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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,544
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 428
Gots: 778 | FT: 40
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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 ElGrecoVerde
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is everything you could ever ask for from a chocolate stout.

I'm always skeptical of the style, expecting them to be too sweet or milky. Southern Tier wisely utilizes bitter, dark chocolate flavors. There's enough sweetness in there for balance, but this is really a dark chocolate beer... And I loved it.

The feel is flawless. A bit full and and incredibly creamy. It feels like the chocolate is melting in your mouth, and proper carbonation reminds you that yes, this is actually beer.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a regular snifter twice. 2007 version in 09. Silver label. Been sitting on this for some time.

A- Southern Tier Choklat is a deep dark black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan beige head. Thich big bubbles on the surface. This left after time leaving sqiggly patches of lace work. Thin lines of foam towards the center. Not on the thick side and towards the bottom of the glass some brown highlights were seen.

S- Choklat keeps a magnificant smell of bittersweet belgian chocolate. Can't smell it from afar but up close it's undeniable. Even after one plus year sitting this still delivers. Some creamy milk and a mass of maltiness too with. Two hop types are used but I cant smell them. The bit of alcohol in a fresh bottle is not present in this aged version. Marvelous.

T- Yep, Chocolate, choklat and more sweet goodness. Really not much else to say here as 80 to 90 percent of the taste profile is chocolate. The rest consists of some malts and barley. As in the smell the hops have all but died out in this old bottle, exactly what I was going for. Some milk choklat taste with a creamy appeal.

M- Thinned a bit over time but still bold with a medium build as the main ingredient was a fixture in the mouth. Creamy milk. Still some hop bite in the finish. The alcohol is felt in the end as well. The age has made this much more bearable. Some carb, not much.

D- As noted a bit of time has done this wonders. I could never finish a whole fresh bomber but had no problem taking this down. This is the best example of a chocolate infused stout i've had yet, and i've had many. The alcohol may sneak up so sharing is good as everybody should like this. Simply a work of art. Both good fresh or aged. I need to pick up more bottles.

This is chocolate milk for adults and a great dessert beer.

Photo of mikeale
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks rhinos00 for this (in person trade @ KtG 09)

A. Black with ruby around the edges, mocha head that fades quickly, thin ring of lacing.

S. Hersheys cohcolate syrup, chocolate bars, just chocolate...

T. robust chocolate, roasted malt, faint coffee.

M. Creamy, bittersweet,

D. Alochol is hidden very well, for a chocolate stout (emphasis on chocolate) well balanced

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

Thanks to mikecharley for this one. 22 oz bomber, split with my wife into 2 oversized snifters.

Pours very dark brown with brownish-red highlights. Only a small light brown head, but it is easily revived by swirling every few minutes. Minimal lacing.

Given the reputation of this one, it's no surprise that it smells well, chocolatey. Chocolate is definitely dominant, but plenty of dark roasted malt, a touch of coffee and maybe a hint of vanilla are in there, too.

Big chocolate flavors dominate, but it's not nearly as one-dimensional as I'd braced myself for. Other sweet flavors we picked out included toffee and vanilla, and the sweetness is kept in check by dark roasted malt, coffee, some earthiness from the Willamette hops and a nice sting of bitterness in the finish from the Chinooks. Not bad, really.

Mouthfeel is nice. Fairly full-bodied, with a distinct creaminess from the flaked barley and chocolate.

Drinkability's pretty good in spite of the sweetness. Each of us put down our half of the bomber with ease. Overall impression: Pretty nice dessert beer, and definitely more complex than anticipated.

Photo of Stimack
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

was able to give this one a try last evening. Actually picked it up over in Massachusetts because I held off getting it here in NY. Wow, this is a big brew, had the color of dull black color with some brownish highlights. The head was a deep tan color that was a little on the smallish size, had minimal legs but did leave light lacing lines. The aroma really highlights the chocolate as that is the scent that really comes out, bittersweet. I have had other brews where I say it had chocolate aromas but nothing like this. Also there is a light burnt aroma from black malts. The flavor has a lot going on, the main flavor to me seems chocolate, at least more than in other beers where I notice chocolate. Has a bitter flavor and I would imagine that would be from a mix of the burnt malt, chocolate and hops. Some slight fruit flavors seem to come out but it really is chocolaty. For a 11% brew it hides the alcohol even as it warms. The only way I know it has some punch is that I feel a bit of a buzz off it. For me the chocolate got a little old after a while. Real nice brew, not sure I would get it again based on the price but had to give it a try!

Photo of PoolhouseRebel
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my DFH snifter. Pours a deep, flat black with thick, slightly watered down hershey's syrup consistency and dark tan head.

Smells of chocolate syrup, chocolate bars, chocolate chips, chocolate covered chocolate with a slight hint of chocolate in the background.

Taste is exactly like the nose. Like you're drinking chocolate syrup from a glass. A bit of hops in the finish, complimented nicely by smooth, warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very thick, heavy, oily. Its like a chocolate milk made backwards; hershey syrup poured into a glass 3/4 the way up, and then watered down with milk.

As great as this beer tasted it was tough to finish an entire 22oz. SO much chocolate I felt like I needed a glass of milk on the side to help it down. This would be perfect to split with your honey on valentines day.

Photo of ToddT
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown color with a thick tan head. The head fades slowly to a small ring but it still leaves a nice lace pattern on the glass.

S- Chocolate and nothing but chocolate. Almost as if it was Hershey's syrup instead of a beer.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Finishes slightly bitter with a slow alcohol warming aftertaste.

M- Creamy, almost silky, medium carbonation and full bodied.

D- This is a dangerous beer, no real hint of the 11.0% ABV except for that warming alcohol finish. If you like chocolate, this beer will put you in heaven. Might be a little too sweet for some.

One of the few chocolate beers that lives up to it's billing. I could have closed my eyes and thought I was drinking a melted a Hershey bar instead of a beer.

Photo of Douglas14
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a matte black color with a dark tan, creamy head that leaves awesome lace but doesn't have great retention. The aroma is hands down the best thing in the whole world. Straight dark chocolate in the nose, and I mean seriously heavy dark chocolaty aroma. A tad bit of alcohol come through also, but I expect that with 11%ABV. In the mouth, more dark, bittersweet chocolate, burnt malt, and I can barely - just barely - get some bitterness from the hops (chinook is a strong one). In the mouth it is silky and heavy yet the carbonation keeps it form being overwhelming. What a phenomenal beer! ST kicks major ass.

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

22 oz bottle. Nearly black pour, brown hints and and dark tannish head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas and more chocolate. Taste is biased towards the variations of chocolate, but it balanced out by hints of coffee and a descent hop presence. Velvety, especially as it warms. Chocolate and coffee lingering through the finish. Pretty full bodied and filling, but I had no problem finishing the 22, though I will not be reaching for another immediately after. Would seek it out again, just not two in a row. Chocolate burps are very interesting. A very good Imperial, in the top 15 to 20. I think I liked the Java and Oat slightly better though.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not usually one for writing 2 reviews on the same beer-but the difference between this beer the past 2 years makes it like two different beers. This is the most recent release on-tap.

A- Body is a viscous dark brown that is served with a nice one finger creamy creme brulee colored head which fades to a thick collar but leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Imagine being a child and walking into a fudge shop. Big, rich, robust smells of dark chocolate are all around with a hint of milk chocolate and maybe fudge. Its great.

T- A fountain of dark chocolate. Very rich and chocolate certainly dominates the flavor from start to finish with just a hint of roasted malt giving a subtle mocha presence as well.

M- Rich, thick, smooth, and creamy. Medium carbonation.

D- This has officially given Stone IRS a run for its money as my favorite stout. I liked last years version but this years is much richer and better,IMO. The only potential downfall for this brew is that its pretty one sided-and all chocolate. Different kinds of chocolate-sure (which I guess makes it somewhat complex)...but still all chocolate. Not something I am complaining about at all...besides its what the beer is supposed to be. I read that it was different this year and was somewhat hesitant to try it (especially with the way creme brulee turned out)...but this was a pleasant surprise! Job well done by ST!

Photo of br3wmeister
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown beer, almost black. No light can make its way through. Small brown head, No lacing.

S- Lots of caramel sweetness and milk chocolate... Tootsie rolls. Almost no hop presence. A hint of alcohol in the end.

T- Sweet milk chocolate and caramel up front, very sweet and chewy. Some nice happiness at the end.

M- Medium to full bodied, Nice hoppy bite at the end. I found it to be a little to carbonated.

Overall- Very interesting beer, if you like milk chocolate you will love this beer. I am more of a dark chocolate kind of guy.

Photo of daythree16
3.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Split a 22 oz bomber with the wife. Poured into a snifter. Completely black with no head at all. Looks like a glass of motor oil, especially with the brown film it leaves on the glass as I swirl it.

Smell is 90% chocolate, 10% alcohol. That's all I can really get. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with some smokiness followed by a moderately bitter finish. It also has a pretty healty dose of alcohol burn. After a while, the chocolate becomes almost too much to bear, and it gets really hard to keep drinking it.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is pretty bad. I don't even want to finish my half of the bomber.

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

A - Pours a rich dark brown. Some toasty brown head that becomes very thin. Very little lacing left on the glass.

S - Heavenly! Gooey milk/bitter chocolate. Lots of big sweet. Certainly a desert beer.

T - A bit more mellow than the taste. Not too sweet. Still lots of chocolate

M - Very smooth. Alcohol isn't exactly hidden, but then again this is 11% abv. Very nice.

D - Considering the alcohol, it's very drinkable. The sweetness is not over whelming. It's still best to share the bottle.

If I had to choose to drown in something, this would be up there. The smell alone makes you want to bathe in it. This is a big, bold, sexy, sweet beer!

Photo of taylor714914
3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured this beer from a 22 oz bomber into a duvel snifter glass.

A- This imperial stout pours a dark brown, almost black in color with about a half a finger of lacing that quickly subsides into a thin layer which remained through about 3/4 of the glass. The lacing from this beer was minimal with a few small strains here and there.

S- The smell from this Imperial Stout was very, very bold. Chocolate. Lots and lots of it. Alcohol also came through on the nose and just the slightest hint of roasted malts.

T- To be honest, this beer was too sweet for me, hence the average 3.0 rating. There was lots of bitter dark chocolate flavor...a whole lot, but I just couldn't get any depth from the brew. Some mild alcohol notes came through and just a the smallest hints of roasted malts. The chocolate flavor was just way to overpowering for me to give this any higher of a rating. A beer needs to have layers of flavor and complexity, and for the this was a very one dimensional brew. The finish was dark chocolate and bitter tasting (IE Bitterness from the dark chocolate)

M- Good mouthfeel with little carbonation. A nice thickness and smoothness, but not overboard in either category.

D- This falls flat when it comes to drinkability. The chocolate sweetness just became way to much after about 8 oz's, which took about a half hour to drink. It took me an hour and a half to finish the last 14 oz of the bomber.

Overall, this would be an exceptional beer for the chocolate lover who literally wants to drink liquid chocolate. For me, however, it was much to sweet and much too chocolaty for my personal liking. I was hoping for a nice chocolate backbone with lots of other flavors, but it turned out to be focused more on loads of chocolate flavor than complexity.

Photo of jamesdantes13
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown brew, almost black. Pours a decent head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of lightly sweetened dark chocolate with very light coffee aromas in the background.

Dark chocolate dominates the palate with subtle coffee/roasted barely flavors. Finishes with a little bit of fruit flavors and goes down smooth for 11% ABV, however, the alcohol is still very present. Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated, and medium-bodied.

This is the strongest chocolate smelling/tasting beer I've had (SA Chocolate Bock, Rouge's Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and Young's Double Chocolate Stout).

Photo of Foxman
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a sharp, jet ebony, like an obsidian abyss looking through the glass at you. A finger of mousse brown whipped foam head dwindles slowly. Half-round streamers of lacing cascade down the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants rich, dense, earthy cocoa, sweet and gourmet, blanketing touches of roasted malt, anise, vanilla, and molasses. A light woody air leads to a homey course of alcohol. But in the end, the nose is chocolate.

Upon sipping, I wonder, is it Lindt? Is it Girardelli? Is it milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or Dutch cocoa? In fact, it seems to be all that, as well as black roasted malt with a charred edge. Too, it tickles of licorice, toffee, vanilla, and a mellow lactose-esque bite that all do well to soften the singe of alcohol. A mild doughiness joins a start-to-end strain of almost cloying sweetness that is only slightly bittered by spice and roasted grain in the finish. Chocoholics, start your engines, but there's some additional dimension here as well.

Full bodied, the thick, creamy, round presence on the palate lounges with a padded, fluffy feel.

Considering the beer's reputation, I have to think many beer geeks hold an innate love for chocolate, and I have to count myself firmly among them. It's got one big, bold, daring dimension, and it thrives in its niche. That said, the behemoth ABV and finely concentrated richness keep it drinkable, but just so, and with a wise eye toward caution. All things in doses, and so it is here, but with seriously worthwhile return for exercised moderation. Please sir, may I have some more, but for tomorrow?

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

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter per the label instruction. No date on it but since it had the clear stick-on label I know it is the 2008 release. It was black in color even against the light. No sign or carbonation and no lacing. It had a small brown head that very quickly evaporated into the thinnest of collars.

The aroma was amazing. Very heavy on the chocolate - choc syrup like. Only issue is that there wasn't much beyond the chocolate to offset it a bit. The chocolate was great but could have used a little something else. The taste was exceptional. Again, heavy on the chocolate but not much beyond that. Needed some more traditional stout flavor to compliment it. Still outstanding but just misses being perfect. Mouthfeel was also excellent. Heavy, creamy, chewy.

Overall, an outstanding beer that I highly recommend. Worthy of the high ranking and hype. Gotta find some more of this to drink now and to age for later. Would be a big player in my fridge if avail here.

Photo of colts9016
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark brown almost black, with a one finger dark tan head. The head lasted for only a few moment and now there is only a dark tan ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque, very little light comes in from the bottom.

Nose: A first all I could smell is chocolate syrup. There is rich roasted malts, molasses, and raisins. There are notes of alcohol, caramel, and subtle fruity esters.

Taste: Wow, a rich roasted barley, caramel, and bitter chocolate syrup. There are hints of molasses, fruity esters, coffee, and alcohol.

Overall: This beer has a ton going on in it. The mouth feel is creamy, heavy, chewy and slightly astringent. The finish is a touch bitter with a lasting bitter chocolate. This beer is like liquid chocolate syrup. It is so rich, creamy and very hard to tell if there is any alcohol in it. The beer is well made there are no harsh burnt characters. The only thing I have against the beer is the head only lasted for a few moments, I would have like to seen it last longer. I can tell there are some hops in the beer but it meshes so well it took me a little bit to pick up.

Via donkeyrunner

Photo of abents
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sits in the glass with a very dark brown color with nice brown head that lingers around a bit. Wow, this is a pretty big nose, big milk chocolate nose, very huge smell, very inviting. Taste is upfront very chocolaty(big surprise) with some nice roasted malt flavors, chocolate and coffee. Very different chocolate flavors coming out through the malts and cocoa. Finishes almost bitter with nice warming alcohol finish. A little on the sweet side, but not really that much. Very nicely done would enjoy this as a nightcap dessert beer, but a bomber is a bit much. This is one BIG beer on chocolate and alcohol. A little too much warming burn for me to find extremely drinkable, but it's better than the Creme Brulee which was way too sweet and undrinkable. I liked this one a lot, and I really don't care for chocolate too much.

Photo of LunaChick
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both in bottle and on tap now.

Presented in a tulip glass. The beer is pitch black with a slight head that fizzed down and overall left a fairly nicely laced glass.
Smell? Literally like a dark chocolate milkshake. First heavy milk chocolate. Alcohol warmth passes through and hints roasted coffee are present.
Taste begins full-on dark chocolate ice cream. For anyone who's ever had goats milk ice cream--the zest and richness are very similar. This beer is thick. 11% alcohol? Oh yes. The warmth come through but is not so extreme that is detracts from the flavor. Some high abv brews take on a fruity flavor from the yeast. I get some subtle fruit notes. Nothing to make me stop drinking it.
The end has bitter hints. Overall the flavor is all chocolate. Syrupy as the beer warms, it does become very intense.
Full bodied and thick, thick, thick in the mouth. Lower carbonation than some and very smooth overall.
Drinkability? Very low. Between the intense sweetness and the high alcohol this is a sipper and an on occasion beer at best. I would not drink it regularly.
I prefer Rogue's Chocolate Stout as a good every day heavily chocolate flavored brew.

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

I really enjoyed this beer. I had a 22 oz bomber. Poured into a glass giving a brownish head and a thin collar all throughout the beer. Bittersweet flavors of chocolate made this beer very tasty. the alcohol content was high, but it did not take away from the taste. This beer was very good from begiining to end. I would highly reccomend this beer.

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

Bottle into snifter.

Pours dark black/brown, medium head.

Huge chocolate aroma, can smell from several feet when poured.

HUGE chocolate taste. Like drinking a dark chocolate bar. Some hops in the dry finish to balance beer out.

Medium body, smooth carbonation.

Not hard at all to finish this one off. Too delicious to stop drinking.

Photo of blatherbeard
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok....my long awaited taste of Choklat...let it begin.

As i pour the brew im flabbergasted by the amount of chocolate i smell. I smell it when i open it. I smell it as i pour the almost black liquid in the glass, as i smell it and look at it, i am surprised that the head is just a fluffy white. As i smell and watch the head lace into almost nothingness, it turns a deep carmel colored brown.

The mouthfeel is good, a bit thinner than expected. Definetly taste the chocolate and beer up front. As the brew glides down the palate and the tongue it creeps in a bit bitter. The beer taste also comes out after time. The finish is a good mixture of chocolate, hops and malt.

The chocolate syrup i expected from other reviews never showed up, but it is definetly a great chocolate beer. More chocolate than beer, not more beer than chocolate,until the aftertaste kicked in.

I saved this as a dessert, and now i feel the heavyness after finishing amost all the bottle. Also leaves an alcohoic aftertaste i dont think i like much. Had to edit this review after sitting on it for a while.

Photo of zerofear13
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive bomber. Shared with my friend Joel.

I cannot believe how amazing this beer smells. It's like straight chocolate bar. Any hops or roasted malts play second-fiddle in this one. I've been trying a lot of chocolate stouts and imperial stouts lately and I feel like each one changes in certain aspects - all of which find their own niches. With Southern Tier's, it's absolutely about that chocolate. It's like a Hershey's bar melted down.

If you have a sweet tooth, forget Young's, this is definitely THE chocolate stout to try.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Deep mahogany / black and opaque. Harsh pour produces ~1 finger medium-brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin island and a ring.

S- Sweet milk chocolate/caramel mix, and a slightly earthy note. These odors blend awkwardly with the alcohol kick to an OK, but quite less than stellar effect.

T- A bit of chocolate, and a bit of burned coffee. Fairly astringent/boozy bitterness on the finish. Certainly nothing even remotely resembling the "Hershey bar" or "chocolate syrup" that I've seen mentioned so often in descriptions about this beer. The nose has a lot of chocolate, but in the taste, pretty minimal. The flavor here just isn't working for me.

M- A wee bit watery for a RIS.

D- Too astringent, and ABV% way too high for this one to be very drinkable. If you're going to try this one, I'd split it up amongst 3-4 people and consider it a sipper.

Future outlook: Pretty big disappointment. Highly unlikely that I'll get this again.

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,544 ratings.