Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,471
Reviews: 1,451
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 422
Gots: 730 | FT: 41
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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 leif86
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz poured into my Duvel.

A: Black as night as all good imperial stouts, and regular stouts, are. The head is a typical tan color and a bit thin. Only moderate lacing.

S: Dark chocolate (surprised? me neither), a bit roasty, but not much else going on - but in a good way.

T: Mmmm... mmmm.. chocolate. A bit sweet, but definitely still bittersweet. Subtle roasted coffee notes remind me of espresso when paired with this chocolate. Finishes just as it starts, full-on chocolate with a bit of sugar that keeps this beer as a fine dessert treat and not more on the bitter side of imperial stouts.

M: A bit thick, smooth, and creamy. How else would you want your chocolate?

D: Does not even come close to tasting or feeling like 11%. Absolutely a treat and definitely the best chocolate centric beer I've had to date.

Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours jet black with a thick creamy tan head that leaves some lacing.

S- Strong bittersweet chocholate malt nose. Maybe some hints of black liccorice.

T- Smooth and much like the nose, bittersweet chocholate malt with a touch of coffee. The finish was very similar to chocolate syrup. Alcohol was well hidden despite the high ABV.

M- Slick and creamy full body with ok carbonation.

D- Nice brew that tastes like it says it will. Drinking more than one might prove to be a bit too much though.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, pitch black, with a smooth tight gray head that looks like consistency of whipped cream. Ahhhh!
S: Smells like stout and chocolate milk mixed together. Deep roasty aroma with smell of cocoa nibs and coffee with cream. hops not able to power through the dark sweetness.
T: Lovely chocolate and sherry flavors with a lush burnt and dark roasted malt complexity. A chocolate milk flavor unlike any I have experienced in a beer. Some bitter chocolate and coffee flavors with a dark cherry hint in there. Whoa the alcohol makes a strong appearance on the palate.
M: Thick, smooth and strong describe the mouthfeel.
D: Delicious beer for a stout lover and a chocolate lover. Beware of too many because strength is noticeable. Wonderfully brewed beer is a must try for dark beer fans! Awesome on tap!

Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the best chocolate-centric beer I've had, and I'll try any I come across. Distinct milk chocolate flavor - the classic dessert-in-a-bottle flair. Moderately sweet, but not cloying. The high abv was not evident in the flavor, and the malt complimented but did not overwhelm the chocolate flavor, which was obviously intended to be the star of the show.

Photo of squaremile
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing else to know about this except that it tastes like melted chocolate. Nice tan head, great bottle, nice deep brown color. The alcohol is barely present in the nose and not at all on the tongue. It even leaves a chocolaty coating on your mouth. Mmmm chocolate...

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 22 oz bomber into a brandy snifter (their idea, not mine. But it says so right on the bottle.)

Appearance: As Prince would say to Charlie Murphy: "DARKNESS!!" No light getting through this oil. Nice tan cocoa puffy head, that retreats to a thin lacing around the sies of the snifter.

Smell: Delicious sweet nose, Chocolatey and sugary. Smells like the Wonka River that the fat kid falls into.

Taste: Very surprising, as it has very little of the sweetness you'd expect from the aroma. There is a dry roasted bitterness in here that really catches you off guard. Lots of coffee and caramel, thats makes it far more bitter than sweet.

The mouthfeel is what sets this apart from most other Chocolate brews out there. Nice and thick, with a smooth finish, tha combines with the bitter dark chocolate finish to keep the glass in your hand.

I couldn't see myself downing too many of these, because of the thick feel (not to mention the 11% alc.) but it could be a great companion to almost any desert, or just a good brew to start off a cold night.

Photo of riversider76
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown with a thin tan head. Decent retention and a nice laceing. Aroma is of dark chocolate malt.Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is of dark chocolate and carmel. Bitter sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish.Without a dobut the best Chocolate Stout I've ever had. Excellent!

Photo of william5586
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark brown. Very little tan head that did not stick around long.

S- Amazing rich chocolate smell.

T- Very rich semi sweet chocolate. Hint of caramel. Little roasted malt and a touch of bitterness in the after taste.

M- Rich, decadent, smooth, and creamy.

D- I would love have this beer all by itself for desert. A little too rich and sweet for me to have more than one or two.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via New Beer. $7.49 I think. I usually don't.

Shared with my up an coming beer aficionado uncle on his birthday.

It pours a deep & darkly tanned brown into a few tiny cordial glasses he happened to have on hand. The head rescinded before it ever developed. Slick, motor oil surface.

Smell is partially dominated by dark cocoa powder, alongside already coated bits of malt, the aromatic sweetness of marshmallow, & the earthiness of bitter dark chocolate.

Taste was a combination of cocoa powder & a shot of chocolate vodka(Quite stiff). The flavor rolls off your tongue more as Tootsie Rolls then chocolate. Casualties within the blast radius were far secondary appearances of coffee grounds, a minuscule amount of toffee, & a slight grainy edge on the end to remind you it once was a beer. Strong but delicious. I'm not much of a fan of Southern Tier beers overall, but this is one that I do like.

Feel was slightly tacky, quite chewy, slightly overcarbonated for the flavors, along with much untamed alcohol.

Much better from tap. An awesome novelty nonetheless.

Photo of BandFan
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is dark. Nothing new here.

The smell is great. As a chocolate lover, I really like this. Smells like straight up melted chocolate.
And now I know why people say it tastes like chocolate syrup, because it kinda does. But I like it. If you're going to do a chocolate stout, DO A CHOCOLATE STOUT! Southern Tier did. I forgot this was a beer for minute. Do I want to finish this entire bomber myself? No. But this is really good if you like chocolate. Probably 1200 calories in this bottle. But who's drinking beer and watching calories?

I've been wanting to try this for a while and I'm glad I did. Next time I will pair it with some raspberries or strawberries, or make a damn milkshake out of it. I bet this would make a great stout cake.

Like chocolate? Try this.

Photo of BigBoochDaddy
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Deep, rich black color like oil, no light passing through whatsoever. Minimal tan head that fades rather quickly, good lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, cocoa, couldn't smell any malts or alcohol

Taste: Could really taste the chocolate, the most chocolate I've ever tasted in a stout. Roasted malts. A little alcohol at the end, not as much as you'd expect with a 11.0%ABV

Mouthfeel: Feels smooth with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability: More than one in a sitting might be overkill, but overall Southern Tier Choklat is a solid Winter beer that I would definitely purchase again and again.

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

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pure, rich chocolate and some roasted malts. It smells just like a chocolate candy bar.

T: The taste is likewise loaded with chocolate but it's to the point that it's overly sweet. The malt character is very thick and there's very little hops presence as you would expect. There's a slight hint of alcohol. The after-taste continues the strong bitter-sweet chocolate flavor.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty especially if you're into the intense chocolate, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is exactly what it claims to be and just knocks you over with the chocolate, so I can see where those that like aspect of a big stout would love this beer. However, I think it's a little too over-the-top and there are other big stouts that I would choose first.

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

Can you say Tootsie Roll....

Black pour w/ little head...Smells like melted tootsie rolls..Awesome (and i dont even like tootsie rolls)!!!

Taste is chocolate....dark, milk,cocoa, tootsie rolls, bittersweet,etc....All of them..blended perfectly

Alcohol sneaks up at the end just to remind me that it is 11%

Creamy and Lush Mouthfeel that you dont want to go away.

Love everything about this beer

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

Appearance: It's a dark chocolate brown color. Not quite black, but very dark. There's a little light getting through giving it garnet highlights. The head (what little bit there is) is tan in color and doesn't quite reach a finger deep. I suspect the abv's just a little too much for it.

Smell: is very if there was any real question about that. Chocolate malts are abundant. There some roasted malts that are secondary, but complement the sweet chocolate smell very nicely. THere's a very faint coffee smell that adds some character. It's very subtle. Pay attention. Hops are noted, but don't smell strong. Alcohol is present, but doesn't come across as offensive. This is delicious smelling beer.

Taste: Choklat is every bit as delicious as the nose suggested. The flavor is chock full of sweet chocolate malts and has a flavor that's very reminiscent of Hershey's chocolate. Despite having such a candy bar-like flavor, it really works well as a beer. There's a strong barley flavor. Hops are much more prominent than I expected and they drive this beer to excellence. They're bitter and have a really nice bite. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but it's not offensive. Not warm or hot at all. Honestly, I'm shocked that this is an 11% beer. There's no way it comes across that strong. Finishes chocolaty and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a body that's thick, very smooth, and lush. It's very creamy and impressive. Southern Tier hit a homerun here. Drinkability is good, but a little shy of excellent. I love the flavor and just about everything about this beer. But, it is big, filling, and strong. It's hard to make a case otherwise.

Choklat is damn fine beer. It's honestly quite a bit better than I expected. It is very chocolaty and definitely has a dessert beer vibe. But, it works as a beer very well. It has a very nice malty base that's more diverse than just chocolate and the hop flavor is incredibly impressive. This is a beer one has to experience to truly appreciate what it is. Recommended.

Photo of Brad007
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with a nice small brown head.

Aroma is full of cocoa, reminiscent of a hersheys bar. Creamy and roasty.

Taste is sweet, creamy and chock full of cocoa goodness. Smooth. Not too roasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering creaminess chocolate and light roasted coffee.

Magnificent. Would make an excellent dessert beer. Chocolate flavor and aroma may turn off purists to the style. However, its very drinkable.

Photo of SykDoc
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a dark brown and it appears black and opaque when held to the light. A tan 1/2 inch head reduces to a nice lacing around the edges and a slight overlay.

The aroma is basically chocolate cake. It is amazing. There are also some coffee notes that linger and a dark chocolate flavor on top.

The taste includes a nice level chocolatey malts and a nice hoppy taste on top. There is bittersweet chocolate with minimal coffee and a spicy/bitter taste that lingers. The chocolate flavors vary throughout the beverage and change with the temperature.

The mouthfeel reveals a full bodied beer. There is a nice level of carbonation for the flavor. It is fairly thick and creamy and leaves a nice level of dryness at the finish.

I am amazed by this beer. It is extraordinarily drinkable. I would actually have to be cautious given the ABV, cause this is easy to drink and very taste. I will keep my eyes open for it and will purchase whatever I can get. My wife also loved it.

Photo of selecter70
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious! Even though I'm not the biggest chocolate fan, I do enjoy a good chocolate stout. This Black Water Series 1pt. 6oz. 11% bottle was eagerly purchased & sat just waiting for my joy. A sticky-smooth dark brown & copper pour to a full light brown with yellow 3-finger head soon dissipates to a thin-to nothing head, but with nice lacing. A porter-like aroma with strong port wine hints and nice dark chocolate-black coffee & toffee scents. My wife's response "oooo...candy, pure Hershey's" although more to the darker end, than the milk-chocolate end. Upon tasting, a nice subtly-smoked malt with lemon hop edging was present. Smooth to the tongue with a rauchbier twist, but not too much! A bit of alcohol sits in your nose, warming it. The flavor definitely is a bit milder than the aroma, but still a great sipper!

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A:Near pitch black in color. A hard pour reveals a tan colored head that rapidly dissapates into a soft blanket of bubbles that barely cover the top of the brew. Virtually no lacing to speak of.

S:Luxious dark chocolate. A soft whiff of caramel. Sweetness of molasses. Earthy hops and a slight alcohol presence.

T:First taste unleashes a huge three pronged surge of chocolate on the tongue. Starts off with a very rich and dark Belgian choclate and is followed by a wave of creamy milk chocolate that is followed by a soft finishing taste of cocoa powder. Flavors of caramel and or toffee appear and are quickly followed by a soft wet earth like hop prescence. More chocolate for the finishing act and a soft alcohol burn.

M:Thick and silky smooth. Slightly slick. Warm, dry and sticky.

D:A true desert brew if ever there was one. High alcohol content and overall sweetness limit the amount consumed but a treat none the less. Highly recommeneded for the chocolate lover !

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy head, typical of stouts. The smell is immediately dark chocolate. Taste is heavy on the roasted malts, very heavy bordering on burnt. The chocolate is pronounced and very heavy. Mouthfeel is incredibly chewy, the high ABV is so prevalent that it almost changes the texture. Aftertaste is a bit intense due to the extremely high ABV. Drinkability is notched down just a smidge and I can't believe I'm saying this but it's mainly due to the overwhelming presence of alcohol. Still tremendously delicious though.

Photo of msolar
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a great beer - I'm a huge fan of chocolate stouts and of Southern Tier, and had been saving this bomber for a couple months. It didn't disappoint. While Southern Tier sometimes over-flavors their beers (i.e. Creme Brulee, Cherry Saison) I think this one was right on the spot.

The aroma was terrific, the taste, the body... near perfect. I didn't give it a "5" for mouthfeel since I think it could have been a bit fuller.

If you like this, I'd also suggest Founder's Breakfast Stout, Stone's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and Young's Double Chocolate Stout.... all some of my favorite beers.

I'll certainly buy this Southern Tier beer again, and might put it on tap next fall/winter.


Photo of radshoesbro
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is by memory, but everything i remember about it was GREAT!

dark, big head, good lace, etc. but who really cares about all that?

do you like chocolate? chocolate milk, malts, etc. this is that. in beer form. when it comes to chocolate beers it absolutely doesn't get any better than this! PLUS, you can still totally tell it's a stout, the chocolate doesn't mask those flavors or aromas at all. it's still got that nice malty quality to it and it's a very full flavored beer. very solid, very righteous, very worth buying!

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby hues around the edges when held to light. About a half inch of tan colored head that has decent retention. Aroma is like that of a malted milk ball.

Tons of sweet chocolate. Kind of tastes like a chocolate malt with a very bitter roasted malt finish, almost a burnt taste. This beer kind of feels to me like an Imperial Youngs Double Chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice carbonation level. Drinablility isnt great, a snifter full would be about enough, no need for a bombers worth. Decent but I would rather have a Rogue Chocolate Stout.

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

Wow! That is the best term I can think of to describe this beer.

It literally tastes like a glass of high quality chocolate elixer fit for the gods.

Pours a deep black and takes a while for the dutch cocoa colored head to build. It doesn't stay around long, but rebuilds with every swirl. For a beer with this high of an ABV, it is very good.

The aroma is so good it really rates a 6! It is like opening a box of the finest chocolates you can buy. It is like smelling Godiva chocolate liqueur.

The taste is also exceptional. It is sweet enough to really bring out the chocolate, yet still has enough bitterness on the finish to round out and balance the beer.

Mouthfeel is perfect. It is rich and thick and chewy, yet clears the palate quickly, leaving a faint echo of chocolate.

Overall, you would never even guess that this is an 11% beer. It drinks so easily you could easily finish a bomber and start the next. So be warned--drink carefully as there will undoubtably be a kick on this one as it gets into the bloodstream.

My advice, buy this if you see it no matter what the price!

Photo of tmoneyba
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend. Poured a black color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted malt, dark choclate and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth creamy texture. Heavy complex bittersweet choclate flavor with a smooth sweet dark sweet finish of long duration. Very well balanced complex stout. This is a standout beer.

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

Not trying to slam this beer but it didn't do it for me. I had it last year and remember it being better than this.

A- Poured into snifter jet black with little to no head and had no lacing when glass was finished

S- Dark cherries, malted milk, smores over a campfire without the smoke flavor

T- Chocolate covered cherries, it hides the alcohol well. I know it's not at all cost effective to use high quality chocolate for such a widely distributed beer but Choklat is to real chocolate as instant coffee is to fair trade. I can taste the coco powder

M- Had some weight to it but still a touch dry

D- Because of the high ABV, not so much. Possible desert to share w/ friends, in small portions. It's as drinkable as eating 2lbs of chocolate is edible.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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