Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.26/5 rDev +0.2%
This beer pours dark brown, with an off white/beige thin head. There wasn't much action going on around the glass during the tilt appearance test. The smell is definitely of chocolate and lactose. Bitter and sweet aromas waft off the top as I sniff. Taste is definitely chocolatey and rich. The bitter and sweet contest is fairly balanced, however, it is a tad bit more bitter than sweet. There are hops in this one. Mouthfeel wasn't something that stood out for me. This is a bit thin. Thicken it up a little and it would be better.
Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Tonight I had this with rhubarb/strawberry pie. It would be fantastic with vanilla ice cream and chocolate cake. I will have this again in the future.
08-02-2014 04:48:18 | More by mabermud
4.9/5 rDev +15.3%
Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a Samuel Smith’s pint glass
A: Dark, inky black pour that creates a creamy, chocolate milk colored head; looks viscous, and coats the sides of the glass; head retention, like on most high ABV stouts is reduced to a thin ring of creamy bubbles settling on the surface.
S: The name says it all – absolutely massive wave of chocolate aromas from the moment the cap is popped; sweet milk chocolate; gourmet dark chocolate with a bittersweet bite; homemade fudge; warm brownies; cocoa powder – like Swiss-Miss hot chocolate mix; flashes of vanilla; a faint touch of dark fruits, but really, the chocolate steals the show here.
T: Just when you think the beer couldn’t get any better after diving into its aroma, the first sip settles on your tongue. I’m gobsmacked. So. Much. Chocolate. It’s hard to believe this is beer because this tastes like the most decadent chocolate ganache dessert you can imagine in liquid form; huge sweetness from milk chocolate notes mingling with vanilla; rich fudge brownies; some deeper, bittersweet notes of dark chocolate (like a gourmet 80%+ cacao dark chocolate) are next in line, complimenting a roasted flavor reminiscent of cold coffee that grows through the middle - this is like mocha milkshake on steroids; the malts do come through with hints of caramel, brown sugar and a faint toast flavor, but the residual sweetness from the chocolate sweeps through like a tidal wave, pushing all other flavors back beneath the surface. Absolutely savory – bouncing from sweet to bittersweet, with enough malt and roasted presence peaking in between like intermissions in a symphony of chocolate.
M: Full body that is creamy, luscious, velvety; coats the palate; goes down very smoothly.
O: 10% ABV are you kidding? This is so supremely drinkable because the alcohol is hidden behind waves of indulgent chocolate. I know it’s there at the end of the day, with that slight warming feeling from within, but it never rises on the palate. Phenomenal. The pre-eminent dessert beer, and surely the best of Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series, which is saying something because there aren’t any slouches in that seasonal lineup of bold stouts. For my money, this is hands-down THE best chocolate stout out there, and well deserving of a place near the top of the list of the best stouts I’ve ever tasted. I would go so far as to argue that this beer is in with a shout as one of the best non-barrel-aged American Double Imperial Stouts currently on the market. Do not hesitate to buy, you won’t be disappointed.
07-31-2014 19:35:06 | More by Buschyfor3
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,139 ratings.