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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,499 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,499
Hads: 4,905
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 470
Gots: 945 | FT: 47
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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: 1,499 | Hads: 4,905
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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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep black with a one-finger tan head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Roasted malts with dark chocolate and espresso.

T - Follows the nose. Dark chocolate right upfront. Nice amount of sweet roasted malts. Finish has s nice big espresso bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - Delicious stout with big bold flavors. Perfect cold weather sipper.

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Photo of BSK_ONE
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Best Quality. Dark brown to black appearance, nice thick tan head that sticks around leaving nice lacing.

S: sweet, milk chocolate. The beer that smells like s'mores.

T: So sweet, nearly impossible to taste the alcohol.

M: smooth and delicious

O: very good

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Rich black color with a half inch tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Bold chocolate, sweet grains, toffee, faint black cherry.

T: Lots of dark chocolate, sugary malt, gives way to aromatic coffee and a warm boozy finish. Almost no hop presence or bitterness.

M: On par with most imperial stouts I've had, a little syrupy with a nice sticky finish.

O: Great beer that delivers on its name and description, I"ll be looking for it again next fall.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good treat, but not a beer I'd frequent. Thick black body and a beige head that doesn't stick around very long. This beer is crazy chocolaty. From the nose to the taste, there was just so much chocolate. Like a stout should have, there was some malt bitterness and warming burnt character with the alcohol. But seriously all that could really come out was the cocoa powder flavor. Seems a little too put on, if I can add.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To start with, I love stouts and I love chocolate and/or coffee stouts. I've enjoyed so many brews from Southern Tier, I could not wait to taste this one.

From the time, I popped the cap, I knew I was going to be in for something good. The pour was like a dark mountain river water, cascading over rocks , splashing along the way until it hits its destination.

It almost poured like a dark thick chocolate syrup. The aroma was beyond what I anticipated. I couldnt even wait to evaluate the other characteristics, I quickly took my first sip.

It wasn't a beer, it was like drinking the most round and full chocolate beverage, rich in flavour, perfectly balanced, a big mouthful, long lasting after taste. The CHOCOLATE comes through loud and clear.... BUT it is also gentle.

Anyone who has tasted other Chocolate Stouts, really needs to try this one. It was a close to perfect as any beer I have tasted in the past several years

I want this one over and over and over again. As a beer, as a desert, as a treat, this is
something very special

One thing I did notice at this tasting. While everything was what I said it was, it did have a bit of a strong alcohol taste this time. Not that that was bad, but I've had high ABV stouts that seem to mask the alcohol better.

This one was from an early 2013 delivery. The chocolate in this one is coming out much more pronounced, but its a sweet mellow rich chocolate. Each sip gives me more and more chocolate. The nose does appear to be a bit boozy. But the taste is not. Loving this one For the real chocolate lover, you dont have to like beer to love this

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Photo of bryangb
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Date of birth: 12/13/12. Poured aggressively from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Thumb sized peanut butter colored head. Aroma is one of my favorites I have ever smelled. Deep and rich dark milk chocolate. Taste is amazing. This is one of those beers where you sit and wonder how they do it. They called it Choklat for a reason. Milk chocolate punches you in the face. Expresso comes through after the initial punch. Finishes with a perfect amount of warmth. This stout sits up there with the best. This brew is a must try for all beer lovers.

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Photo of GreenThumb
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap in to a small snifter

A: Nearly jet black with a thin, dark brown head around the edge.

S: Dark chocolate and espresso. Big roasted malts. Some sweetness.

T: Silky chocolate. Basically no hop or yeast notes get through the huge chocolate and espresso flavors here. Very smooth. Pleasant warming alcohol in finish. This is a remarkable beer.

M: Lighter than expected, but a good match to the huge flavors. If this were a thick stout it would be hard to finish a half-pint. Well done.

O: This is a great dessert beer on a cold night. Flavors and aromas are a fine blend of gourmet chocolates and espresso.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a tan head and decent lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, coffee, molasses, mild herbal

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slight dark fruit, lid bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious stout with good flavor, great for sipping

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Photo of glass_house
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.