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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,551
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 429
Gots: 779 | FT: 40
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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 Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol

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

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

D: A great beer. Recommended.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of zackcg
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into trappist chalice

A - Opaque! pours a deep dark chocolate color with a small merky brown hazelnut head. Hardly any retention, pretty scarce lacing.

S - Dairy! (like a frozen yogurt dispenser, no joke, milk chocolatey ice-cream) Big bouquet of choco malts and alcohol aromas.

T - An initial bitter bite balanced off with huge malty-chocolate blend. finishes with alcohol undertones.

M - silky smooth, minimal fizzyness, booze-burn.

D - wish I had cracked this after dinner. Not quite my style, and more of a desert concept brew, perfectly executed no less.

Photo of Duhast500
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a deep black with two to three fingers of brownish head and some slight lacing.

The smell is right up front chocolate. Like having a bang of chocolates the nose has some hints of some nice sugary delight leading to the taste.

The taste is really smooth with some nice chocolate flavor that covers the pallet in a nice sugary and sweet flavor that brings me back to visions of Halloween candy when you're allowed to have more than the normal share of chocolate. There is a nice milky flavor that makes me think of chocolate milk and a slight nutty flavor in the background as well.

The feel of this beer is pretty easy drinking. It goes down well and does not leave but a moment or two of chocolate flavor on the tongue after each sip. A really wonderful experience.

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

appearance - pours dark brown, light lacing on the edge

smell - chocolate nose, very sweet

taste - very sweet up front, chocolate is dominant, but balanced by a malt backbone that adds complexity

mouthfeel - slightly chewy mouthfeel and smooth finish

drinkability - easy to drink, smooth, even taste

Photo of SpecialK088
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Snifter

A-Black as night and as thick as motor oil.

S-The name says it all, maybe with a slight twinge of alcohol

T-Same as the nose here they got exactly what they were going for on this beer

M-Very thick and rich on the palate. Very straightforward but silky smooth and goes down like candy

D-There is no way I could nor would I want to drink this on a normal basis, its very good and I'll buy it once a year and split it between 3 people min.

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

Bomber into a DFH Snifter

A- Solid black with a frothy tight bubbled tan head that left decent lacing on the way down.

S- Sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts. Slight alcohol as it warms.

T- Once again not much to it. Sweet chocolate malts are pretty much all you get with this brew other than the taste of the high ABV. This beer tastes like someone put vodka in my chocolate milk. Slight hops in the backround but only noticable when it's cold, once it warms it dissapears because the alcohol takes over. Slight tobacco/ burnt popcorn aftertaste.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation. This beer almost had a thicker/syrupy feel to it as it hits your toungue, unlike most Imperial's I've had. Slight dry and bitter finish but not to bad.

Overall this is a probably the most chocolate flavor I've gotten out of a beer of its kind. The only thing is the ABV is way to high and not blended enough for my taste. Definitely ruins the flavor for me. But I will admit it's a must try if you love chocolate stouts.

SkÅL!

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

Acquired via trade with Pabs311. Thanks man!

A-Pours black with a thin mocha head that fades rather quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S-Wow, the chocolate is amazing. Smells of sweet milk chocolate with a bit of dark fruit and malt. Smells like a candy bar in a tulip glass. Smells really, really good.

T-A strong somewhat sweet chocolate flavor dominates with malt notes weaving their way through along with dark cherries, a bit of booze, and faint hop notes in the finish. I'm really liking it. A lot.

M-Somewhat thin for the style yet still creamy. Medium body with a low carb level.

D-This is a big beer, but I have no problem drinking this one down quite easily.

I love chocolate stouts, and this one is my new favorite.

Photo of beer2day
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with thin ½ finger dark tan head. No head retention and moderate lacing.

Strong chocolate nose with lots of milk. More milk chocolate than dark, but lots of cocoa as well. Big roast component as well. Slight burnt sugar fade appears, too.

Has to be the most chocolate malt I have ever tasted in a beer. Reminiscent of good hot cocoa, with cream. Starts sweet, much more so than expected. Cocoa kicks in midstream and finishes with a slight roast and hint of burning from the alcohol. Very nice.

Very nice body, but could be a tad bit thicker.

Very easy sipper. Hides the abv very well.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and opaque, no light goes through this baby. Small head when first poured but quickly settles down to a thin ring.

Smells of sweet chocolate, malt balls, cocoa powder.

Taste is chocolate all the way through, also has roasted malt, milk chocolate, malt balls, cocoa powder. There's a faint hop presence at the end of the sip but it's buried way down there, not very noticeable.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, thick, syrupy, and full bodied. Drinkability is so-so. It's more of a dessert beer and would be best if poured in a snifter at room temp as an after dinner drink or evening night cap, and split the bottle with someone. I have no problem at all drinking a big bomber of beer but this is way too sweet to finish this by myself. I split this with a friend and two hrs. later, I'm just finishing my half of the bottle. It's very good, but very sweet.

Photo of albern
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For starters, the beer is listed as 11% ABV, not 9.1%. Nevertheless, this is a strong, thick, creamy full bodied affair with a small but creamy tan head, not much lace going on. The beer is pretty inky black and it pours very thick from the bottle. The nose on this beer is pure delight, this is the closest to a chocolate milk shake you will find. The beer is made with bitter sweet Belgian chocolate and I'm not surprised. The aroma is a solid 5, wow!

The taste is very creamy on the tongue and does a very nice job of masking much of the booziness from this potent ABV percentage. The chocolates, caramels, dark malts, and roasted notes blend exceptionally well with the overall silky creaminess of the beer, blends very nicely with the warming ABV notes, and is complemented with a nice hop presence in the finish from the Chinook hops. The hop dries this up a tad in the finish and has a bit of a leafy bitterness to keep the malty chocolate honest. This is a really fine beer, worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of garchooga
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was quite tasty. Lots of chocolate flavor and smell. It was actually lighter than I expected given the intense flavor. You could taste the alcohol (11.0%), but it wasn't overpowering and didn't take away from the flavor. I could taste a few other things going on, but I couldn't quite pinpoint the ingredients. That's not a knock on the beer, but rather is probably due more to my immature palette (Long time drinker, first time reviewer). I really enjoyed drinking this one. Would definitely recommend, especially as a dessert.

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

A- Poured into a snifter... Small light brown head appears on top of a black beer. Very little retention or lacing

S- Dark fruits, malts, milk chocolate

T- Much like the smell, tastes of dark fruits and malts blended with milk chocolate... also has some alcoholic notes

M- Full bodied with very little carbonation

D- Very tasty, yet maybe a bit to rich to drink too much of it. Definitely would buy another...

Photo of Casey10
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a great beer and gave the smell a 5 for the style for the amazing chocolate smell.

A - Dark small foam head really brown

S - Rated as exceptional because it nails the style it is going for a deep dark chocolate. It really does nail it too.

T - Great if you like chocolate not so great if not it is sweet but well blended and tasty.

M - again chocolate, smokey, nice.

D - Gave this a 4 because it would be hard to make this regular vs a nice every now and then drink.

Photo of weatherdog
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a 10oz. snifter at Brixies in Brookfield Il

It poured a nice deep brown with a lasting cream colored head. Medium lacing proceeded to layer the glass.

The nose is 100% pure Hershey's chocolate syrup. No ifs and ir buts about it to me. It doesn't just smell chocolaty to me it smells exactly like the syrup. After that I can't even smell the beer to try and pick anything else out without focusing on the chocolate. I've never had another beer trigger a sensory memory like that before.

The taste is like a creamy bitter chocolate liquor to me. It's fresh so the alcohol stands out among the crowd but it isn't harsh, just present. This is a nice sipper and I think it some age will be awesome to this beer. I also think it's an excellent candidate for a nitro-tap.

Just a nice dessert beer that will fill you right up.

Photo of sjccmd
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with copper highlights when in the light. Frothy tan head that fades quickly to a ring around the body with a little pool in the middle. This finally fades towards the end of the beer leaving little remnants of lacing behind.

I've never smelled anything so chocolatey that wasn't pure chocolate. Straight-up bittersweet chocolate. A little one-dimensional, but it hits the mark considering the name of this beer.

I was expecting a more one-dimensional flavor judging by the smell, but I was surprised by the complex flavor. Dark chocolate still dominates, but there's roasty bitterness, coffee, bright fruits flavors, bitter and citrus hops. The other flavors die down as it warms and chocolate takes over, but there's still a complex presence even as I'm getting to the bottom of the bottle.

The mouthfeel is voluptuous and thick but a decent amount of carbonation delivers the citrusy flavors on top the thick chocolatey body. The finish is long and sticky with most chocolate, but bright fruit and citrus still cling to the sides of my tongue.

The bottle is labeled at 9% ABV, but I'm guessing they fussed with the recipe and didn't change the label? I could see how this could be either 9 or 11...it's thick and syrupy, but not boozy. It's awesome, but it's a sipper.

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

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color but has some lighter brown and red hues coming through around the edges. Creamy tan head forms on top of this beer less than a finger strong and receeds to just a thin film with a fair amount of lacing. Nose does not disappoint and fully lives up to the name. Aroma is all chocolate... it is like a sweet milk chocolate that is reminiscent of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Taste is a mildly sweet chocolate upfront that turns to bitter chocolate with a bit of a burnt grain character through the body blended with hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate is left in the mouth from a combination of the dark grain and hops. Moderately high carbonation with a medium to heavy feel. Initially this beer masked the alcohol quite well but as it comes up to temperature it really comes through in the finish of the taste. Overally quite good.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Pours one shade away from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of loads upon loads of milk chocolate, reminescent of Hershey's syrup. Roasted malt aromas struggle to make their way out but hardly manage to do so.

Tastes better balanced than it smells. Mild roasted malt and robust chocolate flavors hit the tastebuds at about the same time. Midway through the sip leafy hop flavors briefly make an appearance but fade into the background before a mildly bitter ending that leaves a lot of chocolate flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is unquestionably the beer heaviest on chocolate that I've had. That being said I've come to realize that I prefer my big stouts with a bit more roasted character. Still, this is worth a shot for anyone and especially those with a big sweet tooth.

Photo of Pabs311
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark brown, almost black, with no light coming through. there is a nice rich dark tan head that sticks to the side of the glass and leaves some spotty lacing as the bear is drank. very good looking beer.

S- WOW is all i have to say. the chocolate that pours of this thing would make u think ur drinking chocolate milk. It smells so tasty and has the best chocolate aroma i've every smelt on a chocolate stout. deff A+. there's is some backing of roasted malt but the chocolate is what comes through the most.

T- This beer is so rich in chocolate flavor. There is almost nothing else until the finish when u get some bitterness from the hops they use. very good flavor on this beer. ultra smooth.

M/D- good mouthfeel. coats ur palate very well. medium-heavy bodied. good long finish on this beer. chocolate lingers for a while after swallowing. very smooth for an 11% ABV beer.

If this beer is anything like it's blackwater series brother Creme Brulee, it would be absolutely amazing after a year of cellaring. If anyone has a couple extras throw em in ur basement and forget about them for a year.

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

I bought this at a local Canals while I was searching for some new DogFish Head. I've always wanted to try the series of these and picked this as my first. Boy am I happy.

I poured this into a pint glass, please don't hurt me! No snifters around, but this beer looks beautiful. The color is black, just like an imperial stout should be. The head is a tan, not very thick, but it lingers on the side of the glass as I drink more and more. As I said, this is a beautiful looking beer.

The smell is delicious to say the least, a rather thick chocolate scent with a slight smell of espresso. The taste did not disappoint. It has a chocolate foretaste, but the reminiscent slightly hoppy imperial stout after taste. It's by no means unbalanced though, the flavors meld together beautifully. It is very smooth going down and feels nice in the mouth, not thick like I would expect.

This is one of the more drinkable beers I've ever had, especially at 11%. Highly recommended.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Sunset Grille in Brighton MA.

Appearance: Squid ink like in texture and appearance as it swirls and sticks to the glass. Pitch black and syrupy with a small to medium head that leaves a collar. This beer has legs as it hits the glass.

Smell: Smells like herseys chocolate syrup to a T. Huge melted chocolate aroma rather than cocoa. Sweet but balanced aromas of chocolate, espresso and cappachino come to mind.

Taste: Overly sweet for my liking but balanced throughout. Huge kick of melted chocolate and bitter espresso on the back end. If the abv werent hidden so well i would drop this a whole point just because its a bit overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Cloying and sticky. Doesnt hit the palate quite as thick as it looks, but its really just a dessert beer and i cant see anyone drinking a whole bomber of this stuff.

Drinkability: This would be a great dessert beer in a 6oz sample but otherwise its too over the top for me. I like how strong the chocolat flavor is and how it lives up to its name, but i cant drink more than 12oz of this stuff in a whole night.

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

This poured a nearly opaque pitch black, with a little bit of tan head. It smelled like milk chocolate, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and a bit of confectioner's sugar and cream. It tasted very similar with tons of sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder, and some dark chocolate, confectioner's sugar, and Belgian yeast. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a sweet aftertaste. Overall this was a super sweet and chocolaty beer. There wasn't any complexity outside of that, and the sweetness was almost overwhelming and seemed somewhat artificial. So this definitely isn't for everyone. However, I still enjoyed it thoroughly. It had great body, and hid the alcohol nicely, so it was quite easy to drink. It could possibly become even smoother with some age, but I still liked it fresh. This must be the standard for chocolate stouts.

Photo of jnn4v
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown. Almost pitch black.

S: Smells just like chocolate. It's got elements of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup.

T: Relatively sweet on the initial taste and mid-mouth. However, there's a bit of bitterness (both coffee and cocoa powder) in the aftertaste. Very chocolatey overall, but not as "rich" as I'd imagined it would be or had heard it was. Unfortunately, it did also taste a bit artificial, particularly in the sweetness. Almost like aspartame at points.

M: Probably the biggest strength of any of the beers I've tried from the Southern Tier Blackwater series is their mouthfeel. Choklat is no exception. Very nice texture, good thickness, and no real negatives.

D: Good drinkability overall. Decent flavor, very good texture, and well-masked ABV.

Photo of homebrew311
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: jet black, looks viscous in the glass, some white head that goes away quickly

S: onslaught of rich and sweet chocolate. The chocolate is dominating on the nose and I am not picking up a whole lot in the way of a base beer, perhaps it is because the added chocolate marries so well with the rest of the flavors

T: just like the nose, a huge rich and sweet taste of fine and delicate chocolate. There is some heat on the end from the alcohol but it pairs nicely with the chocolate.

MF: silky and smooth, somewhat chewy texture, low carbonation

D: wow... this is a dessert beer if I've ever tried one. Simply delicious. I don't think there is another beer that more successfully pairs chocolate with beer. But @ 11% along with the super rich chocolate, this can only be enjoyed in small quantities

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

A: Pours heavy. It's deep dark brown to black with light only getting through at the extreme edges. The tan color head dissipates to a ring that doesn't leave any lacing.

S: You have to let this one warm up otherwise you will miss it. Well, you will miss the fullness. Chocolate. The aroma is a double barrel shotgun of chocolate that fires off both barrels. I keep searching for something else but it is just chocolate. And one would think that the flavor would be way too sweet and over the top. Well...

T: Initially the smell made me thing I was going to be drinking a chocolate bar dipped in Hershey's sauce. Not really. Somehow the sweetness is balanced. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is strong and in your face but it isn't over the top and sickeningly sweet.

M: Medium to heavy body, light carbonation, a little oily, a warming alcohol feel (not surprising, this being an imperial).

D: Well, I would call this one a "one per session" but maybe it is a "one session per" instead. Weighing in at 11% ABV (according to the bottle) this is one that I would want to share amongst friends instead of drinking the whole thing myself (which is what I did tonight). A very enjoyable beer but maybe one that I would save for after dinner.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,551 ratings.