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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,660
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 439
Gots: 837 | FT: 38
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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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Ratings: 4,660 | Reviews: 1,491
Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hops1337 for sharing this with me. The beer poured black, just like a big stout should, but had just a thin cap of head didn't feature much retention or lacing.

My big complaint about bourbon barrel aged beers is that the bourbon often overpowers the beer. The same is true with this brew, except that the beer is hidden behind chocolate. The first whiff was like opening a candy bar, and the beer scents never really showed through. The flavor was solidly beer though. The chocolate was still dominant, but the soildly made base beer showed through better.

The body was decent, a bit thin, but smooth and easy across the tongue. Drinkability is going to depend on how solid of a sweet tooth you have. I love chocolate but think I'd have trouble with a 22 on my own, this is a beer that cries out to be sold in 12s.

Overall, a beer I liked and will have every so often, but it won't make my regular rotation.

Photo of SShelly
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, little bit of head.

Aroma is choclaye and more chocolate, dessert beer city.

flavor follows the aroma, mostly tootsie rolls and sweetness with some darker malt chocolate flavors.

A little bit if a one note beer, but damn good with a chocolate chip cookie.

Photo of billab914
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured almost pitch black with a thin mocha head. The head all but disappeared after a few minutes and didn't really leave any lacing.

The aroma is not surprisingly filled with chocolate. It has almost a Hershey syrup in chocolate milk smell to it with some roastiness coming through as well to help balance out the sweetness.

The taste is chocolaty but also has a big roasted bitterness to it that really comes through in the long lasting finish. The chocolate is very nice in it and not nearly as overpowering as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good, the chocolate and the roastedness really go well together in this one and I really enjoyed it. Overall an excellent beer that really hit the chocolate focus very well. My only complaint would be better head retention on it would have been great.

Photo of AgentZero
3.07/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Jet black with minimal head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing.

S - It's all chocolate. Slight roasted malt smell, which definately helps, but it's chocolate through and through.

T - I'm not a fan. It's not that it tastes bad, but it pretty much tastes like chocolate milk. If you wanted a chocolate drink with alcohol in it, this would be your drink. Granted, it tastes like good chocolate, but the fact that it is a beer here is not really adding anything to it that makes it stand out from some sort of chocolate beverage. I'd rather do car bombs I think.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, decent carbonation, fairly viscous.

D - Too sweet, it's like desert in a bottle, not bad, but not really beer for my taste.

Photo of Lunch
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz. snifter at the approriate temperature (03/05/10)

A: Pours a deep, rich, motor oil black caped off with avery small tan head that dissipates almost immediately leaving no lacing whatsoever.

S: Wonderful aroma of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and coca with some roasted malt.

T: The chocolate theme continues and the palate is assaulted with a rich milk chocolate like no other beer I have ever had. Layers of dark chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt and a slight hop bitterness round out this superb chocolate imperial stout.

M: Extremely thick and viscous with low, but appropriate carbonation along with a slight alcohol burn.

D: The excellent chocolate flavor and aroma keep you coming back for more and more with an 11% abv. hidden to near perfection, but its richness does limit drinkablity slightly.

Overall if you are looking for an outstanding chocolate imperial stout, look no further. This beer is even better on-tap than it is out of the bottle. My highest recommendation

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This beer is like nothing I've had before.

Pours a deep black. No head even when I poured it hard. No lacing.

I smell a ton of chocolate. Like semi sweet chocolate. Exactly like a tootsie roll. Tons of tootsie roll. A little roastyness and dark fruits. Little bit of alcohol burn.

Wow. Tastes just like it smells but even more chocolate. I didn't know they could fit this much chocolate flavor in a beer. A little less tootsie than in the aroma but it's there. It's pretty smooth. Kinda sweet. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little thick but not bad. Pretty good.

Overall I don't think I could drink alot of this. It is so rich. But tasty. Try it if you can

Photo of canislupus88
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 pint 6 oz bottle into goblet.

Poured a dark black as it should with really no head on it, has a brown line of fiz around the side of the glass.

smells of hmm....chocolate milk, actually sweet chocolate milk.

tastes exactly like sweet, intense chocolate milk. i prefer my chocolate stouts to be bitter rather than sweet so this one is not for me and i won't have another. this is made from sweet dark chocolate. i can't even detect any coffee flavor just chocolate and lots and lots of chocolate.

i don't know if i will finish this beer or not. it is so strong in chocolate that i don't know if i will drink all of it because it's a large bottle and i would prefer a bitter chocolate stout instead, such as a stone bitter dark chocolate stout.

Photo of gnemesis
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treat from richbrew! Poured from bomber into a snifter as a Valentine's Day desert. Dark brown thick head slowly recedes atop the black liquid. Good lacing. This beer smells like real chocolate- very malty. The taste is the same- very much chocolate and malt. Warming alcohol and an after taste of seafoam. Fullbodied mouthfeel and very delish. One 220z bottle was enough as this one is sweet.

Photo of pwoody11
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at 48 degrees in a snifter.

pours a dark brown/black consistent with style. Head is long lasting and light brown in color. Significant lacing.

Smells like a bag of hershey kisses.

Ever been to Hershey Park? You know the brown river? This beer is what I hope the river tastes like. At first taste all I get is a nice dark chocolate taste, but as the beer works it way down I start to pick up a little heat. Good heat though, not too much, but enough to let you know "hey! don't forget my abv while you pound me".

Great beer. Think I'll go back and pick up a few more bottles.

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.


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.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,660 ratings.