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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
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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 techfed87
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild-sized head. Color is absolutely stark black.

Smell is very sweet, almost tootsie-roll chocolate.

First sip has the characteristics of that early sweetness blended with a somewhat bitter coca aftertaste. Mouthfeel for this is very thick, as this beer is one of the heavier ones on the market.

Another example of what Southern Tier is capable of, this is truly a beer to contend with.

Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a Bell's tulip.

A - Pours midnight black with a thin white film of head, dissipating to a light ring around the outside of the glass, leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - As the name implies, huge amounts of bittersweet chocolate are ever present in this one. Even more lactic sweetness lurks in the shadows with the dark roasted malt. Very sweet smell, but in a good way. My only gripe is that it is a bit one dimensional.

T - Lots of rich chocolatey flavors up front giving way slowly to a mix of lactic sweetness and lots of dark roasted malt. Finish is quite sweet with plenty of lingering roast. A bit of heat comes thru in the finish as well. I like to drink this one with desert. It is very sweet but not to the point of being overpowering. Very nice sweet stout.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit hot with lots of lingering dark roast. Very sweet with a nice creamy feel.

D - Fairly high. Very sweet, but in a good way. The perfect desert beer. Over time the sweetness starts to get to you and brings this one down a few notches.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a DuVel Tulip

A - Pitch black in color, slight head that disappears pretty quickly.

S - Dark chocolate throughout, dark malts and and some toffee at the very end

T - First taste is chocolate and lots of malty sweetness, the tail end for me is where I taste the alcohol but its still perfect!

M - Very smooth and filling, slight carbonation, this beer is one of the best chocolate stouts I have ever had.

D -Very good beer but I am not sure how many 22's I would be able to drink in one sitting. Great Brew! Thank you southern tier!

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark thick black body with a one finger dark tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving just a little lacing.

Wow, smells like melted dark chocolate. Sweet aroma; only a little roasted malt along with the overpowering chocolate aroma.

Very sweet flavor of chocolate with just enough bitterness not to make it taste like thick chocolate milk. Must be the hops, but also a note of malt. Actually blended very well.

Thick in the mouthfeel, but as expected. For the high abv, no real notice of the alcohol. Delivers as promised.

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

A- Pours solid black into the glass, small sized dessert sand colored head.

S- Super rich cocoa chocolate. Reminds me of homemade hot chocolate and powered hot chocolate.

T- Most chocolate I've ever tasted in a stout. Large chocolate malt and Belgian chocolate taste up front and overall. Slight java center, slight vanilla, and a slight roasty finish. The 11% is perfectly hidden, no real burn from it.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonated. Excellent coating and texture on the palate.

D- Amazing, I couldn't put this down. It has the smell, taste and uniqueness that makes this one not last long in my pint glass. Fantastic.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on NYE poured in a dimple glass. Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Very light lacing and carbonation. Aroma is fantastic. It's big time chocolate and grain (cereal). Flavor is mainly chocolate with a touch of mint. There is just enough hop bitterness to help balance the beer. A very smooth, medium body beer. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. I can't say I loved this as much as I hoped to as this beer is too chocolate-y for me. Perhaps a nice dessert beer as there is some high quality chocolate in there!

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, completely opaque, 1/2 finger mocha frothy head that quickly dissipates to a thin frothy film. Doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Dark coco powder, milk chocolate, dark alcohol soaked fruits, caramel, roasted malts. Very potent

T: Loads of chocolate. Dominant chocolate flavor seems to be bakers chocolate powder with a little milk chocolate towards the middle/end. Overall it acts almost like a very dark fudge. Lots of caramel, there's some dark fruits in the background. The front of chocolate leads into a dark roasted coffee/espresso background. Finish is dry, warm, bittersweet chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, it's not as viscous as I'd like, doesn't seem to coat the mouth much. Fairly smooth, very creamy, and a little velvety.

D: While it's very tasty, it's not terribly easy to drink. The flavor itself is very dark, a little bitter, and dry. The alcohol can get fairly hot if you drink too quickly. It drinks easier than some big Imp stouts I've had, but it's definitely a sipper.

Photo of birderbeerer
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black. Minimal head.

Aroma is all chocolate and cocoa.

Taste is more chocolate than cocoa. There's some cocoa dryness, but it's brought in with an overall chocolate flavor by some malt sweetness. Syrupy background without the syrupy texture. Some light roast flavor. The roast and dryness come through more in the finish.

Cocoa is a dominating presence, but it is well balanced with other malts to make a very drinkable and interesting beer.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a purely opaque black with a thin, dark tan head that leaves an appealing, yet faint lacing behind.

Aromas of rich dark chocolate and roasted malt waft the glass. The sweet and roasted notes compliment each other nicely, but in the end the chocolate milk aroma prevails.

The onslaught of sweet dark chocolate coats the palate and is absolutely delicious. The secondary notes of roasted malt are generous and perhaps a touch earthy.

Thick in body with medium carbonation; this double stout is smooth, creamy, and silky with just a touch of booze to finish.

This is a great beer, likely best with dessert, actually in substitute of. I do not think I have tasted another beer quite like this.

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

Appearance: Extremely dark ruby red color, looks like black. Very nice dark brown head.

Aroma: Strong milk chocolate, amazing. Some roast and floral hops come through, maybe a bit of coffee, but it's dominated by the chocolate aroma.

Taste: Amazing milk chocolate flavor like no chocolate stout I've had before. Underneath all that chocolate there are some stout characteristics, like roast, dryness, coffee and a touch of hops. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it does not overwhelm.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth mouthfeel, very full-bodied, amazing. Great carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the best chocolate stouts out there! Most chocolate stouts only have a slight chocolate character to them, but this brew takes it to a new level. This beer is the real deal, top-notch brew!

Photo of mjw2808
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black with a one finger head that doesnt stay too long. Not a whole lot of lacing either, especially for a stout. The smell is of chocolate, with a roastieness from the malt and alcohol. The taste is very chocolaty as well, but with several different chocolate flavors appearing through the taste. I still get a slight alcohol bite when I look for it. This is a very good beer, its sweet and chocolaty but not so sweet that i cant enjoy it. The mouthfeel is creamy and this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 2nd time having this.

Pours black, 1-finger tan head retains decently becoming a thick ring towards the end, doesn't leave much lacing.

As many have noted, huge chocolate scent. Chocolate, cocoa, Hershey bar, Cocoa Pebbles. Usual Southern Tier big beer craziness.

Taste delivers what the nose promises - chocolate, and lots of it. Huge mix of milk+dark chocolate, cocoa, lots of roasted malt as well which I think helps balance out the sweetness a bit (it's still very sweet.) A decent hop presence.

Pretty silky mouthfeel, carbonation is a bit high. Alcohol very impressively hidden.

The fact that this crazy dessert-y concoction is 11% is frightening. I enjoyed this much more last year, a little too sweet and one-note for me nowadays. A good dessert beer though. If choklat is what you want, choklat is what you'll get.

Photo of theo871
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into sam adams glass.

Appearance is dark black with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around very long.

Smells of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Surprisingly, very little, if any smell of alcohol.

Tastes amazing! If you like chocolate, you will love this beer. Sweet up front, with a bitter finish similar to eating a piece of dark chocolate. Again, the alcohol is almost completely hidden. For an 11% ABV beer, this is incredible.

Mouthfeel was a little thin. Thinner than I was expecting. Very little carbonation as well.

I have never tasted a beer quite like this. Southern Tier has something special here. Mouthfeel aside, this is near the top for an Imperial Stout for me.

Photo of mralphabet
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Deep black in color with a thin tan head about a fingers worth, that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

S: Wow really strong chocolate notes, very sweet smelling cocoa with hints of bitter dark chocolate and a little hint of alcohol.

T: Taste like the smell very sweet chocolatey, good mix of sweet milk chocolate upfront finishing with a bitter dark chocolate. The chocolate flavors get stronger as it warms up, very nice. The alcohol I was smelling is very well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with pretty light carbonation... Not a full bodied as I was hoping.. I was really exacting full and creamy, but not what I got.

D: OK at 11% ABV this is a one and done for me. Really let this one warm a little and set back and enjoy. Over all a very drinkable brew... if you looking for a chocolate beer this one has a good mix of sweet and bitter. Worth looking for and giving it a try... another very good brew from Southern Tier.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, late 2010 batch.

Pours very dark brown/black with a one finger brown head that recedes to just a foamy ring, leaves some spots of lacing.

Aroma is nothin' but chocolate. May seem one-dimensional but there are layers of complexity within the chocolate. Everything from cocoa, milk chocolate, Hershey's syrup, baker's chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips and some dark chocolate, this is a chocolate-lovers dream. Great strength.

Flavor basically follows suit with layer upon layer of various chocolate flavors with added bonuses of dark fruits of raisins and plums, some molasses and anise underneath all that chocolate. 11% ABV is incredibly well hidden...just a touch. Sweet, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium although a bit thin for an Imperial Stout, gets a little sticky, low carbonation.

If you are looking for a massive chocolate stout, look no further. Dieu du Ciel's Aphrodite is still my favorite chocolate brew, but this is a close second. Only real knocks I have is that the body is thin for an IS and the high ABV hurts drinkability. But we buy this for the chocolate kick, and in that regard it does everything right.

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.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,661 ratings.