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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,462
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 423
Gots: 722 | FT: 41
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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 Bosoxfan20
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- A firm black with a mocha head of about 1.5 fingers that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing to speak of as one can usually expect of a sturdy 10% stout.

S- Milk chocolate and fudge resonate on the nose. A health amount of roasted character comes through in waves.

T- An abundance of chocolate and cocoa powder make for a beer that is like a candy bar in a glass. Tootsie roll. Robust, near abrasive roast that plays a perfect balancing role with the sweet chocolate. Warmth of vanilla/oak finishes off the drink in the back of the throat.

M- While I could go for it to be a little more full and viscous on the tongue, overall, the mouth is quite nice really. Creamy, yet finishing dry. Almost powder like. Not a flawless effort to hide the alcohol, it was still a noble one.

O- I had my doubts about this one since I haven't loved some of ST's other offerings, but this one really hit the spot for me. An intense dessert beer that generates complexity and refuses to be ordinary.

$8.99 for a 22oz bomber

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

Bomber bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice Black, no light appears to come through whatsoever. Head is about a finger and a half, poured somewhat vigorously down the center midway to see if I could get a head. Tan in color.

Smell- Instant, huge blast of chocolate. Who would have guessed :D? Smells fantastic, slight hints of malt and an earthy smell. But strongly chocolate dominate.

Mouthfeel- Thick, and creamy. Carbonation is not high, and is excellently done. Everything meddles in the mouth well.

Taste- Taste leads exactly as the nose does. Large chocolate taste upfront, with mid notes of earth, and malt, slight alcohol hit, somewhat expected with a 10%. Covered very well though, and incredibly smooth.

Overall- A very good beer. If you are not a fan of chocolate in your beer this is not for you. It nearly reminds me of chocolate milk mixed with beer, in a good way. I think a dessert beer is a good description, as it is not mega complex and is easy to enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Piccadilly on Neil in Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 11/8/2011
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Southern Tier has managed to capture the essence of a very good dark chocolate bar in Choklat Stout, an excellent imperial stout that focuses on chocolate malt and additions above all else. Complex and desirable, this beer maintains its composure quite well despite the 11% ethanol level.

Pours a 1.5cm head of dark tan bubbles, primarily large in size with a bedding of smaller, denser specimens. Head has average retention, leaving some good streaks and lines of lacing along the sides of the glass as it declines to a thin ring around the glass with some thin islands atop the body of the beer. Body is dark brown to black, with light bringing out dark brown amber highlights. Carbonation is not visible due to the opacity of the body.

Aroma is dominated by chocolate syrup with hints of vanilla ice cream, cumin, caramel and malts. Ethanol makes a noticeable appearance as this warms, but it’s subsumed by the other scents.

Overall flavor is that of a mid-level (50-60% cacao) chocolate bar, with Tasting opens with some chocolate and caramel malt sweetness venturing across the front of the palate. Mid-palate finds a rise in chocolate flavor, becoming akin to a 50-70% cacao dark chocolate bar with a bit of ethanol and malted barley sweetness. Back of the palate picks up additional caramel and chocolate malt sweetness, ethanol, and modest bitterness, with the chocolate flavors moving to the back of these. Closes in a flash of ethanol burn that leads to a lingering aftertaste of substantial dark chocolate bitterness, a result of the chocolate flavors and, perhaps, a final meeting of bittering hops.

Beer is heavy-bodied, with mid-level carbonation leading to a lightly foaming effect on the palate, but this is primarily a slow-sipping, slow crossing-the-palate beer. A bit more carbonation would be appreciated, especially for the pleasant aromatic qualities. Ethanol is well-felt in the nostrils and back of throat with each sip, difficult to hide with an 11% beer, but this succeeds relatively well. Finish is dry with substantial stickiness around the mouth and lips.

Photo of allenson21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from the brewery. Pitch black pour with a two finger caramel-colored head that faded quickly with decent lacing. The nose is huge and all chocolate! Chocolate fudge, dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, mocha, and toffee. The taste is even more chocolate forward than the nose. Huge cocoa and milk chocolate along with hints of chocolate fudge, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and espresso. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, velvety and creamy, with a subtle bitter finish. This beer improved so much as it warmed. Overall, the best chocolate beer out there! Rich and flavorful with great balance and drinkability. Another winner from my hometown brewery!

Photo of ChrisWashington
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid dark brown, three-finger head, with excellent retention and lacing. Brew is a solid oily black with no light penetration at all.

Smells like a chocolate banana smoothie from the instant it's poured! Thick, milk chocolate aroma, wheat/barley, bananas, maybe even peanut butter. Tiniest hint of booze.

Slightly dry stout, heavy on powdery cocoa flavor (duh), sweet and milky flavor, with a bit of tart/grape booziness. Mouth full of chocolate and barley.

Medium-to-full bodied for a stout, fairly thick but not incredibly so, with strong retention and residue in the mouth. A little dry initially, and on the back-end, as well, as it has an almost wine-like evaporation.

This is an interesting and sweet dessert beer. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, for 10% ABV. Well worth trying.

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mstrcrwly
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., 2013 vintage (couldn't find a bottling date), poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot snifter glass, drank 12/20/13 over an hour

A: 3/3 - pitch black, no clarity, poured with a creamy mahogany head that settled into a subtle glass lacing with some mild froth on top. moderate alcohol legs, low-to-moderate carbonation

S: 11/12 - as advertised, rich Belgian milk chocolate, marshmellow and some coffee notes, but the star of the show is certainly chocolate

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a soft bitterness supplied by the chocolate and roasted malts; in the middle of the mouth, there's a subtle creaminess with a chocolate-caramel sweetness; albeit there is some alcohol, this certainly doesn't taste like a 10% ABV beer, and the mild aftertaste makes this dangerously drinkable

M: 4/5 - creamy but thinner than I expected in a big American stout; again, moderate alcohol body and subtly inviting aftertaste

O: 9/10 - I have heard/read the hype about this beer as one of the best chocolate stouts, and I certainly had high expectations, which this beer didn't fail to satisfy; the chocolate aroma/flavor is intense and the only beer that I think approaches its chocolate intensity is Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout (and based on my recollection, these two beers are remarkably similar); in sum, this is one of the best dessert beers that I've tried and recommended to any big stout and chocolate lovers

TOTAL = 45/50

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StoutAsian
1.55/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I was really excited when I stumbled across this beer at my local store and read the great reviews on BA about it. I picked up a 22 oz bomber and chilled it to enjoy tonight. Within a few seconds of opening this bottle, the smell of sweet milk chocolate and alcohol filled the air. It poured deep dark brown with a thick tan head that dissipated within 2-3 minutes. The first sip was decent, big milk chocolate flavor and little alcohol presence, but I'm not a milk chocolate fan and I knew it was going to be too sweet for my liking. As the beer got warmer it became horrible. The taste and smell of alcohol became overwhelming and the chocolate flavor became super strong. I would liken the flavor of this beer to someone melting a Hershey bar in a glass of rubbing alcohol. Back to my Founders breakfast stout now...

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,462 ratings.