Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,475
Hads: 4,780
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
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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 glass_house
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance is close to jet black with some dark brown around the edges. One finger of tan head quickly dissipates to a thin but persistent collar. Smell is heavy on dark fudgy chocolate with espresso and smokey dark fruits sneaking through. A pronounced booziness is also evident.

Enters the mouth with a smooth creamy introduction. Could be a little heavier but the body is thick enough. However, the carbonation seems to be a bit much as it hits the back of my tongue. The taste is simple but well done. Almost all bitter dark chocolate with just a trace of roasted coffee and sweet dark fruits. It was good up until the finish--way too much medicinal alcohol for me to consider putting this among the best in the style. It's not necessarily hard to drink, but the booziness just seemed a little over the top and out of place.

I left about 8 oz. in my bomber and waited to review it after finishing it 24 hours later. I actually found it to be slightly better the next day when the carbonation had died down somewhat. I didn't hate it but I wasn't impressed either. I think I'll buy another bottle and give it a year in the cellar. (1,172 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Motor oil. Held this beer up to the light and could not see even a whisper of light. Dark as the inside of a cave. Jet black. Little to almost no head.

Smell: Chocolate. All chocolate. No hop aroma whatsoever. This nose is all chocolate.

Taste: Holy chocolate batman. Wouldn't change a thing about this taste. For the style, there isn't a single thing I would change about this. The darkest of dark beer thrusts upon the taste buds intense dark chocolate, no noticeable hops or yeast but excellent chocolate. This is a true dessert beer. Hell, give me this any day as a dessert and you can keep your cake. Although there is no lactose this comes across as a milk stout. The bittersweet Belgian chocolate used is the perfect compliment to the carefully chosen malts.

Mouthfeel: Very silky smooth mouthfeel. Nice heavy body complimented by a silkiness is the mark of a true artist. This is heavy, but it should be heavy. I don't think I could drink more than one of these but believe me one is enough, and in a good way.

Overall: What more is there to say? This is quite the beer. Although it is almost too sweet it is intense and complete. This reminds me of Mary Poppins: Practically perfect in every way. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Hab11
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22 oz. bomber. Color is black at night with a creme brûlée colored head. Smell is a cross between Hershey's original syrup and Smucker's chocolate candy shell. There is also a slight Mexican spicy hot chocolate undertone. Definitely feel the bitter chocolate upfront that surrenders to the sweet and finishes to a cream on the tongue with a almost numbing zestiness on the gums. As far as tast goes this is where my only complaint comes in an it's not really a complaint. After a few sips it builds with sweetness. I would have to drink this as a desert beer and don't think I could have more than one. With its high alcohol content I would definitely need a ride home if out. For its style it's spot on but I wish it were a hair more relaxed with the sweetness and the Abv so that I could enjoy more than one in a sitting. (840 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Poured without any head. Very dark color. Black and brown near edges. Completely opaque.

S- Smells like chocolate, no surprise. Very sweet smell-very delicious. Slightly malty smell.

T-Strong chocolate taste. A bit smokey/coffee after taste. Not extremely bitter. Very light malty taste, with fairly strong alcohol taste.

M- Medium thickness, which seems light for a stout. Some carbonation, fairly strong alcohol burn.

O-Delicious smell, like fine chocolates. Taste is pretty good too. Not too heavy for a stout. A very nice beer. (539 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh man, just looking at that I can already tell I'm going to love it. Silky black body with plush tan head that dissipates, leaving just enough of a force to keep the walls in check...

That nose, though...
Velvety rich fudge. I just... I want like some brownies now or something. This is out of control. There's not much depth to it: I mean it's pretty much just rich deep dark fudge, but holy shit does it smell like delicious rich deep dark fudge.

Do you want to guess what it tastes like?

If you guessed delicious rich deep dark fudge... well you've probably been reading this little note up above. Beautiful silky mouthfeel, effervescence dancing on the tip of the tongue and good thick creamy mouthfeel. This is a bit more bitter than I would have guessed based on the aroma: I was expecting more cold alcoholic hot chocolate, but it's more complex than that. There's certainly that cocoa chocolate dominance, but there's a bitterness that's not all just dark chocolate. Dark fudge for sure, with enough hops to set up their own distinct camp in the middle...
Also hides the alcohol pretty well.

If you like fudge/chocolate and those types of stouts, this is an EXCELLENT example, with enough hop bittering to balance it and remind you that you're drinking a beer, not just a dessert. I can't believe it's taken me this long to pick one up. ST is a talented brewery, and this shines through in this offering. In fact the same can be said of most of their Blackwater Series. (1,489 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Side Door Grill & Tap, Madison.

The only drawback here: it's more melted milkshake than beer. Is that a bad thing?

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black that does not let any light come through that has a large light brown head that does not fade and leaves a heavey lace on the glass
S-a good chocolate smell(like a melted Hersey Bar) with some light hops in the background
T-light chocolate at first then comes a strong hop bitterness that mixes well with the chocolate and melts away the bitterness in the finish
M- full body and creamy with a good alcholol warming as the beer warms up
O- Great beer I picked up in Texas. We have many Southern Tier's beers here in Alabama, but have not seen this one (560 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a regular pint glass. Appearance is dark black and opaque. Head is tan color and had some staying power before leaving good lacing.
Odor was, in a word, fudge. Chocolate most of the way through. A little sweetness and alcohol as well as maybe some brown sugar/molasses notes.

Taste is mostly like the swell. Dark chocolate front and present and in a big way. A little creamy sweetness and small bit of floral hops. A little alcohol at the end,but it definitely does not stand out. Nice finish. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a little carbonation.
Overall, an excellent stout! Thick and rich with lots of chocolate (little coffee). Good finish and still nice as it warmed a bit. (712 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter , midnight black with a 3 inch dark brown head after a violent pour.

Smell??? Well imagine a tootsie roll smell , take out everything bad about it and all the good stuff is what you have left , really nice smell to this

A little thin on the mouth on this beer but doesn't take away from anything

The taste is a mixture of dark and milk chocolate and booze

Overall this beer is still a little rough around the edges but great tasting regardless , Not sure what some time would do to it but will have to find a bottle to find out. I would recommend this if you have a sweet tooth (616 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 25 January 2014.

Pour is black, thick and viscous. One finger of light brown head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is rich and chocolatey. Smells less artificial than ST's other big stouts, but it still has and odd sweet touch that doesn't feel right. The stout is there, but mostly hidden behind waves of milky chocolate.

Taste is good, but again with that odd off taste. I like it, but I'd like it so much more if it tasted like chocolate, instead of weird chocolate-flavored candy or something. A light bitterness in the finish adds some variety.

Feel is thick and chewy. Enough carbonation, could use a touch more. Lasting, staying thick on the inside of my mouth.

I like this better than the other stouts in the same series (Mokah, Creme Brulee). But it's got that same weird fake sense; it just has a bit less of it. Also, I want more stout, less chocolate. (876 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark ruby red into black in the glass with a short dark brown head.

S: Dark bittersweet chocolate, some roasted malt, and a touch of coffee in a nose that is utterly dominated by chocolate.

T: Sweet, yet dark chocolate to start, followed by some coffee and roasted malt, then an awkwardly bitter finish that might be better as it warms up.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a thick and full body.

O: Too much alcohol flavor to be as good as creme brûlée or warlock, but it's pretty good. Mine might have been on it's side for too long, as it was shipped to me. (576 characters)

Photo of JHurley
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

Amazing smell of chocolate and caramel. Light carbonation. Very dark brown/black.
Thick/heavy bodied with just enough bitterness.
This is one of the best chocolate stouts I have ever tried. The only negative is that there is no
way that I could finish a bomber on my own. With the amount of sweetness and the heaviness, I wish this came in a 10 or 12oz bottle. (382 characters)

Photo of Landar
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Choklat
Draft at Blue Dust

Aroma 10/12
Strong rich deep sweet dark chocolate and cream with dark and cholcoate malt coming through.

Appearance 3/3
Opaque. Deep dark brown color.
Tan creamy head that lingers.
As the head fades it leaves a pleasant thin layer of creamy foam and sticks solidly to the sides of the glass.

Flavor 18/20
Strong hop bitterness dominates with dark chocolate and lactose cream.
Sweet dark chocolate and lactose cream aftertase with a lingering backbone of hop bitterness to balance.
As it warms the dark chocolate comes through as the dominant flavor with a backdrop of lactose cream sweetness, rich dark and chocolate malts and a continuation of the bitter balancing backbone.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Full bodied. Thick and creamy while still going down smooth. Medium high carbonation. Exactly what is expected of the style.

Overal Impression 9/10
This hits everything right for a solid American imperial stout. It makes no bones about being a chocolate stout and is rich and creamy to complement the highlighted ingredient. Many, this reviewer included, will appreciate the strong sweet creamy rich dark chocolate profile balanced by the hop bitterness, but to make a well rounded beer for the style, bringing the roasted malts through a tad more would help to balance the flavor and add more complexity to the character. If one of the methods for masking the malts was by an extra large amount of lactose during the boil, perhaps reducing the quantity of lactose would bring out the roasted dark malt profile.

45/50 (1,562 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark brown with a thin cap of tan head.

Aroma: As the name implies, chocolate, mostly cocoa and kind of a sweeter, hot chocolate power aroma and faint hints of tobacco.

Taste: Roasted malt, mild burnt notes, lot of creamy chocolate, becoming more bittersweet in the middle where there is a mild hop bitterness which is enhanced by some prickly carbonation. The finish is chalky with lots of lingering bittersweet chocolate and a little earthy bitterness.

The Rest: Creamy, chocolatey delicious. Dessert in a bottle. (542 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark chocolate and dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, light vanilla, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, light vanilla, light herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance, robustness, and complexity of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding chocolate imperial stout. All around awesome balance and complexity of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,428 characters)

Photo of Robb_in_Austin
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber by the Mrs down the side into a pint glass(take that pour for what its worth). ;)

A: Inky brown-black. Looked thick going in. No head(pour?). No lace.

S: Sweet, chocolatey goodness. I get a bit of roasted malt too.

T: My initial thought was: Hershey's chocolate syrup. Then I got the stout roast profile followed by the usual Imperial stout whack of alcohol(to me it always tastes like brandy). I get that typical bitter chocolate taste, with a hint of banana, at the end.

M: Initially I was very disappointed. Came across very thin to my palate. But as it warmed up, the body really came into its own.

O: a really well done chocolate stout. I'd buy again. (683 characters)

Photo of alexk307
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 22 oz Bomber.

A: Silky black with no head or lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate mixed with vanilla and marshmallow. Reminds me of a bad vanilla porter. Kind of nauseating.

T: Tastes much better than it smells. Starts off super sweet with chocolate and vanilla but ends off with a solid imp stout.

M: Full bodied and thick. Usually chocolate stouts end up tasting more like chocolate porters to me but this lives up to it's name.

O: A great beer. Would buy again. (464 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a 10 ounce poor at Mission Dolores on a very rainy Saturday.

The pour was dark black with a one finger head that was a blend of espresso and khaki color. It diminished rather quickly. The lacing was sparse.

Upon lifting my glass to my nose, I immediately sensed a very sweet, almost Hershey syrup like aroma that was simply wonderful. The chocolate was sweet but there was also hints of burnt sugar and marshmellows. Was I drinking beer, or chocolate milk?

The taste was dark chocolate right away with a blast of sugar that lead to a hint of raisin. As the beer warmed, the chocolate subdued a bit and gave way to a marshmellowy, vanilla flavor.

The finish was a bit on the bittersweet side for such a sweet tasting beer. Medium mouthfeel with a foamy texture. The alcohol was extremely well hidden at first however, the warmer it got, the more pronounced the alcohol became. (883 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-Deep black with a thin light khaki head. The head dissipates leaving a ring. Some bubbles and lacing

S-Nose is amazing, with loads of milk chocolate,with vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel

T-The flavor is the same. Very sweet and milk chocolately

M-well balanced silky to the tongue

O-great chocolate stout not to sweet doesn't have to be a dessert beer. It's great to just sip and take your time like you would with a big bar of Hersey chocolate eating each little block at time. (539 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into oversized tulip glass.

A - Pours pitch black with just over a finger of chocolate / mocha head. Dissipates somewhat rapidly.

S - Smells like a chocolate candy bar...very sweet.

T - Very rich dark chocolate flavor. Reminiscent of a Hershey's dark chocolate bar. There is a touch of vanilla and a hint of caramel. This is very sweet and is definitely a sipper for me.

M - Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. It's a bit cloying at times.

O - This is a fantastic stout from ST. It reminds me a bit of the Creme Brulee stout, but not as sweet. The chocolate flavor is just like a Hershey's bar. (627 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a good sized mocha head that reduced to a thin layer with nice laving on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, boozy alcohol, vanilla, roastiness, and some molasses. Smells like an Samuel Smith organic chocolate, but with more alcohol.

Taste: Delicious sweet hot chocolate. Vanilla, some burnt molasses, caramel, a little booze, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, a little booze, and very delicious.

Overall: As the ratings suggest, I liked this a lot and it drank really easily for being 10%. Might have to grab more as the weather is chilly outside. (810 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a pitch black color with a toffee colored head. Head is moderately sized and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S-A lot of nuance here. Sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and a touch of coffee. Smells fantastic. Also some caramel in the back of the nose. Sweet, but not overly sweet.

T-Front of the palate is hit with the sweet chocolate and faint vanilla, then fades into a bitter chocolate/coffee combination with a lingering boozy bite. Sweetness is balanced perfectly with bitterness. Boozy bite is not too much and is just enough to make a nice presence. Aftertaste is of charred wood.

MF-Creamy feel with a medium body. Body needs to be a bit more full for an imperial stout, but it's ok. Finishes a bit too crisp and dry as well.

O-Damn. One of my favorite stouts now. It's balanced to near perfection and isn't overly sweet or bitter for a chocolate based stout. This is a thing of beauty and is up there with FBS. (941 characters)

Photo of RickFinsta
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pouring pitch black with a dark tan had that lingers only around the edges of the class good lacing as you drink smells of chocolate bar with roast hidden behind itwith a slight toasted smell flavor is strong chocolate followed by roast and a very balanced hop bitterness the beer is very well-balanced not too sweet and the mouth feel belies the heavy malt bill and high alcohol content (387 characters)

Photo of RWLawman
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Jet black with a think khaki head, spotted lacing left behind.

S - Smells like a Hershey's milk chocolate bar. Maybe the slightest hint of roasted malts in there as well.

T - Chocolate, chocolate, and some more milk chocolate. There's a slight alcohol sweetness on the back, as well as a little lactose, but this one is chocolate through and through.

M - Smooth, full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

O - One of the finest chocolate milk stouts I've ever had. Alcohol certainly has its presence in this one, but not to the point where it detracts from the experience. For being 10%, the presence is impressively mild. Awesome beer, and worth the wait it took me to find it. (696 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter.

A – Deep black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice ring around the edges.

S – Chocolate milk! Hints of vanilla and coffee with some roasted malts coming through at times. Some hop aroma seems to come out when you swirl it.

T – Follows the aroma closely. The chocolate dominates but manages to pull it off nicely. A mild sweetness gives it a real chocolate milk quality. The alcohol is well hidden. There’s a slight hop bitterness as it really warms up.

M – Creamy and smooth with a low carbonation that gives it an airy quality.

O – Not an everyday beer but very interesting and well executed. (683 characters)

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.