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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,624
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 435
Gots: 824 | FT: 37
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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 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.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 26, 2010). No 'bottled on' date here.

Eyes: Pours a very dark chocolaty brown/black. One finger of fluffy brownish head forms and dissipates.

Nose: As advertised, it smells almost exclusively of chocolate. It smells how I'd expect dark chocolate milk to be. A hint of hops also?

Tongue: Dark chocolate again, but this time it's burnt chocolate with a distinct alcohol burn. Some burnt cocoa and soft vanilla are here also, but mostly the burnt chocolate. It's nice, but a bit too one dimensional for me.

Mouth: It's actually quite smooth until the alcohol makes it's appearance. Carbonation is very good however.

Libation: What a surprise, it's very chocolaty. I like the concept, but it just isn't balanced. The aroma is quite good, but it's just too much of a one trick pony. It certainly delivers the chocolate, but not a whole lot else.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Into my Delirium Tremens snifter, it pours a thinish looking deep brown. Average sized head thats a sandy brown color. Basically the same color as the tan on the label on the bottle. The head soon fades and leaves a tiny amount of lacing.

S- Wow! I could smell this as soon as I started pouring. There is A LOT going on here. This is becoming a trait I find many ST beers have. (Pumking, Creme Brulee). You are immediately hit with a wall of chocolate. Its a sugary, candy like chocolate smell. Much like Tootsie Rolls. Smelling out of the glass the chocolate smell becomes richer. Its a deep milky chocolate smell underneath the Tootsie Rolls. Beneath it all is some alcohol, just to remind you that this is actually a beer and not a milk shake. There is also a nice fruitiness that trails the chocolate. Mostly hints of cherry.

T- Much like the nose. Big wall of chocolate. The chocolate, much like in the nose wears many hats. It starts off sugary and Tootsie Roll-like. It gets very creamy in the middle and finishes very nice and rich and milky. There is a tiny bite of bitterness at the finish that helps to keep this from being too sweet. It finishes slightly boozy, as many of these ST beers do, but it isnt too much or very out of place.

M- Feels a lot fuller and smoother as the beer warms. It becomes VERY thick and smooth. Its like pure chocolate syrup. Very little carbonation and slightly warm finish.

D- Pretty sweet, but surprisingly not too sweet. Fairly warm and boozy. This site says 9.1% ABV but my bottle says 11%. The 11% seems much more likely.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore -- 01.23.2010.

Poured a very dark brown, about the color of rich dark chocolate. A tiny bit of head to it, and minimal amounts of lacing as it went down. The smell was pretty one dimensional, but it was done incredibly well--lots of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs atop a little bit of roasted malt. The taste was very similar, except there was an off bitterness to it, which detracted a lot from what was in the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-full with good carbonation. A little heavy to be too drinkable, but for its style and ABV, I wouldn't complain.

Photo of SteveS1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They suggest to serve in a snifter, but failing that I poured into a large wine glass that might as well have been a snifter with a long stem.

Look- Completely black, opaque. Sizeable brown head after a vigorous pour, delicate foamy lacing with little retention. The bubbles fizz as the head receded.

Smell- a very impressive milk chocolate smell, sweet and surprisingly no hints of roasted malts (though it was a bit chilled which may have hidden other scents)

Taste- sweet chocolate on the tongue, roasted malts and chocolate on the palate, finishes with modest coffee and chocolate bitterness. Aftertaste is a clean dark chocolate bitterness.

Feel- smooth and creamy, slight carbonation

Drinkability- This is a rich and powerful brew, combined with the alcohol content and large bottle size, you could easily share this with a few friends. It's very smooth, but I recommend savoring the flavor.

Overall this beer offers exactly what the self-important bottle proclaims, and that's all anyone could ask for.

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

Poured into a snifter. Black, decent amount of carbonation, also not bad head retention for a higher abv beer.

Smells like... wooh wee that's choklat-ee! Smells like a candy bar. Beyond the awesome chocolatiness, some dark fruits - plums, cherries, more chocolate.

Everything you need to know about this beer is in the name. By far, the most downright chocolate beer I've ever laid my lips upon. Other than the explosive choklatiness, a small amount of malt and barley. Also a bit citrusy, due to a surprising amount of hops. The alcohol makes itself known, but it's moderate and it integrates incredibly well.

Mouth feel is full, creamy, nice amount of carbonation.

Choklat is indulgent and sinful. It's definitely a sipper, but if you've got the time to sit and enjoy this one, do so. It's incredible.

Photo of ArrogantJaron
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In a pint glass at THE OLD BAG OF NAILS in Upper Arlington, just north of Columbus Ohio.

A- The 16 ounces poured beautifully! It has a rich, dark color, or rather lack of color since it is completely black. Much like the dark cocoa it is named after! A slight, smooth, milk chocolate head of less than a finger appeared but dissipated quickly. A light spiderweb of lacing is apparent at first but is gone as I get deeper into the drink.

S- It's simple and wonderful.... Chocolate! I don't know if I could honestly tell the difference between this beer and a hershey's dark chocolate bar if I was blindfolded! There is a slight fruitiness near the end of the nose, but not much!

T- Again, the name says it all! It starts with chocolate, in the middle it's chocolate and it finishes with chocolate! There's very little bozziness at all especially for a 9% beer! It is rich and pith and bitter! Just like great dark chocolate! Southern Tier always produces what the beers name implies! In this case, it's the best chocolate stout I've ever had!

M- A full, rich mouth comes along with everything else that this beer comes with. Like drinking dark chocolate milk! Smooth and strong

D- even though I truly enjoy this beer, the sweetness is a bit much so that I don't think I would drink more than 2 pints at one sitting. Although, I fully recommend this to anyone at anytime! Fantastic flavor and completely in a class of it's own! A great dessert beer!

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

Poured ½ of a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Formed a single finger dirty tan head that dissipated as quickly as it formed. No lacing to speak of. Very dark, solid looking body that light cannot be forced through...even when backlit.

Pretty simple, but delicious aromas...cocoa powder, caramel and cream.

Sweet malts are followed by dark chocolate flavors. The finish is slightly boozy, but not overpowering. There is a small hop presence in the aftertaste that gets harder to detect as the brew warms.

Medium-Thick mouth feel with very little carbonation.

Drinkable but could not handle more than one bomber on my own!

Photo of JISurfer
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wasn't a big fan of the appearance on this one. The head retention wasn't there. Sure, it started out big, but fizzled out. The smell was unlike anything I've smelled in a chocolate beer before. Strong chocolate up front, then... yep, more chocolate. Taste was chocolate up front, but then a slight tinge of hops and then a chocolate finish. It's a thick, strong beer, but was easy to drink. Didn't fill me up at all. Get your hands on it if you can.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,624 ratings.