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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 robbyc1
2.3/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bomber from local Binny's

A: dark black pour with a minimal tan head
S: chocolate is there with a weird astringency. Dark chocolate is the predominant smell.
T: big chocolate front with an astingent/steel aftertaste that wrecks it. Almost undrinkable.
D: Sorry folks, this may have been a bad bottle but I think it's just over the top for me, not balanced, not even a sipper, just too much of something off-putting in there. I would try this again only if someone else has a tasting or something, too many other good stouts out there. (547 characters)

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

Thanks yobdoog for this one. Large capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Nice pitch black body, unfortunately generating little tan head with minimal retention, certainly due to high ABV although could certainly be improved.
Aroma is milk chocolate, with some minor roasted malts and coffee distantly in the background, suggesting a sweet brew.
Medium bodied and creamy, it shows the expected milk chocolate, sweet notes, but it is well ballanced by a heavy roasted, almost burnt malt note, bittersweet chocolate, and even what I believe were some hops at the end; it starts sweet, evolves bitter to bittersweet and ends dry - well balanced!
A second bottle, aged one year, shows more sweetness with little roasted malts.
A good "chocolate stout", but inferior to Rogue's. Still worthwhile. I would suggest drinking fresh - more complex and interesting, better balanced. (874 characters)

Photo of myocean
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing chocolatier (is that a word) drinkability is tough considering it's so strong, it hits quickly (like a fart in a car) cause it goes down so smoothly. This is hard to get in some parts of the country. This is one for any beer tasting, will make your guests drool! (270 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, opaque color with some nice head, but little lacing. Excellent scent, a nice burnt grain/coffee aroma with a great dark chocolate kick. Great taste, too, an excellent stout as is, but the dark chocolate flavor is absolutely great. Goes down pretty well, although the large alcohol percentage makes it slightly rough. It's like the Hershey's Peanut Butter Cup commercial... "You got your stout in my dark chocolate!" "You got your dark chocolate in my stout!" (477 characters)

Photo of RunawayJim
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a thick black with a very small brownish-tan head. Smells of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hot fudge, and a hint of roasted coffee. Upon the first sip, I knew I was in for a real treat. The beer tastes of smooth chocolate. Not necessarily dark chocolate, but not milk chocolate. This is a chocolate flavor I have rarely tasted. The beer was brewed with fine Belgian chocolate. That's the taste. It's a great chocolate flavor. The roasted flavors are there, but just as an afterthought and balancing act. This is one very drinkable beer for the 11% ABV. I didn't even notice it at all.

I had this as dessert. It would pair well with ice cream. (665 characters)

Photo of hopflop
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours nice dark black color with a nice tan creamy head. The aroma hits quick with alot of chocolate , hints of vanilla and carmel. A nice mouthfull dominated by rich creamy milk chocolate with a touch of caramel, vanilla and a little alcohol. Definatly a great dessert beer! Can't believe its 11% abv! (307 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pelican for the chance to try this beer. Pours black with an okay head that fades to a thin ring. Sweet aromas of chocolate and carob, a bit chalky. More cocoa than dark chocolate aroma. The taste is extremely chocolatey with deep cocoa and some dark chocolate flavors. Some chalky/dusty notes, but diminished from the smell. A little bit nutty, and a little bit roasty, but this is all about the cocoa. Rich and mouthcoating, unbelievably rich and dark flavored. They definitely succeeded in trasfusing cocoa flavors to this beer, but with so much chocolate evident, I'd prefer a better grade of chocolate here. To that extent I'm a tad disappointed- not that it isn't quite a good beer. (698 characters)

Photo of CoalCellar
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
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... (915 characters)

Photo of babyhobbes
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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! (1,182 characters)

Photo of jdubjacket
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (452 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 brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (786 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 Tilley4
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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.. (477 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (619 characters)

Photo of pvllbum
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of ampzilla
2.61/5  rDev -39.2%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (756 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of therica
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (780 characters)

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