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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Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

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Photo of fscottkey
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.50] The beer looks jet black in the glass. It pours out with 1/2 finger of dense mocha head. The head dissipates pretty quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (10.0%). The bottle has a born on date of 10/15/15.

S: [3.75] Semi-sweet chocolate. I get nothing else which is okay but interesting. Typically there will be some coffee/vanilla/roasted malts etc. This is just straight chocolate.

T: [4.00] Doesn't exactly follow the nose. I am getting more roasted malts. There is chocolate but it comes across more as malted chocolate (like Whoppers candy). I think I am getting malted chocolate because there is limited sweetness to the beer.

M: [4.00] A little bit dry. But the beer is thick and coating feeling. The finish is pretty short. There is NO sense of the 10% ABV.

O: [4.00] At exactly 1/2 the ABV I would rather drink Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout. This has a muddied chocolate taste that doesn't come across that well in the taste. The beer is enjoyable I just feel they could ramp up the chocolate flavor.

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Photo of korguy123
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super oily, inky black pour with a thin dark tan ring. Lacing is gobs of sticky.

S- Super strong dark bakers chocolate, vanilla and molasses.

T- Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. It is literally alcoholic chocolate syrup. There is vanilla and molasses with a touch of brown sugar.

M- Medium to full bodied, creamy and low carbonation. Super sticky on the lips.

O- literally a box of chocolates in a bottle. Very good rich, sweet slow sipper.

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

Pours with a darker brown head, about 2 fingers high, creamy, doesn't last too long, slight lacing. The color is pitch black even when held to the light.

This beer is aptly named. Overabundance of chocolate in the aroma. The smell is like a very sweet mix of hot chocolate powder, chocolate syrup, and a freshly unwrapped milk chocolate candy bar. Decadent could be used to describe it. Beyond all the chocolate are some hints of brown sugar, vanilla, cream, coffee, and may a tad bit of caramel.

The taste is just as rich and indulgent as the aroma alludes to. I'm bombarded with bitter chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, and chocolate syrup, along with notes of cream, and vanilla, hints of brown sugar, caramel, and coffee.

The carbonation is low-medium, consistency is silky but oily, while the body is medium-high, and the finish is a little longer than expected.

Overall this is a nice offering if you prefer to have your desert in liquid (beer) form. I don't think these beers from ST are too over the top, but I do enjoy them. Others might think they are a bit ridiculous. I didn't quite like this as much as I did Mokah, but both are good.

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Photo of mikey711
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1, I have no idea when it is from but i know it is batch one, received from a friend

A: Dark syrupy black that doesnt allow any light to get through. A very nice mocha colored head sits on top and retains quite well, sitting with about a quarter of an inch for quite some time. Lacing is decent as well

S: It smells like herseys chocolate syrup, just chocolate, not roastiness, just chocolate. A bit too much on the sweet side for me

T: This is a dessert beer for sure, but given the time that it has sit, it has mellowd out quite nicely. The chocolate is the prominent flavor but it is a bit like a chocolate milkshake which is rather pleasant

M: Very nice and creamy feel, like a milkshake. it is nice that the sweetness is not cloying and it is very smooth. No heat is present either.

D: Surprisingly for the abv this one goes down very easy

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Photo of airmike
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours dark black with little to no head.

Initial smell is of a dark chocolate bar, second smell is a little dark fruit, and more chocolate bar!

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would expect, and carbination is there but barely.

Taste is very similar to the smell, lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts. No real taste of Alcohol is present which make this a dangerous dessert beer.

Overall I like this beer and would enjoy it again, BUT it's kind of a one trick pony meaning that it's very chocolate forward and not very complex after that.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark and black. Tall, thin, whispy tan head which stood for only about a minute.

S: Alcohol up front. followed by coffee, then coco.

T: Lots of chocolate, and coco. Followed by the coffee. (I think this would do better w/o the coffee - imo)

M: Nice and thick and very chewy. Big beer.

D: Southern Tier may be one of the most underrated and unknown gems around.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with schen9303. Poured from a 22oz. bottle (09 vintage) into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a upward cascading, semi-fine, light chocolate, 1 finger head with decent retention. Beer is opaque black but doesn't strike me as particularly thick. Carbonation seems ample but is hidden within the darkness. Lacing is present but patchy and sticks close to the head that creates it.

S: The sweetest stout that I ever did smell. Strong milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, a hint of toasted malts, a sprinkle of licquorice, and a dose of molasses. No coffee or dark fruit to be found though.

T: As the nose eludes, heavy on them milk chocolate. I can tell this beer is gonna be very polarizing from the beginning. Offensively sweet like an alcoholic chocolate milk shake. Molasses is present to further add to the sugary profile. Slightly boozy towards the finish with a burnt malt finish that lingers just a bit longer than expected. No bitterness either hops or coffee at all. Syrupy sweet all the way.

M: Feel is a bit dissapointing here. No doubt full bodied but also highly carbonated and this prevents it from being as smooth as I want it even when it warms. Sticky aftertaste with a finish that coats my lips in sugar but not to the point that the taste would lead me to believe. Carbonation also make this one a bit harder to get down... milkshakes are supposed to be pretty smooth after all.

D: I remember liking this a lot more at the beginning of my beer journey... but I guess palates change... or maybe I just expected too much because of those fond memories. Nevertheless, an enjoyable brew though I can't see how anyone can be on the fence about this one. You either love it or you hate it.

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Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is so Choklaty it is like taking a "Choklat" bar melting it adding hops letting it ferment and turning it in to a beer. The aroma is so rich and chocolaty, it is almost unreal how awesome it smells. Again as you sip on it there is a strong chocolate flavor that coats your mouth and a bitter and drying effect it has on the after taste. The beer I think is toooo sweet to drink much of it...although after a day goes by, I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of westweasel
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The beer pours out pretty thickly, and is a very dark chocolate brown color. The beer is opaque with a thin tan head. Some lacing is left along the glass as the beer goes down.

The smell is a luscious milk-chocolate smell. I did not detect much roastiness. The taste is mostly smooth chocolate and a bit of caramel followed by a surprisingly bitter citrus finish.

The moutfeel is soft and pretty full. This beer is enjoyable, but the mix of the sweet and smooth chocolate flavors followed by the abrupt, strong citrus bite is not quite right to me. If it was slightly less bitter, or the bitterness was a little cleaner then I think I could love it.

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Photo of Morbo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours the darkest shade of brown with cola-like highlights at the edges. A nice creamy one inch head quickly reduces to a thin film and leaves behind little lacing.

Smells like tootsie rolls with some coffee and alcohol in the background.

Loads of sweet milk chocolate slowly give way to roasty bitterness. Rather one-sided, but that is what I was expecting, a chocolate bomb. The 11% alcohol starts to poke through as it warms, which is a welcome reminder that yes, you are in fact drinking a beer.

The mouthfeel is big and velvety with very little carbonation, like drinking chocolate made with half & half.

Southern Tier sure makes a great dessert stout. This is a wonderful beer that is best enjoyed as a special treat and shared with a good friend. I had a hard time finishing it by myself but intend to grab a couple more to cellar for special occasions.

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Photo of brewsclues
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black-black, darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. With some beers you have to get your nose in the glass in order to properly smell what you're cooking with. Not so with Choklat - it hits you as soon as the beer hits the glass. Chocolate, obviously. Dark, bitter, straight-from-the-Swiss-Alps chocolate - this isn't messing around.

Taste is really over-the-top - no points for subtlety here - but that's the idea. It's like you're drinking a big, hoppy, bitter IPA mixed with chocolate milk. The hops are noticeable but surprisingly well-masked. It's rich, creamy, smooth in the mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable. Points off for being a bit too bitter on the finish - and that's coming from someone who has never met a dark chocolate that was too bitter. I would have liked to see a more gentle, let-'em-off-the-hook finish - I could see this as a nightcap beer and that's about it. A solid effort for the style - definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a wonderful chocolaty stout! Nose is romantically chocolate,as well as tasty. I didn't think chocolate and beer can go so well together. This is a wonderful dessert beer, as well as a delicious change from the hops and malt varieties. Any stout lover can appreciate this treasure!

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Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from growler into nonic pint and faceted mug. Billed by Southern Tier as the ultimate chocolate beverage since the Mayan Empire, my daughter says Choklat is not "chocolatey" enough. Too chocolate for my preference, making this a (still excellent) specialty beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I split a cellar temp bottle of this with Stopper. Pouring into a snifter, the beer pours a pitch black color with small tan surface layer that fades quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is CHOCOLATE with candy bar and cocoa powder notes, hints of general sweet malt as well. No hops or alcohol here.
First sip reveals a smooth silky textured beer with a fairly thick body and gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor starts off sweet chocolate and brown sugar almost like a chocolate milk but this rolls to some warm booze that gives the beer more of a liquer quality. There is a sticky sweet residue on my lips after each sip and the boozy warmth lingers as well. No hops show up anywhere on this one. The booze factor makes this a sipper and it is a little sweet and boozy to drink a full bomber. This would be much better on a cold winter's nite, but is still a decent beer. Just be ready for some booze.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at knickerbockers in altoona pa. brought to the table in a half pint glass.

black body with small off white head which dissipated quite quickly.

aroma was really pleasing to a sweet tooth chocaholic like me. strong chocolate aromas.

taste, well, the heavily roasted malts kinda overwhelmed the chocolate a bit. while some might enjoy this a lot, i was left wishing they were a little less roasted.

feel was on the thin side of medium.

overall, a decent enough beer, would likely get again.

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Photo of bparks85
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Sweet. chocolate and coffee finishes semi-dry.

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

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

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

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Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev -8%

Served from a bomber dated 12/02/12. Bought the bottle over a year ago and have kept in the fridge since then.

Appearance: Black liquorish in color with a thin but thick dark tan head. A little lacing from the dissipated head. (4.00)

Aroma: Hershey’s chocolate syrup above a little dark malt bitterness. Mostly dominated by a milk chocolate character. (3.75)

Taste: With any flavored beer the main concern is too much sweetness or cloying flavor. My first impressions of Choklat are that of big flavor and good balance. Choklat starts with mild bitterness and clean dark malt. The finish marks a huge helping of smooth milk chocolate flavor, which lingers well in the aftertaste along with charred malt goodness to balance the sweet chocolate. The 10% ABV is extremely well hidden, however I should note that I’m drinking this straight out of the fridge so the temperature may be playing a helping hand in this case. Definitely a dessert beer. (4.00)

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I was expecting at just above medium in body with slightly higher carbonation than average beers of this style. Smooth feel all around with good drinkability. (3.75)

Final Thoughts: I’ve been holding on to this bottle for a long time and was luckily able to keep myself from hyping my palate up too much. Choklat is a fantastic dessert beer but what makes it great (the chocolate flavor) is also its main downfall because the sweetness can be cloying after only half a glass or so. I would recommend it to imperial stout fans and those with a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? Sure, but I wouldn’t seek it out to enjoy by myself. (4.00)

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Photo of movingtrain
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Comet in Cincinnati.

Sampled in/from a Trois Pistoles glass. Pours a jet-black with very little tan head.

Man, the aroma off of this one is exactly what it claims to be: chocolate. Almost tootsie roll-like in the nose, or chocolate milk. Very rich aroma...sweet, creamy, and chocolaty.

The flavor is in that same vein. Right off the bat there are strong notes of milk chocolate and dark caramelized sugar. The tootsie roll flavor is very present. Notes of molasses and vanilla are in there, too, but mostly (as, I suppose it should be) chocolate is the dominating flavor here.

For the style, this is near perfect. The flavor is right on, very sweet, and full of chocolate. It's almost like drinking a very dense, rich chocolate milk and eating tootsie roll candy at the same time. So sweet, this would work well as a desert beer paired with vanilla ice cream and shared with a friend.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Southern Tier brewery.

Smelled like exactly what it is called. No surprises, nothing fancy. Chocolate chocolate chocolate.

Appearance. No surprises on this. Very dark brown, almost black with a brown head.

The taste was of bittersweet chocolate. Lots of it. More than I've ever had in a beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, not too much. A little too bitter at the finish.

Overall. A great desert beer if you are sharing with friends. OR, a beer that will get you liquored up quickly if that is the goal.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours totally opaque black with a small dark tan head. Very thick and brooding; exhibits decent lacing.

Aroma is straight-up cocoa. There is not much subtlety or complexity here, reminiscent of high quality chocolate syrup. It is still a good smell, though.

This beer drinks like liquid chocolate. At first it's all sweet, milk chocolate, turning into a more semi-sweet sensation in the finish. It's quite tasty, really, and would be best shared after dinner, literally by itself in lieu of a dessert course. Really rich and creamy, with very low carbonation. A bit monochromatic in terms of flavor, but it does the chocolate thing better than any beer I've tasted. The 11 percent is extremely well hidden, making for a very warming and pleasant drinking experience.

This beer accomplishes what it sets out to do. In the end, I just find it a bit gimmicky.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter on 12/16. Review from notes.

A - Pitch black, one finger of lovely brown head. Average head retention.

S - Chocolate! So much chocolate. This is the ideal chocolate stout. There's bittersweet dark and a bit of light milk chocolate too. Just exceptional. The lack of roast is very troubling, and I'll address this at the end.

T - Follows the nose. chocolate nirvana. Tastes like a liquid tootsie roll! There's nothing else here, though, which is disappointing. If there existed a nice roast character, it could be one of my favorites.

M - Full bodied. Slightly dry finish. Thick as oil and heavy. Love it.

D - Incredible. So easy to drink for an 11%. I get very little booze.

This is the best "chocolate stout" on earth, but as an imperial stout is is a bit lacking. There is almost no roasted malt in the nose or the taste. I wish it were there, because it would compliment the intense chocolate brilliantly. The beer is very one-noted, which explains why my ratings my seem a bit low compared to the review.

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Greenville, SC.
Pours with a clear dark reddish brown body topped by a rather weak head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma: Irish stout with chocolate syrup.
Flavor: like the aroma. A tad too sweet. Modest complexity.
Feel: full body. Medium-light carbonation, Smooth.

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Photo of Itoclown
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased three days before Christmas from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Consumed on January 26.

Look: Pitch black with hardly any head. There was a little head when the beer was first poured but left almost immediately.
Smell: As said before, it's like taking a bottle of Hershey's syrup and squeezing some air out and smelling it. That mixed with any typical imperial stout.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Soft on the tongue. Smooth. Definitely tastes like Hershey's. But I'd say it's got the bitterness of the cocoa and not the syrup. It's very thick and filling... Chocolate!

Overall/notes: Drinking this beer feels like you're having a dessert like a stout float with chocolate ice cream and syrup. It's smooth when you sip it but leaves a burnt chocolate/pure cocoa taste after swallowing. I'm not a big fan of this style of beer but I can see why it's so popular. It's really an interesting twist on this style. A fun beer for the beer advocate.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well Southern Tier usually gets right to the point. I have come to expect that you're gonna get what it says on the botlle and LOTS of it. With Choklat you get exactly that.

First pour shows a rich, dark, brown with tinges of red hues when held to light. The cocoa colored head recedes quickly.

The nose is exactly what the label says, chocolate, chocolate, and more Choklat, with a mild note of vanilla. But make no mistake chocolate is the leading man in this flick.

The taste once again has chocolate front and center with roasted malts, licorice, and a bittersweet chocolate finish.

This brew is a little thinner and slightly more carbonated then I like in my imperial stouts but it in no way takes away from the enjoyment.

Overall this is an enjoyable stout that I would gladly have again and reccomend to friends.


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Photo of glass_house
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance is close to jet black with some dark brown around the edges. One finger of tan head quickly dissipates to a thin but persistent collar. Smell is heavy on dark fudgy chocolate with espresso and smokey dark fruits sneaking through. A pronounced booziness is also evident.

Enters the mouth with a smooth creamy introduction. Could be a little heavier but the body is thick enough. However, the carbonation seems to be a bit much as it hits the back of my tongue. The taste is simple but well done. Almost all bitter dark chocolate with just a trace of roasted coffee and sweet dark fruits. It was good up until the finish--way too much medicinal alcohol for me to consider putting this among the best in the style. It's not necessarily hard to drink, but the booziness just seemed a little over the top and out of place.

I left about 8 oz. in my bomber and waited to review it after finishing it 24 hours later. I actually found it to be slightly better the next day when the carbonation had died down somewhat. I didn't hate it but I wasn't impressed either. I think I'll buy another bottle and give it a year in the cellar.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,224 ratings.
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