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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,449
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
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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 BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sprecher nonic. 11% ABV, 27 degrees plato, 195 degrees lovibond, ingredients listed, serve at 48 degrees, serve in a snifter.

Thanks to my cousin Dan for the surprise of bringing this over!

A - Clear on the pour but totally black with a massive tan head. Lower retention could be from the alcohol level but it left thick lace all over the glass.

S - Intoxicating aroma of dry, powdery cocoa and rich milk chocolate. The aroma bursts out in the pour. Almost like a tall glass of Ovaltine. Roasted malts hide behind the chocolate nose. The smell transforms into a bittersweet chocolate.

T - Rich flavor profile full of cocoa nibs and mocha with delicate but powerful bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is very robust and rich. Dry roasted malt bitterness finishes it out.

M - Rich, full-bodied and thick to the point of it being filled with melted chocolate. It starts sweet and soft with a smooth texture and slowly progresses to a balanced bitter, dry finish.

D - Very good but a slow-drinking beer that could pair well with tons of deserts. A bit too rich to be anything more than a sipping beer.

Photo of blackc5
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz'er at 49F into a tulip.

A - Deep black with a moderate amount of mocha cream colored foam that fades fairly quickly. Thinnish lacing.

S - Pure chocolate. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and just a hint of stout on the nose - malts, a pinch of hops. Definitely a bit of alcohol as well.

T - Very very chocolately. This is definitely a desert sipper. Sweet chocolate dominates at first, fading to bittersweet dark chocalate. Almost too chocolaty IMHO - wish I could sense the stout backbones a bit more. But, definitely can sense the alcohol - it is fairly well hidden in the chocolate taste, but surely is notable in the warmth as you sip. Go slow at 11% and enjoy this one after a fine meal.

M - Full bodied and creamy smooth - little in the way of carbonation, but you can always get a hot chocolate/chocolate syrup sensation as you sip this.

D - Considering the ABV, quite good, although it is almost too sweet by itself. Would surely pair well with chocolate desserts or vanilla ice cream. We split 22oz four ways, and it was definitely enough for us all - your senses just get overloaded with chocolate.

Photo of udubdawg
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick pour, very dark brown in color. Head is a lighter tan than I expected, but it lasts longer than I expected too. Nice, very inviting.

I could talk about the various stuff it smells like, comparing it to this dessert or that brew...waxing poetic about the feelings it invokes. Or I could tell you it smells like chocolate.
If I was blindfolded I'd tell you it WAS chocolate. If you told me I was wrong I'd tell you to fuck off and leave the chocolate when you go.

I am happy that the flavor is both chocolate and stout instead of just the former...It is the first big Southern Tier brew that i didn't think was extremely "hot" which is another plus. there's even a bit of bitterness that provides a tiny bit of balance to the ample malt and other sugars here. I tell myself it's bittersweet chocolate. Oh, yeah - sweet. It is, very. this is a bottle I share with a friend. Tasty beer, but too much of a good thing.

Surprisingly with all that sweetness and richness of flavor, the mouth is a little thin. If I'm being honest I think it's appropriate for the style but regardless the mouthfeel is short of the huge thick chocolate dessert image that the flavor and aroma bring to mind.

I don't really sip this beer...but don't really have the urge to have it that often either. A rare win for me among the big Southern Tier beers, but all of them are at least decent and this is something i'd be happy to visit again.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- black with a thin cappuccino colored head. Awesome lacing

S- holy wow, its chocolate. Smells like a bottle of chocolate syrup...absolutely amazing.

T- chocolate malt, and the bitterness sneaks in as its going down your throat. Its like drinking a carbonated, alcoholic chocolate milk

M- nice and thick, like a good imperial should be. The texture is almost syrupy...not that thats a bad thing.

D- its a little rich. Regardless, its quite tasty. This is a damn good beer, and I'll definitely be getting more of it in the future

Photo of Gosox8787
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass in parts. Label says this is brewed with Belgian bitterweet chocolate.

Appearance: Opaque black with some dark ruby brown edges. Pours a one finger beige head with very little retention. Receds quickly into a thin lacing around the edge.

Aroma: Rich cocoa bean notes hit first, but they are not bitter. There actually is lingering sweetness throughout the aroma. Some underlying caramel notes also make their way through. Overall impression of the aroma is just a powerful chocolate profile with sweet undertones.

Taste: Dark chocolate and cocoa bean notes dominate the palate upfront. Chocolate bitterness soon moves on the palate and is complimented by some bitter hop notes. Slighty bitter, but surprisingly clean finish. Very well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. The ABV also does not stand out or detract from the beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied feel overall. Smooth and creamy with a nice bite from carbonation on the back end.

Drinkability: With the ABV not standing out, and the flavors being well balanced, I find this incredicly drinkable for a stout of this strength. Still definitely a sipper.

Overall, a really impressive and flavorful chocolate stout. Definitely the best chocolate stout I have had and one of Southern Tier's best. Just incredibly rich and complex well maintaining nice balance. A nice desert beer as well.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: An incredibly dark brown, pretty much opaque black. A frothy tan head tops this bad boy, with great lacing.

S: Really incredible mix of chocolate and sweet malt, with a little booze in there too, phenomenal, if you are a chocolate lover.

T: Probably one of the tastiest beers I have ever had. Enormous chocolate flavor. Very much like a chocolate malt shake. There is a little boozy kick at the end, but then just covered up with more sweet chocolate.

M: Incredibly smooth and frothy texture, alcohol masked incredibly well.

D: Can't believe this is 11% ABV. Should sip on it, but so good you won't be able to.

Photo of Patrick999
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It looks like any other imperial stout. Dark, thick body, small tan head.

Very good initial chocolate aroma, then as it warms I'm not as impressed, I think the aroma starts to decouple and weaken considerably.

At first, it tastes like pure chocolate. Then as it warms you come to the realization that this is a pretty hoppy beer....the hop bitterness builds and builds, analogous to chile peppers in Mexican food. Actually not all that sweet - it yields more of a perception of sweetness than actual sweetness. Bitter chocolate comes through again big-time on the aftertaste. Not as one-note a beer as it may seem, it's got some complexity.

Feel is not as lush as I would like it. I want some more creaminess out of this.

It is more drinkable than I thought it would be.

Photo of steve8robin
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times, first official review...

A: Perfect! Perfectly pitch black with a 1-inch mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace.

S: Holy S**t! Heavy chocolate upfront totally engulfs the palate. Not much else in the scent. If you like chocolate, then you will love this.

T: Follow suit with the scent. Heavy chocolate upfront with hops in the middle. Oakiness at the backend. Very good and unique.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation and taste left on the palate!

D: Goes down decent. Bitter chocolate and booziness makes this one go down decent, but not perfect.

All in all, this is a great brew. If you like chocolate, this is like if Hershey's created a beer. However, it also has a decent hop bitterness. I think this brew can appeal to most people. Worth hunting down and trying at least once.

Photo of beerfairy
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark almost black color with a thin mocha head, some lacing lingers but not a lot.

S - Chocolate sweetness roasted malts, possibly hint of vanilla bean.

T - Almost hits you like milk chocolate but has a bitter, but not too bitter finish.

M - Slight carbination, silky chocolate mouthfeel with lingering bitterness

D - Very drinkable, almost like desert in a glass. Maybe next time I'll try it with some vanilla ice cream.

Photo of animalchin
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap luckily at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Served in a tulip glass. A nice black body with a tan head that doesn't last for long. Some moderate lacing. Smell was a roasted chocolate and caramel. Most definitely the strongest chocolate taste I've ever had in a stout. The name does not lie. The alcohol is only slightly apparent in the taste - but for 11% it's nothing over the top. Not as thick in the mouthfeel as I was expecting.

Overall Choklat is the most enjoyable beer I've had from Southern Tier. I would definitely look for this again...and again.

Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown it little carbonation eivdent, and about 2 inches of tan head.

s - Smells of sweet, rich chocolate. Also smells of roasted malts, vanilla, and maybe a little coffee.

t - Taste is also dominated by rich chocolate. Some roasted malts and hints of vanilla as well. Very nice.

m - Smooth and creamy. Full body with light carbonation. Great feel.

d - I thought this was a great stout. This is one of my favorite ST beers and one of my favorite stouts. Smells and tastes of rich chocolate, this is a great dessert beer. Will definitely have again.

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

A nice and provocative chocolate stout. Over the top cocoa profile, and a great social brew.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Contemporary and dedicated design around the image of a 4 piece of a tablet of chocolate with the name of the brewery on each segment. Narrative rambling about the importance of chocolate to Mayan cultures, its history, and how it comes full circle in this brew. Lacks an apparent bottling or best by date, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (27), °Lovibond (195), Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) and a detailed list of ingredients, recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a medium size snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges. Short brown head, small retention, with good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Assertive chocolate sweetness, followed by more chocolate, a note of roasted malts behind it, and after a while a touch of bitterness reaches the nose. Distant touch of vanilla and roasted malts, and back to the rich chocolate flavor.

T - Deep chocolate flavor, sweet, almost milk chocolate in a sense, a bitter profile takes a good while to emerge, almost at the end.

M - Full body leaning to a full-medium body, initially it felt short of carbonation but a tingling feel emerged towards the end holding up the brew, and giving it a nice finish.

D - Nicely drinkable. A nice dessert sipper. Best at a social setting.

Notes: It is not a particularly complex stout and can be a bit boring on ones own. However as an enticing social brew, typically as a dessert beer, is where it shines the strongest and is always nice to have a couple of bottles handy.

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

C. No Clarity here again
H. Black
N. Chocolate almost like a Swiss Mix Hot Chocolate

Godiva better watch out! This beer is going to corner the market with anything to do with chocolate. Southern Tier struck it perfect here, SUPER STRONG chocolate flavor here. This beer is not only sexy, but it is like sex in a bottle. I want more, but sadly I don't have more..WHYYY! Well I want to get another bottle to cellar and save till next year. This was an amazing beer and once again I am not a huge fan of stouts...well I'm in love. This was what I was looking for when I first had Youngs Chocolate Stout back in the day. Chocolate and Beer, YUM!

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Penny Taproom this beer was an opaque, black color with a thin, tan head. The retention was not much to speak of and the lacing equally lackadaisical. The aroma was fantastic; chocolate, chocolate and chocolate! The flavors were similarly dominated by Belgian chocolate with hints of roasted malt, bitter hops and alcohol. The hoppy bitterness made the sweet elements more like bakers chocolate. Highly enjoyable and as chocolaty as any beer I've ever had. The mouthfeel was rich and lush, the body full and the carbonation medium/light. Perhaps a little one-dimensional, but as a man with a penchant for sweets (candies, women, beers...) I found it delightful.

Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hops1337 for sharing this with me. The beer poured black, just like a big stout should, but had just a thin cap of head didn't feature much retention or lacing.

My big complaint about bourbon barrel aged beers is that the bourbon often overpowers the beer. The same is true with this brew, except that the beer is hidden behind chocolate. The first whiff was like opening a candy bar, and the beer scents never really showed through. The flavor was solidly beer though. The chocolate was still dominant, but the soildly made base beer showed through better.

The body was decent, a bit thin, but smooth and easy across the tongue. Drinkability is going to depend on how solid of a sweet tooth you have. I love chocolate but think I'd have trouble with a 22 on my own, this is a beer that cries out to be sold in 12s.

Overall, a beer I liked and will have every so often, but it won't make my regular rotation.

Photo of SShelly
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, little bit of head.

Aroma is choclaye and more chocolate, dessert beer city.

flavor follows the aroma, mostly tootsie rolls and sweetness with some darker malt chocolate flavors.

A little bit if a one note beer, but damn good with a chocolate chip cookie.

Photo of billab914
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured almost pitch black with a thin mocha head. The head all but disappeared after a few minutes and didn't really leave any lacing.

The aroma is not surprisingly filled with chocolate. It has almost a Hershey syrup in chocolate milk smell to it with some roastiness coming through as well to help balance out the sweetness.

The taste is chocolaty but also has a big roasted bitterness to it that really comes through in the long lasting finish. The chocolate is very nice in it and not nearly as overpowering as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good, the chocolate and the roastedness really go well together in this one and I really enjoyed it. Overall an excellent beer that really hit the chocolate focus very well. My only complaint would be better head retention on it would have been great.

Photo of AgentZero
3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Jet black with minimal head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing.

S - It's all chocolate. Slight roasted malt smell, which definately helps, but it's chocolate through and through.

T - I'm not a fan. It's not that it tastes bad, but it pretty much tastes like chocolate milk. If you wanted a chocolate drink with alcohol in it, this would be your drink. Granted, it tastes like good chocolate, but the fact that it is a beer here is not really adding anything to it that makes it stand out from some sort of chocolate beverage. I'd rather do car bombs I think.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, decent carbonation, fairly viscous.

D - Too sweet, it's like desert in a bottle, not bad, but not really beer for my taste.

Photo of Lunch
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz. snifter at the approriate temperature (03/05/10)

A: Pours a deep, rich, motor oil black caped off with avery small tan head that dissipates almost immediately leaving no lacing whatsoever.

S: Wonderful aroma of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and coca with some roasted malt.

T: The chocolate theme continues and the palate is assaulted with a rich milk chocolate like no other beer I have ever had. Layers of dark chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt and a slight hop bitterness round out this superb chocolate imperial stout.

M: Extremely thick and viscous with low, but appropriate carbonation along with a slight alcohol burn.

D: The excellent chocolate flavor and aroma keep you coming back for more and more with an 11% abv. hidden to near perfection, but its richness does limit drinkablity slightly.

Overall if you are looking for an outstanding chocolate imperial stout, look no further. This beer is even better on-tap than it is out of the bottle. My highest recommendation

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This beer is like nothing I've had before.

Pours a deep black. No head even when I poured it hard. No lacing.

I smell a ton of chocolate. Like semi sweet chocolate. Exactly like a tootsie roll. Tons of tootsie roll. A little roastyness and dark fruits. Little bit of alcohol burn.

Wow. Tastes just like it smells but even more chocolate. I didn't know they could fit this much chocolate flavor in a beer. A little less tootsie than in the aroma but it's there. It's pretty smooth. Kinda sweet. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little thick but not bad. Pretty good.

Overall I don't think I could drink alot of this. It is so rich. But tasty. Try it if you can

Photo of canislupus88
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 pint 6 oz bottle into goblet.

Poured a dark black as it should with really no head on it, has a brown line of fiz around the side of the glass.

smells of hmm....chocolate milk, actually sweet chocolate milk.

tastes exactly like sweet, intense chocolate milk. i prefer my chocolate stouts to be bitter rather than sweet so this one is not for me and i won't have another. this is made from sweet dark chocolate. i can't even detect any coffee flavor just chocolate and lots and lots of chocolate.

i don't know if i will finish this beer or not. it is so strong in chocolate that i don't know if i will drink all of it because it's a large bottle and i would prefer a bitter chocolate stout instead, such as a stone bitter dark chocolate stout.

Photo of gnemesis
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treat from richbrew! Poured from bomber into a snifter as a Valentine's Day desert. Dark brown thick head slowly recedes atop the black liquid. Good lacing. This beer smells like real chocolate- very malty. The taste is the same- very much chocolate and malt. Warming alcohol and an after taste of seafoam. Fullbodied mouthfeel and very delish. One 220z bottle was enough as this one is sweet.

Photo of pwoody11
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at 48 degrees in a snifter.

pours a dark brown/black consistent with style. Head is long lasting and light brown in color. Significant lacing.

Smells like a bag of hershey kisses.

Ever been to Hershey Park? You know the brown river? This beer is what I hope the river tastes like. At first taste all I get is a nice dark chocolate taste, but as the beer works it way down I start to pick up a little heat. Good heat though, not too much, but enough to let you know "hey! don't forget my abv while you pound me".

Great beer. Think I'll go back and pick up a few more bottles.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol

T: CHOCOLATE I SAID! It tastes like this beer was brewed with Godiva chocolate. Really delicious! The 11% ABV is noticeable throughout the taste, but doesn't detract from the overall flavor. Roasted malt, and well...CHOCOLATE!

M: Buttery and smooth, alcohol finish with lingering bitter and sweet chocolates

D: A great beer. Recommended.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a deep opaque appetizing sable with a decent tan head. Chocolaty aroma is like sniffing a chocolate bar rather than a beer. Rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky flavor is fairly sweet and has hints of molasses and cherry. Texture is smooth and nicely fizzy.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,449 ratings.