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Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -6.3%

750ml bottle. Pours dark deep brown. 2 full fingers of head that lingers. Smells of hops, barley, roasted barley in particular, coffee, dark chocolate, sugar. Heavy and thick in the mouth. The bitter chocolate predominates. Roasted barley is very strong. The dark chocolate and roasted barley fight in your mouth. Definitely a double imperial stout. Little burn on the way down. Finishes with that traditional kick back of hops and roasted barley with an almost chocolate burp. While I like it, it is no Founders Breakfast Stout. There are other imperial stouts I would prefer. Definitely good though.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured pitch black with some dark brown highlights around the rim when held up to the light; no other light penetration otherwise. Quarter-inch mocha colored head dissipated immediately into an oily film. Virtually no lacing adherence with the exception of a narrow ring around them rim. Scent - Belgian dark chocolate (duh), almost overpoweringly so, with the scent remaining in the nostrils between sips. Taste similar to nose with the presence of malt now detectable. Alcohol was surprisingly well-hidden considering the 11% abv. Silky mouthfeel with a little effervescence making it less chewy than anticipated. Finish left a lingering bitterness in the mouth (hops?) that didn't subside until the next sip. An enjoyable imperial for the most part; however, not being a fan of dark chocolate, I found the experience a little too overwhelming and actually prefer Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout over Southern Tier's Choklat.

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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 Jmamay22
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown near black. A shade short of pitch black really. The creamy tan colored head surprisingly manages to hold up despite the high alcohol content, but leaves only spotty lacing.

Smells of spruce, cocoa bitterness, and of course, Choklat.

Taste is somewhat one dimensional and comes off as Choklat icing. Faint alcohol and spruce like finish. The alcohol becomes apparent upon my cheeks rather than in my mouth halfway through the glass.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly thinner than expected. Alcohol makes only the faintest of appearances making this a dangerously drinkable brew. Southern Tier hit the Choklat flavor dead on and I credit them for refraining from making this beer overly sweet and cloying. Points away from its one dimensionality.

If available it is worth a go, but it isn't something I would describe as a must have. Unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber, with nice label; no best-by date, but with an abv of 11%, I'm not too worried...

Appearance: Pitch black, shows bright ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light; medium-dark tan head with good retention.

Smell: THE chocolatiest-smelling beer I've ever encountered. This is VERY similar to old-fashioned chocolate cream soda. Under those aromas are some notes of homemade chocolate icing on dark chocolate cake. Mild dark fruity booziness noted as well.

Taste: TONS of dark chocolate, and (again) chocolate cream soda. It's alternately bittersweet and semi-sweet. As it leaves the palate, I'm getting a big dose of dark roasted coffee as well. It's not the "liquid Hershey's syrup" I've often heard it described as; it's more like a heady old-fashioned chocolate liqueur. Not much noticeable in the way of hops really, though there's enough bitterness to keep this from becoming cloying. Alcohol is warming, but not over-the-top.

Mouthfeel: Huge. A bit prickly from the booze.

Drinkability: 1 bottle, split two ways = perfect.

Conclusion: I'm not sure this beer could have lived up to my expectations; I've been waiting over a year to try this, and was really looking forward to it as I've heard such amazing things about this beer. It's hands down the best chocolate beer I've ever had. By far. I guess the one thing that still kind of weirds me out is how much of a strong chocolate soda-like character these beers can have, with pure chocolate providing the flavor. Even if it's a bit of an odd profile, this is still a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown or black not really sure what color it is. Pretty much no head or lacing just a few bubbles on top.

S- My first thought was this thing smells like a tootsie roll. Tons of chocolate and that's all. Doesn't smell like a beer at all but its not really bad either.

T- Pretty intense chocolate here. Alcohol is hidden really well. Overall, it was pretty nice and a lot better than some other chocolate beers I've had.

M- Creamy, low carbonation and medium to full in body.

D- Wasn't too bad but I don't think I could drink a lot of these. Something that I could drink every once in a while.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Holy chocolate rabbit farts! This thing smells like I should put cool whip on it and eat it for dessert. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tan head. Seriously, the smell is insanely chocolate but with a name like Choklat I should have known. Heavy mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Very strong bittersweet chocolate taste. Very sweet. Alcohol does have a bite to it. Good if you know what you are getting into.

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Photo of Monklover
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is complete chocolate, no alcohol. Taste is way too chocolate forward for me. A single glass, as a dessert beer, is the only reason this gets a 4

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Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, completely opaque, 1/2 finger mocha frothy head that quickly dissipates to a thin frothy film. Doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Dark coco powder, milk chocolate, dark alcohol soaked fruits, caramel, roasted malts. Very potent

T: Loads of chocolate. Dominant chocolate flavor seems to be bakers chocolate powder with a little milk chocolate towards the middle/end. Overall it acts almost like a very dark fudge. Lots of caramel, there's some dark fruits in the background. The front of chocolate leads into a dark roasted coffee/espresso background. Finish is dry, warm, bittersweet chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, it's not as viscous as I'd like, doesn't seem to coat the mouth much. Fairly smooth, very creamy, and a little velvety.

D: While it's very tasty, it's not terribly easy to drink. The flavor itself is very dark, a little bitter, and dry. The alcohol can get fairly hot if you drink too quickly. It drinks easier than some big Imp stouts I've had, but it's definitely a sipper.

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Photo of will4240
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome along side of Goose Island's Night Stalker and Founder's Breakfast Stout.

A- A beautiful pitch black. Good head and even better lace. I will not soon forget the beauty embodied in the 8oz. tulip glass this beer was served in.

S- DARK CHOCOLATE. Wow, it honestly smells like lindt dark chocolate.

T- Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Delicious delicious chocolate. VERY tasty, but must be sipped for full enjoyment.

M- Very nice, the chocolate is very thick and must be sipped.

D- An EXCELLENT sipper. Only to be consumed if you like dark chocolate, but if you do this may be your favorite beer.

I like (not love) dark chocolate, so I really like (not really love) this beer.

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Photo of egajdzis
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate (tootsie roll), roasted malts, tobacco, floral amarillo hops, and a bit of caramel. Taste was all milk chocolate as well, faint tobacco, some smoke, and finishing with some more hops, and a touch of alcohol. I'd recommend this with a bowl of assorted chocolate truffles.

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Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a large snifter. This beer pours black as night. A nice sized two finger head cascades into existence- caramel in color. The head dissolves in approximately two minutes and leaves very minimal lacing.

The nose is really just chocolate. It smells great but appears to be a one trick pony - but it smells too damn good to knock it for that; lots and lots of melted milk chocolate

This damn thing tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Like the nose there is just a shit-ton of milk chocolate. The roasted malts and faint hops add a nice bitterness to make sure it is not quite as one-sided.

Exceptionally creamy and smooth like I would never have believed before trying it. The alcohol never rears its head in the nose or taste, merely in the lightheadedness that ensues with the completion of the bottle. This is the epitome of dessert beers; a dessert in itself.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/20/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a very small light head. Aroma of chocolate. Taste of lots of chocolate (particularly tootsie roll chocolate), some roast in the aftertaste. If you like chocolate, you will love this beer. Even better, eat some chocolate with this beer and you will really be in heaven. This is good stuff.
8/4/8/5/17 (4.2/5)

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace as a tiny dot of ruby light shows through the blackness when held up to the light.

S - Profound, swet, fruity chocolate. Lots of toffee, caramel, light coffee, and rich, belgian chocolate.

T - Well, it tastes like it smells; intense chocolate with raisin and plum notes as well as a hint of red apple. Some more toffee appears in the middle with a distinct, tootsie roll/ chocolate note. Some darker, roastier notes in the finish with a hint of coffee and some light hop flavor as well as mild bitterness that throws just a bit back in the face of the intense sugary chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Despite the intense, overwhelming chocolate the beer is oddly well balanced. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so and the alcohol is quite subdued for its strength. Like the other novelty, flavored beer from Southern Tier, it is something that I wouldn't want to drink every day, but as with those other brews, I can't help but be impressed with how drinkable it is considering the potential for becoming a cloying mess. This is a must try beer, if for no other reason than that it can't sufficiently be explained otherwise.

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Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Choklat is a very black ale with a yellow hue and a khaki head that leaves decent lacing. It has a sweet chocolate aroma-- very candyish. It is full bodied and smooth. There is a little rumble before the end, but it finishes cleanly. It is sweet and smooth with a huge chocolate flavor. Caramel is detected. It's well bittered and well balanced. It dries up for the finish. Pour this on ice cream!
(rated Feb 5, 2008)

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Photo of CFram
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like liquid chocolate when it comes out. A little too carbonated but pours a fine head. Nice sweet-to-bitter chocolate taste. Fun beer to share on an occasion.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle poured into a snifter and tulip.

A - very dark. Dark, dark brown on the periphery, fades into utter blackness. Held up to the light, still very dark.

S - lots and lots of chocolate. The snifter smells great, but the tulip allows the smell to fade out at the top (which is expected).

T - wow, I am disappointed in this beer compared to Mokah. The carbonation is way too much here, and the chocolate flavor fades with each successive sip.

M - not special. Too much carbonation. I taste the 10% here, and it's not great.

O - drink Mokah. Mokah is infinitely superior.

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Photo of abents
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sits in the glass with a very dark brown color with nice brown head that lingers around a bit. Wow, this is a pretty big nose, big milk chocolate nose, very huge smell, very inviting. Taste is upfront very chocolaty(big surprise) with some nice roasted malt flavors, chocolate and coffee. Very different chocolate flavors coming out through the malts and cocoa. Finishes almost bitter with nice warming alcohol finish. A little on the sweet side, but not really that much. Very nicely done would enjoy this as a nightcap dessert beer, but a bomber is a bit much. This is one BIG beer on chocolate and alcohol. A little too much warming burn for me to find extremely drinkable, but it's better than the Creme Brulee which was way too sweet and undrinkable. I liked this one a lot, and I really don't care for chocolate too much.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black like used diesel oil, head was small (despite a pretty rough pour) and brown, didn't last that long and left decent lace.

All I could smell was Hershey's milk chocolate and a little bit of roastiness.

Taste follows the Hershey's theme, it's like having a glass of milk with a gob-ton of Hershey's syrup in the milk. There's notes of roasty and just a smidge of burnt malt flavors in there too, but they're subtle. Of course I figured this would be chocolatey, and I wasn't at all disappointed on that one!

Alcohol is non-existent in the taste, but notable on the warming finish. Sweet, chocolate thickness dominates every aspect of this rich, thick, full bodied beer. It's pretty easy to drink despite the heaviness. Would make an excellent dessert beer, or a beer for having with dessert!

This one is really very nice. I'm going to pick up a few bottles to use in trades.

Reminds me heavily of Creme Brulee, and of essentially every beer *that I have tried* from Southern Tier that comes in a bomber. Over-the-top. Damn good though!!

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Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 2nd time having this.

Pours black, 1-finger tan head retains decently becoming a thick ring towards the end, doesn't leave much lacing.

As many have noted, huge chocolate scent. Chocolate, cocoa, Hershey bar, Cocoa Pebbles. Usual Southern Tier big beer craziness.

Taste delivers what the nose promises - chocolate, and lots of it. Huge mix of milk+dark chocolate, cocoa, lots of roasted malt as well which I think helps balance out the sweetness a bit (it's still very sweet.) A decent hop presence.

Pretty silky mouthfeel, carbonation is a bit high. Alcohol very impressively hidden.

The fact that this crazy dessert-y concoction is 11% is frightening. I enjoyed this much more last year, a little too sweet and one-note for me nowadays. A good dessert beer though. If choklat is what you want, choklat is what you'll get.

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Photo of Stimack
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

was able to give this one a try last evening. Actually picked it up over in Massachusetts because I held off getting it here in NY. Wow, this is a big brew, had the color of dull black color with some brownish highlights. The head was a deep tan color that was a little on the smallish size, had minimal legs but did leave light lacing lines. The aroma really highlights the chocolate as that is the scent that really comes out, bittersweet. I have had other brews where I say it had chocolate aromas but nothing like this. Also there is a light burnt aroma from black malts. The flavor has a lot going on, the main flavor to me seems chocolate, at least more than in other beers where I notice chocolate. Has a bitter flavor and I would imagine that would be from a mix of the burnt malt, chocolate and hops. Some slight fruit flavors seem to come out but it really is chocolaty. For a 11% brew it hides the alcohol even as it warms. The only way I know it has some punch is that I feel a bit of a buzz off it. For me the chocolate got a little old after a while. Real nice brew, not sure I would get it again based on the price but had to give it a try!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown and has some lighter brown hues at the edges of the glass. Scant head of chocolate colored foam that fell fast but leaves great legs to look at as you drink. Nose is every shade of chocolate. Chocolate, fudge, chocolate syrup, chocolate brownies, cocoa nibs, sweet and bitter chocolate. The roast takes a back seat in the nose but does give up a faint hint of espresso. There's a bit of hop character on the nose and as this warms you will notice a berry like fruit in the form of a subtle lightness.

Taste is an explosion of chocolate. Rich belgian style chocolate. The roast has a big toasted character and comes forward as much as it can but seems drowned out by all the chocolate. It's deep and willful though and in the end it shows a nice grain with a touch of blackness and bitter of it's own. The roast is endless and is trying to reach infinity with the endless chocolate. The mouthfeel is silky, creamy and smooth. There is no alcohol on the nose and only a enough on the palate to make it delightfully boozy and warming. The carbonation is perfection and tickles the palate. This beer is sweet. It develops a bit of caramel as it warms and to the delight of the palate a duo of chinook and williamette hops lend a graceful bitter to the long and satisfying finish.

Southern Tier has gone crazy for chocolate and has made a stout that will satisfy your every fantasy about chocolate.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room while brewing my first batch of homebrew in over a year. From 22oz. bomber to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a nice milk chocolate head.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Taste: What you would expect from the smell. However, I thought it was too much chocolate and it went down a little too bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Very good. So thick you could almost chew this beer.

Drinkability: As stated earlier, just too chocolaty for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark mahogany, soft tan head.

S: Great full chocolate smell, it really smells like a Tootsie Roll, very fragrant.

T: Tasty, but kind of one-dimensional, has a nice chocolate flavour, Tootsie Roll again, bit of bitterness at the end which I wasn't too fond of.

M: Smooth, kind of light-bodied, for a beer called Choklat, I wanted it to be more mouth-coating.

D: A nice beer from Southern Tier, I wasn't as wowed as I've been with some of their efforts, but it was certainly interesting to drink.

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Photo of zackcg
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into trappist chalice

A - Opaque! pours a deep dark chocolate color with a small merky brown hazelnut head. Hardly any retention, pretty scarce lacing.

S - Dairy! (like a frozen yogurt dispenser, no joke, milk chocolatey ice-cream) Big bouquet of choco malts and alcohol aromas.

T - An initial bitter bite balanced off with huge malty-chocolate blend. finishes with alcohol undertones.

M - silky smooth, minimal fizzyness, booze-burn.

D - wish I had cracked this after dinner. Not quite my style, and more of a desert concept brew, perfectly executed no less.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,162 ratings.
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