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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,657
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 438
Gots: 834 | FT: 38
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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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Ratings: 4,657 | Reviews: 1,489
Photo of Risser09
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottled poured into a snifter - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" light brown head. It shows decent retention, without any lace left behind.

Smell: Humongous amounts of dark and milk chocolate, cocoa and chocolate cake. It smells chewy, bready and sweet. Chocolate malt, subtle anise, but not roasty at all. Very pleasant.

Taste: Heavily chocolated with more milk chocolate and dark chocolate. It really tastes like a decadent milk/dark chocolate truffle. It has a Hershey's syrup flavor as well. Chocolate malt and some espresso are subtle. The hops are hard to notice, but do add a bitter component. Impressive to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full body that might as well be chocolate syrup. Very sweet initially, with a little bitterness that follows. Chewy, cakey and boozy at the end.

Drinkability: What a beer. I am thoroughly enjoying this chocolaty monstrosity. This is one of a kind and should be treated as such when preparing to be consumed. A perfect digestif dessert beer. For that it gets a drinkability 5.

Photo of abuliarose
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying from a pint glass. The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color with a fair-sized, coffee foam-colored head that begins to regress. Smells immediately like a fountain chocolate soda and iced hot chocolate with undertones of caramel and malt. Tastes...

To be frank, this beer tastes delicious. I would have it for dessert over a chocolate milk shake any day. The first taste is sweet chocolate and malt, followed by bittersweet flavors of darker chocolate, roasted malt and hops, all packaged in a light carbonation. It goes down smooth and rich, leaving little lacing. As it warms a little, the aroma takes on undertones of dates and grilled fig. Despite the amazing taste, though, I think it's the smell of candy store chocolate that keeps me sipping.

My hat's off to southern tier for brewing such a tasty offering.

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

Looks like liquid dark chocolate when you pour it, producing a nice tan head that leaves lacing. The smell is big chocolaty syrup, toasted malts and caramel. Definitely can tell that this is going to be packed with chocolate flavor.

The first swig is rich and creamy. Lots of chocolate and the warming of alcohol on the finish. Roasted malts also play a role in the overall flavor of this stout.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Nice carbonation. I could drink this beer all night. The only thing that would stop me from consuming bottle after bottle is the sweetness and the high abv, which would probably catch up with me. But a bomber is a perfect size for a long relaxing night or splitting with a friend. This my first Southern Tier and I am very impressed.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark mahogany, soft tan head.

S: Great full chocolate smell, it really smells like a Tootsie Roll, very fragrant.

T: Tasty, but kind of one-dimensional, has a nice chocolate flavour, Tootsie Roll again, bit of bitterness at the end which I wasn't too fond of.

M: Smooth, kind of light-bodied, for a beer called Choklat, I wanted it to be more mouth-coating.

D: A nice beer from Southern Tier, I wasn't as wowed as I've been with some of their efforts, but it was certainly interesting to drink.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: no head, dark brown in color,

Smell: roasted malt, and chocolate

Taste: burmt malt, in the middle there is a sweet chocolate taste and a more bitter dark chocolate end taste.

Mouthfeel: sweet start, slightly bitter middle, and very sweet end. heavy and thick, no carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is a very slow drinker. You have to love chocolate to love this one. The mix of sweet and dark cholate is awesome. Excellent for a chocolate stout, I will be getting this again, although one per sitting is my limit.

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

pours a coal black with a brown head and, man this one has legs. Swirling leave heavy lacing and the look of a big beer.
Smell and taste are "off the wall" . HUGE chocolate notes in both nose and taste. Liquid chocolate for sure.
Has to be the number one most chocolate beers I have ever had.
Truly a must try!!!

Photo of david18
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had heard this was an amazing beer and possibly one of the best beers ever. I liked it but don't feel that strongly about it. The chocolate flavor and smell are a little too much for me and make this beer vary limited in when and why i'd drink it. I like this brewery and appreciate all the non- conventional styles they create and applaud this one as well. YOu should try and but don't expect too much.

Photo of Gtreid
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A: Almost black with a reddish hue. This is not very impressive to look at. The pour produced next to no head, and no lace.

A: The aroma on the other hand is quite impressive. Big, huge, chocolate all over. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate, a small roastiness from the malt, and a small earthy hop profile is there, but overpowered by the huge chocolate.

T: Again, this is all about the chocolate. Milk, dark, baker's, I don't know, hershey's kiss, how many different chocolates can I name. Oh, and very sweet. Finishes semi-dry, with a definate alcohol presence.

M: Silky smooth, heavy body. A good amount of carbonation give it a little bite.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is low on this one. The sheer amount of sweet chocolate makes it hard to consume too much of it. Overall, I like this beer for what it is, a desert beer. Paired with some chocolate makes for a very sweet and calorie laden desert. Would have agian under the right circumstances. Skal.

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

Opaque black. Inky. A vigorous pour rewards me with three fingers of mocha head. Head has decent retention. Some lace.

Sweet chocolate sauce aroma with hints of coffee in the background. Just a little whiff of alcohol.

Sweet chocolate flavour hits you first, then turns bitter. Nice roasted coffee character. The palate is boozier than the aroma. Alcohol is a little warm.

Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Creamy. This beer is so easy to drink it's dangerous. Goes down like something half its strength.

Photo of callmemickey
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black-brown body. Thin khaki head that quickly receded to a light skim with a ring around the glass. Slight lacing.

S: Smells like a freshly unwrapped, high-quality bittersweet chocolate bar. I think they nailed what they were going for. A rich, ever so slightly-boozy chocolate stout.

T: Mirrors the nose perfectly. Rich bittersweet and dark chocolate. Slight roasted malts and booze.

M: Medium-heavy body. Good, clean finish. Lightly carbonated.

D: Massive at 11%, the booze slowly creeps in... I shared this bottle with my fiance... was a good move, indeed.

Photo of animal69
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Last one at my grocery store, no date code evident

A- pours an absolute black color w/ an almost non-exsistent tan head that left a moderate lacing in my snifter

S- almost 99% chocolate, i get some faint whiffs of roasted malts, but the chocolate prevails over all else, some chinooks(?) and alcohol as it warms, but vague

T- taste follows smell to a suit, so much chocolate that anything else just barely lingers in the background, i get some bready grains w/ nutty choc. malt and a bit of burnt toast, but it's all CHOKLAT, barely any hops either (that i can discern) finish is bittersweet chocolate as well

M- a rich, med. to full mouthfeel w/ a good level of co2, much lighter than i would expect from something that's 11% ABV however

D- if i could drink this beer every day i would, jesus tiddy fucking christ, this may just become my favorite beer of all tyme, absolutely drinkable, can't even tell there's alcohol in it or not, all i know is i could pour this in my coffee mug first thing in the morning...

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber and split 5 ways.

A- Choklat Imperial Stout pours jet black, no highlights with a small dark brown head. Looks delicious.

S- The aroma is the highlight of this beer I think. It smells unlike any other beer I've ever had. The first thing I noticed was the huge chocolate presence in the aroma. But its not like a chocolate malt smell, it just smells like a candy bar or freshly baked chocolate dessert. There is a mild nuttiness in the aroma and maybe a little bit of hops hidden somewhere.

T- Liquid dessert. Almost tastes like a liquified chocolate bar. Something about the chocolate flavor reminds me of a tootsie roll. Very sweet, with some underlying bitterness.

M- Thick, velvety, smooth, chewy, creamy. Sexy.

D- Definitely a beer to split with friends.

Don't pass this one up, it is a really unique experience.

Photo of Onenote81
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from obrienej in a trade awhile back. Thanks!

Poured into my snifter a deep thick black with a very thin tan head on top. No lacing at all. Smells like marshmallows, Hershey's syrup, honey, coffee liqueur, and almonds. Very nice!

The mouth on this is thick and slightly syrupy with a dry, chalky finish. If I sip this right away out of the fridge, it is a big boozy syrupy mess. I would definitely recommend waiting 'til this warms up a bit. As it warms the chocolate flavors come to the forefront. Nice roasted aftertaste, and slightly sweet finish. This is good, but the alcohol is a bit too high for my pleasure. Rogue's Choco Stout is better, as the ABV is about half of this.

I drank half the bottle of this and my wife and I used the rest to pour over a tall glass of vanilla frozen custard. Dang! Glad we did that. This was a very pleasant treat that made the night all the more enjoyable. Recommend.

Photo of Docer
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired a bottle of this in a trade from beandip... also have a mokah to look forward to later on.... just figured I'd get into this one after I just had a Rogue Shakespeare stout..

- Heavy pour from cellar temp. into a tall mug.. very little head at all... little bits of fine foam lacing... mocha colored.. jet-brown color.. very thick..

- Very heavy chocolate smell.. like a freshly baked brownie.. hot and silky smooth and sweet.... have never smelled anything like it... little bit of bitterness from mild hop, and some grainy and/or bready malt hidden behind the mask of hot baked brownie..

- Mmm.. brownie in a bottle... sweet rich fudge, little bit of bitter hop.. only ever so slightly warming after you have swallowed it all entirely... leaves a nice way-afterbite of bitter hop... fantastic flavor.... hides it's mega-strength very well in richness.... the flavor makes you think it is warm...

- Rich, dry, and sweet feel... chewy, chalky... and curious.

- Actually very drinkable... it just tastes so good and is one to share w/ many around... a fantastic one-of-a-kind stout that I hope sticks around a very long time.

Photo of philbe311
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light brown head rises and falls quick leaving minimalistic lacing which is slightly thicker around the edges and thinner, almost non-existent in the middle of the glass... Deep flat black color... Opaque...

S - Brownie batter... Chocolate cake... Milk chocolate... Chocolate syrup... Chocolate milk... Basically all things chocolate... Quite sinful and appealing...

T - Chocolate cake batter... Chocolate milk... Hot fudge... A little bitter dark chocolate... Some burnt bitterness and faint hop presence on the finish and during the after taste...

M - Medium, teetering on full bodied... Viscous and slightly syrupy... Smooth... No discernible carbonation... Coats mouth well and leaves you wanted more sip after sip...

D - Hides the 11% ABV very well... The chocolate stout that all others should be measured by... I have been slightly dissappointed in Southern Tier brews in the past, but this one leaves up to the lofty expectations...

Photo of nasty15108
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a nice head of tan foam.

S - CHOCOLATE! Slight hints of smoke and a little alcohol.

T - Chocolate soda. Slightly sweet up front followed by bitter/metallic after tasts.

MF&D - Creamy and sticky. Does not drink like an %11 ABV.

Photo of deg
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black beer with a tan head. The beer had a very rich smell of chocolate. The taste was a mix of roasted malts and chocolate, with a little hop bitterness. Despite the 11% ABV, I did not notice any alcohol burn or warmth. The beer went down quite easily, maybe a little too easily given the %ABV, but I'm not going to complain.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle received in trade. Shared with Davey and a few others. Poured into snifter a Black that was lighter around the edges with a very minimal head and no laceing, very oily looking. Smell was Hershey's chocolate syrup. Taste was the same as the smell but some soy saucy flavors in there as well. I am not a huge fan of this beer. Mouthfeel was fairly thick and oily.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Big Thanks to thehand for this bottle I won in the Cut Card LIF!

A: Nice deep black color with a a thin splotchy looking head that barely hangs on but manages to stick around.

S: Wow. Dark chocolate, Ovaltine, cocoa. I swear this is fermented Hershey's Syrup! Very sweet, but not way over the top or anything.

T: More of the big chocolate flavors going on. Not as overwhelming as I thought it might be. I would kill for a scoop of vanilla ice cream right now...

M: Big full bodied, fluffy, and smooth. Good carbonation, very enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: I like to think I could drink a whole bottle but I'm not so sure. Definitely worth trying though, I would drink it again.

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

Bottle@19 glas, Stockholm.

A: Dark brownish with a very little head.

S: Dark chocolate (lots!), Caramel and a hint of roasted malts.

T: Chocolate, Dark caramel, Cocoa, Hint of ripe fruit.

M: Very thick and demanding taste of chocolate that ends with a bitter taste of cocoa and hops.

If you like chocolate, this is the beer for you. Decievingly drinkable for 11%.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Grading appearance, smell, taste, mothfeel and drinkability, seperately, on a 1 to 5 scale, I fear that my overall grade will be somewhere around a B. That is not my intentions, but that is how the formulas work, and such is life.

Anyway, had it on tap at the Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore (go Orioles!).

This is the most chocolaty, sweet, milk-shake-like beer that I've ever had, and that's not a good thing. I finished maybe half a pint before I went into diabetic shock. Just way, way too much chocolaty-sweetness going on here. I would have gone to Ben & Jerry's if I was looking for a sugar fix.

My Beer Advocate grade might say 'B' but my taste buds say 'I'm drowning in Giardelli's"

Photo of hdofu
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow what a chocolate taste. This is one of the sweetest beers I have ever encountered. Color is coffee brown with a thin tan head. Smell is like hershey's syrup. Taste is deep chocolate flavor with a hint of malt finish. Drinkability is dangerously high considering the high abv. Mouthfeel is pretty thick. All and all I would say its another example of southern tier's impressive imperials.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared courtesy of Viggo - thanks again man! Pours a rich, viscous liquid - could be melted chocolate. Just a little chocolaty head, pretty still.

When you put it up to your nose you swear it's not beer in the glass. It smells like a freshly poured glass of premium chocolate milk. Behind the massive outpouring of milk chocolate is a faint hint of roasting. I could smell this forever, best part of the beer!

Taste has more of that deep, rich chocolate (what do you expect from a review about a beer named Choklat?), hints of bitter dark chocolate, a nice roasty quality intermingles which tones down the sweetness, just a faint drying from the hops in the finish. Silky carbonation, not overly big body.

This is a big beer, but as Southern Tier is known to do, it's extremely drinkable. The ABV obviously limits it but a bomber, either split or on one's own shouldn't be a problem for anyone. Great beer. Thanks Eric!

Photo of johnd513
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes to Slater1313 for this one.
Pours dark brown, almost black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing on the glass. Smells strongly of bitter sweet chocolate. Tastes of syrupy chocolate, followed by roasted malts and alcohol. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth ending with a slight alcohol burn that lingers on the tongue. Drinkability is decent, i really enjoyed this beer all the way through but would not drink another due the to the abv.

Photo of maddogruss
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown/black with a small, tan head with pretty nice retention and lacing overall.

S: A fairly strong, bittersweet chocolate smell. Reminded me a little bit of Hershey's dark chocolate.

T: Taste like chocolate with a fairly high alcohol level. The chocolate taste was very nice and did a good job of covering the high alcohol level and prevented any serious alcohol burn from taking away from the overall experience. Definitely a nice, warming beer.

M: A pretty nice, medium-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Nice feeling on the tongue.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer pretty drinkable. Besides the fairly high alcohol level, it was pretty easy drinking and could have had a few without really filling me up. Definitely a solid beer and recommended to all.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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