Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,734
Reviews: 1,504
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
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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 bainard
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into an orval glass.

A - not quite "black hole" black, but pretty dark. as spinal tap might say, a "pastel black".

S - chocolate. dark dutched chocolate. really, just any permutation of chocolate you can imagine is here. cake, fudge, bar, even powder are all here. mouthwatering, this is.

T - a carbonated chocolate shake. not some foolish mcdonald's shake, either. no way, this is a double-chocolate ice cream with a ton of hershey's syrup sort of shake, with shavings on top. apparently this is 11% abv? i don't believe it, but i feel it a few minutes later...

M - a carbonated chocolate shake, like i said. it's amazing.

D - 11% abv be damned, this is amazing. it's a dream come true for stout and chocolate lovers. my favorite new brew of 2007, with a bullet.

Photo of number1bum
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bomber pours a very dark brown, not a complete jet black, though, that reveals a touch of ruby color when held to the light. Not a huge head...only about one finger of khaki head, and it only retains some lace around the rim of the glass.

The smell is pure chocolate, although it is a very syrupy sort of chocolate aroma, just like Hershey's syrup. Some cocoa powder, too, and I think I sense some dark fruits trying to nose their way through, but the chocolate syrup aroma dominates and it's pretty one dimensional. Some whiffs of booze, too, reminiscent of creme de cocoa or maybe Godiva liqueur.

The flavor has much more complex chocolate characteristics than the smell. This is just oozing with layers of chocolate flavor..bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder. And then there is some roasted/burnt malt flavor to balance out the sweetness. Some warming alcohol, also, and like the smell that makes it reminiscent of Godiva liqueur or creme de cocoa. All of that being said it's really tasty, although if it were a tad bit less syrupy tasting it would be a 5. Mouthfeel has a medium to full body and is quite creamy.

This is by far the most chocolaty beer I've ever experienced. It's very tasty, but it's a little too much like Hershey's chocolate syrup to me. If you like chocolaty stouts, though, then this beer is probably heaven. But one bomber is enough for me. I can't believe I'm writing this, but I think it's just too much chocolate (wait, is that possible?). I'm really glad I got to try it, though, and if I saw it on tap I'd definitely order a glass to see how it compares to the bottle.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a color as black as pitch, like oil sludge. Capping this is a creamy, dark-khaki, 1 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly and as it goes, leaves spotty specks of lace behind.

S: Smells like rich Belgian dark chocolate, chocolate liquor, bakers chocolate, and even a hint of milk chocolate. As it warms we also noticed an incredible whiff of espresso. Unbelievable!

T: See above with dark fruit, blackened malt, bitter hops, hot alcohol, and even more dark roast coffee/espresso.

M: A little on the thin side, but we also found it to be creamy, sticky, coating, and oily. Roasted malts, bitter hops, and the blast of alcohol ensure that the mouthfeel is also quite spicy, bright, and bitter.

D: Strong alcohol flavor coupled with incredibly delicious chocolate cake flavors and can you go wrong?

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

Big thanks to mikesgroove and dmeadows for this one, I received a bottle from each of them in my Beer Powerball winnings.

Poured from a bottle into my Darkness tulip (just like most beer I drink).

A: Black with a small creamy head that left minimal lacing.
S: Chocolate! It certainly does smell a lot like chocolate, the bitter dark kind that I like. There was a hint of yummy malt in the background as well.
T: CHOCOLATE! Just like it smells. "Oh man this is good" is what I was thinking every time I took a sip. There is no hint of the 11% it claims on the bottle.
M: Thick but not cloying, it feels pretty good. Also it tastes like chocolate.
D: I was sad to have the bottle end, I could really drink this all night, which with the invisible 11% would not be such a good idea.

This was a very good beer. It makes me sad to think that after I drink the other bottle I have I won't be able to drink anymore. Southern Tier should really start distributing to Minnesota for me.

Photo of Celt44
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into my DFH Snifter like that last guy...what a coincidence.
Appearance is standard and what I would expect from a chocolate stout - dark full body with a rich, tan, frothy head which doesn't last too long.
Aroma is unmistakenly chocolate. Nestle Quick Chocolate Milk Powder mix comes to mind. Beautiful.
Taste is all chocolate and malts. For over 11%, alcohol is hardly present except for the slight burn.
Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth - silky smooth.
Overall the BEST Chocolate Stout to pass my lips. Congrats to Southern Tier on another excellent and superior product.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured pitch black with some dark brown highlights around the rim when held up to the light; no other light penetration otherwise. Quarter-inch mocha colored head dissipated immediately into an oily film. Virtually no lacing adherence with the exception of a narrow ring around them rim. Scent - Belgian dark chocolate (duh), almost overpoweringly so, with the scent remaining in the nostrils between sips. Taste similar to nose with the presence of malt now detectable. Alcohol was surprisingly well-hidden considering the 11% abv. Silky mouthfeel with a little effervescence making it less chewy than anticipated. Finish left a lingering bitterness in the mouth (hops?) that didn't subside until the next sip. An enjoyable imperial for the most part; however, not being a fan of dark chocolate, I found the experience a little too overwhelming and actually prefer Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout over Southern Tier's Choklat.

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

Pours like midnight with no stars and comes with a tan head. Nose is fully a dark chocolate bar. Flavor is chocolate layered on chocolate. Just mounds of ever piece of dark chocolate you could imagine. Feel is smooth with a full carbonation. As beautiful as it was on the bottle. By far the most firm chocolate stout around. Very nice.

Photo of brentk56
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a bubbly tan head that hangs around for about as long as you would expect for a high ABV beer; dots the chalice with lace

Smell: This one smells like rich Belgian chocolate, melted down and streaming into your nostrils

Taste: Opens like an Aztec chocolate, with rich, dark chocolate flavors that are joined, mid-palate, by the subtle bitter influence from the hops, which persists to the very end; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; warmth on the finish adds to the hot chocolate aspect

Drinkability: This is one superb brew; it's going to be tough to beat on the chocolate scale

Photo of EGledhill
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at D's in Regent Square.

get it while you can, they bought up the last 6 barrels of this sweet gift from the beer gods left in Pittsburgh

A. black with a tan head

S. an unbelievable chocolate aroma...couldn't wait to suck it down

T. not as potent as the smell, but nevertheless, fantastic. chocolate the whole way through. the only beer I've had with a better chocolate taste so far has been Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

M. a little thin, maybe making them a little too easy to drink.

D. supremely good. Stopped at D's to grab a mixed 6 and Probably should've eaten something. they're not kidding when they say 11.0% ABV. Overall one of the best. Simply put, amazing

Photo of Murchmac
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOYS, COME IN FROM THE COLD!!! Moms got hot chocolate on the stove.

Pours dark, like the night.

Heavy chocolate nose, penetrating. Some faint smell of the swiss miss sweating liquor out of her pores. Real cocoa smell, like fresh off the cocoa bean. Nutty almost

Tastes like licking every street pole in hershey park. chocolatey goodness drips from this potent potable. Warm alcohol burns down your throat. Lingering aftertaste of nestle hot chocolate lingers. I taste no hops.

Mouthfeel is weak for an RIS. That is what this is right? Little too much carbonation but this would FANTASTIC on nitro. Can we make that happen? Is this really 11% abv, I can only feel it when i'm drunk, after the first three sips.

Overall a good beer. I think Southern Tier is becoming a haute couture brewery. These beers make FFF look like Pabst. I didnt like the Pumking. Recently had the abyss and I would say the abyss is a more enjoyable beer, but this one grabs your attention and beats you the hell up with a sack full of chocolate, not doorknobs or oranges, or cats.

Photo of gwong
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a growler filled at the Whole Foods on the Lower East Side of NYC.

A: A nice, dark stout with a nice creamy head formed at the end of the pour.

S: It smells like, what else, chocolate - the best way to describe the scent is that it's very similar to a 70% cocoa chocolate bar.

T: While the chocolate flavor is very strong, it's not nearly as strong a flavor as it was a scent. It tastes like very good bittersweet chocolate.

M: Thinner than most stouts but leaves a wonderful chocolate aftertaste on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable - the chocolate aroma and flavor does way too good a job at masking the fact that it's an 11% ABV beer.

Photo of tjthresh
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured opaque black with a brown head. The aroma was like chocolate liquor with some peppermint patty. Think the chocolate came off very extract-ish in the flavor. I was still good, but it was just that one note. Medium/full body. Medium carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Syrupy.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OldSock for bringing this back from Mass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich onyx devoid of any light topped by a thick, foamy, light brown head that fades very slowly. Thick sheets of brown lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: Loads of bittersweet chocolate, like smelling a chocolate shake with a bit of alcohol thrown into the mix.

Taste: Starts with a mouthful of bittersweet chocolate, sweet but not cloying, with a dose of malted milk balls and a hint of alcohol. The finish has a just a bit of roastiness and good hoppy bite due to the Chinook hops used for bittering. Chocolatey sweet but nicely finished with good bit of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, velvety, coats the mouth. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: A very unique beer to say the least. By far the most chocolatey beer I've had. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate with a nice bit of maltiness that is followed by a good dose of bittering hops. Very drinkable considering the ABV. Definitely drinkable. Seek and Enjoy.

Photo of Deuane
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA....Thanks Matt!

A-Black with faint ruby around the edges with a thin tan colored head.

S-Ok, one word, CHOCOLATE! Very rich, chocolate nose, no shocker! This is an amazing beer...not sure it is beer...could it be fermented chocolate milk?

T-Holy sweet Mother Mary--this is a truly fantastic beer. The chocolate is awesome without being overly sweet, cloying or overpowering. Oh, and where is the alcohol? This is one finely crafted beer.

M-A bit thinner than I expected. If a knock at all I would have expected a bit more body. A very mildbitterness in the aftertaste infused with more CHOCOLATE!

D-The name of this beer says it all...and brings it all. One of the best specialty beers I have EVER had. A truly amazing job by the folks at ST. I am impressed beyond words. My only 11% the party would come crashing down all to soon! Plus you cannot even tell that it is even close to 11%....dangerous!

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 tapman
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Opaque black with a dark tan head that poured 2 fingers easy into a snifter. Head is creamy with small to moderately sized bubbles. How could the look get better for the style, seriously? Well, that nice cascade roll from superior retention would be the answer, but still pretty nice.

Sweet chocolate with a bittersweet chocolate back. Thinking the bittersweet comes from the choco-malts combining with the actual chocolate. Also toffee (crystal 60) malts with a nutty characteristic. Hops are just noticeable, slightly bitter, and compliment the chocolate a save this beer from being Hershey's chocolate milk. However, there is still enough of a chocolate milk character to hurt this brew a little bit. What is absent, however, is any noticeable alcohol, and for a brew that is at 11% abv, that's something pretty special.

Two are significantly different in the taste than in the smell. 1)The sting of harsh alcohol and 2)The lack of hop flavor. In truth the two cancel each other out. In the aroma the chocolate covered up the alcohol and allowed the hops to rise over the alcohol, but now the sweet chocolate is gone and only the bitter chocolate remains, covering up no alcohol, which covers up the hops. It's all bitter chocolate and bitter alcohol for me. Looses any recognition of being a beer and turns into choco-malted beverage. As it warms hops barely return in the aftertaste in the form of sticky hop resin mixed with alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, heavy, velvety, and good. Carbonation is not effervescent, yet enough to give it that 'bite' we've all come to enjoy. Alcohol makes my mouth pucker, however, which lowers it a little for me, but still...

Ok, I say this one is average because the high alcohol and bitter chocolate would make this one tiresome in session. However, the crystal malt balances the chocolate enough to hold it at bay to a degree, and that coupled with the fact that, while very alcohol-tasting, it still doesn't taste like 11%. If any of my friends ever request a chocolate beer, I would introduce them to this one as a comparison beer. I'll even go so far to say I like this one very, very slightly better than the Rogue Chocolate least this one gets me drunk if I were to drink it fast enough, which I now will. Sorry.

Photo of tayner
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you LittleBreeze for this bottle!

Poured a black and oily into my glass with mahogany/ruby edges when backlit.

Smells like a tootie roll that has started to melt.. a familiar smell if you have them in your car in the arizona sun!

OMGosh. Liquid tootsie roll candy! I dont know what else to say about this one, i cant believe what i am tasting. It tastes like chocolate tootsie roll up front, not like candybar chocolate but i guess tootsie rolls are "chocolate flavored". There are slight hops in the finish, but only enough to cut the sweetness of the chocolate, but not enough to change the flavor.

This one is thick and coats my tongue well but no so heavy it makes me drink it slow.

I think i could session these ones as the alcohol is nowhere to be found, brilliantly masked 11%. I think i could drink these until i couldnt walk if i wasnt careful.

I need more.

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

My 600th review and a good beer for the ocassion no doubt.

Pours black with a good amount of ruby glints. A smallish light tan head disappears quickly but manages to muster up a good amount of lace. The second I popped the cap a big expansive chocolate aroma filled the air. It reminds me of Quick chocolate syrup. The taste also bursts with chocolate flavor. Its like liquid triple chocolate mousse cake. Some roasty, espresso flavors lie in the background. A robust piney hop presence balances things out and makes for a fantastically decadant finish - bittersweet chocolate and resiny hops. The mouthfeel is very thick, just short of oily. Carbonation is light and creamy. Alcohol heat shows as the beer warms.

This is a fantastic chocolate stout. Very intense and decadent and the mighty 11% ABV is hidden well behind the wall of chocolate.

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 soulfly967
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter a couple weeks ago at Fatheads.

The appearance was very much black with a very thin tan head that quickly faded to a mere ring, but still managed to leave some lacing.

The smell; it was exquisite! Being a dark chocolate fiend, I quickly fell in love with this beer! Dark chocolate all the way with hints of roasted malts and alcohol.

She tasted even better than I could have possibly imagined. Sweet chocolate dominated, with some vanilla and a slight flavor of dark roasted barley and coffee at the finish.

Exceptional mouthfeel. It was quite thick and had perfect carbonation.

The drinkability of this is not quite perfect, but is an exceptional sipper. The only thing that would have made this experience any better would have been a sampling of dark chocolates. Yet another excellent offering from Southern Tier!

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 BillyB
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


This is definitely a Choco-Bomb!

Pours a deep dark brown to black with a nice tan head that fades pretty quickly.

Amazing aromas of sweet and bitter chocolate. Sweet, dark malt. Slight alcohol note.

Tastes and smells like hershey's chocolate syrup! If I close my eyes I smell a chocolate milk shake.

Mouthfeel is very full and chewy but without a cloying, syrupy thickness.

Overall a chocolate delight. Probably the best "Chocolate" beer I've ever had.

Photo of JustEarl
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draught in a 12oz english ale glass.

Deep dark black, incredible chocolate aromas with hints of oak. Toasty flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and sweet rich chocolate. High sense of alcohol is very well balanced. Finish lingers with slightly burnt malt flavors.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kryptic for the trade.

This concoction pours a black with thin tan head and some ruby highlights with light behind it. The nose reeks of cocoa and chocolate, milk chocolate. Defenitely chocolatey up front, with some bittersweet taste. a suprising amount of bitter in the finish. wonderful chocolate flavors linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very nice, creamy and thick. Drinkability is quite high, as the abv is very very well hidden. awesome offering from ST, radical brew, excited to try the oat.

Photo of
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Poured an opaque, dark brown. Formed a small, light brown, head. Good legs, some lacing.

Surpringly enough, it smelled like chocolate! More like milk chocolate than bittersweet. Some alcohol/bourbon aroma peeked through. Chocolate covered cherries?

Taste was....chocolate. Initially seemed bittersweet, but moved towards more of a milk chocolate taste. Overall, certainly more sweet than bitter. Touch of alcohol in taste, but certainly nothing to make you think it was 11%. Hint of coffee. Towards the end, just a little bitterness, maybe herbal and back to bittersweet cacao.

Full body. Low carbonation. Sweet.

An excellent beer, and a fine dessert. Others have said that it becomes cloying towards the end, but I did not find it so. It was a bit tilted towards the chocolate taste, but consider the name of the beer...

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,734 ratings.