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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
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4,372 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,372
Reviews: 1,441
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 411
Gots: 694 | FT: 39
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.9%

SocalKicks, May 10, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

oberon, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

largadeer, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

emerge077, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

zeff80, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

NeroFiddled, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only had this on draft in the past, I remember it being overkill Hersheys syrup sweet. Pours a pitch black hue with light tan head, forms fine speckled lacing. Aroma has a roasted dark chocolate and with hints of coffee. Really at the end of the day this is the most chocolate I've smelled in any beer out there. The flavor is hitting with malted chocolate, a bit of syrup going on as well. Really not much else to pick out. I can't believe there's chinook and williamette hops in this. One glass is more than enough pretty thick stuff, with a bit of sticky syrup going on. Drinkability is limited due to how rich nice with dessert or in this case eating a Quizno's flatbread turkey with chipotle mayo. The spicy works with the chocolate.

WVbeergeek, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace as a tiny dot of ruby light shows through the blackness when held up to the light.

S - Profound, swet, fruity chocolate. Lots of toffee, caramel, light coffee, and rich, belgian chocolate.

T - Well, it tastes like it smells; intense chocolate with raisin and plum notes as well as a hint of red apple. Some more toffee appears in the middle with a distinct, tootsie roll/ chocolate note. Some darker, roastier notes in the finish with a hint of coffee and some light hop flavor as well as mild bitterness that throws just a bit back in the face of the intense sugary chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Despite the intense, overwhelming chocolate the beer is oddly well balanced. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so and the alcohol is quite subdued for its strength. Like the other novelty, flavored beer from Southern Tier, it is something that I wouldn't want to drink every day, but as with those other brews, I can't help but be impressed with how drinkable it is considering the potential for becoming a cloying mess. This is a must try beer, if for no other reason than that it can't sufficiently be explained otherwise.

nickfl, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in a Duvel tulip.

Pours an inky dark chocolate black with at least 3 finger widths of fluffy tan head. This settles down into a handsome foam covering, then a creamy outside ring, and finally just some silky wisps around the edges. I was hoping for a little more retention throughout but it held up fairly well. Aroma is unbelievably strong with the smell of dark chocolate. Much like wafting a warm mug of hot chocolate. I can literally smell it from over 6 inches away from the glass. Not much else shines through although the aroma does feel heavy, probably from the alcohol that is present.

The taste naturally matches the aroma. Just insanely deep with dark chocolate madness. I've never tasted a beer that's so over the top with it. Unlike the aroma, some other notes actually manage their way forward a little bit. Mostly roasted malt, coffee, and a little vanilla. The sip finishes with some burnt notes and hop bitterness that lingers on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is a beefy, viscous medium that coats the mouth and seems to get thicker as it warms. A tiny bit more creaminess would have surely put this over the top though. The 11% ABV is worn right out there but is covered over well by the other flavors and actually helps beef up the taste. To me, it can only truly be felt in the aftertaste.

Wow, I guess you could say that one's enjoyment of this would probably hinge directly on if they like chocolate or not. I happen to love it, so count me in as a big fan of this new Double Stout. It is WAY over the top with it's primary flavor but luckily the sturdy supporting cast and hefty ABV actually help keep it from becoming too much. Me thinks that Southern Tier has a winner on their hands with this one folks.

Kegatron, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I've been sitting on for a while waiting to do a horizontal, and finally gave up to just drink them. No date on it, but it has to be like 4-5 years old by now. I hope it's not to old. My bottle also says 11% instead of the 10% that BA has listed.

Pours a decent fizzy darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but nice legs on the sides, typical and actually a nice head for an 11% beer, pitch black beer, no light getting through.

Nose is just pure chocolate, layers upon layers of chocolate, milk chocolate, fudgey, dark choc, even a bit of a baker's choc, fresh cocoa nibs sitting in hot chocolate, chocolate malt as well, with a hint of vanilla too, and a hint of other dark black like malts, but really nothing else. Just waves upon waves of chocolate.

Taste brings, yep you guessed it, chocolate, and more chocolate, creamy lush choc, with some baker's choc, and a bit of semi sweet dark chocolate, again that cocoa nibs bathed in hot cocoa like taste and feel, smooth rich melting expensive chocolate even. A mild biscuity malt underneath, little malty and hint of malted milk ball, a touch of a caramely flavor and little candy bar goodness, touch of fluffy nougat even and a little milk dud. Despite all the candy notes it's not too sweet either which is nice for a Southern Tier beer. Finish gets a little fudgey and sticky, coats the mouth with a thick viscous feel, a bit sweet still, with more layers of chocolate and fudge, and more milk dud candy, mild bitterness from the malts I think, and a touch of booze warmth finally. I'm finally getting a touch of oxidation very late on it, but that's typical for a beer this old.

Mouth is heavier bod, a bit creamy and lush, pretty rich, decent carb esp for the age, and booze hidden fairly well.

Overall surprisingly better than I expected, so much chocolate, delivers what it promises, with nice layers of choc and fudge, decent malt profile, wish it came through a bit more, nice mouth feel, and booze hidden quite well. Not sure if the age helped it or hurt it, as the booze is long gone but so are any of the other subtle flavors, and a hint of oxidation, but still quite nice, I think I remember this being a bit boozy and sweet and that's gone so nice and drinkable now.

jlindros, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail deli in Campbelltown 1/27/10.

A - The beer pours like syrup thick and dark w/ mahogany shade and caramel brown letting some light in at the base of the glass. There is a rign of beige for a head w/ tight bead.

S - The smell! whoah prepare for salivation! the aroma is noted from across the table as rich with cocoa aroma- the odor of fudge like brownie batter w/ a hersheys cocoa sweetness and beer undertone - intense and fragrant dessert nose

M - The feel while sweet isn't dominated completely by malt texture - there is moderate carbonation keeping slightly balanced w/ subtle roasted and a rather intense creamy feel. There is spice from hops w/ hint of alcohol in the back end. The feel has a dry roasty warm finish

T - - The taste is a chocolate lovers dream -beer disguised as liquid chocolate! I am a fan of dark cocoa and this has that going for it - slightly bitter but creamy with a caramel edge from the sweet malts. There is slight toasted essence like a graham cracker dipped in fudge, but still creamy and smooth. The flavor has a nice compliment from spiced hop notes which seems to balance the beer and alcohol is mild in the flavor

D - A sweet Imperial stout - however it nails the chocolate stout style in a realm of almost not beer-like. The drinkability is very high except it is 9% and hides it well. The stout itself is well made with no real flaws, it couldn't fit the name better.

Slatetank, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes: Got this from BitterBill, cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent ebony/black with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Loads of chocolate & some iron

T: Bitter choclate, roasted malt, milk choclate, & a touch of leafy & minty hops up front. A bit of ghost alcohol, vanilla, some coffee and a great balance of bitter & sweet as this warms. Finishes with coffee, iron & loads of chcolate. Almost pulled a 5.0, one me & the wife enjoyed!

MF: chewy with low carbonation, plus superb balance

The ABV is well disguised. Addictive, this could really sneak up on you, a choclate lovers drink of choice!

russpowell, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from early 2009. Served in a pint-shaped Goose Island taster glass.

A - Pours with a late-rising dime of tan foam that sizzles quickly to a light haze. No ring or lacing on top of a very, very dark brown that is slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Hershey's chocolate syrup, malted milk balls, chocolate icing. Incredibly sweet, without much else going on. Alcohol is well-hidden I guess. Bonus points for achieving what they set out to do.

T - Taste is less good, with lighter chocolate over top of a pretty bland stout base - not much in the way of roastiness or complementary flavors. Lots of residual dark chocolate and earthy bitterness, and a bit of booze as well.

M - Low carbonation, and a medium, slightly watery, body that seems a little thin for the ABV. I think a little more carbonation might have actually helped. There's also a bit of warmth after a while. Very sticky residual texture.

D - I'm glad I split this bomber with others, as I can feeling my heart rate accelerating. Drinking a whole bomber would probably result in the loss of a limb. I love the chocolate in a Hunahpu's, but this is a one-trick pony here.

MasterSki, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev 0%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This was desert on New Years Eve.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet chocolate dominates. There is some mild roast, but this smells like Hershey's syrup.

Taste: Just like the smell. Tons of chocolate. There is more roast in the taste than I picked up in the smell. The finish is warm from the alcohol with a very slight bitterness. Make no mistake, this beer tastes like chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great desert beer. It is what we thought it was. I won't soon forget this beer and I will visit it again.

oline73, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle without a freshness date into a shaker pint glass, split with my wife.

Beer is dark brown to black and forms a medium head of small bubbles / tan to brown bubbles. Head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass.

This beer smells like brownies. Sweet cocoa, like a chocolate bar. Interesting how much it smells like chocolate. There is a hint of roast if you smell long enough. I'm excited to see if this will carry-through to the flavor.

Beer is medium bodied and sweet up front. There is some late bitterness and roast but its not like coffee. Relatively smooth, it does taste a lot like chocolate. Well done Southern Tier. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is nice. Second taste, there's a slight heat to the whole thing. Overall its a very good beer. I'd drink it again.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes are minimal, for I wrote while enjoying with a friend:

Choklat

thoroughly black, roasty tan head...

aroma: full on chocolate at first sniff...huge, rich, and bittersweet...it's no more or less than having real chocolate beneath your nose.

BAM! There it is all over the mouth. You're drinking chocolate. nice roast below the cocoa. good drinking, not too think, not AS thick as I like from a RIS ...but it's all chocolate. I like a few other things ,sometimes...

that's enough, don't you think?

feloniousmonk, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mendvicdog, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Very attractive beer. Poured thick, opaque brown-black with a nice cream-colored head that receded rather fast. Beer left a syrupy film on the glass. Smell was of rich, dark chocolate. Taste was of dark and milk chocolate (makes sense), with some cocoa bitterness. Some alcohol bite (11%ABV). Rich, warming mouthfeel. Easy drinkability; the strength and bitterness outdid the smoothness.

Rifugium, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, Jun 09, 2013
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,372 ratings.