Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,731
Reviews: 1,504
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
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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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Photo of Tonmeister
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured in a 16oz glass

Appearance: Pours syrupy; looks dark black with a thick brownish head. I cannot see through the glass.

Smell: an explosion of Chocolate blended with dark roasted malt. It is very sweet to the nose.

Taste: sugary chocolate, sweet dark roasted malt, with a hint of alcohol. Tastes reminds me of an alcohol chocolate milk type beer.

Mouthfeel: syrupy, thick bodied with little carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, This is a great RIS. Probably one of my favorite stouts right behind Stone's RIS. The name of this stout truly describes the taste. It is a sweet chocolate explosion in my palate and it is very well balanced with the alcohol and the malt flavors.

Photo of BuccoFan
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of miketd
2.03/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with virtually no head. Just a small ring of brown on the rim. Very heavy Hershey like chocolate. Almost too much...actually it is too much. Sorry, this doesn't smell like beer, but some drink that should be in a martini glass. Flavor is hersheys with some alcohol burn. Has a slightly bitter finish. How did they get a flavor like this? Almost like the base was liquid chocolate and a few hops were added. Seems fake and artificial. Medium palate and oily. Not very good in my opinion. Way too much chocolate milk for me.

Photo of EGledhill
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at D's in Regent Square.

get it while you can, they bought up the last 6 barrels of this sweet gift from the beer gods left in Pittsburgh

A. black with a tan head

S. an unbelievable chocolate aroma...couldn't wait to suck it down

T. not as potent as the smell, but nevertheless, fantastic. chocolate the whole way through. the only beer I've had with a better chocolate taste so far has been Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

M. a little thin, maybe making them a little too easy to drink.

D. supremely good. Stopped at D's to grab a mixed 6 and Probably should've eaten something. they're not kidding when they say 11.0% ABV. Overall one of the best. Simply put, amazing

Photo of JonMich13
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jamie2dope for the trade.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Flying Saucer 2009 Beerknurd glass.

A= Very dark black with some hints of light coming through on the edges. Very little head on the 1st pour. Hard poured the 2nd half and got a 3+ head of light brown. Light lacing.

S = Basically chocoate/ tootsie roll with a bit of earthy hop presence.

T = INTENSELY sweet chocolate dominates. Very syrupy to the point of overbearing. No coffee. Hop bitterness slightly in the finish. HOT alcohol on the finish as well. Burns a bit from the intense sweetness as well. Wanted to give a 4 because I love chocolate, but this is a bit heavy handed.

M = Not overly thick. This could use a bit of softening. I like my RIS creamy and smooth.

D = Definitely a sipper. The harsh alcohol burn and syrupy sweetness make this one a one hour affair. I made it through the bomber, but it took a bit of effort.

Overall, has some very redeeming qualities. The chocolate is very overt (big surprise, huh?) and quite tasty, but in whole, this one could use some work to soften some of its more harsh qualities.

Photo of hossua34
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Thick, black and syrupy. Not a tremendous amount of head, but what is there is brown in color. Tiny, thin wisps of lacing remain.

S - Straight chocolate syrup. Like unscrewing the cap of a bottle of Hershey's and taking a whiff.

T - Very, very chocolately. I was expecting at least SOME other flavor, but I really can't detect any. However, the alcohol is nicely hidden.

M - Very thick and little carbonation. "Syrupy" is a good descriptor once again.

D - The chocolate flavor is rather overpowering. It's very hard NOT to drink a bottle of this very slowly. Hearty and filling. Maybe it says something about me, but I have never been able to taste or sense a whole lot of difference between the chocolate beers.

Photo of littlekidlover
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 22oz bomber into a wine glass. There was minimal biege head and slight lacing. Dark black in appearance with a slightly red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has some alcohol on it, also coffee, dark chocolate. This beer punches you in the mouth with flavor coffee and chocolate, a bit of dried fruit. There is a great hop/ malt balance. The mouthfeel is viscous, like motor oil. This could be an very dangerous beer considering it's alcohol content. I would highly recommend this beer. One of my favorite stouts.

Photo of DanOLeary
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Rich nose of melted dark chocolate. The aroma chocolate gives off when you heat it up, that's what this beer brings to mind. There is very little else in the aroma profile, perhaps some dusty grain but likely this is the background of robust use of chocolate

Appearance: Deep black, opaque. With a moderate pour this beer forms a thin head of small tan carbonation bubbles that fades to but a ring around the outside of the glass.

Flavor: Initially the tongue starts out confused between a roasted bitterness and huge chocolate sweetness. As the flavor settles in you are hit with an unmistakably rich milk chocolate candy bar, liquified. There is a hop bitterness in the middle that pushes through the chocolate with some earthy bittering flavor. This quickly gives way to a sweet but dry finish. The flavor finally fades from sweet chocolate in the end to the only hint at this beer's 11% ABV with a drying and slightly hot alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium and effervescent carbonation. There is a slight stickiness in the finish but it is still quite dry on the tongue.

Overall: An unbelievably rich and sweet stout. This is such a chocolaty beer that there were honest-to-goodness chocolate shavings in my glass and the bottle at the end. My experience with dessert beers at this point is admittedly limited, but this beer has got to be near the top of the list. Rich in the nose, rich chocolate sweetness with effervescent carbonation and a drying finish. At 11% ABV this sweet warmer is not to be taken lightly.

Photo of deford
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber into an Alesmith Goblet.

L- Scary dark. Minimal head that fades quickly leaving no trace of it's existence.

S- Ummmm, chocolate.

T- Well.....chocolate. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, bitter baking chocolate and maybe some fudge. Starts off sweet and finishes bitter.

F- Nothing at all.

O- A bit one-dimensional...but hey, that dimension is chocolate!! Would probably be great over vanilla ice cream.

Photo of edmedina
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

aroma: Chocolate nothing else. It's like smelling a hot chocolate drink.
Appearance: Low head, dark, opaque. No light is getting through at all.
Taste: Think Hot chocolate with alcohol, an imperial hot chocolate if you will. I also get hints of roasted malts almost very coffee like.
Overall Impression: This being called a Choklate stout you can pretty much guess what you are getting. This is an 11% beer but it is very well hidden. It's a nice sipper very enjoyable.

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours heavy. It's deep dark brown to black with light only getting through at the extreme edges. The tan color head dissipates to a ring that doesn't leave any lacing.

S: You have to let this one warm up otherwise you will miss it. Well, you will miss the fullness. Chocolate. The aroma is a double barrel shotgun of chocolate that fires off both barrels. I keep searching for something else but it is just chocolate. And one would think that the flavor would be way too sweet and over the top. Well...

T: Initially the smell made me thing I was going to be drinking a chocolate bar dipped in Hershey's sauce. Not really. Somehow the sweetness is balanced. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is strong and in your face but it isn't over the top and sickeningly sweet.

M: Medium to heavy body, light carbonation, a little oily, a warming alcohol feel (not surprising, this being an imperial).

D: Well, I would call this one a "one per session" but maybe it is a "one session per" instead. Weighing in at 11% ABV (according to the bottle) this is one that I would want to share amongst friends instead of drinking the whole thing myself (which is what I did tonight). A very enjoyable beer but maybe one that I would save for after dinner.

Photo of blackenmn
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a nice thick dark chocolate color. With a very minimal head which disappeared quickly. You'd think it was chocolate syrup sitting in a glass if you didn't give it a swirl. Smelled of rich choclate syrup with a small hint of the abv warmth on the nose, a little beyond inviting. There was a bit of caramel malt presence but primarily just sweet chocolate syrup aroma dominates.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tastes of thick extremely rich and delicious genuine chocolate. Not just a hint of chocolate but a stout with a few chocolate bars crammed into the brew. There was a definite caramel malt presence in the taste and feel of this. It helped keep it from being to simple of a brew and kept it delicious all the way through. This was a pretty full bodied brew as expected, and lacking bitterness or much carbonation which fit the brew nicely.

Drinkability:Far too drinkable. I'll definitely be picking this up again for such an occasion as Valentine's day. Quite the treat.

Photo of RunawayJim
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a thick black with a very small brownish-tan head. Smells of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hot fudge, and a hint of roasted coffee. Upon the first sip, I knew I was in for a real treat. The beer tastes of smooth chocolate. Not necessarily dark chocolate, but not milk chocolate. This is a chocolate flavor I have rarely tasted. The beer was brewed with fine Belgian chocolate. That's the taste. It's a great chocolate flavor. The roasted flavors are there, but just as an afterthought and balancing act. This is one very drinkable beer for the 11% ABV. I didn't even notice it at all.

I had this as dessert. It would pair well with ice cream.

Photo of GameFreac
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No date on bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black like any other imperial stout. Looks good.

Smell: Insane chocolate smell as I open the bottle before I even pour it into the pint glass. Smells like straight up Hershey's chocolate syrup with a touch of alcohol.

Taste - Like chocolate milk with a touch of alcohol. Super chocolate, slight hop bitterness to balance. The only thing I don't like is the slight alcohol taste (but I'm picky with this in any beer) but it's barely there.

Mouthfeel: Creamy

Overall: One of my favorite imperial stouts and in my top 10 beers.

Photo of noel2977
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, opaque... almost cola like, with a small head that dissipates quickly

S - Cocoa nibs and Chocolate - go figgur. Vanilla.

T - Chocolate, malty, then hints of vanilla, finishing with hints of coffee. The finish sails on with this beer after you've tasted it - its crazy and reminiscent of how a fine red wine lasts. No hint of the booze in this beer... it will be interesting to see how this evolves as it warms up. This is a sipper you can enjoy for dessert.

M - Not oily at all... decent carbonation - somewhat delicate, which aligns with the flavor profile.

O - Wow. All I can say. Find this beer and taste. Double quick if you are into chocolate beers.

Tasted from a 22oz bomber into a Chimay snifter.

Photo of bainard
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into an orval glass.

A - not quite "black hole" black, but pretty dark. as spinal tap might say, a "pastel black".

S - chocolate. dark dutched chocolate. really, just any permutation of chocolate you can imagine is here. cake, fudge, bar, even powder are all here. mouthwatering, this is.

T - a carbonated chocolate shake. not some foolish mcdonald's shake, either. no way, this is a double-chocolate ice cream with a ton of hershey's syrup sort of shake, with shavings on top. apparently this is 11% abv? i don't believe it, but i feel it a few minutes later...

M - a carbonated chocolate shake, like i said. it's amazing.

D - 11% abv be damned, this is amazing. it's a dream come true for stout and chocolate lovers. my favorite new brew of 2007, with a bullet.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at cellar temp in my oversized snifter.

A: Pours jet black. Good sized creamy tan head that slowly recedes. Decent retention for an imperial.

S: Wow. Smells of decadent milk chocolate. A nice blast of vanilla mixes in there as well. Smells unbelievably awesome.

T: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Or should I say Choklat? A blend of good milk/dark chocolate. A touch of vanilla. Not too sweet, just right. Fricking decadent.

M: Ummm...awesome. Nice and creamy. ST really nailed it with the thickness. Carbonation is just right. Too much carbonation would totally change this. It's spot on.

D: I can't detect the alcohol hardly at all. Just a slight alcohol burn in the back. This one could be dangerous. Great beer.

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

a - Pitch black with a thin head. Don't even try holding this glass up to the light - you won't see through it!

s - Wow, actual chocolate. Not coffee. Maybe the scent is closer to chocolate syrup but I'll let it slide. Inviting.

t - Rich, slightly bitter, A touch of chocolate but I think you're really picking that up with the nose.

m - Medium body and a syrupy mouth coating.

d - A solid sipper. Good medium carbonation, slightly tangy finish to go with the bitter. Smells great and re-engages my interest with each raise of the glass. At 11% ABV I think you have to give it its due - even if one bomber is more than enough for one person.

I'm trying this as not much of a stout guy and after being disappointed by the predominantly bitter-coffee taste of Rogue's Chocolate Stout. For my money I'll take the Southern Tier any day.

Photo of WertMaker
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly what the label says...Chocolate (Choklat)!!

Like a liquid chocolate bar, it pours syrup like into the glass with the color of rich brown coco. Nothing but chocolate in the nose with no hint of hops nor the alcohol promised by the labeling. The head is beige, resembling the crema on a nice Italian espresso with the color like that of frothed milk chocolate.


The first sip explodes on the tongue with notes of caramel, chocolate (of course), and the subtle richness of roast malts. Bitter dark chocolate hints in the finish which lingers almost indefinitely.

Although ABV is listed at 11%, the alcohol is barely noticeable save for the warmth it provides those lucky enough to enjoy a snifter of this marvelous elixir.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a- opaque black, frothy light brown mocha head

s- cocoa, roasted coffee, slight alcohol

t- upfront some roasted coffee, and then WOW....strait up delicious black chocolate..unreal dessert beer..very slight alcohol sting..malt bomb here

m- sooo creamy, great mouthfeel

d- have to restrain myself from pounding this one

Photo of shanem
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What an INTENSE beer. Each category is summed up with heavy chocolate. The second I popped the cap and started pouring, all I could smell was chocolate. Has a great thick stout feel and I really liked this, but it really tastes like a melted hershey bar. Glad I was able to share a bottle as I doubt I could've finished an entire 22 by myself, it's just soo sweet! If you're a hardcore beer person who dislikes extras, you will probably hate it, but if you're a stout and chocolate lover, then can't really miss.

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted from a snifter

A - Very deep brown/black, no light breaks through this murky beast. I got very little head when poured from a bottle.

S - Dark chocolate aroma that reminds me of being in a chocolate store. A very sweet and thick smell with the faintest of alcohol.

T - Deep Choklat taste that lasts. A roasty malt finish with a slight bite, but not as much as would be expected for a high ABV.

M - Silky smooth, full bodied, and thick.

D - This would be a great beer to unwind with or couple with a nice dessert.

Photo of ThreeLions
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Motor oil. Held this beer up to the light and could not see even a whisper of light. Dark as the inside of a cave. Jet black. Little to almost no head.

Smell: Chocolate. All chocolate. No hop aroma whatsoever. This nose is all chocolate.

Taste: Holy chocolate batman. Wouldn't change a thing about this taste. For the style, there isn't a single thing I would change about this. The darkest of dark beer thrusts upon the taste buds intense dark chocolate, no noticeable hops or yeast but excellent chocolate. This is a true dessert beer. Hell, give me this any day as a dessert and you can keep your cake. Although there is no lactose this comes across as a milk stout. The bittersweet Belgian chocolate used is the perfect compliment to the carefully chosen malts.

Mouthfeel: Very silky smooth mouthfeel. Nice heavy body complimented by a silkiness is the mark of a true artist. This is heavy, but it should be heavy. I don't think I could drink more than one of these but believe me one is enough, and in a good way.

Overall: What more is there to say? This is quite the beer. Although it is almost too sweet it is intense and complete. This reminds me of Mary Poppins: Practically perfect in every way.

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

This beer pours pitch black and looks very thick like used motor oil. I poured it colder than recommended, so the head was minimal. (I like to pour imperials cold and let them warm as I sip.) The aroma is predominantly chocolate with hints of brown sugar or molasses and maybe coffee.

First flavor tasted is the chocolate, and it dominates the whole way down. There is a sweet, yet not cloying maltiness that really supports the chocolate plus a subtle burnt roastiness. The bitterness is appropriate for an imperial stout, however the variety of hops doesn't quite work for me. As the beer works its way toward the back of my mouth I get a strong sense of rotting grass clippings. It doesn't ruin the beer; it only makes it less than perfect for me.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. The carbonation seems a bit higher than other Imp stouts, but it goes well with the very thick, almost syrupy texture of the beer. It isn't often that I get to enjoy a beer with this kind of mouthfeel that isn't overly sweet.

I plan on picking up a few more bottles to cellar. I'm curious to see how age affects this beer.

Photo of oceanman
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost entirely black, minimal head, good lacing.

Intensely concentrated hot cocoa aromas dominate the nose - incredibly appetizing. Perhaps a hint of vanilla and a touch of booze.

Toasty/roasty espresso flavors build on the pure chocolate. Sufficient bitterness and dryness, like an 85% cacao chocolate bar.

Thick but not overbearing. Minimal carbonation, which is not a real problem. Alcohol is very much in balance.

Much more drinkable than other ST dessert beers thanks to a lack of sweetness. Packed with flavor yet shows restraint. I can imagine a number of excellent pairings.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,731 ratings.