Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series)Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #538
Ranked #1,590
4.23 | pDev: 8.75%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series)Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series)
Notes: New for 2015. Choklat Oranj is the latest offering from Southern Tier's Blackwater Series. An Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and orange peel.

25 degrees plato
2-row malt
caramel malt
debittered black malt
orange peels
bittersweet belgian chocolate
columbus hops
natural flavor
Reviews: 187 | Ratings: 804 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2017 vintage

A- pours a jet black color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- zesty orange, cream filled chocolates, cocoa nibs, vanilla, charred malt

T- zesty orange is immediately noticeable up front, before giving way to notes of milk chocolate, cocoa nibs and vanilla cream. The chocolate and orange begins to mingle mid-palate, creating a flavor that is spot on reminiscent of an orange cream chocolate, straight from the box of chocolates. The finish offers more zesty orange, as well as dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Lingers of roast, chocolate and orange

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish

O- creamy chocolate and orange, like a box of chocolates

Oct 09, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of chocolate, a touch or oranges. Taste is also full of chocolate, lactose, a very light hint of alcohol, no orange flavors are detected. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a very good beer that's way to easy drinking at this abv.

Jul 22, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with dense creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. The foam fades very quickly to a thin edge layer.
The aroma is rich and malty with heavy roasted notes and molasses and dark chocolate. I am not really getting any of the orange scents, but they may have faded as this bottle is dated 05/18/2017.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine yet tingly carbonation. The texture is a little slick and the beer drinks pretty easy. The 10% ABV is very well hidden on this one and doesnt make it much of a sipper.
Flavor is roasted malt and dark chocolate with a bit of brown sugar. Here I do get some orange mixing in on the finish, fairly sweet, candy orange flavor. I get a good lingering roasted note after each swallow. But again , the booze is hidden here. I also have not found any hops on this beer in the flavor profile. A sweet malty brew that drinks dangerously easy.
I enjoy this one and am glad to have had a chance to sample it.

Oct 14, 2018
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generallee from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours thick and black with a small but lasting in the form of a tan ring of foam at the edge of the glass. The aroma is very inviting with nice layers of dark roasted malts and freshly zested orange peel. It's flavor is right on with the nose. There are nice waves of dark chocolate and dark sweet malt with nice level of orange zest or orange oil flavor.

Aug 11, 2018
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like an chocolate orange truffle, though there's still some roasty character that works well overall. Nose is more roast than sweet, but still very good. Was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

May 02, 2018
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - nearly pitch, opaque black with very dark hints of brown only along the very edges. Medium tan head that sticks around and leaves behind some lacing. The tan head has a hint of an orange hue to it - hinting at the orange flavoring.
S - roasted malt with notes of semi sweet, rich chocolate and a slight hint of citrus orange - however, the smell isn't exactly strong.
T - Rich roasted malt, barely up front intermixed with notes of rich semi sweet chocolate and slight notes of citrus orange and a slight hop bitterness. Notes of toffee intermingled as well. The orange is just right; more sweet than bitter - there enough so you can taste it but not overpowering to take away from the chocolate or stout flavor profile.
F - Full bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O - A fantastic dessert stout. Rich chocolate and sweet orange with a heavy mouthfeel. Southern Tier's whole blackwater series is pretty spot on and this example is no different.

Jan 20, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to cup, Hoboken rooftop. Dark black color with big tan head. Orange is prevalent. Lots of chocolate and coffee too. Almost too sweet, but Very good."


Jan 11, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: January 7, 2017... OCCASION: Watching the Golden Globes with Shan... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a midnight black body, a half-finger brown head, and a balanced frame on which to gaze... thick chocolate a la a liquid tootsie roll, toffee, light lactic wafts, and just a touch of citrus--the orange is sneaky soft and belying its label... instantly warming at the throat, with a medium-bodied weight and a coffee-like texture--heady and sippable... lingering thickness that seems more suited for this season than the summer... the chocolate is solid, consistent, and chewy... the orange is secondary and unobtrusive... sweet toffee, roasted malts, and confectioner's sugar make this quite an after-dinner pleasure... powerfully cloaks its 10% ABV like a bourbon with its buttoned-down bitters... by glass's end, a sneaky-strong send-off to the evening... slightly less enjoyable than the previous Blackwater offerings, but this sits in good company as a worthy shelf mate...

Jan 08, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz snifter poured from draft shows a dark cola brown only where the light can get at it, the thin tipped edge, and supports only an edge hugging ring of tiny cream colored bubbles. A cap forms with agitation and form a running bubbly spotted lacing.

Aroma is just as advertised: dark chocolate covered orange peel and the flavors match.

Mouthfeel is oily heavier medium with a clean finish leaving just a memory of booze warmth.

Overall a nice winter warmer.

Dec 30, 2017
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Having a 12oz pour today during Happy Hour at The Nashua Garden...

Tap handle just said "Choklat", so this was a surprise when I dug in. Look is a deep, dark, opaque brown, with solid lacing. Aroma is a mix of orange and choco... not sure I dig it. Body is medium, and it is pretty smooth.

Flavor has more rich choco and some toffee. But then the orange steps in and overwhelms the palate. If it was subtle I may like it, but it's too much like those fruity chocolates you get in a mixed holiday sampler (the kind you poke your finger in to figure out what's inside). Those were off-putting to me back in the day, and I have to admit this bier is the same. Just not a combo I can get down with. Well made, yes; to my liking? Not at all.... Prosit!

3.87/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Dec 12, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks jet black with an initial complete absence of a head only for one to slowly appear a few seconds after the end of the pouring. The smells is of dark chocolate, cocoa and orange candy. The taste is bitter from the very beginning but it's balanced by an orange-rich sweetness. Full bodied and chewable with very little carbonation.

Nov 02, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Chopped full of dark chocolate, hint of orange zest, complex, smooth rich character, non-sticky mouthfeel. Big sweet malty and chocolate aroma to nose. Black, opaque, tan delicate ring of lace. Medium/Full body. Dessert ale. 60 IBUs

Oct 30, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Heavy super dark brown pour. Tan head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Awesome melding of orange above and beyond the original Choklat brew. Lots of dark roasty malt and slight coffee.
T - The orange is subdued but still sublime, well integrated. Plenty of balanced bitterness and alcohol bite to keep the sweet away.
M - Super heavy, not quite syrupy, but close.
O - Fantastic, I actually liked it more than the standard Choklat offering. The 10%abv is really hard to notice, it's that well executed. Not a drink for everyday but pick up more for sure.

Sep 13, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Choklat Oranj"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 05/18/17" and sampled on 08/30/17
$2.17 @ Giant Eagle, Indiana, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: So there's the Creme Brulee, and the Choklat, and now the Choklat Oranj... are they the same base beer? Anyway, it's a brown-black beneath a short head of dark tan that drops all too readily for a beer of its size and leaves only tiny spots of lacing behind. I'll assume that its made with real chocolate and that the oils are killing the head. The aroma is chocolatey with an orange note as well. I'd compare it to that of a chocolate covered cherry, but with orange. Is it real orange? Ah, the label says orange peel, so yes. The aroma is good enough that you could almost just sit and smell it for a half of an hour. On to the flavor... pretty much the same, rich chocolate with a note of orange that cuts through it and livens it. It's sweetish, and chocolatey, but before that gets too sweet the citrusy cuts in and brings it back down, followed by some rising bitterness in the finish. There are basically only the two notes, but as a dessert beer I'm not sure what else you could want. There is some bitterness to it that reminds you it's a beer, and keeps it drinkable if you just want to enjoy it as a beer, but otherwise it's chocolate and orange. And I've said this before but I'll say it again, I think you could use this within a meal as the only dessert. Sure, you could drizzle it over a warm cake or mix it with vanilla ice cream as a float, or whatever (something with strawberries might be nice), but it's sweet enough and interesting enough as it is to just serve a small glass as the entire dessert - and that says a lot. Very nicely balances. Superbly done. Well worth seeking out.

Aug 30, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a DOB of 05/18/2017 at precisely 12:05 pm. Sampled on August 19 at precisely 4:39 pm.

Chocolate black pour with a quick lasting tan head that sits momentarily on top than fizzles off with no lacing.

The dark roasted chocolate is big and forward in the aroma. It took a few whiffs but I finally got the subtle orange peel zestiness. No alcohol on the nose for 10% and no hop profile that I can ascertain.

The body is smooth and creamy for certain and well above medium to near bold.

The taste is a sickeningly sweet dark chocolate roast with just a hint of orange zest to balance it out. Maybe that is how it is supposed to be. Maybe a little booze warming at the end but not up front. This is a delightful beer and they really hit the mark on what they were trying to accomplish.

Aug 19, 2017
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braker649er from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's sweet, and it's boozy, and it's a well-done dessert beer. Definitely tastes as billed--rich in cocoa and seeming curacao orange flavor. Not going to be an everyday beer, but that might be the biggest knock--it's thick but worth a taste.

L - classy not quite black, thin lacing lingered, looks thick as fitting a decadent dessert.
S - definite seemingly dry cocoa scent with apparent orange liquor
T - follows smell here good balance despite an overall powerful sweetness; orange and choc like the knock-and-peel kind from a Christmas stocking
F - not the biggest factor for me, but thicj, fairly smooth
O - definite dessert, pretty sweet, but satisfying--I'll need to be in the mood to buy again , but I enjoyed it

Aug 05, 2017
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Strix from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with the faintest tan edge.

Smells exactly like one of those chocolate oranges, with dark chocolate.

The initial taste is exactly like one of those chocolate oranges, followed by dark chocolate, black cherry, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel.

This was a really fun dessert beer. May get old in larger amounts, but an enjoyable and nicely done sipper.

Aug 05, 2017
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just went and looked at my review of the original Choklat, and, I disagree with that review. Turns out i could drink a whole 22 of the OG, and enjoy it. However, my wish of 12oz bottles came true here. DOB 5/18/17. Poured into 12oz tulip. Poured black with just a thin cap of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The nice chocolate scent that I love about OG, is still here, but, I was hoping for an equally strong orange blast. Nope. Very faint, if even there at all. Similar on the tongue, great chocolate, no orange.

Body is thick, smooth, and even. Finishes drier than expected. Drinkability is great, especially considering it's strength. Overall, nice brew, even if it is a bit of a let down. Worth a shot.

Aug 02, 2017
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8444dodgers01 from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Black color. Tan, frothy head that collapses into a thin bubbley ring. Constallation lacing. Aroma is orange, chocolate, vanilla, cherries and raisins. You can taste orange and chocolate. The first thing i thought of when i initially tasted it i thought of the cherry medicine you would get from the doctor for a sore throat. It starts off silky on the palate but finishes very harsh. Vanilla comes out as the beer warms. Body is thin to me for being a imperial stout. Wish alcohol was a little more covered up also. Choklat is by far a better beer.

Jul 27, 2017
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Squidretired from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The chocolate and orange nose is the first thing I noticed about this very good beer. Pours very dark with minimal head. Initial taste is very strong chocolate & orange, then the malt comes through. Very rich tasting and does not linger on the palate. Overall exactly what you'd expect from the Blackwater series of beers.

Jul 09, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, dark black. No head on this.
Lots of chocolate in the nose. Some orange. A fair amount of vanilla.
Taste follows the nose. Big chocolate, both sweet and bittersweet. Orange. Vanilla.
Smooth, easy to drink.
10% ABV but you'd never know it.

Jul 09, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice chocolate brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice ring around the inside of the beer. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black with a nice texture that demonstrates it has a decent heft to it.

The smell and taste are both very good. While it isn't the strongest note, the orange definitely stands out in a good way and contrasts well to the powdered sweet chocolate notes; the result is something similar to the actual chocolate with orange notes in it. There is also a slight vanilla note to it that blends in well with the chocolate. The finish is a nice sweet chocolate and a lingering orange. It isn't an overtly complicated beer since it seems to begin and end with the same notes but at different intensities.

The feel is good. It has a nice and slightly heavy body with a slick feel to it with a nice thickness that feels like a liquid cookie. There is very little carbonation but it has enough of a bite to it at the beginning.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and worth getting a hold of given the balanced notes and really nice body feel.

Jul 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black color with a slim quarter finger’s worth of concave white head that dissipated immediately. The smell started off with the chocolate, rich and thick, definitely milk chocolate. To me, the orange wasn’t exactly peel as it seemed more like juice. I didn’t mind, but hey just saying, that’s all. The taste started off sweet through the chocolate and orange, balanced with a delicate roast underneath. The aftertaste was a blend between the chocolate and the orange. The finish was mainly the chocolate and seemed to linger forever. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body, nice sipper. Carbonation seemed barely there and it roamed pretty slick with a nice thickness to it. Overall, once again, just like regular "Choklat" but this time with the added "orange" notes. Me, maybe again.

Jun 27, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing here.

S: An enticing aroma of orange peel, chocolate, malt, hops, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a whole bunch of chocolate, an equally large amount of orange peel (a good balance), some malt, a bit of lactose, light hops, and a hint of vanilla. A nicely balanced flavor that's powerful, but not overwhelming. It actually gets better as it goes along. Very tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: Choklat Oranj is a well made, easy to drink beer. Extremely tasty.

Jun 16, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip. dob 3/16/16, so over a year old.

jet black body. small tan head which dissipates to a ring. still some lacing initially.

lightly roasted malty aroma. some light hits of orange and chocolate.

taste follows the nose. malty, stouty, with faint chocolate & orange. Some pepper in there too.

Close to full on the mouth. bittersweet finish, a bit of an alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

overall, a pleasing imperial stout with some nice notes as listed above. happy to have 3 more in reserve.

May 05, 2017
Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 804 ratings