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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,656
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 438
Gots: 834 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 4,656 | Reviews: 1,489
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brief re-write of an old review. While this is still a great beer - with one HELL of a chocolaty aroma - it doesn't hold the same luster as it used to. It's still one of the best chocolate showcases of any beer on the market, however its lack of depth and sugar-laden finish can make it a bit wearisome after a while. Even half a bottle is far too sweet, and the overly thin texture doesn't help it out. This is still immensely enjoyable, especially considering it's as drinkable as a super-sweet, 10% dessert beer will ever be.


A: Pours an extremely dark body that looks a little thinner than one might expect. I like how vigorously the carbonation rises to the top, even if the one finger tan head has lacking retention/lacing.

S: A total sensory overload of dark, bittersweet chocolate. I mean HOLY SHIT. As a chocolate lover, this is total nirvana. I would complain about it upsetting the balance of the other stout characteristics (such as roastiness), but who cares? The smell is so amazingly in your face and shamelessly bold that it's hard not to fall in love with it.

T: I admit to having a bias toward chocolaty stouts (or, for that matter, chocolaty anything), but I have to admit. This is incredible. The booze does make a bit of an appearance on the finish, but it fits here. Aside from the bittersweet dark chocolate explosion (that thankfully doesn't feel or taste artificial), notes of dark fruit, coffee, and licorice pop up in patches. Still, this is something that knows what it's trying to accomplish, and doesn't go for anything different. Subtlety? Balance? Complexity? Fuck that. Here's more chocolate. Sure, I'm a huge advocate of those three criteria, but sometimes, you just want to be punched in the face with a certain flavor you really enjoy. That's exactly what Choklat is, an unashamedly one-note chocobomb. Chocoholics, your heaven in a bottle has arrived.

M: A little thin given its alcohol weight, but it bulks up just as it gets ready to leave the tongue covered in stickiness. Carbonation is low as expected, but dryness is high. Some of the flaws of its body may be more evident on a lesser beer, but it's hard to say it's overly porteresque (which it is) when the rest of the beer is so enjoyable.

O: I'd only ever drink one of these at a time, because trust me on this one - a little goes a long way, in fact, it would be best to share the bottle with friends. I can't give it all 5's in good conscience, since it's not quite perfect by any stretch, but I can't think of a beer I enjoyed more in such a long time.

It might be overdone for non-chocolate lovers, though. Even if you're not, it's more than worth a try. If you do love chocolate, then this is something to go out of your way to discover.

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3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a darker brown head, about 2 fingers high, creamy, doesn't last too long, slight lacing. The color is pitch black even when held to the light.

This beer is aptly named. Overabundance of chocolate in the aroma. The smell is like a very sweet mix of hot chocolate powder, chocolate syrup, and a freshly unwrapped milk chocolate candy bar. Decadent could be used to describe it. Beyond all the chocolate are some hints of brown sugar, vanilla, cream, coffee, and may a tad bit of caramel.

The taste is just as rich and indulgent as the aroma alludes to. I'm bombarded with bitter chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, and chocolate syrup, along with notes of cream, and vanilla, hints of brown sugar, caramel, and coffee.

The carbonation is low-medium, consistency is silky but oily, while the body is medium-high, and the finish is a little longer than expected.

Overall this is a nice offering if you prefer to have your desert in liquid (beer) form. I don't think these beers from ST are too over the top, but I do enjoy them. Others might think they are a bit ridiculous. I didn't quite like this as much as I did Mokah, but both are good.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: its a black hole, creates about 1 fingers worth of dark tan/mocha colored head which diminished rather quickly

S: oh God. it has such a massively sweet dark fudge aroma that it makes me immediate regret opening this bomber up with no one else to share it with. I get nothing but immense fudge, a slight touch of vanilla and if I really pull for it, I get a slight molasses note.

T: nothing but straight up chocolate fudge brownies and coffee. also big bitter dark chocolate that makes the brew a bit more enjoyable because it takes away the richness of this brew, but this one is gonna be an epic challenge to finish tonight.

M: full bodied all the way. leaves a bitter dark chocolate note along with a subtle rich fudge note on the palate. it is what i would expect for a brew that has enough calories to cause hyperglycemia.

Overall, this one is just so damn rich. It tastes like its 5,000 calories (possibly an understatement). I have never had a beer this sweet and I feel that this one crushes Creme Brulee in richness. Having a pint of this one is more than enough, drinking a bomber welcomes diabetes.

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

Thanks to cosmicevan for this one.

A: 1/4" light brown head that dissipated quickly over black liquid with very little visible carbonation.

S: It smells like a fudgesicle. Faint toasted malt and coffee notes underneath.

T: It tastes like a chocolate with hazelnut. Nutella in a glass. Toasted malt, roasted barley and coffee are faint in the aftertaste. Just beautiful.

M: Medium viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: Beautiful, one of the best chocolate digestif beers I have tried.

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

This one’s been tough to find; must go fast on the shelves. My Southern Tier experience has just been with IPAs so far, and they were a little above average. Needless to say, I’m glad to have my hands on something different.

A: Pitch black, no light shining through; it’s alright, though, because it still manages to glow with a deep, motor-oil shine. The head is fizzy, audibly so – bubbles pop like soda on the top of the body. And, just like soda, the tan fizz sits at a solid inch before instantly dwindling. There’s sparse lacing and just a hair of retention along the edge of the glass, but a lively torrent of bubbles from the center of the glass (over the nucleation site).

S: Sweet lord, this is a chocolaty nose. Such rich chocolate syrup aromas, thick and just a tad bitter; it’s so powerful that it leaves the remaining tones with just a little room to breathe. Under this chocolate waterfall swims some vanilla and woodiness, with a finish of brandy, a hint of fruity hops, and creamy caramel malts. Wondrous, superbly rich, and as chocolaty as you could possibly get.

T: Rich European chocolate first, a thick, loveable flavor – so smoothly decadent. It brings to mind those chocolate truffle commercials with rivers of melted chocolate everywhere and words like “temptation,” “desire,” and “luxury” to describe the taste. Like good chocolate, there’s a bitter note at the end of the taste, leading the palate (in this case) to some salted caramel and pine hop flavors. A bit of nutty, buttery, grainy tastes lay like a foundation below the chocolate, reminding me of a Nutella-covered cracker. Finishes smooth, with a malted milk ball and over-sweet, woody syrup tastes. Very good, but very rich; not a single taste of alcohol for this 10% ABV beer.

M: Thick, just as oily as it looks. It’s a good feel for the style, but it makes this particular brew tougher to drink – I’d love to see the richness countered by a bubbly lightness.

O: Chocolate. This is the most insanely chocolaty beer I’ve ever had; oh god, I think have diabetes now. But it was worth it, because I seriously enjoyed this beer. A bomber might be too much – this is definitely a beer to share – but every sip was really a smooth experience in a sugary wonderland. Delicious!

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 22oz bomber from Consumer's Beverages in Buffalo, NY. Brought out of fridge to warm before opening. Poured 1/2 into St Bernardus chalice.

A: Black hole. No light passing through this guy. Trace head drops to ring with bubbles rapidly. Little bit of of lace.

S: Chocolate milk! Light roasted malt.

T: Hershey's syrup, chocolate milk, Easter bunny, and etc. No hops but trailing roast malt helps finish it off and fight cloying impression. Glad I'm drinking this for dessert!

M: soft, smooth with creamy carb.

O: Awesome. Love their CBS as a dessert beer and now this. If you like to whine about sweet beers or stouts that aren't dry and roasty, then skip. This is a 10% ABV milk shake!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Single bottle from Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati.

A: Completely opaque black with one finger head that is a creamy brown. Few bubbles visible, but no light gets through either, so I wouldn't be able to see them anyway.

S: Like fancy dark chocolate, with a hint of alcohol.

T: This does imperial right. The taste begins with an immediate dark chocolate. Not hot chocolate, but rich, 80%-cacao-chocolate-bar chocolate. Amazing. Then, fades into the coffee and slight bitterness of the alcohol. The high alcohol complements rather than distracts from the taste. Well done.

M: Bitter like dark chocolate, and while the alcohol taste is notable, the burn is not, which I appreciate in a chocolate beer.

O: Unbelievable. I don't know if I'll ever be able to afford the $9 a bottle again, but I'm glad I got to experience this treat.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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