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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3805
Reviews: 1417
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%

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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Photo of JAramini

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being a New York State beer drinker, this makes me wonder if the rest of the country knows and appreciates the incredible things that are happening at the Southern Tier Brewing Company. No other brewer has given me more new beers that blew me away in the past year than this one.

According to the bomber, this beer uses:
2-row barley
caramel 60 malt
barley flakes
chocolate malt
bittersweet belgian chocolate
Kettle hops: chinook and willamette

The beer looks like an imperial stout ought to look. Black, with a pillowy tan head that dissipates quickly as it wrestles with the 11% abv brew.

You're not ready for how chocolatey this smells. It's like a mug of cocoa with marshmallows as you curl up next to a roaring fire.

The smell was great, but I wasn't sure if I wanted my beer to have such a pronounced chocolate taste as the smell hinted at. I was worried it would be too sweet and bothersome (like I found their Javah Imperial Stout). Wrong. This is perfect. The sweetness is there, but is never cloying. The chocolate predominates, but it goes down so smoothly it seems totally appropriate and never excessive.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick and creamy, as an imperial stout should be. In the aftertaste you get lingering chocolate with some roasted malt notes. Maybe the hops are there, but this isn't their party.

I don't know what kind of voodoo is going on behind the scenes at Southern Tier, but this does not taste like an 11% beer. It is just far too easy to drink. I didn't notice any alcohol flavor or burn to the beer. Just a smooth creamy dark chocolate shake.

Southern Tier knocked this one out of the park. This feels like a breakthrough beer to me. I don't know what their distribution area looks like, but I think this is one people are going to be clamoring for everywhere. It is a perfectly made beer that everyone deserves to have cross their taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 02:52:09 | More by JAramini
Photo of Wildman


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured as pitch black with no light getting through that black depth. It formed a huge dark tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. The aroma kind of hits you over the head with malt, chocolate aroma almost like cocoa, and a hint of coffee/toffee. Almost feels more like I am settling down to drink some hot cocoa on this very windy cold night. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate with a slight burnt quality to it. The body was medium with a sweet, yet burnt aspect to the finish. The warming effect of the alcohol present is in the background. A very nice sipping beer for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 02:37:38 | More by Wildman
Photo of jaxon53


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature, into a Stone snifter, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle. Poured a thick, spent motor oil black, that not a single ray of light could pass through. You could see the thickness in the pour. Just about two fingers of thick, creamy, coffee brown head formed right up to the top of the glass. Head settled a bit on the quick side, into a pillowy gob in the center of the glass. Some thin soapy lace was left behind. Smell was almost that of a mug of hot cocoa. Nice thick, rich, chocolate chip cookie aromas, with again more thick chocolate. Taste was much the same. Tons of thick, creamy, Belgian chocolate, roasted/toasted malts, and a tiny bit of hop bitterness in the background. Finishes a bit warm with yet another blast of chocolate. Mouthfeel was thick, very chewey, velvety, and full bodied. Very little carbonation made this rather easy drinking despite the 11% ABV. Southern Tier does it again!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 15:55:03 | More by jaxon53
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tootsie Roll in a glass
(and not in the Caddyshack kind of way)

This is the best chocolate beer I have sampled.
The smell is fantastic -- chocolate, coffee, roast.

The sweetness/stregth of the imperial stout works perfectly and seemlessly with the chocolate. Smooth -- neither alcoholly nor thin -- but full flavored chocolate. yum. I am a big fan of strong dark beers, and this is the acme of chocolate imperial stouts. (and I COULD drink this all night :)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 15:39:54 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
Photo of medic25


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich black color with a good sized tan colored head. Chocolate/malt aroma. Taste is incredibly rich; roasted malt flavor, with chocolate and a little bit of alcohol. Great warming experience with each sip. The mouthfeel is smooth, and relatively thick in a comforting way. A great sipping drink on a cold December night. My first time trying a Southern Tier offering; I can't wait to sample the rest of the line.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 05:22:39 | More by medic25
Photo of DrinkinBuddy

New York

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier has done it again, but even better. The black water series is a completely amazing line-up. This stout pours black with a very minimal brown head. The smell is simply amazing I don't want to take my nose away. Tootsie rolls, tootsie rolls, tootsie rolls. What else can I say. Taste is amazing as well, sweet chocotate bomb, as it warms, you can taste a nice earthy chicory bitterness at the front of your tongue, and a pleasant mild hop twitch at the back ofyour tongue. The mouthfeel is great as well, little carbonation with a nice thickness. Drinkability is amazing if you count how easy this is to drink, and disregard the fact that it's an 11 abv. Southern tier has mastered the stouts. Great job ST!!! A MUST HAVE!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 03:01:33 | More by DrinkinBuddy
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, these guys really gotta stop doing this. First with Pumking, now this...
I'm having a hard time getting around to tasting this beer because I want to keep on smelling it. If I drink it, I won't be able to smell it anymore.
This is like a combination between Brooklyn's black chocolate stout and Young's Double Chocolate stout... but with the volume turned up because of the alcohol to help carry all that flavor. This also makes me think that Southern Tier's Oat, or something very similar, is the backbone to this, and that the added chocolate is adding that other dimension that I felt Oat needed.
Excellent chocolate flavors along with some added nuttiness, hazelnut at that. Nutella does come to mind when drinking this. The hops in here dry this up enough to keep it from being sickeningly sweet and cloying.
Lusciously smooth with some spikes of vanilla bean flavor...
Thoughtfully made hot chocolate drink comes to mind with this guy.
Food for the Gods indeed.
This beer makes me want to write a very long review.
'nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 04:36:37 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of BeerTruth


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a complete midnight black which yields a one finger tan colored head that quickly dies down to a few big bubbles. Stickiness is mediocre, some spotty lacing. Smell is of Hershey's Milk Chocolate with almonds and a nice malty backbone. Tootsie Roll sweetness as with a caramel presence in the nose as well. I just can't get enough of the aroma with this one. Definitely a better scent than the Oat. The minimal alcohol warmth prevents this from a 5 in smell. Taste is like no other. Big Chocolate Tootsie Pop flavor up front with a roasted barley presence. Sweet caramel coffee flavor makes itself known as well. How is this 11%? No alcohol flavor on the tongue. Medium to full body with a heavy rich texture. Carbonation is very subtle but enjoyable. Scary how good this beer is. Southern Tier is becoming a big player in the Extreme Beer revolution, keep up the good work guys. Definitely going to see what some age does to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 02:36:30 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of kirok1999


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, some garnet highlights around the snifter, almost no head or lacing.
Smells like a roasty mild chocolate, say a 52% bittersweet. It's not just chocolate, there's some nice roasty malt too.
Taste is all about chocolate, rich and creamy, it is seriously a dessert in itself. Not as dark as KBS; sweeter and milder.
The opposite of a session beer. Needs a special occasion or a particular craving for chocolate. Wonderful to sip from a snifter.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 02:27:29 | More by kirok1999
Photo of slagle9480

New York

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh. My. God...

Southern Tier is on a whole different level than most mirco's.

Whatever you do this holiday season, get your hands on a Southern Tier Choklat. Trust me--you'll thank yourself for it.

ST's "Blackwater" series is unbelievable right now. First the Jah-va, then the Oat, and now Choklat. I love the first two, but I must say this one takes the cake. That seems to be a fitting description seeming as this 11% stout tastes like a warm chocolate cake freshly baked just for you.

Rather than break down the A/S/T/M/D, let me just hit you with a scenario....

It's Christmas Eve, you just got home from all the family get-togethers and midnight sermon BS you can handle for one day. Reach into your fridge and pull out a bomber of ST's Choklat... Christmas has officially begun! As soon as you crack the bottle you smell that wholesome milk chocolate backed by a warm sensation of alcohol.

Pour your beer in a nice draft glass or whatever hardware you got and go curl up next to the fireplace with your woman... You're in heaven my friend.

Southern Tier has gone beyond what the market expects of any brewery with this one. Take time this weekend to relax and enjoy an excellent beverage to yourself. Christmas only comes once a year...

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2007 22:41:44 | More by slagle9480
Photo of dotlikeimpact


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just got myself a bomber of this from Whole Foods on North ave. Chicago.

A: Totally black, some tan head, nothing crazy.

S: Oh my God. This smells like brownies just taken out of the oven. WOW

T: The Brownies theme is strong in the flavor profile as well, big, yeasty, cake like flavors with the taste of delicious chocolate. I am VERY impressed.

M: The only thing bad I have to say about this beer is that it could use a little more carbonation, but I understand how hard that is at 11% abv.

D: Really Drinkable and very smooth. Never would have thought this was a 10% plus beer. S. Tier has a way with extreme styles that is impeccable.

Wonderful beverage.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 08:21:10 | More by dotlikeimpact
Photo of NCoastWineBeer


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just picked this up for 8.99 and could not wait to try this new blackwater series
Pours a very solid black, with little head that recedes to a thin lace.
This smells like fresh cocoa, i have never smelled a chocolate stout like this before.
The taste is very chocolatey, smooth aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden quite well, i am definately going to drink this whole bomber with ease. This reminds of the tommyknocker cocoa porter, but this is much more drinkable in my opinion. Great beer for the winter season!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 05:36:20 | More by NCoastWineBeer
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
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 genog


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark black color that looks so deep and rich, not thick, but a little runny. A thick foamy tan layer of head sits at first pour, then slowly decides to die down, and only leave a trace of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is of roasted malt with a hint of licorice and milky sweet chocolate. Taste is rich with toffee, creamy chocolate, and a slim dried fruit taste. This one is really rich with a creamy mouthfeeling.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 02:42:21 | More by genog
Photo of jamie2dope


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier must like their stouts, as this is their third large one in a relatively short period of time. Pours a viscous black color, with very little heading. Aroma is downright intoxicating. It smells just like a tootsie roll, with rich chocolate throughout. Taste, as expected has more chocolate, however it takes on more of a dry milk chocolate, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick, as it coats the palate completely. There is also a lingering aftertaste that one is not soon to forget. As for drinkability, this is a beer to sip and savor. Perfect for pairing with dessert, or for that matter having it for dessert. Simply put, Southern Tier are brewing on a different level than many others. This is the best chocolate stout I have ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 04:31:47 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of YonderWanderer


4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier has done it again.

Choklat, in a 22oz bottle, pours a deep dark brownish black with wispy thin areas of foam. From its surface comes the smell of chocolate - think Hershey regular and dark chocolate melded together. I was blown away.

And then the taste. Chocolate, with some hints of roasted grains behind it. But this isn't just chocolate in a light, subtle sort of way. This is thick, delicious chocolate that you could sit and enjoy for hours and hours. The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and viscous, with little carbonation. A slight hint of warmth from the alcohol is present, but barely noticeable.

This is the finest chocolate stout I've ever had. Rogue had been up until now, but this one is basically a doubled-up version of the Rogue and then some more. Southern Tier has done it again - blowing away any expectations I may have had and impressing me more and more. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 05:56:26 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of dexterlovejoy

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Another great beer from Southern Tier. Pours a medium bodied Black opaque. Huge hersey like aroma. Almost like when you dip strawberries in Chocolate. Nice long lasting Khaki head. Beautiful full mouthfeel loaded with chocolate & roastiness. Alcohol is definately there but not overpowering. Great beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 03:54:50 | More by dexterlovejoy
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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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