Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

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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5,266
Reviews:
1,593
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,266 |  Reviews: 1,593
Reviews by heysuz:
Photo of heysuz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro: Split a 22oz. with a friend in snifter glasses.

Appearance: Thin head but large bubbles in the lacing, dark chocolate brown color with lots of carbonation on the glass. Swirls up a good head, with foam that looks like chocolate milk bubbles. The head is a light brown color. This beer’s appearance is just like Mokah and Jah’va.

Smell: Milk chocolate aroma that is sweet but not overwhelming with just a touch of alcohol smell in the background.

Taste: Taste reminds of a Hershey chocolate bar, sweet and rich but all chocolate with a slight bite from the alcohol. The alcohol is very subdued and is hidden very well by the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Crisp feel with a sweet chocolate taste at the end. Not oily or coating as some stouts can do, just smooth and sweet.

Overall: All three of the stouts’ look, smell and mouthfeel are very similar; the main difference is in the taste. This beer has more of the chocolate and no coffee flavors, but not quite the balance as the Mokah which is a blend of the other two. Not enough difference in these three beers to warrant a drastic difference in rating, so all three fall out as the same base rating. Any difference is due to personal taste preferences.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nickadams2
1.5/5  rDev -64.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of oberon
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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?

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Photo of gshak
4.74/5  rDev +11%
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!

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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 beerguy04
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of brandonlovesbeer
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of The_Meme_Lord
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of sublime_IGM
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of RockRuler
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark Brown with a light brown head that lasts and lasts as a thin skim.

Aroma: Boozy and bitter dark chocolate. Tootsie roll like sweet chocolate too.

Taste: Chocolate dominates, making up perhaps 90 plus percent of the profile. Touches of roasted malt and crème fill in the rest.

Mouthfeel: Boozy but only lightly burning, bittersweet, fairly full bodied but still surprisingly light considering the abv.

Drinkability: Not good at all for me. This is too tootsie roll like and one dimensional for my tastes. I have a hard time drinking this in any serious quantity. Good for what it is trying to be though.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Smokesnotes
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ricke
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, the liquid actually seems thinner than I had expected. A small light-beige head dissipates quite fast. Small lacings, basically just a ring of foam around the edges.

S: A very nice but not as complex smell. Deep and powerful smell of dark chocolate. Chocolate syrup, hazelnuts and cream. Rather sweet smell and with all that chocolate is almost reminiscent of a chocolate dessert.

T: Chocolate flavors dominate - both rich flavors of dark chocolate and some sweeter chocolaty notes. Chocolate syrup. The taste is actually quite sweet. Nice coffee flavors, roasted malts, some wood, faint salty notes. More sweet notes in the form of vanilla, cream and hazelnuts. Almost like a chocolate milkshake. The finish is more bitter than expected and has a rather prominent taste of alcohol to it. Some vanilla sugar, light hop aromas and even more chocolate.

M: Full bodied, but it could be a little thicker if you'd ask me. Rather sticky texture. Restrained carbonation.

D: A very good chocolate stout with a chocolate profile that would make Willy Wonka envious. But still, it has some weak points. The bitterness and the taste of alcohol in the finish is too prominent and the body could have been a little thicker. But still, a really good beer.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a guest beer at Willibrew. Pours nearly jet black with dark brown at the edges only when held to a bright light. 1 finger tan head dissipates to small amount of lacing.
Smell is chocolate, a hint of roasted barley, and a slight amout of sweetness that hints at the alcohol. Did I mention it smells like chocolate?!
Taste initially is sweet with huge amounts of bittersweet chocolate. There is again some roasted flavors, but these are swept away in more chocolate. The alcohol is barely evident in the taste. The flavor is like a beer version of sipping chocolate. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is smooth and becomes smoother as the temperature warms. Minimal carbonation, which is fine by me.
Drinkability is very high...provided you like chocolate. (Did I mention it tastes like chocolate?) ABV is evidence is the start of a buzz but does not interfere with the other flavors. Despite the dominant chocolate, there is enough else going on to make this a beer that is definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marklaker
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/16/11.

Choklat pours dark, dark brown, close to black, in color. The head is a pretty mocha-tan and sits at a finger tall after a medium-hard pour into a snifter. Small, splotchy lacing is left behind on the glass post-sip.

The smell yields loads and loads of dark chocolate. It reminds me of a really dark and thick chocolate shake. A hint of caramel resides in the bouquet, along with just the smallest whiff of alcohol.

The taste is an ooey gooey dark chocolate bomb that has much more of a supporting caramel flavor than I smelled. It makes me think of a dark chockate version of a Rolo. The aftertaste is pretty roasty, with a little acidity, and lingering overtones of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth on my tongue, with a pretty full-bodied and coating syrupyness. At the end of each sip there is a rather biting and acidic roastiness, accompanied by a little sting on the throat from the alcohol.

This is a great chocolate stout. It is so rich and flavorful and is, by far, my favorite Southern Tier beer. They really hit a home run with this one!

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,266 ratings.
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