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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,158 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,158
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 387
Gots: 609 | FT: 33
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of daythree16
3.08/5  rDev -27.5%

Split a 22 oz bomber with the wife. Poured into a snifter. Completely black with no head at all. Looks like a glass of motor oil, especially with the brown film it leaves on the glass as I swirl it.

Smell is 90% chocolate, 10% alcohol. That's all I can really get. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with some smokiness followed by a moderately bitter finish. It also has a pretty healty dose of alcohol burn. After a while, the chocolate becomes almost too much to bear, and it gets really hard to keep drinking it.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is pretty bad. I don't even want to finish my half of the bomber.

daythree16, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Tolann
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%

A - Pours a rich dark brown. Some toasty brown head that becomes very thin. Very little lacing left on the glass.

S - Heavenly! Gooey milk/bitter chocolate. Lots of big sweet. Certainly a desert beer.

T - A bit more mellow than the taste. Not too sweet. Still lots of chocolate

M - Very smooth. Alcohol isn't exactly hidden, but then again this is 11% abv. Very nice.

D - Considering the alcohol, it's very drinkable. The sweetness is not over whelming. It's still best to share the bottle.

If I had to choose to drown in something, this would be up there. The smell alone makes you want to bathe in it. This is a big, bold, sexy, sweet beer!

Tolann, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of taylor714914
3.23/5  rDev -24%

Poured this beer from a 22 oz bomber into a duvel snifter glass.

A- This imperial stout pours a dark brown, almost black in color with about a half a finger of lacing that quickly subsides into a thin layer which remained through about 3/4 of the glass. The lacing from this beer was minimal with a few small strains here and there.

S- The smell from this Imperial Stout was very, very bold. Chocolate. Lots and lots of it. Alcohol also came through on the nose and just the slightest hint of roasted malts.

T- To be honest, this beer was too sweet for me, hence the average 3.0 rating. There was lots of bitter dark chocolate flavor...a whole lot, but I just couldn't get any depth from the brew. Some mild alcohol notes came through and just a the smallest hints of roasted malts. The chocolate flavor was just way to overpowering for me to give this any higher of a rating. A beer needs to have layers of flavor and complexity, and for the this was a very one dimensional brew. The finish was dark chocolate and bitter tasting (IE Bitterness from the dark chocolate)

M- Good mouthfeel with little carbonation. A nice thickness and smoothness, but not overboard in either category.

D- This falls flat when it comes to drinkability. The chocolate sweetness just became way to much after about 8 oz's, which took about a half hour to drink. It took me an hour and a half to finish the last 14 oz of the bomber.

Overall, this would be an exceptional beer for the chocolate lover who literally wants to drink liquid chocolate. For me, however, it was much to sweet and much too chocolaty for my personal liking. I was hoping for a nice chocolate backbone with lots of other flavors, but it turned out to be focused more on loads of chocolate flavor than complexity.

taylor714914, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of jamesdantes13
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Dark brown brew, almost black. Pours a decent head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of lightly sweetened dark chocolate with very light coffee aromas in the background.

Dark chocolate dominates the palate with subtle coffee/roasted barely flavors. Finishes with a little bit of fruit flavors and goes down smooth for 11% ABV, however, the alcohol is still very present. Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated, and medium-bodied.

This is the strongest chocolate smelling/tasting beer I've had (SA Chocolate Bock, Rouge's Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and Young's Double Chocolate Stout).

jamesdantes13, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Foxman
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

It pours a sharp, jet ebony, like an obsidian abyss looking through the glass at you. A finger of mousse brown whipped foam head dwindles slowly. Half-round streamers of lacing cascade down the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants rich, dense, earthy cocoa, sweet and gourmet, blanketing touches of roasted malt, anise, vanilla, and molasses. A light woody air leads to a homey course of alcohol. But in the end, the nose is chocolate.

Upon sipping, I wonder, is it Lindt? Is it Girardelli? Is it milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or Dutch cocoa? In fact, it seems to be all that, as well as black roasted malt with a charred edge. Too, it tickles of licorice, toffee, vanilla, and a mellow lactose-esque bite that all do well to soften the singe of alcohol. A mild doughiness joins a start-to-end strain of almost cloying sweetness that is only slightly bittered by spice and roasted grain in the finish. Chocoholics, start your engines, but there's some additional dimension here as well.

Full bodied, the thick, creamy, round presence on the palate lounges with a padded, fluffy feel.

Considering the beer's reputation, I have to think many beer geeks hold an innate love for chocolate, and I have to count myself firmly among them. It's got one big, bold, daring dimension, and it thrives in its niche. That said, the behemoth ABV and finely concentrated richness keep it drinkable, but just so, and with a wise eye toward caution. All things in doses, and so it is here, but with seriously worthwhile return for exercised moderation. Please sir, may I have some more, but for tomorrow?

Foxman, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter per the label instruction. No date on it but since it had the clear stick-on label I know it is the 2008 release. It was black in color even against the light. No sign or carbonation and no lacing. It had a small brown head that very quickly evaporated into the thinnest of collars.

The aroma was amazing. Very heavy on the chocolate - choc syrup like. Only issue is that there wasn't much beyond the chocolate to offset it a bit. The chocolate was great but could have used a little something else. The taste was exceptional. Again, heavy on the chocolate but not much beyond that. Needed some more traditional stout flavor to compliment it. Still outstanding but just misses being perfect. Mouthfeel was also excellent. Heavy, creamy, chewy.

Overall, an outstanding beer that I highly recommend. Worthy of the high ranking and hype. Gotta find some more of this to drink now and to age for later. Would be a big player in my fridge if avail here.

TexIndy, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured into a pint glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark brown almost black, with a one finger dark tan head. The head lasted for only a few moment and now there is only a dark tan ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque, very little light comes in from the bottom.

Nose: A first all I could smell is chocolate syrup. There is rich roasted malts, molasses, and raisins. There are notes of alcohol, caramel, and subtle fruity esters.

Taste: Wow, a rich roasted barley, caramel, and bitter chocolate syrup. There are hints of molasses, fruity esters, coffee, and alcohol.

Overall: This beer has a ton going on in it. The mouth feel is creamy, heavy, chewy and slightly astringent. The finish is a touch bitter with a lasting bitter chocolate. This beer is like liquid chocolate syrup. It is so rich, creamy and very hard to tell if there is any alcohol in it. The beer is well made there are no harsh burnt characters. The only thing I have against the beer is the head only lasted for a few moments, I would have like to seen it last longer. I can tell there are some hops in the beer but it meshes so well it took me a little bit to pick up.

Via donkeyrunner

colts9016, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of abents
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Sits in the glass with a very dark brown color with nice brown head that lingers around a bit. Wow, this is a pretty big nose, big milk chocolate nose, very huge smell, very inviting. Taste is upfront very chocolaty(big surprise) with some nice roasted malt flavors, chocolate and coffee. Very different chocolate flavors coming out through the malts and cocoa. Finishes almost bitter with nice warming alcohol finish. A little on the sweet side, but not really that much. Very nicely done would enjoy this as a nightcap dessert beer, but a bomber is a bit much. This is one BIG beer on chocolate and alcohol. A little too much warming burn for me to find extremely drinkable, but it's better than the Creme Brulee which was way too sweet and undrinkable. I liked this one a lot, and I really don't care for chocolate too much.

abents, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of LunaChick
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

I've had this both in bottle and on tap now.

Presented in a tulip glass. The beer is pitch black with a slight head that fizzed down and overall left a fairly nicely laced glass.
Smell? Literally like a dark chocolate milkshake. First heavy milk chocolate. Alcohol warmth passes through and hints roasted coffee are present.
Taste begins full-on dark chocolate ice cream. For anyone who's ever had goats milk ice cream--the zest and richness are very similar. This beer is thick. 11% alcohol? Oh yes. The warmth come through but is not so extreme that is detracts from the flavor. Some high abv brews take on a fruity flavor from the yeast. I get some subtle fruit notes. Nothing to make me stop drinking it.
The end has bitter hints. Overall the flavor is all chocolate. Syrupy as the beer warms, it does become very intense.
Full bodied and thick, thick, thick in the mouth. Lower carbonation than some and very smooth overall.
Drinkability? Very low. Between the intense sweetness and the high alcohol this is a sipper and an on occasion beer at best. I would not drink it regularly.
I prefer Rogue's Chocolate Stout as a good every day heavily chocolate flavored brew.

LunaChick, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Ummagum
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

I really enjoyed this beer. I had a 22 oz bomber. Poured into a glass giving a brownish head and a thin collar all throughout the beer. Bittersweet flavors of chocolate made this beer very tasty. the alcohol content was high, but it did not take away from the taste. This beer was very good from begiining to end. I would highly reccomend this beer.

Ummagum, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle into snifter.

Pours dark black/brown, medium head.

Huge chocolate aroma, can smell from several feet when poured.

HUGE chocolate taste. Like drinking a dark chocolate bar. Some hops in the dry finish to balance beer out.

Medium body, smooth carbonation.

Not hard at all to finish this one off. Too delicious to stop drinking.

JohnQVegas, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of blatherbeard
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%

Ok....my long awaited taste of Choklat...let it begin.

As i pour the brew im flabbergasted by the amount of chocolate i smell. I smell it when i open it. I smell it as i pour the almost black liquid in the glass, as i smell it and look at it, i am surprised that the head is just a fluffy white. As i smell and watch the head lace into almost nothingness, it turns a deep carmel colored brown.

The mouthfeel is good, a bit thinner than expected. Definetly taste the chocolate and beer up front. As the brew glides down the palate and the tongue it creeps in a bit bitter. The beer taste also comes out after time. The finish is a good mixture of chocolate, hops and malt.

The chocolate syrup i expected from other reviews never showed up, but it is definetly a great chocolate beer. More chocolate than beer, not more beer than chocolate,until the aftertaste kicked in.

I saved this as a dessert, and now i feel the heavyness after finishing amost all the bottle. Also leaves an alcohoic aftertaste i dont think i like much. Had to edit this review after sitting on it for a while.

blatherbeard, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of zerofear13
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Very attractive bomber. Shared with my friend Joel.

I cannot believe how amazing this beer smells. It's like straight chocolate bar. Any hops or roasted malts play second-fiddle in this one. I've been trying a lot of chocolate stouts and imperial stouts lately and I feel like each one changes in certain aspects - all of which find their own niches. With Southern Tier's, it's absolutely about that chocolate. It's like a Hershey's bar melted down.

If you have a sweet tooth, forget Young's, this is definitely THE chocolate stout to try.

zerofear13, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
3.05/5  rDev -28.2%

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Deep mahogany / black and opaque. Harsh pour produces ~1 finger medium-brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin island and a ring.

S- Sweet milk chocolate/caramel mix, and a slightly earthy note. These odors blend awkwardly with the alcohol kick to an OK, but quite less than stellar effect.

T- A bit of chocolate, and a bit of burned coffee. Fairly astringent/boozy bitterness on the finish. Certainly nothing even remotely resembling the "Hershey bar" or "chocolate syrup" that I've seen mentioned so often in descriptions about this beer. The nose has a lot of chocolate, but in the taste, pretty minimal. The flavor here just isn't working for me.

M- A wee bit watery for a RIS.

D- Too astringent, and ABV% way too high for this one to be very drinkable. If you're going to try this one, I'd split it up amongst 3-4 people and consider it a sipper.

Future outlook: Pretty big disappointment. Highly unlikely that I'll get this again.

DoctorDog, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of HisDorian
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

My first review on BA after about a year of trolling/research.

appearance = Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Not much head. Little to none carbonation. VERY dark in color.

smell = Extreme chocolate and cocoa. Aroma is almost of a chocolate syrup for ice cream, but lightly roasted.

taste = WOW! From the beginning, the chocolate is very forward. Hints of the barrel, as well as cherry and vanilla. Well balanced and not overdone, though. It's very easy to sip on like you would a chocolate milkshake as a kid after your soccer game. Might pair well with a medium rounded cigar or as an after dinner drink.

MF = a little thicker and heavier than average. Not too much, though. Coats the mouth just a little bit, but not enough for me to consider drinking it.

Drinkability = Very smooth and tasty. Definitely one worth sharing with a mild or medium cigar with friends after dinner. I will search this one back out to backstock for a special occasion.

HisDorian, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Drank this with my good friend William Pang (Queens, NY).

This brew pours a very solid dark, dark brown, with a thin tan head and very nice lacing all the way around.
The smell is absolutely fantastic. At first it is complete chocolate, but that gives way eventually to a roasted malt scent and alcohol bite.
The taste contains a lot of alcohol. It almost overpowers the nice, thick chocolate taste, but not quite. After the chocolate subsides there is a definite roasted, toasted flavor from the malt in the background.
This beer is very thin in the mouth. Unlike most beers of this variety, this one's strong chocolate profile does not leave it thick and unbearable.
Overall, a very good tasting and smelling beer. Somewhat more alcoholic tasting than I prefer, but still a good beer. I wouldn't recommend trying to drink more than one at a time, however.

tittymcj, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of cooncat
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into my Stone IRS crystal chalice at approx. 60 deg. F.

Don't be afraid to pour this one down the center in order to raise a nice head. The brew is a very dark brown, with garnet tinges at the sides of the glass. I held a bright flashlight behind it and could just make it out through the glass, so it is not totally opaque. The head is dense and dark tan in color. Head retention is not real long, but that is to be expected at 11% abv. You do get some nice lacing on every swirl or sip, but little or no stickage.

The nose is a chocolate lover's delight. Immediate impression is of dark chocolate and fudge. If there are any coffee notes, they would be a rich expresso, but its mostly hidden in the chocolate overload. No fusel traces either .. that's very good in a beer this big!

The taste is chocolate euphoria! The palate is bombarded with rich, dark chocolate flavors; like melting the finest dark chocolate bar in your mouth. It's not sweet. It's not bitter. A light carbonation gives it a smooth full mouthfeel, just this side of chewy. There is a hint of fruity hops, but it really doesn't make much of a show past the chocolate, and you really have to try hard to taste it. This beer is very drinkable; dangerously so at 11% abv. Best to make this a night cap, sipping ever so slowly and enjoying each sip to the max.

Without a doubt, this is the most chocolatey tasting Imperial Stout (or beer of any style for that matter) that I've ever had the pleasure to sample. Southern Tier is the hands down winner of the chocolate flavored Imperial Stout. Highly recommended. Seek this one out; a must try!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.25/5  rDev 0%

HUGE thanks to the following: melbatoast93, amietaj1, and Dave at Zeno's. This beer far exceeded the expectations set by my dissatisfied buddy.

An incredibly viscous dark brown with no head. Very still, no carbonation making it's way towards the top of the glass.

Oh wow (Inside joke kind of). Smells like a freshly baked homemade brownie out of moms oven. Tons of cocoa, dark and milk chocolates, some vanilla, and some very light wood and caramel accents. Very powering that literally leaps out of the glass. This is a scent that can be shared, people will smell this and be amazed...

Very chocolately as the name would suggest, but some slight bitter characteristics arise, with some slightly roated coffee and not as creamy or smooth as one wouldve had hoped. This beer is still very true to its name in that it really does taste like a chocolate bar. Some darker chocolate flavors do arise, lighter in feel, somewhat oily in feel in texture.

CoolJosh, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of padan7
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Where the hell is the review button? oH, damn 11% beer!

The wife & I really appreciate extreme beers. Are we addicted to them? (he asks a rhetorical question)

apperance- I feel chested if there is no head. Do you know what I mean? With an agressive pour we got a 3-finger head to volcano to the top of a pint glass. looks dark & evil like a funky beer should.

smell- It's Christmas in Brussels! Yum yum chocolate with some malt on the side. A definite 5.

taste- Not quite as great as the smell. Drink this cold (sub 45 degrees) as it dances on cloying. The beer is sweet but enjoyable.
We have 3 bottles left.

mouthfeel- sexy,oily,thick & rich

drinkability- you gotta plan when your going to drink this. You can't just have had a big meal and enjoy this. I think it tastes best on an empty tummy.

Overall a great experience in the avant-garde beer world. Try it and enjoy if you like over the top beer on the sweet side.

padan7, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of nriech
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

This beer was enough to bring me out of reviewing retirement.

The smell was pure bliss. Chocolate, malt. Its enough to make you drool, ok fine, salivate. Not the cheap milk chocolate sweet crap either, dark rich good chocolate.

The taste was incredible. You know how you sip a 30 year cognac? Thats what you end up doing here because you dont want to waste any of the flavor. It wasnt as thick as I would have thought but it was no detraction from the ability to sit back and enjoy a good glass of this labor of love. If the Mayan race drank anything similar to this back in the day, its a shame its been lost for so long. The human sacrifices can remain lost though. :-)

nriech, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Itoclown
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Purchased three days before Christmas from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Consumed on January 26.

Look: Pitch black with hardly any head. There was a little head when the beer was first poured but left almost immediately.
Smell: As said before, it's like taking a bottle of Hershey's syrup and squeezing some air out and smelling it. That mixed with any typical imperial stout.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Soft on the tongue. Smooth. Definitely tastes like Hershey's. But I'd say it's got the bitterness of the cocoa and not the syrup. It's very thick and filling... Chocolate!

Overall/notes: Drinking this beer feels like you're having a dessert like a stout float with chocolate ice cream and syrup. It's smooth when you sip it but leaves a burnt chocolate/pure cocoa taste after swallowing. I'm not a big fan of this style of beer but I can see why it's so popular. It's really an interesting twist on this style. A fun beer for the beer advocate.

Itoclown, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Poured a dark brown color that produced a dark tan head that retained well and left and nice lacing

S - Melted Chocolate, but not chocolate malts, real chocolate

T - The taste was similar to the smell, it was like pouring Hersheys into a stout and then drinking it, all the good qualities of a stout, with the Hersheys

M - Creamy, moderate to heavy bodied, with some carbonation

D - Reviewing this as a novelty beer, like the Creme Brulee, it is really good, however, not your everyday, drink at the ballgame type beer, to me. But, Southern Tier has created an incredible beer here, nonetheless.

cvfish, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks go out to mikecharley for this one

Very dark brown liquid. Thin brown head of foam forms, with a hard pour. Leaves a thin creamy film, not unlike the top of an espresso. Clumpy, yet thin, lacing.

Rich roasted malts. Hershey's chocolate syrup, as made by Ghiradelli's. Hints of dark roast coffee. Slight kiss of bourbon and cherry scents, on the back end.
Best chocolate smell, from a beer, ever. Decadent.

Both bitter dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate, at the same time. An odd, yet tasty, sensation. Nice kick of roasted coffee beans. Very dark roasted. Slight hint of vanilla. Cocoa powder. A bourbon-like boozy warmth. Nice mild hop kick at the end, just to let you know that you are, indeed, drinking a beer. Not chocolate milk.

Full bodied, but not thick. Slick and oily. Slides down the throat very easily, yet coats the mouth, also.

Extremely tasty. Too rich for everyday drinking, though. Excellent dessert beer. Perhaps the best dessert beer.
Big, bold, sweet and tasty.

coldmeat23, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of cpn920
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

This is a remarkable beer! It pours an almost oily black color with a tan head that recedes fairly quickly. You smell the chocolate immediately...bittersweet dark chocolate, I also detect a hint of strong coffee. The taste is unbelievably chocolate like. Not too sweet, not too bitter but just right for the style. The carbonation is modest and the 11% is undetectable, very smooth. This is surprisingly drinkable, not too heavy and not too sweet. I could enjoy this as dessert or a couple as the main course. Highly recommended!

cpn920, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of ralree
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

A: Black with a nice tan head. Good retention, nice lacing.

S: Like a chocolate bar - it's amazing how close it smells to a sweet dark chocolate. Some of the other chocolate stouts are much more bitter-smelling. This one smells like dessert.

T: Sweet dark chocolate is dominant and strong. Backing is basically undetectable, but has a slightly hoppy undertone. The overtone completely overpowers just about anything else, leaving the taste of complete chocolate-y goodness in your mouth. Would be nice if it had a little more depth, though.

M: Perfect carbonation, non-astringent, medium-body, a little syrupy. Perfect for the effect of liquid chocolate bar.

D: Actually, quite drinkable, which is surprising. I could definitely finish this off no problem on a full stomach.

ralree, Jan 26, 2009
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,158 ratings.