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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3813
Reviews: 1417
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%

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

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber from Loews Foods 1 pt 6 fl oz

A. - jet black, pours with a small tan head that moves to nothing, no lace at all.

S - chocolate, some dark fruit, mild hops, and more chocolate.

T - similar to the smell, with some faint booze, and some almond/nuts on the finish. Vanilla notes.

M - creamy. Low carbonation.

O - goes down too fast for 10%. Little early in the season for this, but I can see this as a good dessert beer to share as things get colder. As far as chocolate stouts go, this is up there with Youngs.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:59:34 | More by Apellonious
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Date of bottling 11/28/11 puts this at almost two years old.

A: Pitch black on the pour. Sandy brown head sputters out after a short moment, but can be revived by agitating the glass with a steady swirl. No real lacing to speak of, just a tiny spot here and there,

S: Loads of bittersweet chocolate, fudgey and chocolatey malts, dark chocolate truffles, and a slight oily hop scent. Perhaps some dark berry esters at the core. Very chocolate-forward and enticing.

T: A boatload of chocolate. Fudge, truffles, bittersweet dark chocolate, chocolate syrup. Slight mocha impression, hint of smoke. Berry esters come out briefly toward the middle. Roasted malts begin to come forward with some flavors of soot and char. Hops add bitterness and perhaps a hint of a 'green' taste. Barely a hint of alcohol. Finishes with a long and decadent syrupy and truffle chocolate taste.

M: Thick in body. Oily and chewy, slightly viscous and coating. Creamy. Low carbonation. Decadent again.

O: A wonderful dessert beer. It would do fine on its own, but when pairing one needs to go big. This is chocolate on top of chocolate, with a brawny body beneath. Cheesecake with lots of fruit and fruit sauce, I think. This is my favorite of the blackwater series to date, and it aged like a dream too.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:36:15 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of notchucknorris


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a bit thinner than I was expecting, but looks a viscous black once it settles in the glass. A nice one finger mocha head settles down fairly quickly to a light ring around the surface.

S: Smells like I just stuck my head in a tub of Hersheys chocolate syrup. A rich, sweet milk chocolate smell with just a hint of bitterness to the back of it. Cocoa powder, chocolate cake and some oats. I swear I smell oats in here.

T: Opens on a darker, more bittersweet chocolate note than the smell would lead you to believe. Fades into velvety smooth milk chocolate, vanilla and Hersheys syrup in the middle. The finish pulls the sweetness back a bit and brings out some unsweetened baking chocolate, char, roasted malt and earthy hop resin. Texture is silky smooth and complements the sweetness really well.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:01:45 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of myersk27


4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour into snifter from 22oz bomber. Khaki head. Tinge of brown around the edges. Mouthfeel is full and slick. Aroma is loaded with chocolate and roasted malt. Heavy on chocolate smells here. Taste is equally loaded. This bottle I have no clue how old it is, but it's very smooth with absolutely zero hint of the 10%abv. This one is probably one of the best chocolate stouts i've had. Milk chocolate heavy throughout with a nice bitter dark chocolate in the finish to bring it all together. really quite fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:01:41 | More by myersk27
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 d1ckvanswype


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a stemless wine glass.

A: Good Lord, it's like motor oil with latte foam. When poured slowly and from a decent height one can elicit a thick, long lasting chocolate milk brown foam, but it still disappears rather fast, I'm assuming from being 10%abv.

S: Of course there's huge amounts of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, 70% cacao and darker chocolates with burnt toasty notes, a hit of sweet, creamy vanilla, a touch of nondescript spice, a smidge of alcohol and roasted malts. But what blows me away is the very distinct smells of chocolate covered banana and dark chocolate covered jelly rings. WOW.

T: Every type of previously listed chocolate assaults the palate, followed by a big bittersweet smack of super dark chocolate and earthy hoppiness. This turns into an unsweetened cocoa flavor that fades into warming booziness that tickles the tongue with spice. Fantastic, not overburdeningly sweet. I want to bourbon barrel or rum barrel age this.

M: Very full and viscous, bordering on chewy, which turns into a drying cocoa powdery feel across the tongue, and a nice little zing from the booze and carbonation.

O: Quite possibly one of the finest chocolate stouts I've ever had, every one after this has a very high bar to reach.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:24:14 | More by d1ckvanswype
Photo of rangerred


4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with just a small dark tan head that fades fairly quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

The aroma on this beer is just heavenly. Full of milk chocolate and cocoa along with some lightly roasted coffee. It smells very sweet whick has me just a little bit concerned about what the taste holds.

The flavor isn't nearly as mind-blowing as the aroma but it is still quite nice. Milk chocolate up front but followed by more roast than what I picked up on in the aroma. Cocoa nibs, light chocolate, and burnt toast round out the flavors. Bitterness is on the high side but it helps to balance out the immense sweetness.

Overall, an excellent beer and one of the best Imperial Stouts that use chocolate to a great extent. Not too sweet and an wonderful dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:42:30 | More by rangerred
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date reading 12/13/12. I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time now, so I'm excited to finally try it. Expectations are high based upon this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass, for lack of a snifter.

A - Aggressive pour yields about two fingers of creamy luscious mocha colored head. Body color is a deep opaque black. No lacing.

S - Oh my god. What a wonderful enchanting aroma. Melted bittersweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, powdery cocoa mix, cream, perhaps a slight hint of vanilla extract. A seriously amazing smelling beer.

T - The taste isn't quite as amazingly epic as the nose, but it is still pretty damn close. Creamy melted chocolate, powdery cocoa nibs, vanilla, burnt brown sugar, and some alcohol heat in the finish.

M - Feel is of smooth and silky milk chocolate creaminess. Dry finish with some sticky, sugary sweetness lingering around.

Overall, definitely one of the best beers I've had from Southern Tier Brewing Co. as of yet. And definitely one of the most intense, chocolatey beers I've ever tried. This beer's big 10.00% abv is definitely noticeable with some alcohol heat, but it goes down smooth and easy. The smell is clearly the most phenomenal part about this beer, almost on par with Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout. However, Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout is by far the superior beer in my opinion. Perhaps a little bit less booze would have done this beer better. A must have beer for all stout enthusiasts.

Southern Tier Choklat ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 04:26:05 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Tonmeister


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured in a 16oz glass

Appearance: Pours syrupy; looks dark black with a thick brownish head. I cannot see through the glass.

Smell: an explosion of Chocolate blended with dark roasted malt. It is very sweet to the nose.

Taste: sugary chocolate, sweet dark roasted malt, with a hint of alcohol. Tastes reminds me of an alcohol chocolate milk type beer.

Mouthfeel: syrupy, thick bodied with little carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, This is a great RIS. Probably one of my favorite stouts right behind Stone's RIS. The name of this stout truly describes the taste. It is a sweet chocolate explosion in my palate and it is very well balanced with the alcohol and the malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 03:01:49 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of steenface


4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is not only one of my all-time favorite chocolate beers, it's one of my favorite stouts. It's chocolate done right in my opinion, toning down the bitterness that's usually found in stouts, making it incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I recommend aging it for at least a year, as the flavor really blooms and the alcohol mellows out.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 17:34:54 | More by steenface
Photo of macrosmatic


4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Very dark, essentially black. Opaque with a thin tan head and no visible carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate, cacao, lactose creamy sweetness, and hints of vanilla.

T: Big chocolate flavors (dark and semi-sweet), sweet lactose, hints of coffee flavor from the roasted malt. Roasted bitterness with some chocolatey sweetness into the hang.

M: Thick sticky mouthfeel, heavy body, alcohol noticeable but it doesn't seem "hot". Low carbonation sensation.

O: It delivers what it promises - a big chocolate imperial stout. Plenty of lactose used makes it seems almost like chocolate milk. It is tasty, but maybe the sweetness is little over the top after more than just a glass. A good dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 22:36:07 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 32oz growler of last years choklat. Pours a deep rich brown settles black in the glass with a reasonable light tab creamy head. Smells like chocolate heaven. Taste is spot on too. Deep rich decadent chocolate. Like eating a chocolate bar. The sweetness is nicely tamed back from the year of age. Easy drinker, dangerously drinkable with the abv totally hidden. Forgot how good this beer is.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2013 16:48:35 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of LI_PO12


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Stout glass 12/21/2012

Appearance- Jet Black small off white head

Aroma- Well as you might think, its a lot of chocolate. Really doesn't smell sweet though, its like unsweetend cacao. There are some roasty malts and a touch of coffee poking through as well

Taste-A lot of chocolate, I've had a few chocolate stouts before and this is by far the most chocolate. It doesn't seem artificial though, nice touch of roast on the end. sweet up front but bitterness comes in and finished keeping it pretty balanced. slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel- Full, thick, creamy, a little low on the carbonation

Overall- I will admit I'm a little biased towards ST, but I liked this beer. Not something I could drink a lot of, but its the best chocolate stout I've had. Awesome for what it is, and you like chocolate it def worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 03:12:51 | More by LI_PO12
Photo of micromaniac129


4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like thick chocolate syrup. It's rich and creamy. A sizeable head was produced to my surprise. Mocha brown dense and fluffy and stood it's ground well.
The aroma was of rich chocolates sweet and only the sutle hint of malts proved that it was an adult beverage.
Taste was fantastic and perfect with some kind of chocolate lava cake or somthing.
Rich chocolates and deep yet very sutle malts, some coffee and vanilla. Slight alcohol tingling as it crosses the palate.
A wonderful beer well made.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 01:38:24 | More by micromaniac129
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 joeseppy


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark as night and a mahogany dense head.

Smell is of quality rich chocolate syrup and hints of vanilla.

Nothing pretentious here. Taste matches smell except this choklat drink is for the big people. You get mild alcohol burn, but hey look at the ABV.

Creamy milk chocolate coats the palate. No chalkiness, not syrupy at all and not really toot sweet. Alcohol masterfully articulated.

Big bomber you'll want to share. Nice sipper after dinner in lieu of a port. This blows Rogue Dbl chocolate out of the water. This brew holds true to style, hence high marks. A tremendously tremendous craft!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:27:26 | More by joeseppy
Photo of writerLJBerg


3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 05:59:31 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a brown to black color forming a medium bubbled tan head with low retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Strong smell of dark chocolate. Impressive. Vanilla, roasted malts, cofffe, earthy yeasts and some wood notes

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Again, very strong notes of dark chocolate. Roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, wood, brown bread, wood, earthy yeasts. End in mainly made of a mild roasted bitterness. A bit milky too

M: Creamy and heavy body. Low carbonation. Dark chocolate aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Very smooth beer. A masterpiece

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 19:48:43 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of Roman5150


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into tulip

appearance: solid black with 1 finger tan head, intricate lacing

smell: upfront milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, minty chocolate, amazing smell

taste: huge milk chocolate flavors, not very bitter, just milky creamy chocolatey goodness. Some mint chocolate comes through in the body, with notes of vanilla and very subtle espresso flavors balanced in. Alcohol? Haha, you could almost mistake this for chocolate milk! Very pleasantly disguised. The finish is chocolately and minty, very smooth and creamy. Chocolate taste lingers quite awhile, just amazing.

mouthfeel: so thick and full bodied you may think you're drinking a milkshake....exceptional

overall: I will have to do a blind test with a Stone IRS to determine my favorite, but this is probably equal. Amazing milk chocolate flavors, this is easily the most chocolate dominant stout i've had, luckily Souther Tier is literally everywhere so I will be buying this many, many times again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:42:42 | More by Roman5150
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours pitch black with a two-finger dark tan head that retains for about a minute after the pour, small patches of lace remain after settling

S- straight up chocolate! The aromas are reminiscent of liquid tootsie roll, melted chocolate bar, bakers cocoa. This without a doubt the most chocolate forward beer that I've ever smelled, it sets up nicely for the flavors

T- exactly as described, pure chocolate. Reminded of a chocolate tootsie pop and chocolate pudding cream pie, the finish has just enough hop bitterness to balance is out but finishes with a bitter-sweet chocolate linger

M- medium body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel transitions into a velvety finish with just a touch of warming alcohol at the end

O- this is the perfect dessert beer and a must try for chocolate lovers. This is seriously sweet chocolate perfection that I could drink after every meal. The best chocolate beer out there IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 20:17:44 | More by Treyliff
Photo of tronester


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich black with an almost nonexistent head. Aromas of freshly ground coffee and chocolate. Taste begins with a big chocolate liqour flavor, then some molasses, finishing with a creamy, bitter coffee taste. Rich mouthfeel. A superb stout. The intense chocolate flavor helps to balance the immense sweetness making a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 21:38:55 | More by tronester
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New York

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours out pitch black with browns around the edges. There is very little head, and what does show up upon pouring, dissipates quickly leaving no head at all.

S: The nose is big vanilla extract, caramel, and milk chocolate. Yup. It's like a melted Milky Way chocolate bar. Super sweet, super vanilla extract.

T: It starts out sweet with a big burst of vanilla and caramel. It coats the palate and completely destroys it. As the beer slides on, I get milk chocolate and a bit of dark chocolate in the back end as it bitters up. Like a dash of cocoa powder in the back.

M: Full bodied beer. It's not super thick, but it's coating and sticky. It's syrupy and completely envelops the palate. Strong sweetness after the beer it gone.

O: Decent beer. It's mega sweet, but it's not terrible. The vanilla and over the top-ness of this beer is a welcome change from some of the super rare/limited beer tics. This beer has it's place as a dessert beer, and one to be shared with others. I might buy this again to share with friends and family.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:13:27 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep black with one-finger of brown head, good lacing.

A: Huge bittersweet and milk chocolate notes, coffee, dark cherry, and burnt caramel. Touch of spicy hop, and some nice fruity yeast notes.

T/M: Nice coffee-like bitterness up front, more huge bittersweet/milk chocolate notes, coffee, burnt sugar, dark cherry, hop spice, and a thick sweet finish.

Overall, an insanely chocolate forward stout! It does however have a lot of other great character from the rest of the malt bill, as well as hops, adding some very nice complexity. Forget pairing this with desert, this is desert.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 03:17:02 | More by Siriusfisherman
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4.96/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-inky black in a pub glass...can't remember the head or lacing...doesn't really matter....this beer tastes and smells awesome.
S-CHOCOLATE is the first thing I noticed...very prominant
M-full bodied....great mouthfeel
O--WOW! what a beer! Recently this has been a "go-to" stout for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:19:44 | More by wmickdds32
Photo of morimech


4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DOB 11/28/11

Black with a solid two finger mocha head that had excellent retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Awesome looking stout.

Great chocolate aroma. That is about all that can be smelled besides a hint of alcohol.

Thankfully they did not use a sweet chocolate for this stout. It is bittersweet with some depth to the chocolate flavor. Some stout flavor exists under the chocolate with a little malt flavor. Also a little warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Deep body with a really nice carbonation. Smooth feel. Fits the flavor perfectly.

Delivers what the name implies. Not too sweet but a bomber is too much for this drinker. About 8oz at a time would be about perfect.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 21:53:03 | More by morimech
Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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