Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,123 | Reviews: 1,424 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +17.4%
This has literally got to be the best chocolate stout made.
I've never sat down and drank the entire 22. Usually because i'm making things with it; and drink what is left.
This brew makes makes a mean Chocolate Stout Ice cream; seriously a huge hit. Stout pancakes is another family favorite to make with this.
One of my favorite things i like about this brew is the ABV. The alcohol ALWAYS shines through when putting it in food. I'll be the first to admit that $9.00 for a 22 in my area is a bit much. But it's worth it.
08-07-2011 01:35:36 | More by Kaie
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
This is a very sweet beer... Very very sweet.
Lots of chocolate-- sweet, semi-sweet, and bitter dark. Caramel desert topping comes through in a big way as well. Why do I detect chocolate covered espresso beans?
The nose is all chocolate and caramel.
This is a nice beer. Very tasty and enjoyable. It's a bit of a one-trick pony, but it pulls off the trick with exquisite elegance. This is really a nice beer to bust out--- but a bomber certainly goes a long way: I enjoy this bomber, but I probably won't be cracking another until Thanksgiving!
The beer is dark reddish brown, it looks black until swirled or backlit. Tan two-finger frothy head. Some chunks of clingy lace. The body is full and creamy with a slight chalky feel on the finish.
Overall-- quite enjoyable.
08-05-2011 02:27:33 | More by AleWatcher
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
22oz bomber Black Water Series Choklat Stout, nice bottle & label work. Has alot of good stuff on the bottle:
"Alc. 11.0% by Vol., 27 plato, 195 L, 2-row barley, caramel 60 malt, barley flakes, chocolate malt, bittersweet belgian chocolate, kettle hops: chinook & williamette" & also cellaring and serving advice. Love it!
Poured aggressively into big snifter a pitch black with a solid tall deep mocha khaki head. Both lacing & head fall quickly.
A lot of milk & dark chocolates in the nose along with coffee & booze. Really bittering chocolates combined with the booze almost sting the nose. Very intense!
Prickly carbonation sets the pace for a swan dive into a pool of sweet yet bittering chocolate madness. Milk chocolate & booze hits the palate running towards a nearly mouth puckering bitter chocolate finish.
This brew is very thick (9/10), but not quite chewy. Carbonation is good, no complaints here.
Good find at the local ABC liquor store for $8.49. Not cheap by any means, but also not too steep of a price to sample once. This is spot on for the name & has me interested to see what their other stouts hold in store.
08-01-2011 02:34:16 | More by hoptualBrew
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
650ml bomber 11,0% Abv
Served lightly chilled in a Brewdog Teku glass and shared with almost everyone I know!
I have wanted to taste this for a really long time and paid an arm and a leg for the bottle. Let's hope it was worth it!
Appearance: Choklat looks pitch black in the glass, but reveals deep red edges when back lit. The head is amazing - large and tan coloured; but unfortunately doesn’t last exceptionally well and only leaves sparse lace.
Smell: WOW, I was expecting chocolate, but this is just insane!!! Most chocolate is not this chocolaty... Melted milk chocolate, chocolate fudge, chocolate brownies, cocoa and a touch of dark fruit. Not the most complex aroma, but my word is it good!
Taste: After the smell I was expecting a super sweet, melted chocolate taste. I am however quite happy to find it still tastes like a stout - albeit a super chocolaty one. Dark roasted malt, tons of chocolate, cocoa, some coffee, fudge and a surprising, but welcome bitterness to finish.
Mouthfeel: Full body (though slightly stickier would be a huge improvement) with pleasant medium level carbonation.
Overall: Superb beer, absolutely perfect for dessert, or as a matter of fact any other time! I will have this again .
07-22-2011 20:48:15 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Deep brown/black with a short tan head that disappears quickly and leaves little lace.
S - Roasted malt with chocolate dominating. Very little booziness, likely due to the strong chocolatiness.
T - Immediate chocolate punch in the mouth. The alcohol sets in after a second (it is 11%, after all), but is balanced well by the chocolate roasty flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and a hint of hop bitterness dance back and forth and linger in the finish. [Edit]: As it warms, more complexity comes forward, and there is a slight orange flavor that blends with the chocolate.
M - Medium to heavy body with low to moderate carbonation. Not quite as thick as I would have expected.
O - This is an excellent chocolate beer, in fact, one of the best uses of chocolate in beer I have tasted. There is no hint of staleness of the chocolate that can sometimes come in if the bottle has sat too long, and the chocolate flavor really balances the alcohol well. High quality ingredients were clearly used. This is not an overly complex beer, as chocolate and roasted malt are the two main flavors I could pick out, but an easy drinking, tasty concoction nonetheless.
07-19-2011 01:09:50 | More by sdmvd6
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
This beer is extremely dark and viscous with a chunky tan head. The nose offers strong notes of cocoa with a hint of espresso.
Wow, this is a nice beer! It has a huge (and I mean huge) rich flavor of bittersweet chocolate. The chocolate is nicley accompanied by some toasted malt and followed by a nice, faint coffee flavor. I didn't detect any booziness whatsoever, but after about half a glass the sweet character started to get a little cloying and hard to take.
Did I just drink a beer or a glass of Hershey's Syrup? Seriously, chocolate lovers will flip over this beer. However, if you aren't a fan of really sweet beers, you may not care for this. I tend to prefer the mokah offering from this brewery.
07-18-2011 00:44:11 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.6/5 rDev +8%
Growler from Firehouse Saloon in Rochester NY
A- a pretty standard deep brown/black with a 1/4" head of soapy mocha bubbles. Can not see through it.
S- a dominant nose of chocolate.
T- roast malt, and heavy chocolate. Like almost tootsie roll/hershey syrup aroma. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. ACK!
M- good and mildly syrupy but not too viscous. a solid bold body with medium carbonation.
O- Someone at the bar tried to tell me chocolate extract was used in this recipe but I believe it is just the most skillful addition of chocolate to a stout of all the beers I have tried thus far. I love that I can get growler fills right down the street.
07-15-2011 17:44:32 | More by GrindFatherBob
4.43/5 rDev +4%
The ancients called chocolate "Food for the gods"...let's give this a shot and see what the gods know about beer...
A - Pours a deep opaque brown/black in color. The body is topped by a frugal tan head, I wouldn't expect the head to be immense considering the 11% ABV.
S - CHOCOLATE! I have yet to smell a beer that smells more authentically of chocolate...I'm very impressed. Sweet and inviting, smells like a chocolate shake on a hot Summer day. Smells like a bag of malted milk balls. Yummy.
T & M - Now we're coming across more beer-like and less like something you would share with your kids. The chocolate is certainly forefront, but a bit of hop bitterness combines with a slight alcoholic warmth to make you realize this isn't something you want your kids drinking. Smoooth and creamy, this is about as close to a dessert brew as you can get. I would love to pour this brew over vanilla ice cream to make a float!
D - I've been waiting a very long time to try this beer and I'm very glad I got a bottle of it from my friend Skye! If you enjoy chocolate, you'll LOVE this beer. Well worth a try if you can get your hands on it.
07-12-2011 04:51:23 | More by drizzam
4.43/5 rDev +4%
Shared a bomber with a friend and his gf.
Appearance is black with a thin head. The smell of Choklat, has well, some chocolate, hazlenut, coffee, very inviting. Its` taste certainly has more of that chocolate, sweet malt, dark fruit. MF is pretty rich, small amount of bitterness in the end. I was kind of skeptical with how this was going to be, but it exceeded my expectations and my friends enjoyed it as well. Pairing this with a dessert or some chocolate at the end of an evening works well.
07-11-2011 15:51:06 | More by mltobin
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Black, nothing getting through. One finger mocha/cocoa colored head. Dissipates fairly quickly to a thin pond on top. Good lacing.
S: Been smelling chocolate since I opened the bottle. Super sweet milk chocolate. Dark chocolate. Belgian chocolate. Swiss chocolate. Hershey's, Nestle's, Chocolate milk. Cocoa. You get the picture. Awesome vanilla aroma also. Nice light roasted malts behind all that chocolate. I could smell this one forever. The faintest hint of alcohol.
T: Like setting a Hershey's bar on your tongue and letting it melt. Chocolate sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Nice roastiness. A mild hop bitterness towards the finish. Just enough so this beer isn't to sweet.
M: Full bodied. Thick and creamy. Velvety. Like melted chocolate. Very smooth. Light warmness.
O: An exceptional beer. Maybe to much chocolate for some people. I'm not big on super sweet beers but this is balanced enough that the sweetness doesn't overpower. An awesome sipper. Probably shouldn't drink a whole bomber to yourself. Like Mommy used to say "If you eat(drink) to much chocolate you'll get a stomach ache!"
07-09-2011 08:07:02 | More by doughanson78
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
bomber poured into a snifter
Pours an opaque jet black with a 2 fingers width of creamed coffee colored head, which dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is straight up chocolate, with an accompanying milk/creamy aroma. Also a hint of vanilla on the scent. The taste follows the nose, and is mostly just straight up milk chocolate. It’s delicious, but not all that complex. It is mostly just chocolate. But that being said, as far as chocolate stouts go, by far it does the best job of achieving and maintaining a chocolate flavor throughout the drink, more so than any similar beer I have tried. Much better than most chocolate stouts, which have a great aroma, but then have a flavor full of burnt malts and earthy/grassy characters with the chocolate never coming out. This is a chocolate stout that taste like chocolate, more so than any beer I have ever had. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, full bodied, and with a nice low amount of carbonation. Easy to drink and no hints of the 11% ABV.
Overall a delicious beer, and the best chocolate stout I have ever had. Its hard to compare it to a none flavor infused beer, so I won’t even try. I’ll just say it’s fantastic at what it claims to be, but lacks complexity and depth.
07-09-2011 03:18:04 | More by zac16125
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
Purchased at the Southern Tier brewery.
Smelled like exactly what it is called. No surprises, nothing fancy. Chocolate chocolate chocolate.
Appearance. No surprises on this. Very dark brown, almost black with a brown head.
The taste was of bittersweet chocolate. Lots of it. More than I've ever had in a beer.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, not too much. A little too bitter at the finish.
Overall. A great desert beer if you are sharing with friends. OR, a beer that will get you liquored up quickly if that is the goal.
07-09-2011 00:49:41 | More by righthereisay
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-08-2011 06:14:14 | More by Krakistophales
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
07-08-2011 03:42:35 | More by chugalug06
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
07-07-2011 14:56:46 | More by jamescain
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-28-2011 01:29:58 | More by TheBrewo
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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)
06-21-2011 00:56:17 | More by garymuchow
3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
06-20-2011 18:00:19 | More by Rifugium
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
06-16-2011 01:57:38 | More by dtivp
4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
06-12-2011 02:57:57 | More by titosupertramp
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
06-11-2011 05:51:30 | More by Scotchboy
3.23/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
06-10-2011 02:02:19 | More by McNuts
4.43/5 rDev +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.
06-09-2011 01:40:08 | More by Kshock
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-07-2011 21:05:08 | More by peensteen
3.88/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
06-06-2011 15:12:41 | More by Auracom
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,123 ratings.