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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,622
Reviews: 1,477
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 435
Gots: 825 | 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 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.

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

A: A nice deep black color with a thin dark tan/mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving not much of a trace.

S: The scent has major chocolate notes, very sweet cocoa smell with dark chocolate and everything else chocolate you can think of.

T: As one would expect, the major taste is chocolate. Very chocolaty flavor which masks the alcohol quite well, but it is still slightly present. There is a hint of hops in the finish, but the main predominant taste is chocolate explosion.

M: Medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

D: Even though this beer is 11%, you can barely notice it at all. The chocolate presence completely takes over. Because of the intense chocolate flavor, I wouldn't have more than 1 of these. But with a name like choklat, they really took it to another level and for a slow sipper, this is a good beer.

Photo of ShanePB
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, I applaud the BAs on here that can actually think outside of the box and appreciate this as a delicious chocolate Stout, obviously what the brewers were going for. For those that can't... well, anyway...

A - 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter, deep black, inky body. Mocha brown head that dissipated at a nice pace and left a foamy cap with lacing on the weaker side -- not surprising at 11% though.

S - Sweet chocolate morsels, chocolate milk...overall a sweet and creamy base. Some roasted malt shines through with a cocoa nib spin. Hops? None.

T - Chocolate chip cookies, Hershey's chocolate syrup, cold milk, blended together with a sweeter malt base with hints of caramel and toffee. Definitely sweet and chocolaty, but with a name of Choklat, what else were you expecting?

M - The body is medium to full-bodied, somewhere in that range, definitely not heavy or syrupy though. The carbonation was pretty evenly distributed, great overall feel I'm getting.

D - I split this bottle with someone and that was enough for me. It's a sipper and definitely starts to turn into more of a chocolate milk base once it warms but this is fantastic. That being said, I could only do a glass at a time of this.

Kudos to Southern Tier for doing a chocolate Stout outside of the norm - blasting this thing with chocolate and masking that ABV mark was great. Something one off and different. Some won't appreciate this, and want a standard Stout that doesn't deviate much. Whatever.

Well deserved, well respected. Cheers.

Photo of JayS2629
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful, inky black, like motor oil. Creamy tan head that quickly fades, but leaves nice thick walls of lace

S- Holy chocolate! Cocoa, milk chocolate, deep dark chocolate syrup aroma with hints of vanilla. I can't detect anything but chocolate and since this is a beer, as delicious as it smells I have to knock it down a half notch, but I'm sure this is what they were going for.

T- Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, with faint hints of vanilla and roasted barley in the back. Quite sweet and cloying. Fudge batter. Very rich. This is a definite dessert beer.

M- Thick, creamy, syrupy, sticky, rich.

D- Definitely a sipper to be shared. So delicious, but so rich and sweet it could cause a belly ache. I took the last few sips and added homemade vanilla ice cream and it was good, and more mellow. Definitely a dessert sipper.

Photo of Reaper16
2.23/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip

Pours an inky, super-dark black color. You can see your reflection quite clearly in the glass thanks to the opacity. Very satisfying. Nearly two fingers of mocha head sit on top, but dissipate fairly briskly. A wonderful looking beverage.

My words upon smelling this: "Oh, c'mon!" This is a cartoon of a beer. Utterly ridiculous. The smell is all semi-sweet chocolate chips and Hershey's chocolate syrup, and maybe a bit of chocolate flavor Dole pudding. It is very chocolaty. Bracingly, cloyingly sweet. Where's the malt? Where's the anything-that-isn't-chocolate? The beer garners props for masking its 11% ABV, I suppose. This is absolutely one-note, and while it may be an enjoyable note in a ridiculously-strong-scented-candle-from-a-novelty-items-catalog sort of way, it isn't the quality or quantity of note that makes for a good aroma score in a beer.

The taste is only minutely less absurd. Choklat tastes like chocolate ice cream and alcohol sweetness. The alcohol is well-masked in a lot of ways; there isn't any heat to speak of. But it does give some sweetness, which is appreciated as it makes for a flavor that is something besides cheap, novelty chocolate. There might even be a dusting of espresso on the finish, but I'm trying to be too generous to this beer. It sucks. This schlock is over-the-top in all the wrong ways.

Surprisingly, this beer is quite thin in the mouth. It nails all of its chocolate flavors the way it wants to, but it doesn't provide a satisfying heft to best express the chocolate bonanza. It's slick and unwieldy. I give the drinkability props for masking the booze; if you can stomach this sugar-bomb than you should have little difficulty with a bomber, let alone the glass poured on-tap.

This beer is a caricature. I can't decide whether I am more appalled at the beer itself or the numerous very high scores it has received on this site. This beer represents most all of the things that American brewing does wrong.

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

22oz bottle into Duvel Tulip.
A: A deep black body pours a light chocolate head that is a fluffy froth. The head holds very well in between each pour. The lacing is sticky and layered after each large sip. The presence of carbonation is not shown in the appearance. A nice overall look for a stout, nice complete appearance, I feel that the visual viscosity is a bit low for the overall creamy mouthfeel.

S: Well I can smell this brew sitting on the end table next to me with out even getting close to it. The front is a high interplay of cocoa and a touch of vanilla. The aroma is a bold and assertive blast of chocolate that is so enjoyable, it wish I could smell this brew all day. The high level of chocolate intensity is fresh and I would expect to mellow out with age and project some of the other classic flavors of an Imperial Stout.

T/M: The front of this brew shows a big chocolate cream, one that makes me think of a strong and rich milk shake. A brew that truly expresses chocolate in its true and wonderful state. Being a fresh batch, I will like to see where this brew goes and what other flavors stand up when the bitter chocolate mellows down. The Hops do come through on the body and add a bit of dry hop bitterness. While the bitter chocolate and the hops push bitterness, the dry lingering character is profound. A really nice chocolate stout, that makes it hard for me to put the glass down.

D: This is a all star brew for hiding the 11%abv. I taste nothing higher than 5% in this brew, but with high levels of chocolate, this is masked very well. This level of chocolate sets the bar for all others that claim a chocolate beer. This is perhaps the benchmark of the Chocolate Imperial Stout style. Very well done and I cannot wait for a year to pass and pull an aged one out of the cellar.

Photo of JToad
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this tonight, doing a live review. Listening to some Will Hoge, kinda just chilling for the evening.

Poured into my Dogfish/Whole Foods glass a dark black. Opaque as can be, with nice tan lacing, with a minimal frothy head.

Instant milk chocolate aroma. No getting away from it. Quite possibly the best smelling stout I've ever had, with competition from Bourbon County Vanilla. Outstanding.

Roasted coffee is buried somewhere underneath all the chocolate. Tastes a bit like liquid smores. Incredible mouthfeel, thick and viscous, with nice hops for a bit of balance to the milk chocolate.

At 11%, this beer is insanely dangerous. No burn whatsoever, the ABV is almost non-existent. At $7.99, Southern Tier hits another home run here.

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

Poured from a 22-oz. into a snifter.

Appearance - thick, heavy, black. The head is the colour of light brown sugar, is thin, and recedes quickly, leaving a few small bubbles around the side of the glass.

Smell - incredibly strong chocolate smell with fruity notes, both fresh summer fruits and raisins. Malt, too, a little, but wow, that's a lot of chocolate! I'll drink it, but I could go on sniffing this beer all evening and still be happy.

Taste - Jesus, that's a lot of chocolate! There is black malt roastiness in the finish, and some alcohol. but apart from those it's chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Good, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - the first sip feels like a Frosty that's been allowed to sit until it's half-melted. Not bubbly at all, and the tactile thickness is even bigger than what you see in the pour.

Drinkability - this will take me a good long time to finish. It's big, very big, and while it's certainly not a bad thing, but it's not something to casually toss back.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chimay chalice on tap at one of my new favs the monkey.

A- comes to me with a small cap of mocha colored head that leaves a thin ring and a few wisps on top. Black as black can get in color. Just the faintest bit of red brown glow at the edges.

S- hersheys chocolate syrup poured over brownie batter. Just so much chocolate its nuts.

T- did I say chocolate yet. Cocoa on top of milk chocolate, fudge, chocolate syrup. Its all chocolate all day.

M- on the fuller side of body and on the lighter side of carb. It just sits perfectly on your palate and let's the brew do its thing. I'd almost like it to be a bit thicker like it used to be.

D- I am the biggest fan of this series and this one is the best of the black water. Its one dimensional and that dimension is chocolate. You can't say enough about this beer. There is nothing out there that is as chocolatey as this monster. If ya like em dark and full of chocolate then this is the one for you. That being said it tough to drink a lot of this stuff due to its sweetness and abv but damn if I won't try.

Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

142nd review on BA
2009 bottle
Bottle to Snifter

App- It was the closest to a black pour i've seen but the lack of at least a little head killed the 5 rating. Poured like a liquid dark pudding would.

Smell- Yep, thats a dark choclate smell to me. Very little of other smells besides chocolate and the sugars on this.

Taste- A well rounded bitter dark chocolate flavor. Not as much as I would have thought but damn fine beer. Drank like a chocolate fountain. Full rich and creamy.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb and a blissful creamy feel to it.

Drink- Pretty good for the dessert series I have had from them. 2/2 being A's. Had this with vanilla cheescake. Was very good together.

Photo of SurlyMe
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Ugly Mug, Downtown Minneapolis. Served in a snifter

A - Used motor oil black, light khaki head that thins and leaves no lacing.

S - Chocolate, sugar, cocoa, light coffee, light peanut butter

T - Snickers, milk choclate, light coffee, toffee creaminess, tootsie rolls, hint of reeses peanut butter cups as it warms. Very little booze taste but a light warming sensation as it goes down. Amazingly tasty stuff!

M - Super smooth and velvety, light carbonation, nice lingering mouthfeel

D - Crazy drinkable for 11%; I had to have more than one it was so good.

Overall, another fine example of how Southern Tier does it right.

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

Served on tap at Bridge View Tavern, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

A: Barely any light could get through, with a mocha head that lasted throughout. Good lacing.

S: Vanilla, Chocolate, and a little roasted. A nice sweetness.

T: Good amount of chocolate and toffee flavor. Full and round spectrum of roasted malts and sweet flavor.

M: Good body, creamy and not too heavy.

D: Very drinkable. The alcohol was not too detectable at all. Very rounded out.

I really recommend this.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very thin brown head that leaves a large puddle in the middle.

Very dark,black, if anything there is a slight red hue.

Smells all milky chocolate, slightly toasty, with a good alcohol kick. Almost like a chocolate liquor.

Has a nice bite and tingle but it maintains a good smoothness. Nutty, earthy chocolate. A slight dark and bitter coffee. Almost like an old pot. It becomes very bitter in the aftertaste.

I had this a year or two ago and I remember something different. The one from 2008 had a thicker texture and I had a memory of nesquik. This one is not as smooth.

Drank over the course of 3hours. Had a little trouble putting the end of it down.

Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured in my Southern Tier Tulip Glass

A-Jet black, 1 finger creamy brown foam head lingers.

S-Chocolate!!! Some roasted malts but a lot of chocolate

T-Finally a chocolate beer that delivers a lot of chocolate. Roasted malts and coffee flavors come through as well. Very sweet.

M-Medium bodied, creamy

D-Too sweet to be overly drinkable. Just like when you head way too much chocolate in one sitting, the same thing goes for this beer. I wish I had split the bomber with someone.

Photo of magnj
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz split 3 ways.

A - deep dark body, thin brown head, yet still slightly clear.

S - intensely chocolate, sweet.

T - again tons of chocolate, bittersweet, roasted malts.

m/d - Not a particularly sticky body. Not bad but glad I shared the bomber, too much chocolate for me.

Photo of spinrsx
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, roasted/toasted notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has quite a bit of carbonation which is a good thing considering how thick and syrupy the beer is. Most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. I also picked up on the alcohol and some light hops. The beer finishes with a bitter coffee aftertaste.

Drink - I drank this beer on Christmas day and it was a perfect winter warmer. I've had some chocolaty tasting beers before, but this one packed the most chocolate punch. A fantastic beer that I'm happy I tried.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a 9 ounce tasting tumbler, number 3 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday.

A- Black, thick black with syrupy texture. Paper thin lace in leiu of head.

S- Dark, semi-sweet chocolate is very forward in the nose of this brew, followed by malt.

T- Chocolate! But more of a dark chocolate (less sweet), with a hint of caramel and a very slight note of vanilla.

M- Flatter, but still smooth and silky which makes up for the lack of bubbles.

D- I like "Mokah" the best so far in the Southern Tier Blackwater Series, but this is a very close 2nd for a chocolate stout. Very drinkable, but I'd like to age this a year or two to take the edge off the alcohol note.

Photo of Jdmpolk
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part two of my Southern Tier Christmas tasting

A- Pours a inky rich black, with two fingers of brown head. When held up to the light no light can escape it. Minimum lacing on the glass.

S- It seriously smells like milk chocolate, rich and creamy. A slight burn of alcohol tickles that back of the nose.

T- The chocolate is combined with a roasty bitterness. Initially sweet but a bit of hops shows through in the end. Slight amount of dried fruit in the middle.

M- Powerful while being drunk, but doesn't stick around. Very dry tasting.

D- One of the best chocolate beers that I have had, however it can get overpowering if not sipped

Photo of ballz50401
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe Glass. 2009 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a tan head. Foam retention is poor and fades to a thin sheet. Looks like liquid chocolate.

Smell: A heavy dose of chocolate cocoa fills the bowl of the glass with some dark fruit in the mix. Very rich aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tons of chocolate flavor followed by some dark caramel, burnt toffee, and raisins. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice balance of sweet and bitterness.

Drinkability: At 11% abv this is a very nice drinking stout. A perfect match with a chocolate treat.

Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Darkest brown with a thin mocha-colored head.
S - Dark roasted malt and sweet cocoa powder.
T - A perfect melding of chocolate and beer, easily one of the most chocolate-y things I've ever tasted. Dark malt, dark chocolate, a tiny bit of coffee.
M - Creamy with a medium-full body. Carbonation is nice and prickly.
D - I split this 5 ways for dessert and it was perfect.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color, almost black with a small, tight mocha head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of loads of chocolate.

Tastes of roasted malts with some hops on the backend. Malts are characterized by bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, and some light coffee notes. Roasted and earthy bitterness comes on the backend to balance everything out. Well balanced. Alcohol is noticeable, leaving a warming.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black with a decent light brown heading.No lacing, no globbage but not flat looking.Thin edging around the glass.

Smell is well as good as it gets for chocolate lover's.Some earthy notes.

Taste is absolutely amazing. Chocolate , chocolate,and more chocolate that just blasts you in the mouth. A very subtle coffee bean touches down followed by a solid hop billing. Alcohol is perfectley suited at 11%. This could pass for an 8% ABV.

Mouth is full bodied with decent carbonation for an 11% brew.Super velvety smooth and perfect hoppy bite finish.

This is a perfect chocolate stout and blows all others away. I have a new favorite. Choklat = Perfect

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

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter on 12/16. Review from notes.

A - Pitch black, one finger of lovely brown head. Average head retention.

S - Chocolate! So much chocolate. This is the ideal chocolate stout. There's bittersweet dark and a bit of light milk chocolate too. Just exceptional. The lack of roast is very troubling, and I'll address this at the end.

T - Follows the nose. chocolate nirvana. Tastes like a liquid tootsie roll! There's nothing else here, though, which is disappointing. If there existed a nice roast character, it could be one of my favorites.

M - Full bodied. Slightly dry finish. Thick as oil and heavy. Love it.

D - Incredible. So easy to drink for an 11%. I get very little booze.

This is the best "chocolate stout" on earth, but as an imperial stout is is a bit lacking. There is almost no roasted malt in the nose or the taste. I wish it were there, because it would compliment the intense chocolate brilliantly. The beer is very one-noted, which explains why my ratings my seem a bit low compared to the review.

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

A: Held up to the Florida sun, there isn't a shimmer of light shinning threw this chocolate stout. On top of the black liquid goodness sits a milk chocolate head that happens to be the same color as the label on the bottle.

S: Just as I expected, Choklat is the most chocolate smelling beer in the beer world. Southern Tier always impresses me with these kind of brews, but the lack of complexity is it's only downfall.

T: This brew reminds me of when I was a kid and used to put chocolate syrup on top of chocolate fudge that was on top of chocolate ice cream that was being eaten out of a chocolate cone (with chocolate sprinkles of course). The fact that they managed to brew this stout at 11% without affecting the flavor is amazing.

MF: Mouthfeel is like creamy milk chocolate....just they way it should be.

D: Drinkability is excellent. Southern Tier has some issues in this category for me because some of their brews are just too over the top (see Creme Brulee), but who doesn't love chocolate (especially with a well hidden ABV)

Photo of rka758
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into tulip.
This is my go-to chocolate flavored beer.

A: Poured a deep black with a 2 finger dark mocha color head. Head quickly faded to a thin foam top.
S: A lot of milk chocolate. Some booze and malt.
T: I think I may be drinking chocolate milk right now. Starts chocolate moves to booze ends with roasted notes.
M: Thick and creamy. Leaves the mouth a little syrupy.
D: I love this one, but don't think it's a beer that I could drink 2 of in one night. It is def. a chocolate stout. A great winter weather beer.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,622 ratings.