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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,036 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,036
Reviews: 1,421
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 370
Gots: 579 | FT: 35
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 Krakistophales


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a hint of chocolate colored head that escapes automatically.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, slight hints of dark fruit

T: Milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel

O: This is probably my favorite stout from southern tier. An amazing, well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 06:14:14 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of chugalug06


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great pourability. Builds nice slow head. Head is delectable tan color. Brew is JET black. Looks awesome. Wonderful white swirl marks.

S - Amazing Hershey choklat scent! Super rich sweetness. If it tastes half as good as it smells it will attain a 5 for taste. Very milky scent. Slight mint.

T - Just like the scent. Very sweet choklat, zero bitterness. Wonderful brew. Slight spice and vanilla. One of the best choklat ale's I've ever had. I wish they could all be like this one.

M - Way too carbonated.... But, still well done. Very little in the way of bitterness. Choklat is rich, but still holds a nice roasty sweetness. Not a sugar bomb, at all.

O - Great brew. Glad I chose this one for my Birthday beverage! Another one well done ST! Thank you AndyAvalance for an awesome trade... I'm collecting quite a stash for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 03:42:35 | More by chugalug06
Photo of jamescain


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Dark brown with red hues when held up to the light with a mocha colored head about a finger thick that fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Not really any depth just chocolate. It’s like sticking your nose into a chocolate factory.

Taste: Again chocolate, with a hint of roasted grain, but mostly bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Thick with medium carbonation and a very sweet finish that lingers long after the last sip.

Overall: Well it lives up to its name and that is what you should expect from Southern Tier. If I’m in the mood for something sweet and savory, this would be a great beer for desert, but I don’t know if I could drink a whole bottle on my own.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 14:56:46 | More by jamescain
Photo of TheBrewo


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a syrupy brew of the deepest, most impenetrable browns. It holds a brief one finger head of medium brown bubbles, which recedes rather quickly into a large congregation of bubbles towards one side of the glass. No sediment is noted, as the beer is so dark, and a light carbonation seems to snail to the top. For lack of a better description the aroma mirrors that exactly of a chocolate tootsie pop. This mixes with extraordinarily rich malts, which are a glorious blend of caramel and chocolate. Despite this there is not a huge roast, which one might expect. The chocolate additions themselves make the smells both sweeter and more bitter, with a dash of chalky dryness. As it warms the hearty abv begins to poke its head out. As we sip, chocolate infused roasty and toasty malts crash the palate. The initial showing is of sweetened milk chocolate. Where the nose dose a nice job of masking the alcohol, it is no stranger in the taste, even from the get go. This adds, however, a pleasing burn and warmth to the sip. The middle actually sees an enhancement of the alcohol. This mixes with a dark fruit character, which brings up thoughts of dark cherry. We finish on peppery notes of the darkest chocolate. The aftertaste breathes of charcoal, cocoa, booze, and a metallic lick of coin. The body is full and the carbonation is light to medium. The feel to each sip is sticky and sweet, and has got to be one of the softest beers we’ve felt to date. It is outstandingly silky and smooth, with an unmatched slurp and smack, while somehow remaining light and airy. The abv is high, but appropriate, and the beer drinks like chocolate milk washing down a plate of Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was how the chocolate finds a nice gradation, moving from sweet to bitter through the progression of the flavor profile. Of note otherwise is the mouthfeel, which has extraordinary character, while remaining so light. This is an exemplary chocolate stout, and is a force to be reckoned with.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:29:58 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of garymuchow


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is two to three and one-half years old. Not sure this is a beer to age, but that’s what happened here.

Ar – Nice intial bitter chocolate aroma with complexity from roast, more chocolate (creamy and more like milk chocolate) and some coffee. Alcohol is apparent but not hot. Now that’s a nice aroma and stays good with time. (4.5)

Ap – No head to speak of and only a tan ring to show and marking of carbonation. Pretty darn black with garnet hues on the edges. (4)

Fl – Alcohol well integrated with size this big with a little tingling. Again mix of bitter and mild chocolate flavors. Roast is less apparent than in the aroma, but still present. (4.5)

Mf – Considering the head the carbonation is quite apparent, maybe even a little big. Bigger than moderate feel with a smoothness and even a little slickness. (4)

T - This is a nice and unique beer. Complex flavors. Interesting flavors. It’s gonna’ take work to get through this bomber by myself. I have time, but the richness really slows things down. Actually drank more easily than I expected. Went well with “A few dollars more”. I think the aging may have softened it some. It may have been too intense for me fresh (at least to drink the whole bottle alone). (4)

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:56:17 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Very attractive beer. Poured thick, opaque brown-black with a nice cream-colored head that receded rather fast. Beer left a syrupy film on the glass. Smell was of rich, dark chocolate. Taste was of dark and milk chocolate (makes sense), with some cocoa bitterness. Some alcohol bite (11%ABV). Rich, warming mouthfeel. Easy drinkability; the strength and bitterness outdid the smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 18:00:19 | More by Rifugium
Photo of dtivp


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark almost black brown with a dark medium mocha one finger head that fades slowly into a small ring with little lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

Taste followed the nose dominated by chocolate and hints of roasty malt.

Mouthfeel was medium leaning full body, very creamy, smooth and sweet. The chocolate sweetness was tamed down as the beer warmed.

Overall this has to be classified as a desert stout. There is no balance, it is overwhelming sweet. It is an enjoyable stout, very difficult to drink more than a glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:57:38 | More by dtivp
Photo of titosupertramp


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

A big thanks to DIM for the opportunity to try this.

A: Very dark brown with tan/mocha head. Thin film and little to no lacing.

S: Wow..very sweet and very chocolatey. First thing that came to mind was a tootsie roll. Someone mentioned Nestle chocolate..can't argue with that.

T: Well, this follows the nose. Chocolate, roasted malts, caramel..super sweet. I stand by my tootsie roll comparison..haha.

M: Full bodied, almost chewy.

O: I would really like this to be readily available in Nashville. Choklat would be a terrific way to end a fancy steak dinner..a perfect dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:57:57 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of Scotchboy


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nightcap bottle, split with the brothers and shared in tumblers.

A: Black, medium amount of tan head. Lacing was just ok but it looks how I think a stout should look.

S: Holy cow they weren't kidding. Chocolate. My brother comments that it smells like YooHoo chocolate milk, and he's right. It's got chocolate, but its not too dark and bitter, its more of a milk chocolate with some lactic creaminess and cocoa powder as well.

T: A decent balance of stout and chocolate in my opinion. You can definitely still taste the dark roasted malt and even the hops in my opinion. The chocolate is sweet, and this beer is a nice sipper.

MF: Creamy and delicious, complements the sweetness well and doesn't let the chocolate become cloying or overwhelming.

O: A good dessert stout which suffers in the drinkability department. Yes, it is the sweetest beer I've had, and I couldn't drink a bottle by myself, but it is quite enjoyable for what it is. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 05:51:30 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of McNuts

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber received in trade with bmanning. Poured into DFH Chalice>

Look: Very nice looking beer. Jet black. Nice 1"Head with decent lacing. Very attractive beer.

Smell: Just as advertised. Chocolate malt, Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate and everything in between.

Taste: One of the richest beers I've ever had. Super-rich chocolate flavors but insanely sweet. I did enjoy the rich chocolate flavors but this one was way, way too sweet for me, I struggled to finish the bomber which is not a problem that I usually have. Maybe I should have split this one? I dunno?

Mouthfeel: Nice. Coated the tongue with rich chocolate. Full bodied and nice.

Overall: Honestly, I wanted to love this one along with everyone else. I liked the look, smell, and feel. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy overall due to the sweetness. Next time, I will try this on Breyer's Vanilla Bean, which is where this one belongs.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:02:19 | More by McNuts
Photo of Kshock


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with espresso head around the edges that subsides quickly. Its bright black, looks like a 8 ball in my tulip glass....

S- Fucking chocolate! really good chocolate. Smells like rich belgian chocolates with a small undertone of hops. Basically smells like hersheys syrup. I can never stop smelling this beer and drink it!

T- Awesome chocolate bomb just like the nose. I could pour this on my ice cream and i wouldnt notice the deference. Its a huge chocolate beer without completely overdoing it, they brought right to the edge though.

M- Big thick and creamy. Like a glass of chocolate milk.

O- Love this beer! Best Chocolate beer ever in my opinion. Wish i could get this in CA.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:40:08 | More by Kshock
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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

Deep brown, near black, one finger tan head that dissipates to the edges, light lacing left behind. Smell is chocolate in a big way, roasted malt, milkshake like, bittersweet and milk chocolate notes play off of each other wrapped up with subtle hints of alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, roast malt and coffee notes follow, hops in the aftertaste, bittersweet notes throughout, chocolate dominates here. Silky and rich mouthfeel, full body and thick at pointsgood use of carbonation, nice feel. Really good stuff here, nice slow sipper good as desert or just on its own.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 21:05:08 | More by peensteen
Photo of Auracom


3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber with a friend on May 27th, 2011 in a New Belgium tulip glass.

Pours extremely black coloring. Light will not get through this one. The thin, mocha-colored heads fades quickly into nothingness. Lacing is average for the style.

The aroma is very heavily chocolate, as advertised, with a good mix of both milk and dark chocolate varieties combined with one another. There is a slight roasted element underneath along with more complexities that can't quite be pulled out because of that dominant chocolate.

In the taste, the chocolate leans more towards the dark cocoa type, with more bitterness than sweetness. It seems to have a milk stout-esque lactose quality that supports the flavor profile. Finish lingers for a while with the bitter notes.

Semi-thick body in this one with appropriate carbonation and a smooth presentation.

I'm unsure on drinkability. It's really more oriented as a dessert beer than anything else, with the strongest chocolate element I've yet to encounter. Stone IRS achieved a level of chocolate close to this one but with better balance and much more complexity across the aroma and taste. Southern Tier has executed this beer quite well though... it tastes exactly as represented on the bottle and in the reputation.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 15:12:41 | More by Auracom
Photo of samie85


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A pretty vigorous pour yields two and a half fingers of mocha froth and a midnight black color.

S-Smells predominantly like Chocolate Oval-tine with some milk and dark chocolate notes with a hint of sweet alcohol.

T-Follows the nose with loads of Chocolate Oval-tine and some dry, dark, slightly bitter chocolate on the finish with a bit of vanilla.

M-Thick and milkshake like with low carbonation and a slick, drying feel.

D-Whoa, this could be the easiest drinking 11% beer I've ever had. Some may knock it for the sweetness, but I don't think it ever becomes cloying.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:19:13 | More by samie85
Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This exceptional beer reminds me of a chocolate Bosco milk shake. A very thin head reveals the lack of carbonation in this beer. The first aroma that hits you is the chocolate Bosco syrup. The thickness in the mouth and the heavy chocolate flavor brings me back to the chocolate Bosco milk shakes I would have as a kid. It was on-tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. According to my taste this is one of the best beers made.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 23:25:30 | More by angelogarcia3
Photo of Knapp85


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a lot like the other Black Water Series brews that Southern Tier puts out. It's thick and black with a nice creamy brown head on it. The smell is very rich with chocolate, not a whole lot else besides some roasted malts in there. The flavor of this beer reminded me of chilled hot cocoa. It's very tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and very nice to sip for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:24:35 | More by Knapp85
Photo of ImperialStoat

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, I do not understand this beer's 'A' rating at all.

Appearance: Opaque black, as you might suspect, with a minimal head that disappears almost entirely after a minute or so.

Smell: Powdered malt-drink (Ovaltine), generic chocolate, over-ripe bananas and some smoke.

Taste: Cheap milk chocolate and that's about it; not nearly as rich as I'd hoped and extremely one-dimensional. It's also nothing near as sweet as the various iterations of Bourbon County Stout.

Mouthfeel: Very thin for an 11% stout. After the initial taste of chocolate passes it's like swallowing water.

Probably the most underwhelming beer I've had in the last 12 months. What an absolute fucking disappointment. I bought a bottle of Oat at the same time so hopefully that's a little better, though I'm not optimistic.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:04:24 | More by ImperialStoat
Photo of MattyG85


4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark and black with no color coming when held to light. A good finger of tan head fades into a patchy layer. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: HUGE aroma of chocolate, both dark and milk. Like putting a chocolate bar to your face. Also picking up some dark roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of dark fruit and hops.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, big kick of sweet dark chocolate and milk with strong dark roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of hops and dark fruit. Also has a hint of vanilla. Has enough bitterness to help balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting version of an imperial stout. Very sweet and has a lighter body than your typical imperial stout, but balanced enough to make it a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 04:44:15 | More by MattyG85
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a small 1/2 inch beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Smells exactly like Yoo-Hoo. Extreme chocolate aromas. Chocolate milk, chocolate syrup, and milk chocolate candy bars. There is also a vanilla and malted milk quality. I am also getting a hint of banana. Taste is almost exactly like the smell with some dark roasted malt and cocoa powder flavors. There is a high level of carbonation on this one which makes this beer very lively and crisp. A bit of an alcohol burn in the throat too. Overall, this is a very good beer with an unbelievable chocolate smell and taste. Probably the best chocolate beer I have tried thus far.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:40:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours black with half a finger of khaki head that doesn't leave much lace.

Smell. Chocolate syrup, a little toasty malt and vanilla.

Taste. Sweet chocolate syrup again! Trace of grassy hops and a little booze. Some roasty coffee in there too. Really sweet.

Mouthfeel. Really sticky and a little warm. Low carbonation works well.

Overall. Too sweet for me. Tastes okay but kind of like drinking a carbonated, watered down liquor.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 18:52:29 | More by Rutager
Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

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

Opaque and completely black. A thin blanket of mocha head sticks around, leaving bits of lacing.

Smells like chocolate milk. Nestle Quick powder with malted milk balls, dark roasted malt and sweet caramel. Really chocolaty and awesome.

Tastes as the nose would leave you expecting: chocolate milk, malted milk, roasted malt. The alcohol is hidden really well. A little powdery (in a good way).

The feel could be a bit thicker, I'd appreciate more viscosity. Nice low carbonation.

So tasty and drinkable. The ABV is the only thing holding this one back on drinkability, a bomber of this is no trouble to finish alone.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:27:26 | More by eat
Photo of mmmbeer


3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle with the older silk-screened label. Brewed to 27P with two-row, crystal 60, flaked barley, chocolate malt and Belgian bittersweet chocolate; hopped with Chinook and Willamette. Pours fairly black, with a thin tan collar that doesn't lace, but never dissipates. Chocolate dominates the aroma, but there are also notes of light roast coffee, black and blueberries, amaretto and vanilla. Kinda gives the impression of chocolate milkshake. On the palate it it smooth and very cleanly-fermented, lightly sweet, with mildly-bitter roasted malt, licorice, dark and milk chocolate, and a light herbal/piney hop flavor that contributes a rough bitterness. The body is full and almost chewy, with low carbonation and a dry finish. Not terribly complex, but it is well-made and the chocolate dovetails nicely. A good pick for aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 23:55:23 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of MufflnMan


3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown to black body with light mocha head.

Smells of fruit, chocolate and a hit of booze.

Tons of chocolate up front in the taste, some fruit, bit of espresso and that booze again the backend.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonated.

Overall, reminds me of a strong dark ale. I may have drank this one too warm for its liking because it got real boozy real quick. Will have to give it another try...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 04:05:02 | More by MufflnMan
Photo of holden303


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to OregonSkiBum for this one!

2010 vintage. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours as dark as it can get with a finger or so of off white head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the edges and a few continents of head throughout.

S: Chocolate bomb, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, hershey's syrup.

T: Wow the amount of chocolate on this is amazing. I've never experienced a beer with this much chocolate. It's like drinking chocolate milk with carbonation.

M: Slight carbonation, little thin for the style but still nice.

O: On my first glass and am really enjoying this beer, a little worried it may be too much to drink by myself, just too sweet, (I'm don't have much of a sweet tooth) but for now it's excellent. I'd definitely recommend trying this, and more so sharing.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:01:56 | More by holden303
Photo of RankRefugee88

New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into over-sized wine glass.

A - Very solid black body with a small -mocha colored- layer of foam on top. Head does not seem to retain.

S - Light, sweet, chocolaty broth. Smells glorious.

T - Very balanced, chocolate malts up front, thick chocolate texture in the middle, followed by the sweet taste of a milk chocolate bar. After taste is slightly bitter like that of baker's chocolate.

M - Chewy, thick, sticks on the palate and top of the tongue.

O - Overall it was a great dessert. Served exactly as it should. The chocolate aroma and taste is overwhelmingly enriching to my taste buds. 22oz of this 11% chocolate imperial stout is near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:56:18 | More by RankRefugee88
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,036 ratings.