Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series)Choklat Oranj (Blackwater Series)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #476
Ranked #1,506
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
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near black with a decent mocha-colored head with a vigorous pour. Huge, creamy chocolate smell and taste, both with definite orange. Medium bodied. I don't find it hot or boozy at all. If you want "choklat oranj," this is the beer for you.

Jun 23, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

If there's a race to achieve the most decadent, savory, dessert-like taste in beer, then there's really no doubt that Souther Tier has crossed the finish line first with the yearly rollout of Choklat. But with the addition of orange flavor to the sultry stout, its quite obvious that these brewers do not cheat fairly at all.

Deep, dark and unmistakably stout- the near black beer pours creamy and playfully viscous. And then as the nose hovers, the senses are quickly mesmerized with the sheer voluminous chocolate aroma that exudes. An accompaniment of orange offers a balanced scent and a tangy taste to balance the chocolate and coffee malt.

And with the decadence of strong chocolate milk seeping deep in to the mouth, a background of dark coffee, scorched sugar and a light candied almond and vanilla tinge is supportive of chocolate as the balance of orange comes charging in. Where the original Choklat may lack complexity, the citrus balance rounds the flavor and gives a much needed refreshment to the savory stout.

Full, lavish and somewhat absurd, the stout finishes with a long and sticky linger and is woven together with the tethers of orange peel; even as the warmth of the beer gives a sense of Mexican hot chocolate.

Jun 03, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short light tan head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of candied orange peels are present in the nose along with hints of dark chocolate.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of candied orange peels—almost like a liqueur—and has hints of dark chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer should really be called "Oranj Choklat" because it has more orange than than chocolate. It's almost like a dark chocolate that has lots of orange liqueur in it.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 12, 2015
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

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

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass (multiple pours)

A - Creamy dark tan head that has a bit of orange tint to it. Head dissipates rather slowly. Lots of carbonation bubbles clinging to outside of glass. Beer is opaque and black with a tiny bit of brown around the bottom ring of the glass. 4/5

S - Smells like one of those orange chocolates that come in the shape of an orange and fall apart into orange wedge pieces. More milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Sugary. Hops seem to be a bit grassy in character. Smells like dessert. 4.5/5

T - The initial taste is just like I describe in the first sentence about the aroma. On top of that I come across a bit of ultra dark bread and toffee as well as some molasses notes (the combination of these reflects a bit of dark chocolate). Espresso (plus its bitterness) as well as dark roasted grain come out as well. Bitter hops on the back end along with a grassy flavor. Bitterness lingers. Not really boozy at all considering the 10% abv. 4.5/5

M - Very heavy and thick. Carbonation burn keeps it from becoming chewy but still sits heavy and has a drying astringency on the back end once the hops show up. There is a creaminess to the early part of the taste that reflects a chocolate bar. 4.25/5

O - This is the epitome of a dessert beer. Excellent balance between sweet and bitter as well as a nice balance between heavy/thick and light/dry. Absolutely love this beer. 4.25/5

Nov 10, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Straight forward, but also solid. Real nice creamy head, thick with about two fingers and with a light espresso brown like top, and light tan, maybe even a little yellow to it as well, not orange I am afraid. Body color is dark walnut brown almost black, but also looks a little muddy through the bottom looking up. Pretty solid looking stout.

Aroma is straight forward no surprises. It's an interesting angle on sweet chocolate and candied orange jelly. Definitely has that kind of candy bar aroma, however not real excellent quality chocolate senses it seems going on, a bit jellied and sugary, but also there's just enough hinted roast here to give me the impression that this is still a beer. Chocolate angle really takes a back seat on this, but as far as to description it's pretty much as expected, with a little bit of simple milk chocolate flavor senses.

Taste is actually quite a surprise and unexpected. Mouthfeel is rich and fudgy thick, velvety quality coating everywhere with a real nice richness. The flavors are a big surprise. Much more subdued than what the nose before suggets, and also with little boozy character. Main flavors of chocolate, orange, and the hinted sugary sweetness are really toned down, making this considerably more beer like and enjoyable. Some orange zesty oils and bitterness even make a play on the palate. The fudgey thickness comes also with a creamy sense and even gives a real neat vanilla cream and orange cream soda like flavor to match.

Quite surprised and impressed by this brew, and a much more so because the senses from the aromas are much more dialed down, letting some of the better classic stout flavors come through. Chalk one up for fun and a nice surprise.

Jun 28, 2015
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Bottled on 3/16/16. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours almost black with a small tan head that fades leaving nice retention and okay lacing. This literally smells like an orange tootsie roll pop, enough said. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Lots of rich chocolate along with some sweet orange. The citrus notes blend well with the chocolate notes. Hints of hazelnut and almonds in the mix. Malts do their thing. The flavors are sweet, but not quite cloying. Slightly warm, but the alcohol seems to go unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. It's easy to drink, but makes for a nice beer to savor.

This is a nice variant of a great base beer. The orange notes make this a very unique stout. Enjoyable stuff. Definitely worth checking out.

Apr 13, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ACBF pour. Pours a thick, oily black. Aroma is filled with syrupy chocolate and artificial orange. Flavor starts with the chocolate syrup and then the big, artificial orange sets in. It tastes like orange soda with chocolate syrup. No way this orange flavor isn't enhanced with some artificial flavoring. Hey, it's not the worst thing anyone's ever added to a beer but I feel as though it lacks genuineness. Slick feel. Not very enamored but can see why some would really enjoy this.

May 31, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased while visiting the US. Bottled March 17, 2016.

Appearance - pours a near black color with viscosity approaching engine oil. A dark tan and very fluffy finger of head is poured and has very good staying power. Lots of lacing mucking up the sides of the glass as the head begins its gradual loss of retention.

Smell - oodles of chocolate, with that distinct hint of orange. Basically one of those Terry's chocolate oranges that appear everywhere just before Christmas but in beer form. Chocolate is a combination of dark and milk chocolate with some molasses built in behind.

Taste - an instant of smooth milk chocolate, followed by an intense second of orange with lots of hoppy bitterness. Some earthiness with an ashen characteristic as well. More complex than expected. Some huge malts going on in the background at the same time with loads of molasses too. Intense and cohesive.

Mouthfeel - smooth, slick and velvety. Thinner than engine oil but a chewy factor too. Big bodied, big an boozy although the 10% ABV is well integrated.

Overall - one of the better big flavoured stouts I've had in quite some time. Lots of flavor and smells the way a holiday special (a chocolate orange) tastes. Really impressive and one of the best offerings from Southern Tier.

Nov 26, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Choklat Oranj for $4.79 at The Lager Mill. I normally steer away from this Blackwater series beer, but I just couldn't pass this one up even if I fear it's going to be super sweet like all the other beers in that series, but lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is ok, it's pretty clean and simple like all the other ones in the series and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had about a finger and half worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a big chocolate, cocoa and chocolate syrup like aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by a bright candied orange aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart lots of sweet malt aromas with some dark and roasted malt aromas also showing up. This beer has a good aroma, it's pretty sweet, but it for sure lives up to the name.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and more beer like and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with that chocolate syrup flavor being the first to show up and it's followed by the malts which impart some sweet malt, dark malt and roasted malt like flavors. Up next comes the orange which still has that candied orange aspect to it, but it's not as bright and big as it was int he aroma, but it still works nicely with the chocolate. Towards the end there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness and it has a lingering sweet chocolate syrup and slight orange aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it lives up to it's name and it's not overly sweet which impresses me.

M- Fairly smooth, creamy, a little velvety, on the medium side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, I was pretty sure this was going to be super sweet, but once I got to the taste I was really surprised that it wasn't and in the end it made for a tasty beer that lives up to it's name. This beer had good drinkability, it wasn't too boozy for 10% and one is the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer is that it's not overly sweet, that's one of the best parts along with it living up to it's name. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, it's good just the way it is and there isn't anything that I would change. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend to anyone who wants a chocolate orange beer. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and very impressed, I came into it expecting the worst and that wasn't the case at all. It's one of my new favorite Southern Tier beers, it's hands down the best beer I've tried from the Blackwater Series and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty beer, keep up the hard work.

Jun 29, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/5/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge orange peel, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, toast, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of chocolate, orange peel, and dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big orange peel, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, toast, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of citrus peel and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, dark chocolate, caramel, fudge, toffee, toast, light coffee, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of chocolate, orange peel, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible spiced imperial stout style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of chocolate, orange peel, and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jun 06, 2015
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Moneypenny from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great way to cleanse the palate after Fuzzy Baby Ducks. The presence of the orange and chocolate in something that is clearly a stout and not a flambeed dessert is a remarkable achievement.

Jun 13, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.

World class rich nose of sweet milk chocolate and caramel with a good amount of orange in the background.

Full bodied with a rich creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a reasonably prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding, but fails to completely cover the alcohol. Dial the alcohol back and you're looking at world class flavor. It begins with rich milk chocolate that slowly releases into caramel. As the sweet flavors fade, a mild bitterness occurs in the middle coupled with roast. Underneath the roast is an ascending rich orange flavor with a fair amount of residual sweetness. By the finish, orange is center stage and the astringent alcohol is beginning to become quite noticeable. As the finish fades alcohol dominates.

Aug 21, 2015
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Scotchboy from Idaho

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

12oz bottle (loving this format over the old 22's) poured into my Jackie-O's snifter. 2016 bottling.

A: Dark, opaque black body with tan head.

S: Big chocolate on the nose...semisweet chocolate, with notes of roast malt. Impressions of a citrusy hop from the orange character.

T: Leads with decadent chocolate that leans towards brownie batter. Notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, even cacao nibs. Vanilla sweetness emerges, along with orange candies, sugary sweetness, faint drying alcohol.

MF: Thick mouthfeel, sticky and viscous.

O: ST has really mastered that delectable, rich chocolate flavor that you find in some of their other Blackwater offerings. This one is no exception. Orange is the secondary flavor here, but thats just fine with me, as the chocolate is the star and the orange doesn't detract from that; too much citrus would have been off-putting in this beer.

Feb 24, 2017
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tewlman from Kentucky

4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! Like having one of those chocolate orange balls you smack on the table before opening the package.

Jun 23, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin creamy tan head. Trailing lace sticks down the glass.

The smell is of strong (very strong) chocolate cake with orange in a Grand Marnier way.

The taste is of rich, dark chocolate and orange liqueur. Alcohol noticeably warming, but not harsh or raw. A hint of hop bitterness is enough to give an earthy tone that balances the sweetness (though it does remain sweet through the finish - but not sticky.)

It is rich, heavy, velvety smooth. Just enough bubbles to keep it from being syrupy or too thick.

As much as I love it, it is so rich that I should have had it after dinner (or shared with a friend). The orange blends well with the rich chocolate character. A great "sipper".

Jun 25, 2015
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 16, 2015
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Ilafan from Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aug 07, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Inky oily black. Tan head then it's gone
Sharp orange peel smell. Bitter dark chocolate. Taste is bitter chocolate subtle coffer, sharp biting orange peel. Feel is very oily and heavy.

Jun 01, 2015
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petrusek23 from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 25, 2019
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buzzedup from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 18, 2017
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Mordhaus from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 01, 2015
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 20, 2017
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 09, 2015
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mattsucks from Ohio

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

Jun 24, 2015
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Icemann383 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 04, 2015
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