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 sublime_IGM
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Look: Super dark, with little brown head

Smell: Really intense coffee and chocolate hit you.

Taste: It’s like drinking liquified chocolate. Slight coffee underlies this, but not as present as a flavor as it was an aroma. The chocolate flavors linger in your mouth even when the bomb of chocolateness fades. Refreshing finish, the sweetness of the chocolate doesn’t overwhelm your palette,which makes this beer enjoyable. Really intense flavors of chocolate / coffee.

Chocolate flavors very strong and present on the initial taste. Those are the main flavors throughout the beer, maybe a wee bit of bitterness, but it was predominantly a coffee/chocolate beer. Drink this if you like coffee / chocolate

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Photo of j_d_b
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 22oz bottle into slightly flared snifter-style drinking vessel. Head is a foamy light brown, and dissipates fairly fast, but a ring around the edge remains for awhile.

Pours a dark, dark, brown. Close to black.

Aroma is an astoundingly strong, pure coffee and chocolate. Intense.

Feel is very balanced. Nothing special, though. Not very thick, and some carbonation to keep things lighter than expected for a dark beer like this. Micro-bubbles on the tongue are nice.

The taste certainly lives up to it’s name; this is a chocolate blast, for sure. Finish is a little sour-fruity almost, though not very strong compared to the chocolate and coffee notes. Some dark fruit, and a little bitterness are there as well. After the swallow, a stickiness remains. Not sweet, though.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


AROMA: Chocolate (Duh),
LOOK: Thick Dark Black appearance with no Head.
TASTE: Sweet Chocolate, I see now on the bottle that bittersweet belgian chocolate is added to the already chocolate malt; a little syrupy…..dare I say too much chocolate.

Maybe ok for a Dessert Beer.

Giving this a 2nd try. Still overly sweet. Alcohol is masked well.
Maybe i was a little too harsh the first time, but I still think this is too sweet as most ST Blackwater seems to be.
2.90 up to 3.48.


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Photo of beerguy04
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured as black with a small tan head. Smelled like dark chocolate. Tasted like a melted Hersey bar. But, not to sweet. A bitter chocolate taste. Overall, it makes a great dessert beer. If you love chocolate and beer, this is for you.

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Photo of brandonlovesbeer
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my God! I haven't tasted anything this good in a long time.
If I hadn't read the side of the bottle, I would not have known it was a 10% beer.
I could have drank quite a few of these. It was like drinking chocolate straight out of the churning river in the Wonka factory.
OMG! Soooo good! I will figure out how to make this myself. I must have more.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A thin tan head circles a head of deep mahogany, then quickly dissipated to reveal a rim of chestnut colored highlights.

Smell: As chocolate as chocolate gets in the beer world! The scent is one of moist, delectable, chocolate chip brownies straight out of the oven on steroids and I am, needless to say, loving it.

Taste: Rich chocolate and vanilla swirl soft serve ice cream, with a square of bitter cooking chocolate to toughen things up. The slightest dash of dried jalapeño brings balance as well...and it's needed: those layers of fudge last, and last... some mixed nuts bring some festive complexity. To the party.

Mouthfeel: A relaxed creaminess with mild carbonation and a slightly chewy finish fits into the candy bar for grownups theme.

Overall: A dream come true for the lover of both chocolate and beer. This recipe rivals the tastiest of truffles without succumbing to cloying sweetness. Bitterness and spiciness balance the scales enough to make things mature and not at all cloying. Very. Well. Done. A dessert for even those without a sweet tooth.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This beastly brew pours a rugged
coal black with a quickly dissipating head of light tan foam that settles
to a thin ring and subtle lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, subtle charred
dark malts, coffee, and medium strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with
strong booze laden dark chocolate candy that is lightly touched by cream
and caramel with light char notes settling on the back with a zesty herbal
hop bitterness to bring it all together. Excellent mouth feel; low carbonation,
creamy, smooth, and warming with a bitter malt and warming booze finish.

Excellent---look forward to this every year.


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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle,into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin khaki head that dissolves quickly.Black in color,with the slightest hint of light coming through the bottom of the glass.Moderate carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly rich dark chocolate,and booze...smells like bourbon or brandy.Some dark roasted coffee,and some roasted malts as well.I get some caramel also.As the beer warmed,the booziness went away.The nose is actually very pleasant once warmed to the intended temperature.

On the palate I get rich dark chocolate,sweet milk chocolate,dark roasted coffee,roasted malts,and some bitter hops.The taste is pretty bitter,a little more hops than I like in my stouts.

The body is medium,a little thinner than I like my doubles/imperials.You gets some fizzle on the tongue from the hops,and the carbonation.The finish is dry.

Overall this isn't a terrible Imperial stout,just not a go to for me.Its alot better than their choklat oranj for sure.The smell is nice,but in my opinion the palate didn't do the nose justice.In my personal opinion,a little too much dark chocolate,and hops.

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Photo of CypherAnt
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank on Co2 from a snifter. Pours a nice dark black and smells of Dark chocolate. Tastes like melting a piece of Dark chocolate on your tounge. Is a bit thin, but wow is this fun beer!!

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Photo of hopflyer
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/28/16

Pours coca color with light tan head.

Bakers cocoa aroma with a touch of booze. Reminds me of chocolate syrup.

Taste is big semi-sweet chocolate and some bitterness. Dark chocolate flavors continue thru and thru. Definitely the most chocolate forward beer I've ever had but then again, it's to no surprise.

Feel is medium bodied with lower amount of carbonation. Roasted malt Bitterness linger a tad. Wish this was just a bit heavier.

I didn't like their Creme Brûlée too much so I wasn't sure how this would turn out. It's really good and although it is heavy on the chocolate, it takes it just far enough without overdoing it. It carries some bitterness to help offset.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I have to say is damn good chocolate stout. I put it up there with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout. Tons of chocolate, a little vanilla bean, nut, and malt. It doesn't have that syrup added taste like their Creme Brûlée beer, although that one is really good also.

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into my Central Waters snifter while on vacation in Wisconsin.

Deep dark obsidian black with a beige-brown 2 finger head. 100% opaque. Beautiful.

Smells like Hershey's syrup, very old Krackle bar, and slight metal.

Oh. This could have been so much better. It starts with a milisecond of chocolate and chocolate milk, but then it gets washed out by a burning, boozy flavor - vodka - that wrecks the whole thing. There's a touch of lactose, and heavy charred roast notes at the finish, with more of the boozy hotness. Leaving it on the palate a good ten seconds lifts some of those chocolate notes, but the boozy hottness is almost too much here. I'll give it a decent score here because there is's just buried.

Feel is great, it's nice and thick without being chewy, but yes, very hot, and semi-dry on the finish.

Overall, somehow i knew it was too good to be true that Chokolat was like a Chocolate Bar in Stout form, and I was right. I'll continue the search. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but for those that are exclaiming too much did you find it beneath the alcohol?

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

This is simply the perfect balance of chocolate and imperial stout. Smooth, delicious, beautiful, aromatic. They give the ingredients on the label, daring you to make it yourself... For $21 for a 4-pack here in Michigan (I thought I was a victim of a practical joke until I tried it), I shall try and fail a thousand times over to attempt replication of this deliciousness!

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is not much more that needs to be said about this gem, that hasn't been said . This is probably my favorite offering from Southern Tier. Super strong hit of chocolate once we opened the bottle. Our bottles were 15 months old when we cracked them and I am glad we waited. Some what thick ,yet not super chewy, and super smooth for sure. Chocolate, chocolate milk, and fudge notes with some vanilla. As the beer sits at room temp, the alcohol becomes more pronounced and yummy ! This is one amazing product. Although this is a big beer, it is well hidden and could creep up on you before you know it ! If you know what I mean. I love this beer in the 22 oz form !

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Southern Tier and I love this beer. Choklat is such a wonderful Imperial Stout.

This is a strong Double Imperial Stout, and it has a pronounced chocolate flavor, but it also has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is smooth and really enjoyable to drink. Overall a great double imperial stout, and one I want to drink again.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark black with thin tan head which dissipated quickly. No lacing.
S - Chocolate hit me from the opening of the bottle. Thought I noticed a rum-like smell, too.
F - Oh, good. Fairly thick and fairly smooth. Nice.
T - The aftertaste hung around a while. Definitely a chocolate kick to it.
O - Glad I got this beer. Definitely want to expand on my stouts and this was a great choice. Chocolate sweetness comes through and the smell remains all the way through.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle, dated 12/6/12, 10% ABV. Pours mostly black with a smaller sized dark khaki head. Lots of bittersweet belgian chocolate in the smell with some vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel; great intensity. The taste follows exactly with chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, and some very light oxidization; great intensity and very smooth. Some moderate sweetness, bitterness, and dryness comes though. No noticeable alcohol. Average body and lower carbonation for the style. Overall, this 3-3/4 year old bottle was a real treat. Lots of chocolate was present, the flavors were strong, and there was little oxidization. Recommended if you enjoy bitter stouts.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Choklat Stout, 10% ABV, 65 IBU. Pours thick and black, with 2+ fingers of tan head, decent lacing. Nose is malt and chocolate. Taste is milk, chocolate, and a strong coffee bitter close, a bit tangy. Like their Creme Brulee, I find it overcarbonated which detracts from mouthfeel. Overall just OK, prefer Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout, but like the Sam Smith I pick up some mineral bitterness.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/27/15.

Pours opaque near black with a half-inch tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of milk chocolate, vanilla, earthy hops and a hint of booze. The taste follows with sweet chocolate up front and subtle bitterness on finish. Medium-to-thick texture.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black no head. Taste, chocolate baby. And some dark fruits. Taste, chocolate, vanilla and some dark fruits. Smooth to drink. Overall, very chocolate desert beer. Little bitterness in the back. And I'd prefer a little less of a smack of the chocolate. Not bad though.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"The Pupol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl. We're not surprised that ancient hieroglyphs depict chocolate being poured for rulers & gods. Cacao is a mystical bean. Choklat is every bit a dessert beer, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bittersweet candy together with that of the original frothy beverage. We combine the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate. Annual release in 22 oz. bottles and recently, 12 oz. bottled 4 packs. fall 2014 vintage reviewed alongside a winter 2013 vintage for a vertical comparison.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, foamy head of a light creamy brown shade over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Lightly sweetened chocolate syrups, cocoa nibs, chocolate malts coalesce for a very chocolate-heavy aroma upfront. Underneath lies a subtle caramel and pale malt filling, subtle but decadent. Little earthy or hop bitterness present, leaning this beer towards intentionally sweet, but not cloyingly so. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Smooth pale malt and caramel bread body with some moderate earthy roastiness and a lesser chocolate delivery than in the aroma, a bit better balanced than in the aroma but notably missing sweetness in the balance, and the earthy qualities of this beer go unchallenged. Finishes lightly roasty and bitter, but clean and smooth. The lightness and accessibility of the body make this stout easy drinking, but its simplicity doesn't keep it all too interesting. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, silky, lightly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is light, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Overall a respectable dessert beer that doesn't really have the boldness to hold out beyond the season. A nice beer if you favor the subtleties and range of chocolate flavor, you will get much more than just chocolate syrup and chocolate malts in here. Not too bad, but not as enjoyable a beer as Southern Tier's other imperial stout choices. 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Choklat: A Stout Brewed with Chocolate

2013 vintage (2 years, 7 months aged): Pour is a slight shade darker than its more recent vintage, equal froth and smoothness, a tad darker even. Aroma is very similar as well, although the chocolate is a bit smoother and more subtle in its delivery, and bitter nutty characters are a bit easier to detect on the surface. This vintage's flavor is a bit better rounded, with more preserved sweetness which better calls attention to the addition of chocolate, while keeping a respectable earthy bitterness in the background. Texture is smooth, slick, silky, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is very subtle, with a delicately crisp finish. Body, balance and alcohol presence are nearly the same as in the fresh vintage. Overall this beer does a decent job at holding out with time while not developing any particularly interesting qualities that justify its cellaring.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh, although with the newer 4 packs you shouldn't be too bothered about forgetting a bottle or two.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice creamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and the nucleation point only creates a thin film on the surface. The beer itself is very nice and appealing. The color is a nice chocolate black while the texture is slightly syrupy with a nice thickness that makes it look extremely appetizing.

The smell is very good bordering on wonderful. It has a very strong dark chocolate smell that definitely overwhelms the other notes and a cream sweetness that complements very well and keeps it from being too bitter. It's really good and comes off as a milky chocolate syrup.

The taste is P-H-E-N-O-M-E-N-A-L. It has a nice sweet and lightly bitter chocolate note with a bit of cream from the barley flakes. The hops are by and large hidden or at the very least light enough not to notice. The taste also has a moderate caramel note from the malts that just make this beer freaking delicious.

The feel is just wow. It's a heavy bodied beer with some very light carbonation. The beer is fairly creamy smooth and a delight. It strongly resembles a smooth and less viscous syrup.

Overall, buy this freaking beer! I don't normally like Southern Tier but my god this beer is divine. Get it. Now. Stop reading this review and buy a four pack!!! I mean IT!!

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Photo of ccg
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Stouty. Dense foam at first, but when it dissipates, it leaves some wisps on the surface with some large bubbles around the edge and some gritty-looking lacing. 3.75

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Fairly simple, but it delivers well on what it promises. 3.75

Taste: That first blast of flavor is all chocolate, with a roasty middle, and somewhat dry, bitter finish. The bitterness on the finish is a bit surprising, but it helps to balance the flavor and prevent it from being overly sweet. On the other hand, it builds up over time, leaving a somewhat metallic aftertaste. 3.75

Feel: Medium body, a little bit oily, not a whole lot of carbonation but still a rather light finish. 3.75

Overall: Nice dessert stout. 3.75

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

dabg bear perfect. My beloved wife got this for me for Fatyher's day. having it with Chilorio on the thrusday after:

A: pours black like octopus ink. pours with ZERO head, then develops a thin film.

S sweet chocolate malt - makes me wish I has whipped cream and a cherry

T - bit of a bite, maybe background hops, but still so very good. (took a few points off after the taste)

M thick and rich

D; not for sessions! but excelleint

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,246 ratings.
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