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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,078
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 372
Gots: 591 | FT: 35
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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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Mitchster

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.49 for a 22oz bomber at Merchant's. 11% ABV per the label. OG=27d Plato. Brewed with 2-row barley malt, caramel 60, barley flakes,chocolate malt, bittersweet Beglain chocolate, and hopped with Chinook and Willamette. Pours to a clear near-black...not oily and shiny, but near black, requiring a firm pour to achieve a medium sized soapy and pancakey head which quickly recedes and leaves little lace. Carbonation level is mild. The aroma is very much liquid tootsie roll, even more so than the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. There's not a whole lot more to pick up in the nose besides the chocolate. Reminds me of Sam Adams Chocolate bock in the nose. The mouthfeel is big, chewy, slick and oily with a big dense body. The taste...wow...lots of melted milk chocolate. The bitterness is very mild and there is very little competition to the chocolate. There is a subtle taste which tells you this is beer, but it's not readily apparent. A little cola-like in the finish, like a chocolate cola.

While chocolate beer doesn't readily appeal to me, this is definitely the best one I've tasted so far. This is a real treat, and I wish Ihad someone to share it with, as a 22oz bomber by myself is going to be a chore. Despite how rich and intense it is, it's drinkability is pretty good. It' certainly doesn't drink like an 11% ABV brew. I would have this one again, and would recommend it to others. Nice job Southern Tier!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 02:51:29 | More by Mitchster
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black in a snifer, light foamy head that laced perfectly down the glass. Looks damn good.

This is the best thing I have smelled in a very long time. This is what it would smell like in a chocolate factory when you are hungry. Sweet chocolate, followed by some alcohol make the aroma good enough to open this.

Tastes light a semi/bittersweet chocolate bar mixed up with some malt and alcohol. Not enough alcohol to burn, just to let you know it is there. Starts sweet ends bitter and makes you want another swig with the almost German chocolate cake aftertaste.

The feel is good, I just wish it were a little thicker and chewier. Everything else is proper.

I like this one a lot. This is the best dessert beer I have had. I am sure there are better ones out there, but this is the best I have had. Perfect mix of chocolate and beer. Offer this before me if I ever become a god.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 23:19:29 | More by Homerbag
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There was a weak hiss when the bottle was opened. It looked viscous during the pour and produced a very thin skim of fine, tan bubbles. A thin collar produced spotty lacing. The beer itself was very dark and opaque. The aroma was big on milk and semisweet chocolate, sort of like chocolate liqueur. Smells like dessert. A bit of roast as it warmed. Semisweet chocolate flavour dominates, bitterness is well balanced and there's light alcohol that appears towards the finish. Light roasty notes were present, along with a bit of malty caramel. There was a hint of earthy hops in the finish. Full bodied with fine carbonation, definitely on the low side. Mild warmth, nice texture, very smooth. This stuff goes down so easy it's ridiculous. The only thing slowing me down is that I know it's 11%. I'd never guess it was that high. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 02:08:39 | More by DrJay
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for the trade.

Appearance: Black brew with a slight dark tan head that quickly disappears and leaves a slim ring around the glass. Good looking stout.

Smell: Bittersweet dark chocolate. Very strong and very nice.

Taste: Chocolate all the way. Which is a good thing as a sweet lover. This beer has a deep, dark chocolate flavor which is richer than any chocolate stout I have tried. Very good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nice again. The chocolate flavor coats the mouth very nicely and leaves a very strong chocolate flavor behind for you to enjoy until your next sip. Good thickness and very smooth.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a wonderful beer whose only negative may be the 11% ABV. Though not evident, it will eventually catch up with you. This is the best chocolate stout I have tasted and one of the best beers I have tried. If you love chocolate, this is something you must try. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 01:27:26 | More by hellcatsjg
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. Thanks to BA Deuane for sharing!

A - Pitch black with deep ruby edges and short, light brown creamy head that quickly vanished. Small amount of sparse lacing around the glass.

S - Huge chocolate nose akin to Hershey's chocolate syrup or even a Tootsie Roll. Some ripe banana aroma as well. Smells almost like a chocolate banana split.

T - Surprisingly quite bitter chocolate aspect compared to the sweet aroma. Very mild burnt finish with more bitter chocolate notes.

M - Full-bodied, chewy mouthfeel with a slick, oily texture. Bitter aspect all over the tongue. Creamy bittersweet finish.

D - Great dessert beer. The aroma is simply amazing. Very solid chocolate stout with an 11% ABV that hides behind a wall of bittersweet chocolate goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 20:05:52 | More by ffejherb
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle purchased at State Line just before Christmas.

A: The stout is a beautiful onyx black color, dark as a moonless night but with more character. Little carbonation rose off of the initial pour and htere appears to be no lacing in the future.

S: Lots of chocolate, a mix of bitter baker's chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. The whole package is a decadent aroma of chocolate with undertones of coffee.

T: This is a knock-out, so full of intensely delicious chocolate flavors that it is hard to believe that this is beer. The taste is rightfully dominated by the chocolate, slightly sweet with a long tail. The only indication of the imperial stout portion of the beer is a lingering acrid bitterness from toasted and roasted grains. When the stout is allowed to sit in the mouth, an alcoholic heat damn near burns the tongue. If not for that alcohol intensity, this beer would be perfect.

M: The beer has such an intensely strong flavor that I can't help but savor every sip. A mouth can go a whole lifetime without experiencing something like this.

D: The alcohol is through the roof. It rears its head throughout the bottle and often adds a level of heat that is unwarranted. If not for the alcohol, I'd request this intravenously.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 01:57:11 | More by akorsak
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have always loved to eat chocolate and drink a nice stout for dessert. I have also been searching for a long time for a chocolate or mocha stout that would make me just as happy and I hadn't found it until now. I bought all I could find.

Beautiful very dark brown color.
Deep, sweet chocolate aroma. I could smell the chocolate before I could smell the beer.
The taste was a revelation for me (see above paragraph.)
Smooth, silky, sweet, barely carbonated mouthfeel.

Great job ST Brewing! You have broken new ground with this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 21:48:02 | More by jongullotti
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Stoneman78

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC!
A- Dark brown hue, tan creamy head dissipates, moderate lacing
S- Rich, sweet milk chocolate, hints of marshmallow and brown sugar, smells like an amazing cup of cocoa
T- Taste follows aroma, sweet chocolate malts dominate, some roast and bitter hops in the middle, finishes sweet and dry with a hint of alcohol, absolutely delicious for this style
M- Medium/full-bodied, smooth and creamy texture, mild carbonation
D- Wow, this is the tastiest and most balanced chocolate stout I've ever drank, a nice bitterness rounds out the sweet malts, the alcohol is barely detectable even at 11%, this is like having desert, and as such, probably best in smaller quantities

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 19:24:36 | More by Stoneman78
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Some people hate this beer - I would pour it over ice cream. I feel that this is an amazing brew. When I first tried it, everyone I shared it with was speechless.

Poured part of a bomber in a snifter glass.

Appearance - It produced a 1/2 finger tannish head. The head dissipated fairly quickly without leaving much lace behind. It is a dark opaque blackish brown color and light can only penetrate the perimeter of the brew.

Smell - The smell is awesome. It smells just like its namesake implies. I can smell all types of chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Yoohoo. I can also smell hops, and as the beer warms I can detect the booze.

Taste - Man this tastes amazing. I can taste primarily bittersweet chocolate, but it is really an evolution of chocolate - it runs the gambit. I can taste milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder. There is a hop backend to the flavor which is really tasty. The ABV is undetectable in the flavor. It is rare that a beer of this style isn't dominated by a roasty flavor. This beer is pretty much devoid of any roastiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied. It is creamy while still having a nice carbonation level. It is smooth and velvety as it slides down the back of your throat.

Drinkability - Wow this amazing. I was really impressed with this brew. It is such an easy drinking beer for it being 11% ABV. It pairs with dark chocolate perfectly - makes a perfect dessert. For me, it lived up to the hype.

Find it, hoard it, share it with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 06:18:37 | More by MiguelMandingo
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- A jet black body has a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but that is all I can see of carbonation. There is a thick film of tan head that leaves a nice bit of broken lace stuck to the glass after each sip.

S- The big chocolate nougat flavor has a light marshmallow quality and a strong smell of Hershey's chocolate syrup in the finish.

T- The taste of tootsie rolls and chewy chocolate nougat has some lighter flavors of roasted black malt for support. The bitterness of black grain lingers a bit after each sip. No fusel alcohol at all until the last few warm sips.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until it warms a bit and then it is a pleasant soft burn.

D- This beer is not overly sweet but it is overly chocolate candy flavored, and not real milk or dark chocolate just chocolate candy. The first glass was novel but the second glass was hard to get through. There isn't much malt supporting the tootsie roll flavor. The beer underneath has some nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:05:56 | More by rhoadsrage
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served at 45 degrees and poured into a Snifter Glass

A – Poured the thickest darkest brown chocolate syrup looking liquid I think I ever have seen. I mean this stuff looked serious. Almost had the consistency of chocolate syrup on the pour, but with a much darker color. A large three finger high head of rich tan colored lace then rose up and above it crowning the top wonderfully. This hung around for easily a few minutes before finally settling down and easing into just a thin layer of chocolate colored foam across the top which hung around until the very end. The side glass lace on this one was extraordinary as well, really coating the inside of the glass and doing on number on it throughout the entire session. Really quite a thick looking stout, I was definitely liking what I am seeing so far.

S – I will give you one guess as to where this was going with regards to the aroma. Deep rich milk chocolate covered this one entirely. Now I have had a few chocolate stouts in my day, but nothing came even remotely close to mimicking the smell coming off of this one. It was like something straight out of Hershey. Not the deep dark chocolate malt smell you are used to, this was rich creamy milk chocolate and the difference was never clearer then it was here. There was also a touch of bourbon like alcohol that you could pick up way in the back that was also making its presence known. This was not such a big player, but was more just giving you a little hint at some of the depth that was lying in waiting here.

T – I am not sure where to begin on this one. I have never tasted something that was more designed to be not only drank while eating dessert, but more to a be a dessert in of itself. This was just the most rich and creamy chocolate drink I think I have ever had. Really hard to quantify this as a beer from the flavor, it has almost no semblance of a beer like flavor. Such rich milk chocolate tastes that it was really hard to even find anything else that was hiding in the back, but if you really tried you could find it. First off this baby is over 11% ABV, and it has to be the smoothest I have ever seen for something so big. There was really no hint of the alcohol in the flavor at all; rather it was just a touch of bourbon or brandy like warmth that came through as you sipping. There was a touch of hops in the finish, just enough to dry it out and give you just a touch of bitter at the end. Overall though this was chocolates day to rule the roost and nothing was going to be its undoing in the one.

M – One of the smoothest, creamiest brews I have ever had the pleasure of trying. The consistency here was as smooth as silk, literally with a rich texture that was so thick and viscous, it almost redefined the style. There was just this mousse like quality to it that cannot be ignored. It was just a wonderful interpretation of the style and a really phenomenal beer.

D – This is the only category that gets a little tricky for me. Now…it is definitely a quality beer there is no disputing that, and for a late night sipper, it would be hard to find its equal. However there was a limit on this one as to how much you can actually sip. First off it is very strong, you may not think it is, but it is and it will catch up to you. Secondly there was the fact that it was so rich. After about the third glass I had reached my limit. It is so sweet that it is difficult to try and have much more, too sweet. But this should not be a knock as I probably just had them a little too fast.

Overall I don’t know what else I can say about this one. It was truly unique and unlike any that I had had previous. Truly a chocolate stout that all others should be measured by. This was definitely deserving of its reputation and is a fine example of the style. A wonderful beer that everyone should get a chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 11:24:15 | More by mikesgroove
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up to now I've thought of Southern Tier as a "light beer" brewer, by which I mean I think of them as a brewer of good APA/IPA and the like. There are other brewers I think of as good "dark beer" brewers (like Bell's for instance) and there are others I think of as good Belgian beer brewers (Ommegang, etc). It's not often you find a brewer that can pull off 2 or more of these categories well. This beer challenges that notion in my mind; I really liked Choklat.

The funny thing about this beer was that it did not strike me as being exceptionally beer like in flavor and aroma. It really reminded me of a really good dessert or the world's best glass of chocolate milk. It's tough to describe this beer in flavor/aroma terms I'm used to using; it was really chocolate-y and creamy. Appearance was an opaque black with a tan head. Mouthfeel was quite smooth and also was rather creamy and pleasant.

I really liked this beer. I picked up this 22oz bottle from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 03:24:37 | More by BeerBelcher
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Overlord

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a tan head that cascades and rapidly vanishes.

Smells like chocolate and faintly of malt. Taste is sublime; rich roasted chocolate, milk chocolate, a bitter chocolate aftertaste, and roasted malt with a bit of smokiness. There's not much else going on with this beer, but there doesn't need to be. Nice thick, viscuous mouthfeel.

Great.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 05:44:16 | More by Overlord
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer a very dark brown, with not too much a of a head, and what is there, doesn't stick around for long.
the aroma is well, quality dark chocolate. tiny hints of dark fruit here and there, along with a faint grainyness, but chocolate dominates.
phew... this is like downing rich liquid chocolate cake. it's got this amazing fudgy cake-y quality that's just fantastic. i personally didn't take anything else away flavor-wise, but if this isn't a chocolate stout i don't know what is... the funny thing about it is that it's not overpowering, it maintains some sort of chocolatey balance, with what i'm not sure, but it keeps itself in check very well.
it's full bodied with adequate carbonation, enough to keep it from being syrupy.
a beautiful beer that drinks like you wouldn't believe for such a hefty stout. i highly encourage you to try this in any form you can find it. i actually passed this up in a bottle recently, but on a whim gave it a shot when i saw it on tap, and i was blown away.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 02:14:03 | More by kmo1030
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of motor oil into my tulip glass. A finger-thick bone colored head forms at the top but quickkly dissipates to an oily surface layer with some bubbly edging around my glass.

Aroma reminds me of being at Hershey Chocolate World because the chocolate aroma smells like rich milk chocolate! A slight mocha flavor also comes through on the nose with just a tingle of the alcohol.

A thick, rich body gives way to a very sweet, chocolate flavor that overpowers the entire brew nicely! This reminds me of chocolate milk really it is THAT SMOOTH. A bit of grassy hops comes through toward the finish helping to dry out and get a bit bitter while the alcohol comes through to tingle my tongue for a bit. AFtertaste is still...chocolate!

Great balance to this brew. This is definintely something to share to allow others to enjoy it! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:08:20 | More by Fish113d
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FatheadBrew

Wisconsin

2.58/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep black with some ruby highlights. Foam is almost non-existant

S: Chocolate. Basically thats it. Some malt and alcohol coming through, but not much else

T: I've noticed other people referring to the cheapness of the chocolate taste. It took me a couple of sips to identify it, but finally it came to me. This tastes exactly like a chocolate tootsie roll pop. Kind of a "fake" chocolate taste. Overpowers all else.

M: Low for an IS. Kind of watery.

D: I struggled to get through the whole 22 oz bottle.

Overall, I would say this is my least favorite IS that I have tried. I wouldn't recommend it...unless you love tootsie roll pops.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 03:32:14 | More by FatheadBrew
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JDV

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jjpm74 for the bottle.
Hmm, another disappointment from Southern Tier... From a brewery I have always been excited about trying beers from, I haven't had a single one I would ever get again, from them and this was no different... Pours a rich black, with only slight shades of ruby coming through, and next to no head which didn't last even from a vigorous pour. Smell is very light alcohol and cheap chocolate and an artificial chemical component. Reminds me of the Shenandoah Chocolate Donut Beer in a bad way... Taste is somewhat rich, fake chocolate again and little else. Moderately balanced bittersweetness with a nice mouthfeel and light carbonation, but when its coming from something that smells like cheap melted hersheys, wax and preservatives, who cares? If you're going to add this much of some outside ingredient aside from the actual brewing process, you ought to make it fresh, or high quality, and I don't get the impression they did that at all here. Drinkable, but I would never recommend this as more than a mere novelty.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:24:18 | More by JDV
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA-poured into a small snifter.

Appearance is very dark with a tan head that falls quickly to a covering.

The smell is... Chocolate? A lot of chocolate and it's not easy to find a lot other than that.

The taste is... Chocolate, dark Chocolate and a lot of it.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, medium to thinnish.

Drinkability is good, even at 11% though I would feel a couple of these very quickly. In draft form I did not notice the alcohol like I did in a bottle, as slight as it was.

This is a very special beer that you must like chocolate to enjoy. I do and did enjoy it. It's fairly one-dimensional though because of the overwhelmingness of the chocolate. This is not your run-of-the-mill RIS, it's a Chocolate Imperial Stout. I would like to see some other characteristics showing through to rate it more highly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 22:23:36 | More by meatyard
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belhav0322

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Black as night with a moderate head and very little lacing.

S- Chocolate liquor right off the bat. Upon warming up, notes of malt and burnt raisins kick in.

T- Well, the name of this beers does not lie. Rich, dark, and bitter chocolate notes give way to some slight marshmallow notes and toasty malts. I was hoping for a little more nuance to show through upon warming up, but it did not happen.

M- Fairly thin for the style. Slight alcoholic warmth, but not enough to balance things out. Perhaps a little syrupy after some time being open.

D- Well, it is darn tasty. Really, it is just a chocolate blast. Though not extremely balanced, it is actually pretty drinkable. I would not think this was 11% alc. of the bottle did not say so. I drank this on its own. Next time would like tom pair it with a dessert containing some tart and bitter fruits. Man, this just begs to be utilized in cooking application. Add to mole sauce? Perhaps some sort of reduction.

Once again, Southern Tier fails to disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 19:58:56 | More by belhav0322
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold into a Boston Lager glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours with medium body (for an IS), very low carbonation, decent 3/16" tan, slightly oily head over pitch black.

Aroma is rich, dark chocolate. Not like milk chocolate, but like fine chocolate such as Lindt 70% Cocoa. No noticeable hop or malt aroma.

Flavor is strongly dominated by the chocolate, like a liquid dark chocolate bar. Hint of caramel maybe.

Mouthfeel is light, wished for more carbonation. Bitterness is low and balanced. Alcohol is barely detectable, no undesirable heat or fusels.

Drinkability is great. How did they get a cocoa beer to taste so good? It's like a liquid chocolate bar. And it didn't get alcoholic as it warmed in the glass despite the 11% ABV, terrific.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 05:02:49 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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trumpetego

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was recommended to me by a co-worker, so I was very excited when I had the opportunity to try it on tap at The Lower Depths in Boston.
Poured into a 12oz tulip glass, this beer was pitch black with a small off-white head. The head dissipated after a few minutes, but provided nice lacing all the way down.
Smell is of sweet chocolate. Not much else. The tiniest hint of hops is detected in the nose as the beer warms.
Taste is very sweet, intense chocolate. Something like chocolate milk, and (sorry, Southern Tier) about as complex. I didn't get much from this other than chocolate. That's fine if that's all they were going for, but I wish there was something else to this beer. A bit of alchohol? Some hop bitterness? After a while the sweetness gets to be a little overpowering. Too ST's credit, the alchohol is very well hidden. It isn't detectable in the nose or the taste.
Mouthfeel is thick, as a double stout should be.
I didn't find this to be very drinkable. With a tart desert it would be excellent, but on it's own I found it to be a struggle to finish the glass. Although I couldn't smell or taste the 11% alchohol, I could certainly feel it by the time I was done with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 03:11:16 | More by trumpetego
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ejquin

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with thin white head. Very little lacing.

S: Heavy chocolate with nice marschino cherry notes. Moilasses sweetness. Brandy and dark chocolate brownies.

T/M: Lots of chocolate. Fades to meaty, chewy center. Slight hop bitterness on finish. Slightly hot as well with nice coco powder aftertaste. Very smooth and slick in the mouth with a slight brandy soaked cherry element as well. Slightly dry and bitter ending.

D: Good

Ovr: I'm generally not a huge fan of stouts where actual chocolate is used in the brewing. To me the end up too one dimensional and cloyingly sweet. This beer to me is the best chocolate brewed stout I've tasted although it still suffers from the sweetness and overly one dimensional qualities I mentioned earler. I'd drink this with dessert, and it would be phenominal with a chocolate souffle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 02:43:41 | More by ejquin
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1" light mocha head on a big black body.
S- Wow, just like smelling a Hersey's bar. Tad more coco powder in it but just straight up chocolate.
T- Really strong chocolate with just a tiny hint of alcohol on the tongue. Can really taste the coco powder in it. Almost like a cooled down hot chocolate with a little carbonation.
M- Medium to full body with low carbonation.
D- If you like chocolate this is the beer for you. The only compliant with it is I wish it had a more creamy silk body.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 01:55:28 | More by BlindPig
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BKIII

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Take a king sized Hershey's bar, throw in some hops, pour out into a snifter and then wash down with a stick of dynamite!
Southern Tiers Choklat Stout suprised the Hell out of me. I waited and waited before the brew went on, and it was worth the wait.

A - The brew was poured into a 12oz. snifter glass. It was pitch black, thick with a dark, chocolate milk head, that settled and laced as I drank.

S - Put it to your nose, and the scent of what The Land of Chocolate from Homers dream must have smelled like (complete with the edible chocolate dog.) Bitter Brownies with a hint of alcohol.

T - The taste is what you'd expect. A dark, rich, then bitter chocolate stout that bowled over my sweet tooth. Then slyly, the alcohol creeps in and finishes the sip.

M - A smooth mouthfeel, like chocolate syrup. Did coat my entire mouth and lingered after the sip was finished. Slightly syrupy at the end.

D - I had one 12oz, and I could have stood to have another but the higher ABV, and the absolute richness of the drink would have stopped me there. Still an excellent brew thought.

BK

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 01:17:02 | More by BKIII
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into an orval glass.

A - not quite "black hole" black, but pretty dark. as spinal tap might say, a "pastel black".

S - chocolate. dark dutched chocolate. really, just any permutation of chocolate you can imagine is here. cake, fudge, bar, even powder are all here. mouthwatering, this is.

T - a carbonated chocolate shake. not some foolish mcdonald's shake, either. no way, this is a double-chocolate ice cream with a ton of hershey's syrup sort of shake, with shavings on top. apparently this is 11% abv? i don't believe it, but i feel it a few minutes later...

M - a carbonated chocolate shake, like i said. it's amazing.

D - 11% abv be damned, this is amazing. it's a dream come true for stout and chocolate lovers. my favorite new brew of 2007, with a bullet.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 23:49:51 | More by bainard
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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