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Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

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Reviews: 1,568 | Ratings: 5,163
Photo of Ikeithbot
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet 9/28/16 bottle date

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Smells like straight unicorn blood syrup covered in crumbled walnuts.

T- Fudge, hot chocolate, malted milk balls. All the decadent chocolate notes are there with minimal alcohol flavor considering the ABV. There's also some caramel, vanilla, peanut brittle and a hint of coffee. Bitter roast aftertaste. The sweetness is definitely there the whole way through the glass but it never gets too overbearing (for my taste at least).

M- Creamy and luscious with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- The ultimate chocolate dessert beer. You have to like sweet stuff to appreciate it but, if you do, you definitely want this. Other worldly.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into my Central Waters snifter while on vacation in Wisconsin.

Deep dark obsidian black with a beige-brown 2 finger head. 100% opaque. Beautiful.

Smells like Hershey's syrup, very old Krackle bar, and slight metal.

Oh. This could have been so much better. It starts with a milisecond of chocolate and chocolate milk, but then it gets washed out by a burning, boozy flavor - vodka - that wrecks the whole thing. There's a touch of lactose, and heavy charred roast notes at the finish, with more of the boozy hotness. Leaving it on the palate a good ten seconds lifts some of those chocolate notes, but the boozy hottness is almost too much here. I'll give it a decent score here because there is character...it's just buried.

Feel is great, it's nice and thick without being chewy, but yes, very hot, and semi-dry on the finish.

Overall, somehow i knew it was too good to be true that Chokolat was like a Chocolate Bar in Stout form, and I was right. I'll continue the search. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but for those that are exclaiming too much sweetness...how did you find it beneath the alcohol?

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Photo of Josher
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply the perfect balance of chocolate and imperial stout. Smooth, delicious, beautiful, aromatic. They give the ingredients on the label, daring you to make it yourself... For $21 for a 4-pack here in Michigan (I thought I was a victim of a practical joke until I tried it), I shall try and fail a thousand times over to attempt replication of this deliciousness!

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is not much more that needs to be said about this gem, that hasn't been said . This is probably my favorite offering from Southern Tier. Super strong hit of chocolate once we opened the bottle. Our bottles were 15 months old when we cracked them and I am glad we waited. Some what think and super smooth for sure. As the beers sits at room temp, the alcohol becomes more pronounced and yummy ! I am on the Imperial stout kick and this one is on the top of my list.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Southern Tier and I love this beer. Choklat is such a wonderful Imperial Stout.

This is a strong Double Imperial Stout, and it has a pronounced chocolate flavor, but it also has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is smooth and really enjoyable to drink. Overall a great double imperial stout, and one I want to drink again.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark black with thin tan head which dissipated quickly. No lacing.
S - Chocolate hit me from the opening of the bottle. Thought I noticed a rum-like smell, too.
F - Oh, good. Fairly thick and fairly smooth. Nice.
T - The aftertaste hung around a while. Definitely a chocolate kick to it.
O - Glad I got this beer. Definitely want to expand on my stouts and this was a great choice. Chocolate sweetness comes through and the smell remains all the way through.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle, dated 12/6/12, 10% ABV. Pours mostly black with a smaller sized dark khaki head. Lots of bittersweet belgian chocolate in the smell with some vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel; great intensity. The taste follows exactly with chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, and some very light oxidization; great intensity and very smooth. Some moderate sweetness, bitterness, and dryness comes though. No noticeable alcohol. Average body and lower carbonation for the style. Overall, this 3-3/4 year old bottle was a real treat. Lots of chocolate was present, the flavors were strong, and there was little oxidization. Recommended if you enjoy bitter stouts.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Choklat Stout, 10% ABV, 65 IBU. Pours thick and black, with 2+ fingers of tan head, decent lacing. Nose is malt and chocolate. Taste is milk, chocolate, and a strong coffee bitter close, a bit tangy. Like their Creme Brulee, I find it overcarbonated which detracts from mouthfeel. Overall just OK, prefer Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout, but like the Sam Smith I pick up some mineral bitterness.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/27/15.

Pours opaque near black with a half-inch tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of milk chocolate, vanilla, earthy hops and a hint of booze. The taste follows with sweet chocolate up front and subtle bitterness on finish. Medium-to-thick texture.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black no head. Taste, chocolate baby. And some dark fruits. Taste, chocolate, vanilla and some dark fruits. Smooth to drink. Overall, very chocolate desert beer. Little bitterness in the back. And I'd prefer a little less of a smack of the chocolate. Not bad though.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"The Pupol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl. We're not surprised that ancient hieroglyphs depict chocolate being poured for rulers & gods. Cacao is a mystical bean. Choklat is every bit a dessert beer, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bittersweet candy together with that of the original frothy beverage. We combine the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate. Annual release in 22 oz. bottles and recently, 12 oz. bottled 4 packs. fall 2014 vintage reviewed alongside a winter 2013 vintage for a vertical comparison.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, foamy head of a light creamy brown shade over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Lightly sweetened chocolate syrups, cocoa nibs, chocolate malts coalesce for a very chocolate-heavy aroma upfront. Underneath lies a subtle caramel and pale malt filling, subtle but decadent. Little earthy or hop bitterness present, leaning this beer towards intentionally sweet, but not cloyingly so. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Smooth pale malt and caramel bread body with some moderate earthy roastiness and a lesser chocolate delivery than in the aroma, a bit better balanced than in the aroma but notably missing sweetness in the balance, and the earthy qualities of this beer go unchallenged. Finishes lightly roasty and bitter, but clean and smooth. The lightness and accessibility of the body make this stout easy drinking, but its simplicity doesn't keep it all too interesting. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, silky, lightly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is light, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Overall a respectable dessert beer that doesn't really have the boldness to hold out beyond the season. A nice beer if you favor the subtleties and range of chocolate flavor, you will get much more than just chocolate syrup and chocolate malts in here. Not too bad, but not as enjoyable a beer as Southern Tier's other imperial stout choices. 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Choklat: A Stout Brewed with Chocolate

2013 vintage (2 years, 7 months aged): Pour is a slight shade darker than its more recent vintage, equal froth and smoothness, a tad darker even. Aroma is very similar as well, although the chocolate is a bit smoother and more subtle in its delivery, and bitter nutty characters are a bit easier to detect on the surface. This vintage's flavor is a bit better rounded, with more preserved sweetness which better calls attention to the addition of chocolate, while keeping a respectable earthy bitterness in the background. Texture is smooth, slick, silky, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is very subtle, with a delicately crisp finish. Body, balance and alcohol presence are nearly the same as in the fresh vintage. Overall this beer does a decent job at holding out with time while not developing any particularly interesting qualities that justify its cellaring.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh, although with the newer 4 packs you shouldn't be too bothered about forgetting a bottle or two.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice creamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and the nucleation point only creates a thin film on the surface. The beer itself is very nice and appealing. The color is a nice chocolate black while the texture is slightly syrupy with a nice thickness that makes it look extremely appetizing.

The smell is very good bordering on wonderful. It has a very strong dark chocolate smell that definitely overwhelms the other notes and a cream sweetness that complements very well and keeps it from being too bitter. It's really good and comes off as a milky chocolate syrup.

The taste is P-H-E-N-O-M-E-N-A-L. It has a nice sweet and lightly bitter chocolate note with a bit of cream from the barley flakes. The hops are by and large hidden or at the very least light enough not to notice. The taste also has a moderate caramel note from the malts that just make this beer freaking delicious.

The feel is just wow. It's a heavy bodied beer with some very light carbonation. The beer is fairly creamy smooth and a delight. It strongly resembles a smooth and less viscous syrup.

Overall, buy this freaking beer! I don't normally like Southern Tier but my god this beer is divine. Get it. Now. Stop reading this review and buy a four pack!!! I mean IT!!

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Photo of ccg
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Stouty. Dense foam at first, but when it dissipates, it leaves some wisps on the surface with some large bubbles around the edge and some gritty-looking lacing. 3.75

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Fairly simple, but it delivers well on what it promises. 3.75

Taste: That first blast of flavor is all chocolate, with a roasty middle, and somewhat dry, bitter finish. The bitterness on the finish is a bit surprising, but it helps to balance the flavor and prevent it from being overly sweet. On the other hand, it builds up over time, leaving a somewhat metallic aftertaste. 3.75

Feel: Medium body, a little bit oily, not a whole lot of carbonation but still a rather light finish. 3.75

Overall: Nice dessert stout. 3.75

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

dabg bear perfect. My beloved wife got this for me for Fatyher's day. having it with Chilorio on the thrusday after:

A: pours black like octopus ink. pours with ZERO head, then develops a thin film.

S sweet chocolate malt - makes me wish I has whipped cream and a cherry

T - bit of a bite, maybe background hops, but still so very good. (took a few points off after the taste)

M thick and rich

D; not for sessions! but excelleint

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Photo of deebo
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this a few times now, enjoyed in the past. Review of a fresh bomber.
Poured into a pint glass a couple fingers of dark tan head atop blackness. The head does not last long. Aroma is big time chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Taste is chocolately, reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup, plenty of sweetness atop a fair amount of dark, not heavily roasted, malt. Mouthfeel is quite thick and a bit cloying and syrup-like. Gets boozier as it warms up but not too much. A nice dessert beer that gets marked down for using natural flavors as it gives this beer an artificality I don't love. Still work a drink.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma is very heavily chocolate, with undertone of malt. The taste is very well balanced, and surprisingly the alcohol doesn't overpower the chocolate and malts. The after-taste is very pleasant. The body is quite full, and this is a very drinkable stout. Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bleer
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stout, all things most stout lovers love. Boozy and thick with a huge kick of chocolate. This one smells incredible as well. I keep this one on hand when it's available.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at knickerbockers in altoona pa. brought to the table in a half pint glass.

black body with small off white head which dissipated quite quickly.

aroma was really pleasing to a sweet tooth chocaholic like me. strong chocolate aromas.

taste, well, the heavily roasted malts kinda overwhelmed the chocolate a bit. while some might enjoy this a lot, i was left wishing they were a little less roasted.

feel was on the thin side of medium.

overall, a decent enough beer, would likely get again.

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Photo of hophugger
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Initial look, aromas were amazing. Milk chocolate abounds and was excited to drink. Taste was great with a nice earthiness, lots of chocolate, subdued coffee and a sweet lactose feel. After that, and as the beer warmed, the bitterness took over and skewed tha balance and took away from the initial excitement

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Photo of akolb
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black. The aroma has powerful chocolate and coffee. Smells like a mocha. The taste is sweet with dark chocolate and cocoa powder. The body is a bit light. This beer is for chocolate-lovers. A good desert beer, but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark black. Not much head.

S: Dark chocolate, brownie mix.

T: Follows nose, with a little heat.

F: Full bodied, thick and creamy.

O: Top notch. Like drinking chocolate but with a buzz.

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Photo of cmf
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour with the typical small head, a little larger than a standard stout. Tip: pour it fast to get a thicker head. Delicious sweet chocolate aroma. Watery in the mouth, but tastes sweet and like beer with a desert flavor rather than the other way around. This is not a thick beer. Overall, not my thing, but better than the other chocolate stouts.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brownish-black with a mocha colored head. Aromas and flavors are hugely dominated by dark chocolate, some molasses, hints of blackberry, hints of chocolate milk, and some earthy qualities which round out the flavor. Creamy and low carbonation. Overall a really great dessert style beer.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a regular stout I guess: very dark with not a whole lot of head.

I love the smell! The aroma is all chocolate, as if someone just baked a chocolate pie.

Wow. When buying a beer like this, there's always a risk of it being bland, not complex, or only getting some of what it promises. No - this beer delivers. There's so much chocolate up front. It's mostly sweet milk chocolate, like Hershey's. Very tasty. There's also some roasty qualities on the back, and a nice bitter finish.

Mouth feel is on the thinner side of thick. Nice and smooth, velvety.

Love this beer. Although the flavor is not super complex, it doesn't need to be. It's a wonderful chocolaty treat.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very few beers if any have nailed the incorporation of chocolate on both the nose & pallete quite as well as this one. The aroma is rich milk chocolate, sweeter & less robust than a darker chocolate, but it works great with the roasted malt bill. Flavors is decadent and thick, again it is mostly a lighter milk chocolate flavor but it is very pronounced without being over-the-top or cloying. Some cacao bean, vanilla and dark malt flavors as well. Not sure how many in a row I could have, but it is in the top tier of desert beers.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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