Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,730
Reviews: 1,504
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 449
Gots: 873 | FT: 42
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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 Gavage
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 3" fluffy tan colored head. Nice lacing paints the inside of the glass during the session.

Smell: wonderful milk chocolate smell that reminds you of the smell of freshly melted high quality chocolate.

Taste: this is a chocolate bomb like no other on the market today. Full milk chocolate flavors fill the mouth while some softer roasted malt and a decent bitterness balances it out. Alcohol is hidden extremely well on the flavor side, but it does provide some warming like eating a molten chocolate cake fresh from the oven.

Mouthfeel: light crispness at the start, but velvety smooth and dry at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is long as the chocolate flavors just last on the tastebuds.

Drinkability: absolutely superb. Easy to drink almost like a chocolate milkshake. But high alcohol will creep up on you in a dangerous fashion. Everyone must give this one a try.

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

This poured with a decent, deep, dark-brown head with decent retention. The color was a dark brown that allowed little to no light penetration. The nose smelled exactly like fresh brownies. The mouthfeel was medium with a LOT of chocolate on the tongue. The finish was chocolaty, but with a small bit of charcoal. It was definitely sweet, but not TOO sweet. It was also drinkable, but only in small doses. The combination of the ABV and the sweetness were just too much for yours truly.

Blend Idea: Mix some of this with Berkshire B.C.'s Raspberry Barleywine and you have yourself a panty-peeler. This would be perfect at Valentine's Day. 'Nuff said.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick layer of dense, brown head that has good retention. The nose is rich chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is rich, sweet, and very chocolaty. This is almost like chocolate milk. There is some alcohol warmth as the beer itself warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, rich, and well carbonated.

This is a phenomenal beer. It's absolutely delicious, drinkable, superb.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark mahogany, soft tan head.

S: Great full chocolate smell, it really smells like a Tootsie Roll, very fragrant.

T: Tasty, but kind of one-dimensional, has a nice chocolate flavour, Tootsie Roll again, bit of bitterness at the end which I wasn't too fond of.

M: Smooth, kind of light-bodied, for a beer called Choklat, I wanted it to be more mouth-coating.

D: A nice beer from Southern Tier, I wasn't as wowed as I've been with some of their efforts, but it was certainly interesting to drink.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a regular snifter twice. 2007 version in 09. Silver label. Been sitting on this for some time.

A- Southern Tier Choklat is a deep dark black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan beige head. Thich big bubbles on the surface. This left after time leaving sqiggly patches of lace work. Thin lines of foam towards the center. Not on the thick side and towards the bottom of the glass some brown highlights were seen.

S- Choklat keeps a magnificant smell of bittersweet belgian chocolate. Can't smell it from afar but up close it's undeniable. Even after one plus year sitting this still delivers. Some creamy milk and a mass of maltiness too with. Two hop types are used but I cant smell them. The bit of alcohol in a fresh bottle is not present in this aged version. Marvelous.

T- Yep, Chocolate, choklat and more sweet goodness. Really not much else to say here as 80 to 90 percent of the taste profile is chocolate. The rest consists of some malts and barley. As in the smell the hops have all but died out in this old bottle, exactly what I was going for. Some milk choklat taste with a creamy appeal.

M- Thinned a bit over time but still bold with a medium build as the main ingredient was a fixture in the mouth. Creamy milk. Still some hop bite in the finish. The alcohol is felt in the end as well. The age has made this much more bearable. Some carb, not much.

D- As noted a bit of time has done this wonders. I could never finish a whole fresh bomber but had no problem taking this down. This is the best example of a chocolate infused stout i've had yet, and i've had many. The alcohol may sneak up so sharing is good as everybody should like this. Simply a work of art. Both good fresh or aged. I need to pick up more bottles.

This is chocolate milk for adults and a great dessert beer.

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

My darling wife checked the Whole Foods in downtown NYC, for bottles of this stuff, finding none she procured a growler, nice. Pours typical stout black, rich and thick dark tan head, leaving
luxurious tiny bubble film, sheeting and well developed lacing. Chocolate milk nose, rich, smooth and chewy brew. Tons of milk chocolate, cafe au lait, mocha. Ultra thick mouth feel if you like the style, this is for you. 11% nowhere to be found. Over the top and high quality in every way. Go get some of this world class offering and enjoy

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

22 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice

A: Liquid appears a little thinner than expected as poured. It is a nearly opaque, black color with very faint ruby color around the edges. There is a thin, tan colored head that quickly dissipates to a thin splotchy film and ring. Moderate amount of lacing.
S: Very rich, thick, milk chocolate nose, no surprise here. Very strong and appealing, not over done. I probably could not tell the difference between this and a chocolate milkshake or hot chocolate, hardly any alcohol present and no hops.
T: Not being a chocolate lover, after everything I read and now smelled I was a little concerned that this would be too much chocolate for me to enjoy. Wrong. Up front this tastes like melted down milk chocolate, but is not overly sweet. Near the end there is balance of a little bitterness that prevents the beer from becoming too overly sweet. Slight coffee aftertaste. For 11 % abv, where is it? I don't taste it at all, amazing.
M: Medium body, light carbonation (just enough), very creamy but certainly not syrupy like I expected. Very pleasant mild bitter, chocolate aftertaste.
D: As I said before, I do not like chocolate that much and will rarely ever eat any so I was a little nervous trying this beer. However, I enjoyed this very much, and had no problem finishing a 22 oz bottle myself after dinner. This is a great desert drink, but is so well done I wouldn't exclusively categorize it as such (like I would the Kuhnhenn Creme Brulee Java Stout I recently tried). For me personally, I think I would enjoy there was a little stronger coffee taste, but thats just because I'm not crazy about chocolate. For such a high abv, this is very easy to drink.

edit: I'm not going to write a new review or alter these scores, but I just drank another bottle of this, and I was not as impressed. Alcohol was much more forward and feel of this beer was not as smooth. My entire review would be much different with a lower score, but I will wait until I have another bottle before I scrap this review.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier : Choklat

Pours jet black, with a light brown head and some lacing down the glass. The aroma is the highlight of this beer, with layers of decadant chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Though brewed with Belgian chocolates, the flavor is straight up Hershey syrup (chocolate syrup) and it is delicious at that. There are mild suggestions of highly roasted and chocolate malts, coffee, and cream, but the main attraction here is big time chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, creamy, and medium carbonation. Overall, an aptly named beer, and doesn't really taste like a beer, tastes more like chocolate milk. Recommended.

Photo of billab914
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured almost pitch black with a thin mocha head. The head all but disappeared after a few minutes and didn't really leave any lacing.

The aroma is not surprisingly filled with chocolate. It has almost a Hershey syrup in chocolate milk smell to it with some roastiness coming through as well to help balance out the sweetness.

The taste is chocolaty but also has a big roasted bitterness to it that really comes through in the long lasting finish. The chocolate is very nice in it and not nearly as overpowering as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good, the chocolate and the roastedness really go well together in this one and I really enjoyed it. Overall an excellent beer that really hit the chocolate focus very well. My only complaint would be better head retention on it would have been great.

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

Didn't realize this was on the BA 100 until i looked it up to review it. Hop bombs, malt bombs...this is a chocolate bomb. Black pour with reddish highlights. Dark, tan head seems to be loaded with powder cocao...or is it the aroma that's making me dizzy? Aroma...yeah...chocolate. This thing is a chocolate bar. Dark chocolate with some silky milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Picking up slight spice, hoping it's from the hops.
Taste is a bit lighter on the chocolate side, but not by much. It has a good share of roastiness to it to add to the chocolate bar flaver. More dark chocolate than milk. Not too sweet. Dryness throughout after a brief hit of sweet up front. Spices come it at the end that make me think (but not really 'taste') some citrus mixed with chocolate. Some tobacco hits along with alcohol in the end. Darn fine beer.

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

Picked up a bomber at Abe's in Bethlehem.

Pours a pitch black body with a thin tan head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of chocolate and cocoa flavors. I swear, it's like you're walking through a chocolate factory. The flavor is less fulfilling, unfortunately, with an unpleasant alcohol taste rearing up in the and dominating the aftertaste. I suppose that's somewhat reasonable given the 11%, but maybe dialing back the strength of this beer would help. There's still the luscious chocolate flavors, like Rogue's Chocolate Stout on steroids, along with a little bit of chocolate grains.

The body is surprisingly thin for the big strength. I suppose at 11% it brings like a strong Belgian. Its not cloying like some other big stouts. I guess the only really holding this beer back is the obvious alcohol. Sure, a little more grain character would be nice, but it's still damn tasty and the drinkability is unreal. Yummy.

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

Resembles a dark red/brown body with minimal carbonation. Tight bubbles on the head of a light brown which don't last too long after a pour. Does manage to leave a collar. Leg like sticking on the glass and very little potmarked lacing.

Mild to bittersweet dark chocolate notes, and faint malt on the nose. Gets into almost Ovaltine smell. A faint sour yeast as well behind it also. Very sweet smelling. A bit of heat as well and getting a little boozy.

Taste is a prickly stinging malt sensation. Surprisingly not that too chocolaty giving to more of a milk consistency that is luckily not too sweet. It's not a big chocolate bomb luckily which would have really turned me off. Mouthfeel is a little wet, and it's a bit carbonated. Not much of an aftertaste with this brew either and a tongue alcohol numbness is obvious with a chalk like feel. The high abv is not very well masked in taste and smell I have to say.

A fairly good value for what it is, drinkability is okay for me. I could have it again and drink it in certain circumstances but I can only see myself drinking this after a meal and not casually.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pelican for the chance to try this beer. Pours black with an okay head that fades to a thin ring. Sweet aromas of chocolate and carob, a bit chalky. More cocoa than dark chocolate aroma. The taste is extremely chocolatey with deep cocoa and some dark chocolate flavors. Some chalky/dusty notes, but diminished from the smell. A little bit nutty, and a little bit roasty, but this is all about the cocoa. Rich and mouthcoating, unbelievably rich and dark flavored. They definitely succeeded in trasfusing cocoa flavors to this beer, but with so much chocolate evident, I'd prefer a better grade of chocolate here. To that extent I'm a tad disappointed- not that it isn't quite a good beer.

Photo of corby112
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at the South Philadelphia Taproom.

Pours a dark cocoa color with light brown-colored foam head. Aroma ofcourse is dominated by sweet chocolate and candi sugar. This beer kind of smells like a tootsie roll. Very well balanced, being sweet and very malty at the same time. Lots of choclate and roasted maltiness but not very bitter.

Photo of Kelp
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as an inky black brew into my glass. A nice tannish head, with lacing running down the whole glass as I drink.

This smells like someone poured hershey's chocolate syrup into my beer, or melted the bar into it either way. A nice chocolaty smell to it, a bit of a hint of coffee in there.

It tastes a lot like it smell chocolate milk, with a bit of a kick. A bit of coffee notes in the taste.

A nice thick feel in the mouth. A velvet smooth feel to the beer.
Decent carbonation to the brew.

This is a desert beer. I enjoyed it but 22 is a bit much for me at one time this would be perfect for the end to a nice meal with some chocolaty desert.

Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was enjoyed after Michelob Chocolate Lager, and Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence...
Appears a dark black with a thick, foamy head of tan that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the outer rims of the glass.
Smell is of caramel, malted grain, and rich, melted chocolate mixed with Boscos syrup. It's the richest chocolate beer I've ever smelled.
Taste is of rich bitter chocolate with Nestle Hot Chocolate embedded in beer format. To put it mildly...this is fucking awesome.
Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and complex with some earthy hops way in the background with cocoa being the mainstay.
Overall - Southern Tier got this one right. Way right! I thought the Imperial Oat kicked ass and it would be hard to follow up. Who wouldn't want to drink something like this? I'm a huge dark chocolate fan and a giant fan of Belgian Chocolate, so this one was right up my alley as a dessert beer. I hope they make this one a mainstay. I loved it!

Photo of Lare453
1.58/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours black with a small bright brown head.

The smell is of the clear chocolate syrup used in cheap desserts.

The taste is terrible, the flavor of fake chocolate is overpowering.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Smooth with a soft head.

Overall I think this beer is awful. I was extremely excited to try it but very disappointed. It's sister beer, creme brûlée, is equally awful... I love stout and southern tier but these were bad...

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown near black with a large foamy brown head.

S; Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, deep bitter chocolate.

T: Taste is roasted malts, booze and darker chocolate versus the Rogue Choc Stout which is more of a milk chocolate flavor, to me anyways.
M:Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, boozy and chocolatey. Exceelent stout and lived up to the hype!
D: Oh yeah

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- A jet black body has a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but that is all I can see of carbonation. There is a thick film of tan head that leaves a nice bit of broken lace stuck to the glass after each sip.

S- The big chocolate nougat flavor has a light marshmallow quality and a strong smell of Hershey's chocolate syrup in the finish.

T- The taste of tootsie rolls and chewy chocolate nougat has some lighter flavors of roasted black malt for support. The bitterness of black grain lingers a bit after each sip. No fusel alcohol at all until the last few warm sips.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until it warms a bit and then it is a pleasant soft burn.

D- This beer is not overly sweet but it is overly chocolate candy flavored, and not real milk or dark chocolate just chocolate candy. The first glass was novel but the second glass was hard to get through. There isn't much malt supporting the tootsie roll flavor. The beer underneath has some nice flavors.

Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap as Max's. The beer pours a rich dark black color with fair head retention and good lacing. The nose on this beer is incredible and is easily its best feature. I cannot begin to imagine what Southern Tier must have done to impart this amount of chocolate flavor into the aroma profile. There is also some underlying coffee and bitterness, but the over-riding aroma is all chocolate. The beer smells very impressive. On the palate, once again one gets lots of milk chocolate. That and a touch of coffee is pretty much what you get, along with some noticeable bitterness on the finish. This keeps the beer from tasting too sweet, and really ST does a good job here; the beer is only moderately sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is also pretty soft and plush. On the finish the bitterness helps, but as is all too often the case with high abv. beers from ST, the alcohol is noticeable, making the beer a bit tiring to drink. That's really the only detraction from this otherwise quite impressive beer from ST.

Impressive effort from ST.

Photo of jdhilt
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three-finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate, flavor is sweet chocolate, bakers chocolate finish, higher ABV is hidden (label has 10%). Nice IS. $9.49 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of akorsak
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle purchased at State Line just before Christmas.

A: The stout is a beautiful onyx black color, dark as a moonless night but with more character. Little carbonation rose off of the initial pour and htere appears to be no lacing in the future.

S: Lots of chocolate, a mix of bitter baker's chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. The whole package is a decadent aroma of chocolate with undertones of coffee.

T: This is a knock-out, so full of intensely delicious chocolate flavors that it is hard to believe that this is beer. The taste is rightfully dominated by the chocolate, slightly sweet with a long tail. The only indication of the imperial stout portion of the beer is a lingering acrid bitterness from toasted and roasted grains. When the stout is allowed to sit in the mouth, an alcoholic heat damn near burns the tongue. If not for that alcohol intensity, this beer would be perfect.

M: The beer has such an intensely strong flavor that I can't help but savor every sip. A mouth can go a whole lifetime without experiencing something like this.

D: The alcohol is through the roof. It rears its head throughout the bottle and often adds a level of heat that is unwarranted. If not for the alcohol, I'd request this intravenously.

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

Batch 01.

A post-dusk sky that is dark but not colourless. The beer is indeed quite black and quite opaque, but not insistently so as to not allow any highlighting. Brief dashes of maroon show the beer is far from listless. The initially bountiful head slowly dissipates but an impressive capping persists as does a tan outline rather accented for a beer of this strength.

The aroma establishes one thing first and foremost and that is that this beer - and its name - is being straightforward. This is chocolate. We could debate between whether it smells more like chocolate fondue or hot fudge or perhaps even just plain old bitter cocoa beans but it does not matter. This smell is stunning, it is radiant, it is superb. I have already bit in hook, line and sinker and made sure it is firmly fixed in and hitched to my mouth.

First taste will make that line firm - that hook is anchored in and it will not be going anywhere until all 650ml of this stout has disappeared. This is not the 'impression' of chocolate that you'd find in Russian Imperials or other stouts - this simply IS chocolate. You can nevermind notes of coffee, or vanilla, or licorice, or roast malts - this is a massive clump of melted chocolate and it could not taste any better than just the way it does.

A good Swiss chocolate comes to mind, as does a rich Belgian truffle. In smell it is like taking freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from the oven but in taste it is like coating a gooey brownie in chocolate fondue and hot fudge syrup. It is every permeation of chocolate known to man. Most accurately, perhaps, the flavour is that of a very bitter, bitter, bitter and dark, dark, dark cocoa. All this chocolate tastes authentic and exquisite yes, but the bitterness resounds at a tremendous magnitude as result.

And it may very well be too much if the taste should end there - but it doesn't. Flavours linger and by the end some sweetness kicks in. While it seems to go through the motions - from cocoa bean, to baker's block, to bubbly fondue, to rich decadent truffle - nowhere along the way is any of the staggering 11% introduced. Some beers go well with dessert, some may be rich enough to serve as dessert itself. That is certainly true for Choklat, although to call it simply 'a dessert beer' would be shortchanging the brewers.

Southern Tier seem to have one tool in their toolbox - a hammer. Like all their big beers, this is a humongous colossus of flavour and is brewing magnificence! The entire 'Black Water' series (which to date also includes the Oat, the Jah*va, and Creme Brulee) are all tremendous, stunning, damn near erotic beers but this must be my favourite. None of this has been embellished because frankly, it needs no embellishment: this is pure chocolaty decadence.

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

Pours black but lets a little light through if held up to the light. Tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is Chocolate with a capitol C. Smells more like hershey's syrup than an imperial stout. I pickup some dark chocolates as well. Taste follows the smell, but adds some alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is smooth velvety creamy. Has an almost artificial chocolate aftertaste. Great brew. I couldn't drink to many of these, its a bit sweet, but great dessert drink.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown to black coloring with a thin, light tan head. Good lacing while you drink. Nose of melted chocolate, syrupy, milky, and fudgy. Flavors of roast initially, with a blend of bitter baker's chocolate and milk chocolate, with a sugary sweet overtone. Smooth and creamy in mouth, and the bitterness cuts through to clean everything up. Roasty and bitter aftertaste, with a slick, smooth finish and moderate linger. Beer made for the chocolate lovers out there.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,730 ratings.