Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,475
Hads: 4,781
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 460
Gots: 891 | FT: 42
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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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Reviews: 1,475 | Hads: 4,781
Photo of IPAGeorge
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Very dark brown. Foamy khaki 2 finger head.

S. Chocolate like the name says. Slight malt.

T. Chocolate chocolate chocolate. If you like chocolate you'll like this. It actually has milk chocolate notes up front like a hot chocolate and some dark chocolate bitterness on the back end. Really cool. Looking it a lot.

M. Medium to heavy body. Very light carbonation. Creamy in the mouth. Finishes slightly dry.

O. OK I'm a chocolate guy. But this beer is awesome. All the elements of this beer make sense to me. It's chocolate. And it's done very well. Will be getting this again. (625 characters)

Photo of Monklover
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is complete chocolate, no alcohol. Taste is way too chocolate forward for me. A single glass, as a dessert beer, is the only reason this gets a 4 (151 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Choklate is the word. And this is one of my new favorite stouts. Taste like a big tootsie roll. With background hops and some slight oak. Really easy to drink (161 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/27/13 (about 1 year old)

Dark brown pour with tan head.

Unsurprisingly, smells overwhelmingly of sweet baking chocolate with underlying notes of coffee and roast.

The taste is big on milk chocolate and cocoa. The sweetness is followed but not completely balanced by roasty, bitter malts. The booze is mostly covered but is apparent in the finish.

Medium bodied with thin but creamy carb. It has the consistency of chocolate milk.

This is a pretty tasty sweet chocolate stout. It works well but I'd like it to see it live up to its dessert beer standards and be a little thicker/richer. (601 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wowww does this one taste amazing. Imagine drinking liquid chocolate dipped in coffee.

This blends in amazingly and is a great brew at 10%. Took 2 hours to finish the bomber. Enjoying every sip! (196 characters)

Photo of Ksoden1186
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Very nice stout from ST. This is readily available and relatively inexpensive. Considering that, this is an awesome beer to pick up. Huge chocolate flavors with some light coffee notes in the background. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Roasty flavors abound. A solid, solid beer. (274 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Choklat pours a black color with a small but lacing, long lasting tan head. There is a big chocolate aroma. The taste has big, huge chocolate flavors; not to sweet, with a nice mellow roasted backbone. Great body, great flavors, not too sweet. Overall, its fantastic strong chocolate flavors, great roasted backbone. (320 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got to try this on tap at the local bar. Simply astounding. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Large, dark head that leaves adequate lacing. Pours pitch-black as well.

S: Wow! This smells great! Loads of toffee, caramel and...wait for it...a ton of milk chocolate. This beer reeks of chocolate, and I don't mean the bitter, coffeeish kind either. Pure sweet milk chocolate.

T: Follows the nose, making the beer excellent. Milk chocolate is quite robust; almost like eating a chocolate mousse cake. Will definitely have this beer in the future, judging by just the taste alone.

M: Beautifully thick creamy.

O: An impressive beer from ST. Will definitely have again. (675 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a smooth, chocolaty brew that is perfect for dessert. One of the best chocolate stouts I've had so far; right up there with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout. You can't even tell it's 10% ABV. Nose is delightfully pure chocolate. It's like drinking a delicious candy bar. (281 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 9/19/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Above average head volume, average lacing and retention. Very rich nose of milk chocolate with chocolate malt notes underneath. Full bodied with a rich creamy texture. Slightly above average carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a reasonable burst for this viscosity on the finish. The very rich taste profile is intense, not very complex but well balanced. It begins with a sweet milk chocolate explosion that slowly fades into a mild bitterness in the middle. The bitterness is a blend of roast and hops. As it begins, the chocolate malt notes of the nose are evident. The finish leaves a nice moderate alcohol burn at the back of the throat. As the chocolate and bitterness fade, a light grain alcohol flavor emerges. (798 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap:
Pours black with tan fluffy head. Edge is medium thick, lacing is moderate. Nose is wonderful milk chocolate, mainly. Roasted notes sit behind it, with no more than hints of coffee, hazelnut, oatmeal.

The chocolate is more balanced with roasted nut flavors that come through more on the tongue than the nose. Mainly typical sweet stout flavors, dark roasted nuts, coffee, cocoa nibs. The bitterness is a bit woody to me. The feel is maybe just over medium, carbonation not playing a big role.

A very enjoyable beer. It's not as sweet as you might think from the name and nose, but is actually nicely balanced. Definitely a beer to have when it's available. (674 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance- Dark, with a thin head but good lacing and retention

Smell- Big boozy smell followed by chocolate and dark fruit

Taste- Like a very dark fudge milshake. Big cacao and baking chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy, low carbonation.

Overall- Good dessert stout, very similar to Mokah. Slightly less sweet than Mokah but less complex flavor. Probably not a beer where you would want to drink a whole bomber alone. (429 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -6.8%

750ml bottle. Pours dark deep brown. 2 full fingers of head that lingers. Smells of hops, barley, roasted barley in particular, coffee, dark chocolate, sugar. Heavy and thick in the mouth. The bitter chocolate predominates. Roasted barley is very strong. The dark chocolate and roasted barley fight in your mouth. Definitely a double imperial stout. Little burn on the way down. Finishes with that traditional kick back of hops and roasted barley with an almost chocolate burp. While I like it, it is no Founders Breakfast Stout. There are other imperial stouts I would prefer. Definitely good though. (614 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Pitch black and opaque. An aggressive vertical pour yields a finger of tan head that seems to hang about a decent while.
Smell: Milk chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit and a hint of floral notes.
Taste: Lactic acid, fresh coffee, coco nibs, Dutch process coco powder, raisins and prunes.
Mouthfeel: Acidic, tingly, medium body and slightly creamy
Overall: High marks across the board. Not my favorite chocolate stout but in my top three. (449 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

A: poured into a snifter to a jet black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.
S: smells of bittersweet and dark chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt
T: taste is chocolate spanning the spectrum from sweet milk to bitter dark and roasted malt. swallow is more chocolate, burnt sugar and roasted malt with a slight alcohol tinge toward the back
M: thick and velvety in the mouth with soft carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: This beer is everything it claims to be with a decadent flavor and full body. extremely viscous and goes down smooth. Very well crafted and a pleasure to drink. (650 characters)

Photo of McSmack
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Super good stout. The nose is all chocolate. The draw is semi-sweet chocolate finishing with the smooth stout profile. Really like this profile of stouts. (157 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate, what's not to love? My wife had made a pan of double fudge brownies the day before I tried this and they smell exaclty the same (some damn good brownies). If your idea of chocolate flavored beer is that the twain should not mix, avoid the is bad boy. On the negative side, it's a tad thin for an Imperial stout. This would be heaven on Nitro. (383 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a Samuel Smith’s pint glass

A: Dark, inky black pour that creates a creamy, chocolate milk colored head; looks viscous, and coats the sides of the glass; head retention, like on most high ABV stouts is reduced to a thin ring of creamy bubbles settling on the surface.

S: The name says it all – absolutely massive wave of chocolate aromas from the moment the cap is popped; sweet milk chocolate; gourmet dark chocolate with a bittersweet bite; homemade fudge; warm brownies; cocoa powder – like Swiss-Miss hot chocolate mix; flashes of vanilla; a faint touch of dark fruits, but really, the chocolate steals the show here.

T: Just when you think the beer couldn’t get any better after diving into its aroma, the first sip settles on your tongue. I’m gobsmacked. So. Much. Chocolate. It’s hard to believe this is beer because this tastes like the most decadent chocolate ganache dessert you can imagine in liquid form; huge sweetness from milk chocolate notes mingling with vanilla; rich fudge brownies; some deeper, bittersweet notes of dark chocolate (like a gourmet 80%+ cacao dark chocolate) are next in line, complimenting a roasted flavor reminiscent of cold coffee that grows through the middle - this is like mocha milkshake on steroids; the malts do come through with hints of caramel, brown sugar and a faint toast flavor, but the residual sweetness from the chocolate sweeps through like a tidal wave, pushing all other flavors back beneath the surface. Absolutely savory – bouncing from sweet to bittersweet, with enough malt and roasted presence peaking in between like intermissions in a symphony of chocolate.

M: Full body that is creamy, luscious, velvety; coats the palate; goes down very smoothly.

O: 10% ABV are you kidding? This is so supremely drinkable because the alcohol is hidden behind waves of indulgent chocolate. I know it’s there at the end of the day, with that slight warming feeling from within, but it never rises on the palate. Phenomenal. A beer disguised as dessert, or the other way around; surely this is the pick of the bunch from Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series, and that's saying something because there aren’t any slouches in that seasonal lineup of bold stouts. For my money, this is hands-down THE best chocolate-themed stout on the market, and well deserving of a place near the top of the list of the best stouts I’ve ever tasted. It is relatively easy to find in season and you won't have to break the bank to get your hands on it. Try it - you won’t be disappointed. (2,589 characters)

Photo of poorbuthappy
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick black, not quite opaque. Poured a finger of tan head that reduced to a ring of bubbles. Smells like dark chocolate. So far so good! Also picking up some caramel malts and herbal hops along with a little alcohol.

Taste follows nose closely: dark chocolate up front, hints of caramel and vanilla. Finishes slightly bitter with charred malts and herbal hops. Very good. Feels thick with moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry. (438 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Deep black in color. Poured with dense,  dark beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy  cap. The aroma is truly amazing. Rich, sweet, freshly melted melted, milk chocolate aroma, with sweet milky, vanilla and dark roasted malt notes. Velvety smooth feel with a slowly drying feel through the middle. Sweet milk chocolate flavors over top dark  roasted malt. Earthy hop bitterness is slowly introduced and adds some balance to the chocolatey sweetness through the middle to the end. Finished with a touch of sweet chocolate followed by dark roasted malt and a touch of boozy heat. A truly phenomenal stout. (609 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half tan head which receded slowly to even surface foam and extensive patchy lacing.

s: Sweet milk chocolate

t: Follows the nose, simultaneously sweet and bitter finish, some throat burn from the 10% ABV.

m: Medium to full, very smooth.

o; An obviously powerful but very seductive stout, eminently sippable. Bought this over a year ago and had it stored in the beer fridge for months at the recommended temp of 48 degrees, and it certainly has not suffered a bit. The high ABV does make it a little less pleasant drinking than Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout at first, and ST Choklat is more expensive, but it is undeniably good stuff and quickly becomes really delicious (even before the alcohol kicks in LOL) (829 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%

Served from a bomber dated 12/02/12. Bought the bottle over a year ago and have kept in the fridge since then.

Appearance: Black liquorish in color with a thin but thick dark tan head. A little lacing from the dissipated head. (4.00)

Aroma: Hershey’s chocolate syrup above a little dark malt bitterness. Mostly dominated by a milk chocolate character. (3.75)

Taste: With any flavored beer the main concern is too much sweetness or cloying flavor. My first impressions of Choklat are that of big flavor and good balance. Choklat starts with mild bitterness and clean dark malt. The finish marks a huge helping of smooth milk chocolate flavor, which lingers well in the aftertaste along with charred malt goodness to balance the sweet chocolate. The 10% ABV is extremely well hidden, however I should note that I’m drinking this straight out of the fridge so the temperature may be playing a helping hand in this case. Definitely a dessert beer. (4.00)

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I was expecting at just above medium in body with slightly higher carbonation than average beers of this style. Smooth feel all around with good drinkability. (3.75)

Final Thoughts: I’ve been holding on to this bottle for a long time and was luckily able to keep myself from hyping my palate up too much. Choklat is a fantastic dessert beer but what makes it great (the chocolate flavor) is also its main downfall because the sweetness can be cloying after only half a glass or so. I would recommend it to imperial stout fans and those with a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? Sure, but I wouldn’t seek it out to enjoy by myself. (4.00) (1,628 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark brown, with an off white/beige thin head. There wasn't much action going on around the glass during the tilt appearance test. The smell is definitely of chocolate and lactose. Bitter and sweet aromas waft off the top as I sniff. Taste is definitely chocolatey and rich. The bitter and sweet contest is fairly balanced, however, it is a tad bit more bitter than sweet. There are hops in this one. Mouthfeel wasn't something that stood out for me. This is a bit thin. Thicken it up a little and it would be better.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Tonight I had this with rhubarb/strawberry pie. It would be fantastic with vanilla ice cream and chocolate cake. I will have this again in the future. (724 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a pure blackness that is dark as the darkest night with no moon or stars. There is a moderate thickness to the head that is rich and pillowy and tan that settles extremely slowly and leaves a shallow ring down the glass as opposed to lacing.

The nose is a fruity bourbon with notes of chocolate, coffee, anise, cardamon, vanilla, toast and raspberries.

The taste is very sharp and the alcohol has a definite bite that combines with the hops to attack the palate and dominate then gives way to a very complex smokey malt filled with a variety of flavors of smoke, bourbon, apples, bananas, coffee, chocolate, vanilla with a subtle peppery tinge in the finish.

The moutfeel is fairly creamy and the beer is a heavy one, especially for an American Stout.

Overall this is an exceptional stout that is very easy to enjoy. I found it went extremely well with some sushi. (883 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brawley's (Charlotte, NC bottle shop) snifter at 9 AM on a Saturday morning, wonderful desert or breakfast beer.

These guys just plain make good beer, and this one is fantastic. Pours jet black with minimal head and lacing, loads of malt in the nose and a creamy mouthfeel. The chocolate is ever present in this viscous concoction, and lingers long after the last sip. Wonderful beer from a brewery that doesn't seem to make anything but amazing beer. Definitely pick some up and try it for yourself. (515 characters)

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.