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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,461 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,461
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 424
Gots: 722 | FT: 41
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of lyons5223
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer was a lot better last year. This years brew had less of a nose to it, it didnt have that real big chocolate nose to which was very disappointing. This year it looked like they changed the kind of chocolate that they used. Other then that the is beer is still the best chocolate beer on the market i believe.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at the recommended 40 degrees.

Pours a jet black with a creamy brown froth with big bubbles that dissipates somewhat quickly. Pronounces aromas of chocolate truffles, mocha espresso, light vanilla, VERY subtle citrus hops, molasses, did I mention Milk Chocolate yet? Simple, but spectacular! Flavor? WOW! Absolutely amazing! Tastes like a Milk Chocolate shake (Milk Chocolate, Cocoa powder, Vanilla) with roasted espresso! There is a definite weight to the mouthfeel, but this beer is extremely smooth. Slightly sweet with a balanced/subtle hop bitterness that runs from beginning to end. The alcohol is well hidden on this beer....this is the best chocolate stout that I have ever had. Besides having a better look to the head, I couldn't imagine how this beer could get any better!

Photo of alcstradamus
3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black pour with a full two fingers of head and great lacing. Smell is cocoa powder, bread crust, maybe even a few floral hops. Taste is roasted malt up front with some cocoa powder on the finish that is a bit harsh. Although I can taste the chocolate, I most definitely am not getting the same rush of Hershey's syrup that others describe (and that I was hoping for). I'm not sure if this is an '08 or '09 bottle. If it is an '08 than I guess this beer is probably not suited for aging. If it is an '09 then I guess the rumors about Southern Tier recipe changes must be true. Or perhaps nothing has changed and I just don't perceive it the way others have.

Mouthfeel is full to medium, the alcohol is pretty well hidden despite the high ABV. But I'm just not really into the taste, and I absolutely love chocolate beers.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours black with almost no head at all. The nose on this thing is somewhere between Hershey's syrup and fresh brownies.

Taste is just like you'd expect, chocolate syrup. Very sweet and smooth. Tons of chocolate, but that's what it's about so kudos. Really cool beer and one of the best in the series so worth trying out.

Photo of craytonic
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Liquid chocolate! Off to a good start! You might mistake it for a melted coffee milkshake actually.

Smell: Once again, Chocolate. 2 for 2 thus far. This one actually smells like chocolate. Not dark malts. Not chocolate malts. Chocolate. Not sure if they pour Hershey's syrup in this or what.

Taste: Chocolate milkshake / ice cream. Makes you want to grab a straw or put it in a fondue pot. Faint cappuccino/mocha.

Mouthfeel: Could have been a bit more smooth/silky and creamy, takes a hit here. Alcohol is almost completely concealed.

Drinkability: Could never finish one of these myself.

This one blew me away, by far the best "Chocolate" beer out there. A tough one to rate so highly, as I doubt I will every drink it again, but it excels at being a "chocolate" beer. I honestly want to try to make a milkshake with it, or put it on some ice cream.

Photo of breyton490
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jet black, clear, tan head that quickly dissipated

Smell: Dark chocolate, hint of alcohol, smelled like I stuck my head in a bag of chocolate bars...

Taste: Nice chocolate notes, good bitterness, roast

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, low carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: At 11% ABV, I cant pound these, but a 22oz bottel sipped in a tulip glass over an hour or so was just right.

This is a beer I will be buying many more off to have during the cold NE winter.

Photo of TommyW
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a thin tan head.

S- Powdered cocoa chocolate up front with some dark fruit (raisins) and toasted/grainy malt. There is bourbony alcohol presence as well.

T- Chocolate syrup with some doughy quality mixed in with it. Bitter dark chocolate and the hops leave a touch of bitterness along with some burnt notes. Some alcohol notes on the finish.

M- Full, smooth body with a nice carbonation.

D- A big stout with a nice range of different chocolate flavors.

Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a jet black color, with a thin brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lace.

This beer has a strong sweet chocolate aroma. Wow. It smells like cocoa powder. I also detect some coffee. It is subtle though. That is pretty much all I smell.

The taste is the same. Chocolate. Some coffee, but mostly it tastes like carbonated chocolate milk. Very interesting.

This beer is smooth. Carbonation is just right. It leaves a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden throughout this beer.

This beer might make a great session beer except for the high alcohol content.

Overall: Thank you very much monsterfat for this one. It is probably one of the best beers I have ever had in my life.

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

Bomber shared by my friend Chris- A deep opaque black motor oil pour with plenty of mocha froth and nice lace. Nose is socompletely dominated by freshly melted milk chocolate, that there might as well just be chocolate in the glass. Black coffee and anise make an appearance, but this is just so chocolatey. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee beans, some anise with a nice hop profile, leading to a sweet milk chocolatey finish that is creamy, and leaves no trace of the ABV whatsoever. I drank my serving in only a few minutes and was left wanting more. Excellent beer. In terms of a chocolate beer, I don't think one could smell any better.

Photo of kbm
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cracked a cellared 2008 bottle of Choklat last night. Although I didn't take proper notes, I enjoyed it so much that it warranted another high score even though my review may not be detailed.

Nothing remarkable or unremarkable about Choklat's appearence. The smell on the other hand... It smelled like chocolate milk and malted milk. And the taste was absolutely wonderful - all chocolate and malt. The age muted any hop character this beer once had. It had none of the booziness I usually experience with other chocolate stouts. Mouthfeel was wonderfully creamy and it was ridiculously drinkable.

Hands down, the best chocolate stout I've ever had.

Photo of Mora2000
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Thanks to Exiled for splitting this beer with me.

Poured dark brown, almost black, into a Dogfish Head signature glass. The smell is unmistakable, straight chocolate. Not hops or alcohol present. The taste follows the smell, with a huge rich chocolate flavor. When the beer is in your mouth, you get a rich milk chocolate flavor. This beer tastes about like YooHoo or Nestle Quick. Easily the most chocolatey beer I have ever sampled. The finish is bitter chocolate. Absolutely amazing. This beer completely hides the alcohol. I have no idea how Southern Tier brewed a beer that tasted this chocolatey, but they did. Quite and accomplishment.

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

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. This brew is a glossy black color with a thick and foamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Rings of lacing. The aroma is chocolatey with light roasted malt and vanilla in the background. Rich body with a nice dark choclate character, as well as some cocoa, malt and hops. Alcohol is well-masked throughout. The finish is chocolate and roasted nuts. Chocolate beers, like Fruit and Smoked beers, walk a fine line with me as far as going overboard. This beer is wonderfully balanced and enjoyable throughout.

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

Deep brown body, almost looks black with a head that is closer to brown than any beer I can recall. Aroma is a blast of dark chocolate and almost has a sweet milk chocolate component due to the hints of vanilla and alcohol sweetness. The flavor is the most chocolate-infused beer I've had. Really rich and well crafted. Mouthfeel is also solid - wish is was a bit creamier. Drinkability is surprisingly good for the high ABV. One bottle per night is more than enough for the body, but the mind wants more. As usual, a great beer from Southern Tier.

Photo of r0nyn
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Split with fellow BA infi. Pours a dark, dark brown that is impossible to see through, with a tannish head that dissipates slowly, leaving quite a bit of good lacing. There's dark caramel slivers around the sides as you try to peer through it. Very nice to look at. Smell is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Bit of maltiness as the beer warms up as well.

More chocolate is present in the initial sip. It isn't cloyingly sweet and is nicely balanced with the barley character that makes itself known towards the middle. The finish is dry, with a slight bitter tinge that leaves just as fast as it appears. Not as bitter as I was expecting, especially for something that reportedly has IBUs aplenty. I'm not saying this bothered me, though, since I don't really care for bitter brews. There's a bit of an alcoholic kick towards the end that becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. You don't really feel the high ABV at all though. Mouthfeel is on the medium side, not too heavy on the tongue, but enough to give the brew some heft. Goes down easily thanks to the smoothness.

Glad I split it with someone since it's definitely a sipper, but I could have had another glass or two on the night. One of the better Southern Tier offerings I've had. Definitely worth the good score.

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

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a snifter.

Completely thick pitch black pour which forms a thin tan head with fair amounts of lacing. A couple minutes in, the head will just form into a ring of fine bubbles. On the nose the most predominant scent is the bittersweet Belgian chocolate and cocoa. As it warms, the caramel malt appears to become noticeable under all of that chocolate and is all encompassed by the booze. Not much complexity, but still as inviting.

Tastes like a Tootsie Roll or thick hot chocolate. Very chocolately rich and cocoa powder oriented and sweet tasting initially. In the middle, the barley makes its way in taste. I was surprised to find not much of a malt presence, but it's slightly there. The aftertaste has a slight hop bitterness, not as much as I thought it would be, and the alcohol warmth. Masked very well, especially considering its high 11% level. The mouthfeel is very silky and goes down smoothly with just enough carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability is definitely sipper-slow, but still moderately high.

I believe this is much better than the Jahva and possibly the best out of the ST Black Water Series. Really worth the money and a try.

Photo of gameface23
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I decided to finally drink a bomber that had been lying around my house for what seemed like a year. I have no idea why I had any trepidation to try this, but for some reason it just sat there.

A: Pours jet black with a dark tan/cinnamon colored head. The way it pours foreshadows its mouthfeel.

S: Dark bakers chocolate, but unfortunately it's not as strong as I had hoped. It gets much more prominent as it warms, though.

T: Wow, I have never had a chocolate beer that pulled it off so well. It isn't cloying at all. Very nicely done.

M: Viscous.

D: It's a sipper, but the alcohol is very well masked.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize this was on the BA 100 until i looked it up to review it. Hop bombs, malt bombs...this is a chocolate bomb. Black pour with reddish highlights. Dark, tan head seems to be loaded with powder cocao...or is it the aroma that's making me dizzy? Aroma...yeah...chocolate. This thing is a chocolate bar. Dark chocolate with some silky milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Picking up slight spice, hoping it's from the hops.
Taste is a bit lighter on the chocolate side, but not by much. It has a good share of roastiness to it to add to the chocolate bar flaver. More dark chocolate than milk. Not too sweet. Dryness throughout after a brief hit of sweet up front. Spices come it at the end that make me think (but not really 'taste') some citrus mixed with chocolate. Some tobacco hits along with alcohol in the end. Darn fine beer.

Photo of will4240
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome along side of Goose Island's Night Stalker and Founder's Breakfast Stout.

A- A beautiful pitch black. Good head and even better lace. I will not soon forget the beauty embodied in the 8oz. tulip glass this beer was served in.

S- DARK CHOCOLATE. Wow, it honestly smells like lindt dark chocolate.

T- Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Delicious delicious chocolate. VERY tasty, but must be sipped for full enjoyment.

M- Very nice, the chocolate is very thick and must be sipped.

D- An EXCELLENT sipper. Only to be consumed if you like dark chocolate, but if you do this may be your favorite beer.

I like (not love) dark chocolate, so I really like (not really love) this beer.

Photo of waltonc
2.25/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Review from 4/17/09 notes. Pours black with creamy tan head. The only thing I smell is chocolate. Tastes, again, like bitter, super rich, chocolate. Just absolute chocolate overkill, much like creme brulee is also overkill. Tastes like ST liquified brownies and blended it in with stout. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with plenty of carbonation. Because of the unbalanced chocolate, this was a drain pour. Unfortunately, the last four Southern Tier brews I've had now - Cuvee One, Creme Brulee, Pumpking, and Choklat - have all been drain pours.

Photo of jdklks
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this one pours light for an imperial stout, which amounts to a semi-transparent dark brown body and dark tan/light brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the edges of the glass. looks more like a porter, which is not good for an imperial stout. the smell is of cocoa, like hot cocoa at christmastime. the overwhelming chocolate presence in the nose causes the aromatic side of this beer to be severely lacking in complexity. however, i do like chocolate, so not all is lost.

Fortunately, the taste is much more complex than the smell would suggest, and it is thus much better than expected. a dark fruit sweetness dominates the flavors up front, which recede into a nice alcoholic "tingly" warmth through the middle, and it finishes with a big burst of bitter-sweet dark chocolate. all of these flavors linger in the long-lasting after-taste, and they continue to develop on the palate well after you've taken a sip. the fruits and the chocolate combine to make it [maybe] a little to sweet, but over all, this is a good beer.

mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but much too light for an imperial stout. this was expected from the appearance, which unfortunately translates exactly into the mouthfeel. given the lightness of the beer, the drinkability would be quite high, but, as previously mentioned, the beer is very sweet, which doesn't allow for mass consumption. a good beer overall, and one that i would buy regularly if i had local access to it.

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Good, but not to the point where you'd smack your granny.

A - Tootsie roll wrapper black in color with minimal head.

S - Aroma is tootsie roll all the way. Really not too much else to it. Really does smell good though.

T - More tootsie roll with a little roasted malt. Fairly simple, but good. The chocolate could be a little better quality, but overall I'm not complaining. If you like tootsie rolls though, this is the beer for you.

M - Smooth and creamy on the palate, sort of the way a tootsie roll would be if it were produced in liquid form.

D - Drinkable in the same way that a tootsie roll is eatable. Gets to be a bit much after awhile, sort of like it would be if you ate a pile of tootsie rolls.

Photo of JayQue
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can appreciate what Southern Tier was going for here, but it was too much chocolate for me!! No fault of the beer...just a matter of style and personal taste.

Poured a dense dark brown with a small tan head and good lacing. No light got through this one. Head retention is what you would expect with a 11.0 beer.

Smelled like Nestle's Quik and malty beer. Taste was definitely too much Nestle's Quik. I could almost imagine feeling the powder you get when you don't stir the Nestles Quik well enough into the milk! There is balance here...not too sweet.(hops?)....malty taste is there, very subordinate to the chocolate though.

Mouthfeel is rich, but the heavy concentration of chocolate kind of put me off.

Drinkability is not that good. A good 8 oz. novelty, but it was a chore to but the 22 oz'er down.

Photo of Siggy125
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle. Been on sitting on this a while, waiting for the right occasion. Shared with friends around the backyard firepit.

Pours very dark brownish-black, very little head. Overwhelming chocolate goodness on the head like a Hershey's kiss, very little alcohol presence. Taste was closer to real chocolate than any other "chocolate" stout or porter I've ever had. Mouthfeel not as heavy as I thought it would be. Silky smooth and longlasting on the pallate. ABV high, but you wouldn't know it. Careful!

This one drove the ladies nuts, even the non-beer drinkers. This drinks like a damn fine dessert, make it the last one of the night.

Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Pitch black color with a head that falls quickly.

Aroma is pure chocolate, similar to hershey's syrup drizzled over a hershey kiss.

Taste is spot on rich, sweet chocolate with a full body that hides the alcohol well.

While I can't drink a lot of this, it is a great conversation piece that goes over well even among non-beer drinkers.

Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark opaque brown, with a thin light brown head that clung to the sides. Aroma was a slightly bitter Hershey's bar. Taste was creamy, reminded me of a watered down extra dark chocolate bar. Felt good in the mouth, nice and rich and creamy. Definitely a sipper, almost a tad rich as far as chocolate goes, ABV seemed to hit a bit faster than expected, but wanted to keep going.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,461 ratings.