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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 399
Gots: 626 | FT: 34
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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 PerzentRizen
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric

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

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

clayrock81, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of southsiderookie
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This wasn't a terrible beer. Had a very strong "choklat" aroma. The body I felt started strong but slightly dropped off while soaking the palate. Very strong appearance with no head, no lacing really either. For the seven dollars that I spent on this beer and to add it to the tried list I didn't think this beer was a total flop. With some really good stouts I've tried recently this is not high on the list but certainly not last.

southsiderookie, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Dark rosy brown from the bottle, and opaque in the glass aside from a few trickles of light that slip through the edges. Even with a vigorous pour there was hardly any head at all, just a paper thin halo on top.

A: Ummmm...chocolate, loads of it. Like bitter-sweet Belgian dark chocolate that smells really rich & creamy. Also, some roasted malts, caramel, and alcohol manage to fight their way through the chocolate mob in order to get noticed.

T: Wow! This is a chocolate stout that really delivers on what the name promises. No subtlety to be found here. This is an all-out, in-your-face, chocolate explosion capable of satisfying even the most vicious sweet tooth. There's a couple of different elements of chocolate going on. Upfront, it's the very rich, dark Belgian chocolate. The layor underneath is of creamy, savory fudge that is gently slathered across the tongue in tantalizing fashion. Buried deep is a faint perception of cacao powder to round it out. All of this delicious chocolateyness is draped over roasted caramel malts, a twinge of molasses, and some well-hidden booze that is present but never intrudes. I also seem to get a slightly citrusy undercurrent from the hops, which works well. The chocolate aftertaste just lasts forever!!!

M & D: Mouthfeel is just perfect. Full-bodied, thick & chewy, rich & decadent, and syrupy smooth. Drinkability is good, as I am a certified chocolate lover. But, it is even too sweet for me to have any more.

Notes: This is by far the best chocolate stout that I've ever had. Finally, someone delivers a huge, unbridled brilliant chocolate flavor in a big beer! While there is a boatload of chocolate, there's also enough complimentary flavors to keep it from getting too overwhelming. I love it! Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of zymrgy
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. The beer poured a nice dark but not opaque color. Reminded me of Coca-cola.

Aroma. Sweet and fruity with a mild chocolate aroma.

Flavor. Nice malt sweetness with a huge bittersweet chocolate flavor. Very smooth finish with just a slight astringency/bitterness.
Drinks surprisingly smooth with no real alcoholic burn.

The richness of this beer definatly makes it a dessert or after dinner drink.

zymrgy, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of bskrtz
2.5/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pured from bomber, served cold -- approx. 40 degrees

A: A rather flat, pitch black bold coffee. Not cloudy or yeasty, just black

S: Burnt chocolate, bitter herbs, a sort of sour mash note as well

T: Truthfully, I was let down. Rather flat, lacks carbonation. Dark, bitter chocolate dominates or rather over powers.

M: Dense and chewy.

This is a unique style, that does have an air of quality -- may appeal to some, but was not for me.

bskrtz, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, roasted chestnut brown with a thin ½ finger creamy medium cinnamon colored head. Retention was short with a thin ring lacing being left around the glass.

S: Upon first opening the sweet smell of the Belgian chocolate and fresh cocoa powder first entices the nose. The chocolate was deep and rich like a heresy bar while the cocoa reminds me of nestle quick. Sweet, dark and rich the Belgian chocolate definitely stands out here and makes a difference.

T: The initial flavor was dark roasted barely, coffee with a big roasted bitterness. A lightly charred smoked malting with some dark ripened fruit of plums was detected as well. The Chinook and Willamette hopping hardly makes a presence or difference here due. Some alcohol was noticed but again was masked nicely by the rich dark roasted nature of the drink. The chocolate was dry, almost like bakers chocolate in taste and was not as sweet as the the aromatics detected on the nose. The finish was rather quick with just a touch sweetness from the cocoa powder.

S: full bodied, creamy and luscious with a light tingly carbonation giving it some texture. A nice freshly roasted coffee ground and dark dry chocolate gently laces the tongue giving it a slight hint of chalkiness after the swallow.

D: A definite dark and rich desert treat that was bitterly sweet. A big drink drinking imperial that was very pronounced in flavor makes this a much try.

beerthulhu, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of PutsDeBnABV
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice Dark Color with light brown head. No lacing

S - Bitter Dark Chocolate (dark chocolate M&M's) jus wait for the taste. Instant gratification

T - WOW the chocolate taste that comes out is Ama-za-zing.... Can't ask for any more chocalate not too bitter either. Almost wish there was more going on but from he name alone its expected.

M - Great full body no to viscous

D - It's like a box of chocolates. you have one sip you take another you keep drinking and want more and more. like the box is empty and you just think when can i buy another

PutsDeBnABV, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of edmedina
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

aroma: Chocolate nothing else. It's like smelling a hot chocolate drink.
Appearance: Low head, dark, opaque. No light is getting through at all.
Taste: Think Hot chocolate with alcohol, an imperial hot chocolate if you will. I also get hints of roasted malts almost very coffee like.
Overall Impression: This being called a Choklate stout you can pretty much guess what you are getting. This is an 11% beer but it is very well hidden. It's a nice sipper very enjoyable.

edmedina, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of jgap
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks Henry for bringing this to our tasting. Smells like chocolate syrup or a really rich cup of hot chocolate that you well over-paid for. It is thick, black with a slight lacing. Taste is lots of milk chocolate mocha. Not dark chocolate, just creamy milk chocolate like rich chocolate cheesecake. It is solid with little variations in the taste but the intricate balance with hops and malty malaises is intriguing so I wouldn't call it 'one dimensional'. I can't believe they use chinooks in this- what a precise brew. Henry calls southern tier the jelly bean or jolly rancher of breweries which I think is a perfect description. This brew is a chocolate cheesecake candy. It has a pretty thick mouthfeel to it and it is very drinkable. Alcohol is almost undetectable.

jgap, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of TStandley13
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown color with a small head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was left.

S - Hershey Syrup. Identical to the smell of it! No scent of alcohol, just chocolate.

T- Very strong dark chocolate taste. Almost too strong, but definitely good.

M- Thick. Just how a beer that smells and tastes like this should feel.

D- This is where I deducted points. I find that though this beer is a definite leader as far as chocolate is concerned...thats about all. I found myself tired of the taste after half of a glass. No complexity exists to keep me interested.

TStandley13, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of littlekidlover
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 22oz bomber into a wine glass. There was minimal biege head and slight lacing. Dark black in appearance with a slightly red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has some alcohol on it, also coffee, dark chocolate. This beer punches you in the mouth with flavor coffee and chocolate, a bit of dried fruit. There is a great hop/ malt balance. The mouthfeel is viscous, like motor oil. This could be an very dangerous beer considering it's alcohol content. I would highly recommend this beer. One of my favorite stouts.

littlekidlover, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22 oz. bomber into an oversized wine glass. Black in nature with a reddish hue off the light. Little head on the pour, no lacing noticed on the wine glass. Little stir, woof intake... Dark chocolate punch, sweet tones of brown sugar and molasses. The star of this beer without contest. Gulp. The chocolate before anything, then followed by that sweet maltiness and some chill hops make it "pop" in your mouth. Thickness is evident. The perfect after dinner drink in the style of beer. Drinkability is high if your looking for your chocolate fix, a great closer to a session, or if your a big fan of imperials.

Cheers to the Southern Tier! (Brewing Company)

Recommended.

BuffaloTapHugger, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of deereless
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Appears to have some serious viscosity, the bubbles almost move as if suspended in molasses, spots of foam on the side, only a hint of light passes through the edges of this otherwise deep black - 4.75, S: Absolutely overpowering on the front of chocolate, some grain comes through, smells like a fudge brownie - 5.0, T: Dark bitter chocolate with some hops on the tail, as it warms it tastes more and more like Nestle Quik which shouldn't be viewed negatively, the hops have some spiciness to them that I can't place - 4.5, M: Some serious sticking power, slightest hint of graininess, thick mouthfeel - 5.0, D: I have become a big fan of most of Southern Tiers beer and this one is the cream of the crop of those that I've tasted. Overall this is an exceptional beer, most elements of it overwhelm -4.5

deereless, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of whitehouse50
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the East Village Tavern.

A- pours extremely dark black color without any head, i could not see through this one at all. It's as black as night

S- strong smooth chocolately aromas, slightly bitter but smells amazing. I couldn't believe I was smelling a beer and not a chocolate bar. i would like to do a blind smelling test where i could compare the aromas from this beer and some other chocolate bars and try to pick which is which.

T- tastes like i had melted a chocolate bar and drank it, this beer is so cholately tasting its incredible. The alcohol is very well hidden for 11%.

M- very smooth, full bodied, a bit creamy, low carbonation

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It's an explosion of chocolate. This is certainly one to end the night on or have for dessert. I would definitely seek this one out and it shouldn't be that difficult as it's not hard to find.

whitehouse50, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of RomanW70
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly jet black with minimal dark tan lacing. Very strong nose ith overwhelming chocolate. I feel as though I was imported to a Chocolate factory. Some additional notes of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is the same. Basically, this is like drinking a chocolate bar with alcohol. Replicates the taste of actual chocolate better than any other chocolate beer I've ever hear. Super thick mouthfeel. It's defintely a sipping beer, and it's initially a little hot. Still, an excellent dessert beer.

RomanW70, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to jstilwell for this one! cracked open on valentines day to share with the girlfriend.

pours a rich murky dark dark brown with a dark tan head of a solid finger. retention was minimal and there was a bit of syrupy lacing left here and there... to be expected given the abv.

wow. smells like a bag full of halloween candy. chocolate, cocoa, and more chocolate. a bit of malt and a bit of yeastiness... almost whopper-esque, with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is pretty much incredible. for as rich-chocolate-syrup as this one smells, the taste is surprisingly rich and complex with a good deal of depth beyond chocolate syrup. roasted malt powers through the chocolate, yielding a mocha-esque flavor. a bit of burnt malt comes through and a smidgen of bitterness from hops. A touch of coffee finishes it off nicely.

Mouthfeel is as expected - thick, almost syrupy, with just enough carbonation to prevent it from being sticky. Rich and chewy. creamy and full.

All in all, better than I was anticipating after hearing seemingly endless hype. It's definitely chocolate, but not artificial chocolate, not bitter cocoa, and not a hint of chocolate. this is definitely in your face chocolate but done so well that it works. Drinkability is pretty high given the nature of this one... i could have finished a whole 22 on my own, it went down that smooth. This one is definitely worth sampling have you any love of chocolate or stout.

djeucalyptus, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Aenema
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep black with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head.
Smell - Dark, rich chocolate with some roasted malts.
Taste - Much like it smells, there is a great dark chocolate flavor with a roasted malt finish. Tremendous chocolate flavor that has both sweetness and some bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Light carbonation and rich creaminess give this great mouthfeel.
Drinkability - The richness of this beer makes it a sipper. Although it tastes great it does fill you up, one bottle is more than enough.

Aenema, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007 that I've been hanging onto for awhile.
Poured into a new belgium snifter. Not much head at all. Some lacing. I can see some alcohol shimmer to almost give it some vinous legs.
Color is pitch black.
Smell is very tootsie rolls. Yoohoo. Cocoa powder.
Taste is like a black russian. Sorry dude not quite your drink but close. Kaluha. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thick.

I'm good for about a half pint of this. It gets a bit cloying after this. I still would love to try this over ice cream. If I do, I'll let you know.

JonathanL7890, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is everything you could ever ask for from a chocolate stout.

I'm always skeptical of the style, expecting them to be too sweet or milky. Southern Tier wisely utilizes bitter, dark chocolate flavors. There's enough sweetness in there for balance, but this is really a dark chocolate beer... And I loved it.

The feel is flawless. A bit full and and incredibly creamy. It feels like the chocolate is melting in your mouth, and proper carbonation reminds you that yes, this is actually beer.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a regular snifter twice. 2007 version in 09. Silver label. Been sitting on this for some time.

A- Southern Tier Choklat is a deep dark black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan beige head. Thich big bubbles on the surface. This left after time leaving sqiggly patches of lace work. Thin lines of foam towards the center. Not on the thick side and towards the bottom of the glass some brown highlights were seen.

S- Choklat keeps a magnificant smell of bittersweet belgian chocolate. Can't smell it from afar but up close it's undeniable. Even after one plus year sitting this still delivers. Some creamy milk and a mass of maltiness too with. Two hop types are used but I cant smell them. The bit of alcohol in a fresh bottle is not present in this aged version. Marvelous.

T- Yep, Chocolate, choklat and more sweet goodness. Really not much else to say here as 80 to 90 percent of the taste profile is chocolate. The rest consists of some malts and barley. As in the smell the hops have all but died out in this old bottle, exactly what I was going for. Some milk choklat taste with a creamy appeal.

M- Thinned a bit over time but still bold with a medium build as the main ingredient was a fixture in the mouth. Creamy milk. Still some hop bite in the finish. The alcohol is felt in the end as well. The age has made this much more bearable. Some carb, not much.

D- As noted a bit of time has done this wonders. I could never finish a whole fresh bomber but had no problem taking this down. This is the best example of a chocolate infused stout i've had yet, and i've had many. The alcohol may sneak up so sharing is good as everybody should like this. Simply a work of art. Both good fresh or aged. I need to pick up more bottles.

This is chocolate milk for adults and a great dessert beer.

BARFLYB, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of mikeale
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks rhinos00 for this (in person trade @ KtG 09)

A. Black with ruby around the edges, mocha head that fades quickly, thin ring of lacing.

S. Hersheys cohcolate syrup, chocolate bars, just chocolate...

T. robust chocolate, roasted malt, faint coffee.

M. Creamy, bittersweet,

D. Alochol is hidden very well, for a chocolate stout (emphasis on chocolate) well balanced

mikeale, Feb 15, 2009
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,216 ratings.