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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,211
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 399
Gots: 624 | 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 BigBoochDaddy
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Deep, rich black color like oil, no light passing through whatsoever. Minimal tan head that fades rather quickly, good lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, cocoa, couldn't smell any malts or alcohol

Taste: Could really taste the chocolate, the most chocolate I've ever tasted in a stout. Roasted malts. A little alcohol at the end, not as much as you'd expect with a 11.0%ABV

Mouthfeel: Feels smooth with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability: More than one in a sitting might be overkill, but overall Southern Tier Choklat is a solid Winter beer that I would definitely purchase again and again.

BigBoochDaddy, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pure, rich chocolate and some roasted malts. It smells just like a chocolate candy bar.

T: The taste is likewise loaded with chocolate but it's to the point that it's overly sweet. The malt character is very thick and there's very little hops presence as you would expect. There's a slight hint of alcohol. The after-taste continues the strong bitter-sweet chocolate flavor.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty especially if you're into the intense chocolate, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is exactly what it claims to be and just knocks you over with the chocolate, so I can see where those that like aspect of a big stout would love this beer. However, I think it's a little too over-the-top and there are other big stouts that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of stonequarrywest
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Can you say Tootsie Roll....

Black pour w/ little head...Smells like melted tootsie rolls..Awesome (and i dont even like tootsie rolls)!!!

Taste is chocolate....dark, milk,cocoa, tootsie rolls, bittersweet,etc....All of them..blended perfectly

Alcohol sneaks up at the end just to remind me that it is 11%

Creamy and Lush Mouthfeel that you dont want to go away.

Love everything about this beer

stonequarrywest, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a dark chocolate brown color. Not quite black, but very dark. There's a little light getting through giving it garnet highlights. The head (what little bit there is) is tan in color and doesn't quite reach a finger deep. I suspect the abv's just a little too much for it.

Smell: Well...it is very chocolaty...as if there was any real question about that. Chocolate malts are abundant. There some roasted malts that are secondary, but complement the sweet chocolate smell very nicely. THere's a very faint coffee smell that adds some character. It's very subtle. Pay attention. Hops are noted, but don't smell strong. Alcohol is present, but doesn't come across as offensive. This is delicious smelling beer.

Taste: Choklat is every bit as delicious as the nose suggested. The flavor is chock full of sweet chocolate malts and has a flavor that's very reminiscent of Hershey's chocolate. Despite having such a candy bar-like flavor, it really works well as a beer. There's a strong barley flavor. Hops are much more prominent than I expected and they drive this beer to excellence. They're bitter and have a really nice bite. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but it's not offensive. Not warm or hot at all. Honestly, I'm shocked that this is an 11% beer. There's no way it comes across that strong. Finishes chocolaty and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a body that's thick, very smooth, and lush. It's very creamy and impressive. Southern Tier hit a homerun here. Drinkability is good, but a little shy of excellent. I love the flavor and just about everything about this beer. But, it is big, filling, and strong. It's hard to make a case otherwise.

Choklat is damn fine beer. It's honestly quite a bit better than I expected. It is very chocolaty and definitely has a dessert beer vibe. But, it works as a beer very well. It has a very nice malty base that's more diverse than just chocolate and the hop flavor is incredibly impressive. This is a beer one has to experience to truly appreciate what it is. Recommended.

prototypic, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with a nice small brown head.

Aroma is full of cocoa, reminiscent of a hersheys bar. Creamy and roasty.

Taste is sweet, creamy and chock full of cocoa goodness. Smooth. Not too roasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering creaminess chocolate and light roasted coffee.

Magnificent. Would make an excellent dessert beer. Chocolate flavor and aroma may turn off purists to the style. However, its very drinkable.

Brad007, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a dark brown and it appears black and opaque when held to the light. A tan 1/2 inch head reduces to a nice lacing around the edges and a slight overlay.

The aroma is basically chocolate cake. It is amazing. There are also some coffee notes that linger and a dark chocolate flavor on top.

The taste includes a nice level chocolatey malts and a nice hoppy taste on top. There is bittersweet chocolate with minimal coffee and a spicy/bitter taste that lingers. The chocolate flavors vary throughout the beverage and change with the temperature.

The mouthfeel reveals a full bodied beer. There is a nice level of carbonation for the flavor. It is fairly thick and creamy and leaves a nice level of dryness at the finish.

I am amazed by this beer. It is extraordinarily drinkable. I would actually have to be cautious given the ABV, cause this is easy to drink and very taste. I will keep my eyes open for it and will purchase whatever I can get. My wife also loved it.

SykDoc, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of selecter70
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious! Even though I'm not the biggest chocolate fan, I do enjoy a good chocolate stout. This Black Water Series 1pt. 6oz. 11% bottle was eagerly purchased & sat just waiting for my joy. A sticky-smooth dark brown & copper pour to a full light brown with yellow 3-finger head soon dissipates to a thin-to nothing head, but with nice lacing. A porter-like aroma with strong port wine hints and nice dark chocolate-black coffee & toffee scents. My wife's response "oooo...candy, pure Hershey's" although more to the darker end, than the milk-chocolate end. Upon tasting, a nice subtly-smoked malt with lemon hop edging was present. Smooth to the tongue with a rauchbier twist, but not too much! A bit of alcohol sits in your nose, warming it. The flavor definitely is a bit milder than the aroma, but still a great sipper!

selecter70, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A:Near pitch black in color. A hard pour reveals a tan colored head that rapidly dissapates into a soft blanket of bubbles that barely cover the top of the brew. Virtually no lacing to speak of.

S:Luxious dark chocolate. A soft whiff of caramel. Sweetness of molasses. Earthy hops and a slight alcohol presence.

T:First taste unleashes a huge three pronged surge of chocolate on the tongue. Starts off with a very rich and dark Belgian choclate and is followed by a wave of creamy milk chocolate that is followed by a soft finishing taste of cocoa powder. Flavors of caramel and or toffee appear and are quickly followed by a soft wet earth like hop prescence. More chocolate for the finishing act and a soft alcohol burn.

M:Thick and silky smooth. Slightly slick. Warm, dry and sticky.

D:A true desert brew if ever there was one. High alcohol content and overall sweetness limit the amount consumed but a treat none the less. Highly recommeneded for the chocolate lover !

Tyrawlings, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy head, typical of stouts. The smell is immediately dark chocolate. Taste is heavy on the roasted malts, very heavy bordering on burnt. The chocolate is pronounced and very heavy. Mouthfeel is incredibly chewy, the high ABV is so prevalent that it almost changes the texture. Aftertaste is a bit intense due to the extremely high ABV. Drinkability is notched down just a smidge and I can't believe I'm saying this but it's mainly due to the overwhelming presence of alcohol. Still tremendously delicious though.

mashedpotatoes, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of msolar
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a great beer - I'm a huge fan of chocolate stouts and of Southern Tier, and had been saving this bomber for a couple months. It didn't disappoint. While Southern Tier sometimes over-flavors their beers (i.e. Creme Brulee, Cherry Saison) I think this one was right on the spot.

The aroma was terrific, the taste, the body... near perfect. I didn't give it a "5" for mouthfeel since I think it could have been a bit fuller.

If you like this, I'd also suggest Founder's Breakfast Stout, Stone's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and Young's Double Chocolate Stout.... all some of my favorite beers.

I'll certainly buy this Southern Tier beer again, and might put it on tap next fall/winter.

Cheers

msolar, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of radshoesbro
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is by memory, but everything i remember about it was GREAT!

dark, big head, good lace, etc. but who really cares about all that?

do you like chocolate? chocolate milk, malts, etc. this is that. in beer form. when it comes to chocolate beers it absolutely doesn't get any better than this! PLUS, you can still totally tell it's a stout, the chocolate doesn't mask those flavors or aromas at all. it's still got that nice malty quality to it and it's a very full flavored beer. very solid, very righteous, very worth buying!

radshoesbro, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby hues around the edges when held to light. About a half inch of tan colored head that has decent retention. Aroma is like that of a malted milk ball.

Tons of sweet chocolate. Kind of tastes like a chocolate malt with a very bitter roasted malt finish, almost a burnt taste. This beer kind of feels to me like an Imperial Youngs Double Chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice carbonation level. Drinablility isnt great, a snifter full would be about enough, no need for a bombers worth. Decent but I would rather have a Rogue Chocolate Stout.

hckyfn9999, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of doppelmeup
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! That is the best term I can think of to describe this beer.

It literally tastes like a glass of high quality chocolate elixer fit for the gods.

Pours a deep black and takes a while for the dutch cocoa colored head to build. It doesn't stay around long, but rebuilds with every swirl. For a beer with this high of an ABV, it is very good.

The aroma is so good it really rates a 6! It is like opening a box of the finest chocolates you can buy. It is like smelling Godiva chocolate liqueur.

The taste is also exceptional. It is sweet enough to really bring out the chocolate, yet still has enough bitterness on the finish to round out and balance the beer.

Mouthfeel is perfect. It is rich and thick and chewy, yet clears the palate quickly, leaving a faint echo of chocolate.

Overall, you would never even guess that this is an 11% beer. It drinks so easily you could easily finish a bomber and start the next. So be warned--drink carefully as there will undoubtably be a kick on this one as it gets into the bloodstream.

My advice, buy this if you see it no matter what the price!

doppelmeup, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend. Poured a black color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted malt, dark choclate and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth creamy texture. Heavy complex bittersweet choclate flavor with a smooth sweet dark sweet finish of long duration. Very well balanced complex stout. This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not trying to slam this beer but it didn't do it for me. I had it last year and remember it being better than this.

A- Poured into snifter jet black with little to no head and had no lacing when glass was finished

S- Dark cherries, malted milk, smores over a campfire without the smoke flavor

T- Chocolate covered cherries, it hides the alcohol well. I know it's not at all cost effective to use high quality chocolate for such a widely distributed beer but Choklat is to real chocolate as instant coffee is to fair trade. I can taste the coco powder

M- Had some weight to it but still a touch dry

D- Because of the high ABV, not so much. Possible desert to share w/ friends, in small portions. It's as drinkable as eating 2lbs of chocolate is edible.

brokenleadedcask, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Domingo
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty simple review for this one.
This is THE most chocolaty beer around...period. I've had almost all of the others and none even come close.
Pours a thick medium to dark brown. It's light for a big stout, but still a few shades above milk chocolate.
Chocolate is the dominant smell, obviously. It smells a little boozy, almost like a chocolate liqueur, but it doesn't really carry over to the flavor at all.
The taste is surprisingly sweet. The chocolate used might've been dark, but the flavor comes across as milk chocolate. It's definitely aptly named! If I had to guess, I would've said it was maybe 7% abv, certainly not 11%.
Mouthfeel's justly thick, but it goes down way too easy.
Probably not an every day beer, but potentially the best non-fruit dessert beer of all time.

Chocolate lovers should seek this out above all others.

Domingo, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of shanem
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What an INTENSE beer. Each category is summed up with heavy chocolate. The second I popped the cap and started pouring, all I could smell was chocolate. Has a great thick stout feel and I really liked this, but it really tastes like a melted hershey bar. Glad I was able to share a bottle as I doubt I could've finished an entire 22 by myself, it's just soo sweet! If you're a hardcore beer person who dislikes extras, you will probably hate it, but if you're a stout and chocolate lover, then can't really miss.

shanem, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Excellent presentation, nice label on a bomber. Poured into a goblet at around 50 degrees. Muddy brownish black with a dark head that stays with the beer.
The smell is pure chocolate. Delicious, more of a belgian chocolate than any other type.
The taste is so true to chocolate, it is a semi-dark delight. Milky, smooth, creamy delicious. Saying that this beer is one dimensional because it is pure chocolate is plain wrong. The chocolate is manifested so thoroughly its hard to believe this is beer. The carbonation even blends perfectly with the flavors and the mouthfeel. Taking a sip of this makes me feel as though I am an ancien Aztec ruler sipping a regal divine beverage. This is chocolate beer. Perfect.

grayburn, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of julian
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark midnight black in color. Absolutely no light passing through this one. Generous dark brown 1 finger head with low retention and limited spotty lacing.

S: Huge chocolately aroma. That's it...this smells like pure chocolate heaven.

T: Holy chocolately mouthgasm batman! This is the most chocolate heavy beer I've ever tasted and it's AWESOME. Well done Southern Tier, well done. Taste is a beautiful harmony of chocolate, and malts with an ever so minor hop bite.

M: Smooth, soft, medium bodied, sweet, awesome.

D: Pretty high ABV, but unbelievably drinkable. You'd be hard pressed to even tell this was a beer, let alone an alcoholic drink.

julian, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 17 May 2008.

Small dark brown head. Pitch black in color. Smells just like a box of chocolates. This is all chocolate all the time. Cacao, cocoa powder, chocolate, it's all in there. Like a liquid truffle. Finishes a little on the dry side. Bittersweet slightly grainy aftertaste. Heavy body. Ethanol present but overpowered by the chocolateiness of it all. Drinkability a bit on the low side, was a challenge for two of us to finish a bottle.

This would be excellent for stout floats.

htomsirveaux, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this is one crazy beer. I have to hand it to Crazynelson on this one. This was sent along with a twin during one of my first trades. I'm only now getting a chance to try it out.

Poured into a Duvel glass at around 45 degrees this beer has no head and very minimal lacing. The color is extremely dark brown - as evident when pouring. In the glass it is pitch black.

The aroma is just like chocolate syrup. I can also detect honey, ripe bananas, and rich malt (like when you open a can of unhopped malt extract). This smells extremely juicy.

The first taste brings me back to 1st grade sipping chocolate milk with too much hersey's chocolate syrup in it. The temperature, flavor, and even mouthfeel are strikingly similar. This is the craziest beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. And I do mean pleasure!!! By the way this might be the sweetest (almost sacchrine) tasting beer I've ever had; I'm ususally not a fan of these types of beers but I like this one.

The mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thin but just about right. It's only a little thinner than milk - this is about like skim milk.

This beer is in no way a session beer. At 11.0% abv this is a night ended of a beer. My advice is to drink this on a weekday night at around 8pm and sip it until ready for bed. That's what I plan to do!

PerzentRizen, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of hsway
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Cambridge Wine and Spirits in a 22oz bottle, poured into a large red wine glass (sorry, please excuse me). This stout is a little on the sweet side for me, but it sure is chocolatey. Actually, I even picked up on a hint of vanilla/caramel. I would recommend drinking it on its own or with dessert. I couldn't drink more than a pint or so, but it's a great end-of-the-evening choice.

hsway, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for quite a while now and am finally entering it in from my notes.

It pours about as thick and dark as a double stout is able to, looking a bit like a combination between a melted milkshake and day old coffee. The aroma is chocolate pure and simple, dark chocolate and milk chocolate with some underlying roastiness, just seems like a bit of overkill to me, though still quite a remarkable aroma. Flavor and feel are off the charts unique, like nothing I've ever had before. It tastes a bit too much like Swiss Miss cocoa and covers most of anything else interesting that could be happening in this beer, thick and sweet, super chewy but has a slight gritty feel, (maybe this is swiss miss?) I have the drinkablility rated higher because it is completely unique and needs to be tried at least once, plus it doesn't taste half bad either.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes here as I drank this quite some time ago now. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer was a black color. Let in no light at all. The tan head was maybe 1/4 inch thick when served to me. Head quickly settled to very tiny spots of surface coating. Not much lace. Aromas of chocolate were certainly present along with well...more chocolate! Had a sweet chocolate and caramel malt falvor. Hops were an afterthought here for sure. Had a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink. Wow! A great fucking beer!

Eric

neenerzig, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with a one-finger tan head that died a little quick but still maintained a decent amount of carbonation. Smell is chocolate - hands down. There might be some hops poking out and other malts, but this basically smelled like a Hershey bar. Same with the taste. I noticed hints of bitter/roasted chocolate, oat, coffee malts and the rare hop but this beer is all about chocolate. Not like a chocolate milkshake or a liquid candybar, but I'd say if you ever had Hershey's Chocolate syrup before mixing it/pouring on top of ice cream then you'd recognize this taste. Since I have a sweet tooth I was really pleased with this beer and couldn't put my glass down (there was no alkie burn b/c they hid the ABV well) so my ratings reflect that somewhat (I couldn't session this regardless b/c more than a couple of these and I'd be sick). If you are not a sweets lover I still say buy one and try it.

clayrock81, Feb 24, 2009
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,211 ratings.