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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 373
Gots: 581 | FT: 35
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of readbaron


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, relatively thin (for the style) dark brown/black with a small dollop of tan head.

Smells like Whoppers (the candy) - sweet chocolate and malts.

Tastes exactly like it smells - very, very sweet, lots of chocolate and malt. I like my stouts sweet - but not this sweet. It's a good dessert drink, and I'm happy I shared the bomber with three other people. No way I could have finished on my own.

Mouthfeel is nice - but a bit thin and not as creamy as I'd prefer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 18:03:21 | More by readbaron
Photo of DrDemento456


4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man ow man I love this brew. Got it at my local place which is long sold out for 12 dollars!

A - Thick viscous looking stout with aggressive ABV damn that's awesome! I actually got a nice half inch of mocha head which was pretty impressive for a light pour.

S - Right off the bat I could smell bakers chocolate, strong cocoa powder and little to no alcohol but it is there. Slight coffee tones which is expected for such a big stout.

T - Sweet but never overly this is a perfect chocolate beer. Starts almost syrup like drinking like cold cocoa with a touch of vanilla and coffee but only slightly since is beer is all about the chocolate. Finishes slightly bitter with the only burn being from the stomach hit not on the tongue. Must be drunk cold to truly appreciate the beer without the burn!

M - I found it quite drinkable with a medium to heavy body. It drinks very well for the staggering ABV.

Overall: Wow do I love this stuff. Might be drinking it a bit too cold so will let it warm up but I do believe it should be drank around 43-50 degree's for best results. Around room temperate the ABV will become cloying and the great chocolate taste would be lost. Pour 8 oz and put back in the fridge for big bottles! Drinks just as good from the bottle as it did on tap. Bravo ST a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 23:54:09 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was on my way down to Hershey PA for the Major Winters Memorial Service on 19MAR11 and opted to stop into the Georgetown Deli for lunch and libations. They rotate their 6 taps there frequently, and this visit found Choklat being served, at $6.00 for a shaker pint.

Color was a deep, rich, opaque dark brown. Sitting atop was a frothy, dark beige 1/4" layer of foam, lasting well and lacing things up nicely. The aroma was pure chocolate right from the get-go. Strong and semi-sweet, with some cocoa notes. Quite inviting, 'twas. Body was medium, with a fairly smooth feel on the tongue. No disappointments so far.

The flavor was replete with smooth, rich malts, an abundance of choco, more cocoa, and even suggestions of coffee. Semi-sweet and solid, the meld of milk choco, dark choco and even some mocha was a delight! It really hit the spot with my meatball sub. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 17:01:38 | More by Bierman9
Photo of russwbeck


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Small head, brown hints in a white color. Not a lot of retention or lacing.

S: Smells like chocolate (gasp!) and some alcohol. Very sweet, with some roasted malts in the background. All about the chocolate, very sweet, making me want to dive into the chocolate bar on the label.

T: Nice sweet chocolate flavor, built on a backbone of roasted malts. Bit of alcohol thrown in. Not quite the "I just bit into a chocolate bar" taste I was looking for, but very good.

MF: Aftertaste isn't all that dry, just slightly. Not a ton of alcohol coming through, but enough to be noticed. Medium bodied, not quite as creamy as I thought it would be. Slightly carbonated.

D: A little sweet. Gets to you after a while. Not bad overall. But in the field of Imperial Stout, its up against stiff competition.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:30:25 | More by russwbeck
Photo of BierFan


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Black body with a thin cappuccino colored head. Most beers I've had that brew with chocolate have used more bitter chocolate but this smells very sweet, which shouldn't be a surprise as Southern Tier is known for having very sweet and rich beers. Taste of sweet milk chocolate upfront followed by a bitter black coffee taste. Very good mouthfeel, smooth and thick.

Much better and more chocolatey that I expected. This is something I'm sure I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:16:45 | More by BierFan
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep black,nope your not seeing through this one. fingers with head of coffee colored bubbles that settles quick.

S-loads of dark chocolate and some dark fruit as well with a slight twist of caramel.

T-very heavy on chocolate like the nose with some residual coffee like bitterness and a slight burn from the alcohol.

M-slighty syrupy coats well but with these flavors I am not complaining.

D-This is a very nice Imperial stout that I will look to from time to time. I reccomend this to anyone who has not tried one this is definitely a mold breaker.


Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:48:51 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome. Smooth and rich and hides the 11 percent increadibly well. What a brew. Pick it up! The smell is increadible. Wonderful brew. Smooth and easy to drink. If u like imperial stouts pick it up. It's a great cold weather brew. The guys at southern tier have outdone themselves.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 01:46:47 | More by hga2009
Photo of vfgccp

New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

- Tasted at Split Thy Skull 2011 at Mugs Alehouse -

2009 bottle drank in March 2011.

A - Solid bowling ball black. Dark mocha head.

S - Holy sh*t. Beautiful straight chocolate. Cream and high quality cocoa. Period. My wife said it best, 'I wish my hot chocolate smelled as good as this'.

T - Soft sweet chocolate. Delicious 60% cocoa, with a perfect balance of bitter and sweet. Some cream notes bevel the edges and add a wonderful backdrop. The few years in the cellar mellowed out the unbalanced sweetness of a fresh bottle, and culled any hint of booze.

M - Full bodied. Incredibly smooth.

O - Delicious. Incredible drinkability for the ABV.


2nd review for reference only: 2011 bottle drank fresh in March 2011.

A (4.5) - Pitch black with no highlights. Light coating of a dark mocha head.

S (5) - 60% bitter chocolate strikes a great bitter/sweet balance. Coffee and cream. (vs the aged '09 the coffee was definitely more pronounced here)

T (4.5) - Fantastic, well balanced, chocolate straight from the nose. Coffee notes lend some added bitterness to the finish. Definitely get some milky cream too. (much like the nose, vs '09 the coffee comes through more in the younger bottle)

M (4.5) - Wonderfully smooth with just a touch of booze. (aging in the '09 mellowed out the last of the booze)

O (4.5) - Delicious and ridiculously drinkable at 11%. Looking back at the '09 I can definitely say a few years beveled out some of the edges, but man, knowing it's this good fresh is going to take some serious will power to keep it aging on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 17:32:34 | More by vfgccp
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Dark black nice tan head and decent lacing.

S= The nose is great smells like chocolate truffles.

T= Taste just like the nose taste like chocolate truffles real nice finish great beer.

M= Thick bodied beer, you can really chew on this one.

D= Really drinkable it hides the 11% ABV really well. Glad I bought a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:09:46 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of Gunslinger711


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

Group tasting notes from 2-18-11
Poured out of a bottle.
Served in a goblet.

A- Another dark as coffee DIPA, tan head, everything's looking good.

S- This immediately struck everybody, Choklat smelled just like the Dark Chocolate truffles we had on hand for the tasting. Sweet sweet cocoa powder smell, a little caramel in there as well.

M- Heavy mouthfeel, it coats the mouth like melted chocolate.

T- Again, tastes just like a dark chocolate truffle. Doesn't taste like an 11% abv beer.

D- I would drink a bottle of this with friends in place of dessert. It's not going to be something I want to drink every week.

Food- Tried this with a truffle, the two tasted just same.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 04:53:26 | More by Gunslinger711
Photo of raven3131


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times; both bottled and on Tap @ TJ's in Paoli. Recalling my first experience via bottle, the smell of chocolate filled the air the second I popped the top. It pours with a nice firm head that holds throughout. This beer tastes more like pure chocolate than any other I have tried and is clearly brewed with actual chocolate. Halfway through my first pint I assumed one would suffice and I blurted out the all too familiar "I don't think I'll want more than one of these" comment that all too often comes standard with similar big, bold flavored beers. After two 16 oz bottles of a sneaky 11% beast I realized this brew was much more drinkable than I thought. Great with or without food - I can't get enough of this beer

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 21:28:58 | More by raven3131
Photo of goalie33

New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter.
A) Black body with some red around the edges with a thin layer of tan head. Not much lacing, but clearly visible alcohol feet.
S) Choklat! Lots and lots of it. Smells like a melted chocolate bar with some roasted malts in the background.
T) Intense chocolate beginning with a hoppy finish. Some roasted malt tones underneath the chocolate. A slight hit of mild bitterness midway through the mouth.
M/D) Soft mouthfeel with an ever so slight prickle of carbonation. Very full body that really coats the mouth. Very easy drinking, but with the high abv and incredibly rich flavor, this is a one-and-done dessert beer. It could either accompany dessert or be dessert by itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 19:21:17 | More by goalie33
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark almost black body. Thick medium brown head.

S - The nose is huge chocolate. The chocolate aroma is intense, sweet, roasty and spicy.

T - Chocolate is foremost and it's thick, rich, semi sweet chocolate. This is an imperial and the chocolate is almost in semi sweet chocolate syrup form. Not many other flavors present except some toasty pumpernickel, warming alcohol and a bitter background.

M - Thick bodied, viscious and syruppy. Its not overwhelming but you can really chew on this beer and it's great.

D - Not highly drinkable by most standards, I could still take down a bomber bottle no problem. The flavors are ricvh and intense and its high abv but would consider it more of a savoring sipper.

Notes - If you're into huge flavors and intense chocolate than you will love this one. Southern Tier is a great brewery and this one marks another fine creation.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 05:00:47 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of websherpa


3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a little thinner than expected. In the glass it's very black with only the slightest hints of brown at the bottom nipple of my tulip. Small brown quickly dissipating head. Little lacing.

Smell: I was expecting chocolate, and I got it, but I also got more coffee than I expected. The chocolate is dark and bitter, but still rich and robust. The alcohol is peaking through a little too much.

Taste: The coffee and the alcohol don't really show their faces. It's all about the chocolate. It's good but I actually was hoping for a bigger and richer chocolate taste. It's not a small beer, but for the ABV and the hype I guess I wanted a little more. Still great tasting. Long finish and that is where this beer shines.

Mouthfeel: No issue with the thickness, but it was I felt it was over carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability: This beer had some hype from friends, and I think I was expecting too much from it. It's a really good beer, and I'm excited about the bottle I have in the cellar. At the same time, I'm not sure I'm going to put the extra effort to get this in the future. I think I prefer Rogues Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 05:58:18 | More by websherpa
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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11 oz. serving at Taco Mac Douglasville. When it arrived at the table, it had a pencil-thick head, which rapidly faded. Nice lacing on the glass. First off the smell is nothing but fine dark chocolate... I actually though it smelled better than it tasted. The taste is layer on layer of chocolate, with a roasted grain background, a tinge of hops and booze. The 11% abv. was hidden one moment and present the next, but still this was an amazing beer experience. The 11% affirmed the beer as a sipper, but oh my, what a fine time that was. This has rapidly overtaken the Creme Brulee as my favorites Southern Tier IS.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 00:34:20 | More by jocosa
Photo of metter98

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head that left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of semisweet chocolate in the aroma.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of semisweet chocolate. There are some notes of sweetness and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is like having liquid dessert. The strength of the alcohol is noticeable but it's well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2009 vintage

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 14:26:45 | More by metter98
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Midnight black with a 1-finger head of dark brown head.

S: Heavy nose of chocolate. Like wow. I could be sniffing a malted milkshake. Incredibly appetizing.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee beans, background of earthy hops. Remarkably smooth and clean tasting for 11% ABV. Absolutely fantastic. My breath smells like chocolate!

M: Spot on.

D: 22oz is a good size for this one. *hic*

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:10:45 | More by vitrael
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: deep black, thin head, no head.

S: chocolate shake

T: this is like drinking a chocolate milk shake. with a kick

M: creamy, smooth, chocolate is lingering in you mouth, booze is well hidden

D: drinks smooth, smoother than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 07:17:33 | More by fastsrt
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dogfish glass jet black with a tan head that disapated quickly.

Smell - tons of chocolate. Bakers chocolate and cocoa

Taste- chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Its a chocolaty chocolate beer. Oh and a slight taste of some alcohol. But at a11% its quiet ok with me.

This by far is my favorite southern tier imperial stout I've had. AMAZINGLY good and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 05:02:39 | More by badboyrsl84
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a large snifter. This beer pours black as night. A nice sized two finger head cascades into existence- caramel in color. The head dissolves in approximately two minutes and leaves very minimal lacing.

The nose is really just chocolate. It smells great but appears to be a one trick pony - but it smells too damn good to knock it for that; lots and lots of melted milk chocolate

This damn thing tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Like the nose there is just a shit-ton of milk chocolate. The roasted malts and faint hops add a nice bitterness to make sure it is not quite as one-sided.

Exceptionally creamy and smooth like I would never have believed before trying it. The alcohol never rears its head in the nose or taste, merely in the lightheadedness that ensues with the completion of the bottle. This is the epitome of dessert beers; a dessert in itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 05:00:09 | More by mjn5036
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Really nice bittersweet chocolate aroma, but that's really all that I pick up. Kind of a one note pony.

Appearance: Jet black, completely opaque, brown head. Looks like a stout should look.

Taste: Very nice chocolaty flavor, with a very subtle coffee bitterness creeping up here and there. A little bitter and a little sweet, finishes on a lingering bittersweet note.

Feel: Nice and full, really coats the mouth, low carbonation. Surprisingly, it's a little dry in the aftertaste.

Overall: Absolutely incredible that this beer is 11% ABV. It's warming but like a cup of hot chocolate, not burning alcohol. Really enjoyed this highly drinkable, high ABV stout. Definitely looking forward to picking this up next winter!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:46:29 | More by jmshulk
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, dark, midnight black!!! Very little head, oily lacing that drips away quickly and is gone.

S- Smells like chocolate pie and after dinner coffee. Hints of sweet toffee, smoke, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. The smells really come out and develope as it warms up.

T- Like a chocolate bomb for your taste buds!!! Lots of roasted coffee, dark Belgian chocolate! hints of smoke, burnt sugar, and toasted coconut. Like Hot Cocoa for adults. I've made this into a Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream float before... UNREAL!!!

M- Rich cocoa, chocolate blends and folds over your tongue. The coffee rolls in just after and adds a nice rich bitterness. The sweet chocolate really sticks around and leaves you smiling!

D- Certainly not an everyday drinker, but while the kids were having Ice Cream for dessert, I'm having this. Not as filling as you would think, but after just a couple tulip glasses of it... I'm ready for something else.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:17:53 | More by Thickfreakness
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3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Schlitz Light goblet.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with crimson highlights and half a finger of tan head which dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Almost exclusively chocolate: chocolate cake and Tootsie Rolls (to steal the descriptor from Jesse13713 and his brother). A bit of vanilla sneaks in as well.

T: Sweet and chocolaty initially, with a lingering, syrupy, slightly bittersweet dark chocolate favor. A good deal of vanilla in there as well.

M: Medium-bodied, not as thick as I expected considering the ABV and the full flavor. Smooth and a bit syrupy on the finish.

D: Very good considering the sweetness; the great flavor here makes this glass an easy one to drink, even if I might not want a whole bomber to myself. Additionally, the high alcohol is hidden well, always a bonus.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:02:09 | More by AwYeh
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3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown that is on the verge of being black. It has slightly poor lacing that leaves a ring where the liquid sits.

Smell - This smells identical to tootsie rolls. It was hard to distinguish what exact chocolate smell it was; but tootsie rolls hits the nail on the head. A pure chocolate bar smell that it sweet.

Taste - Tastes like it smells; like tootsie rolls. A smooth chocolate consistency with a bitter chocolate finish. Very faint dark fruits.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - The alcohol blends well with chocolate taste. This is one of the most impressive chocolate stouts I've tasted. Quite different and distinct from other stouts. Forgot it was at the bottom of my fridge for a few months.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:56:15 | More by Jesse13713
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I spend a lot of time stating that a stout is NOT black, rather dark brown that appears black due to its opacity. This one comes really close to black though...even at the edges. The head gradually builds to about 1/2" but then fades in a minute or so to a foamy ring and film.

The smell greets you right from the mouth of the bottle as you pour. Chocolate is immediately evident with a roasted coffee backdrop and some vanilla notes. The alcohol gives it the feel of a chocolate liqueur. Oh, I sure hope this is going meet expectations on the first sip, because now I'm excited.

The alcohol that was in the background steps up to the forefront and becomes an equal with the chocolate. Toasted grains throw in some coffee and add a little bitterness. The overall sense remains sweet with a touch of vanilla. Not as good as I had hoped, but still pretty solid and full of flavor. The chocolate actually tastes like real chocolate and not the fake flavor attributed to flavorings.

I would have preferred it to be thicker...maybe make this a chocolate oatmeal stout to add some more body? This is still pretty silky smooth, but is quite a few steps down from full-bodied or viscous.

Not a gulping beer, beware of the alcohol. Yes, you can really sense the alcohol in the beer, but at 11% it really is pretty well masked. And with the flavor of this one, you don't mind the heat so much. It's kind of like when I pour too much amaretto in my hot cocoa, without the hazelnut flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:31:24 | More by Naugros
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,069 ratings.