Choklat (Blackwater Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #267
Ranked #914
4.29 | pDev: 10.49%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
Notes: 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.
Cacao is a mystical bean. We're not surprises that ancient hieroglyphs depict chocolate being poured for rulers & gods.
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Sigmund from Norway

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.0%. Pitch black colour, moderate creamy tan head. Intense aroma of cocoa / chocolate. The flavour has also loads of chocolate and cocoa, but the sweetness is not too extreme. Also some roasted coffee notes. A moderate hoppy bitterness in the finish (Chinook and Willamette) balances some of the chocolate sweetness. Very drinkable for an 11% beer. I had no problem finishing the bottle - but if you hate chocolate, this is clearly not a beer for you.

May 01, 2021
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dbell23 from Tennessee

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had many opportunities to drink Choklat Oranj and really liked it. Had this one for a few years and thought a snowy Christmas would be a good time to drink it. Really hits the spot. I guess it could be a dessert beer but when its freezing outside and the snow is blowing it'll do. Looks like motor oil with very little head. Just like an imperial stout should. With my diminished sense of smell I get chocolate (imagine that) and malt. Can't decide if its milk chocolate, bittersweet or what but definitely chocolate. Taste is the star here. Chocolate of course but I don't think its too sweet. Nice clean finish I could drink it for dessert but it's fine in front of the fire in the dead of winter. Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Slightly thick, smooth as silk and just about right. Overall, a really good imperial stout. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available any longer but should it pop up again i'm definitely getting another bottle or two

Dec 25, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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

22oz bottle. No dating information found.
Black colored body, with ruby back lit highlights. Two fingers of tan head settles back to bubbly cap. Leaves very little lacing.
Aroma is similar to a chocolate malt. Smells very sweet.
Taste is sweet but also bittersweet, and with a little smoky char. Displays many types of chocolate, from sweet milk chocolate to bitter dark chocolate. Roasted malts are there for support.
Mouth feel is about medium, but the texture is more rich and with slight syrup. Good carbonation.
This is a beer made to display many forms and textures of chocolate, fudge to syrup to milk chocolate balls to bittersweet. Ultimately sweet and best suited for a dessert experience.

Apr 19, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown so deep it appears to be shoe polish black. Garnet colored when bright light is passed through it. The pour produces a strong finger of foamy, moderately lasting, mocha head that leaves a rounded surface cap, a respectable collar ring and a pasty wash of lace 1/2 inch above the collar. The presentation is above average for a higher octane Imperial Stouts. Aroma is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate... deeply roasted malts, with hints of toffee, spice, prunes and a little alcohol booze. Taste is even more chocolate. Rich dark chocolate, Hershey's chocolate syrup, chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate pudding, vanilla (like Oreos and milk), something nutmeg-like and alcohol spice. Puts me in mind of a deeply chocolate eggnog (if there is such a thing). There is little alcohol booze (for the ABV) and a faint hint of dark fruit. Velvety smooth in the finish it has almost no prickle between the finish and aftertaste but the hint is there. The aftertaste is earthy, chocolate, slightly bitter, roasted and burnt. Alcohol is evident as spice, warmth, flavor and maybe bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, smooth... velvety smooth, tongue coating creamy and chewy with a very thin peppery prickle.

Dec 23, 2018
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peepicheep from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Christmas Eve snowfall, a fireplace and Santa bringing me a case of Southern Tier Choklat. I'm set for the winter. Great velvety feel, pours almost black. But the aroma and taste are the stars here. First, they line up. None of this smells like one thing and tastes like another. The chocolate coffee balance is perfect. At 10%abv you should be sipping this beer and frankly no matter what the abv, this beer deserves to be enjoyed slowly. Alexa. Play "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole. And tell Santa to make that two cases of Choklat.

Nov 03, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: The initial aroma is a strong deep dark chocolate aroma. It reminds me of a brownie as it warms a bit.

Taste: This has a rich malt flavor with dark chocolate and cocoa. There is some roast and some slight burnt flavors. There is a bit of cherry in the background as well. Dark fruits are very low.

Feel: It has a rich, velvet like texture that is smooth and creamy. It has a moderate amount of bitterness to it.

Overall, it is a very rich, chocolate beer. The dark chocolate is the dominate flavor of the beer with some supporting elements in the background.

Oct 07, 2018
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle dated 12/28/13 into a pint glass, dark brown almost black with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: huge chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, sweet vanilla

T: sweet chocolate, vanilla, milk shake, toffee, slight coffee, dark and roasted malt

M: thick and rich

O: excellent chocolate imperial stout

Sep 17, 2018
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MRJAZZ from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a rule, I don't drink Stouts, but my wife does and I tasted hers. This was a great beer! The main thing that got me was the taste and mouthfeel. I could taste Chocolate and Cherry with good body, and there was no lingering aftertaste that I have found with most Stouts. We were visiting in South Carolina. Wish it and their Chocolate Orange Stout was available here in Virginia.

Jul 19, 2018
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Lahey from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a delicious dessert beer. Roasty coffee mixes in with a chocolate pudding sort of flavor. The beer is somewhat creamy with plenty of chocolate. Really good stuff, but a little heavy. Probably best to share or drink slowly. Not hot, just really rich.

May 14, 2018
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JeffH_SC from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard (expecting little carbination) into my Straffe Hendrik tulip snifter. That was a mistake. Head overflowed. Dissipated in two minutes and kept a ring with little lacing. The nose picked up the dark chocolate and little else. The taste was dark chocolate that lingered on and on with only faint notes of coffee, bourbon and vanilla. In the mouth was a most pleasant creamy thickness. Overall, if you enjoy dark chocolate, you would love this. Enjoy sipping after a meal or before bed.

May 07, 2018
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle - DOB 9/21/17

Southern Tier Choklat Imperial Stout filled my snifter with a opaque black body. The head was 1/2-finger in height, tan in color and dissipated quickly to just a foamy ring. No lacing was produced. The nose is dominated by a nice dark chocolate aroma. The taste is very similar to the nose being dominated by dark chocolate with dark cherries, sweet caramel also noted. The Ale has a light bittersweet finish. Mouth feel is full-bodied, creamy and smooth with a 'lighter' carbonation.

Choklat Imperial Stout is a chocolate desert in a glass. A very good after dinner drink or nightcap. The drinkability is only limited by its full flavor and higher abv.

May 03, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely getting the chocolate. The 10% ABV is perfectly hidden. This is really tasty, almost as good as their thick mint imperial stout in my opinion. Try it for yourself & tell me what you think. Cheers! A-

Apr 02, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap; poured into a snifter.
Appearance- gorgeous midnight black with a thin tan head that leaves very minimal lacing!
Smell - a boozy chocolate milk that doesn’t require much effort to pick up it’s delicious aroma!
Taste - rich chocolate and booze up front and throughout the session; chocolate milk with a touch of bourbon!
Feel - heavy sipper that is almost an after dinner liqueur as much as a beer!
Overall - a big, bold, heavy desert in a beer glass, absolutely fantastic!

Mar 11, 2018
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with a thin medium tan head that leaves very minimal lacing behind.
S - Sweet, rich chocolate up front with slight hints of roasted, toasted malt and barely.
T - Follows the nose: Sweet, rich chocolate up front and throughout - tastes like a mix between milk and dark chocolate - but probably heavier on the dark chocolate. Notes of roasted/toasted malt and barely more towards the back end with slight notes of toffee and vanilla.
F - fuller bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Thick, rich, decadent, luxurious, and smooth - the whole nine yards in terms of what a dessert stout should feel like.
O - This is a really great dessert stout - personally I prefer Thick Mint and Choklat Oranj, but the original is still a great choice for anyone looking to enjoy a dessert stout.

Mar 11, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with an extremely tin tan ring of head and virtually no lacing. Smells like chocolate milk with roasted malts. Taste lives up to the name as it is a chocolate bomb with both milk and dark chocolate present as well as a touch of bakers chocolate, molasses and roasted malts. Medium bodied, very lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy mouth feel with a slightly dry and bitter chocolate finish.

Feb 25, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay with okay lacing left behind. Aroma is lovely milk and dark chocolate swirled together. There is a dash of dry, baker's chocolate as well. Flavor profile is one smooth chocolate bar. Toasted and roasted malts up front with an emphasis on smooth, buttery toasted malts. There is a hint of milk chocolate at the start that swells and grows generating a chocolate milk like flavor profile at the finish. Splendid smoothness throughout. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a buttery smooth, and creamy texture. Overall, a well crafted dessert beer. Despite being made as a dessert, it is still smooth throughout the flavor profile, delivering tasty chocolate notes along the way.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Feb 08, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Almost solid black, medium light carbonation. Nice creamy solid feel,great bidy. Aroma is bakers bitter chocolate, molasses,raisins, and a bread/yeast smell. Taste is identical, high abv is warming but it doesn't dominate the flavor. I really enjoyed it for what it was, a very good dessert beer

Jan 07, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is a pitch black with a tan head.

Aroma is light malt, but not much chocolate.

Taste again is kinda subdued malt but no real malt or hops.

Jan 05, 2018
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dlos from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black dark rich looking pour with foamy tan head that didn't linger long. Moderate lacing. Strong chocolate and roasty malts on the nose and the mouth follows with vanilla, caramel and a sweet taste, a true dessert beer. Very easy to drink this smooth full bodied beer!

Dec 13, 2017
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EdwardAbbey from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, they weren't kidding when they called this a dessert beer. Those with sensitive palates, particularly to a sugary sweetness (or chocolate), might strongly object to this one, but it's tasty enough as long as you know what you're in for. But please bear in mind, for the love of God, this beer *is* dessert, not something which should accompany it. Don't go on a suicide mission.

Nov 30, 2017
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Romartin from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.
L. Dark opaque coffee, half finger brown head disappearing fairly quickly.
S. Defenitly not strong, cocoa, hints of caramel, vanilla, malt
T. Slightly bitter chocolate, hints of barley, caramel, smoky. Very fullfilling
F. Creamy, soft on the pallet, light on carbonation.
O. Great dessert beer, definitely enjoy this breweries blackwater series.

Nov 11, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks magnificent, brown foamy head with a rich black body. Smell: the smoothest molasses, roasted overtones.
Taste. Sublime, i like mine on the cold side a tad but that caramel drizzle really starts to blend into the malty, licorice, creating a chocolate medley.

Incredibly enjoyable. Bought for my girl but I couldn't resist

Nov 02, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, almost opaque pour. Less than a finger of head that stuck around.
S - Lots of roasted chocolate of course, mild roasted malt and coffee.
T - Muted sweetness with chocolate and roasted barley/malt up front. It's all very smooth and the alcohol is very well incorporated.
M - Full bodied, with a good amount of bitterness, low amount of carbonation.
O - This is another valiant attempt at a chocolate beer. The Blackwater Series is pretty solid, but the Chokolat 'angle' is just a selling point. It's a good stout overall and I'll drink it again, but not worth seeking out.

Aug 28, 2017
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OldeGolde from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow, well this one is a chocobomb for sure! I'd like to second the other reviewers - it's well-rounded, chocolatey but not overly sweet, and has a thick n delicious mouthfeel. However, I'd like to add that the hops, malt, and barley really shine here too, making the flavor quite complex and leaving me with what I would say is tobacco flavor on the end. Yes, tobacco is the perfect way to put it! Cigar, roasty dark chocolate, a little bit of milk sugar, and a bitter deposit that hangs around on the back of the tongue.

Roommate Mike's Quick Sip: "chocolate tree bark"

Aug 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a dark brown close to black in color in both glasses. The lacing is super light and tries to cling but slides for the most part with a one finger off white foamy head in both glasses. The smell had roasted cocoa tones with light coffee comes through as well. The taste had a nice bitterness from the coffee combined nicely with the cocoa. I really like the aftertaste as it has a decent bitter cocoa/coffee combination coating my taste buds and has a lingering dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium in body that tries to have a decent sessionable aspect but it seems like I’m tending to sip this more. Carbonation is fairly smooth and is good for the style and for me. Overall, despite the high ABV, it seemed like this would be more of an "imperial milk/sweet stout."

Jun 27, 2017
Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 5352 ratings