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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3804
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 cosmicevan

New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 32oz growler of last years choklat. Pours a deep rich brown settles black in the glass with a reasonable light tab creamy head. Smells like chocolate heaven. Taste is spot on too. Deep rich decadent chocolate. Like eating a chocolate bar. The sweetness is nicely tamed back from the year of age. Easy drinker, dangerously drinkable with the abv totally hidden. Forgot how good this beer is.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2013 16:48:35 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a large, creamy, dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smell reminds me of straight up chocolate milk. Not much beer aroma going on with it, I would swear it's chocolate milk if I were blindfolded. Taste definitely follows suit. There is bitter and sweet chocolate notes right up front. There is some lingering alcoholic notes and a bittersweet finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied. The beer's finish is long a sweet. This is definitely one of my favorite flavored Imperial Stouts, definitely recommend giving it a try if you can get it.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2013 22:22:04 | More by scvance
Photo of markmiller

New York

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

On Tap at Consumers Beverage in Buffalo, NY for growler fill.

A: Even with an agressive pour into a nonic pint, there is relatively little head that forms on top of a dark, dark body of beer. No light gets through this glass. (EDIT: Upon further investigation, if you pour like crazy, you get an excellent three finger creamy head with nice cascading action along the sides of the glass. Impressive growler.)

S: Chocolate, and lots of it. I mean, this is one of the best smelling beers ever. Smells like a freshly opened tub of Nesquik or a can of Hershey syurp like Grandma used to pour over ice cream. There is a faint vanilla scent, but this nose is just really chocolate milk. And its a sweet chocolate. Everyone's had a chocolate stout before and you smell dark, bitter chocolate. This one is literally sweet smelling, just like chocolate milk.

T: Again, its chocolate. It's sweet, smooth and delicious. The slight crisp finish keeps this beer from becoming cloyingly sweet. As you let it roll around in the mouth, its like letting a chocolate bar melt. So good and balanced. Definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol well hidden. Hell, have this beer FOR dessert.

M: Just a think sweetness that coats your mouth and leaves a great aftertaste.

D: It's quite scary how after a few sips you think you are drinking chocolate milk and then you get a tingle from 11% ABV after a while and then you realized. Whoa. Delicious.

O: A great, delicious beer to enjoy as a dessert or while relaxing with company.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2012 23:45:41 | More by markmiller
Photo of wcintula

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half liter Singha mug.

'The Stout' pours black with various sized heads, depending on the pour, tending toward smaller. Smells of rich milk chocolate emanates from the beer exclaiming "I am Choklat! Smell me!!!"

The taste is very delicious and chocolatey, with a husky roasted malt in the back. Creamy mouthfeel, tasty beer.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2012 16:01:33 | More by wcintula
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is extremely dark and viscous with a chunky tan head. The nose offers strong notes of cocoa with a hint of espresso.

Wow, this is a nice beer! It has a huge (and I mean huge) rich flavor of bittersweet chocolate. The chocolate is nicley accompanied by some toasted malt and followed by a nice, faint coffee flavor. I didn't detect any booziness whatsoever, but after about half a glass the sweet character started to get a little cloying and hard to take.

Did I just drink a beer or a glass of Hershey's Syrup? Seriously, chocolate lovers will flip over this beer. However, if you aren't a fan of really sweet beers, you may not care for this. I tend to prefer the mokah offering from this brewery.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2011 00:44:11 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Firehouse Saloon in Rochester NY

A- a pretty standard deep brown/black with a 1/4" head of soapy mocha bubbles. Can not see through it.

S- a dominant nose of chocolate.

T- roast malt, and heavy chocolate. Like almost tootsie roll/hershey syrup aroma. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. ACK!

M- good and mildly syrupy but not too viscous. a solid bold body with medium carbonation.

O- Someone at the bar tried to tell me chocolate extract was used in this recipe but I believe it is just the most skillful addition of chocolate to a stout of all the beers I have tried thus far. I love that I can get growler fills right down the street.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2011 17:44:32 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of JDizzle


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this growler from Party Town in Florence, Ky.

A: This pours with little, or no head. It is BLACK in color.-to the point you can't see any color other than black when holding up to a light.
S: It smells amazing! I catch a little roasted vanilla, but dark and bittersweet choklat is over the top. It dominates this beer.
T: It taste like you are drinking a milkshake while eating a chocolatte candy bar. It is very sweet with a little bit of warmth in the chest after gong down. Very good, not sure a growler is a "best buy" when I am drinking it by myself. A 22oz bomber may even be too much.
D: The sweetness got to me over time, but I love ST beers and I think it's wonderful dessert beer for the chocolatte lover. I love that it's 11% and you can't really taste it!

Serving type: growler

02-23-2011 23:37:18 | More by JDizzle
Photo of scootny

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark black brown. Light brown head with a decent amount of lacing. Actually quite a bit considering the abv. Smell is Hershey park meets beer waterfall. Taste is thick rich chocolate syrup on top of fudge brownies. Mild hops are earthy and leafy but I'd be lying if I said you really notice them. Yes the bittering balances the intense sweetness artfully while keeping you focused on the malt and chocolate core of the beer but c'mon, it's all about the sweets here. Feel is full and thick. Smooth carbonation is spot on and keeps your tongue from being smothered by the almost syrupy consistency of this wonderfully over the top beer. Like heavy velvet your tongue is enveloped in comfort. For something so strong it goes down like a shake at your favorite diner. Love it out of a bottle this just takes it to the next level.

Serving type: growler

01-01-2011 04:13:43 | More by scootny
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my New Holland High Gravity Series glass

A - Black as can be with a small circle of tan/brown head

S - Tootsie rolls with a hint of hersheys chocolate. Is this really a beer?

T - Tootsie rolls with a hint of hersheys chocolate... seriously though a little more going on in the flavor however. Mostly milk chocolate flavor but a hint of bitterness is in there as well. Maybe a little molasses as well and a bit of alcohol heat in the back.

M - Thick with very little carbonation. Kind of syrupy but a little thinner.

D - If you like chocolate it would be a real easy drinker. I don't usually say this but this could use a hair more carbonation. This is a pretty interesting beer and I will enjoy it. I think you really have to be in the mood for something like this to enjoy it though.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2010 02:21:09 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of MVotter

New York

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

A - The Southern Tier Choklat pours into a goblet as dark as a Coke, impervious to light; little to no carbonation.

S - Chocolate malt, caramel, Tootsie Roll! Milky Way! Wow!

T - Rich, rich, rich roasted malts, chocolate malts, incredibly balanced with delicious, warming alcohol flavors.

M - Heavy, low level effervescence, oils.

D - Extremely, dangerously drinkable brew. This beer hides the 9.1% abv very well. Simply a delicious offering by Southern Tier ... this is like serving a "brandy" dessert in a beer goblet. Superb.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2010 03:47:39 | More by MVotter
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wasn't a big fan of the appearance on this one. The head retention wasn't there. Sure, it started out big, but fizzled out. The smell was unlike anything I've smelled in a chocolate beer before. Strong chocolate up front, then... yep, more chocolate. Taste was chocolate up front, but then a slight tinge of hops and then a chocolate finish. It's a thick, strong beer, but was easy to drink. Didn't fill me up at all. Get your hands on it if you can.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2010 04:43:32 | More by JISurfer
Photo of oceanman


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

Pours almost entirely black, minimal head, good lacing.

Intensely concentrated hot cocoa aromas dominate the nose - incredibly appetizing. Perhaps a hint of vanilla and a touch of booze.

Toasty/roasty espresso flavors build on the pure chocolate. Sufficient bitterness and dryness, like an 85% cacao chocolate bar.

Thick but not overbearing. Minimal carbonation, which is not a real problem. Alcohol is very much in balance.

Much more drinkable than other ST dessert beers thanks to a lack of sweetness. Packed with flavor yet shows restraint. I can imagine a number of excellent pairings.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2010 15:15:46 | More by oceanman
Photo of gwong

New York

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

I got a growler filled at the Whole Foods on the Lower East Side of NYC.

A: A nice, dark stout with a nice creamy head formed at the end of the pour.

S: It smells like, what else, chocolate - the best way to describe the scent is that it's very similar to a 70% cocoa chocolate bar.

T: While the chocolate flavor is very strong, it's not nearly as strong a flavor as it was a scent. It tastes like very good bittersweet chocolate.

M: Thinner than most stouts but leaves a wonderful chocolate aftertaste on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable - the chocolate aroma and flavor does way too good a job at masking the fact that it's an 11% ABV beer.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2008 03:15:41 | More by gwong
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

My darling wife checked the Whole Foods in downtown NYC, for bottles of this stuff, finding none she procured a growler, nice. Pours typical stout black, rich and thick dark tan head, leaving
luxurious tiny bubble film, sheeting and well developed lacing. Chocolate milk nose, rich, smooth and chewy brew. Tons of milk chocolate, cafe au lait, mocha. Ultra thick mouth feel if you like the style, this is for you. 11% nowhere to be found. Over the top and high quality in every way. Go get some of this world class offering and enjoy

Serving type: growler

01-13-2008 19:31:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into stone snifter.

Pours a solid dark black with some mocha head. Aroma is an incredibly pungent chocolate smell, some vanilla and sweet caramel but barely distinguishable due to the chcolate. Taste is similar and fairly, except it has a strange taste towards the end due to the fake chocolate flavoring. This beer could be much better if they used real chocolate and not some nasty fake chemical flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:32:44 | More by hops202
Photo of Doerrijustmether


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pouts aggressive into a snifter. finger of khaki head quickly disappears good lacing. about 52 degrees.

impenetrable deep amber color

smell of sweet chocolate roasted hops vanilla bean. overwhelmingly chocolate of course is the headliner.

nice full body, the chocolate flavor is almost like a Hershey syrup, very good, subdued vanilla in the back ground. lite caramel malted tones. great finish, boozy feel but not overwhelming,, high ABV but does not drink like it. great aftertaste, the chocolate really sticks around.

this beer totally delivers on the chocolate. this is probably the best strait up chocolate stout that I've had (by straight up im referring to not breakfast or bourbon of chocolate coffee)

great beer, highly commended desert style beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:06:43 | More by Doerrijustmether
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 Richardbeerlover


4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark brown black with a brown head. Nice and thick looking with a lot of body. Smells so much like chocolate. I was expecting the usual non sweet taste but this has a great chocolate sweetness. Let me say that this is the best chocolate beer I have ever had. Even better than Samuel Smiths organic. Nice little 10% alcohol burn at the finish. The alcohol is deceptive and quickly gave me a nice buzz. Fantastic beer that hits it's intentions right on the spot.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:48:15 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of EvoRich


4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been meaning to try this. Chocolate stouts aren't something I really seek out. But I've heard good thing. While I was getting some creme brûlée, I figured I give this stuff a try.

Look: Poured in a snifter as suggested. Not much head. I blame myself. My pour was too slow and safe. Otherwise it's as dark as anything. Swirl the glass and you can get a Carmel colored head to appear. Edit: Yes, poured another glass a bit more aggressively, and produced a nice, fluffy caramel colored head.

Smell: Here's a shocker.... Chocolate! A bit of alcohol smell, but mainly just chocolate here.

Taste: At first sip I was surprised at the presence of alcohol. I've had beers with the same or higher ABV with no alcohol present. I don't mean to make this sound like a bad thing. The chocolate flavor is very strong, as I assumed it would be. Very little bitterness. Only bitterness is a slight coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, just as a stout should be.

Overall: As mentioned, I've never seeked out chocolate stouts. I've had many. Many that get great reviews. I've always thought they were good, both nothing amazing. This is the first one that makes me feel different. Best chocolate stout I've had so far. Probably the best I'll ever have.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:57:45 | More by EvoRich
Photo of jlindros


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I've been sitting on for a while waiting to do a horizontal, and finally gave up to just drink them. No date on it, but it has to be like 4-5 years old by now. I hope it's not to old. My bottle also says 11% instead of the 10% that BA has listed.

Pours a decent fizzy darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but nice legs on the sides, typical and actually a nice head for an 11% beer, pitch black beer, no light getting through.

Nose is just pure chocolate, layers upon layers of chocolate, milk chocolate, fudgey, dark choc, even a bit of a baker's choc, fresh cocoa nibs sitting in hot chocolate, chocolate malt as well, with a hint of vanilla too, and a hint of other dark black like malts, but really nothing else. Just waves upon waves of chocolate.

Taste brings, yep you guessed it, chocolate, and more chocolate, creamy lush choc, with some baker's choc, and a bit of semi sweet dark chocolate, again that cocoa nibs bathed in hot cocoa like taste and feel, smooth rich melting expensive chocolate even. A mild biscuity malt underneath, little malty and hint of malted milk ball, a touch of a caramely flavor and little candy bar goodness, touch of fluffy nougat even and a little milk dud. Despite all the candy notes it's not too sweet either which is nice for a Southern Tier beer. Finish gets a little fudgey and sticky, coats the mouth with a thick viscous feel, a bit sweet still, with more layers of chocolate and fudge, and more milk dud candy, mild bitterness from the malts I think, and a touch of booze warmth finally. I'm finally getting a touch of oxidation very late on it, but that's typical for a beer this old.

Mouth is heavier bod, a bit creamy and lush, pretty rich, decent carb esp for the age, and booze hidden fairly well.

Overall surprisingly better than I expected, so much chocolate, delivers what it promises, with nice layers of choc and fudge, decent malt profile, wish it came through a bit more, nice mouth feel, and booze hidden quite well. Not sure if the age helped it or hurt it, as the booze is long gone but so are any of the other subtle flavors, and a hint of oxidation, but still quite nice, I think I remember this being a bit boozy and sweet and that's gone so nice and drinkable now.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:46:45 | More by jlindros
Photo of Franziskaner


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color and impenetrable to light. Head is pretty much nonexistent. A scant amount of dark brown foam is barely detectible. Incredible aroma of luscious milk chocolate greets my nose. The flavor is initially very rich milk chocolate that is quickly followed by a bit of bitter roasted malt and bittering hops. The mouth is silky smooth and creamy. This is dessert in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:31:16 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of RVigz


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a jet black color with a dark toasted caramel head.

Smell: caramel malts and vanilla, but prominently sweet chocolate.

Taste: An incredible blend of chocolate and roasted flavor blended with sweet caramel and vanilla, finishes slightly bitter with an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet yet it finishes bitter.

Overall: A delicious chocolate stout that has balanced sweet/bitter characteristics but has a slightly overpowering alcohol bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:11:52 | More by RVigz
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep black with a one-finger tan head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Roasted malts with dark chocolate and espresso.

T - Follows the nose. Dark chocolate right upfront. Nice amount of sweet roasted malts. Finish has s nice big espresso bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - Delicious stout with big bold flavors. Perfect cold weather sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 02:31:21 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Best Quality. Dark brown to black appearance, nice thick tan head that sticks around leaving nice lacing.

S: sweet, milk chocolate. The beer that smells like s'mores.

T: So sweet, nearly impossible to taste the alcohol.

M: smooth and delicious

O: very good

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:29:02 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of WarEagleJeep


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Rich black color with a half inch tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Bold chocolate, sweet grains, toffee, faint black cherry.

T: Lots of dark chocolate, sugary malt, gives way to aromatic coffee and a warm boozy finish. Almost no hop presence or bitterness.

M: On par with most imperial stouts I've had, a little syrupy with a nice sticky finish.

O: Great beer that delivers on its name and description, I"ll be looking for it again next fall.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:16:59 | More by WarEagleJeep
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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,804 ratings.