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Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

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Reviews: 1,554 | Ratings: 5,102
Photo of ajm5108
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very few beers if any have nailed the incorporation of chocolate on both the nose & pallete quite as well as this one. The aroma is rich milk chocolate, sweeter & less robust than a darker chocolate, but it works great with the roasted malt bill. Flavors is decadent and thick, again it is mostly a lighter milk chocolate flavor but it is very pronounced without being over-the-top or cloying. Some cacao bean, vanilla and dark malt flavors as well. Not sure how many in a row I could have, but it is in the top tier of desert beers.

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect. Creamy dark chocolate on the nose, dark chocolate finishing with a milk chocolate creaminess. Full and creamy mouthfeel, no alcohol taste. Best of the best.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tend not to indulge in the chocolate beer scene, but glad I did here.
Looks inviting, but the smell lets me know that chocolate belongs in this ale.
The taste is on the bitter, oily side; but balanced. (That's the way I like my coffee, too.)
Mouthfeel? Smooth and totally unaware that this is 11%.
Try this beer if you want to get to Chocolate Heaven.
And if you want to go back again, buy two bottles.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black on draft with single finger head.

Smell is chocolate, and lots of it! Some malts too, kind of toasty.

Taste is super decadent chocolate. Kind of reminds me of a good chocolate milk shake. Malta kick in midway and bitterness transitions to forefront late. Full bodied, chewy and foamy with slightly dry finish.

Overall, this was delicious! Pretty well balanced considering how sweet it is and unbelievably easy to drink for 10%, no alcohol detected whatsoever.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super solid chocolate stout. I think this one compares pretty nicely to Rogue Chocolate stout. It's not quite as balanced as I would like, and comes off as a little bitter on the finish, but the chocolate is still really nice in this one.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a nice tan head that fades and laces well. Notes ranging the entire chocolate span, milk chocolate, malted chocolate, cocoa,sweet dark and bitter dark chocolate. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, no hint of alcohol, coating and creamy with a chalkiness on the finish. Wow, this exceeded my expectations. Great feel, fantastic and complex for something that focuses on one flavor profile.

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Photo of Grugalug
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a not quite jet black that is nonetheless opaque. With an aggressive pours gives a nice two fingers of tan head that after about 5 minutes or so are nothing more than a ring around the top. I always seem to be biased toward the look of porters and stouts but oh well, it looks good! (4.25)

S- ENORMOUS chocolate. They are not kidding when they say made with real chocolate or whatever. Definitely caramel in the background as well, as well as a bit of toffee, with just a hint of roast and coffee. No burnt or smoke in this one but. It's truly something to experience. (5)

T- Dark chocolate, dark fruits, and quite a bit of hop bitterness. The substantial caramel that was in the background in the aroma really isn't present here for me. I slight smokiness is perceived as well. While chocolate is still the most dominant characteristic, not as remarkable as the nose. Nonetheless, still solid. (4)

F- Fairly creamy, just enough carbonation. Interesting to me that their site describes it as being "heavier bodied". While no one would mistake it for a Bud, I find it to be fairly medium bodied for an Imperial Stout. Either way, it's what I expected. (4)

O- A very interesting beer with a unique and incredible aroma. Unfortunately for me, the taste doesn't quite live up to the standard that is set by the nose, but even so this a really good Imperial Stout and one that I think all stout lovers should try. (4.31)

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 10%abv

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish brown with tan head quick to dissipate. Opaque and coal black as seen in the glass.

Smell- Warmed and melted intense aroma of dark chocolate. Chocolate over rules any other smells.

Taste- Roasted malts give way to velvety waves of dark choclate upon the palate. Fresh cocoa abounds. Hints of vanilla as well as some warming alcohol is felt. Bitterness picks up slightly in the finish with a bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with low carbonation.

Overall- This one reminded me of melted chocolate. Use of real chocolate and backing that up with the appropriate malts seems to of been well done. The alcohol burn was evident however and could of been more masked. A flavorful dessert of a beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (DOB 10/22/15) into pint glass. Pours like used motor oil - dead black, thick and viscous. Light brown head. Initial impression is (d'oh) dark bittersweet chocolate. Like liquid chocolate cake icing. There's a tiny bit of hops in the finish, but not much. Thick mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Alcohol is not at all evident.
This is not a beer that I could take in large doses, but it sure is fun as an occasional indulgence.

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Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Craft Beer Hop Stop on Veteran's Day for $10.99. Bottled on 10/27/15.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some hang time.

Nose is of dark cocoa but kind of different...hard to describe.

Taste is bitter dark cocoa well played into a mildly roasted malt base. There is enough hopping to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very nice beer that is fine as the beer of the night or paired with something chocolatey for dessert!

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Photo of Tilly
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Thickish, Black, riot beer ran scant head but a decent enough lacing.
A: Sweet chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts with a hint of alcohol.
T: Bitter, sweet chocolate, cocoa, dark berries, roasted coffees and malts, hints of vanilla
M: Heavy body, very fine balance of all of the complexed flavours.
O: This is a tremendous offering from Southern Tier. Far and away one of the best tasting IS I've had to date.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - DOB 10/22/15, 2:12PM. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Black with no light coming through. Thin dark tan head with some occasional strands of lacing that slowly slid back down the glass.

Smell: Exactly like a rich medium percentage-cacao content dark chocolate bar, with a nice underlying sweetness. With a swirl there is some hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Very rich. Bittersweet chocolate at the start and finish, with a solid rich sweetness in the middle. Some coffee notes as well. Bitterness at the finish does take on some herbal/leafy qualities, but mixed in with the bitterness you would get from a very high cacao content dark chocolate bar. Pretty obvious that this beer lives up to its name.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with just right carbonation. Definitely coats the mouth and teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: As often with this brewery - a rich sweet full flavored dessert in a bottle, but definitely still an American Imperial Stout. So good I wish I had the 22oz bomber rather than the 12oz bottle, but this beer is quite good and is definitely worth having again. Very good by itself as a slow sipping and savoring beer, but would be good with a steak or burger. Definitely a beer for those with a sweet tooth, like me!

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Photo of JHogan02
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1rst taste. Loved Oranj Chocolat.Didn't see any reviews on that though I know it's seasonal. Have a few stored and like this just as much. Beautiful smell look and color.As with the oranj not over powering with the flavors and not boozy.

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Photo of CFram
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like liquid chocolate when it comes out. A little too carbonated but pours a fine head. Nice sweet-to-bitter chocolate taste. Fun beer to share on an occasion.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what it says on the tin.. ..looks like liquid chocolate, smells like cocoa powder, taste is strong chocolate again, manages to remain smooth without being too sweet,its liquid chocolate, excellent.

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Photo of RockRuler
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Big chocolate aroma followed by biter chocolate flavor. A bit of alcohol comes through in the aftertaste. Medium mouth feel with medium carbonation. Good stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an opaque jet black with a half finger mocha head. There is next to no retention and no trace of lacing. The smell is a chocolate bomb, both sweet and bitter as well as roasted malts. Taste is the same with a nice bitterness that cancels out the sweetness and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Feel is very full and it really coats your whole mouth. Overall a very nice stout, although it may be too chocolatey and a touch too sweet. It doesn't effect my rating, but at $17.99 per 4pk there are better options available.

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Photo of smanson56
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a 2012 bottle that has been in my cellar since then. This beer poured a dark black color into my snifter. The nose is still very sharp of the chocolate and the fine roasted malts. The chocolate comes through in the taste very smooth and mellow. The mouth feel is smooth and pleasant. After 4 years in the cellar this is sill a very nice drinking stout.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black oil with a tan head that hangs out for a few. The aroma is tons of chocolate, sweet and bitter. If you thought the nose was nice, you'll love the taste. Tons of chocolate well balanced with the bitter and not overly sweet. It has a relatively thick/heavy body that I love. This is my favorite offering from southern tier.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in January 2016.

Appearance: Dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head is thick, but does not have much lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. There is some bitterness, but overall the roasted coffee dominates the others.

Taste: There is a strong chocolate flavor. There is also a nice balance with the malts and roasted coffee flavors. There is some hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence. Great aftertaste.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with a smooth creamy body.

This is a strong Double Imperial Stout, and it has a pronounced chocolate flavor, but it also has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is smooth and really enjoyable to drink. Overall a great double imperial stout, and one I want to drink again.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So much chocolate.. Tootsie roll smell tootsie roll taste... Pours pretty much black. Not much head not much lacing... Sip and cherish what's in your mouth... For the amount of chocolate it's amazing the brew is not too sweet. Great balance overall great beer. Oh and 12oz bottles yes.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark black body with a light fluffy tan head. Aroma screams rich chocolate milk, dark cacao and...that's about it! Rich, smooth with a pleasant bitterness. Roasty notes at the end, but not overpowering. Quite a delicious beer...nice.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with decent tan head I get some finger lacing but the head goes away mostly.
Smell dark sweet chocolate you can smell some of the alcohol little smells like a chocolate brownie.
Taste well is amazing sweet dark chocolate of course a little of the alcohol comes through just enough to enjoy again very dessertlike
Feel fairly thick very smooth going down little burn from the alcohol.
Overall an excellent beer perfect balance of chocolate and alcohol.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OK, so this is a fantastic beer. I see that there are much, much better and more in depth reviews here other than mine so I won't go there. However, I will say that this stout doesn't pour as pitch black as some but the smell and taste are terrific. It's straight up like drinking a liquified Hershey chocolate bar in beer form with the addition of a well crafted mouth feel. Overall, this is a must try stout for those who like chocolate.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a mocha head.

Scent of bittersweet chocolate, a little roast, a hint of alcohol, sensing some caramel.

Taste: velvety mouthfeel with a slight tingle, probably from the alcohol. Dark chocolate. Roasted.

Great imperial stout with a leaning towards dark chocolate instead of the usual roasted malts up front taste ive been seeing a lot. Great beer.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.