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 DanaSwanson
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came highly recommended to me. The beer had a rich chocolately aroma, tasted like chocolate, and had a slight hint of coffee/toffee in the finish. I immediately ran out to find this beer in the store. It is available in large bottles as well as draft.

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Photo of bainard
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into an orval glass.

A - not quite "black hole" black, but pretty dark. as spinal tap might say, a "pastel black".

S - chocolate. dark dutched chocolate. really, just any permutation of chocolate you can imagine is here. cake, fudge, bar, even powder are all here. mouthwatering, this is.

T - a carbonated chocolate shake. not some foolish mcdonald's shake, either. no way, this is a double-chocolate ice cream with a ton of hershey's syrup sort of shake, with shavings on top. apparently this is 11% abv? i don't believe it, but i feel it a few minutes later...

M - a carbonated chocolate shake, like i said. it's amazing.

D - 11% abv be damned, this is amazing. it's a dream come true for stout and chocolate lovers. my favorite new brew of 2007, with a bullet.

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Photo of mhewes
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that I've been wanting to try since I'm a big fan of the chocolate beers.

This one pours like a typical stout with a nice tan head which disappears pretty quickly.

The smell on this beer was incredible. It is pure chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. After I smelled it, I knew that if the taste was anything like the smell, this was going to be incredible.

The taste did not let me down. I've never tasted more chocolate in a beer. The taste really reminded me of a chocolate milkshake. If you like chocolate, I don't see how you can not like this beer.

For the drinkability, I could just keep drinking it. I can't believe that it's 11% abv. I did not feel it while drinking it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce (650 ml) bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Once you smell this beer it's pretty obvious this is a chocolate (I mean choklat) stout. It smells like bittersweet/dark and milk chocolate, with a little bit of coffee too. But this is definitely a chocolate bomb, which is a good thing. The taste is similar to the aroma, and I can also taste a bit of vanilla. There's a great mix of sweet and bitter in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full. It's extremely smooth, creamy, and a little slick/coating, but also a little bit thinner than I expected it to be but it still has a lot of substance to it. The low carbonation helps make this very, very easy to drink. I didn't notice any alcohol in the aroma or the taste, but you know it's there after drinking it. In my opinion this is easily one of the best beers I've had this year, or ever for that matter. This is the 2nd bottle I've had of this, and it's just as good as the first. Southern Tier has a winner with this beer, hopefully they'll make more of this soon!

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Photo of Lupe
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark as night - no light comes through and just a hint of brown towards the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Tight 1-fingered cocoa colored head that quickly settles and leaves some sticky lace.

Smells like a thick chocolate milkshake. Dark and milk chocolate, coffee, with a hint of dark fruit and alcohol. Wonderful.

Chocolate up front with chocolate milk that leads to darker chocolate and a roasted coffee bitterness. Some unsweetened cocoa and vanilla as well. Almost like biting into a 70% cocoa Lindt bar. Slight alcohol bite towards the end, but well hidden at 11%. So rich. Hops don't show at all, but after a burp you realize there is a huge dose of them in this beer. Aftertaste is like a good truffle. Delicious.

Full bodied, velvety smooth, thick, heavy, and so creamy. Not something I could drink all night, but a great sipper that wants to be gulped - drinks easier than it should.

Great beer. No other stout like it. Finally a "chocolate beer" that delivers. Just an incredible chocolate bomb dropped on the palate, with deceptive complexity.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at a local bar. Given a large bottle and a goblet. Allowed the beer to warm up a little bit, to bring out its rich and sexy tones.

A - Gentle pour into a goblet. Blacker than black, but still a light brown at the same time. Very intriguing, looks like chocolate syrup, but also looks like a foaming and delicious beer at the same time.

S - DEAR GOD, this smells like pure chocolate. It's like an entire army of miniature soldiers wielding bazookas made of chocolate, mocha, and coffee just let loose a fury of cocoa missiles into my nose. Incredible smell to behold.

T - Tastes identical to its scent. The thick and frothy head even tastes like chocolate. Like an alcoholic hot cocoa. Hot fudge immediately comes to mind, hot fudge that will get me extremely drunk if I drink several bottles of this masterful brew. It earns the right to be called a chocolate stout.

M - Thick rich and creamy like a good stout should be. The heavy feel of it leaves a layer of epicness on my tongue that lingers long after the beer is gone. It's really more akin to a hot cocoa, it really is a unique beer, and definitely something to marvel at.

O - Masterful. Simply masterful. Southern Tier really hit a home run with this one. Never have I ever tasted a chocolate stout as sinfully delicious as this one. The tones and tastes of the beer are truly incredible, it tastes exactly how a chocolate beer should taste. I've seen cases at local distributors priced at upwards of $100, and let me tell you, it earned that price! It's great! Is it better than sex? No, but as far beer goes, this is just too damn good to pass up.

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Photo of ludachris
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #250. One of the stars of the LCBO's winter line-up. I was thinking of cellaring it, but what the heck, I think it fits the occasion. 650ml to Duvel tulip (a glass I should have bought years ago).

Black as oil with just about two fingers of rich and creamy tan head crowning this beast. Great head retention, especially when considering its 9.5% ABV.

Wow. Just decadent; the summation of this beer in one word. Creamy, rich, and gooey milk chocolate reminiscent of a chocolate sundae with luscious hints of vanilla and a beautifully rendered roasted character. I actually dipped my nose into the beer, by accident of course, while smelling it. I'll take that as a sign that this can't get any better. Inviting? I don't that question deserves a response.

Succulent and rich milk chocolate coat the mouth with a slightly dry roasted malt character right behind it, both of which compliment and bounce off eachother perfectly. Smooth notes of vanilla and sugar cane are placed in the background, asserting themselves towards the back of the palate, but like the other characteristics of the beer, they blend beautifully and reinforce the otherworldly goodness of this beer.

If I could give higher than a 5 in the feel, I would. The balance is dead on. I can't emphasize that enough. This stout could have easily been cloyingly sweet with such a great emphasis on chocolate, and milk chocolate at that, but its roasted character works beautifully with the chocolate, keeping the sweetness in check while complimenting it at the same time. 9.5% ABV, really? It's masked to the point of it being undetectable. One of only a handful of stouts that I would consider sessioning, although I don't know how far I would get with these 650ml bottles. Dangerously, dangerously, dangerously easy to drink.

I will start off by saying that out of the 250 beers I have reviewed to date, this is the highest score I have ever given out. This is the third beer from their Black Water series I've had, with the other two being their Creme Brulee Stout and their Pumking. Both nailed the appearance and nose, but this is the only one of the three where the taste remains just as good as the smell. I've reviewed 250 beers now, but have had at least 100 more, and I can say with confidence that this would sit comfortably in my top 3. A beer that simply can't be passed up.

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Photo of OchMcKenzie
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a imperial pint glass (alas, I have no snifter). I would prefer more head, but I may not have poured it as well as I wanted to. About one finger of tan foam on a BLACK beer, dissipating quickly.

On the nose, melted chocolate ice cream.

The mouthfeel is wonderful... very velvety and smooth... I would LOVE to have this on nitro-draft (or even can/bottle).

Hits the back of your throat a bit, but then reminds me of a rootbeer float with chocolate ice cream.

The only thing about this beer is that it really should be drunk at the proper temperature.... mine was too cold starting out, but it definitely got better as it got warmer.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

C. No Clarity here again
H. Black
N. Chocolate almost like a Swiss Mix Hot Chocolate

Godiva better watch out! This beer is going to corner the market with anything to do with chocolate. Southern Tier struck it perfect here, SUPER STRONG chocolate flavor here. This beer is not only sexy, but it is like sex in a bottle. I want more, but sadly I don't have more..WHYYY! Well I want to get another bottle to cellar and save till next year. This was an amazing beer and once again I am not a huge fan of stouts...well I'm in love. This was what I was looking for when I first had Youngs Chocolate Stout back in the day. Chocolate and Beer, YUM!

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Photo of pointyskull
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This a deceptively drinkable Imperial Stout, one that masks its 11% ABV with the powerfully rich aroma/taste of chocolate.

I've had other Imperial Stouts that have tried this approach and failed miserably.

Not so with Choklat.

A deep black color, typical of the style, hides its real value.
Drinking this was almost secondary to just enjoying the smell of it. Mouthfeel held its own with aroma, delivering deep cocoa and chocolate textures instantly.

I cannot recommend this one enough.

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Photo of orfeu
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Profoundly dark. Soot black with an obsidian glistening. Topped by a short-lived light khaki-sand head of foam. Sticky, dense sheets of lacing remain on the glass. Fabulous chocolate Twizzler aroma: big, round, soft cocoa with a luscious milky background, like a snifter full of devil's food cake batter. Assertive and chewy cocoa flavors up front, followed by a muscular black-roasted bitter char bite. The finish smooths out into a slightly earthy hop whimper with a lingering pine-needle acridity. Here, at the end, a bit of alcohol heat shows itself, but only as a reminder. A bit of rugged Chinook flavor emerges in the aftertaste, along with the doughy, sweet chocolate flavor that predominates throughout this beer. Thick, ponderous mouthfeel throughout, but never syrupy or overly heavy. Very dry at the finish, all things considered. An amazing creation -- sort of like Young's Double Chocolate Stout with gigantic balls and a snarlingly bitter attitude. I'll buy up all I can to get me through the winter.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier has done it again, but even better. The black water series is a completely amazing line-up. This stout pours black with a very minimal brown head. The smell is simply amazing I don't want to take my nose away. Tootsie rolls, tootsie rolls, tootsie rolls. What else can I say. Taste is amazing as well, sweet chocotate bomb, as it warms, you can taste a nice earthy chicory bitterness at the front of your tongue, and a pleasant mild hop twitch at the back ofyour tongue. The mouthfeel is great as well, little carbonation with a nice thickness. Drinkability is amazing if you count how easy this is to drink, and disregard the fact that it's an 11 abv. Southern tier has mastered the stouts. Great job ST!!! A MUST HAVE!!!!

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Photo of beerme626
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Single bottle from Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati.

A: Completely opaque black with one finger head that is a creamy brown. Few bubbles visible, but no light gets through either, so I wouldn't be able to see them anyway.

S: Like fancy dark chocolate, with a hint of alcohol.

T: This does imperial right. The taste begins with an immediate dark chocolate. Not hot chocolate, but rich, 80%-cacao-chocolate-bar chocolate. Amazing. Then, fades into the coffee and slight bitterness of the alcohol. The high alcohol complements rather than distracts from the taste. Well done.

M: Bitter like dark chocolate, and while the alcohol taste is notable, the burn is not, which I appreciate in a chocolate beer.

O: Unbelievable. I don't know if I'll ever be able to afford the $9 a bottle again, but I'm glad I got to experience this treat.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber. Snifter glass.

A - No complaints here. Split a bomber with my buddy before and now pouring it into a snifter. Pitch black. A nice finger thick head that's egg shell color. Very nice.

S - Smells like chocolate. It is what it adverstises. On the nose it comes straightforward as old school Hershey Syrup, but also hassome dark chocolate smell. Really sweet, and completely head on chocolate on the nose.

T - What more to say. Comes through with some initial sweetness. Continues with a TON of chocoalate flavor, leads to a tiny burnt character but follows through with chocolate flavor to the finish.

M - Nice and smooth. Medium to full body lends itself to a TON of chocolate flavor.

D - Simply indescribable. I could see this beer getting someone in trouble (IE too Drunk) as it tastes so smooth and chocolatey and the alcohol is well hidden. As it is, a great chocolate sipper, either after dinner or just because. Great beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at home served from the bottle into a sampling glass.

A- a dark "chocolate" brown with a little head and little lacing.

S- It smelt like a chocolate chip cookie with some very mild vanilla and dark chocolate.

T- The beer was bitter on the front and smooth chocolate on the back. It was like drinking a chocolate milk shake.

M- This beer was thick with a slight tingle; smooth like eating a Godiva chocolate.

O- this beer seemed more like a drinking a chocolate shake then drinking a imperial stout. Does not discount from the beer, this was very unique and I would buy this again.

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Photo of slagle9480
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh. My. God...

Southern Tier is on a whole different level than most mirco's.

Whatever you do this holiday season, get your hands on a Southern Tier Choklat. Trust me--you'll thank yourself for it.

ST's "Blackwater" series is unbelievable right now. First the Jah-va, then the Oat, and now Choklat. I love the first two, but I must say this one takes the cake. That seems to be a fitting description seeming as this 11% stout tastes like a warm chocolate cake freshly baked just for you.

Rather than break down the A/S/T/M/D, let me just hit you with a scenario....

It's Christmas Eve, you just got home from all the family get-togethers and midnight sermon BS you can handle for one day. Reach into your fridge and pull out a bomber of ST's Choklat... Christmas has officially begun! As soon as you crack the bottle you smell that wholesome milk chocolate backed by a warm sensation of alcohol.

Pour your beer in a nice draft glass or whatever hardware you got and go curl up next to the fireplace with your woman... You're in heaven my friend.

Southern Tier has gone beyond what the market expects of any brewery with this one. Take time this weekend to relax and enjoy an excellent beverage to yourself. Christmas only comes once a year...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown near black with a large foamy brown head.

S; Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, deep bitter chocolate.

T: Taste is roasted malts, booze and darker chocolate versus the Rogue Choc Stout which is more of a milk chocolate flavor, to me anyways.
M:Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, boozy and chocolatey. Exceelent stout and lived up to the hype!
D: Oh yeah

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Photo of matthewb9
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber a few days ago from my local beer distributor...

A - Devoid of light. Jet black pour with a little less head than I expected.

S - One of the best smelling beers I've had to date. Chocolate lovers will revel in the rich, overwhelming scent.

T - Have you ever had a beer that had chocolate or some sort of fruit in its name, and it disappointingly tastes nothing like it? Meet its antithesis. This beer tastes like a world-class chocolate bar, straight up.

M - Very thick and syrupy. It lets you know that you are enjoying a powerful brew.

O - I'm typically picky about my beers, but seldom does Southern Tier let me down. This is a top-notch beer, and you'd be hard pressed to find a stout of equal quality. Seek this out, if only for its uniqueness, and never turn it down.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I entered the small but excellent Piccadilly at The Crossing tonight, looking for something I had yet to try. "Southern Tier Chokolat has come in..." the manager uttered. Tag it and bag it, please, I exclaimed. Jeez, the serendipitous timing tonight. This was a master stroke of luck.

Two fat fingers of mocha froth top a black body with dark ruby trim. Very good duration and lots of lacing on the trusty Duvel tulip. The smell is so chocolaty, it's incredible. It's literally thoroughly chocolate. On the one hand, one might wonder where the beer is. On the other hand, if a beer calls itself Chokolat and, in the smell, thoroughly is chocolate, can I penalize it for that? Hardly. There are some caramel malt as well as some berry peeking through, but this is undoubtedly milk, dark, and semi-sweet chocolate.

The taste confirms this, but reveals greater complexity--caramel, roasted hazelnut coffee, and some grit from the advertised chinook and willamette emerging in the second half. Sweet, nutty, a tad bitter, and smooth. Honestly, this is brilliant beer, simply brilliant. The mouthfeel is ideal--smooth, creamy, and chocolaty sweet with an unmistakable bitter hop bite in the finish. Although the ABV remains mostly hidden throughout this delight, it unquestionably emerges in the second half.

ST continues to go above and beyond what earthly expectations I harbor for their wares. Chokolat is just amazing, the liquid embodiment of chocolate/DIS beer that exists. I have never tasted a beer this chocolaty, and may never again.


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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect. Creamy dark chocolate on the nose, dark chocolate finishing with a milk chocolate creaminess. Full and creamy mouthfeel, no alcohol taste. Best of the best.

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Photo of wmickdds32
4.96/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-inky black in a pub glass...can't remember the head or lacing...doesn't really matter....this beer tastes and smells awesome.
S-CHOCOLATE is the first thing I noticed...very prominant
M-full bodied....great mouthfeel
O--WOW! what a beer! Recently this has been a "go-to" stout for me.

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Photo of generallee
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. It pours pitch black, dark and very opaque. Only tiny little bubbles are visible near the sides of the glass. A tan foamy head is formed by these tiny bubbles. The head slowly recedes as I drink, leaving nice lace patterns on the glass. The aroma catches the nose as it is poured. It is strong and full of dark and milk chocolate. The flavor is a bitter sweet chocolate with complementary chocolate and caramel malts. The hops add there own bitter complexity and play off the dark chocolate wonderfully. The palate is medium to full bodied, slick on the tongue and a little bit oily. This is an outstanding and decadent imperial stout that has a well hidden 11% abv that can sneak up on you.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet 9/28/16 bottle date

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Smells like straight unicorn blood syrup covered in crumbled walnuts.

T- Fudge, hot chocolate, malted milk balls. All the decadent chocolate notes are there with minimal alcohol flavor considering the ABV. There's also some caramel, vanilla, peanut brittle and a hint of coffee. Bitter roast aftertaste. The sweetness is definitely there the whole way through the glass but it never gets too overbearing (for my taste at least).

M- Creamy and luscious with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- The ultimate chocolate dessert beer. You have to like sweet stuff to appreciate it but, if you do, you definitely want this. Other worldly.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier has done it again.

Choklat, in a 22oz bottle, pours a deep dark brownish black with wispy thin areas of foam. From its surface comes the smell of chocolate - think Hershey regular and dark chocolate melded together. I was blown away.

And then the taste. Chocolate, with some hints of roasted grains behind it. But this isn't just chocolate in a light, subtle sort of way. This is thick, delicious chocolate that you could sit and enjoy for hours and hours. The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and viscous, with little carbonation. A slight hint of warmth from the alcohol is present, but barely noticeable.

This is the finest chocolate stout I've ever had. Rogue had been up until now, but this one is basically a doubled-up version of the Rogue and then some more. Southern Tier has done it again - blowing away any expectations I may have had and impressing me more and more. Well done.

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Photo of Brad007
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with a nice small brown head.

Aroma is full of cocoa, reminiscent of a hersheys bar. Creamy and roasty.

Taste is sweet, creamy and chock full of cocoa goodness. Smooth. Not too roasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering creaminess chocolate and light roasted coffee.

Magnificent. Would make an excellent dessert beer. Chocolate flavor and aroma may turn off purists to the style. However, its very drinkable.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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