1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
ChoklatChoklat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,071 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,071
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 372
Gots: 583 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 4,071 | Reviews: 1,422 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jwc215
jwc215

Wisconsin

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 03:01:45 | More by jwc215
Photo of Rochefort10nh
Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-21-2011 17:44:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Halcyondays
Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 20:34:15 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 22:40:00 | More by smcolw
Photo of mendvicdog
mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-26-2012 19:20:18 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of Gavage
Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 00:13:15 | More by Gavage
Photo of beernads
beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-18-2013 02:07:23 | More by beernads
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 03:19:21 | More by kojevergas
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

07-02-2014 23:54:39 | More by GClarkage
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2013 02:40:40 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of corby112
corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 23:07:59 | More by corby112
Photo of imperialking
imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-19-2011 05:07:35 | More by imperialking
Photo of weeare138
weeare138

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 20:18:40 | More by weeare138
Photo of MarkyMOD
MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-09-2013 07:10:09 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 23:06:28 | More by yourefragile
Photo of barleywinefiend
barleywinefiend

Washington

4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 04:15:13 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 03:25:19 | More by tempest
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 01:57:11 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

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

Serving type: growler

01-13-2008 19:31:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of oriolesfan4
oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-15-2013 00:12:15 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 23:01:17 | More by woodychandler
Photo of orangesol
orangesol

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 19:51:58 | More by orangesol
Photo of rhoadsrage
rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:05:56 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of InspectorBob
InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-29-2011 15:21:12 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of stakem
stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 02:04:20 | More by stakem
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,071 ratings.