Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,476
Hads: 4,786
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
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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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Photo of ATPete
3.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

Pours an inky black color with a small brown head. Nose of pure chocolate Tootsie Roll pops, not much else either. Its very impressive how aromatic ST got the chocolate character to be. Thick, dark bitter chocolate invades the tongue, initially this beer is very nice, creamy and semisweet, however, mid to late palate a huge bitter wave packing lots of alcohol heat totally catches you by surprise. Ive never seen a better bitter beer face on a few of my friends. The aftertaste of burnt chocolate malt lingers for quite a while. Full bodied, slightly coating, id had enough after my 4oz. serving. (611 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a thin tan head that was gone in an instant.

Smell is hershey syrup, a whiff of alcohol, and some roasted malt, but by far the dominance is the chocolate.

First sip is as if you mixed hershey syrup with vodka. You get some roasted malt in there, but chocolate dominates -- very strong. I looked for a sweetness and a bitterness, and there is a fine balance here. Sweetness is not sugary, but the sweetness of the malt. Finish is extremely clean, which is a great surprise, as I thought this would be cloying. You just get this light chocolate aftertaste.

A heavier beer that some carbonation -- not much - cuts through. A real sipper.

Drinkability. Have to be honest here, this is a very well made, carefully balanced brew that I half drain poured. Overpowering chocolate syrup flavor made this nearly undrinkable for me. Where's the beer? The boozy chocolate liquor aspect made this a tough one to get down. I could probably share a 22 0z bomber, but could not choke down the entire thing myself. Just my palate, but I'll never buy this again. I think I wasted $9.00. (1,094 characters)

Photo of jdg204
3.03/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ever since Jahva, Pumking, and Unearthly knocked my fricken socks off I've been jacked up to try this brew! Finally found it, so I had to give it a go.

A: Dark Brown with a light brown head that lasts and lasts as a thin skim.

S: Boozy and Tootsie roll like sweet chocolate too.

T: (Cheap tootsie roll) Chocolate dominates, making up perhaps 90 plus percent of the profile. Touches of roasted malt and crème fill in the rest. Tastes way too sweet and comes off cheap.

M: Boozy but only lightly burning, bittersweet, but still surprisingly light considering the abv.

D: Not good at all. Maybe the most disappointing brew I've ever had considering how excited I was to try this. The cheap chocolate flavor dominate and made this disgustingly sweet. I do have to respect that ST does these extreme brews and goes all out and when you like it they're golden, but this just wasn't for me. (889 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.05/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle received in trade. Shared with Davey and a few others. Poured into snifter a Black that was lighter around the edges with a very minimal head and no laceing, very oily looking. Smell was Hershey's chocolate syrup. Taste was the same as the smell but some soy saucy flavors in there as well. I am not a huge fan of this beer. Mouthfeel was fairly thick and oily. (373 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
3.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Deep mahogany / black and opaque. Harsh pour produces ~1 finger medium-brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin island and a ring.

S- Sweet milk chocolate/caramel mix, and a slightly earthy note. These odors blend awkwardly with the alcohol kick to an OK, but quite less than stellar effect.

T- A bit of chocolate, and a bit of burned coffee. Fairly astringent/boozy bitterness on the finish. Certainly nothing even remotely resembling the "Hershey bar" or "chocolate syrup" that I've seen mentioned so often in descriptions about this beer. The nose has a lot of chocolate, but in the taste, pretty minimal. The flavor here just isn't working for me.

M- A wee bit watery for a RIS.

D- Too astringent, and ABV% way too high for this one to be very drinkable. If you're going to try this one, I'd split it up amongst 3-4 people and consider it a sipper.

Future outlook: Pretty big disappointment. Highly unlikely that I'll get this again. (1,005 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.07/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Jet black with minimal head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing.

S - It's all chocolate. Slight roasted malt smell, which definately helps, but it's chocolate through and through.

T - I'm not a fan. It's not that it tastes bad, but it pretty much tastes like chocolate milk. If you wanted a chocolate drink with alcohol in it, this would be your drink. Granted, it tastes like good chocolate, but the fact that it is a beer here is not really adding anything to it that makes it stand out from some sort of chocolate beverage. I'd rather do car bombs I think.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, decent carbonation, fairly viscous.

D - Too sweet, it's like desert in a bottle, not bad, but not really beer for my taste. (726 characters)

Photo of daythree16
3.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Split a 22 oz bomber with the wife. Poured into a snifter. Completely black with no head at all. Looks like a glass of motor oil, especially with the brown film it leaves on the glass as I swirl it.

Smell is 90% chocolate, 10% alcohol. That's all I can really get. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with some smokiness followed by a moderately bitter finish. It also has a pretty healty dose of alcohol burn. After a while, the chocolate becomes almost too much to bear, and it gets really hard to keep drinking it.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is pretty bad. I don't even want to finish my half of the bomber. (633 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark Brown with a light brown head that lasts and lasts as a thin skim.

Aroma: Boozy and bitter dark chocolate. Tootsie roll like sweet chocolate too.

Taste: Chocolate dominates, making up perhaps 90 plus percent of the profile. Touches of roasted malt and crème fill in the rest.

Mouthfeel: Boozy but only lightly burning, bittersweet, fairly full bodied but still surprisingly light considering the abv.

Drinkability: Not good at all for me. This is too tootsie roll like and one dimensional for my tastes. I have a hard time drinking this in any serious quantity. Good for what it is trying to be though. (624 characters)

Photo of mrnobody
3.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours an impenetrable black with a tan head that dissipates quickly, no lacing to speak of. The smell is chocolate of course, also alcohol, caramel and vanilla. The flavour is chocolate, booze and some coffee. The carbonation is light and lively. The mouthfeel is thin considering how much sugar is in this. I'd say the drinkability of this is not too high, it is quite sweet and hot.

Again, I much prefer the Black Oak approach of cocoa/bitter chocolate to the sweet Hershey's milk chocolate thing going on here. This is the third "big beer" (Creme Brulee, Unearthly) I've had from Southern Tier and I haven't liked any of them much, I think I will stick with their IPA/2XIPA from here on which are great beers in my opinion. (764 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.22/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter at about 50 degrees farenheight.

I get a one finger khaki head from a semi hard pour. Very dark black with some brown hues towards the edges when held to light. Head resides to a ring of foam around the glass.

For a minute I couldn't figure out what the sugary sweet scent reminded me of. After racking my brain for similar beers, I remembered the smell didn't remind me of a beer at all. This smells exactly like a tootsie roll or chocolate tootsie roll pop.

The taste is literally the beer version of a chocolate tootsie roll pop. Sugary candy like chocolate with hints of pine like hop presence. Really sugary tasting. Imagine a liquified chocolate tootsie pop and you are imagining the taste of this beer.

Really thin for an imperial stout. Medium carbonation and a tiny bite on the end. Not very enjoyable mouthfeel on this one.

Honestly this is like chocolate soda. If someone were to hand me a glass without telling me what it is. I would assume it was a soda. No trace of alcohol in my mind which is crazy for the abv. If you are trying to get your sweets loving girlfriend into craft beer I bet this is a good place to start. However, it can be a little much after a glass.

Simply too fake chocolate tasting for me. I looked through some other reviews and found no mention of tootsie roll scent/flavor, but that is exactly what this tastes and smells like to me. (1,399 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.22/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 vintage

A_Pours a very dark black with a small tan head. Nothing really more to be said other than that.

S_The smell is dominated by a scent of fudge or better yet brownie mix. There is a bit of alcohol as well.

T_Very rich fudge is the best way to describe this. There are hints of espresso and alcohol but rich chocolate dominates here. The aftertaste is bitter chocolate again. Not overly complex but very chocolatey which is what I suppose they are going for.

M_A bit viscous with a light but hard carbonation. Works well here.

D_Very potent chocolate which while nice may be a bit too much for a beer. I am sure a year of sitting has tempered the alcohol somewhat which is a good thing. Decent enough but not my cup of tea. (739 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Grading appearance, smell, taste, mothfeel and drinkability, seperately, on a 1 to 5 scale, I fear that my overall grade will be somewhere around a B. That is not my intentions, but that is how the formulas work, and such is life.

Anyway, had it on tap at the Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore (go Orioles!).

This is the most chocolaty, sweet, milk-shake-like beer that I've ever had, and that's not a good thing. I finished maybe half a pint before I went into diabetic shock. Just way, way too much chocolaty-sweetness going on here. I would have gone to Ben & Jerry's if I was looking for a sugar fix.

My Beer Advocate grade might say 'B' but my taste buds say 'I'm drowning in Giardelli's" (698 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can appreciate what Southern Tier was going for here, but it was too much chocolate for me!! No fault of the beer...just a matter of style and personal taste.

Poured a dense dark brown with a small tan head and good lacing. No light got through this one. Head retention is what you would expect with a 11.0 beer.

Smelled like Nestle's Quik and malty beer. Taste was definitely too much Nestle's Quik. I could almost imagine feeling the powder you get when you don't stir the Nestles Quik well enough into the milk! There is balance here...not too sweet.(hops?)....malty taste is there, very subordinate to the chocolate though.

Mouthfeel is rich, but the heavy concentration of chocolate kind of put me off.

Drinkability is not that good. A good 8 oz. novelty, but it was a chore to but the 22 oz'er down. (811 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown in color with about an inch of head. Smell is bakers chocolate and nothing more. Taste is much the same, chocolate domination. Kind of a creamy milkshake flavor. Tasted alot like fudge brownie mix powder. Absolutely no sign of the ABV whatsoever. Decent mouthfeel. But it's just an alright beer. I'll stick with the Jah-va and the Oat which are MUCH better beers. (382 characters)

Photo of PBoegel
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber, 2nd batch release brewed in fall 2008.

Poured into an Ommegang mini-snifter. Black, brown head fairly thick and layered, but breaks rather quickly. A very inviting look for a big stout.

The aroma is all chocolate, fudge, syrup, Nestle tollhouse chips. There is an aroma of heavy alcohol too, not off putting fusels but very big warm that presents like a liqueur. I pick up nothing from the malt profile of this beer and certainly no hops, the latter of which is certainly not a big deal, but I found the chocolate to be overwhelmingly the only dimension beyond the alcohol.

Taste is the same as the aroma, huge overwhelming chocolate flavors, very interesting in that as it warms the chocolate flavors never subside, never play second fiddle. Like the aroma the only other fiddle in the taste is alcohol which serves to create a bit of lightness in the heavy chocolate character and wash the finish clean in each sip.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied, slick and oily from the chocolate character with what little perceptible bitterness accentuated by the alcohol.

As far as drinkability, this is an interesting concept for a beer and easily the most chocolate flavor I have encountered in a beer, but I do not find this to be an American Double or an Imperial stout in any real regard, this is a specialty flavored beer much like any of the hybrid fruit, vegetable or spiced styles. It is very intriguing and should be tried at least once if you can get it.

At nearly $10 a bomber, this beer simply does not say repeat visits to me. (1,551 characters)

Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not trying to slam this beer but it didn't do it for me. I had it last year and remember it being better than this.

A- Poured into snifter jet black with little to no head and had no lacing when glass was finished

S- Dark cherries, malted milk, smores over a campfire without the smoke flavor

T- Chocolate covered cherries, it hides the alcohol well. I know it's not at all cost effective to use high quality chocolate for such a widely distributed beer but Choklat is to real chocolate as instant coffee is to fair trade. I can taste the coco powder

M- Had some weight to it but still a touch dry

D- Because of the high ABV, not so much. Possible desert to share w/ friends, in small portions. It's as drinkable as eating 2lbs of chocolate is edible. (756 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as cola with barely any head at all. No retention and minimal lacing. It's not much do look at and overall unimpressive. Very little carbonation, even for a stout.

S: It smells strongly of malted barley, very similar to how a barleywine smells. There is no scent of chocolate on the nose.

T: It tastes as dark as it looks, with burnt and bitter notes. It has roasted coffee flavors. I have had a number of other chocolate stouts, some are stronger in chocolate flavor and some are weaker. This one is very weak, and the bitter chocolate flavor is barely noticeable. The more you drink it, the more you pick up a slight chocolate flavor. It takes a while to coat the mouth enough to really pick it out from the barrage of roasted bitters. The ABV listed on my bottle is 11% but I don't taste it, obviously masked by the thick flavors. That alone awards merit.

M: The mouthfeel is alright. It tastes a little undercarbonated and flat. It is bitter but not overly bitter. It is malty without being too sweet which is a plus.

D: It is not overly bitter or sweet, so it is very easy to drink this. I would have liked more chocolate hints that this didn't provide. More carbonation probably would have brought out the flavors a little more as well. It's a shame to see Belgian chocolate go to waste!

Southern Tier is one of my favorite breweries, so I would love to see this beer improved on in the future, (1,414 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured this beer from a 22 oz bomber into a duvel snifter glass.

A- This imperial stout pours a dark brown, almost black in color with about a half a finger of lacing that quickly subsides into a thin layer which remained through about 3/4 of the glass. The lacing from this beer was minimal with a few small strains here and there.

S- The smell from this Imperial Stout was very, very bold. Chocolate. Lots and lots of it. Alcohol also came through on the nose and just the slightest hint of roasted malts.

T- To be honest, this beer was too sweet for me, hence the average 3.0 rating. There was lots of bitter dark chocolate flavor...a whole lot, but I just couldn't get any depth from the brew. Some mild alcohol notes came through and just a the smallest hints of roasted malts. The chocolate flavor was just way to overpowering for me to give this any higher of a rating. A beer needs to have layers of flavor and complexity, and for the this was a very one dimensional brew. The finish was dark chocolate and bitter tasting (IE Bitterness from the dark chocolate)

M- Good mouthfeel with little carbonation. A nice thickness and smoothness, but not overboard in either category.

D- This falls flat when it comes to drinkability. The chocolate sweetness just became way to much after about 8 oz's, which took about a half hour to drink. It took me an hour and a half to finish the last 14 oz of the bomber.

Overall, this would be an exceptional beer for the chocolate lover who literally wants to drink liquid chocolate. For me, however, it was much to sweet and much too chocolaty for my personal liking. I was hoping for a nice chocolate backbone with lots of other flavors, but it turned out to be focused more on loads of chocolate flavor than complexity. (1,771 characters)

Photo of beerchick
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

THis might have rated higher but for the hype, but I made a huge point of breaking this out for my spouse for dessert based on prior reviews and it was mediocre chocolate syrup taste with beer. Sorry. Now thinking about a Rogue or Youngs Chocolate Stoudt. Or even an old school Brooklyn. (287 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.31/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black pour with a full two fingers of head and great lacing. Smell is cocoa powder, bread crust, maybe even a few floral hops. Taste is roasted malt up front with some cocoa powder on the finish that is a bit harsh. Although I can taste the chocolate, I most definitely am not getting the same rush of Hershey's syrup that others describe (and that I was hoping for). I'm not sure if this is an '08 or '09 bottle. If it is an '08 than I guess this beer is probably not suited for aging. If it is an '09 then I guess the rumors about Southern Tier recipe changes must be true. Or perhaps nothing has changed and I just don't perceive it the way others have.

Mouthfeel is full to medium, the alcohol is pretty well hidden despite the high ABV. But I'm just not really into the taste, and I absolutely love chocolate beers. (821 characters)

Photo of McNuts
3.32/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber received in trade with bmanning. Poured into DFH Chalice>

Look: Very nice looking beer. Jet black. Nice 1"Head with decent lacing. Very attractive beer.

Smell: Just as advertised. Chocolate malt, Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate and everything in between.

Taste: One of the richest beers I've ever had. Super-rich chocolate flavors but insanely sweet. I did enjoy the rich chocolate flavors but this one was way, way too sweet for me, I struggled to finish the bomber which is not a problem that I usually have. Maybe I should have split this one? I dunno?

Mouthfeel: Nice. Coated the tongue with rich chocolate. Full bodied and nice.

Overall: Honestly, I wanted to love this one along with everyone else. I liked the look, smell, and feel. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy overall due to the sweetness. Next time, I will try this on Breyer's Vanilla Bean, which is where this one belongs. (906 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.32/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle split with my wife.

A: Pours in a solid stream of black ooze. Thin ring of mocha head. Nice legs.

N: Chocolate syrup. Big surprise there, really. Vanilla extract and tons more of the milk chocolate. There are hints of malt and then again..syrup.

T: Bitter chocolate mixed with the syrup. Surprisingly bitter and has an unpleasant chalky taste. Has some smoke and leather elements. Can’t tell if I like it.

M: Pleasantly carbonated with a decently thick body. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A strange concoction that’s not as sweet as you’d expect and not as complex as you might want. Not great. Oh well. (628 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep and dark, basically black. Thin to medium tan head, not much retention. Smell is overwhelmingly dark chocolate. Some sugary sweetness to it but mostly dark, bitter, melted chocolate. I like this, I think...is it beer, though? Smells like it should be in solid form rather than liquid. Taste is pretty nice. Definitely an assault with the chocolate again. Dark, rich, liquid chocolate. What more can be said? Oh yeah, it gets really sweet. I like this better than the smell because it adds a hint of roast to the mix along with a faint green hop bitterness. Still, though...the chocolate, it's lovely. Just too much chocolate, not enough beer. Close to a full bodied brew with a good feel for sure. Good level of carbonation. I wish this were more drinkable but unfortunately for me, it's not. Takes quite a while to consume. I'd prefer splitting this with three people, even. One of those brews that is on the brink of being brilliant but it's just slightly held back. Add a touch more roast, a little more depth, and this is one amazing brew. As is, it's quite one-dimensional and reminds me of Mike Tyson. It packs a heavy chocolate punch but has too many other issues to be a consistent knockout...damn, that was bad. (1,225 characters)

Photo of awall422
3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just going to have one beer tonight while working on some projects for the job.... Pulled this one out because I knew I wouldn't need to think too hard about it.

Poured at cellar temperature.. 1 finger dark tan head dies quickly leaving only one little drape of lacing... the brew is black but on the pour it looked a little thin.

Nose is artificial chocolate... reminds me alot of the Dremo's Donut stout... chocolate syrup....

Flavor is only minimally better.. tastes like a tootsie roll smells.... milk chocolate and dark battle back and forth with too much sweetness and not enough actual stout flavors to be enjoyable in my mind... lite roastiness is there, but in the background...

The body is a good medium full, yet the carbonation seems too fizzy...

Overall.... I can see how some people would really enjoy this one, but it is very artificial smelling and tasting... okay for sure, but it is going to take me a long time to polish off the bomber and I guess that is what I was looking for tonight.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/3.5

Edit: Not sure who sent this to me... sorry... It is a year or so old.... it had the silkscreen labels that scrape off easily. (1,159 characters)

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.