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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 399
Gots: 626 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Overlord
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.


Overlord, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

kmo1030, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Fish113d
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Fish113d, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of FatheadBrew
2.58/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

FatheadBrew, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.73/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

JDV, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

meatyard, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of belhav0322
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

belhav0322, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of trumpetego
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

trumpetego, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of ejquin
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

ejquin, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of BlindPig
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

BlindPig, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of BKIII
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


BKIII, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of bainard
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

bainard, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bomber pours a very dark brown, not a complete jet black, though, that reveals a touch of ruby color when held to the light. Not a huge head...only about one finger of khaki head, and it only retains some lace around the rim of the glass.

The smell is pure chocolate, although it is a very syrupy sort of chocolate aroma, just like Hershey's syrup. Some cocoa powder, too, and I think I sense some dark fruits trying to nose their way through, but the chocolate syrup aroma dominates and it's pretty one dimensional. Some whiffs of booze, too, reminiscent of creme de cocoa or maybe Godiva liqueur.

The flavor has much more complex chocolate characteristics than the smell. This is just oozing with layers of chocolate flavor..bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder. And then there is some roasted/burnt malt flavor to balance out the sweetness. Some warming alcohol, also, and like the smell that makes it reminiscent of Godiva liqueur or creme de cocoa. All of that being said it's really tasty, although if it were a tad bit less syrupy tasting it would be a 5. Mouthfeel has a medium to full body and is quite creamy.

This is by far the most chocolaty beer I've ever experienced. It's very tasty, but it's a little too much like Hershey's chocolate syrup to me. If you like chocolaty stouts, though, then this beer is probably heaven. But one bomber is enough for me. I can't believe I'm writing this, but I think it's just too much chocolate (wait, is that possible?). I'm really glad I got to try it, though, and if I saw it on tap I'd definitely order a glass to see how it compares to the bottle.

number1bum, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a color as black as pitch, like oil sludge. Capping this is a creamy, dark-khaki, 1 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly and as it goes, leaves spotty specks of lace behind.

S: Smells like rich Belgian dark chocolate, chocolate liquor, bakers chocolate, and even a hint of milk chocolate. As it warms we also noticed an incredible whiff of espresso. Unbelievable!

T: See above with dark fruit, blackened malt, bitter hops, hot alcohol, and even more dark roast coffee/espresso.

M: A little on the thin side, but we also found it to be creamy, sticky, coating, and oily. Roasted malts, bitter hops, and the blast of alcohol ensure that the mouthfeel is also quite spicy, bright, and bitter.

D: Strong alcohol flavor coupled with incredibly delicious chocolate cake flavors and aromas...how can you go wrong?

GbVDave, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of LeonTrotsky
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mikesgroove and dmeadows for this one, I received a bottle from each of them in my Beer Powerball winnings.

Poured from a bottle into my Darkness tulip (just like most beer I drink).

A: Black with a small creamy head that left minimal lacing.
S: Chocolate! It certainly does smell a lot like chocolate, the bitter dark kind that I like. There was a hint of yummy malt in the background as well.
T: CHOCOLATE! Just like it smells. "Oh man this is good" is what I was thinking every time I took a sip. There is no hint of the 11% it claims on the bottle.
M: Thick but not cloying, it feels pretty good. Also it tastes like chocolate.
D: I was sad to have the bottle end, I could really drink this all night, which with the invisible 11% would not be such a good idea.

This was a very good beer. It makes me sad to think that after I drink the other bottle I have I won't be able to drink anymore. Southern Tier should really start distributing to Minnesota for me.

LeonTrotsky, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Celt44
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into my DFH Snifter like that last guy...what a coincidence.
Appearance is standard and what I would expect from a chocolate stout - dark full body with a rich, tan, frothy head which doesn't last too long.
Aroma is unmistakenly chocolate. Nestle Quick Chocolate Milk Powder mix comes to mind. Beautiful.
Taste is all chocolate and malts. For over 11%, alcohol is hardly present except for the slight burn.
Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth - silky smooth.
Overall the BEST Chocolate Stout to pass my lips. Congrats to Southern Tier on another excellent and superior product.

Celt44, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured pitch black with some dark brown highlights around the rim when held up to the light; no other light penetration otherwise. Quarter-inch mocha colored head dissipated immediately into an oily film. Virtually no lacing adherence with the exception of a narrow ring around them rim. Scent - Belgian dark chocolate (duh), almost overpoweringly so, with the scent remaining in the nostrils between sips. Taste similar to nose with the presence of malt now detectable. Alcohol was surprisingly well-hidden considering the 11% abv. Silky mouthfeel with a little effervescence making it less chewy than anticipated. Finish left a lingering bitterness in the mouth (hops?) that didn't subside until the next sip. An enjoyable imperial for the most part; however, not being a fan of dark chocolate, I found the experience a little too overwhelming and actually prefer Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout over Southern Tier's Choklat.

Jwale73, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like midnight with no stars and comes with a tan head. Nose is fully a dark chocolate bar. Flavor is chocolate layered on chocolate. Just mounds of ever piece of dark chocolate you could imagine. Feel is smooth with a full carbonation. As beautiful as it was on the bottle. By far the most firm chocolate stout around. Very nice.

RblWthACoz, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a bubbly tan head that hangs around for about as long as you would expect for a high ABV beer; dots the chalice with lace

Smell: This one smells like rich Belgian chocolate, melted down and streaming into your nostrils

Taste: Opens like an Aztec chocolate, with rich, dark chocolate flavors that are joined, mid-palate, by the subtle bitter influence from the hops, which persists to the very end; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; warmth on the finish adds to the hot chocolate aspect

Drinkability: This is one superb brew; it's going to be tough to beat on the chocolate scale

brentk56, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of EGledhill
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at D's in Regent Square.

get it while you can, they bought up the last 6 barrels of this sweet gift from the beer gods left in Pittsburgh

A. black with a tan head

S. an unbelievable chocolate aroma...couldn't wait to suck it down

T. not as potent as the smell, but nevertheless, fantastic. chocolate the whole way through. the only beer I've had with a better chocolate taste so far has been Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

M. a little thin, maybe making them a little too easy to drink.

D. supremely good. Stopped at D's to grab a mixed 6 and Probably should've eaten something. they're not kidding when they say 11.0% ABV. Overall one of the best. Simply put, amazing

EGledhill, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOYS, COME IN FROM THE COLD!!! Moms got hot chocolate on the stove.

Pours dark, like the night.

Heavy chocolate nose, penetrating. Some faint smell of the swiss miss sweating liquor out of her pores. Real cocoa smell, like fresh off the cocoa bean. Nutty almost

Tastes like licking every street pole in hershey park. chocolatey goodness drips from this potent potable. Warm alcohol burns down your throat. Lingering aftertaste of nestle hot chocolate lingers. I taste no hops.

Mouthfeel is weak for an RIS. That is what this is right? Little too much carbonation but this would FANTASTIC on nitro. Can we make that happen? Is this really 11% abv, I can only feel it when i'm drunk, after the first three sips.

Overall a good beer. I think Southern Tier is becoming a haute couture brewery. These beers make FFF look like Pabst. I didnt like the Pumking. Recently had the abyss and I would say the abyss is a more enjoyable beer, but this one grabs your attention and beats you the hell up with a sack full of chocolate, not doorknobs or oranges, or cats.

Murchmac, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of gwong
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a growler filled at the Whole Foods on the Lower East Side of NYC.

A: A nice, dark stout with a nice creamy head formed at the end of the pour.

S: It smells like, what else, chocolate - the best way to describe the scent is that it's very similar to a 70% cocoa chocolate bar.

T: While the chocolate flavor is very strong, it's not nearly as strong a flavor as it was a scent. It tastes like very good bittersweet chocolate.

M: Thinner than most stouts but leaves a wonderful chocolate aftertaste on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable - the chocolate aroma and flavor does way too good a job at masking the fact that it's an 11% ABV beer.

gwong, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of tjthresh
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured opaque black with a brown head. The aroma was like chocolate liquor with some peppermint patty. Think the chocolate came off very extract-ish in the flavor. I was still good, but it was just that one note. Medium/full body. Medium carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Syrupy.

tjthresh, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of SwillBilly
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OldSock for bringing this back from Mass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich onyx devoid of any light topped by a thick, foamy, light brown head that fades very slowly. Thick sheets of brown lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: Loads of bittersweet chocolate, like smelling a chocolate shake with a bit of alcohol thrown into the mix.

Taste: Starts with a mouthful of bittersweet chocolate, sweet but not cloying, with a dose of malted milk balls and a hint of alcohol. The finish has a just a bit of roastiness and good hoppy bite due to the Chinook hops used for bittering. Chocolatey sweet but nicely finished with good bit of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, velvety, coats the mouth. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: A very unique beer to say the least. By far the most chocolatey beer I've had. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate with a nice bit of maltiness that is followed by a good dose of bittering hops. Very drinkable considering the ABV. Definitely drinkable. Seek and Enjoy.

SwillBilly, Jan 18, 2008
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,216 ratings.