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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,663
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 439
Gots: 839 | FT: 39
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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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Ratings: 4,663 | Reviews: 1,491
Photo of Buddha22
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark almost completely black. One finger tan head with a blood orange tinge to it. Looks very appetizing. The head resides into a thin layer coating the edge of the glass.

S: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Choklat. Such a great aroma.

T: Great chocolate flavor, can taste the alcohol but it is not overpowering. The balance of this beer is awesome. Great tasting imperial stout, but the more I drink it, it is definitely a filling dessert beer.

M: Smooth, full bodied and just really fun to drink.

D: Very drinkable for 11% ABV.

Drink this beer. Must I say more.

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

aggressive pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: black body and a 2 fingers tan brown head.

Smell: roasty & boozy chocolate cake.

Taste: strong bittersweet chocolate flavor and very warm boozy flavor. mild flavors of roasted grain. Beer gets very hot alcohol flavor once its get to a room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Beer is a moderate to full body. When beer is cold it drinks smoother, but when the beer warms too much the boozy heat takes away from this beer's enjoyment.

Drinkability: One and done! A bomber of this on your own is plenty. Again boozy heat takes away from the beers overall effect. Still a solid Imperial Stout that enjoyed, but I think only the best brewers can hide the alcohol heat in the higher gravity beers. This beer is worth a try!

Photo of BigB415
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This my second beer from Southern Tier and I am excited to try this because unlike my first beer from them, Creme Brulee, I like chocolate and don't like Creme Brulee so here we go:

Pours black as all stouts pour. Whatever lacing there is goes away as quick I can swirl the glass without spilling anything. Smell of cocoa and taste of cocoa and alcohol burn. If it weren't for the alcohol burn I'd forget I'm drinking an 11% beer and I would think I'm drinking a chocolate shake. The chocolate lingers but it isn't so sweet to the point it's undrinkable like the creme brulee was.

If you're looking for a beer and a sweet treat as well, give this a shot. It might just satisfy your sweet tooth and get you drunk at the same time.

Photo of harrymel
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$7 for bomber @ bottles in spokane valley.

Poured to NB Globe.

A: Deep dark coal colored stout. Little to no head. Surface bubbles light mocha. Thick and viscous, there are no laces left, just falls to the bottom again.

S: Chocolate, plenty of cocoa. hints of vanilla and sweetness of alcohol in there. Although strong, very simple. Not too many layers here. Good, not great.

T: Much better than the smell. More balanced in the cocoa, beautiful dryly braided malts add a powdery hollow profile. Primary downfall here is how much they invested into the sweetness of the beer. This is so sweet I have a hard time finishing the bottle on my own.

M: Thick, with low carbonation. Great fit for the beer. Slightly sticky.

D: This is a dessert beer, and should be had during special events. Well done, but very specific.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured black as widower's weeds and heavy as a chest of plate. A short lived but frothy brownish foam erupted from the brew and presented a nose of cocoa, hops, toasted malt, more chocolate and a nip of alcohol.

The flavor was like biting off a chunk of 80% cocoa chocolate tempered on one side of the ring with hops bitterness and on the other side with a sweet toasted malt-- not a cloying sweet but a counterweight to the hops that balanced leaving the chocolate prominent in the center.

The beer coated my glass-- not just a lacing but it seemed to have a viscosity, an adherence factor that left a film coating as I swirled the libation around.

Mouthfeel is cordial and outstanding. A long finish with the chocolate tailing off like a reverberation followed by the other flavor ingredients as if an orchestra came to a crescendo and abruptly ceased their sound. The reverberant field of the concert hall continued for a few seconds.

Drinkability- downgraded a hair by the 11% ABV but this brew needs the elevated ABV to consummate the flavors. The brew was such a treat I would gladly weld myself to my chair as I enjoy my second bomber bottle. I'll even endure the hang-over while I revel in the flavor experience.

Glorious... simply glorious.

Photo of Deus1138
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours jet black. Hold it up to the light, you see nothing. It's like a black hole. Very little head and carbonation.

Smell is CHOCOLATE! I can't emphasize CHOCOLATE enough. I used to live near a Nestle factory. The whole area smelled of chocolate when they were making it. That factory has nothing on this brew. The only way to smell more chocolate would be to take a swim in Willy Wonka's chocolate waterfall.

Taste is really good. Of course, CHOCOLATE dominates. It's like drinking Hershey's Chocolate Syrup with every other kind of dark chocolate you've ever had melted in as well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick. This is a heavy beer.

Drinkability is good. You HAVE to sip this beer. There's just too much flavor to take a mouthfull. It's 11% ABV, but that is very well masked by the strong chocolate flavor.

I had it with dinner tonight, but I should have saved it for a dessert.

A wonderful brew for chocolate lovers. Be prepared to invest at least an hour for the whole bottle. It's needs to be taken slowly!

Photo of abrand
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber shared with a friend. Poured into a pint glass.

Choklat pours opaque and black just as it should pour. A very small ebony head quickly fades. You can see the viscosity of the beer with the pour. Smell is dominated with chocolate with some espresso beans also present. The smell is very sweet with milk chocolate. Taste is also dominated with sweet chocolate. Plenty of sugar is present. The 11% is hidden well with the huge taste profile. Pretty good tasting chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is full bodied and oily. Drinkability is hard with this one. The 8-10 ounce pour that I had was enjoyed thoroughly but I'm not sure I could handle much more than that even though I love this style of beer.

Photo of gdrydenc
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, dark black. Thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly after pour.

S - Dark chocolate. If you're looking for a chocolate stout, this is great. Not as dark of chocolate as maybe Brooklyn BCS, but a sweeter, less tart chocolate.

T - Smooth, creamy chocolate. The flavor is very well rounded, lacking a tartness that one expects from such a dark chocolate beer.

M - Creamy and awesome. Each small sips fills my mouth very heartily.

D - Had to split a bomber. Hate to say it, but this is like drinking melted chocolate.

Photo of thagr81us
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a one and a half finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, alcohol, and caramel. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. Very well balanced with a nice bitter note from the dark chocolate upon swallowing. Had an excellent aroma going on here. If you haven't had this one before, you need to get off your ass and do so...

Photo of cjgator3
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is not surprisingly dominated by you guessed it: chocolate. This is one of if not the best chocolate stout aromas i've had.

T- The taste like the aroma is centered around the bittersweet chocolate flavors. There is a lot of sweetness up front with a good amount of roasted bitterness in the finish. 

M. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Choklat is another fine imperial stout in the Southern Tier lineup

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz. bomber with the girlfriend; poured into an oversized wine glass

A: Very dark brown, like 95% cacao, with a hint of ruby around the edges.

S: Absolutely intoxicating! Rich, deep chocolate notes, with burnt sugar and and sweet milk.

T: Just bursting with flavour! Chocolate is there in a big way (obviously) but not "artificial chocolate flavouring" no, its the real deal. Sweetness and alcohol in the finish.

D: For a beer this big it's great. Of course, you can only get so balanced when working with an 11% ABV, but this does a great job.

Overall: Delicious, velvety goodness. Southern Tier is becoming one of my favorite breweries and this is perhaps their best beer. Recommended!

Photo of magine
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black color with a small clingy tan head that rims the glass as you drink. Not much head retention or lacing, which is expected with the chocolate and high alcohol. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of big cocoa, dark chocolate, milky sweet chocolate smell. Roasted chocolate as well. A previous reviewer said tootsie roll - they are right about that, I smell that comparison as well. Wow - fantastic smelling brew.

Brew is smooth and is perfectly balanced. Chocolate flavors are huge here; rich dark chocolate, roasted maltiness as well. Nice big warming effect as well. Finishes sweet and dry. This is a great after dinner brew, is almost a dessert. Great tasting stuff here.

Wow - this is some fantastic stuff here for a big alcohol brew. Very much a brew to sip and enjoy. I imagine one bottle is all you would want to indulge in at once here. Any more would be like finishing off a bag of Hershey's dark chocolate all at once, sure you could do it... but you better not. Excellent.

Photo of glazeman
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: The beer pours black in color with a ½ finger of light tan head that has ok retention, but not much lacing.

S: The nose has a lot of milk chocolate, mixed with hot chocolate, mixed with chocolate cake...you get the picture. There's also a carnation instant breakfast.

T: There's more chocolate flavor in this beer than any other beer I've had. It tastes kind of like a tootsie roll. There's a little bit of hops and coffee in the finish.

M: I thought this was a little thin, but otherwise spot on. There's a nice aftertaste and appropriate carbonation.

D: For an eleven percent ABV beer, the alcohol is non-detectable. With that being said, I feel the novelty of the flavor would fade after more than a glass or glass and a half and thus I must knock the drinkability a bit.

Photo of airohead2001
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't say enough good things about this brew. I've had it once before, but am definitely enjoying it more tonight.

Smell is all tootsie roll with a little bit of burnt porter in the background. Very nice.

Taste is sweet, rich chocolate, with some bitter roasts in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, again like a tootsie roll, and the drinkability is really high, despite being so sweet. Exceptional beer.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a 2 finger thick coffee-colored head that dissipates slowly to a thin skin.

This chocolate stout does not lack the chocolate! Hints of dark cherry and sweet caramel are present also.

The great thing about this beer is the different layers of chocolate taste. It moves from a sweet chocolate up front, to a bittersweet dark chocolate in the middle, to a milk chocolate end. Black cherry, caramel, coffee and light smokiness are also detected.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected probably due to the high carbonation for the style. Sticky and slightly creamy. The ABV% is disguised well but detectable.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew. Not my first choice in styles but perfect for a night capper on a winter's day.

Photo of jsh420
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark dark brown with a 1/2 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells -hmmm chocolate!!! a little vanilla a little milk

taste is rich chocolate fudge with just the right amount bitterness from the hops

mouthfeel is a little lighter body from what i would call perfect for an imoy stout but then this adds to the drinkability

drinkability is very good - would i want to crack open another bomber NO but it was a perfect after dinner liquid dessert on this cold winter night

Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the most chocolate dominated stout I have ever had to date. I have enjoyed this one more than once, but a word of caution that this is on the sweet side for a stout. This beer mixes well as 50/50 with milk stout. Very sweet on it's own, works great as a desert beer.

Appearance is a dark brown, almost black with a short khaki colored head.
Dominant aromas of chocolate follwed by roasted malts. Tastes as it smells with a sweet character, not for everyone but enjoyable to me.
Medium+ body.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded sweet choclate, and heavy chocolate aromas

taste: much sweeter than expected. a dessert beer. too much IMO

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, high carbonation for stout

drinkability: disappointed. I was ok with creme brulee being that sweet but not this.

Photo of THECPJ
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/20/2011

A: chocolate bomb! smells like nothing but chocolate

Ap: dark-brown to almost black with a red hint to it, 1 finger mocha head

B/T: mild carbonation, medium body, well balanced

Af: CHOCOLATE! some mild malt flavors but can't get much other than chocolate

O: perfect dessert beer


Photo of Corndork2
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz Bomber poured into Duvel tulip

A - Black, with a nice malt brown head about 1" thick. Amazing appearance. It had the deep, motor oil black appearance, but still had a great head, that didn't fizz (like some other heavy ABV stouts...WWS)

S - Dark malts, and chocolate. This literally smells like you just cracked open a chocolate bar out of a Christmas stocking.

T - Dark chocolate shines through. The dark malts just refine this chocolate taste. Everything in this beer centers around the chocolate. This is exactly how a chocolate stout should taste.

M - Light but refined. Does not coat the mouth, or leave a film, and does not feel creamy, yet has depth.

D - Amazingly drinkable. To me this is just chocolate in liquid form, for adults. Its 11% ABV, but it sure doesn't feel like it. I had no issues finishing my 22oz, and still wanted more after. This is the best after dinner dessert kind of beer that I have ever had.

Overall an amazing chocolate brew. I plan on going back to the store and buying out the remaining bottles on the shelves to stock the cellar.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a solid black with a thin lacy beige head.

Smells sticky and sweet like dark chocolate and caramel.

Tastes very similar to the aroma with a tad bitterness and roasted malt character to to fight off the chocolate syrup characteristic.

Mouthfeel is heavy and thick but not very much alcohol kick for the ABV. Very nicely subdued. Nice carbonation.

Overall very drinkable and probably my favorite of the Blackwater series that I have had so far

Photo of aepb1
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Jet black body with a velvety brown head

S- Roasted, malty chocolate

T- Roasted chocolatey malts. Bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Full-flavored, robust

M- Full-bodied, high level of carbonation but it keeps the palate clean and it's not a bad thing

D- In the need for some chocolate? Drink this!

Photo of cetherid
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


A nice black Imperial Stout. Held up to the light I'm not getting any red/brown hues coming out. About 2 fingers worth of frothy brown head. Head dissipates kinda quickly, not much lacing going on.


Huge amounts of chocolate and cocoa in this one. If you're a fan of a chocolaty stout, this is up your alley. A little roasted malt smells but not much else.


an excellent tasting beer. Lots of sweet chocolate/cocoa, some sweet caramel malts, and a little roasted flavor to it Maybe a tad too much sweet, but it has a touch of bitterness in this beer which I like so it doesn't taste like you're just drinking a sugary chocolate drink. Some slight booze taste but this should be expected at 11%.


full bodied with good amount of carbonation. A little syrupy feel but this beer goes down very smooth.


pretty good drinkability. Probably one of my favorite chocolate dominant stouts I've tried. One glass might be enough however considering the sweetness of this and the high ABV. Still, I'll be grabbing more of these as I seen them in my area.

Photo of AdamBear
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-very black with a nice tan head, no lacing

S-really thick bittersweet chocolate. medium strength

T-comes in with real smooth, strong but not over powering chocolate malts. ends with a slight alcohol burn then a good after-taste of dark roasted chocolate malts that sadly doesn't last. this stout is well brewed but seems to be a little more subtle than the other Southern Tier stouts. I expected it to be a little more pronounced.

M-very heavy, low to medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-its a really good but there are a lot of good stouts out there and this wasn't just doesn't stand as tall, even compared to some of the other Southern Tier stouts. I did enjoy the whole glass through and the high ABV wasn't too apparent.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured this guy into a tulip. Pours black with a finger of mocha head that settles down to thin soapy lace. The aroma is simply chocolate. Not much else to the aroma to say, it has a bit of an artificial aroma, but it's still an entrancing rich aroma. The taste is like drinking a melted Hersey bar. The flavor is slightly bitter chocolate and the artificial aroma that I detected is lost in the aroma. This is thick and full with good low carbonation. When it comes down to it this is a really enjoyable drink. I love this, but I can't drink a ton in one sitting. If there was one beer in Wonka's factory, it would certainly be this one.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,663 ratings.