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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,074
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 372
Gots: 586 | FT: 35
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know everybody loved this. I thought it was a very decent stout and I can see the bittersweet quality chocolate as being attractive. Some chocolate came through the stout aroma. It was black with a bit of creaminess. Mouthfeel was medium. I found this stout to be astringent and even burning my stomach.
Had on tap 14 months later and it was all about chocolate, did not notice astringency this time.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 03:12:55 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a wonderfully intense beer. It pours very dark in color. Pretty much black but in the light theres a little brown. The foam was dark brown as well. Not much in the way of retention or lacing though.

The smell was mostly of dark chocolate but if you look for it there is a bit of roasted malts in there. The taste is about the same but even more intense than the aroma. The taste is awsome and its so strong that the next couple of beers that I poured into the same pint glass still tasted and smelled like dark chocolate. I assumed that the bitterness I tasted was from the high abv but I guess it could have come from the hops. As far as alcohol flavor goes, theres pretty much none in this beer.

Great beer, next year I'm going to make sure and order a case of this stuff as well as the pumking. Very sweet, very smooth, very delicious, just not drinkable in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 21:19:42 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a small 1/2 inch beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Smells exactly like Yoo-Hoo. Extreme chocolate aromas. Chocolate milk, chocolate syrup, and milk chocolate candy bars. There is also a vanilla and malted milk quality. I am also getting a hint of banana. Taste is almost exactly like the smell with some dark roasted malt and cocoa powder flavors. There is a high level of carbonation on this one which makes this beer very lively and crisp. A bit of an alcohol burn in the throat too. Overall, this is a very good beer with an unbelievable chocolate smell and taste. Probably the best chocolate beer I have tried thus far.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:40:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -29.4%

12-12-2011 20:08:26 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore -- 01.23.2010.

Poured a very dark brown, about the color of rich dark chocolate. A tiny bit of head to it, and minimal amounts of lacing as it went down. The smell was pretty one dimensional, but it was done incredibly well--lots of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs atop a little bit of roasted malt. The taste was very similar, except there was an off bitterness to it, which detracted a lot from what was in the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-full with good carbonation. A little heavy to be too drinkable, but for its style and ABV, I wouldn't complain.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 15:37:31 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest chocolate brown with garnet glimmerings at the bottom edge of the glass. Not a black hole. An attractive chunk of golden beige colored foam sits atop the beer. It looks like a thick and creamy coffee milkshake as it melts, leaving a fine sheet of tattered and torn lace as it does so. This is a gorgeous stout.

The aroma is everything I'd hoped for and more. Choklat is the chocolatiest smelling beer that has ever entered my glass. In fact, it smells more like chocolate than beer... which is why it isn't quite perfect. I wonder how many times the word chocolate will be used in this review. Answer: 13.

Unlike the nose, the beer actually tastes like a chocolate stout, not melted chocolate. Leave it to Southern Tier to get the proportions of roasted barley and chocolate (both malt and the real thing) juuust right. Rogue Chocolate Stout has just been dethroned.

It's hard to describe the flavor because I can't stop drinking the beer long enough to put it into words. Here goes... double chocolate ice cream covered with fudge sauce, cocoa nibs and a light dusting of espresso powder. Each mouthful is a rich chocolate explosion of epic proportions. An ABV of 11.0% has to be a misprint.

Chinook and Willamette hops provide just enough spicy fruitiness and bitterness to take Choklat to the next level. Any brewery can add high-quality chocolate to their double stout, but only one of the very best can craft an exceptional beer in the process. And there's no doubt that this is exceptional beer. It says so right next to the 5.0 on the scoring menu.

Although the mouthfeel is great, it isn't as fantastic as it could be. A little more melted chocolate silky creaminess and viscous chewiness would have earned it the ultimate number.

It's a tribute to the talented brewers at Southern Tier that Choklat is the best chocolate stout that I've ever had and Jahva is the best coffee stout. There's no doubt in my mind that this is the most delicious marriage of roasted malt, Belgian chocolate and hops that the world has ever seen. Thanks a million far333.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 15:40:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head that left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of semisweet chocolate in the aroma.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of semisweet chocolate. There are some notes of sweetness and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is like having liquid dessert. The strength of the alcohol is noticeable but it's well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2009 vintage

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 14:26:45 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a bubbly tan head that hangs around for about as long as you would expect for a high ABV beer; dots the chalice with lace

Smell: This one smells like rich Belgian chocolate, melted down and streaming into your nostrils

Taste: Opens like an Aztec chocolate, with rich, dark chocolate flavors that are joined, mid-palate, by the subtle bitter influence from the hops, which persists to the very end; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; warmth on the finish adds to the hot chocolate aspect

Drinkability: This is one superb brew; it's going to be tough to beat on the chocolate scale

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 22:55:04 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-24-2011 19:32:34 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served at 45 degrees and poured into a Snifter Glass

A – Poured the thickest darkest brown chocolate syrup looking liquid I think I ever have seen. I mean this stuff looked serious. Almost had the consistency of chocolate syrup on the pour, but with a much darker color. A large three finger high head of rich tan colored lace then rose up and above it crowning the top wonderfully. This hung around for easily a few minutes before finally settling down and easing into just a thin layer of chocolate colored foam across the top which hung around until the very end. The side glass lace on this one was extraordinary as well, really coating the inside of the glass and doing on number on it throughout the entire session. Really quite a thick looking stout, I was definitely liking what I am seeing so far.

S – I will give you one guess as to where this was going with regards to the aroma. Deep rich milk chocolate covered this one entirely. Now I have had a few chocolate stouts in my day, but nothing came even remotely close to mimicking the smell coming off of this one. It was like something straight out of Hershey. Not the deep dark chocolate malt smell you are used to, this was rich creamy milk chocolate and the difference was never clearer then it was here. There was also a touch of bourbon like alcohol that you could pick up way in the back that was also making its presence known. This was not such a big player, but was more just giving you a little hint at some of the depth that was lying in waiting here.

T – I am not sure where to begin on this one. I have never tasted something that was more designed to be not only drank while eating dessert, but more to a be a dessert in of itself. This was just the most rich and creamy chocolate drink I think I have ever had. Really hard to quantify this as a beer from the flavor, it has almost no semblance of a beer like flavor. Such rich milk chocolate tastes that it was really hard to even find anything else that was hiding in the back, but if you really tried you could find it. First off this baby is over 11% ABV, and it has to be the smoothest I have ever seen for something so big. There was really no hint of the alcohol in the flavor at all; rather it was just a touch of bourbon or brandy like warmth that came through as you sipping. There was a touch of hops in the finish, just enough to dry it out and give you just a touch of bitter at the end. Overall though this was chocolates day to rule the roost and nothing was going to be its undoing in the one.

M – One of the smoothest, creamiest brews I have ever had the pleasure of trying. The consistency here was as smooth as silk, literally with a rich texture that was so thick and viscous, it almost redefined the style. There was just this mousse like quality to it that cannot be ignored. It was just a wonderful interpretation of the style and a really phenomenal beer.

D – This is the only category that gets a little tricky for me. Now…it is definitely a quality beer there is no disputing that, and for a late night sipper, it would be hard to find its equal. However there was a limit on this one as to how much you can actually sip. First off it is very strong, you may not think it is, but it is and it will catch up to you. Secondly there was the fact that it was so rich. After about the third glass I had reached my limit. It is so sweet that it is difficult to try and have much more, too sweet. But this should not be a knock as I probably just had them a little too fast.

Overall I don’t know what else I can say about this one. It was truly unique and unlike any that I had had previous. Truly a chocolate stout that all others should be measured by. This was definitely deserving of its reputation and is a fine example of the style. A wonderful beer that everyone should get a chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 11:24:15 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of pure black chocolate is dominating but is so enjoyable at the same time. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate from Belgium or Switzerland with some sweetness reminiscent of lactose. Full creamy body with a somewhat oily texture, almost like liquid chocolate, with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is surprising considering the ABV of 11%. This beer is one of my new guilty pleasures.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 20:16:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insane chocolate character in this beer!

The beer decants like hot cocoa with a silky looking pour and with dark chocolate colors. Ok, it's a Stout. Head formation and retention could have been better but probably reduced because of the intense amount of cocoa oils it would take to pull this beer off.

If you put my nose in this beer and then in a fresh baked pan of brownies, I don't know if I could distinguish the scents. It's that good. A darker quality cocoa gives a great stradle between the Stout character and French Roast character. The bold cocoa aromas are complimented by softer and more caramelly milk-chocolate notes. Extremely seductive aroma!

Flavors deliver on the promises that the nose told. Nearly all cocoa and milk chocolate but with a great balance comming from the espresso-like strength and bitterness. Hops also play a part in bitterness, but not in flavor.

Extremely silky and creamy in feel. The beer holds true to Imperial Stouts, but with a super sleek texture. The 11% abv. is nowhere to be seen. This beer is well put together.

Never have I tasted a chocolate flavored beer with this much boldness, balance, or genuine chocolate character that leads the way throughout the session.

Thanks Arvjunk!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 03:29:09 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-02-2012 01:14:11 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is thick and dark, pretty much black.

S: The smells is pure milk chocolate. There might be some roasted malts, but the smell is like a glass full of chocolate milk.

T: This is chocolate milk meets beer, and I love it. Sweet, milk chocolate. There's also a nice component of roasted malt and coffee.

M: The beer is smooth and creamy with minimal carbonation.

D: Most of these Southern Tier beers are too sweet for me to drink much of. Choklat, however, is a different beast. Yes, it's sweet, but the chocolate flavors are just so enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 08:07:18 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-04-2011 23:15:01 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a tiny, tiny beige head that, regardless of being so tiny, was rather short-lived.

Smell: Incredibly chocolatey! Sweet-smelling aroma of luscious chocolate ganache with a hint of vanilla and roast.

Taste: Incredibly chocolatey! Initially, I was worried this beer might fail to deliver like some other chocolate stouts have in the past, but this is NOT the case. Milk chocolate, chocolate malt balls, dark chocolate, and cocoa stitched together with vanilla notes, some roastiness, and a touch of spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Tremendously creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very lovely imperial stout pumped up with chocolatey goodness. 11% but still an ease to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 06:02:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-29-2012 02:54:09 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-17-2011 09:08:52 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-28-2013 22:18:00 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-10-2013 02:01:31 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: half finger head, milk chocolate head. Black and no light getting through.

S: tons of milk chocolate. Very sweet with cream and roasted notes.

T: tons of chocolate which starts sweet like milk chocolate and finishes bitter like dark chocolate. Roasted malt backbone.

M: creamy, medium body and low to moderate carboation.

Overall: very good. Its sweet but not in an offensive sense. I like the various chocolate flavors. Well made beer and better than I would have suspected.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 02:52:24 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This amazing stout poured into a Guinness pint glass a deep but not quite opaque black there was a little tinge of ruby when held to the light a creamy tight one finger mocha colored head atop that settled into a creamy mass atop.I have never encountered a beer with such a chocolate fudge presence in the nose in anything for that matter it was like a fudge brownie with a bit of raisin and molasses just awesome.That big bakers chocolate presence is felt on the palate hitting big up front like a dense chocolate cake infused with a touch of raisin and raw nut,a slight earthy presence is felt in the finsih to make it perfect no cloying sweetness.Wow can a better chocolate stout be made? I honestly dont think its posible, ST made this beer a standard for any beer infused with chocolate,just awesome!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 03:29:08 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-09-2013 22:25:01 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a lot like the other Black Water Series brews that Southern Tier puts out. It's thick and black with a nice creamy brown head on it. The smell is very rich with chocolate, not a whole lot else besides some roasted malts in there. The flavor of this beer reminded me of chilled hot cocoa. It's very tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and very nice to sip for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:24:35 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a straight obsidian with highlights of very dark ruby-brown struggling to break through the tar. A minor bit of oatmeal serves as the head, which dissipates into a foamy halo of breakfast grains. The smell strikes hard with a chocolate/cocoa 1-2, finishing with an oaty jab, just to toy with you, to draw you in for more. The haymaker comes in the taste, which consists of cocoa, oats, dark malts, and a finishing rabbit-punch of hoppy bitterness. The fight choreography at this point has been complex, mixed, generally effective, but not a complete knockout; we're left dizzied, anxiou for what may come next. Luckily, the body is nicely in the medium range, allowing the refs to call the fight before everything goes south. In all, yes, we lose, but we are not disgraced, allowing us to be anxious to schedule a rematch soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:27:43 | More by TMoney2591
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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,074 ratings.