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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,613
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 431
Gots: 825 | 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 ManofMead
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First I must say I love chocolate!!!

Reviewed on 5-2-09. Poured from a bomber in a snifter. All I can see is dark..typical stout appearance.

Smell:Big surprise here all chocolate!

Taste : All chocolate!! I love it!!

Mouthfeel: Faboulous dark belgian chocolate, smooth,very surprising for an 11.0% ABV. Very dangerous!

Drinkability: I sure I could drink only 2 bombers but I feel I could drink more but this is a fantastic drink to pair with a dessert or on its own! A specialty beer to be sure but Southern Tier really hit their mark here! One of my favorites of all time!

Photo of Martin2D
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a smallish dark tan head that fades quickly

S - Swiss miss hot chocolate and alcohol

T - Alcoholic brownies and roasty deliciousness on the aftertase

M - Medium in carbonation and full in body. Extremely creamy mouthfeel.

D - This is one of those beers that just catches you by surprise. You just don't think this can happen and it does. Simply stunning for what it's supposed to be.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tprokop for this one. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into two snifters.

Appearance: Somewhere between dark brown and black, virtually opaque. One finger of off-white head that subsided to nothing fairly quickly. Some lacing, but it all subsided fairly quickly.

Smell: Well, chocolate. Predominately milk chocolate, with some dark chocolate bitterness in the background. Some astringent notes from the alcohol come through.

Taste: Like liquid chocolate. Wow. Smooth milk chocolate flavors hits the tongue right away, with a nice bitterness from the dark chocolate in the background, and in the aftertaste. Nice hop balance in the aftertaste too. This is by far the most chocolatey beer I've ever tasted, and it definitely lives up to its reputation in that aspect. There's also enough of a typical sweet malty backbone to stand up to the intense chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick, almost syrup-like. Carbonation is just about perfect, maybe a tinge too prickly.

Drinkability: Well, I'm definitely glad I had someone to split the bomber with. As good as this was, it would be a chore to finish the whole bomber - it's incredibly thick and rich. One glass was even tough to finish. Definitely a sipper. Very enjoyable, however.

Photo of Backer2004
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, on a night where we pulled out the big guns - Stone RIS, AleSmith Speedway Stout, Founders KBS, nothing prepare us for Choklat.

I'm pretty sure this is just delicious melted chocolate fermeneted with Belgian yeast. Pretty incredible and a must try for the beer and non-beer lover alike. Could really change some people's perception.

Not sure if I could finish a bomber of this, but well worth trying sometime

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

pours a jet black with a thin brown head, and good lacing.

smell of mocha, coffee, some vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of roasted nuts.

taste is creamy, dark and milk chocolate, and some nuts, ends creamy and a touch of bitter.

overall a very nice imperial stout.

Photo of becktone
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 2-22-09

Done horizontally with Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Southern Tier Choklat, Redhook Double Black, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Avery Mephistopheles, and New Holland Night Tripper.

Eye: Pretty much no head, what formed of it died instantly, however I think that it is this particular glass. Was drinking this one last night and it had a nice head with nice lacing. It pours black and thick, no highlights.

Nose: Intense chocolate aroma. This one smells like melted dark chocolate. Just sweet dark chocolate. Nothing that resembles beer in this one, yet the aroma is very inviting. Prolly the best chocolate smelling beers I've ever put the nose to. Just big chocolate, not much complexity, but very strong and just... well, overall great.

Tongue: Heaviest and the most robust and focused of all these beers. I'm not going to fault this beer for having one flavor only. This is an intense chocolate that hits you. Alcohol is hidden, you'd have no idea that this were 11%abv less the bottle told you. Its like you're drinking melted chocolate, yet were you to do that you'd prolly gag because its so thick. This is an awesome beer. If you're a fan of chocolate you can't pass this up. Faint fruitiness as well, mirroring the darker side-such as black cherries. This beer is the epitome of chocolate.

Feel and Drinkability: This is by far the heaviest and thickest beer in this lineup. Very heavy and thick, smooth like velvet, but with the weight of lead. Carbonation is almost nonexistant, just enough to tell you this is a beer. This is by far the best feeling and the easiest to drink of all these beers, alcohol is well hidden and it feels perfect. With the alcohol hidden this well its almost as if you're not partaking any alcohol into your body.

edit: of the six beers here the most difficult to drink were the World Wide Stout, Avery Mephistopheles, and New Holland Night Tripper. After coming back to the beers once done with the tasting, these three had alcohol in the foreground, the most prevalant....making them sippers.

Photo of beernut
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber. Color is like hershey's syrup. Aroma is like hersheys syrup (with alcohol). Taste is SWEET with roasted malt. Some alcohol taste as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet. My teeth cried out, because it was sweet. So much chocolate taste here. VERY good beer. I was tempted to mix it with milk. Couldn't see drinking more than 1 bottle in a nite. Something that needs to be sipped and enjoyed.

Photo of jdg204
3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ever since Jahva, Pumking, and Unearthly knocked my fricken socks off I've been jacked up to try this brew! Finally found it, so I had to give it a go.

A: Dark Brown with a light brown head that lasts and lasts as a thin skim.

S: Boozy and Tootsie roll like sweet chocolate too.

T: (Cheap tootsie roll) Chocolate dominates, making up perhaps 90 plus percent of the profile. Touches of roasted malt and crème fill in the rest. Tastes way too sweet and comes off cheap.

M: Boozy but only lightly burning, bittersweet, but still surprisingly light considering the abv.

D: Not good at all. Maybe the most disappointing brew I've ever had considering how excited I was to try this. The cheap chocolate flavor dominate and made this disgustingly sweet. I do have to respect that ST does these extreme brews and goes all out and when you like it they're golden, but this just wasn't for me.

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

22 ounce bomber split with psycohops. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear dark brown color with about a finger of tight ecru head. Best way to describe the smell and tastes - almost exactly like a liquefied chocolate tootsie pop (a tie with grape for my favorite flavor) minus a bit of the sweetness. Don't get me wrong, this beer is sweet, but it's not overpowering to me at least. Awesome awesome stuff. Please beermail me if you find a beer with more chocolate presence than this one as I'd love to try it.

Photo of deanhead
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into a tulip glass, was black and as dark as the night of a new moon.
You can smell the alcohol and chocolate in this beer right off the bat. The scent of cocoa and sweetness permeates the bubbles and tickled my nose. Aroma is so super chocolaty.

Tenacious & ultra-boozy, everything about this beer is intense. From the chocolaty aroma, to the intense roasted flavor & extreme dank bitterness, to the full body of this beer.

The finish while somewhat dry is also very clingy on palate. A remarkably flavorful and delicious beer. This beer is fabulous in almost every right, except it's drinkability which is decent. All of the flavors in this beer make it so incredibly rich, that I would not be ble to drink more then 10-12 ounces of this in one sitting.

Let's face it this beer is over the top in every aspect. It should be shared with another for maximum enjoyment.

Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this beer at Hopleaf

served in a tulip glass

A: Black, opaque. Very thin off white head.

S: Smells of candy. Sort of a cross between a tootsie roll and a Hershey's bar.

T: Flavor is almost comical: chocolate, but neither high quality dark chocolate nor milk chocolate. Sort of "fake" chocolate with faint espresso notes. Wife notes it tastes exactly like a chocolate twizzler, though, I cannot confirm this as I have never had one.

M: Full, thick liquid, but due to a good degree of carbonation, it is not a heavy beer.

D: This is a unique beer and I cannot say I would ever order another or could even consider having more than one in a sitting, but I couldn't stop drinking it. It's a fun beer and it literally put a smile on my face. As for the 11% alcohol, I don't know where it was hiding, but I couldn't tell it was there as neither the taste nor the alcoholic effects were present for such a high alcohol brew.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a large snifter.

Dark opaque black color.. fizzy with a minimal tan head. Smell is pure semisweet/bitter dark chocolate. Maybe a little maple syrup, molasses, and dark sweet fruit hidden well behind the overwhelming chocolate presence.

Taste is extremely sweet.. and definitely chocolate. I haven't had a beer yet with this much chocolate flavor. Very limited hop flavor shows up at the end. A fizzy carbonated mouthfeel, not too thick/creamy. This isn't too heavy either and I can't believe it is 11% ABV.. very smooth and well put together. Excellent.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beauty of a bottle from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, those boys are alright. It's been sitting in my cellar for just the right moment. It's moment has come.

Pours a beautiful viscous black with a khaki head. No lacing around the glass, and 1/4 inch head seems to be dissipating.

Smell - Chocolate hits you right in the face - molasses, definitely vanilla and some faint espresso bean in the background, but not overpowering like coffee RIS's

This taste is one of the reasons I drink beer. Unbelievable blend of chocolate and roasted malt, maybe even hints of rum and coconut in the background too. WOW.

As you can imagine, creamy, thick, coats the inside of your throat. Even though this has a high ABV, it hides it extremely well, and if available on tap at a nearby bar (not bloody likely), I'd get into a lot of trouble.

Southern Tier - My hat goes off to you boys. Simply magnificent.

Photo of BeerStine
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into a tulip glass.

Pours pitch black with an almond brown head that dissipates rather quickly. I love the smell. Smells of malts galore! A deep roasted chocolate smell with caramel hints. Maybe even smells a bit like hazelnut (definitely a nutty smell). There is also a strong boozy smell. Taste is not as intense as the smell would lead you to anticipate. The taste is a sweet, charcoal-like, chocolate taste. Lots of malts with a decent bittering hops to balance. Mouthfeel is light with little carbonation. Drinkablilty is great. I feel like this could be a session beer for me (even though it's 11% ABV).

I guess I was expecting a big, thick stout. Didn't really get that, but it was still a quality beer. I do love this beer's nutty smell.

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

This was recommended to me by a friend and it punched me in the face with its awesomeness and high abv. It tastes so good I want to live in this beer or maybe become this beer in the next life.

The mystery to me why are the regular beers by Southern Tier (like their IPA and Rasp wheat) so underwhelming when this brew is completely amazing? I gotta try their Creme Brule next. Can't wait.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours almost pitch black, only the faintest hints of brown/deep-red can be seen at the top edge of the beer when held to direct light. The head that forms is dense, deep-espresso in color and dissipates to a fine layer of head on the top of the beer. The smell is all over the place. I get some nice milk chocolate notes, with the glass sitting on the desk next to me, coupled with a light roasted character. Putting my nose up to the glass releases a chocolate aroma reminiscent of a nice sipping chocolate, sweet milk, and the faintest hint of some kind of roasted malt. This thing isn't messing around when it says it's "a stout brewed with chocolate." The first sip carries a bit more roasted malt to it than the smell, but a dark chocolate flavor quickly overpowers most of the roasted character. A milky sweetness coats the tongue, despite the slightly less than smooth mouthfeel of the beer. The roasted character sticks around after the sweetness has departed; a nice compliment to the milky sweetness at the start of the sip. There's still some stout characteristics buried under the sweetness, as evidenced by the nice roasted character. Truly a well-balanced approach to a dessert beer, as this would most certainly be if given the opportunity. Some spiciness sneaks through on the back of the taste, livening the overall flavor of the beer slightly. Warming only enhances these characteristics, taking it from a good beer, to a damn fine beer. Seriously, I could drink this over and over again. Chalk another one up to the guys over at Southern Tier.

Photo of Benjiehorn
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be my new favorite chocolate beer. The Choklat poured black as night with very little tan head and a tiny lacing. The aroma was very heavy on the roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The dark chocolate with a tinge of sweetness rolled over my tongue and hit me with the roasted malts and finished with just a slight hint of alcohol. Absolute perfection paired with some fruit.

Photo of leif86
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,613 ratings.