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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,482
Hads: 4,837
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 472
Gots: 913 | FT: 45
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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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Reviews: 1,482 | Hads: 4,837
Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the fudgier imperial stouts I've had. Smelling this beer never gets old and is the best part of the drinking experience. Massive quantities of both dark and sweet chocolate greet your nose on every inhale. Flavor wise the roast character is present but you definitely get a hot boozy quality that's either a love it or hate it thing. The alcohol isn't well hidden, put it that way. Mouthfeel is quite creamy but there is still an effervescence to help you remember you're drinking a beer, not a chocolate shake laced with vodka.

You can drink a bomber of this by yourself but I don't recommend it. Share with a friend and savor the chocolately goodness that awaits.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: poured into a snifter to a jet black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.
S: smells of bittersweet and dark chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt
T: taste is chocolate spanning the spectrum from sweet milk to bitter dark and roasted malt. swallow is more chocolate, burnt sugar and roasted malt with a slight alcohol tinge toward the back
M: thick and velvety in the mouth with soft carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: This beer is everything it claims to be with a decadent flavor and full body. extremely viscous and goes down smooth. Very well crafted and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of McSmack
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Super good stout. The nose is all chocolate. The draw is semi-sweet chocolate finishing with the smooth stout profile. Really like this profile of stouts.

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Photo of SFNC
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate, what's not to love? My wife had made a pan of double fudge brownies the day before I tried this and they smell exaclty the same (some damn good brownies). If your idea of chocolate flavored beer is that the twain should not mix, avoid the is bad boy. On the negative side, it's a tad thin for an Imperial stout. This would be heaven on Nitro.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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. A beer disguised as dessert, or the other way around; surely this is the pick of the bunch from Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series, and that's 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-themed stout on the market, and well deserving of a place near the top of the list of the best stouts I’ve ever tasted. It is relatively easy to find in season and you won't have to break the bank to get your hands on it. Try it - you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of poorbuthappy
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick black, not quite opaque. Poured a finger of tan head that reduced to a ring of bubbles. Smells like dark chocolate. So far so good! Also picking up some caramel malts and herbal hops along with a little alcohol.

Taste follows nose closely: dark chocolate up front, hints of caramel and vanilla. Finishes slightly bitter with charred malts and herbal hops. Very good. Feels thick with moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Deep black in color. Poured with dense,  dark beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy  cap. The aroma is truly amazing. Rich, sweet, freshly melted melted, milk chocolate aroma, with sweet milky, vanilla and dark roasted malt notes. Velvety smooth feel with a slowly drying feel through the middle. Sweet milk chocolate flavors over top dark  roasted malt. Earthy hop bitterness is slowly introduced and adds some balance to the chocolatey sweetness through the middle to the end. Finished with a touch of sweet chocolate followed by dark roasted malt and a touch of boozy heat. A truly phenomenal stout.

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Photo of scotorum
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half tan head which receded slowly to even surface foam and extensive patchy lacing.

s: Sweet milk chocolate

t: Follows the nose, simultaneously sweet and bitter finish, some throat burn from the 10% ABV.

m: Medium to full, very smooth.

o; An obviously powerful but very seductive stout, eminently sippable. Bought this over a year ago and had it stored in the beer fridge for months at the recommended temp of 48 degrees, and it certainly has not suffered a bit. The high ABV does make it a little less pleasant drinking than Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout at first, and ST Choklat is more expensive, but it is undeniably good stuff and quickly becomes really delicious (even before the alcohol kicks in LOL)

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Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev -8%

Served from a bomber dated 12/02/12. Bought the bottle over a year ago and have kept in the fridge since then.

Appearance: Black liquorish in color with a thin but thick dark tan head. A little lacing from the dissipated head. (4.00)

Aroma: Hershey’s chocolate syrup above a little dark malt bitterness. Mostly dominated by a milk chocolate character. (3.75)

Taste: With any flavored beer the main concern is too much sweetness or cloying flavor. My first impressions of Choklat are that of big flavor and good balance. Choklat starts with mild bitterness and clean dark malt. The finish marks a huge helping of smooth milk chocolate flavor, which lingers well in the aftertaste along with charred malt goodness to balance the sweet chocolate. The 10% ABV is extremely well hidden, however I should note that I’m drinking this straight out of the fridge so the temperature may be playing a helping hand in this case. Definitely a dessert beer. (4.00)

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I was expecting at just above medium in body with slightly higher carbonation than average beers of this style. Smooth feel all around with good drinkability. (3.75)

Final Thoughts: I’ve been holding on to this bottle for a long time and was luckily able to keep myself from hyping my palate up too much. Choklat is a fantastic dessert beer but what makes it great (the chocolate flavor) is also its main downfall because the sweetness can be cloying after only half a glass or so. I would recommend it to imperial stout fans and those with a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? Sure, but I wouldn’t seek it out to enjoy by myself. (4.00)

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Photo of mabermud
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a pure blackness that is dark as the darkest night with no moon or stars. There is a moderate thickness to the head that is rich and pillowy and tan that settles extremely slowly and leaves a shallow ring down the glass as opposed to lacing.

The nose is a fruity bourbon with notes of chocolate, coffee, anise, cardamon, vanilla, toast and raspberries.

The taste is very sharp and the alcohol has a definite bite that combines with the hops to attack the palate and dominate then gives way to a very complex smokey malt filled with a variety of flavors of smoke, bourbon, apples, bananas, coffee, chocolate, vanilla with a subtle peppery tinge in the finish.

The moutfeel is fairly creamy and the beer is a heavy one, especially for an American Stout.

Overall this is an exceptional stout that is very easy to enjoy. I found it went extremely well with some sushi.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brawley's (Charlotte, NC bottle shop) snifter at 9 AM on a Saturday morning, wonderful desert or breakfast beer.

These guys just plain make good beer, and this one is fantastic. Pours jet black with minimal head and lacing, loads of malt in the nose and a creamy mouthfeel. The chocolate is ever present in this viscous concoction, and lingers long after the last sip. Wonderful beer from a brewery that doesn't seem to make anything but amazing beer. Definitely pick some up and try it for yourself.

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Photo of Bone53
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a year old bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a one finger foamy brown head. Looks fantastic

Smell: Straight milk and bakers chocolate, with undertones of vanilla bean and booze

Taste: They ain't jokin with this chocolate stout! I get all varieties.. milk, dark, and bakers chocolate. A chocolate overload and not much else

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel; Silky smooth with slight bitterness

Overall: I was taken aback by this one and don't quite know what to think of it yet. Is this even a beer? Smells and tastes like liquid chocolate to me, which isn't a bad thing at all, but I expected more complexity in a stout. Could the year of age have mellowed out the malts which brought out more chocolate? Id pick up a BBCS or a Founders IS before this any day, and theyre cheaper too. I definitely prefer more of a roasted malt presence, but this is quite the dessert beer. Good job Southern Tier!

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Photo of blackcompg
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged about 2 years, poured from their bomber bottle...

Appearance - A slightly aggressive pour yields just over 2 fingers of rich medium brown foam. The body appears opaque and dark sepia brown/black, but when held right up to a light a few shards of murky garnet just barely break through.

Smell - Oh my goodness - with a blindfold I was smelling a freshly opened can of hershey's syrup, or a jar of smuckers fudge... HUGE milk chocolates, dark sweet chocolate, and a whiff of sweet vanilla whipped cream. And there's something else there too... I'll be damned - chocolate covered cherry candies. And a whiff of just baked chocolate chip cookies...

Taste - A very pleasant surprise - the nose seemed that this would be an overly sweet stout but it is not. This is certainly a rich array of chocolates, but I'm also getting some semi-sweet dark fruit, mostly black cherry. There is also a wonderful mild roast here, and even a touch of sweet black licorice long into the finish, and a few crumbs of lightly burnt chocolate cookies and a few lightly bitter coffee grains.

Mouthfeel - This is just over medium in mouthfeel, not heavy and mouthcoating as you night expect, but the full gambit of chocolate flavors are bold and fill the mouth. This stout is creamy smooth, and the carb is on the lighter side and feels like a smooth foam across the tongue, allowing the chocolate flavors to build. But at the end of the sip there are a few edges at the sides and back of the tongue, and relieves the onslaught of chocolates.

Overall - If you really like chocolate, and I do, then you will love this stout.It is not overly sweet, but still very bold and chocolaty. I appreciate the additional flavors of black cherry, light roast and licorice that give this an overall balance and complexity. Try this if you have the chance.

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Photo of RickS95
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the dark stuff and this is dark. Not quite fully black, but mostly black with some brown around the edges. The head is disappointing and that keeps the score down. A head never really forms and what does, doesn't stick around long. A swirl produces the faintest of lace.

It smells like a chocolate milkshake or chocolate pudding or chocolate cake. You get the picture. Maybe some caramel malt, but everything else is chocolate.

The taste follows the smell, it's all about chocolate. However, you get more the bittersweet variety of chocolate for taste whereas milk chocolate for smell. Also, you do pick up some other flavors like the alcohol and the hops.

From the smell, I expected an almost cloyingly sweet beer. It never happened. It's sweet, but that sweetness is quickly tempered by the heat from the alcohol and the bitterness from both the alcohol and the hops. Like most stouts, it finishes bitter and lingers. Very full bodied. One of the thickest beers I've ever had. You can feel the heavy.

Overall, I could drink this every night and be pretty happy about it. It's got a high ABV that's somewhat hidden, but you know it's there. It's easy to drink for such a big beer and would easily make a great dessert for any night of the week.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted glass

A: Ink black with a tan one finger head that sat for a while until it dummed down to medium bubbles. Filmy lacing.

S: Terrific dark chocolate with subtle vanilla and caramel hints. I could smell this all day.

T: Decadent, sultry, smooth and sweet. Oooh, that dark chocolate slides in with a punch of vanilla. A little caramal in the mix, too. Like drinking from a chocolate fountain. Just terrific. Didin't really feel the alcohol; a well blended 10%.

M: Medium with medium, rich carbonation.

O: One of my favorites this year. Will seek out again. Everyone went nuts at the tasting. More please!

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is dessert in a bottle! I have never had a beer that tastes so much like chocolate yet it is not overly sweet or syrupy. Great after dinner beer or anytime beer.

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Photo of hops202
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into stone snifter.

Pours a solid dark black with some mocha head. Aroma is an incredibly pungent chocolate smell, some vanilla and sweet caramel but barely distinguishable due to the chcolate. Taste is similar and fairly, except it has a strange taste towards the end due to the fake chocolate flavoring. This beer could be much better if they used real chocolate and not some nasty fake chemical flavoring.

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Photo of Doerrijustmether
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pouts aggressive into a snifter. finger of khaki head quickly disappears good lacing. about 52 degrees.

impenetrable deep amber color

smell of sweet chocolate roasted hops vanilla bean. overwhelmingly chocolate of course is the headliner.

nice full body, the chocolate flavor is almost like a Hershey syrup, very good, subdued vanilla in the back ground. lite caramel malted tones. great finish, boozy feel but not overwhelming,, high ABV but does not drink like it. great aftertaste, the chocolate really sticks around.

this beer totally delivers on the chocolate. this is probably the best strait up chocolate stout that I've had (by straight up im referring to not breakfast or bourbon of chocolate coffee)

great beer, highly commended desert style beer.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours jet black, topped with a cushion of fluffy mocha foam.

S - Milk chocolate toblerone leaps up to meet the nose as the glass draws near. Toffee and vanilla bean follow soon after.

T - Wondersful bittersweet chocolate on first sip. A little vinous heat. Bitter cocoa and a modicum of cabernet tannin on the finish. Classic stout flavour of roasted malt. Hazelnut.

M - Very smooth. Thickness of single cream. Carbonation is just right.

O - Very, very nice beer, although over the course of the beer I did feel like the chocolate was slightly overpowered by the heat from the abv. In terms of the spectrum of stout flavours it's definitely at the chocolate, malt and vanilla end rather than that of smoke, peat, char and ash. I'll be picking up a couple of bottles in the not too distant future for sure.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark brown black with a brown head. Nice and thick looking with a lot of body. Smells so much like chocolate. I was expecting the usual non sweet taste but this has a great chocolate sweetness. Let me say that this is the best chocolate beer I have ever had. Even better than Samuel Smiths organic. Nice little 10% alcohol burn at the finish. The alcohol is deceptive and quickly gave me a nice buzz. Fantastic beer that hits it's intentions right on the spot.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been meaning to try this. Chocolate stouts aren't something I really seek out. But I've heard good thing. While I was getting some creme brûlée, I figured I give this stuff a try.

Look: Poured in a snifter as suggested. Not much head. I blame myself. My pour was too slow and safe. Otherwise it's as dark as anything. Swirl the glass and you can get a Carmel colored head to appear. Edit: Yes, poured another glass a bit more aggressively, and produced a nice, fluffy caramel colored head.

Smell: Here's a shocker.... Chocolate! A bit of alcohol smell, but mainly just chocolate here. Like straight Hershey's syrup.

Taste: At first sip I was surprised at the presence of alcohol. I've had beers with the same or higher ABV with no alcohol present. I don't mean to make this sound like a bad thing. The chocolate flavor is very strong, as I assumed it would be, Once again, like chocolate syrup. Very little bitterness. Only bitterness is a slight coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, just as a stout should be.

Overall: As mentioned, I've never seeked out chocolate stouts. I've had many. Many that get great reviews. I've always thought they were good, both nothing amazing. This is the first one that makes me feel different. Best chocolate stout I've had so far. Probably the best I'll ever have.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I've been sitting on for a while waiting to do a horizontal, and finally gave up to just drink them. No date on it, but it has to be like 4-5 years old by now. I hope it's not to old. My bottle also says 11% instead of the 10% that BA has listed.

Pours a decent fizzy darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but nice legs on the sides, typical and actually a nice head for an 11% beer, pitch black beer, no light getting through.

Nose is just pure chocolate, layers upon layers of chocolate, milk chocolate, fudgey, dark choc, even a bit of a baker's choc, fresh cocoa nibs sitting in hot chocolate, chocolate malt as well, with a hint of vanilla too, and a hint of other dark black like malts, but really nothing else. Just waves upon waves of chocolate.

Taste brings, yep you guessed it, chocolate, and more chocolate, creamy lush choc, with some baker's choc, and a bit of semi sweet dark chocolate, again that cocoa nibs bathed in hot cocoa like taste and feel, smooth rich melting expensive chocolate even. A mild biscuity malt underneath, little malty and hint of malted milk ball, a touch of a caramely flavor and little candy bar goodness, touch of fluffy nougat even and a little milk dud. Despite all the candy notes it's not too sweet either which is nice for a Southern Tier beer. Finish gets a little fudgey and sticky, coats the mouth with a thick viscous feel, a bit sweet still, with more layers of chocolate and fudge, and more milk dud candy, mild bitterness from the malts I think, and a touch of booze warmth finally. I'm finally getting a touch of oxidation very late on it, but that's typical for a beer this old.

Mouth is heavier bod, a bit creamy and lush, pretty rich, decent carb esp for the age, and booze hidden fairly well.

Overall surprisingly better than I expected, so much chocolate, delivers what it promises, with nice layers of choc and fudge, decent malt profile, wish it came through a bit more, nice mouth feel, and booze hidden quite well. Not sure if the age helped it or hurt it, as the booze is long gone but so are any of the other subtle flavors, and a hint of oxidation, but still quite nice, I think I remember this being a bit boozy and sweet and that's gone so nice and drinkable now.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color and impenetrable to light. Head is pretty much nonexistent. A scant amount of dark brown foam is barely detectible. Incredible aroma of luscious milk chocolate greets my nose. The flavor is initially very rich milk chocolate that is quickly followed by a bit of bitter roasted malt and bittering hops. The mouth is silky smooth and creamy. This is dessert in a glass.

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Photo of RVigz
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a jet black color with a dark toasted caramel head.

Smell: caramel malts and vanilla, but prominently sweet chocolate.

Taste: An incredible blend of chocolate and roasted flavor blended with sweet caramel and vanilla, finishes slightly bitter with an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet yet it finishes bitter.

Overall: A delicious chocolate stout that has balanced sweet/bitter characteristics but has a slightly overpowering alcohol bite.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,482 ratings.