Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,468
Reviews: 1,451
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 424
Gots: 727 | FT: 41
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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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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of red. Not entirely opaque, but close to it. The head is a bit thin, but retains fairly well.

Smell: Sweet and decadent with aromas of chocolate, caramel, cherries and vanilla. The chocolate is syrupy and rich; it's pleasant but slightly excessive.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt, vanilla and cream. Semi-dry in the finish with an earthy bitterness and a faint lingering chocolate sweetness that sticks to the roof of the mouth. Medium-to-full in body.

Notes: Good, but not as good as I was expecting. Rogue's Chocolate Stout still reigns in this category.

Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotty tan lace and foam that doesn't hang around long, likely due to the higher alcohol content. Body is pitch black.

Let's do some free association...close your eyes, and inhale an open box of Belgian chocolates or dark chocolate covered cherries. This also conjured visions of hot fudge, brownies, and iced coffee.

Obviously alot of chocolate in here, some mild coffee and roast notes. Dry cocoa in the finish. Lactic, milky chocolate ice cream or chocolate milk.

A thinner mouthfeel than I was expecting, but it still holds up to the bold flavor. Medium level of bitterness, with some low level astringency. Smooth with a light stickiness.

The 11% is very well hidden, but a full bomber of this will creep up on you.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is downright fantastic, better than maybe any other southern tier beer ive ever tasted. the pour is motor oil black, crazy dense, with an invigorated but short lived mocha colored head over an inch tall. the nose is sweet like a milk stout, same kind of sugars appear to be present. there is a lovely chocolatey waft, really authentic and luxurious. i almost feel guilty for cracking this bomber tonight. the flavor is incredible, so much depth. big dark chocolate flavors abound in the first few seconds, but a bitterness arises from the darkness of the malt toast and perhaps some raw cocoa too. alcohol burns off the bitter when its warm, but when its still cold or even close to room temperature it finishes oddly dry, and the sweetness from the start just totally evaporates. im left with a slightly chalky bitter dry mouth, in a good way, like ive just had dessert and brushed my teeth or something. huge body, but i was happy that this wasnt syrupy or sugary the way the creme brulee was. i was afraid of that sugar content, but its fine. the carbonation is very light, but the high alcohol almost takes its place, making the edges a little sharper in the mouth. overall a magestic glass of stout, inspired and inspiring. a treat to be savored.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out dark brown, almost black color with a small, fizzy, light brown head. It left no lacing at all.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate, floral notes and sweet maltiness.

T - It tasted of deliciously sweet chocolate with a bitter hop kick.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer with a warming alcohol presence.

D - This is a great tasting brew. However, a bomber of it is a difficult thing to handle by yourself.

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

WOW! What a stunning beer! I've had chocolate beers before, but never one that tasted as much like drinking chocolate as this one!

That said, it's more of a dessert beer, nightcap, or slow-sipper. I really enjoyed my 10 oz. serving at the bar, but I wouldn't have wanted a second one.

Beyond that it's really well made. The head had good retention for a beer of 11% abv, and although the alcohol made an appearance it was actually quite welcome at times amidst the rich and malty dark chocolate flavor. It's not complex, but it is rich!

A little on the sweet side. Very chocolatey!

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,468 ratings.