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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,538
Hads: 5,027
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 476
Gots: 1,003 | FT: 46
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,538 | Hads: 5,027
Photo of CNoj012
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an opaque jet black with a half finger mocha head. There is next to no retention and no trace of lacing. The smell is a chocolate bomb, both sweet and bitter as well as roasted malts. Taste is the same with a nice bitterness that cancels out the sweetness and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Feel is very full and it really coats your whole mouth. Overall a very nice stout, although it may be too chocolatey and a touch too sweet. It doesn't effect my rating, but at $17.99 per 4pk there are better options available.

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Photo of smanson56
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a 2012 bottle that has been in my cellar since then. This beer poured a dark black color into my snifter. The nose is still very sharp of the chocolate and the fine roasted malts. The chocolate comes through in the taste very smooth and mellow. The mouth feel is smooth and pleasant. After 4 years in the cellar this is sill a very nice drinking stout.

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Photo of KEEPonPOURING
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black oil with a tan head that hangs out for a few. The aroma is tons of chocolate, sweet and bitter. If you thought the nose was nice, you'll love the taste. Tons of chocolate well balanced with the bitter and not overly sweet. It has a relatively thick/heavy body that I love. This is my favorite offering from southern tier.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in January 2016.

Appearance: Dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head is thick, but does not have much lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. There is some bitterness, but overall the roasted coffee dominates the others.

Taste: There is a strong chocolate flavor. There is also a nice balance with the malts and roasted coffee flavors. There is some hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence. Great aftertaste.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with a smooth creamy body.

This is a strong Double Imperial Stout, and it has a pronounced chocolate flavor, but it also has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is smooth and really enjoyable to drink. Overall a great double imperial stout, and one I want to drink again.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So much chocolate.. Tootsie roll smell tootsie roll taste... Pours pretty much black. Not much head not much lacing... Sip and cherish what's in your mouth... For the amount of chocolate it's amazing the brew is not too sweet. Great balance overall great beer. Oh and 12oz bottles yes.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark black body with a light fluffy tan head. Aroma screams rich chocolate milk, dark cacao and...that's about it! Rich, smooth with a pleasant bitterness. Roasty notes at the end, but not overpowering. Quite a delicious beer...nice.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage, ~ 2 months since bottling, 12 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours black color, opaque. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, fluffy and creamy. Moderate alcohol legs on sides of glass.

Aroma- Rich candied chocolates, bitter dark chocolate, creamy chocolate milkshake. Bitter dry cocoa, and slight hints of dark fruits, cherries.

Taste- Bitter dark chocolates, dry cocoa, roasted malts and espresso notes. Intense candied chocolates. Underlying sweet milk chocolates and cream. Subtle cherries, hints of earthy hops, and slight alcohol on finish.

Feel- Medium feel, creamy body. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Beer features chocolate in several different ways, most notably the rich bitter dark chocolates. Real intense bitterness up front that gets balanced throughout by an underlying sweet creaminess. Moderate amount of roasted malt gives way to espresso notes and more bitterness. Real nice balance despite the overwhelming chocolate profile.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with decent tan head I get some finger lacing but the head goes away mostly.
Smell dark sweet chocolate you can smell some of the alcohol little smells like a chocolate brownie.
Taste well is amazing sweet dark chocolate of course a little of the alcohol comes through just enough to enjoy again very dessertlike
Feel fairly thick very smooth going down little burn from the alcohol.
Overall an excellent beer perfect balance of chocolate and alcohol.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OK, so this is a fantastic beer. I see that there are much, much better and more in depth reviews here other than mine so I won't go there. However, I will say that this stout doesn't pour as pitch black as some but the smell and taste are terrific. It's straight up like drinking a liquified Hershey chocolate bar in beer form with the addition of a well crafted mouth feel. Overall, this is a must try stout for those who like chocolate.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a mocha head.

Scent of bittersweet chocolate, a little roast, a hint of alcohol, sensing some caramel.

Taste: velvety mouthfeel with a slight tingle, probably from the alcohol. Dark chocolate. Roasted.

Great imperial stout with a leaning towards dark chocolate instead of the usual roasted malts up front taste ive been seeing a lot. Great beer.

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Photo of candcholt
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is fabulous...my favorite chocolate for sure. It's got nice body and isn't too sweet. Perfect combination of beer and chocolate. I enjoyed every sip.

To me, it tastes like the liquid chocolate from French Broad Chocolates in Asheville, NC. If you haven't tried that, you should, and if you haven't tried this beer, you should.

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Photo of 303beer
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with an inch and a half of coffee colored head that leaves nice amount of lacing. The nose is roast and chocolate. The taste is bitter chocolate dominant. Everything about the beer points to quality. It is just a little bitter for me to he served as a dessert beer. That is the only reason it didn't have a higher score from me.

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Photo of CountryRebel001
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells like sweetchocolate syrup, with light coffee undertones. Taste like dark bitter chocolate, that finishes with a sweet bitter choclate. Small note of alcohol for a 10% beer. Light carbonation, semi think. Very nice mouthfeel, that lingers for a long while. Overall a very good imperial chocolate stout, could differently drink more than one.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Smells like straight Hershey's syrup covered in crumbled walnuts.

T- Fudge, hot chocolate, malted milk balls. All the decadent chocolate notes are there with minimal alcohol flavor considering the ABV. There's also some caramel, vanilla, peanut brittle and a hint of coffee. Bitter roast aftertaste. The sweetness is definitely there the whole way through the glass but it never gets too overbearing (for my taste at least).

M- Creamy and luscious with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- The ultimate chocolate dessert beer. You have to like sweet stuff to appreciate it but, if you do, you definitely want this.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company - Choklat. 10% ABV. 22oz bomber split between two snifters. Bottled on 10/2/14 at 8:19am (love how precise it is).

Look: Pours a deep brown, and settles nearly pitch black, keeping the caramel colored highlights. Retains a one finger tan head for a little while, before subsiding into lacing.

Smell: Rich milk and dark chocolate, along with some sweet cream, coffee, and espresso undertones. Very sweet aroma.

Feel: Rich and creamy body, with traces of carbonation.

Taste: Just like eating a candy bar. Sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate, with the coffee and dark malt undertones. Has a faint alcohol taste on the back end, which reminds you this is actually a beer.

Overall: Just like the name; chocolate. Great taste and aroma, almost like a Milk Stout. You can just skip dessert, and drink this instead.

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Photo of do_ob
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown pour and settles black in the glass. About 1 finger of tan foam initially that bubbled down to a lacing after a minute or two. The nose is very sweet with notes of milk chocolate, coffee/expresso, lactose, and powdered cocoa.This beer smells like a liquid 3 Musketeers candy bar, straight up. The taste matches very well - sweet milk chocolate with a touch of roasted coffee. I also got some faint notes of orange peel. Nice feel, too. Very soft and creamy, while also being dense enough to carry all that flavor. Only a light touch of alcohol in there, which was nice.

Overall, this beer pleasantly surprised me. I wish I'd made myself try it sooner, because boy was I missing out. If I've ever had a beer that could be called a "dessert" beer, this is it. Well done.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black with barely a bubble on top, just a thin film of tan foam which disappears completely. The aroma is remarkable - it's like a chocolate fountain. Flavor is also very chocolate, more dark and bitter than the smell would indicate, and warmed by some booze showing through. Finish is semi-bitter and lingering. Very good, as many of ST's heavily flavored brews.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old bottle, old label. Black as liquid, flimsy beige pour that doesn't substantiate itself. Aroma was dark, bitter chocolate .

Taste was more bitter chocolate, not sugary type, we're talking rich, dark bitter chocolate, solid malt bill, alcohol regulated well, impactful chocolate mouthfeel. You had one job and you delivered. This and Rogue Double Chocolate/Single Stout make up that echelon of Chocolate beers right below the grandaddy of them all, Chocolate Rain.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-black with half inch dark tan head which was near gone after about 15 seconds. Overwhelmingly sweet milk chocolate smell that makes me think of chocolate milk with a nice touch of alcohol heat. Very strong milk chocolate flavor upfront, exactly what you'd expect from the smell. Surprisingly amount of hops takes over at the end. Pretty decent body that you can chew on for a bit. If you choose this beer because of expected sweetness then you get what you'd expect. If you didn't think it would be sweet, not sure why you would select this beer. The smell leads very well into the taste, but has a complex hoppy finish that makes for a well-rounded dessert beer.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh. Another reviewer said it tastes like Cocoa Puffs. I agree, but that"s not a plus. Wouldn't make my top five, or even ten, for the style. But I don't regret drinking it.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 19, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION: finished the first round of gift wrapping... APPEARANCE: black as, er, Blackwater (?), with a thin, brown head that shows a creamy, resilient half-finger staying power; lacing slides in sheets... AROMA: overpowering sweetness born of chocolate, toasted malts, licorice, toffee, and subdued hops--but holy, heavenly chocolate, suggesting confectioner's kitchens or the M&M Mars factory... PALATE: creamy as the head suggests; full-bodied, warming and active at the teeth...the aftertaste is formidable and welcome... TASTE: chocolate, sweet and pronounced, with toffee and vanilla...robust is an understatement...like a cake or mousse liquefied.... the toasted elements evoke a smoked cheese,,,... OVERALL: I had this on draft at The Corner Pub, and I had to revisit it...at home from a 22 oz. bomber, it only stands taller and more formidable, encompassing the palate and demanding every inch of attention with each sip--a BIG beer... phenolic in a highly drinkable,fashion...

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Photo of tlema1
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Jet black with a thick tan head
S: not a ton on the nose, some bakers chocolate
T: not as sweet as I remembered from a few years ago, the various chocolate (dark, bitter, etc) soften the roasted malts
F: thick and creamy
O: I'm glad I revisited this one

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - black, with tan head
A - dark chocolate, sweet smelling, without the booze aroma that I've come to expect from high ABVstouts
T - dark chocolate and a little bitterness
F - nice body with a little sweetness

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Photo of MaximalC
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours seal brown with a meager skim of khaki foam. Aroma smells of cocoa powder, chocolate milk, Hershey’s syrup, and even some fresh ground coffee.

Alcohol really heats things up on the front end, although a robust chocolate flavor comes through nonetheless. The chocolate tilts more toward the bitter end of the spectrum, which is reinforced by an appreciable dose of earthy, herbal hops. The label mentions flaked barley, and something to that effect does manifest in the taste, producing a slightly nutty, grainy character comparable to oats, though it remains mostly in the background. The roasted character of the malt comes through nicely on the back end. Some warming allows a sweeter, more syrupy chocolate flavor to come through. There’s also a slightly salty aspect in the finish that dries things out and keeps you coming back for more. Medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation afford a slick, robust mouthfeel that suits a stout just fine, while notable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips.

Overall, this is a characterful chocolate stout, and also probably the most aggressive tasting one your are likely to find. A solid balance between bitter, sweet, and warm keeps the palate engaged and satisfied from start to finish. One of my favorites from Southern Tier, to be sure.

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Photo of xtaylorm
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many beers from the Blackwater Series is amazing adn this one is no let down. Taste much like a liquid dark chocolate bar. High in ABV but it is completely masked by it's sweetness. Definitely a beer to taste in this life-time.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.