Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)

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

Bomber. Hey! Who put hops in my chocolate milk!? Pours a jet black with a cream head. Aroma is of purest chocolate syrup with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is more of the same: wonderfully sweet chocolate (the Hershey's syrup variety, not the dry cocoa flavor found in some other chocolate stouts) with a hop kick at the end. Would have liked a little more body, and a little less hops. Still, a good beer for the style, and much better when it warms. Here's one to get your buddies talking.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Guinness pint glass (yeah I know Southern Tier recommends to serve in a snifter, fug it; all I have is pints and tulips. Maybe next year I'll get a snifter for christmas).

At any rate, the beer pours a DARK brown that can only be seen into by tilting the pint and looking upwardly at a light source. The head is minimal (mocha color) with no real lacing to speak of.

The smell is heavy chocolate, with barley wayyy down the road throwing rocks that fall about 200 yards short.

The flavor is HEAVY bittersweet chocolate, with it being more sweet than bitter and the alcohol shouting "look at me" in the background.

FOR ME, the mouthfeel is medium heavy like I am in an arid climate and just ate a Milky Way bar with no water in sight. It's almost to the point of being syrupy.

I know this style is way open to interpritation and I can dig the brewers take on Mayan Choklat (power to the aboriginals), and perhaps with a 6 oz. Maya vessel to drink from I could perhaps look back in time and say this is nice native drink for the aristocrate. But ya know for a BEER in 2012, this is just to much FOR ME. While I'm on my soap box, Why are all of the "Belgium sweeteners" i.e. chocolate and candied sugars so friggin sweet. I mean WTF, if I want a sweet fix, beer is not what I look for, instead I would prefer a candy bar, a cake, a pie, 40 gallons of HFCS, but not beer(spank my azz now if you disagree we can still be friends ... stepping down off soap box).

For me this brew is to far out of balance with very little barley to speak of, no noticeable hops to keep the sweetness in check, evidently there is some yeast (not a clue what it may be since the semi sweet chocolates blow it to hell), and not enough water (it's to damned heavy, syrupy on the throat and tongue).

Before you jump may azz, I know that this is an Imperial Stout, not ya common every day kinda stout, and the only thing I can judge it against is Rogue's Double Chocolate (which I find to be well balanced, easy sipping, more complex, better looking, better mouthfeel, and more flavor than this 1 trick pony). This to me is a 1 hit non wonder. I MIGHT buy 1 more of these to celler out for a few years and see if it becomes a beer, or if it remains a fermented beverage with semi sweet Belgium chocolate up the wazoo.

OH and BTW, Brooklyn is a English Russian Imperial Stout, not an American Imperial, lets try to compare apples to apples here.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black in the glass with a thick, dark brown head. A thick layer of foam clings to the glass.

Intense, dessert like chocolate aromas are very potent. It reminds me of a double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. There might be some Hershey's chocolate syrup poured on that cake too. Very rich and decadent. There aren't a lot of dark, bittersweet cocoa aromas as they are covered up by the sweet chocolate character. As it warms and opens up, a bit of alcohol comes through to keep some beer-like element in the nose.

The flavor is more like chocolate than anything I've ever had that isn't chocolate. It might taste more like chocolate than some chocolates I've had. It reminds me most of a rich, decadent chocolate cake. Finish has a decent amount of bitterness but is overall sweet in character.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, but it really doesn't slow down the drinkability as much as the overall intensity does. Despite how tasty this beer is, it might be the least drinkable beer I've had. Split this with at least four people, maybe even eight. It just gets cloying and sickening after a while.

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Photo of garuda
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fairly aggressive pour gets only a few brown bubbles on top of the black liquid. No retention, but has some spotty lacing.

S - Rich, dark chocolate and noticeable alcohol, but in a good way.

T - A more roasted coffee flavor comes through in the front, then milk chocolate, with a bitter dark chocolate finish and warming alcohol.

M - Full, heavy body, good low carbonation. My mouth gets coated in chocolate with the finish.

D - Good for what it is as a dessert beer. I split a bomber with my wife, and still had trouble finishing 11 oz of it due to its heaviness. I feel a 9 oz serving would probably be perfect.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical stout appearance, very dark brown/borderline black, with cinnamon colored head. Retention is low.

The smell is obviously chocolate for the most part. Very sweet and also very dark roast. It's very strong and there's no mistaking it.

I was a little let down by the taste. Oh yeah, it's chocolate, but it's like Hersey syrup. Not that I don't like Hersey syrup, but it's better over ice cream or in milk than in my stout. That's basically the entire flavor profile. There's a roasted malt in there somewhere, but it's more in the scent than anything. It gets some bonus points for definitely being committed to the name and doing it with conviction.

Mouthfeel was thin and overcarbonated for my liking in a stout.

Drinkability is just barely over average. It's interesting at first, but becomes rather gimmicky in no time. I actually used half of this bomber to make a choklat stout frozen custard. It was much more enjoyable in that form than in it's liquid state.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Snifter

A-Black as night and as thick as motor oil.

S-The name says it all, maybe with a slight twinge of alcohol

T-Same as the nose here they got exactly what they were going for on this beer

M-Very thick and rich on the palate. Very straightforward but silky smooth and goes down like candy

D-There is no way I could nor would I want to drink this on a normal basis, its very good and I'll buy it once a year and split it between 3 people min.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin, oily black pour yielded a brief, thick dark head; soon enough, just some bubbly froth along an edge

S: no question about this being a chocolate stout

T: heavy on the sweet chocolate flavors - made me think of Bosco chocolate syrup; there's an espresso coffee background, but it is still dominated by the chocolatey taste

M: there's a bitterness to the brew, sure, but there is more than enough sweetness to dominate most everything; some alcohol vapors slipped through; had a slick, thin feel, but it still had a rich quality

O: this is a dessert beer for folks that want a sweet dessert; of the stouts I've had from these guys (Creme Brulee, Mokah, Jahva), I prefer the Jahva, but this whole line-up definitely caters to beer fans with a sweet-tooth, of which I am not usually a member

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Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with no head.

S: Milk Chocolate and alcohol. A bit of coffee and hop.

T: A nice Chocolate and malt flavor with a bit of an alcohol bite and burn. The yeast and fruity esters give it a good flavor.

M: Medium feel with low carbonation. Smooth. Sticky feel.

O: A little bit too sweet to rate any higher. The flavors are really good though.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a 9 ounce tasting tumbler, number 3 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday.

A- Black, thick black with syrupy texture. Paper thin lace in leiu of head.

S- Dark, semi-sweet chocolate is very forward in the nose of this brew, followed by malt.

T- Chocolate! But more of a dark chocolate (less sweet), with a hint of caramel and a very slight note of vanilla.

M- Flatter, but still smooth and silky which makes up for the lack of bubbles.

D- I like "Mokah" the best so far in the Southern Tier Blackwater Series, but this is a very close 2nd for a chocolate stout. Very drinkable, but I'd like to age this a year or two to take the edge off the alcohol note.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown/black with a small, tan head with pretty nice retention and lacing overall.

S: A fairly strong, bittersweet chocolate smell. Reminded me a little bit of Hershey's dark chocolate.

T: Taste like chocolate with a fairly high alcohol level. The chocolate taste was very nice and did a good job of covering the high alcohol level and prevented any serious alcohol burn from taking away from the overall experience. Definitely a nice, warming beer.

M: A pretty nice, medium-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Nice feeling on the tongue.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer pretty drinkable. Besides the fairly high alcohol level, it was pretty easy drinking and could have had a few without really filling me up. Definitely a solid beer and recommended to all.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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