel. Nice medium carbonation laciness that rides the alcohol down the throat.

O: What can I say but take me away from this dessert in a glass.This is my favorite sweet stout of all time! It is now, f*ck it.. number 1!! Old Rasputin has been dethroned..

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 04:05:51 | More by challenja
Photo of NardiByNature


3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1/21: On-tap at the Shadow Lounge in East Libery, drank from a pint glass.

It's syrupy-black with a nice mocha head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Damn this smells like chocolate. Like Hershey's chocolate syrup.

The taste? Exactly like the smell. It tastes like chocolate syrup. I find this good for a sip but way too sweet to drink much more of. Thick and syrupy, with a sugary aftertaste. Does hide the 11% very well.

Maybe having a whole pint glass of this stuff in front of me turned me off to it - it was a little much. Nonetheless, delicious, and, in proper setting, I can see this having merit. I'll try a few more beers in this style and maybe eventually come back to it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 17:38:45 | More by NardiByNature
Photo of ryanpgh


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served: On tap, 10oz snifter, cold

A: Close your eyes, its black.. somewhat intimidating. The head is dark and rough, an imperial at its finest.

S: chocolate. i dunno what else to say. its so pungent. very appetizing and sexual.

T: The finest chocoate beer i've ever tasted and this is coming from a big Young's fan. You have to try this. Dark chocoate and slightly boozy, absolutley delicious.

M: Not as thick as i thought after seeing it poured, the alcohol cuts it. Nothing complex, just cocoa.

O: I'll be talking about this one and very much looking forward to the next batch. This is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 03:27:41 | More by ryanpgh
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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,799 ratings.