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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,166
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 389
Gots: 609 | 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 grub
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at coles in buffalo, ny jan 5/08.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. huge blast of milk and dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. hit of peanut. bready malt.

taste is excellent. huge blast of milk and dark chocolate balanced against a solid stout backing. great roast. bittersweet chocolate. bread and biscuit malt. medium bitterness level. light coffee character. bit of very mild grapefruit and pine hop presence too. light warming alcohol, with nearly no other trace.

mouthfeel is good. low well integrated carbonation level. medium large body. super smooth.

drinkability is great. alcohol is very well hidden. great balance between the chocolate and the stout, and both still have lots of depth to keep them interesting. this is one top notch beer.

too often flavoured beers end up one dimensional and both the base and flavour added don't stand up, causing the whole thing to fail. this one is definitely an exception. the layers and depth to the chocolate character were great and kept you going back for more. along with that, a solid and smooth stout with a nice malty depth pulled you in too. i'm already looking forward to spending an evening this winter enjoying a nice fire in the fireplace and sipping on the bottle i picked up.

grub, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, purchased at Bella Vino in AA for $7.49.

Pours as expected, black with a chocolate milkshake head. Chocolate drowns out any other smells that might be present, except for something roasty.

Taste is, again, chocolate, and lots of it. Somewhere between a nice dark chocolate and fake Hersey's syrup. Sweet, but still drinkable. Some hops in the aftertaste, a nice touch, it bites through the sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent; thick beer that sticks to your teeth. No evidence whatsoever of the alcohol content. Drinkbility suffers from the sweetness and alcohol content, but its so damn smooth.

A great beer from Southern Tier, who continues to impress. Probably the best chocolate stout I've had, edges out Rogue's by a tad.

mjd83goblue, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of CortexBomb
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is properly stouty black with light lacing. Dark tan head, about 1 inch thick, fades away quickly. Nose is aggressively chocolatey, milk chocolate. Sugar...lactose. Almost nutty.

Flavour starts off with a bang, sugary, milk chocolatey, is it beer or dessert? Cherries. Light hoppiness and roast tones. Cocoa. This is easily the most chocolate heavy beer I've ever had. Alcohol only apparent on the swallow, where it kicks pretty hard. By any standard this is good stuff, though the flavour is best had in moderation, not just because of the alcohol but because of the flavour, which becomes a bit cloying in larger doses.

Mouthfeel, good but not exceptional given the category. A beer with this high of an ABV would be hard-pressed to be thin, but it's not as thick as I might like. Drinkability is good, but also not exceptional. It's a treat, but one that would wear out its welcome beyond the occasional bomber. Also a skosh pricey at $7 per bomber, though well worth the cost.

The bottom line: If you like stouts and you like chocolate this is a must try. Southern Tier has put together a big, smooth drinking imperial stout with good character. I do feel that the entire bomber is a bit much for one person, but this brew still deserves good marks and respect.

CortexBomb, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of awall422
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Put this one in the "too much of a good thing" category for me. poured jet black, but with a little head that faded pretty fast and left little lacing. as soon as it's out of the bottle your nose is scream ing chocolate. smells like tootsie rolls. taste is just overwhelming chocolate. that's all i get. it's ok, but so one sided as to come across as a very simplistic brew and doesn't do much more than beat you about the head and scream, "hey! i brewed this beer with cholocalte!!!" no way i could finish a pint of this.

awall422, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of nsmartell
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room while brewing my first batch of homebrew in over a year. From 22oz. bomber to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a nice milk chocolate head.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Taste: What you would expect from the smell. However, I thought it was too much chocolate and it went down a little too bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Very good. So thick you could almost chew this beer.

Drinkability: As stated earlier, just too chocolaty for me.

nsmartell, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of Kudashov
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after a 2-0 betting Saturday against Fat Steve . I treated myself to a bottle of this sweet stuff . Poured into my Spaten mug the color is as black as a hockey puck . There is a nice fudgy , coffee colored head . As for aromas this maybe the most aromatic beer I have ever had . Tootsie Rolls and Chocolate Pop Tarts is what comes to mind . The flavor is of bitter baking chocolate and it is a tad overpowering . There is a burn at the end but one bottle is enough for one sitting . Good but not great .

Oh and Tampa Bay stunk up my parlay today too ..

Kudashov, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with a loose full finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly. The smell is incredible; like sticking your nose into a partially full can of Hershey's chocolate topping (not the same sensation as the plastic squeeze bottle packaging). Let it warm up some...like the slightly roasted crust of fresh baked gooey brownies. The mouth feel is full bodied and lightly carbonated. The flavor has very little of that suggested sweetness. The taste is more of about the dark precooked semi-sweet morsels used in baking. That raw dark chocolate flavor is intense and adds a slight oily bitterness to the mouth feel that lingers significantly. There is a thickness to the mouth but the 'coating' factor isn't there as much as it is in my favorite Double Stouts. I'm also experiencing the 11% ABV less in the mouth than I am in the chest on the way down. A whole lot of complexity worth considering. Drinkability (this one not being 'how many of these could o put down) - I'm having a lot of fun with this one, but a little hard to relax with. Quite a bit more intense than Java....would like to do a side-by-side whenever Anheuser-Busch gets around to distributing it locally .

jjayjaye, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is, appropriately, dark chocolate brown without a lot of head and minimal lacing. But, nobody buys this to look at it. The aroma is rich and chocolaty and taste completely delivers on that promise. Alcohol is not at all overpowering for a beer that is 12% abv. Some have complained that it is too sweet and if your palate tends towards dry and bitter you may not appreciate this as much but if you enjoy sweetness then Choklat is definitely NOT too sweet. It has just the right amount of sweetness and is delicious. My wife and I have enjoyed it for breakfast. You can drink it any time. Its taste can stand alone or stand up to many different foods. This is the best chocolate stout I have had and one of the best stouts period.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours into my glass a big deep black with ruddy brown edges and a small tan heads that becomes a ring around the top, not uncommon for 11%. Aromas leap out of the glass with an intense mix of rich Belgian hot cocoa, Tootsie Rolls and a slightly roasty sweetness. I get some fruity aspects coming through on the background as well along with a touch of vanilla. Wow, the aroma here is just wonderful and draws you in. Chocolate stout to the max!

First sip brings a rich, roasted dark malt upfront that carries a nice sweetness with it as well. The rich hot cocoa flavor moves in seamlessly with Tootsie Roll aspects again as well. Caramel ribbons along with a mellow fruity flavor in the background. A touch of vanilla as it flows down. This one finishes with a lingering rich chocolate. Yum.

Mouthfeel is big, creamy and chewy, while not becoming too heavy. Good carbonation that's on the more mellow side. This one is decadent and quite a pleasure to drink. The 11% is incredibly well hidden. This would go great with a chocolate dessert if you really want to indulge! Another winner from Southern Tier and the new king of chocolate stouts in my book! Seek it out.

orbitalr0x, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know everybody loved this. I thought it was a very decent stout and I can see the bittersweet quality chocolate as being attractive. Some chocolate came through the stout aroma. It was black with a bit of creaminess. Mouthfeel was medium. I found this stout to be astringent and even burning my stomach.
Had on tap 14 months later and it was all about chocolate, did not notice astringency this time.

Sammy, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of chriskozma
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up from the Party Source the other day and I had to try it immediately. The appearance is dark dark brown and there is a little bit of a light brown head. The smell is more like Hershey's chocolate milk than an imperial stout. The taste is, what else, but loads of chocolate. It starts out as a powerful stout chocolate and the aftertaste is simple hershey's chocolate, not beer. As it warms, the sticky chocolate is even more prevalent. Nice, smooth finish.

chriskozma, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of caminiti
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bomber to an oversize pint glass, a dark brown with a very small tan head that immediately vanished.
The smell was chocolate, with hints of chocolate, and, as my wife said, chocolate.
Taste was, uh, chocolate. I half expected Willie Wanka to tap my shoulder while I was enjoying this. Somewhere in there is 11%, but I didnt notice it.
This is a very smooth, very easy drinking beer, and very tasty. Its hard to justify almost ten bucks for a bottle, and Im not sure this one is worth that, but it came recomended by Kendo. I easily could have had a second, but the other one is going into the cellar until next year.

caminiti, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap as Max's. The beer pours a rich dark black color with fair head retention and good lacing. The nose on this beer is incredible and is easily its best feature. I cannot begin to imagine what Southern Tier must have done to impart this amount of chocolate flavor into the aroma profile. There is also some underlying coffee and bitterness, but the over-riding aroma is all chocolate. The beer smells very impressive. On the palate, once again one gets lots of milk chocolate. That and a touch of coffee is pretty much what you get, along with some noticeable bitterness on the finish. This keeps the beer from tasting too sweet, and really ST does a good job here; the beer is only moderately sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is also pretty soft and plush. On the finish the bitterness helps, but as is all too often the case with high abv. beers from ST, the alcohol is noticeable, making the beer a bit tiring to drink. That's really the only detraction from this otherwise quite impressive beer from ST.

Impressive effort from ST.

John_M, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Riedel sniffer. Pours a pitch black with no head and black all the way to the edge.

S- CHOCOLATE! I have never smelled this much dark almost fruity chocolate in a beer. I am quite confident that if there were more aromas here you couldn't smell them through the chocolate. Man I cannot wait to taste this.

T- CHOCOLATE! Ok not to be repetitive but there is a huge amount of chocolate in this beer. On the taste you get espresso and caramels in addition of the chocolate. Actually this is a quite complex brew. Incredibility delicious for sure.

M- Good carbonation in this beer. Somewhat low but adequate. This is a thick brew but very smooth.

D- 11% ABV??!!?? This is a dangerous beer. I think I could drink the whole bomber. Maybe we will find that out tonight. This beer does hide it's alcohol well though. TRY THIS BEER! It is great!

Mudpuppet, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ridiculously decadent brew pours ink black with a perilously thin ruby line that is barely visible when held to the light. The thick, frothy mocha head holds well but eventually disappears and leaves little to no lace. The aroma fills your nostrils as soon as the bottle is uncapped...

Thick luscious chocolate. It smells like warm moist brownies right from the oven then sprinkled with a bit of espresso. Bitter dark Belgian chocolate can be detected as well. Not too sweet, just pure chocolate indulgence. The booze can be detected a bit as the brew warms. Just a hint of burnt raisin as well in the end. Unbelievable aromatic. I can't take my face out of the glass long enough to give it a taste.

Initially this brew drops a welcomed ton of sweet milk chocolate on you, like drinking a glass of straight Hershey's Syrup, but it quickly levels out before becoming sickeningly sweet. The bitterness of more earthy dark baking cocoa comes out and really serves as the vocal point of this beer. Semi-sweet but still bitter and deep. Like a warm dark brownie smothered in creamy, sweet chocolate ganache. I can't imagine a beer being any more chocolaty. Sorry all you other brewers out there, I don't think it can be done.

Thick, syrupy and decadent. Lower carbonation makes for and even creamier, heavier mouthfeel with a hint of warmth that increases as the brew warms. Do yourself a huge favor and do not consume this one right from the fridge; let it sit and come up to about 50 degrees before you pour. The slick and creamy nature as well as so much of the flavor of the brew will be lost if you don't.

Well Southern Tier has now dominated two of my favorite secondary flavorings for beer. Every other Pumpkin (thanks to ST Imperial Pumking), and now every chocolate beer I try just seems inadequate. Southern Tier you are a a blessing as well as a curse. Ok, maybe I'm being a bit melodramatic but I just hope they don't decide to make a pizza flavored beer or I may die of malnourishment.

letsgopens, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of westweasel
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The beer pours out pretty thickly, and is a very dark chocolate brown color. The beer is opaque with a thin tan head. Some lacing is left along the glass as the beer goes down.

The smell is a luscious milk-chocolate smell. I did not detect much roastiness. The taste is mostly smooth chocolate and a bit of caramel followed by a surprisingly bitter citrus finish.

The moutfeel is soft and pretty full. This beer is enjoyable, but the mix of the sweet and smooth chocolate flavors followed by the abrupt, strong citrus bite is not quite right to me. If it was slightly less bitter, or the bitterness was a little cleaner then I think I could love it.

westweasel, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of scott
2.42/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


Dark & viscous, with subdued carbonation after an intial explosion. Hershey's syrup in the nose, and not much different with the taste. Buying an offering given the name, I was expecting copious amounts of chocolate. It's there, and not much more is going on, aside from some rounded lactic notes. No real complexity. This finishes with a nasty, bitter aftertaste. I'm glad I didn't stockpile.
I like the experimental aspect, but this doesn't taste much different than your friend's concoction where melted chocolate was simply poured and blended into a beer.

scott, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Belmont Party Supply, poured into a Stone IRS Tulip.

A: Pours a light black with no visibility. An aggressive pours gets me about 1 finger of milk chocolate head. Head holds tight for maybe a minute before nearly disappearing. Some coated lacing.

S: You'd never guess this but it smells like chocolate. Yeah. No shit. What's neat is you can get very distinct bitter German and Russian chocolates and a creamy milk chocolate. There's some other kind of sweetness in the background almost like canned cherry juice but without the fake super sugary part.. more of a natural cherry sweetness.

T/M: Exactly on par with the nose and I don't feel like typing it again, lol. Some very light coffee notes in the background. Body isn't quite as thick as I'd expected it and can be a bit sticky at times.

D: If you love chocolate bombs, then this is for you. Nearing the end of the bomber the immense chocolate character starts to near the cloying stage. I might try this again if I'm sharing it with someone. Next party I'm at I'm gonna try mixing this with some Lindemans Framboise or Kriek as I've heard great things about Young's Double Chocolate mixed like this.

pwoods, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotty tan lace and foam that doesn't hang around long, likely due to the higher alcohol content. Body is pitch black.

Let's do some free association...close your eyes, and inhale an open box of Belgian chocolates or dark chocolate covered cherries. This also conjured visions of hot fudge, brownies, and iced coffee.

Obviously alot of chocolate in here, some mild coffee and roast notes. Dry cocoa in the finish. Lactic, milky chocolate ice cream or chocolate milk.

A thinner mouthfeel than I was expecting, but it still holds up to the bold flavor. Medium level of bitterness, with some low level astringency. Smooth with a light stickiness.

The 11% is very well hidden, but a full bomber of this will creep up on you.

emerge077, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of garbercury
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Vintage Wine and Beer, Boardman, OH...Yeah! Go Steelers!

A--Dark, opaque..its nice.


T--Wow...this is like a drinking a brownie.


D--Must try...mmm. This, in the words of the great Borat, is a great success. If you enjoy chocolate stouts, must get this beer.

garbercury, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black with ruby highlights and a thin brown head.

S - Fantastic chocolate aroma. bittersweet chocolate, chocolate milk.

T - Creme de cocoa, chocolate milk, Hershey's chocolate syrup, mocha and roasted coffee.

M - Smooth and creamy. Full body but smooth and velvety.

D - A tasty stout that is pretty much all chocolate but still tasty.

brewcrew76, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 oz sample from a bomber

Pours a very dark brown to black color with a light brown head about half a finger tall. There is little carbonation coming out of solution and the dark color makes it impossible to assess clarity. The color is exactly where I would want it for a chocolate stout. Just enough brown to give the impression of chocolate. The aroma on this brew is beyond words. The best I can come is tootsie rolls. The chocolate is certainly the dominant smell. Taking a big sniff, I get a hint of alcohol, giving a little creme de caco influence, but there is little in the way of roast or other aromas that I would associate with the stout portion of this brew. The flavor is interesting. The tootsie roll chocolate is apparent immediately, but it is not overbearing as I have found in other chocolate stouts. It moves quickly to a nice solid roasted maltyness with a mild pine hop. All those flavors blend well together on the finish to bring the beer into harmony with itself. This one is tasty. Mouthfeel is thick with a light carbonation. It has a nice creamyness to it, letting me know that there are some dextrins in there. Overall, this one is a winner. It really sells the chocolate in the nose without coming across too dominant in the flavor. I like the slight bitter that comes on the finish, as it gives me a little more of a dark chocolate hint, which is enjoyable to me. I think the hype-machine got this one right. It is a good drink.

kmpitz2, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque black with a tan head.

Smell - Chocolate cake with fudge icing and powdered hot chocolate.

Taste - Tons of sweet and dark chocolate and a bit of rich dark coffee. Some hop bitterness comes out in the end, along with some booze. Very sweet.

Mouth feel - Creamy, oily and smooth. Like boozy chocolate milk.

Drinkability - If you are a chocolate junky, then this one's for you. A great dessert beer for sure. Recommended!

DavidEddie, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of mattpetti
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you dont like chocolate beers or even chocolate in general please do not review this beer...
When a beer's name is Choklate I expect it to be a chocolate dominated beer and my god does this not dissapoint. Pours a solid opaque with an average tan/brown head. This beer is very forward on the chocolate. Smells and tastes like a tootsie roll but with a subtle roasted, dark, chocolate finish and a whiff of the bittering hops. (chinook and willamette). Creamy body, 11 percent alcohol is non existent unless you stand up. This beer was a delight to drink from start to finish...is it a session beer? Not even close. Along with dark lord this beer has its small place in the beer drinking world set. Have with a dessert or as a dessert by itself or better yet with a cabernet or hearty shiraz. Just joking on that last one. All in all not for the faint at heart this beer is a hearty imperial stout with a chocolate level that as far as i know has been unreached. Think a double rogue chocolate stout. Grab 2 if u can get it and thats 3 for 3 for southern tiers black water stouts. Well done.

mattpetti, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This amazing stout poured into a Guinness pint glass a deep but not quite opaque black there was a little tinge of ruby when held to the light a creamy tight one finger mocha colored head atop that settled into a creamy mass atop.I have never encountered a beer with such a chocolate fudge presence in the nose in anything for that matter it was like a fudge brownie with a bit of raisin and molasses just awesome.That big bakers chocolate presence is felt on the palate hitting big up front like a dense chocolate cake infused with a touch of raisin and raw nut,a slight earthy presence is felt in the finsih to make it perfect no cloying sweetness.Wow can a better chocolate stout be made? I honestly dont think its posible, ST made this beer a standard for any beer infused with chocolate,just awesome!

oberon, Dec 31, 2007
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,166 ratings.