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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,482
Hads: 4,837
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 472
Gots: 913 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
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 qchic
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big 10%-er and definitely qualifies as a dessert beer without over the top sweetness. Not much head atop its black bod. Smells ridiculously chocolatey (duh) and doesn't let you down in the flavor. Always makes me think of Hershey's syrup, or at least my memory of it. #1 chocolate beer in my book for years.

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Photo of rdipper
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a local establishment. Strongest chocolate smell of any beer I've had....this would be a good beer for a float! Good taste, very thick feel. Will seek out again!

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Photo of L0ne
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pour is cola brown with significant light penetration and a fizzy head.

Smell and taste is sweet chocolate first and foremost. Nice background of light, roasty malts and a slightly bitter finish, seemingly from some hops. Very tasty overall. The flavor of the chocolate in this one is very reminiscent of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout. Good stuff!

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a glass.

Completely black pour. Small head that disappeared quickly.
A blast of chocolate in the nose.
Loads of chocolate and cocoa upfront in the taste. A little bit of roasted malt.
Very full-bodied with strong carbonation.

I had a great time drinking this beer. I finished a bomber, and wanted more. Would certainly recommend.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells amazing, but it's a little watering on the taste. I partially blame that on other high ABV stouts, but to me this beer didn't fulfill its chocolate taste as much when drinking it as it did when smelling it. I will give it another shot the next time I see it around.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine brew from Southern Tier. Pours black w nice foamy head. Tastes just like it should, strong chocolate flavor throughout. Had a bomber last night and enjoyed every sip. Will pick up again for sure.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with no head.
Aroma is pure chocolate. It smells like brownie or cake batter. Not much else on the aroma.
Taste starts chocolatey sweet but turns mildly roasted mid palate. Finishes with a pleasant mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with almost no carbonation.
Great beer will buy again.

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Photo of BWCampbell
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for a 4 year old bottle, which became nothing but delicious Hershey's syrup! Still super viscous, sweet, and well carbonated. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date, 10% ABV. Pours mostly opaque black with a smaller-sized tan head. Smells of cocoa ('choklat'), vanilla, roasted malts, and some caramel. Taste follows with a noticeable malty/bitter presence on the front then cocoa/vanilla on the back. Medium body and low-medium carbonation. Overall, this isn't your average chocolate stout; it's got plenty of malts and bitterness. I liked this more than Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber for my dad on Father's Day. The two of us just enjoyed splitting it. Poured into pint glasses at cellar temperature.

L: Pours a coffee black with about a half-inch of khaki head that sticks around for a little bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Rich cocoa notes in the nose. This one smells a lot like chocolate milk. Beneath all of that chocolate, you get some of the roasted malts coming through. I'm a bit surprised that I can't detect any clear alcohol in the bouquet.

T: Wow. This one is a chocolate bomb. Huge, rich chocolate flavor right out of the gates, with just a bit of the roasted malts shining through. The taste is more of a sweet than a dark chocolate. There' s a bit of vanilla in there, and a touch of molasses starts to surface by the middle. The back end is big dark chocolate, with a slight suggestion of coffee, some of the roasted malts, and almost nothing in the way of clear alcohol--quite impressive given this one's ABV. The lingering aftertaste is dark chocolate all the way.

F: Full-bodied, this one is definitely a sipper. It has some nice creaminess afforded by an excellent level of carbonation. It's got great fullness without feeling overtly syrupy. It does have some stick, and that bitter dark chocolate hangs on for a while at the end.

O: I'm very happy I picked this one up, and now I'll have to go back in and get a couple more for cellaring. I highly recommend as a dessert beer or for any occasion you might want to take your time over a bottle with friends.

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

I had the 2011 on tap. This is a great beer with the chocolate overtones. The 2011 is a little bit smoother than the 2013, but still both good beers none the less. Very tasty.

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Photo of Trentt2
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit on the bitter side almost like a raw cocoa. Mokah I think does a slightly better job mixing the chocolate and bitterness. But still an excellent stout

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

Appearance: Poured aggressively from basically seventy-six feet above the glass down the center to get a head -- I wound up with one about half a finger in size, creamy in texture, and with a pale brown color. To my surprise, Choklat isn't pitch black: it's very dark, but a clear ruby black color when held to light. Lacing is patchy, but decent. (4/5)

Smell: I doubt many people have had it, but Choklat smells a lot like Chocolate Manifesto by Flying Monkeys. An incredibly rich, sharp sweetness from the chocolate makes this smell almost identical to Hershey's syrup -- take that as you will. It's a very, very sweet aroma that smells like a chocolate syrup and nothing else, at least at fridge temperature. (4.5/5)

Taste/feel: Luxurious. Again, my comparison is to the not-too-well-known Chocolate Manifesto -- quite similar, but Choklat is better for one simple fact: it has an unexpected depth of flavor. Obviously there's massive chocolate, but there's a roastiness on the front with the subtlest black licorice sort of vibe, the finish is predominantly chocolate, but the roast and a super slight accent of black licorice is there as well. Choklat starts with a creamy mouthfeel, but then there's a prickly carbonation that seems to highlight a little bit of bitterness, because the finish on Choklat is super unexpectedly... bitter? Not very bitter, but moderately, I'd say. (4.5/5, 4.5/5)

I don't know if Southern Tier has tinkered with the recipe at all, but I don't think this is ridiculously sweet beer -- just a phenomenal chocolate stout with fantastic balance. Chocolate Manifesto, when I had it, had the body of chocolate milk, the smell of chocolate milk, and the taste of chocolate milk or ice cream. Super delicious stuff, but cloying at a certain point. I'd prefer Chocolate Manifesto if I were drinking less of the beer (hence me giving it the higher rating), but with Choklat, I see myself having no issues going through a decent amount of this. Well worth a purchase, especially at the price of $9 a bomber.

(4.5/5) (+4.9% rDev)

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet Milk Chocolate. A very nice chocolately imperial stout, alcohol undetectable. For me, body is on the thin-side. Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher or Left Hand's Wake Up Dead Nitro have creamier bodies with nice chocolate flavors, and edge out this yet fine beer.

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Photo of gshak
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks like chocolate.
S - Smells like chocolate.
T - Tastes like chocolate.
M - Feels like chocolate.
O - Liquid chocolate. If someone told me this stuff was barrel-aged, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised - it sure smells and tastes just as good as some of the best barrel-aged beers I've had. Well done Southern Tier, well done!

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Photo of founddrama
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly boozy, but that's mostly aromatic and in the nose. Strong chocolate flavor (of course) is a real delight. Almost a milkshake?

LOOK: Very dark brown, almost black. A finger's worth of head that's a tight family of tiny bubbles. Hold it up to the light and it's basically opaque.

SMELL: Bittersweet chocolate. A little cinnamon and/or spice?

TASTE: Strong chocolate flavor from start to finish. Completely dominates the palate. Slightly boozy note to finish.

FEEL: Thick and full and rich. Viscous. Your mind fills in some blanks and makes it into a milkshake.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; alcohol burn begins immediately after swallowing
Palate medium, creamy, fizzy

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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

L- Pitch black body.

S- Chocolate syrup!

T- Chocolate syrup and some booze. Slight bitter feel.

F- Thick! Moderate carbonation.

O- Excellent dessert beer. Yum.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a freaking great beer if you like some chocolate in your booze, and I do. Chocolate and alcohol that about it semi fresh, and its great. Looks is the only down side outside of a short filled bottle (thats a deduction on the over all.) and there isn't jack for lacing. outside of those small things this beer is killer.

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Photo of marieli
2.96/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Started at 45d. I was not a fan of this beer. The best thing thing about it to me is the strong and inviting chocolate aroma. It's there up front at the start and remains present throughout. But there is also a strong alcohol presence in both the smell and taste that overrides the nice chocolate. At 10% ABV the booze overpowers the chocolate and anything else. Not sure what to pair this with other than dessert. I would much rather have the fantastic Organic Chocolate Samuel Smith at half the alcohol and exponentially more flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

P- Wegmans in mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark black with no light penetrating through. A light tan head head that is a half finger but hangs around a bit. A splotchy lacing on the glass that is aromatic in itself.

S- Chocolate fudge!!! oh my this is inviting. toffee malt as well.

F- taste is exact same as nose.

M- creamy and medium bodied. fudge on back end and goes down fairly smooth.

O- a very good imperial stout and this is worth a case!!

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head and no lacing. Lots of dark chocolate sits pleasantly in the nose. Dark chocolate again in the taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but the same you get from actual dark chocolate so it makes sense. Incredibly smooth mouth feel.

Taste fatigue sets in pretty quickly, so I recommend sharing this one of you get the bomber.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split between two snifters from a 22 oz bottle

Color is black, nearly opaque. Thin tan head with minimal retention. Some lacing . Smell is chocolate fudge. It really dominates the aroma, drowning any competing smells. Taste is similar - chocolate fudge, finished with bittersweet chocolate. The bitter finish helps to balance this sweet beer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked the look, lace, head, body and aroma; however, while the initial taste was a subtlety sweet taste, which I enjoyed, it had a sort of less-than-satisfying aftertaste. Still a quality stout.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into nonic. Shared with friends over a game of Cities and Knights. Silky thick pour yields a thin tan head that quickly fades to nothing. Very dark brown with lighter edges. Unsurprisingly, the aroma is dominated by chocolate both sweet and dark. There’s also some malt, vanilla, and leafy hop aromas. The taste is again dominated by chocolate: milk chocolate sweetness, some bitter bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, and fudge. An enjoyable earthy leaf bitterness cuts through and marries up to vanilla, roasted malt, and espresso. Medium body, thick velvety slick texture, low to moderate carbonation (more than the appearance indicates), slightly drying on the finish with a bit of alcohol burn.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,482 ratings.