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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,607
Reviews: 1,474
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 430
Gots: 822 | FT: 39
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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 irishking1977
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting specs/ingredients listed on bottle:

27 Plato
2-row barley
caramel 60 malt
barley flakes
chocolate malt
bittersweet Belgian chocolate
kettle hops chinook and willamette
(I think more breweries should list what they put in a beer. It interests me) As for the beer itself:

A: Black, opaque viscous liquid with no head and no lacing. It's a stout for sure, but I guess I was expecting a better looking brew; it looks like lesser carbonated cola to me.

S: Wow. Chocolate and malt and more dark bitter chocolate. This one just smells like a chocolate (and beer) lovers dream.

T: Decadent bitter chocolate, not as sweet as it smells but well balanced. Too sweet and it would have been a bit of a turn off. Even so, it has a bitter chocolate, malty flavor without any overwhelming, syrupy or cloying aspects.

M: Chalky malt and less than moderate carbonation help to balance out the intense and somewhat bittersweet chocolate. Doesn't go down super easy (it is a stout) and the intense and robust flavors certainly don't help. Not to mention a fairly above average ABV. A sipper to be shared.

D: Here is a good example, IMHO, where looks are deceiving. Not the most noteworthy looking brew by any means, but a surprising one by it's taste and complexity. I usually prefer my beers to be as visually appealing as they are taste-wise (see Duvel), but this one was a pleasant surprise. Probably best to be enjoyed in smaller quantities, because of the ABV and the bittersweet chocolate could get tiresome after awhile. Still, a stout I would re-visit.

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

Poured out as an inky black brew into my glass. A nice tannish head, with lacing running down the whole glass as I drink.

This smells like someone poured hershey's chocolate syrup into my beer, or melted the bar into it either way. A nice chocolaty smell to it, a bit of a hint of coffee in there.

It tastes a lot like it smell chocolate milk, with a bit of a kick. A bit of coffee notes in the taste.

A nice thick feel in the mouth. A velvet smooth feel to the beer.
Decent carbonation to the brew.

This is a desert beer. I enjoyed it but 22 is a bit much for me at one time this would be perfect for the end to a nice meal with some chocolaty desert.

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

9.5oz pour from Fat Heads, served in a small snifter

A - black, pitch black...thin layer of dark tan foam, laced a bit the whole time

S - woah. chocolate...the kind when you were a kid making chocolate milk with Hershey's syrup, and you used to much and left with a big oil slick at the bottom of the glass. exactly that smell. some big bittering and earthy hops, and a faint bit of roasted coffee.

T - just about the same thing as the nose, Hershey's syrup straight out of the bottle and melted Hershey's kisses. bittered by some hops near the end, thats about all the character and variety this one has to offer.

M - insanely thick and creamy, just a touch of carbonation to help speed things along.

D - about as i expected from a brewery which doesnt ever mess around...yummy but one-sided. struggled about halfway through this baby pour. definitely glad i had this on tap in such a small serving as opposed to opening a bottle and finding people to work on this with. quite unique.

Photo of Gehrig
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I entered the small but excellent Piccadilly at The Crossing tonight, looking for something I had yet to try. "Southern Tier Chokolat has come in..." the manager uttered. Tag it and bag it, please, I exclaimed. Jeez, the serendipitous timing tonight. This was a master stroke of luck.

Two fat fingers of mocha froth top a black body with dark ruby trim. Very good duration and lots of lacing on the trusty Duvel tulip. The smell is so chocolaty, it's incredible. It's literally thoroughly chocolate. On the one hand, one might wonder where the beer is. On the other hand, if a beer calls itself Chokolat and, in the smell, thoroughly is chocolate, can I penalize it for that? Hardly. There are some caramel malt as well as some berry peeking through, but this is undoubtedly milk, dark, and semi-sweet chocolate.

The taste confirms this, but reveals greater complexity--caramel, roasted hazelnut coffee, and some grit from the advertised chinook and willamette emerging in the second half. Sweet, nutty, a tad bitter, and smooth. Honestly, this is brilliant beer, simply brilliant. The mouthfeel is ideal--smooth, creamy, and chocolaty sweet with an unmistakable bitter hop bite in the finish. Although the ABV remains mostly hidden throughout this delight, it unquestionably emerges in the second half.

ST continues to go above and beyond what earthly expectations I harbor for their wares. Chokolat is just amazing, the liquid embodiment of chocolate/DIS beer that exists. I have never tasted a beer this chocolaty, and may never again.


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

Got to sample this at the local liquor store's spring "Beerfest" sampling. Decided to bring home a bottle.

A: Very dark, poured with almost no head at all. I don't think this brew could produce head if it wanted to.

S: Rich cocoa and coffee smells were most readily apparent, almost smells like chocolate ice cream.

T: The coffee from before hits the palate first, immediately followed by a rich chocolate taste, not sweet or bitter, but just right. Following is a slight hint of alcohol and hops.

M: Fair amount of carbonation, very thick for a beer, almost a little syrupy.

D: Very drinkable, makes a great after dinner beer.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a thick black with a light brown creamy head and lacing. dark chocolate dominates the nose with some coffee and dark fruit underneath. taste follows suit, like drinking a dark chocolate bar. sweet chocolatey malts through and through. somehow this manages not to be cloying despite clearly being on the malty/sweet end of the spectrum. some roastiness and underlying hop bitterness bring balance. no alcohol noted even at 11%. carbonation struggles through just a bit. full-bodied, lingering semisweet chocolate finish. has that chocolate mouthfeel even as it makes it's way down. surprisingly drinkable.
have also had this via bombers and on-tap, and am liking this more and more. insert every positive descriptor for chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. alcohol is very well hidden. not overly viscous even at this abv which i also like.
update: i just love this stuff more every time, kind of like the movie office space, it really grows on me. crazy good shit. every time i have it, i can't stop drinking it, even though the abv is dangerously high for me.
drinkability lowered just a bit due to the fact that almost every time i drink this stuff, i end up peeing somewhere random in the middle of the night.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, this beer pours black with a finger-thick eggshell head that settles very quickly. The aroma is pure chocolate, with a hint of coffee and some toast. The taste is sweet, almost cloying. Bittersweet chocolate? Tastes a bit more like Hershey's here. Other flavors given off are coffee, bread, and some fruity hops. This beer is thick, sweet, and is almost over the top. Definitely worth a try, but I wouldn't say more than once, unless you are serving it with dessert.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a- opaque black, frothy light brown mocha head

s- cocoa, roasted coffee, slight alcohol

t- upfront some roasted coffee, and then WOW....strait up delicious black chocolate..unreal dessert beer..very slight alcohol sting..malt bomb here

m- sooo creamy, great mouthfeel

d- have to restrain myself from pounding this one

Photo of Statman
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice desert beer- deep dark color, a small head, but the AROMA! Tootsie Roll hits you as soon as it is opened. Good taste of chocolate with a surprisingly thin body, just a hint of roast ( or maybe dark chocolate ?) at the finish. Best as an after-dinner drink, as I found that unlike many other stouts, it doesn't go with a rich chocolate cake at desert, seems to be not compatible there.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WOW!! The first whiff of this brew is like a tootsie roll brownie. The color is just as black. No light getting thru here. From the aroma you expect a very sicky sweet beer, but its not. It does have a great chocolate/coffee flavor, but its mellowed out by the malts. This is what a after dinner beer should be. Silky mouthfeel with a nice warmth from the alchohol. Not one to session at 11 ABV, but a great beer to enjoy slowly.

Photo of khiasmus
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, my old friends at Southern Tier. You do nothing halfway. The Pumking was a nobleman of unmatched power, your Creme Brulee was the creme de la creme of dessert beers, and your Unearthly is truly that.

As I gaze at this, your creation, another of these massive things as you do nothing halfway, I know I am in for it, in for the real treat. It's a pure, shimmering, night-dark brown and a roasty tan floating for a few moments, but appearance is really of such little consequence. Appearance is a byproduct, a necessity, a qualification, a check-mark. What I'm interested in is the soul.
So it comes out, the tootsie roll, the fine layers of milk chocolate as on the commercials, the wave after wave after wave after wave and it seems to solidify as you watch, this must be what the factories smell like. I want to ride on the river, to scoop my hands in and have a sample, to be taken in and immersed.
And then the flavour, of course, much the same... A chocolate milkshake on a warm day, a hot cocoa on a freezing night, and gentlemen this creation is exceptional, more than that. Just the slightest husky, grainy, breadiness in the end that reminds you that this is still a beer and not a funneling from Wonka's secret vats, though it couldn't be much different...
Thick and creamy, exactly as it should be, an ale of unmatched proportions. This is what you were really dreaming of in childhood, you just didn't know it yet. Devil's food cake, this. Tempting, unhurried, sensuous, silky, lovely, it wraps your mind and heart up in the imaginations of what it would be like if there truly was a chocolate river, if there truly was a possibility of a golden ticket, if we weren't so jaded and stodgy and still believed in creative possibility, in eccentric madmen that craft elemental, carnal, yet filial, jovial and, most of all, glorious concoctions as they dream in their bright and colourful hallways of all ways of creating the most innocent, the most delectable, the most childlike and sensible beer possible.

It's simply grand.

Photo of natelocc787
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I always smell the beer while it's still inside the bottle as soon as I crack it, you can get a concentrated, condensed version of the aroma before it's released into the air. WOW. Darkest of brown body, virtually black but not quite, pours like a thick Stout. Dark brown head isn't that big even when the pour got viscous, which I like. This beer won't let somebody ruin it. The nose is all Whoppers, that is...milk chocolate malt balls. Other aromas you might pull would be a fresh chocolate malt and maybe a milkshake. Can't see any smell though really without the malt (from maltballs) being thrown in. Very chocolaty beer, the chocolatiest. I've read in the threads where people were overwhelmed by this "desert" beer. Not so with me, I could drink this often. Mouthfeel is thick and under-carbonated, close to just right but it could be thicker. Slight metallic note in the taste threw it off a point. Very slight but noticeable. I'd like another one please.

Photo of manahansf
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but very dark brown with light amber and ruby highlights. The is very little head to speak of but a bold chocolate aroma rises out of the glass. Very unique sweet aroma, reminds me of fresh warm brownies. The taste is just as sweet and chocolatey with a similar fresh baked taste. The body is mild and lighter than I would like but drinkable. The finish is very gradual and the vinous characteristics from the higher alcohol content comes out at the end.

Photo of jampics2
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. I've enjoyed this many times, now it's finally time to rate it!

Dark black with a thin brown head that quickly dissipates. Looks like a chocolate cloud in the night sky.

Smell is really unique. This is all about the chocolate - sweet chocolate, bitter Belgian chocolate, cocoa powder, minor hops and yeast.

Taste is more of the same. Chocolate with a mild bitterness. No roast. Bit of yeast at the end which was slightly unpleasant until this beer "opened up". I'm seriously waiting for the oompah loompahs to come out and sing a song. This "beer" is clearly made from the stuff in the chocolate river. Hopefully this isn't the batch that Agustus fell into.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick, not syrupy.

A heavy duty beer that is certainly accessible. The lack of RIS like roast and the multi-faceted chocolate profile makes this a winner and a great "bridge" beer. Nice one, ST.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle without a freshness date into a shaker pint glass, split with my wife.

Beer is dark brown to black and forms a medium head of small bubbles / tan to brown bubbles. Head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass.

This beer smells like brownies. Sweet cocoa, like a chocolate bar. Interesting how much it smells like chocolate. There is a hint of roast if you smell long enough. I'm excited to see if this will carry-through to the flavor.

Beer is medium bodied and sweet up front. There is some late bitterness and roast but its not like coffee. Relatively smooth, it does taste a lot like chocolate. Well done Southern Tier. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is nice. Second taste, there's a slight heat to the whole thing. Overall its a very good beer. I'd drink it again.

Photo of zoso1967
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with just a bit of redish brown around the edges with a tan head. I take a whiff and BAM! Tootsie Roll. That is the image that pops up in my mind. You can definitely smell the chocolate, and some chalkiness from the yeast. Really not getting much roastyness, though it may be masked by all the Tootsie Roll aroma. The taste is as advertised. Loads of bittersweet chocolate cascade down upon my taste buds. Also, chalky English style yeast, malt sweetness and a touch of roastyness. Alcohol is pretty much completely hidden by the other flavors. I find the aftertaste to be a little bit unpleasant, and the finish is quite sticky. Fairly full bodied and not the most drinkable beer to be certain. I would have to say that while it is tasty, I find the chocolate a bit much, and really wish it came in smaller bottles. However, there is no doubt that this is a well made beer that accomplished what the brewers were trying to do.

Photo of rfgetz
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep, near black with a tiny rings of brownish head. Smell is of melted, bitter and semi sweet chocolate. Taste is of melted bitter and semi sweet chocolate. Its a freakin' melted candy bar! Rich, smooth, creamy, bittersweet - maybe a tad thinner than what i hoped for. Mmmm. Southern Tier really nails these imperial series beers.

I started off the night with one and it filled me up before my meal arrived, but i had to have another for dessert! Went back to a 3rd at the end of the night. Gimme some mo!

Tastes fantastic when blended with a small bit of their Creme Brulee.

Photo of naterock
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First I would like to say that I become conflicted with beers like this. To me beer should taste like beer, not chocolate. but for the sake of extremism and experimentation I will do my best.

Looks completely black with a thin brownish head. nothing too out of the ordinary but remember this is liquid chocolate.

Smells like hershey syrup, a ever so slight alcohol twinge, and that's about it. lacks complexity and all sense of the fact that it is beer.

Taste is once again chocolate, and a slight alcohol tinge. Nothing more. I don't really know how else to expound on this.

Not to much a fan of the mouthfeel, a bit on the sparkling side. Drinks slowly and would go well poured over a bowl of ice cream. I guess I should say even though the review might not indicate. I am definitely not a fan. But hey, that's just me wanting some sense of a beery type quality.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with a nice brown head and good lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Wow - is this beer or a speciality hot chocolate drink. It's hard to get past the chocolate, but the smell is smooth and pleasant. Almost creamy.

T: Chocolate and more chocolate. But not in a sticky sweet sort of way. This is rich, luscious chocolate that hide many of the traditional stout flavors. Is this really a beer? Wishing I had some vanilla ice cream right now. The taste is very pleasant and while the chocolate is totally dominant, it does not overpower in a bad way.

M: Super smooth. Coats the tongue and mouth without being heavy. A nice creamy texture that really works with this beer.

D: I'm not generally a big flavored beer fan, but this is certainly an exception. This was a very enjoyable beer. It was tasted as a substitute for dessert and scored very favorably because of that. This is a beer that needs the proper context to shine. But in the right context, wow!

As a side note, my wife now counts Choklat as one of her all time favorites.

Photo of JRed
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An opaque body with fleeting cinnamon head. Strong aroma of bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, malt, and brown sugar. Intense chocolate flavors ranging from milk chocolate to dark roasted chocolate-covered raisins. Thick in body but quite refreshing despite the high ABV. A dessert stout to rival the best of 'em. Decadent, delicious, and dangerous.

Photo of scottyshades
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque black color that has some slight rootbeer color highlights when held in light. The head is pretty dense, creamy, and retains for a short while, leaving rings of lacing along the over-sized wine glass

S: Wow! Smells very similar to hot chocolate! Definitely sweet and bittersweet chocolate aromas, a LOT of lactose for that creamy note, and an overall toasty aroma. The hop presence is not that noticeable, nut a nice dose of alcohol on the nose is.

T: Very similar to the nose. Extremely unique for the style (not really for ST). Sweet chocolate, lactose, a slight bitterness from the hops, and a healthy dose of alcohol as it warms. Very delicious, and works very well as an after-dinner beer or even an aperitif for a small but rich meal.

MF/D: Very viscous, very creamy, and an amazing lactose/sweet chocolate finish.

A side note...this is a very good "conversion" beer for newcomers to the world of craft beer (a friend of mine who only drinks BMC says he will buy an $8 bomber tomorrow), especially those who tend to stray away from dark beers or stouts

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a sam adams glass.

A: Pours inky black, opaque, with tan 2-finger head. good retention.

S: huge milk chocolate in the nose with a hint of volatile alcohol. Resembles standing by a stove while melting chocolate.

T: the chocolate carries into the flavor as well, from beginning to end. Starts with the chocolate, then is balanced by a touch of roast in the middle, moving into a floral, slightly herbal bitterness in the end. Well balanced. Some alcohol flavor but not overwhelming, and lets the other characters stay front and center.

M: silky and slick, carbonation low to medium and lets the flavors shine. Slightly syrupy.

D: A good beer to split with a friend. The chocolate flavor is good but one of these is enough. The alcohol is well-masked, but noticeable after standing up.

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

22 oz. bomber purchased (for me) at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsborro, Massachusetts. Pours an opaque black body with a thin film of tan head. OH MY GOD. Hot cocoa, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and just a hint of booze in the aroma. Sweet malty milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, reminiscent of hot cocoa and candy bars. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, which in conjunction with the flavors makes this beer way way way too drinkable for the style and ABV. This beer is amazing. On every level, despite the hype it exceeded all expectations. Oh my God. Definitely getting this beer again whenever and wherever possible. So so so so so so good.

Photo of brendan13
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown into a tulip glass with a 2cm light tan head that falls away fairly fast.
S - Sweet chocolate syrup aroma dominates with some vague herbal hints.
T - Also very sweet chocolate in the taste.
M - A smooth & creamy mouthfeel. A little bit cloying.
D - A true desert beer. I managed to get through a bottle but share it with someone. Would drink it again but not often.

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

I had this on tap at Brass Rail deli in Campbelltown 1/27/10.

A - The beer pours like syrup thick and dark w/ mahogany shade and caramel brown letting some light in at the base of the glass. There is a rign of beige for a head w/ tight bead.

S - The smell! whoah prepare for salivation! the aroma is noted from across the table as rich with cocoa aroma- the odor of fudge like brownie batter w/ a hersheys cocoa sweetness and beer undertone - intense and fragrant dessert nose

M - The feel while sweet isn't dominated completely by malt texture - there is moderate carbonation keeping slightly balanced w/ subtle roasted and a rather intense creamy feel. There is spice from hops w/ hint of alcohol in the back end. The feel has a dry roasty warm finish

T - - The taste is a chocolate lovers dream -beer disguised as liquid chocolate! I am a fan of dark cocoa and this has that going for it - slightly bitter but creamy with a caramel edge from the sweet malts. There is slight toasted essence like a graham cracker dipped in fudge, but still creamy and smooth. The flavor has a nice compliment from spiced hop notes which seems to balance the beer and alcohol is mild in the flavor

D - A sweet Imperial stout - however it nails the chocolate stout style in a realm of almost not beer-like. The drinkability is very high except it is 9% and hides it well. The stout itself is well made with no real flaws, it couldn't fit the name better.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,607 ratings.