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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,480
Hads: 4,825
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 467
Gots: 913 | FT: 45
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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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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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... (839 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow..this is like too much chocolate to even think it is a beer....let alone one of 11% ABV.

Pours almost black amber with some chocolate-like red tones and a half finger of white foam that melts quickly to a mere covering of sticky white.

Aroma is pure and unadulterated chocolate...milk chocolate...dark chocolates...creamy chocolate. Yummy.

Well, what did you expect?
Chocolate. Sweet milk with bittersweet chocolate on the end. Touches of cherry...some banana like a banana split....damn!...this really does remind me of an ice cream sundae. Every flavor and sensation except the nuts exist in this stout and I have the feeling that as it warms some more, I will even find them hidden in the complexities of what they call 'beer' here. It loses some points on drinkability only because like most rich, decadent deserts, it is too rich to enjoy too much of at one time.

Wonderful desert.
Decadent and heavenly.
Thanks LittleBreeze. (946 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jastack for the trade!

This one caught a lot of buzz rather quickly and I’m excited to try it, especially since I love chocolate dominant stouts.

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip. Looks like a cola flavored soda and an aggressive pour produces no more than half an inch of foam. Hints of ruby when held to the light.

Oh, baby! Huge rich chocolate aroma right upfront, and it reminds me when I used to put spoonfuls of Quick into my milk as a kid. Notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and cocoa with quite a lot of sweetness, very much like chocolate syrup. Cannot pick up any “beer-like” qualities in this one, it’s just pure chocolate so far. I think some roasted barley and the chocolate malts try to peek through but the sweet, dark, chocolate just dominates. After it warms up I get a wonderful aroma of a banana split; bananas, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, you want sprinkles too?
Later on there are hints of caramel, marshmallows, s'mores, and warm oatmeal covered in chocolate syrup.

Tastes very much like it smells, love it. Lots of chocolate with a banana aftertaste and some hints of cherry and alcohol. I can see how this beer can be too much for some people, it is mostly chocolate and very sweet, almost like a very intense milk stout. There is only a hint of dryness and roasted barley bitterness in the finish, but this one is mostly sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and perfect light carbonation. Drinkability is good but a bomber is a little hard to finish for one person since this beer is really sweet.

This is one of my new favorite stouts and a favorite dessert beer. (1,628 characters)

Photo of pershan
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

Poured ink black with no head into a chalice. You could actually smell the sweet chocolate aroma! A taste revealed an unbelievable sweet chocolate flavor, followed by roasted malt undertones, a signficant hop bitterness, and considerable alcoholic warmness. The brewers must have added the chocolate after the fermentation was complete, otherwise I don't know how you could retain that Hershey-chocolate sweetness in the flavor. A rather oily mouthfeel, reminiscent of drinking melted chocolate - outstanding. The alcoholic warmness/aftertaste would normally be overwhelming, but is balanced very nicely with the sweet chocolate component - very well done ST! (710 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful dark chocolate scent that screams of black and chocolate malts as well as the real deal. The taste is great! It's extremely smooth and flavorful, while hiding much of the 11% abv. . It boasts of black malts and imported dark chocolate. This is a real treat of a beer. It does go the road of the low alcohol sweet chocolate stout. It chooses the high powered attack instead with lots of alcohol and a dark chocolate taste. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinker and a good value at only $6.99 a bottle. I'll be back for more. (735 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Shangys. I split a case with 2 other guys. Poured into an Imperial Stout glass.

A: A dark, dark brown color with a light brown slight head. Not a lot of carbonation.

S: I can smell the chocolate before I even lift it to my nose, it's that overwhelming. Hints of cocoa and sweetness, but the smell is mostly chocolate.

T: Ok, even the smell did not prepare me for this taste. I knew it would be chocolaty, but not this much. Flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate shine through from start to finish with heavy sweetness throughout. Some slight vanilla with a decent amount of cocoa powder too. It's like they melted the chocolate right in the beer. Do not make a mistake, this chocolate stout is not like the others. If you don't like chocolate, then don't drink this. Sweet on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy, but the alcohol of 11% is well hidden. It's oily and creamy both at the same time.

D: Medium. I easily finished my bomber but would suspect after any more than that I would have had enough of the sweetness. Low carbonation makes it easy to sit and sip.

Overall this is the most chocolaty beer I've ever had. If you are in the mood for chocolate, then this beer is for you, however you can only enjoy so much of it at a time. (1,259 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours like oily black sludge with a surprisingly thick head with an oak hue.

S- Strong chocolate, hersheyesque with a coffee undertone and alcohol notes.

T- Again very strong chocolate, toffee, more chocolate. I think this one delivers on the chocolate but can become cloying a bit of the way through which is why I dinged it a bit, still a delicious brew.

M- Thick, with an ample amount of carbonation... just enough for the style in my opinion.

D- The chocolate is a bit overwhelming but it's definitely a treat for the first half of the glass and by the second half you dont even care at 11 percent abv. (613 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brandoman63 for this one!

A: Dark black with a 1/2 finger tan head that leaves a touch of lacing.

S: Wow. Tons of chocolate truffle here. Vanilla. Think of the smell of good hot chocolate. It's along those lines. Honestly have never smelled something quite like this. I'm loving it.

T: Rich, milky chocolate. Slight hoppiness at the end. Touch of roasted character. Rich milk chocolate is oh so tasty. This is truly one dessert beer.

M: Rich and very creamy. Alcohol is virtually nonexistent. Definitely doesn't taste like 11%!

D: Extremely drinkable. This goes down way too easy.

Highly recommended. This beer is a great, chocolatey, dessert beer. And a unique one at that. This is one worth hunting down.

Edit: Had a bottle the other day. This beer, in my opinion, does not age well at all. (809 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with cola and ruby hues, seems clear, a small covering of pumpkin pie orange and tan colored head. Aroma is of chocolate fudgsicles, chocolate milk, very noticeable lactose aroma, smells of chocolate mint as well. Taste follows with the same chocolate milk, mint and fudgsicle flavors mixing into a burnt roasted malt with a bitter coffee finish. Medium to heavy body, sweet thickness is cut by the roasty flavors and a slight dance of hops on the tongue. Alcohol is very well hidden for its strength, just a quick warmth. An unusual and interesting beer, I enjoy the mouthfeel, the mint in the nose and flavor is unusual as is the powerful chocolate flavor. Glad I got to try it, seems a beer that is best to be shared as the flavors are strong and unique, would like to cellar one and see what develops. (817 characters)

Photo of brantadid
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black and viscous into my snifter. A two finger light cream color head formed. Head diminished quickly to a froathy ring with some lacing.

Smelled like dark chocolate or tootie rolls (my wife's call) No alcohol in the nose.

I have never had a beer that the initial taste mimiced the smell so completely. Dark chocolate and tootsie rolls. yum. Nice dry, bitter, long finish to this beer. Alcohol is almost completely masked. A nice warming late in the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy and viscous. The perfect amount of carbonation cuts the viscous mouthfeel.

This is an incredible beer that is way too drinkable. This is hands down the best chocolate stout I have had. (673 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ink-black with a thin tan head.

Aroma is absolutely incredible. Imagine the rich, thick hot fudge syrup poured onto an ice cream sundae. Then go one better with a candy store full of dark chocolate, and you're still not quite there. Decadent, truly like no other beer I've smelled.

Flavor -- again, a chocoholic's dream in beer form. Hot fudge, milk and dark chocolates, cocoa powder, it's all here. What's best is that this isn't cloying; surprisingly balanced and smooth. As is the norm for Southern Tier big beers, the alcohol level is supremely well hidden. Some dark malt flavor works its way into the finish, as well as a very mild leafy hops note.

This is a must-have beer if you like chocolate (and who doesn't, really?)

Epic. Southern Tier does it again. (768 characters)

Photo of bjoyce12
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at Marty's in Newton, MA. Pours a deep blackish brown, like the color of hot fudge. A little foam. Nice aroma, the chocolate malts really hit you. Tastes like a Hershey Special Dark bar in a bottle. 11%ABV but you don't taste any of it, just the chocolate, or "choklat" as they spell it. Not as sweet as Rogue chocolate stout(the only other choc stout worth drinking). Rogue's is more like a Hershey's milk chocolate, while this is more akin to bittersweet choc. Outstanding. (499 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison for $7.99. Have been nothing less than impressed with everything I've had from Southern Tier so far.

Pour: near black with a a finger of khaki foam, ruby highlights. Head is short lived without any discernible lacing.

Nose: luscious cocoa powder, vanilla, and powdered sugar

Taste: cocoa nibs, hot chocolate, vanilla malt, light hazelnut, with a slight alcohol pepperiness.

Mouthfeel: rich and smooth like drinking chocolate, but surprisingly not thick and cloying. Carbonation is light.

Drinkability/Overall: A decadent chocolate stout, easily rivaling that of Rogue. Insanely drinkable for 11%. Yet again, I'm left nothing but impressed with Southern Tier's Big Beer offerings. (730 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nearly pitch black with a bubbly tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: A deilicous aroma of hot cocoa mix and cacao nibs. Impressively, there is no alcohol presence at all.

T: Alternately sweet and bitter chocolate flavors with an earthy character that provides some depth and complexity. A bit of heat.

M: Viscous and thick with light-moderate carbonation that struggles to make it through the thickness of the brew. A long-lasting biter chocolate taste.

D: This one drinks like liquid chocolate and redefines "chocolate stout". If that sounds good to you, then you won't be disappointed. If not, pass on this one. I love it. (632 characters)

Photo of grub
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at coles in buffalo, ny jan 5/08.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. huge blast of milk and dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. hit of peanut. bready malt.

taste is excellent. huge blast of milk and dark chocolate balanced against a solid stout backing. great roast. bittersweet chocolate. bread and biscuit malt. medium bitterness level. light coffee character. bit of very mild grapefruit and pine hop presence too. light warming alcohol, with nearly no other trace.

mouthfeel is good. low well integrated carbonation level. medium large body. super smooth.

drinkability is great. alcohol is very well hidden. great balance between the chocolate and the stout, and both still have lots of depth to keep them interesting. this is one top notch beer.

too often flavoured beers end up one dimensional and both the base and flavour added don't stand up, causing the whole thing to fail. this one is definitely an exception. the layers and depth to the chocolate character were great and kept you going back for more. along with that, a solid and smooth stout with a nice malty depth pulled you in too. i'm already looking forward to spending an evening this winter enjoying a nice fire in the fireplace and sipping on the bottle i picked up. (1,360 characters)

Photo of mjd83goblue
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, purchased at Bella Vino in AA for $7.49.

Pours as expected, black with a chocolate milkshake head. Chocolate drowns out any other smells that might be present, except for something roasty.

Taste is, again, chocolate, and lots of it. Somewhere between a nice dark chocolate and fake Hersey's syrup. Sweet, but still drinkable. Some hops in the aftertaste, a nice touch, it bites through the sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent; thick beer that sticks to your teeth. No evidence whatsoever of the alcohol content. Drinkbility suffers from the sweetness and alcohol content, but its so damn smooth.

A great beer from Southern Tier, who continues to impress. Probably the best chocolate stout I've had, edges out Rogue's by a tad. (760 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is properly stouty black with light lacing. Dark tan head, about 1 inch thick, fades away quickly. Nose is aggressively chocolatey, milk chocolate. Sugar...lactose. Almost nutty.

Flavour starts off with a bang, sugary, milk chocolatey, is it beer or dessert? Cherries. Light hoppiness and roast tones. Cocoa. This is easily the most chocolate heavy beer I've ever had. Alcohol only apparent on the swallow, where it kicks pretty hard. By any standard this is good stuff, though the flavour is best had in moderation, not just because of the alcohol but because of the flavour, which becomes a bit cloying in larger doses.

Mouthfeel, good but not exceptional given the category. A beer with this high of an ABV would be hard-pressed to be thin, but it's not as thick as I might like. Drinkability is good, but also not exceptional. It's a treat, but one that would wear out its welcome beyond the occasional bomber. Also a skosh pricey at $7 per bomber, though well worth the cost.

The bottom line: If you like stouts and you like chocolate this is a must try. Southern Tier has put together a big, smooth drinking imperial stout with good character. I do feel that the entire bomber is a bit much for one person, but this brew still deserves good marks and respect. (1,273 characters)

Photo of awall422
3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Put this one in the "too much of a good thing" category for me. poured jet black, but with a little head that faded pretty fast and left little lacing. as soon as it's out of the bottle your nose is scream ing chocolate. smells like tootsie rolls. taste is just overwhelming chocolate. that's all i get. it's ok, but so one sided as to come across as a very simplistic brew and doesn't do much more than beat you about the head and scream, "hey! i brewed this beer with cholocalte!!!" no way i could finish a pint of this. (522 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room while brewing my first batch of homebrew in over a year. From 22oz. bomber to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a nice milk chocolate head.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Taste: What you would expect from the smell. However, I thought it was too much chocolate and it went down a little too bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Very good. So thick you could almost chew this beer.

Drinkability: As stated earlier, just too chocolaty for me. (535 characters)

Photo of Kudashov
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after a 2-0 betting Saturday against Fat Steve . I treated myself to a bottle of this sweet stuff . Poured into my Spaten mug the color is as black as a hockey puck . There is a nice fudgy , coffee colored head . As for aromas this maybe the most aromatic beer I have ever had . Tootsie Rolls and Chocolate Pop Tarts is what comes to mind . The flavor is of bitter baking chocolate and it is a tad overpowering . There is a burn at the end but one bottle is enough for one sitting . Good but not great .

Oh and Tampa Bay stunk up my parlay today too .. (559 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with a loose full finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly. The smell is incredible; like sticking your nose into a partially full can of Hershey's chocolate topping (not the same sensation as the plastic squeeze bottle packaging). Let it warm up some...like the slightly roasted crust of fresh baked gooey brownies. The mouth feel is full bodied and lightly carbonated. The flavor has very little of that suggested sweetness. The taste is more of about the dark precooked semi-sweet morsels used in baking. That raw dark chocolate flavor is intense and adds a slight oily bitterness to the mouth feel that lingers significantly. There is a thickness to the mouth but the 'coating' factor isn't there as much as it is in my favorite Double Stouts. I'm also experiencing the 11% ABV less in the mouth than I am in the chest on the way down. A whole lot of complexity worth considering. Drinkability (this one not being 'how many of these could o put down) - I'm having a lot of fun with this one, but a little hard to relax with. Quite a bit more intense than Java....would like to do a side-by-side whenever Anheuser-Busch gets around to distributing it locally . (1,195 characters)

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is, appropriately, dark chocolate brown without a lot of head and minimal lacing. But, nobody buys this to look at it. The aroma is rich and chocolaty and taste completely delivers on that promise. Alcohol is not at all overpowering for a beer that is 12% abv. Some have complained that it is too sweet and if your palate tends towards dry and bitter you may not appreciate this as much but if you enjoy sweetness then Choklat is definitely NOT too sweet. It has just the right amount of sweetness and is delicious. My wife and I have enjoyed it for breakfast. You can drink it any time. Its taste can stand alone or stand up to many different foods. This is the best chocolate stout I have had and one of the best stouts period. (735 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours into my glass a big deep black with ruddy brown edges and a small tan heads that becomes a ring around the top, not uncommon for 11%. Aromas leap out of the glass with an intense mix of rich Belgian hot cocoa, Tootsie Rolls and a slightly roasty sweetness. I get some fruity aspects coming through on the background as well along with a touch of vanilla. Wow, the aroma here is just wonderful and draws you in. Chocolate stout to the max!

First sip brings a rich, roasted dark malt upfront that carries a nice sweetness with it as well. The rich hot cocoa flavor moves in seamlessly with Tootsie Roll aspects again as well. Caramel ribbons along with a mellow fruity flavor in the background. A touch of vanilla as it flows down. This one finishes with a lingering rich chocolate. Yum.

Mouthfeel is big, creamy and chewy, while not becoming too heavy. Good carbonation that's on the more mellow side. This one is decadent and quite a pleasure to drink. The 11% is incredibly well hidden. This would go great with a chocolate dessert if you really want to indulge! Another winner from Southern Tier and the new king of chocolate stouts in my book! Seek it out. (1,179 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know everybody loved this. I thought it was a very decent stout and I can see the bittersweet quality chocolate as being attractive. Some chocolate came through the stout aroma. It was black with a bit of creaminess. Mouthfeel was medium. I found this stout to be astringent and even burning my stomach.
Had on tap 14 months later and it was all about chocolate, did not notice astringency this time. (403 characters)

Photo of chriskozma
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up from the Party Source the other day and I had to try it immediately. The appearance is dark dark brown and there is a little bit of a light brown head. The smell is more like Hershey's chocolate milk than an imperial stout. The taste is, what else, but loads of chocolate. It starts out as a powerful stout chocolate and the aftertaste is simple hershey's chocolate, not beer. As it warms, the sticky chocolate is even more prevalent. Nice, smooth finish. (472 characters)

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,480 ratings.