Choklat (Blackwater Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #229
ABV:
10%
Score:
95
Ranked #863
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 10.49%
Reviews:
1,614
Ratings:
5,348
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
95
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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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ThaneMcC from Germany

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

Pours motor oil like with copious light brown head and sticky lacing. Smells strongly of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Tastes with sweet malt forward, quick transition to dark chocolate and a hoppy bite as end note with fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is thick and milky, ABV well hidden.

Overall, the best chocolate stout I’ve had – not a particularly complex or nuanced stout – but very enjoyable and would make an excellent desert beer or aperitif.

Dec 05, 2015
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nickadams2 from New York

1.5/5  rDev -65%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A_Pours dark brown. No head. No lace.

S_Smells like artificial milk chocolate. Sweet malted milk.

T_God awful. Taste like Hershey syrup and whoppers. Hardly a beer. More like a chocolate liqueur. Way too sweet to even be tolerable.

M_Moutheel was actually ok except that it felt like sugar was coating teeth. Other than that it was thick and full bodied.

D_Ask my sink.

Dont understand the high ratings on some of these ST beers. Seriously . . . this shit sucks.

Sep 04, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insane chocolate character in this beer!

The beer decants like hot cocoa with a silky looking pour and with dark chocolate colors. Ok, it's a Stout. Head formation and retention could have been better but probably reduced because of the intense amount of cocoa oils it would take to pull this beer off.

If you put my nose in this beer and then in a fresh baked pan of brownies, I don't know if I could distinguish the scents. It's that good. A darker quality cocoa gives a great stradle between the Stout character and French Roast character. The bold cocoa aromas are complimented by softer and more caramelly milk-chocolate notes. Extremely seductive aroma!

Flavors deliver on the promises that the nose told. Nearly all cocoa and milk chocolate but with a great balance comming from the espresso-like strength and bitterness. Hops also play a part in bitterness, but not in flavor.

Extremely silky and creamy in feel. The beer holds true to Imperial Stouts, but with a super sleek texture. The 11% abv. is nowhere to be seen. This beer is well put together.

Never have I tasted a chocolate flavored beer with this much boldness, balance, or genuine chocolate character that leads the way throughout the session.

Thanks Arvjunk!

May 21, 2009
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gshak from Texas

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks like chocolate.
S - Smells like chocolate.
T - Tastes like chocolate.
M - Feels like chocolate.
O - Liquid chocolate. If someone told me this stuff was barrel-aged, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised - it sure smells and tastes just as good as some of the best barrel-aged beers I've had. Well done Southern Tier, well done!

Mar 28, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This amazing stout poured into a Guinness pint glass a deep but not quite opaque black there was a little tinge of ruby when held to the light a creamy tight one finger mocha colored head atop that settled into a creamy mass atop.I have never encountered a beer with such a chocolate fudge presence in the nose in anything for that matter it was like a fudge brownie with a bit of raisin and molasses just awesome.That big bakers chocolate presence is felt on the palate hitting big up front like a dense chocolate cake infused with a touch of raisin and raw nut,a slight earthy presence is felt in the finsih to make it perfect no cloying sweetness.Wow can a better chocolate stout be made? I honestly dont think its posible, ST made this beer a standard for any beer infused with chocolate,just awesome!

Dec 31, 2007
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tap at Southern Tier's new location in Pittsburgh. This is sweeter than the Mokah we had today. We enjoyed the Mokah more than the Choklat, but this is still a great brew

Jan 20, 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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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

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

Darkest chocolate brown with garnet glimmerings at the bottom edge of the glass. Not a black hole. An attractive chunk of golden beige colored foam sits atop the beer. It looks like a thick and creamy coffee milkshake as it melts, leaving a fine sheet of tattered and torn lace as it does so. This is a gorgeous stout.

The aroma is everything I'd hoped for and more. Choklat is the chocolatiest smelling beer that has ever entered my glass. In fact, it smells more like chocolate than beer... which is why it isn't quite perfect. I wonder how many times the word chocolate will be used in this review. Answer: 13.

Unlike the nose, the beer actually tastes like a chocolate stout, not melted chocolate. Leave it to Southern Tier to get the proportions of roasted barley and chocolate (both malt and the real thing) juuust right. Rogue Chocolate Stout has just been dethroned.

It's hard to describe the flavor because I can't stop drinking the beer long enough to put it into words. Here goes... double chocolate ice cream covered with fudge sauce, cocoa nibs and a light dusting of espresso powder. Each mouthful is a rich chocolate explosion of epic proportions. An ABV of 11.0% has to be a misprint.

Chinook and Willamette hops provide just enough spicy fruitiness and bitterness to take Choklat to the next level. Any brewery can add high-quality chocolate to their double stout, but only one of the very best can craft an exceptional beer in the process. And there's no doubt that this is exceptional beer. It says so right next to the 5.0 on the scoring menu.

Although the mouthfeel is great, it isn't as fantastic as it could be. A little more melted chocolate silky creaminess and viscous chewiness would have earned it the ultimate number.

It's a tribute to the talented brewers at Southern Tier that Choklat is the best chocolate stout that I've ever had and Jahva is the best coffee stout. There's no doubt in my mind that this is the most delicious marriage of roasted malt, Belgian chocolate and hops that the world has ever seen. Thanks a million far333.

Jul 04, 2008
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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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Ikeithbot from New York

4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Oct 27, 2016
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The_Meme_Lord from Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full disclosure - I am a rabid fan of beers that are chocolate and/or coffee in flavor. With that said, I don't think there is an aspect of this beer that I don't like. It hits all the right notes. The most amazing (and dangerous) thing about it is that it doesn't taste like 10% ABV. It hits you like a ton of bricks in 20 minutes if you've been ferociously sipping it like a milkshake. The breakdown:

Look - Very opaque, and "motor oil" dark. Thin, dark tan head forms during the pour.

Smell - Sweet luscious chocolate is the dominate smell here. Maybe some coffee, but mostly sweet luscious chocolate.

Taste - BAM! CHOCOLATE. Chocolate is the overwhelming taste here. It is sweet, but "smart" sweet. Not like that cheap Easter candy shit that is "pure sugar sweet". IMO, it has just the right amount of sweet. Chocolaty sweetness, followed by an aftertaste which fades slowly into a duller, bitter chocolate. The slightest alcohol taste pokes through on aftertaste, hardly noticeable.

Feel - The feel doesn't disappoint either. You immediately notice a nice little thickness to the beer. It's not watery, and it's not molasses. It fits nicely in between. And shortly thereafter, you get the micro-carbonation sensation on your tongue.

Overall - As well-balanced as you can get if you're into the dessert type beer.

Jan 29, 2017
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brandonlovesbeer from South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my God! I haven't tasted anything this good in a long time.
If I hadn't read the side of the bottle, I would not have known it was a 10% beer.
I could have drank quite a few of these. It was like drinking chocolate straight out of the churning river in the Wonka factory.
OMG! Soooo good! I will figure out how to make this myself. I must have more.

Dec 23, 2016
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a Chimay goblet at the Wurst Place, Seattle. Chocolate chocolate and more chocolate. This beer tastes like they melted a Hershey bar in the glass. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla. Best chocolate beer ever. I'm not sure I want this more than once every three years but hey it's fun stuff. Mouthfeel is very smooth. The bartender suggested a scoop of ice cream would go well with this beer. Hops? Who needs hops?

Jan 26, 2015
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured as black with a small tan head. Smelled like dark chocolate. Tasted like a melted Hersey bar. But, not to sweet. A bitter chocolate taste. Overall, it makes a great dessert beer. If you love chocolate and beer, this is for you.

Jan 03, 2017
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sublime_IGM from Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Choklat

Look: Super dark, with little brown head

Smell: Really intense coffee and chocolate hit you.

Taste: It’s like drinking liquified chocolate. Slight coffee underlies this, but not as present as a flavor as it was an aroma. The chocolate flavors linger in your mouth even when the bomb of chocolateness fades. Refreshing finish, the sweetness of the chocolate doesn’t overwhelm your palette,which makes this beer enjoyable. Really intense flavors of chocolate / coffee.

Chocolate flavors very strong and present on the initial taste. Those are the main flavors throughout the beer, maybe a wee bit of bitterness, but it was predominantly a coffee/chocolate beer. Drink this if you like coffee / chocolate

Jan 18, 2017
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RockRuler from Mississippi

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Big chocolate aroma followed by biter chocolate flavor. A bit of alcohol comes through in the aftertaste. Medium mouth feel with medium carbonation. Good stuff. Cheers!

Jan 22, 2016
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FFreak from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this for over a year. Poured into a tulip. Dark, dark brown with a finger of milk chocolate head that disappears quite quickly leaving just a thin ring. Smells of dark, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Taste is mellowed out bitter dark chocolate, sweet but with a fairly bitter finish. Mouth is about right, medium-full body, almost no carbonation, but bitter enough to keep it from being cloying. Overall, a good flavored stout.

Feb 02, 2017
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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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daryk77 from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Dec 05, 2011
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waddsworth from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Jul 29, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol

T: CHOCOLATE I SAID! It tastes like this beer was brewed with Godiva chocolate. Really delicious! The 11% ABV is noticeable throughout the taste, but doesn't detract from the overall flavor. Roasted malt, and well...CHOCOLATE!

M: Buttery and smooth, alcohol finish with lingering bitter and sweet chocolates

D: A great beer. Recommended.

Mar 08, 2010
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PaulProteus from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Oct 28, 2013
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bparks85 from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Dark brownish red when held to a light. Off white latte colored head. Head dissipates quickly leaving little lacing on the glass.

Aroma
Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, smells like a Caramello candy bar.

Taste
Sweet. chocolate and coffee finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel
too thin. I look for a bit more body in an Imperial Stout

Drinkability
Very drinkable; however, because of the high ABV and sweetness I would recommend sharing.

Overall
This is an awesome desert beer be sure to have someone to share this one with. A little too thin for an imperial stout.

Apr 24, 2011
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DaveONan from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.6%

Nov 19, 2011
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nakedninjaturtle from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Apr 14, 2013
Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 5348 ratings