Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-21-2009 03:29:09 | More by BEERchitect
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
04-30-2008 20:16:10 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +4%
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.
12-12-2009 08:07:18 | More by womencantsail
4.83/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
02-05-2008 06:02:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.43/5 rDev +4%
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.
10-05-2011 02:52:24 | More by kylehay2004
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
06-01-2011 03:24:35 | More by Knapp85
4.72/5 rDev +10.8%
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!
12-31-2007 03:29:08 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
02-17-2010 01:27:43 | More by TMoney2591
4.43/5 rDev +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.
01-01-2008 23:53:14 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
01-24-2009 01:32:53 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
04-13-2008 21:35:24 | More by largadeer
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
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!
02-08-2008 21:57:03 | More by NeroFiddled
4.6/5 rDev +8%
Pours like midnight with no stars and comes with a tan head. Nose is fully a dark chocolate bar. Flavor is chocolate layered on chocolate. Just mounds of ever piece of dark chocolate you could imagine. Feel is smooth with a full carbonation. As beautiful as it was on the bottle. By far the most firm chocolate stout around. Very nice.
01-19-2008 23:06:57 | More by RblWthACoz
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is pure, rich chocolate and some roasted malts. It smells just like a chocolate candy bar.
T: The taste is likewise loaded with chocolate but it's to the point that it's overly sweet. The malt character is very thick and there's very little hops presence as you would expect. There's a slight hint of alcohol. The after-taste continues the strong bitter-sweet chocolate flavor.
M: Very smooth with a little crispness, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.
D: Tasty especially if you're into the intense chocolate, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is exactly what it claims to be and just knocks you over with the chocolate, so I can see where those that like aspect of a big stout would love this beer. However, I think it's a little too over-the-top and there are other big stouts that I would choose first.
03-26-2009 00:33:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,118 ratings.