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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,541
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 428
Gots: 777 | FT: 39
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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 ncvbc
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep and dark, basically black. Thin to medium tan head, not much retention. Smell is overwhelmingly dark chocolate. Some sugary sweetness to it but mostly dark, bitter, melted chocolate. I like this, I think...is it beer, though? Smells like it should be in solid form rather than liquid. Taste is pretty nice. Definitely an assault with the chocolate again. Dark, rich, liquid chocolate. What more can be said? Oh yeah, it gets really sweet. I like this better than the smell because it adds a hint of roast to the mix along with a faint green hop bitterness. Still, though...the chocolate, it's lovely. Just too much chocolate, not enough beer. Close to a full bodied brew with a good feel for sure. Good level of carbonation. I wish this were more drinkable but unfortunately for me, it's not. Takes quite a while to consume. I'd prefer splitting this with three people, even. One of those brews that is on the brink of being brilliant but it's just slightly held back. Add a touch more roast, a little more depth, and this is one amazing brew. As is, it's quite one-dimensional and reminds me of Mike Tyson. It packs a heavy chocolate punch but has too many other issues to be a consistent knockout...damn, that was bad.

Photo of jeonseh
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one and have to thank bwyker for this one as it was from a great trade and poured into my snifter.

A - A pitch black color comes off of this one and looks like it is rather thin with a chocolate brown carbonation trailing up the sides of the glass. A small head that doesn't stick around too long but sits on top in small bouts of carbonation that sits on top of the beer.

S - Smells like a nice powered chocolate. Actually reminds me of opening up a box of Nesquik and the smell that one gets from that. There is also a bit of caramel creaminess and a light bit of hops in there as well. There is also some coffee roastiness mixed in with the sweet chocolate as well.

T - oh wow definitely does not lie when it says it is chocolate! Got a nice deep chocolate taste that comes in from all sides and just overwhelms the mouth. There is also a nice milk flavored creaminess in there as well. There is also a nice bit of hops in there as well that adds some extra bitterness in there that keeps the chocolate from being overpowering. It also adds in some nice complexity to the sweetness and prevents this from being a normal chocolate stout. The aftertaste is surprisingly a bit more towards the hops side at first and then after that the taste is really a nice deep dark chocolate. A lot like biting into some deep 80% cocoa Lindt chocolate that leaves a deep, burnt chocolate taste in the mouth. Also have to say it does a dangerous job of hiding the alcohol taste as well especially given the 11% ABV.

MF - Not as thick as I expected at all but not at all near thin. There is a nice light carbonation in there that goes well with the cocoa aspect of the beer. The afterfeeling of the beer is mostly a nice warm feeling and light carbonation as well. The warm feeling goes along with making this warm you up like a glass of warm hot chocolate. Lovely to have on a winter's night.

D - this is really a drinkable beer and one that I would buy a ton of if I could get my hands on it. It was definitely worth a BCS in a trade to try this one. It would make a great dessert beer that you could drink by itself or would be good against the vanilla sweetness of some ice cream. Really easy to drink especially given the alcohol and the style.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Lunch
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz. snifter at the approriate temperature (03/05/10)

A: Pours a deep, rich, motor oil black caped off with avery small tan head that dissipates almost immediately leaving no lacing whatsoever.

S: Wonderful aroma of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and coca with some roasted malt.

T: The chocolate theme continues and the palate is assaulted with a rich milk chocolate like no other beer I have ever had. Layers of dark chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt and a slight hop bitterness round out this superb chocolate imperial stout.

M: Extremely thick and viscous with low, but appropriate carbonation along with a slight alcohol burn.

D: The excellent chocolate flavor and aroma keep you coming back for more and more with an 11% abv. hidden to near perfection, but its richness does limit drinkablity slightly.

Overall if you are looking for an outstanding chocolate imperial stout, look no further. This beer is even better on-tap than it is out of the bottle. My highest recommendation

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

A: Pours an opaque black color that has some slight rootbeer color highlights when held in light. The head is pretty dense, creamy, and retains for a short while, leaving rings of lacing along the over-sized wine glass

S: Wow! Smells very similar to hot chocolate! Definitely sweet and bittersweet chocolate aromas, a LOT of lactose for that creamy note, and an overall toasty aroma. The hop presence is not that noticeable, nut a nice dose of alcohol on the nose is.

T: Very similar to the nose. Extremely unique for the style (not really for ST). Sweet chocolate, lactose, a slight bitterness from the hops, and a healthy dose of alcohol as it warms. Very delicious, and works very well as an after-dinner beer or even an aperitif for a small but rich meal.

MF/D: Very viscous, very creamy, and an amazing lactose/sweet chocolate finish.

A side note...this is a very good "conversion" beer for newcomers to the world of craft beer (a friend of mine who only drinks BMC says he will buy an $8 bomber tomorrow), especially those who tend to stray away from dark beers or stouts

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 34oz mug. Solid oily black that lets no light through. Smell is pure chocolate, with some hints of roasted and coffee and malt. After drinking, some hops are detectable in the smell as well. Taste is bitter and roasted at first, but smooths out to chocolatey deliciousness afterwards. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, this is exactly what a great stout, especially an imperial stout, should be. Awesome beer.

Photo of wyatt13
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Goldfishman
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of bccrosley
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an opaque black color with the fainest of red seen around the edges with backlighting. Just a hint of a head forms...dark tan in color.
S: Wonderful chocolate! Roast malt, caramel, and a strong smell of Sugar Daddy (crazy, but true)!
T: Syrupy chocolate mixed with strong alcohol...it's a fine line, but the result is very good. Roast malt and a hint of charred wood.
M: Smooth (chocolate) with a bite and burn (alcohol). Lingers well.
D: For my taste, this is a little too sweet and a little too strong on the ABV to rate this any higher than a 3.5 with drinkability. Good after dinner/dessert drink. Definitely worth a try.

There was a recent review that said this was better than Rogue Chocolate Stout. I would have to disagree. This beer loses a bit of its luster the further you get into it whereas the Rogue has excellent quality and drinkability (granted they are two different beers from two different, though related, styles).

Photo of seaoflament
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jastack for the trade!

This one caught a lot of buzz rather quickly and I’m excited to try it, especially since I love chocolate dominant stouts.

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip. Looks like a cola flavored soda and an aggressive pour produces no more than half an inch of foam. Hints of ruby when held to the light.

Oh, baby! Huge rich chocolate aroma right upfront, and it reminds me when I used to put spoonfuls of Quick into my milk as a kid. Notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and cocoa with quite a lot of sweetness, very much like chocolate syrup. Cannot pick up any “beer-like” qualities in this one, it’s just pure chocolate so far. I think some roasted barley and the chocolate malts try to peek through but the sweet, dark, chocolate just dominates. After it warms up I get a wonderful aroma of a banana split; bananas, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, you want sprinkles too?
Later on there are hints of caramel, marshmallows, s'mores, and warm oatmeal covered in chocolate syrup.

Tastes very much like it smells, love it. Lots of chocolate with a banana aftertaste and some hints of cherry and alcohol. I can see how this beer can be too much for some people, it is mostly chocolate and very sweet, almost like a very intense milk stout. There is only a hint of dryness and roasted barley bitterness in the finish, but this one is mostly sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and perfect light carbonation. Drinkability is good but a bomber is a little hard to finish for one person since this beer is really sweet.

This is one of my new favorite stouts and a favorite dessert beer.

Photo of aorloski
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautifully pitch black darkness with a nice fingers worth of mocha head. It is less syrupy than other imperial stouts which i like, it looks a bit thin.

Smell - Whoa, chocolate syrup in a glass, not even kidding. This also has hints of vanilla, roasted malts and even a little clove. An alcoholic finish on the nose.

Taste - Bombarded with sweet chocolate right away. Where as most imperial stouts are bitter dark chocolate from the hops this one is smooth and milky like drinking alcoholic chocolate milk. You still get roasted malts, a touch of piney hops, vanilla and oak in this one. It is a perfect dessert beer.

Mouthfeel - As it looked pouring a little thin, i feel it is in the mouth as well. It feels like it could use some oatmeal to thicken it up and cling in my mouth. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall - Perfect dessert beer, probably my favorite of this series, much better than creme brûlée in my opinion.

Photo of Kadonny
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Shangys. I split a case with 2 other guys. Poured into an Imperial Stout glass.

A: A dark, dark brown color with a light brown slight head. Not a lot of carbonation.

S: I can smell the chocolate before I even lift it to my nose, it's that overwhelming. Hints of cocoa and sweetness, but the smell is mostly chocolate.

T: Ok, even the smell did not prepare me for this taste. I knew it would be chocolaty, but not this much. Flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate shine through from start to finish with heavy sweetness throughout. Some slight vanilla with a decent amount of cocoa powder too. It's like they melted the chocolate right in the beer. Do not make a mistake, this chocolate stout is not like the others. If you don't like chocolate, then don't drink this. Sweet on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy, but the alcohol of 11% is well hidden. It's oily and creamy both at the same time.

D: Medium. I easily finished my bomber but would suspect after any more than that I would have had enough of the sweetness. Low carbonation makes it easy to sit and sip.

Overall this is the most chocolaty beer I've ever had. If you are in the mood for chocolate, then this beer is for you, however you can only enjoy so much of it at a time.

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.

Photo of jemarent
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty much as dark as a beer can and quite viscous out of the bottle. Hardly any head and it fades quickly. Not much lacing either.

S - Hershey bar, molasses, roasted malt, and a little alcohol. Solid.

T - Very much chocolate from start to finish but it transitions well throughout the beer. Starts off as a sweet solo flavor on the palate but mixes with the malt backbone in the middle and gets a creamy texture and fuller body. It finishes with a bit of bitterness from the hops and bitter chocolate used in this brew.

M/D - Just a hair less carbonation than I had expected but the density is right on. Finishes very much sweet with just the slightest bit of bittering. Creamy on the palate and hides the alcohol all too well. Super easy to drink and waaay to easy to go through 2 bottles by oneself!

One of Southern Tier's best, if not numero uno

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

thanks to beerman777 for this.

A: Coal black with a thin tan head. Very little lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate, a touch of vanilla bean. Mouth watering.

T: This is a simple concept, executed very well. It's an imperial stout with chocolate, and that's what you get. It's super smooth and lush, not overdone, not underdone. A standout beer. Supposedly this is 11%. Could've fooled me.

M: Smooth and thick.

D: Oh yeah.

Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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