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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 Vancoubeer
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed the imperial line of beers Southern Tier has brewed for us lovers. However, I was not impressed with their stout called Creme Brule. However, I feel the opposite for Choklat. My experience with my bottle was exceptional. To be tranparent, Stouts are my favorite. This was not the best stout I have ever had but it was one of the top 5. Its dark color was expected and the smell, well it smells like chocolate. Now for the taste. At first I was hoping for a hint of choco, nope but it is just right and just amount to mask the booziness of the 11% brew. Unlike many imperial stouts, the after taste is enjoyable while making you want more. I'd say buy it even if its costs a few more than you would like.

Photo of augustgarage
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in trade from monsterfat (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Very dark brown liquid (nearly opaque) with slight bronze highlights. A vigorous pour produces a thin layer of khaki foam that quickly recedes to an active collar before disappearing all-together (though a heavy-handed swirl brings back the collar briefly). Almost no lacing, though the sides of the glass are coated in a dense clear lacquer.

Smells like a rich bittersweet ganache, roast chocolate malt, and light roast coffee. A bit of esters show up as well, suggesting chocolate liqueur with a whisper of fruit and pipe tobacco.

Roast malt, high quality chocolate syrup, and slight earthy bitterness from hops. Molasses and maybe a hint of cherry mid-palate - along with more chocolate. Chicory, and yet more chocolate in the finish. More chocolate than beer at times, though the roast malt pops up now and again to remind you what you are consuming.

Smooth, heavy mouth-feel with low carbonation. No astringency, and the ABV is nearly invisible.

Borderline cloying, but still better put together than some chocolate stouts which throw in everything but the kitchen sink (e.g. Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti).

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

Pours almost entirely black, minimal head, good lacing.

Intensely concentrated hot cocoa aromas dominate the nose - incredibly appetizing. Perhaps a hint of vanilla and a touch of booze.

Toasty/roasty espresso flavors build on the pure chocolate. Sufficient bitterness and dryness, like an 85% cacao chocolate bar.

Thick but not overbearing. Minimal carbonation, which is not a real problem. Alcohol is very much in balance.

Much more drinkable than other ST dessert beers thanks to a lack of sweetness. Packed with flavor yet shows restraint. I can imagine a number of excellent pairings.

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

Aroma: Rich nose of melted dark chocolate. The aroma chocolate gives off when you heat it up, that's what this beer brings to mind. There is very little else in the aroma profile, perhaps some dusty grain but likely this is the background of robust use of chocolate

Appearance: Deep black, opaque. With a moderate pour this beer forms a thin head of small tan carbonation bubbles that fades to but a ring around the outside of the glass.

Flavor: Initially the tongue starts out confused between a roasted bitterness and huge chocolate sweetness. As the flavor settles in you are hit with an unmistakably rich milk chocolate candy bar, liquified. There is a hop bitterness in the middle that pushes through the chocolate with some earthy bittering flavor. This quickly gives way to a sweet but dry finish. The flavor finally fades from sweet chocolate in the end to the only hint at this beer's 11% ABV with a drying and slightly hot alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium and effervescent carbonation. There is a slight stickiness in the finish but it is still quite dry on the tongue.

Overall: An unbelievably rich and sweet stout. This is such a chocolaty beer that there were honest-to-goodness chocolate shavings in my glass and the bottle at the end. My experience with dessert beers at this point is admittedly limited, but this beer has got to be near the top of the list. Rich in the nose, rich chocolate sweetness with effervescent carbonation and a drying finish. At 11% ABV this sweet warmer is not to be taken lightly.

Photo of goblue3509
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown cola color with a thick khaki color head that is two fingers in thickness. The head gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of intense chocolate and a dark roasted malt. The taste is a nice deep roasted malt backbone with intense dark chocolate flavor over the top with vanilla present as well. Very well blended taste, big intense flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer, it is a little heavy however, it is very solid and you could easily consume a 22 of this beer.

Photo of jjanega08
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a jet black color. completely opaque with a really nice looking two finger head that has tini tiny bubbles making it look almost like it came from a nitro bottle. The head is a light brown color not very dark considering how how intensely dark the beer is. Great retention on the glass.

S= Pungent as I can smell it from a distance for sure. Smells like intense chocolate. Super sweet smelling. A little more vanilla in it that I figured. It's like a good mix of dark and milk chocolate smell with just a touch of coffee in it as well. Really unique smelling. It matches the name almost perfectly.

T= Very Very chocolaty but not quite to the level I expected from hearing so much about this beer. I heard it was just straight milk chocolate and if you ignore the typical roasted coffee and dark malt flavors it would be straight chocolate but it definitely still tastes like beer to me. Really chocolaty however. Easily the most chocolaty beer I've ever had. Not overly sweet either in my opinion. Great mix of milk and dark chocolate as the nose indicated but it's much more than that. As I exhale after swallowing the sip I take I notice a little bit of a metallic flavor left on my tongue. As i lick my lips to get the last bits of goodness off I also notice an alcohol burn as well.

M= coating smooth creamy everything you would expect. Really thick.

D= not quite up to what I expected after hearing all the jazz about how this is the most chocolaty beer the world has ever seen and it tastes like milk chocolate milk shakes. This beer is the most chocolaty beer I've ever had however it is not everything people say it is. This beer is what it is... a great beer. Seek this out.

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

Poured from a bomber into mini snifter. No freshness date on bottle but I know this one is fresh since it was just released. About a half inch of quickly disappearing head. Carbonation is not really noticeable. The color of the brew is almost black. Smells like a milk chocolate bar. Cocoa is about the only abundant smell. The taste is like a rich, creamy chocolate. Alcohol is well balanced and not that upfront. It is a sipper because of the heavy sweetness and candylike flavor. A good way to relax.

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

Appearance: Nice black color and creamy head which doesnt dissipate.
Smell: Slight aroma of malt coupled with almost a scent of powdered cocoa.
Taste: So creamy it almost tastes like chocolate milk. Its rich and has a nice hint of malt. Its really an interesting flavor considering the other chocolate stouts I've had.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, its a silky texture and very rich. Great beer to make you feel warm.

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

This one pours a deep dark brown. The first glass had very little head, but the second foamed up into a half inch tan head. Very little lacing. Smells of chocolate, and tastes like the Chocolate Monster just set up shop in your mouth. Wow. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin, though carbonation is just right. Not exactly one you can slam away, but drinkable enough for an excellent stout.

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

A- An aggressive pour yielded a 3/4" high light brown foamy head, which quickly dissipated to reveal some little bits of lacing. Body is a very dark brown- garnet at the edges when held to light. No carbonation was visible from the sides of the glass... either obscured by the dark color or not present.

S- Sweet toasty and caramel malts with prominent aromas of dark chocolate syrup. No hop aromas detected. Almost smells like a chocolate milkshake!

T- A wonderful replicate of the nose with some mild hop bitterness coming in midway and through the finish. Tastes less like a chocolate milkshake and more like a piece of gourmet semi-sweet chocolate. A prominent alcohol burn emerges right at the end.

M- BIG firm body. A bit oily and packed with a nice soft carbonation. A wonderful compliment to this brew!

D- Given the high alcohol content of this beer, it is quite drinkable... and quite the wintertime treat!

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

Wow. Talk about a chocolate brew. This one starts on the nose, and lingers on the palatte long after each sip. Jet black coloring, little carbonation, almost no lacing. This is the most chocolate in a beer that I've ever had--I loved it. Agree with some previous posts, almost too sweet, but I'll also be back for more of this one. And the 11% abv is really well hidden. Probably my favorite brew from Southern Tier to date. Nicely done.

Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is so Choklaty it is like taking a "Choklat" bar melting it adding hops letting it ferment and turning it in to a beer. The aroma is so rich and chocolaty, it is almost unreal how awesome it smells. Again as you sip on it there is a strong chocolate flavor that coats your mouth and a bitter and drying effect it has on the after taste. The beer I think is toooo sweet to drink much of it...although after a day goes by, I can't wait to have another.

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

A: The pour is thick and dark, pretty much black.

S: The smells is pure milk chocolate. There might be some roasted malts, but the smell is like a glass full of chocolate milk.

T: This is chocolate milk meets beer, and I love it. Sweet, milk chocolate. There's also a nice component of roasted malt and coffee.

M: The beer is smooth and creamy with minimal carbonation.

D: Most of these Southern Tier beers are too sweet for me to drink much of. Choklat, however, is a different beast. Yes, it's sweet, but the chocolate flavors are just so enjoyable.

Photo of Aberration
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Very dark with a deep brown head. Rich beer, great for sipping. Thick and robust with an intense chocolate taste.

Getting the choklat as my last beer of the night was certainly a good idea, it was like a fantastic desert to top off the night!

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

End of year seasonal from Southern Tier. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours solid thick black with a tan head that rises very fast. Head lasts a long time and laces nearly the entirety of the tasting. Aroma is intense! Wakes me up...heavy dark chocolate smell with chocolate malt and espresso. No doubt a sweet aroma.
Flavor is great! Chocolate, malts, mollasses, expresso...slight booze. Very creamy and delicious. A sipper for sure though.

Photo of lyons5223
4.27/5  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
4.94/5  rDev +16%
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
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
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
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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