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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,046
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 369
Gots: 577 | FT: 35
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of tmm313


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled: 11/26/12
Drank: 12/17/13

A - Basically pitch black. Poured no head, but left a thin ring around the surface. Light lacing and nice alcohol legs.
S- Big, rich chocolate. Decadent. Rich caramel, slight tropical and dark fruits when you really dig in.
T- Rich chocolate up front followed by caramel, roasted malts, and light licorice from the booze. Finish is roasty, a touch spicy, and bitter chocolate. Nicely crafted and complex.
M- Medium body. Creamy on the tongue. Very drying with a bitter aftertaste.
O- This was a good beer. I enjoyed the experience, but I could only drink it occasionally. The dryness and bitterness at the end was a touch overwhelming at times; however, overall, this was a nicely crafted beer with a ton of flavor and nice dynamics. I give it an A.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:08:57 | More by tmm313
Photo of mjd83goblue


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 05:26:31 | More by mjd83goblue
Photo of Spica66


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz into pint glasses.

A: Very dark. Nice head formation. A little lacing. Medium level of carbonation.

S: You can smell the chocolate easily while it is being poured. I mean- easily. Get it up near your nose and I don't see how anyone claims to be able to smell the slightest hint of hops or anything else.

T: Tastes exactly like it smells. There is no possible way that there could be a more chocolaty tasting beer. Incredibly sweet aftertaste. Like eating hot cocoa mix right from the bag.

M: Exceptionally creamy and just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is so sweet that I could hardly finish my 11 oz.

I would use this as a dessert beer to split 3 or 4 ways and paired with something creamy (not chocolate).

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 14:44:33 | More by Spica66
Photo of jampics2


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. I've enjoyed this many times, now it's finally time to rate it!

Dark black with a thin brown head that quickly dissipates. Looks like a chocolate cloud in the night sky.

Smell is really unique. This is all about the chocolate - sweet chocolate, bitter Belgian chocolate, cocoa powder, minor hops and yeast.

Taste is more of the same. Chocolate with a mild bitterness. No roast. Bit of yeast at the end which was slightly unpleasant until this beer "opened up". I'm seriously waiting for the oompah loompahs to come out and sing a song. This "beer" is clearly made from the stuff in the chocolate river. Hopefully this isn't the batch that Agustus fell into.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick, not syrupy.

A heavy duty beer that is certainly accessible. The lack of RIS like roast and the multi-faceted chocolate profile makes this a winner and a great "bridge" beer. Nice one, ST.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 16:04:10 | More by jampics2
Photo of dtivp


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark almost black brown with a dark medium mocha one finger head that fades slowly into a small ring with little lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

Taste followed the nose dominated by chocolate and hints of roasty malt.

Mouthfeel was medium leaning full body, very creamy, smooth and sweet. The chocolate sweetness was tamed down as the beer warmed.

Overall this has to be classified as a desert stout. There is no balance, it is overwhelming sweet. It is an enjoyable stout, very difficult to drink more than a glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:57:38 | More by dtivp
Photo of fdig23


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: Standard big stout. Pitch black, khaki head.

Nose: This one doesn't give much away on the nose. There's a bit of roasty chocolate and some smoky charcoal notes, but not much beyond that. As it warms up more of the milky chocolate comes out.

Taste: Hershey's milk chocolate syrup stirred into some whole milk is the initial taste. This slowly melts into a creamy milk chocolate bar and finishes with roasted nuts. No, it does not taste like beer, but yes, it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: It's plenty creamy, but with a taste like that I still wanted it to be creamier.

Overall: Southern Tier excels at brewing beer that tastes nothing like beer and this may be the king of them all.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 17:00:20 | More by fdig23
Photo of bbeane


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... Small light brown head appears on top of a black beer. Very little retention or lacing

S- Dark fruits, malts, milk chocolate

T- Much like the smell, tastes of dark fruits and malts blended with milk chocolate... also has some alcoholic notes

M- Full bodied with very little carbonation

D- Very tasty, yet maybe a bit to rich to drink too much of it. Definitely would buy another...

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 05:08:53 | More by bbeane
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black. Inky. A vigorous pour rewards me with three fingers of mocha head. Head has decent retention. Some lace.

Sweet chocolate sauce aroma with hints of coffee in the background. Just a little whiff of alcohol.

Sweet chocolate flavour hits you first, then turns bitter. Nice roasted coffee character. The palate is boozier than the aroma. Alcohol is a little warm.

Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Creamy. This beer is so easy to drink it's dangerous. Goes down like something half its strength.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 05:50:19 | More by mintjellie
Photo of augustgarage


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in trade from monsterfat (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Very dark brown liquid (nearly opaque) with slight bronze highlights. A vigorous pour produces a thin layer of khaki foam that quickly recedes to an active collar before disappearing all-together (though a heavy-handed swirl brings back the collar briefly). Almost no lacing, though the sides of the glass are coated in a dense clear lacquer.

Smells like a rich bittersweet ganache, roast chocolate malt, and light roast coffee. A bit of esters show up as well, suggesting chocolate liqueur with a whisper of fruit and pipe tobacco.

Roast malt, high quality chocolate syrup, and slight earthy bitterness from hops. Molasses and maybe a hint of cherry mid-palate - along with more chocolate. Chicory, and yet more chocolate in the finish. More chocolate than beer at times, though the roast malt pops up now and again to remind you what you are consuming.

Smooth, heavy mouth-feel with low carbonation. No astringency, and the ABV is nearly invisible.

Borderline cloying, but still better put together than some chocolate stouts which throw in everything but the kitchen sink (e.g. Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti).

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 04:04:29 | More by augustgarage
Photo of alovesupreme


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark, near opaque stream, yields a good head.
CHOCOLATE! Hot fudge, semi sweet chips and Hershey syrup.
Full mouthfeel, right where it should be.
This is an excellent attempt at a desert beer. I would enjoy this again, the alcohol is almost undetectable so it is only the sweetness that prevents you from wanting to drink the entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 07:00:03 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of trafordboy


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 03:22:08 | More by trafordboy
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for quite a while now and am finally entering it in from my notes.

It pours about as thick and dark as a double stout is able to, looking a bit like a combination between a melted milkshake and day old coffee. The aroma is chocolate pure and simple, dark chocolate and milk chocolate with some underlying roastiness, just seems like a bit of overkill to me, though still quite a remarkable aroma. Flavor and feel are off the charts unique, like nothing I've ever had before. It tastes a bit too much like Swiss Miss cocoa and covers most of anything else interesting that could be happening in this beer, thick and sweet, super chewy but has a slight gritty feel, (maybe this is swiss miss?) I have the drinkablility rated higher because it is completely unique and needs to be tried at least once, plus it doesn't taste half bad either.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 06:15:27 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of gregshead


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thin looking jet black. Head rises to about a finger and then dissipates quickly.

S: Hershey Syrup smell. Oodles and oodles of chocolate aroma.

T: Like the smell, tons of chocolate. Better quality flavor than Hershey's. Maybe a Godiva grade chocolate flavor.

M: Creamy/Syrupy feel that has to be expected from a beer this sweet.

O: For what it is, a strong double stout with lots of chocolate, it is one of a kind. If you don't care for strong and sweet* stouts, then this will not suit your fancy but when you are in the mood for chocolate in a dark beer, turn here.

*sweet=10x the sweetness of other sweet stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:26:16 | More by gregshead
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So close, yet so far! (kind of like Pluto trying to be a planet - haha, sucker!) Anyway, Raul is well good into this thang and he's loving it like his first time he smelt his girl when she first sprayed on some Narcisco Rodriguez - yeah, ooo yeah, baby, give me some more! But then, like all things, it kind of wore off. At first this bad sucker was heaven in a basket and Raul wanted to skip his way to the Yellow Brick Road. But as Raul dug more into it, the taste (especially the aftertaste) fell a bit flat.

Still good, but damn, my minions... so far!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 05:09:08 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of minterro


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spit bottle from dusty's cellar

very dark black colored beer. pours about 1.5 fingers of tan head, but dies pretty quick to just a ring around the outside. looks pretty thick when poured.

smells very similar to chocolate milk. Very sweet smelling but there is also this pleasant background of dark (bitter) chocolate.

dark chocolate is the primary thing im tasting. surprisingly hoppy in my burps. very bitter in the finish. alcohol is well hidden. medium to high bodied, sharp carbonation kick.

Overall: I liked it, but I didnt like it as much as others do.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 21:00:56 | More by minterro
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours black with a dark tan head, decent lacing, not much retention

s - aroma is of strong dark chocolate, a little blueberry, hints of alcohol

t - tastes like melted dark chocolate with a few blueberries thrown in, strongest chocolate I've tasted in a beer, hints of alcohol but not overwhelming at all

m - medium-to-full-bodied, moderate carbonation, nice balance of bitter dryness and sweetness on the finish, some alcohol warming

d - somewhat drinkable as the alcohol is there but not overwhelming and the bitterness from the dark chocolate is balanced nicely with a chocolate and blueberry sweetness

Very nice beer all around...a great beer if you're in the mood for some chocolate. I can't put it in the top tier of stouts b/c the complexity is just not there for me. Well trying and indulging in occasionally.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 01:35:46 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color with a half finger head and no lacing.

S: Mostly milk chocolate with a touch of dark fruit and roasted malts.

T: Lots of chocolate up front, but there are some roasted malts as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with some carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little chocolate heavy for my tastes, but it's as advertised. Great for someone who wants a chocolate forward stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:02:26 | More by nUgZ
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22 oz. bomber into an oversized wine glass. Black in nature with a reddish hue off the light. Little head on the pour, no lacing noticed on the wine glass. Little stir, woof intake... Dark chocolate punch, sweet tones of brown sugar and molasses. The star of this beer without contest. Gulp. The chocolate before anything, then followed by that sweet maltiness and some chill hops make it "pop" in your mouth. Thickness is evident. The perfect after dinner drink in the style of beer. Drinkability is high if your looking for your chocolate fix, a great closer to a session, or if your a big fan of imperials.

Cheers to the Southern Tier! (Brewing Company)


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 02:53:06 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of tosshin


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Opaque, dark, dark, almost black. Slightly carmal colored head. Only a tad bit of lacing.
s: Chocolate, a lot of it. Giving it a vigorous swirl a very rich dark fruit (cherries, raisons) comes through, but with that nice chocolate over top of it. Reminds me of a chocolate covered cherries.
t: First taste gave me a rich coffee mixed with the dark fruits that I smelled in the glass. Taking another, larger, swig the alcohol in the beverage stands out a bit more, and I get a nice warm coffee finish.
m: I am a bit disappointed for here, it is a bit thin for what I was expecting from this this, but it coated the mouth nicely it just didn't have the thickness that I was expecting.
d: For being a big (high abv) beer this is surprisingly drinkable, however, I think that the bomber I have will be enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 23:15:14 | More by tosshin
Photo of TMoney2591


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a straight obsidian with highlights of very dark ruby-brown struggling to break through the tar. A minor bit of oatmeal serves as the head, which dissipates into a foamy halo of breakfast grains. The smell strikes hard with a chocolate/cocoa 1-2, finishing with an oaty jab, just to toy with you, to draw you in for more. The haymaker comes in the taste, which consists of cocoa, oats, dark malts, and a finishing rabbit-punch of hoppy bitterness. The fight choreography at this point has been complex, mixed, generally effective, but not a complete knockout; we're left dizzied, anxiou for what may come next. Luckily, the body is nicely in the medium range, allowing the refs to call the fight before everything goes south. In all, yes, we lose, but we are not disgraced, allowing us to be anxious to schedule a rematch soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:27:43 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of phiberoptik


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly thick, cola black-brown with just a film of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving almost nothing on top of the beer.

Smells amazing... lots of dry chocolate notes, light hints of bourbon, earthy, with an alcohol burn.

This beer is quite aptly named. No hiding the chocolate in this one. Finished with alcohol heat. Other than those two characteristics, the rest is just nuances. Slightly dry/chalky middle from the cacao nibs.

Slightly thinner than I expected but smooth, very little carbonation.

This tastes awesome and is a nice warm beer for the winter. Too bad its a 60 degree day in February! This is a must try!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:15:39 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Listed as 9.5% on the label.

Pours opaque and black with a relatively small tan coloured head that hangs on as a sturdy collar. Leaves little lace, but has an oily, viscose quality on the glass.

Smells primarily like chocolate syrup and mil chocolate, with a fairly strong cherry note, a hint of vanilla and a fatty, nut-like tone. The alcohol breaks through as it warms.

The taste is more like dark cocoa or baker's chocolate and quite bitter overall. I also get a medicine-esque cherry flavour and a woody note that peeks through in the finish.

Medium-bodied with a surprising pop of carbonation on the front of the tongue that masks the ABV. A creamy feeling leads to a bitter, boozy and slightly medicine-like aftertaste.

Slightly more complex than reviews led on, but still very much chocolate-centric. Would make an excellent winter warmer or stew companion, but filling and satisfying on its own. Really makes me want a cigar too.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:00:00 | More by bryehn
Photo of draheim


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2010 bottle poured into a snifter. Pours almost completely black w/ a mocha head. Aroma is rich chocolate, a hint of booze and a slight nuttiness when swirled. But mostly delicious, high quality chocolate.

Taste is more of the same - dark rich bittersweet chocolate with some nice warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel and a pretty dry finish.

Overall this is a really nice chocolate stout. Sweetness is balanced well by bitterness, and chocolate is always center stage. But this beer is also a bit of a one-trick pony, so I'd only want to drink one of these every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 05:12:06 | More by draheim
Photo of kmeves


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Chocolate Batman! Deep brown color with a dood size brown head, minimal carbonation. Aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate. Flavor is initially chocolate and then some vanilla and earthy notes. Surprising not as sweet as you would think with as much of a chocolate dominated flavor as this one has. Medium bodied. Very nice IS!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 17:34:30 | More by kmeves
Photo of KAP1356


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found my notebook I thought I lost! Reviewed from notes - tasted 3/4/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a DFH signature snifter...

A - Pours a deep rich opaque black color with a khaki color head that forms about 1 finger thick. Little lacing comes about as the head recedes.

S - Wow. As advertised! BIG aromas of chocolate and cocoa powder right up front. Very much like Hershey's syrup was added to a really nice big stout. Roasted notes follow underneath and I detect a little molasses-like aroma as well.

T - Hershey's syrup all the way! Sweet, rich, and very distinct chocolate flavors all over the palate. It is quite sweet, but not cloying, which is really nice. Roasted malts fight to stick out underneath, but this one really is all chocolate.

M - Heavy bodied beer with a good amount of moderate carbonation. Rich and a reaaallly smooth beer.

O - Great dessert beer for sure. You might need a bit of a sweet tooth to really enjoy this one, no problem here. ST does a great job of offering exactly what they are advertising.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 19:23:06 | More by KAP1356
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,046 ratings.