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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,217 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,217
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 401
Gots: 627 | FT: 34
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

beernads, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Thanks to Exiled for splitting this beer with me.

Poured dark brown, almost black, into a Dogfish Head signature glass. The smell is unmistakable, straight chocolate. Not hops or alcohol present. The taste follows the smell, with a huge rich chocolate flavor. When the beer is in your mouth, you get a rich milk chocolate flavor. This beer tastes about like YooHoo or Nestle Quick. Easily the most chocolatey beer I have ever sampled. The finish is bitter chocolate. Absolutely amazing. This beer completely hides the alcohol. I have no idea how Southern Tier brewed a beer that tasted this chocolatey, but they did. Quite and accomplishment.

Mora2000, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter:

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Looks like an espresso, though the head eventually becomes a patch, then recedes to a thick ring.

Well - the chocolate is assertive alright. Delicious chocolate aroma can be detected easily at the pour - no need to sniff this one to catch the chocolate aromas. However - I sniffed it anyway - a chocolate indulgence was awaiting the first sip...

The taste is of strong bittersweet chocolate. This is enough to satisfy any chocolate lover. Going beyond the chocolate, which, at times did get a bit like chocolate syrup and override any "beer" taste (or else it probably would have ranked a perfect "5" in my book), there is plenty of upfront caramel flavor as well, and it does have an underlying hop presence, but it's hardly noticeable until maybe the end. Rum-soaked chocolate with a caramel flair is really what dominates here, and it is quite potent.

This is rich, creamy and velvety with a potent alcohol kick.

As wonderful as it is, this is a sipper. The chocolate overwhelms, and has the effect of a chocolate with caramel cake soaked in alcohol has a nightcap effect.
Delicious, but...well - my bed is calling...

jwc215, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -5.9%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest head to start, but it dies to rim bubbles that leaves nearly no lace. Dark brown color where light is allowed to pass on the edge.

This smells like a rich German chocolate cake. Lots of powdered cocoa.

The flavor is sweet with dark, slightly burnt malt. The finish has a dose of bittering hops. Chewy body. Short lived aftertaste, surprisingly. Here's a case of like, not love for me.

smcolw, May 23, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A healthy pour produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a deep black color, though if held up directly to the light it shows hints of concentrated ruby hues around the edges. This has a huge chocolate aroma, sweet, like a dense, dark chocolate mousse. Really this just has an intense, rich, full chocolate aroma to it. Perhaps a touch of toasted grain and burnt malt is noticeable underneath all this chocolate, but it is really hard to tell. If you really like chocolate you will like this aroma; rich, full and complex in its chocolate notes, but there is little else noticeable.

Thick and rich as it first hits my tongue, it becomes more viscous as it slides down my throat. Up front is lots of sweet, dark grain notes that quickly get engulfed by rich, dark-milk-chocolate like flavors. The beer picks up some substantial bitterness both likely from the chocolate and the roasted malt, but there is also some lingering hop bitterness in the finish that is not quite as potent, but does a better job of lingering on in the palate after the beer has slid down my throat. The bitterness is definitely quite needed for balance to the sweet malt and chocolate, but still plays only a secondary role. The carbonation, though light, adds a bit of acidity to this brew that accentuates some acrid, burnt grain notes. As it loses the carbonation it loses this acidic, acridness. It even seems to lose a touch of the sharp, biting bitterness, that while not overwhelming at first was almost a bit harsh at times despite the huge, sweet, chocolate character.

This really has an over-the-top chocolate character to it (both aroma and flavor), so if you enjoy nibbling on dark, fairly sweet chocolate then this should be right up your alley. This is definitely dessert in a glass, as it warms up it loses a bit of sweetness, but it becomes a bit more thick and rich to make up for this. I waffle back and forth between thinking the aggressive, almost harsh bitterness is too much with thinking that it is absolutely needed to help balance the thick, viscous, over-the-top chocolate character. I suppose it does distract me from a chocolate character that might be too much other wise, so in that sense it is good. At times I feel like I should be able to actually bite into and chew this beer, it is that rich and chocolaty. In the end this is a tasty brew, one which I would be happy to have more of.

Gueuzedude, May 15, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki-tan colour head of nice thickness, cream, and good retention. Body colour is a solid jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Smells like pure chocolate. Yes, just literally pure chocolate. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Sweet as hell milk chocolate. Dark malts lurk beneath, but it's just literally milk chocolate. Balanced but one note. Surprisingly chocolatey.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavour. Excellent carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable. I wouldn't want to kill a bottle of it by myself. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but I'm not sure I'd want to have it again.

B

Pairs well with chocolate.

kojevergas, Dec 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

oriolesfan4, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Gavage, Dec 20, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

drewone, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

corby112, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of orangesol
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a Bell's tulip.

A - Pours midnight black with a thin white film of head, dissipating to a light ring around the outside of the glass, leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - As the name implies, huge amounts of bittersweet chocolate are ever present in this one. Even more lactic sweetness lurks in the shadows with the dark roasted malt. Very sweet smell, but in a good way. My only gripe is that it is a bit one dimensional.

T - Lots of rich chocolatey flavors up front giving way slowly to a mix of lactic sweetness and lots of dark roasted malt. Finish is quite sweet with plenty of lingering roast. A bit of heat comes thru in the finish as well. I like to drink this one with desert. It is very sweet but not to the point of being overpowering. Very nice sweet stout.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit hot with lots of lingering dark roast. Very sweet with a nice creamy feel.

D - Fairly high. Very sweet, but in a good way. The perfect desert beer. Over time the sweetness starts to get to you and brings this one down a few notches.

orangesol, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

weeare138, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color but has some lighter brown and red hues coming through around the edges. Creamy tan head forms on top of this beer less than a finger strong and receeds to just a thin film with a fair amount of lacing. Nose does not disappoint and fully lives up to the name. Aroma is all chocolate... it is like a sweet milk chocolate that is reminiscent of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Taste is a mildly sweet chocolate upfront that turns to bitter chocolate with a bit of a burnt grain character through the body blended with hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate is left in the mouth from a combination of the dark grain and hops. Moderately high carbonation with a medium to heavy feel. Initially this beer masked the alcohol quite well but as it comes up to temperature it really comes through in the finish of the taste. Overally quite good.

stakem, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: What a wonderful aroma to this beer? Very strong aromas of semi-sweet milk chocolate.

T: Some light flavors of dark and roasted malts but the flavor is dominated by the semi-sweet milk chocolate. Not too sweet and just a hint of bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a great beer, I really enjoyed it but I would warn folks that it is on the sweet side. There is a very slight hint of the alcohol in this beer but it is pretty well hidden. This is a great sipping beer for dessert and one I will have again (I have had it several times before).

dbrauneis, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Billolick, Jan 13, 2008
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,217 ratings.