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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,048
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 369
Gots: 577 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
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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Photo of kemoarps


4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh man, just looking at that I can already tell I'm going to love it. Silky black body with plush tan head that dissipates, leaving just enough of a force to keep the walls in check...

That nose, though...
Velvety rich fudge. I just... I want like some brownies now or something. This is out of control. There's not much depth to it: I mean it's pretty much just rich deep dark fudge, but holy shit does it smell like delicious rich deep dark fudge.

Do you want to guess what it tastes like?

If you guessed delicious rich deep dark fudge... well you've probably been reading this little note up above. Beautiful silky mouthfeel, effervescence dancing on the tip of the tongue and good thick creamy mouthfeel. This is a bit more bitter than I would have guessed based on the aroma: I was expecting more cold alcoholic hot chocolate, but it's more complex than that. There's certainly that cocoa chocolate dominance, but there's a bitterness that's not all just dark chocolate. Dark fudge for sure, with enough hops to set up their own distinct camp in the middle...
Also hides the alcohol pretty well.

If you like fudge/chocolate and those types of stouts, this is an EXCELLENT example, with enough hop bittering to balance it and remind you that you're drinking a beer, not just a dessert. I can't believe it's taken me this long to pick one up. ST is a talented brewery, and this shines through in this offering. In fact the same can be said of most of their Blackwater Series.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:54:53 | More by kemoarps
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-24-2011 04:59:08 | More by EasyReader
Photo of mcdsports


3.75/5  rDev -12%

12-25-2013 22:02:30 | More by mcdsports
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy


4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-18-2013 05:04:25 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-19-2012 09:22:57 | More by claaark13
Photo of DoctorDog


3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Deep mahogany / black and opaque. Harsh pour produces ~1 finger medium-brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin island and a ring.

S- Sweet milk chocolate/caramel mix, and a slightly earthy note. These odors blend awkwardly with the alcohol kick to an OK, but quite less than stellar effect.

T- A bit of chocolate, and a bit of burned coffee. Fairly astringent/boozy bitterness on the finish. Certainly nothing even remotely resembling the "Hershey bar" or "chocolate syrup" that I've seen mentioned so often in descriptions about this beer. The nose has a lot of chocolate, but in the taste, pretty minimal. The flavor here just isn't working for me.

M- A wee bit watery for a RIS.

D- Too astringent, and ABV% way too high for this one to be very drinkable. If you're going to try this one, I'd split it up amongst 3-4 people and consider it a sipper.

Future outlook: Pretty big disappointment. Highly unlikely that I'll get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 03:46:50 | More by DoctorDog
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-02-2013 01:56:40 | More by greg4579
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-22-2014 22:14:23 | More by BeastLU
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-15-2014 01:55:43 | More by csmalley
Photo of pwoody11


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at 48 degrees in a snifter.

pours a dark brown/black consistent with style. Head is long lasting and light brown in color. Significant lacing.

Smells like a bag of hershey kisses.

Ever been to Hershey Park? You know the brown river? This beer is what I hope the river tastes like. At first taste all I get is a nice dark chocolate taste, but as the beer works it way down I start to pick up a little heat. Good heat though, not too much, but enough to let you know "hey! don't forget my abv while you pound me".

Great beer. Think I'll go back and pick up a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 12:33:03 | More by pwoody11
Photo of mgbickel


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

Poured ½ of a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Formed a single finger dirty tan head that dissipated as quickly as it formed. No lacing to speak of. Very dark, solid looking body that light cannot be forced through...even when backlit.

Pretty simple, but delicious aromas...cocoa powder, caramel and cream.

Sweet malts are followed by dark chocolate flavors. The finish is slightly boozy, but not overpowering. There is a small hop presence in the aftertaste that gets harder to detect as the brew warms.

Medium-Thick mouth feel with very little carbonation.

Drinkable but could not handle more than one bomber on my own!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 16:22:47 | More by mgbickel
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

09-28-2013 21:08:18 | More by EB1
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-08-2014 09:05:45 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of minterro


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spit bottle from dusty's cellar

very dark black colored beer. pours about 1.5 fingers of tan head, but dies pretty quick to just a ring around the outside. looks pretty thick when poured.

smells very similar to chocolate milk. Very sweet smelling but there is also this pleasant background of dark (bitter) chocolate.

dark chocolate is the primary thing im tasting. surprisingly hoppy in my burps. very bitter in the finish. alcohol is well hidden. medium to high bodied, sharp carbonation kick.

Overall: I liked it, but I didnt like it as much as others do.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 21:00:56 | More by minterro
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-20-2013 02:38:45 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What a treat here from ST. Pours a dark opaque black with some mahogany highlights. Some cocoa power head, though fades relatively quickly. Smell is wonderful--roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and a blast of milk chocolate. Taste is just as good-- big semi-dark chocolate notes that fade into a bit of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and coffee. This one is certainly heavy on the chocolate and I love it. The only relative disappointment is the MF for me--it's too thin for a stout. Smooth, definitely, but I was hoping for a creamier brew. Drinkability is off the charts, I would have guessed 7% ABV. Unbelievable beer-- one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:14:33 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of goindownsouth


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass on 02.14.08 at Liberty Street Tavern in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Solid head retention on this black beauty. Aromas thick from the get go with roasted malty goodness and rich, unfettered with chocolate. The flavor only goes to confirm what the nose knows. Smooth and enveloping on the palate, this one is a sneaky offering - 11%? No way. But it is. I blinked and had two of these gems before I knew what happened and felt it. The alcohol is hidden so well in this brew, thanks in large part to its well crafted malt structure and the high quality chocolate flavor profile. Rich, luscious, smooth, warming, and complex... I am proud to say I had a chance to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2008 13:53:54 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of damienblack


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, thick and viscous. Small cocoa colored head that only retains a bit, with a little lacing around the glass when agitated. Smells like cocoa powder, sweet chocolate... almost like sniffing Nesquik out of the canister when you were a kid. I can't get over how sweetly awesome it smells.

It doesn't taste quite as sweet as it smells, though. The chocolate characteristic here (definitely the pre-eminent characteristic, as suggested by the name) is bitter, more like a semi-sweet baking chocolate than something you would normally consume. The roastiness of the malts emphasizes this characteristic. Little bit of hop bite at the end helps balance that out. Some alcoholic burn, but it's all up front instead of really lingering at the end (it does at the end, just a bit though.) Compared to Weyerbacher XIII, that beer had much more of an alcoholic burn, but for me, that was something that affected the whole duration of the sipping, and actually came out more in the aftertaste, making it tough to drink. In this case, the end clears up nicely. If anything, I would want this to be a little sweeter, taking away a bit from the bitterness. That detracts a bit from the drinkibility, but for what it is, the drinkibility isn't bad. It's still a nice sipper, though. Mouthfeel is chewy and full, coating but not cloying to the point of oppressiveness.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 06:02:39 | More by damienblack
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like liquid dark chocolate when you pour it, producing a nice tan head that leaves lacing. The smell is big chocolaty syrup, toasted malts and caramel. Definitely can tell that this is going to be packed with chocolate flavor.

The first swig is rich and creamy. Lots of chocolate and the warming of alcohol on the finish. Roasted malts also play a role in the overall flavor of this stout.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Nice carbonation. I could drink this beer all night. The only thing that would stop me from consuming bottle after bottle is the sweetness and the high abv, which would probably catch up with me. But a bomber is a perfect size for a long relaxing night or splitting with a friend. This my first Southern Tier and I am very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 02:11:10 | More by sisuspeed
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-20-2012 23:10:16 | More by irishgreensoda
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-15-2012 18:39:16 | More by PeteRiz
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-15-2014 03:49:52 | More by hinemk76
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

03-27-2014 04:14:31 | More by unclekeith
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-20-2013 02:45:56 | More by Zonian1
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-25-2012 01:14:44 | More by mobrockman
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,048 ratings.