Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Poured from 22oz glass into "baloon" glass.

Not the darkest stout I've ever seen but it's certainly a good and healthy looking black stout with a coffee colored head that pours just a tad too thin for my liking.

Aroma is all chocolate on this one with little room for the roasted stout aromas to come through.

Taste was just about as chocolately as I expected but was able to detect some roasted barley flavors giving a slight coffee aspect which was appreciated to help offset the sweetness of the chocolate. Maybe even a slight bitterness from the hops but any of their flavor is covered up by the chocolate. As long as you can drink this beer expecting a full on CHOCOLATE stout, and not something with merely a chocolate flavor, you can fully appreciate this flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy but a little rough around the edges. Maybe this is one that settles down with time in a cellar but it's still plenty good fresh.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: black with no head
S: chocolate and alcohol
T: again, chocolate and alcohol. Not a sweet chocolate, but not quite bakers chocolate either
F: pretty thick and fairly smooth.

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

Shared with Klym and SundaySour on July 28th. Review from notes.

Poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Black jellybean body with a very thin head formation from a conservative pour. Slightly off-white ring of foam around the rim. Body looks oily and thick. Midnight in a glass.

S: Really intense moon pie smell. An emulsion of roast marshmallows, moist grahams, and heavy handed sprinklings of chocolate. Alcohol makes its way into the mix with heavy suggestions of chocolate liqueurs. Chocolate syrups mix well with the chocolate liqueur. Moist chocolatey s'more smells throughout.

T: Creamy grainy chocolate shavings that mix with butterscotch. Chocolate syrup dowsed on moon pies. Chocolate marshmallows in chocolate sundae fudges. Crazy chocolate coffee lingers. Certainly long chocolate infused lingers, worth noting.

M: The mouth is a real back drop to the flavor. It's light enough to let chocolates dominate , but it's present enough to spark transitions into graham crackers and marshmallows. I suppose too much carbonation would inhibit the chocolate flavors. Though it exists on the fringe of flatness.

O: Good chocolate flavors, flavors that I've only ever had in whiskey barrel aged stouts before. Intense graham crackers and roast marshmallows. Definitely heavily suggestive of girl scout graham cookies and campfire roast desserts. A lot of nostalgic american smore flavors that takes me back to the world of pop tarts and camping. It's pretty good, but I can't help but associate these flavors with cheaply wrapped desserts you can buy at a gas station. Though the beer does an excellent job of capturing that american chocolate experience.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells amazing, but it's a little watering on the taste. I partially blame that on other high ABV stouts, but to me this beer didn't fulfill its chocolate taste as much when drinking it as it did when smelling it. I will give it another shot the next time I see it around.

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

Black with a thin brown head that disappears rapidly. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, and mocha ;) Taste is chocolate, chocolate, and .... oh yeah chocolate. Oh wait and some warming alcohol. Oh, and I think a hint of smoked malts. Mouthfeel is a relatively thick but right on stout feel.

I wouldn't call this a very complex beer but it is what it's supposed to be. It's like drinking melted chocolate that's been mixed with alcohol. Not that it isn't good, for chocolate and beer lovers it's a dream come true. In fact I would drink this over some of the chocolate liquors that are made any time. It has fantastic dark chocolate qualities and I suspect would be even more of a dessert on nitro-tap. Certainly something good to try out, though I'm not entirely convinced on the $9 pricepoint it has to be purchased at on this coast.

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

A: dark dark deep murky almost black/brown with a murky dark brown head.

S: like you stuck your head inside of a room covered with melted hershey bars dusted with hershey cocoa.

T: exactly as it smells, taste like chocolate with a little bitter cocoa from the hops which you really dont even realize is there. chocolate.

M: very thick and chewey, little oil on the tongue after it slowly rolls over it and down the hatch.

D: if you are a chocolate fan and sweet beer fan then you can drink this until you are sick, not drunk sick but sick from eating too many sweets. Unfortunately, I am not a sweet beer fan so the 4oz "test try" was more than enough to fill my needs for a night cap.

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

What an INTENSE beer. Each category is summed up with heavy chocolate. The second I popped the cap and started pouring, all I could smell was chocolate. Has a great thick stout feel and I really liked this, but it really tastes like a melted hershey bar. Glad I was able to share a bottle as I doubt I could've finished an entire 22 by myself, it's just soo sweet! If you're a hardcore beer person who dislikes extras, you will probably hate it, but if you're a stout and chocolate lover, then can't really miss.

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

22 oz. bottle tried 17 May 2008.

Small dark brown head. Pitch black in color. Smells just like a box of chocolates. This is all chocolate all the time. Cacao, cocoa powder, chocolate, it's all in there. Like a liquid truffle. Finishes a little on the dry side. Bittersweet slightly grainy aftertaste. Heavy body. Ethanol present but overpowered by the chocolateiness of it all. Drinkability a bit on the low side, was a challenge for two of us to finish a bottle.

This would be excellent for stout floats.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark coffee color with practically no head. A very thin off white/tan head appears but fades to black quickly. A thin ring of lacing hangs around as well as small frothy swirls that remind me of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

S - Chocolate whoppers with a hint of milk dud. Just a great chocolate malt scent with slight hints of caramel on the finish. As usual, the southern tier brews never disappoint me on scents.

T - A thin belgian chocolate bar with some hints of dark chocolate. Hides the alcohol well which is nice but i feel as though there was just something missing. Perhaps the bitter finish was it. I just needed something else to create just a bit more balance.

M - Medium carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

O - Not bad. If you like chocolate, get this one for sure.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours out pitch black with browns around the edges. There is very little head, and what does show up upon pouring, dissipates quickly leaving no head at all.

S: The nose is big vanilla extract, caramel, and milk chocolate. Yup. It's like a melted Milky Way chocolate bar. Super sweet, super vanilla extract.

T: It starts out sweet with a big burst of vanilla and caramel. It coats the palate and completely destroys it. As the beer slides on, I get milk chocolate and a bit of dark chocolate in the back end as it bitters up. Like a dash of cocoa powder in the back.

M: Full bodied beer. It's not super thick, but it's coating and sticky. It's syrupy and completely envelops the palate. Strong sweetness after the beer it gone.

O: Decent beer. It's mega sweet, but it's not terrible. The vanilla and over the top-ness of this beer is a welcome change from some of the super rare/limited beer tics. This beer has it's place as a dessert beer, and one to be shared with others. I might buy this again to share with friends and family.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a deep opaque appetizing sable with a decent tan head. Chocolaty aroma is like sniffing a chocolate bar rather than a beer. Rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky flavor is fairly sweet and has hints of molasses and cherry. Texture is smooth and nicely fizzy.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: no head, dark brown in color,

Smell: roasted malt, and chocolate

Taste: burmt malt, in the middle there is a sweet chocolate taste and a more bitter dark chocolate end taste.

Mouthfeel: sweet start, slightly bitter middle, and very sweet end. heavy and thick, no carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is a very slow drinker. You have to love chocolate to love this one. The mix of sweet and dark cholate is awesome. Excellent for a chocolate stout, I will be getting this again, although one per sitting is my limit.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark black color. A little thick while pouring but nothing over the top crazy. Two finger mocha colored head shows good retention. Some long streaks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- My first reaction to the aroma was letting everyone know it smelled like a Tootsie Roll. There is a light artifical presence in the aroma at me it comes as what I would call barrel notes. Sweet chocoalte malts (milk chocoalte) and some light roasted malts give this beer a ton of aroma. I would say some lactose sugar would be stuck in there as well. This makes up almost all the aroma.

T- Sweet Lord this is diabetic coma waiting to happen. Huge sweet chocolate notes with a creamy undertone to it in the front of the beer itself. Middle of the beer has this strange oaky flavor to it along with a nice dose of alcohol that just sits in the background. Ending of this beer has a light roasted flavor but then the chocoalte kicks right back end and covers it all up except for a bit of warming alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but good for the beer. Chocoalte and light oaky notes left on the palate. Chocoalte and alcohol left in the aftertaste. Heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. The flavors are what they should be as per stated on the bottle...but I think more so in your face. No off flavors at all except I would say that oak which just threw me way off.

D- The huge ABV and sweetness to this beer really starts to limit it. After a little while the sweetness started to get to me and this bottle was split 4 ways. I could and would love to split this bottle but for just trying to drink a full 22oz no thank you. This beer though once again reaffirms my thinking that their 22oz Black Water Series is the best thing they do.

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Photo of LunaChick
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both in bottle and on tap now.

Presented in a tulip glass. The beer is pitch black with a slight head that fizzed down and overall left a fairly nicely laced glass.
Smell? Literally like a dark chocolate milkshake. First heavy milk chocolate. Alcohol warmth passes through and hints roasted coffee are present.
Taste begins full-on dark chocolate ice cream. For anyone who's ever had goats milk ice cream--the zest and richness are very similar. This beer is thick. 11% alcohol? Oh yes. The warmth come through but is not so extreme that is detracts from the flavor. Some high abv brews take on a fruity flavor from the yeast. I get some subtle fruit notes. Nothing to make me stop drinking it.
The end has bitter hints. Overall the flavor is all chocolate. Syrupy as the beer warms, it does become very intense.
Full bodied and thick, thick, thick in the mouth. Lower carbonation than some and very smooth overall.
Drinkability? Very low. Between the intense sweetness and the high alcohol this is a sipper and an on occasion beer at best. I would not drink it regularly.
I prefer Rogue's Chocolate Stout as a good every day heavily chocolate flavored brew.

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Photo of dickieb
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to finally come across this one in my neck of the woods. Pours a used motor oil in color with some hints of dark brown, and little to no head or lacing. The smell is well chocolaty. Like a sweet milk chocolate mixed with tootsie rolls, and some coco powder. The taste is much of the same, with a bitter lingering towards the end. The mouthfell is surprisingly light leading me to believe it is not just melted chocolate and this is very drinkable for the AVB but its still so sweat. I was hopping for more of a stout and got more of a desert in a bottle, but im still impressed.

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Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This stout poured a heavy jet black color with cola brown highlights around the edges. There was only the slightest hint of a tan head. Zero lace down the glass.

S= I found the aroma completely dominated by chocolate syrup and alcohol. Granted, those two things smelled pretty good together, but still very one dimensional for a big stout.

T= Much like the smell, the flavors were dominated by the syrupy chocolate notes. Only the slightest hint of roasted malts, and those were not apparent until the aftertaste. Alcohol was present, but not overpowering.

MF= Actually this had a much better feel than I expected. Medium-heavy body, solid yet soft carbonation.

D= Very one dimensional. It is easy to drink this and forget the huge ABV. Not something you will want to drink multiple glasses of however.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A healthy pour produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a deep black color, though if held up directly to the light it shows hints of concentrated ruby hues around the edges. This has a huge chocolate aroma, sweet, like a dense, dark chocolate mousse. Really this just has an intense, rich, full chocolate aroma to it. Perhaps a touch of toasted grain and burnt malt is noticeable underneath all this chocolate, but it is really hard to tell. If you really like chocolate you will like this aroma; rich, full and complex in its chocolate notes, but there is little else noticeable.

Thick and rich as it first hits my tongue, it becomes more viscous as it slides down my throat. Up front is lots of sweet, dark grain notes that quickly get engulfed by rich, dark-milk-chocolate like flavors. The beer picks up some substantial bitterness both likely from the chocolate and the roasted malt, but there is also some lingering hop bitterness in the finish that is not quite as potent, but does a better job of lingering on in the palate after the beer has slid down my throat. The bitterness is definitely quite needed for balance to the sweet malt and chocolate, but still plays only a secondary role. The carbonation, though light, adds a bit of acidity to this brew that accentuates some acrid, burnt grain notes. As it loses the carbonation it loses this acidic, acridness. It even seems to lose a touch of the sharp, biting bitterness, that while not overwhelming at first was almost a bit harsh at times despite the huge, sweet, chocolate character.

This really has an over-the-top chocolate character to it (both aroma and flavor), so if you enjoy nibbling on dark, fairly sweet chocolate then this should be right up your alley. This is definitely dessert in a glass, as it warms up it loses a bit of sweetness, but it becomes a bit more thick and rich to make up for this. I waffle back and forth between thinking the aggressive, almost harsh bitterness is too much with thinking that it is absolutely needed to help balance the thick, viscous, over-the-top chocolate character. I suppose it does distract me from a chocolate character that might be too much other wise, so in that sense it is good. At times I feel like I should be able to actually bite into and chew this beer, it is that rich and chocolaty. In the end this is a tasty brew, one which I would be happy to have more of.

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Photo of hawks10
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours black with crimson edges. Two fingers of light tan head forms and slowly recedes into a cap of haze, some lacing is left behind...

Malted milk balls!! Whoppers!! Holy crap, I want some whoppers now, that is the smell of this beer, that and only that. Whoppers, you know, the little malted milk balls. I'm serious, that is the ONLY smell, I kind of like it!

Tastes kinda like whoppers too, but not as intense. Rich malted chocolate, slight bitterness in the finish. Smooth and creamy, nice full bodied feel. Pretty one dimensional, but it delivers on its name. Choklat. Johnny Depp. Southern Tier. Ticked.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,149 ratings.
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