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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,621
Reviews: 1,477
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
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Gots: 824 | FT: 38
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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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Photo of andylipp
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a chalice.
Appearance -Quite black-no light passes through. A tan head that recedes quickly, leaving significant lacing.

Smell -Dark Hershey bar/bakers chocolate. A sweetness from the malt is also evident. Some alcohol in the nose, as well.

Taste -Chocolate bar in a glass. Chocolate sweetness and cocoa nibs in the front with a sweet, slightly bitter middle. Finishes with a bit of a hop/alcohol bite, but not so much as too clash with the sweet, chocolaty goodness.

Mouthfeel -Reasonably viscous, with a good amount of carbonation. Coated the palate not unlike good chocolate does (duh).

Drinkability- Insanely drinkable!

Comments- Previous releases have been, in my opinion, overhopped so that the bitterness cancels out the sweetness. Not so with this, the most recent release of Choklat. Big fan.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black in the glass with a thick, dark brown head. A thick layer of foam clings to the glass.

Intense, dessert like chocolate aromas are very potent. It reminds me of a double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. There might be some Hershey's chocolate syrup poured on that cake too. Very rich and decadent. There aren't a lot of dark, bittersweet cocoa aromas as they are covered up by the sweet chocolate character. As it warms and opens up, a bit of alcohol comes through to keep some beer-like element in the nose.

The flavor is more like chocolate than anything I've ever had that isn't chocolate. It might taste more like chocolate than some chocolates I've had. It reminds me most of a rich, decadent chocolate cake. Finish has a decent amount of bitterness but is overall sweet in character.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, but it really doesn't slow down the drinkability as much as the overall intensity does. Despite how tasty this beer is, it might be the least drinkable beer I've had. Split this with at least four people, maybe even eight. It just gets cloying and sickening after a while.

Photo of aasher
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a thick, oily midnight black with a slight dark khaki head that laces the glass. It wreaks of sweet chocolate and alcohol. It's almost chocolate fudge like, as if you should put it over ice cream. The booze is pretty harsh. Like most of ST's beers, they didn't try to hide this. It really takes away from the appealing chocolatey aromas. The flavor has moderate roastiness to it but probably not as much as you'd expect. The chocolate comes in layers, like you're eating a layered chocolate cake. Some are insanely sweet and other sips are a little on the burnt, bitter chocolate end. I'd definitely call it a dessert beer. This beer drinks medium to heavy in body but is exceptionally smooth. There isn't much carbonation so this one goes down with ease. This is a very tasty beer but it's a little sweet for my liking. The alcohol can also be overbearing at times. The mixture of insane sweetness paired with the alcohol content make this a beer to share with another person.

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

Had this on tap at the Comet in Cincinnati.

Sampled in/from a Trois Pistoles glass. Pours a jet-black with very little tan head.

Man, the aroma off of this one is exactly what it claims to be: chocolate. Almost tootsie roll-like in the nose, or chocolate milk. Very rich aroma...sweet, creamy, and chocolaty.

The flavor is in that same vein. Right off the bat there are strong notes of milk chocolate and dark caramelized sugar. The tootsie roll flavor is very present. Notes of molasses and vanilla are in there, too, but mostly (as, I suppose it should be) chocolate is the dominating flavor here.

For the style, this is near perfect. The flavor is right on, very sweet, and full of chocolate. It's almost like drinking a very dense, rich chocolate milk and eating tootsie roll candy at the same time. So sweet, this would work well as a desert beer paired with vanilla ice cream and shared with a friend.

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Sierra Grille. I have had this about 7 times now, my opinion hasn't really changed so it's time to review it.

A- Pitch black with a dark mocha, creamy head that has pretty good retention. Several rings of thick lace as I sip it down.

S- Pretty much as close to Hershey's Chocolate Syrup as a beer could possibly ever get. It smells like so many good desserts and sweets I have had over the years. Roast malt accompanies the beastly chocolate scent.

T- After the aroma, the taste is a bit of a let down (compared to the latter). It has the chocolate but it is more bitter and not nearly as sweet and milky as the aroma suggests. After a few sips, a strange finish develops that has always puzzled me with this one. Maybe it is just overly roasty and it throws me off. It's not bad but hard to describe.

MF- Nice and creamy moderately thick body. The carbonation is fairly high but accompanies the creaminess quite well. Bitter cocoa and some warmth.

DB- The more I sip, the more the strange aftertaste/finish builds. It is very hard to describe, almost like a popsicle stick flavor when finishing a Haagen-daas. As with other ST Imperial Ales, great aroma but the taste doesn't quite follow up (but still rocks).

Photo of nhindian
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Southern Tier Imperial Glass

A - Pours a midnight black color, completely opaque with no signs of highlights or anything. Builds a pretty nice mocha colored head with good retention. Little lacing.

S - Even after just popping the cap I could smell the chocolate in this beer. While other stouts have a nice, roasted bittersweet baker's chocolate kind of cocoa smell, this is straight up fudge. Thick, chewy, just-baked fudge. More sweet than normal, with espresso undertones. Alcohol is noticeable in the back-end. Absolutely delicious.

T - Taste is fortunately much like the nose. Lots of rich chocolate flavor of varying sweetness thanks to the multitude of malts, grains, and chocolate added to this beer. In the mid to back, the coffee shines and leads nicely to the quite apparent alcoholic finish. However, given the high ABV, it only comes through as about 7%. Pretty tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy and goes done extremely smoothly. Finish is long with espresso, chocolate, and alcohol in the finish and the beer coats all of the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Tonight I only poured a little under half of the bomber and it's certainly enough. A lot of that could probably be attributed to the huge dinner I had, but this is a sipper that I nursed for a while. It's enjoyable, but definitely split this bomber unless you want leftovers.

Photo of 33nickadams
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, about a finger of head, nice lacing. Smell reminds me of chocolate milk. Taste is just like chocolate and very easy drinking. Heavy mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. I am really enjoying this one. My wife, who hates dark, heavy beer, says she would actually drink this one. That says a lot! I would get this one again. Well done!

Photo of nickthetick
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: into a Duvel tulip pitch black and completely unable to see through it. A thin light brown head like the burnt tips of the top of a lemon meringue pie. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: a rich chocolate, and espresso right of the bat. Mild bitter and more cocoa a mix between milk and dark cocoa.

T: right off the bat there's a strong chocolate coffee flavor like something from starbucks. The noticeable alcohol almost makes it like makes it like a chocolate espresso martini. A tad smokey as an after tone that lingers towards the end.

MF: a medium bodied chewy beer that warms significantly. Creamy and dry.

D: not one of my all time favorites in the chocolate stout category and I wish they hid the alcohol a little better but the taste is wonderful. For being a limited release the price was fair and if I stumble upon I would buy it again!

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

Poured a dark brown to almost black from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. No freshness date, but ABV on the label.
Solid tan/mocha head which dissipates slowly with steady carbonation.
Aroma is high on chocolate and chocolate and some more chocolate. More than just chocolate, the aroma comes across as a blend of various chocolate/chocolate products. Milk chocolate and drinking/hot chocolate powder with some caramel and hints of bitter chocolate and malts.
Taste is upfront is sweet milk chocolate with a nice bitter chocolate, roasted malt finish.
Very nice lacing all along the glass with every sip.
Mouthfeel is good, not as rich and creamy as I expected. Medium bodied stout.
The high ABV is masked very well and makes for very good drinkability. Perfect for a cold, winter night.
If you like chocolate, then this beer personifies 'chocolate decadence'. Definitely worth a try for every chocolate stout lover.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black/brown, dark foamy lacy head.

S - Aromas of "chocolate" & roasted malt.

T - Bold, sweet, one-dimensional Tootsie Roll chocolate flavor. Not rich, creamy, genuine, natural Belgian chocolate flavor, but a very artificial candy flavor. I'm not insinuating that the flavor is artificial, but merely that I find it to taste that way. None of the classic Imperial Stout complexities.

M, D - Smooth, sweet, palate-coating. Drinkabilty for the ABV level is dangerously easy.

I liked Mokah because the coffee+chocolate combination is almost always such an epic success, but Choklat was very one dimensional in comparison, and offered me less satisfaction overall.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a super dark brown color with a lighter tan head that does die off after a bit. The smell is out of this world amazing. The aroma first off reminded me of cocoa powder, then the more in depth chocolate aromas arrive. This allows me to feel that I'm smelling brownies and god damn I love it. The taste isn't nearly as awesome as the aroma, in fact after time it gets really hard to drink. The flavor is chocolate and intensely so. There are hints of booze behind the chocolate that does slightly affect the palate that would otherwise be a wonderful velvet swirl. It is truly a sipper in every sense of the word. It is the epitome of a "dessert" beer. It is so in that realm that I actually put vanilla ice cream in it, and damn if it didn't taste amazing.

Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, two fingers of nice mocha coloured head with solid retention which settles to a mountainous terrain and some sporadic sticky lacing.

S - Musty chocolate and dark cocoa followed by barley scents reminiscent of Ovaltine and milk.

T - The sweet alcohol comes through off the top, though is slightly metallic. Milk chocolate and some dark cocoa come through followed with some mild espresso. The heat from the alcohol is noticeable but is not offensive.

M - Nicely carbonated, but still a bit thick and chewy. Goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - A very tasty offering but I couldn't drink much more than a single bomber. Worth a try to any chocolate stout fan with some tasty flavours and a relatively well hidden ABV.

Photo of Kinsman
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz glass into "baloon" glass.

Not the darkest stout I've ever seen but it's certainly a good and healthy looking black stout with a coffee colored head that pours just a tad too thin for my liking.

Aroma is all chocolate on this one with little room for the roasted stout aromas to come through.

Taste was just about as chocolately as I expected but was able to detect some roasted barley flavors giving a slight coffee aspect which was appreciated to help offset the sweetness of the chocolate. Maybe even a slight bitterness from the hops but any of their flavor is covered up by the chocolate. As long as you can drink this beer expecting a full on CHOCOLATE stout, and not something with merely a chocolate flavor, you can fully appreciate this flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy but a little rough around the edges. Maybe this is one that settles down with time in a cellar but it's still plenty good fresh.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle pulled from fridge and allowed to sit about half hour before opening. poured into an oversized wine glass.

pours out nearly opaque black with a small 1/2 inch of expresso/ biege colored head that faded eventually to a thin ring, rather poor retention. very sparce lace on the glass, if any at all. the lack of head allows you to look into this deep pitch black colored brew, which is the only thing i really enjoy about the appearence.

lots and lots of very sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, bits of dark chocolate... all kinds of chocolate evident. the chocolate aromas are phenominal, one of a kind, but theres really nothing behind that, maybe just some alcohol.

the taste follows the aroma. very, almost overly sweet milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, chocolate brownies, and malted chocolate balls at the forefront, all other ranges of chocolate follow. but again, not many other stout qualities. maybe just a hint of some malt and alcohol. very mild bitterness in the finish.

if your looking for chocolate, and nothing but chocolate, than this is your beer. if your looking for something with more of roasted malt character, more like a RIS, then you might not like this beer. to me, its a little too overly sweet. finishing just one glass was hard for me, even though it does go down smooth and easy for 11%. wish i had a friend to share it with.

i couldnt see myself buying this again. i enjoyed the mokah much better, and still look forward to the jahva and oat.

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

appearance: Beautiful deep dark brown with a Choklat tan head. So inviting.
smell: Choklat milk, bittersweet Choklat, malted milk Choklat balls.
taste: This is just too delicious. Smooth chocolate (ok, I'm done with the Choklat references).
drinkability: Amazing. No hint of the 11%. Don't know which i like better, this or the Mokah.

4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. Ill forgo the technical review and just say this is a choc stout lovers dream come true. Category was hit with exceptional quality. Southern tier has some amazing beers but this is liquid gold. Just hope my supplier hasn't run out or it'll be another year before its back again.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Servint Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark blackish brown, nice foamy 2 inch head decent lacing

Smell - Choclate, malts, coffee, more chocolate. Smells like a dessert, not a beer

Taste - As the smell suggests, lots of chocolate. I was amazed at how smooth and mild the taste was. The chocolate really masked this imperial beer. The flavor is bold and strong, mild sour from the barley and malts. Not sicky sweet, more dark chocolate sweet. I burped and tasted like a just ate a hersey bar. Wish it wasnt so mild, this is a imperial stout, i want some burn!

Mouthfeel - Very flavorful and smooth, mouth gets some sweetness, palette gets the sweet and sour kick. Thick beer that leaves a coating in mouth. FOrget about a IPA or pale ale after this.

Drinkabilty - Warning, this is way to easy to drink and suck down. The 11% alcohol is masked way to good. I caught myself drinking a glass way to fast. This is the perfect beer to pop out for a female that hates beer, just make sure shes not driving for the next 5-6 hours. Fantastic dessert stout.

Photo of mcleester
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite novelty beer. Be warned, if you do not like chocolate beers, you will not like this beer at all.

It smells like chocolate...and, unlike many chocolate beers, it actually tastes like it too. This can be dangerous, however, as it packs a pretty decent alcoholic punch.

I drank it from a 22 oz bottle into a large, wide red wine glass. I have also had it at a bar into a snifter. This beer would be phenomenal on a nitro tap.

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

Poured from a 22 into a new belgium brewing company glass

The beer pours a nice dark black, with a bi tan head that dissipates at a good pace leaving some lacing around the glass.

The smell from my snifter is absolutely chocolate and only chocolate, its unbeleivabley sweet and chocolate, with just a hint of booze at the end

The taste follows the smell exactly, its a sweet chocolate flavor up front with a bit of alcohol heat through the finish, but not to much alcohol heat, its a pleasant amount. I look forward to seeing how this one turns out with a bit of age on it.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy on thos one, it wlmost coats the mouth so that even minutes after the sip you still have hints of the chocolate flavor on your tongue

This one is still fairly drinkable with the swetness and the slight alcohol presence, but it is a second to my favorite chocolate stout which is chocolate oak aged yeti

Photo of scootny
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark black brown. Light brown head with a decent amount of lacing. Actually quite a bit considering the abv. Smell is Hershey park meets beer waterfall. Taste is thick rich chocolate syrup on top of fudge brownies. Mild hops are earthy and leafy but I'd be lying if I said you really notice them. Yes the bittering balances the intense sweetness artfully while keeping you focused on the malt and chocolate core of the beer but c'mon, it's all about the sweets here. Feel is full and thick. Smooth carbonation is spot on and keeps your tongue from being smothered by the almost syrupy consistency of this wonderfully over the top beer. Like heavy velvet your tongue is enveloped in comfort. For something so strong it goes down like a shake at your favorite diner. Love it out of a bottle this just takes it to the next level.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 31 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 22fl oz bomber

Ingredients on the side of the bottle:

"Alc. 11.0% by Vol.
27º plato
195º L
2-row barley
caramel 60 malt
barley flakes
chocolate malt
bittersweet belgian chocolate
kettle hops: chinook & willamette

best at 48ºF (8.9ºC)"

Cracked this open for the new year with my girlfriend. Poured aggressively for a royal 2-finger head, reduces to nothing, no lacing. Color is black, chocolate brown head. Aroma of 100% cacao...that's all. Taste of rich bitter chocolate, possibly some slightly roasted malts, but so masked by dark flavors of chocolate, it is difficult to identify everything else. Alcohol is not very hot. Rich burnt chocolate left on the palate. Excellent sipping beer. Happy New Year!

Photo of plfahey
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. beer poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-black with almost a slight brownish hue to it, though totally opaque. Moderately low tan head with fine bobbles and fair retention.

Aroma-Holy chocolate, batman! Smells like all manner of chocolate desserts-rich, chocolate fudge, devil's food cake, bittersweet dark chocolate, the list goes on-there are several layers of chocolatey complexity. There's a hint of roasted malts (more chocolate and a little coffee), and very light hints of sweet dark fruit. This smells delicious.

Flavor-Moist chocolate cake up front with moderate sweetness. Lighter roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate lingers in background. Very light earthy hop flavors are also apparent. The finish has some notable alcohol flavors, though they are smooth and pleasant. Bitter chocolate, alcohol, and low hop bitterness blunts the sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Moderately full body with Moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth alcohol.

It is an understatement to say that this beer is absurdly chocolatey-it's like licking chocolate cake batter from a spoon. This is phenomenally delicious though due to the high alcohol content (which could be a little bit better integrated), I'm definitely could not drink a ton of this. Nonetheless, this is a great beer and would be an awesome dessert all by itself.

Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. 09 vintage.

A: Pours an even black with a thin frothy milk chocolate head that quickly disappeared into a bubbly collar around the glass. Tons of little specs of soapy lacing were left all around the glass.
S: Extremely rich notes of chocolate syrupy, Hershey's milk chocolate, and a hint of toasted marshmallow and alcohol.
T: Follows the nose. Malt hits first with a roasted yet sugary taste, then comes the chocolate with flavors of chocolate syrup and coco. Finish has some sweetness to it and a touch of warm alcohol.
M: Silken mouthfeel with light fluffy carbonation. Body is on the fuller side. Pretty velvety and creamy.
D: Great mouthfeel and a pretty wonderful chocolatey taste. For some reason I was expecting more though. I guess I'm just picky. Really solid stout none the less. Great drinkability.

Photo of alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark black color. A little thick while pouring but nothing over the top crazy. Two finger mocha colored head shows good retention. Some long streaks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- My first reaction to the aroma was letting everyone know it smelled like a Tootsie Roll. There is a light artifical presence in the aroma at times...to me it comes as what I would call barrel notes. Sweet chocoalte malts (milk chocoalte) and some light roasted malts give this beer a ton of aroma. I would say some lactose sugar would be stuck in there as well. This makes up almost all the aroma.

T- Sweet Lord this is diabetic coma waiting to happen. Huge sweet chocolate notes with a creamy undertone to it in the front of the beer itself. Middle of the beer has this strange oaky flavor to it along with a nice dose of alcohol that just sits in the background. Ending of this beer has a light roasted flavor but then the chocoalte kicks right back end and covers it all up except for a bit of warming alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but good for the beer. Chocoalte and light oaky notes left on the palate. Chocoalte and alcohol left in the aftertaste. Heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. The flavors are what they should be as per stated on the bottle...but I think more so in your face. No off flavors at all except I would say that oak which just threw me way off.

D- The huge ABV and sweetness to this beer really starts to limit it. After a little while the sweetness started to get to me and this bottle was split 4 ways. I could and would love to split this bottle but for just trying to drink a full 22oz no thank you. This beer though once again reaffirms my thinking that their 22oz Black Water Series is the best thing they do.

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

A: Thick and deep black, not too syrupy. Some remnants of a dark tan head recede quickly. Hardly any lacing.

S: Huge amount of dark cocoa and dark chocolate. HUGE i tell you. Malty sweetness is big in the nose as well.

T: Jesus. Enormous amounts of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Almost has notes of strictly burnt coffee, but in an eerily good way. The bitter bite of the dark chocolate is immaculately balanced with the malty sweetness. I can almost hear them screaming "MORE CHOCOLATE" when i listen to the bottle. Malted barley and some hops are present in the finish and aftertaste.

M: Milky and rich as all hell. Medium carbonation, medium to full body. Aftertaste is superb.

D: Fantastic. Southern Tier does a great job of making the flavors in their beer quite unique and spectacularly well-balanced. Love this one.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,621 ratings.