Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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 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 irishkyle21
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one dark beer, very thick. The off white head does not last long but their is some nice lacing.

This is the most chocolate filled beer I have ever had and I will be very surprised if anything tops it (in my books anyways). Smells of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts I cant really pick out anything else theres to much chocolate!

Tastes of dark chocolate, bitterness, malts (almost burnt) and alcohol.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A two finger carmel colored head creeps to the top of the glass. Has nice retention and fades slowly leaving some lace. Body is an ink blackness. Nose very nice with smokey mild chocolate notes, hints of tootsie rolls and creamy coco. As I take firs sip I think to myself, Oh this is nice, with bitter yet cremy dark chocolate notes painting the tongue all the way through. As the flavore develop you get waves of toasted waffles, maple syrup and even a dry hop profile that adds nicely to the lenghy bitter feel at the end of the palate. The dark chocolate bitter feel is primarily what makes up the mouthfeel. Drinkability is slightly hurt by the deep bitter that just doesnt let go.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep dark black with quick dropping tan head. The smell of this borders on exceptional, it is like a real serious European style hot chocolate, with hint of piney hops and there is a bit of roasted malt, but the chocolate dominates and it is good. The taste is more of the same, very chocolaty, but not over whelming, there is some bitterness from either the chocolate or the hops. The mouthfeel is so creamy and smooth, with very tight carbonation to release the alcohol at the end of the sip. I do get some burning from the alcohol every once in a while, so I dropped the drinkability a bit.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a tumbler. it left clingy lace and sheeting throughout. the body was dark brown, bordering on black.
s - deep aromas of chocolate syrup, this smells just like chocolate milk.
t - bittersweet roasted chocolate that gradually becomes sweeter.
m - medium and bubbly. good but i would have liked for this to have been thicker.
d - goes down smoothly you would never know it's 11% ABV.

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Photo of blackie
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a low mocha head with thin retention, the color is about as brown as it gets without being black

s: first comes a wave of complex, melted bittersweet chocolate that coats and smothers everything else, the grain and chocolate combo gives an impression of German chocolate cake, background espresso, sugary coconut, toasted marshmallow, graham cracker, light piny hops, light booze notes

m: carbonation medium and gentle but goes flat after awhile in the glass, body on the lighter side of full and a little oily

t: sweet and rich with bittersweet chocolate, heavy chocolate milk, the caramel malt barely shows, finishes with a bitterness that builds from light to moderate and lingering chocolate roasts, quite nice but a little too one-dimensional for my tastes

d: an enjoyable beer, just not as complex as I'd prefer, it's quite strong and the alcoholic effects come quickly...this one takes time

bomber shipped down by dirtylou

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

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one
Bottle poured into my sniffer produced a good finger worth of head that turns to a thin lace, all on top of a pitch black body

Aromas of sweet milk chocolate smells more like a HERSHEY'S chocolate bar than a beer

Flavors of chocolate and well that's about it this is the most chocolate I've tasted since I drank chocolate milk great mouthfeel as well smooth and creamy kind of like Ovaltine LOL

A great desert brew, a little sweet and could not sense any alcohol so it will sneak up on you very drinkable and will seek out again for a special treat

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Photo of bbothen
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown/black with the tiniest bubbles bordering the glass. Very thin head barely skimming the top.

S - Sweet milk chocolate. Along with a hint of booze & the smell of a chocolate shop. Awesome.

T - The chocolate is so prevelant I don't get much else. That's not a bad thing. Well the beer is called Choklat, I wouldn't expect other tastes to be in the front.
Faint hints of caramel, wood, booze, hop bite, & other Impy stout goodness.

M - Creamy, smooth, silky with slight bitter finish. Very nice.

D - Way too good for 11% imperial stout.

Has anyone said desert in a glass yet? I'd say this is a perfect brew to impress your non beer drinker friends with for an after dinner treat. I'd bet this would be even better after some time in the cellar. If you can wait. I couldn't.

Somebody BM me with a trade offer for some more of this. Quickly.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this brew at DLD with a friend. Thanks ikonoklaztor!

Pours a pitch black brew. Its kinda of soupy but not yet there. like warm or hot motor oil.

The smell of this beer is amazing. It's like...chocolate! Duh! Probably the most distinct smelling beer as far as smell recognizability.

The taste was rich but a little hot. I think this beer needed a little age on it. I could definately taste the alcohol and at 11% it didnt hide well.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew but needs a little age on it. I have one that I will try in about 6 months!


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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 Umbra
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours motor oil black with small dark tan bubbles. They are small, but tight, lacking retention or lacing.
Strong, delicious smelling dark chocolate aroma.

I'm not a partial reviewer, I like chocolate, this has an awesome chocolate taste, and I loved it. Bittersweet cocoa on the front end with a whoosh of subtle stout characteristics coming through on the finish. Hops come in on the end as an almost minty aspect.
Mouthfeel was extremely thinner than what I expected, which is a good thing. Most heavy hitters with similar pedigrees are thick and viscous, keeping your imbibing in check. The carbonation is just enough to leave your tongue tingly. The beer disappears quickly without much help at all

Drinkability is off the charts. The 10% will creep up on you as you snarf it down like dessert.
Overall: Great beer that would make a fantastic beeramisu.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of Sean227 poured into a snifter. Thanks Sean!

A: Pours deep black with ruby edges with a one finger mocha head that didn't linger too long. Lacing is minimal and this is pretty standard looking as stouts go.

S: Whoa! This smells like a big glass of chocolate milk. You can make out the slightest sweet malt aroma and a bit of an alcohol nose tingling. But, honestly, it's all about the chocolate.

T: Initial taste is the chocolate, milk, dark, and any other chocolate you can imagine. However, there is a big malt and dark fruit presence that follows the sweetness and gives way to a pleasant hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Chocolate is still the dominant player in the taste, but there is quite a bit of balance.

M: Super thick mouthfeel that leaves the chocolate malt coating the mouth completely.

D: This is an excellent Impy Stout and definitely the top chocolate stout I've tried to date. If you like chocolate sweetness in your stouts, this is damn near nirvana!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of pure black chocolate is dominating but is so enjoyable at the same time. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate from Belgium or Switzerland with some sweetness reminiscent of lactose. Full creamy body with a somewhat oily texture, almost like liquid chocolate, with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is surprising considering the ABV of 11%. This beer is one of my new guilty pleasures.

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Photo of grees20
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from fellow BA dashirey back in January. Really wanted to let this beer cellar and get even better with age. However, the other day I was putting some beer away and couldn't resist it. Put in the fridge and enjoyed when I came home from work. Part of the Black Water Series, this is a stout brewed with bittersweet Belgian chocolate and carries 11 percent ABV. Pours pitch black with a very thin, tan head that quickly fades. Great chocolate aroma. Taste is, you guessed it, chocolate. It's almost like drinking Hershey's syrup straight from the bottle. Smooth, thin mouthfeel with a slight hop finish. Good stuff. I would like to get some more of this.

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Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (thx you msubulldog25!!) poured into my Mad Elf snifter, cause ST always makes me think of my days in PA....oily black with a large, tan, but quickly vanishing head that leaves no lace.

Smell is strong cocoa, dusty and mineral laden, with a whiff of alcohol, something about it is a bit too solevant/medicinal, in spite of how appealing the chocolate is.

Taste is pretty good, loads of cocoa - I say that as it's more bittersweet and powdered/spice like as opposed to an actual chocolate bar as depicted on the bottle. Which actually is a very good thing by my book, still a desert beer, but the emphasis is on beer. Minty hops give it an almost thin mint girl scout cookie like taste, with very clean, but noticeable 11% ABV. This is really a pure chocolate taste, like if you took fine drinking chocolate and mixed it with Kahlua. Besides being damn good, I've got to give it bonus points for actually being beer!

Mouthfeel is thinned by the high percentage of drying alcohol, slick and oily, but pretty easy on the belly.

Drinkability is pretty dangerous, this is a very tasty big beer. Not really a contemplative sipper, as it's lacking depth, but boy can I see this fueling some raging rituals! I've been dying to try this beer for some time, and I have to say that's it's as good as I expected, although it would probably be a bit better at 9-10%. Still, I can't thank Brian enough for the hook up!

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Photo of SQNfan
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a tiny layer of brown head that dissipates quickly. The nose shows off the chocolate in spades along with just a touch of malt balls, burnt caramel and an anise/mineral component. In the mouth the chocolate is again immediately powerful. While chocolate does dominate the nose and mouth, for some reason, it doesn't quite come off like drinking liquid cocoa. The midpalate is rich but it remains fresh and light on its feet with nice bitterness from the hops on the finish. A drink and dessert all in one, this would be great for a beer float! Even though I'm not a bit chocolate fan this is a really good beer. It also seems as if it would age reasonably well.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark black with a splash of raisin color in the bottom of my snifter. There are little smatterings of lace on top.

Smells of an overload of milk chocolate, but in a really good way. There's bits of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, brown sugar and a little sting of alcohol, but its mostly just chocolate.

Tastes of a big rush of gourmet dark chocolate with a bit of astringent oak, old coffee and campfire. There's a little booziness in the finish (along with some chocolate) that cuts down on the sweetness.

Feels big and glassy with a quick swell of carbonation that seems to clean the palate.

A chocolate treat if there ever was one.

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Photo of david131
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost pitch black with just the slightest amount of light getting through the edges. The head that forms is off-white and kind of creamy looking. The retention isn't great, but there was always some left visible. The only problem I saw was how this beer seemed a little thin and refused to stick to the sides of the glass.

S- Most of what I get is chocolate... Tootsie Roll to be more precise. There is a little hint of roastiness and coffee in the background, but it is clear that what this beer is about- being sweet and chocolaty.

T- Loads and loads of chocolate. There is not much complexity here at all. A little unidimensional, but what it has- it works with. The alcohol is hidden surprisingly well.

M- A little on the thin side, and is pretty drying after swallowing. But, the carbonation level is good and the alcohol is not harsh at all.

D- The beer is exactly what is advertised- chocolate. Overall, it is a little on the rich side and doesn't really have the complexity that I was looking for. That being said, it was a nice treat and is worth a try.

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter:

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Looks like an espresso, though the head eventually becomes a patch, then recedes to a thick ring.

Well - the chocolate is assertive alright. Delicious chocolate aroma can be detected easily at the pour - no need to sniff this one to catch the chocolate aromas. However - I sniffed it anyway - a chocolate indulgence was awaiting the first sip...

The taste is of strong bittersweet chocolate. This is enough to satisfy any chocolate lover. Going beyond the chocolate, which, at times did get a bit like chocolate syrup and override any "beer" taste (or else it probably would have ranked a perfect "5" in my book), there is plenty of upfront caramel flavor as well, and it does have an underlying hop presence, but it's hardly noticeable until maybe the end. Rum-soaked chocolate with a caramel flair is really what dominates here, and it is quite potent.

This is rich, creamy and velvety with a potent alcohol kick.

As wonderful as it is, this is a sipper. The chocolate overwhelms, and has the effect of a chocolate with caramel cake soaked in alcohol has a nightcap effect.
Delicious, but...well - my bed is calling...

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

Thanks to Joe1510

Finally got around to popping this brew... and it's like sucking on a chocolate bar.

Pours an inky black, with a creamy, tan head. Rich and thick.

Aroma is primarily chocolate, dark, dark chocolate. Bitter, roasty edge.

Taste is creamy chocolate, with vanilla and coffee notes. Did I mention the world chocolate, yet? Roasty and malty sweet base, but it finishes clean and dry.

Full bodied with a smooth texture.

Well, it's huge, huge in taste, and incredibly dessert drive, but man, for every dessert? Please?

This must be served as the base for an ice cream float.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of red. Not entirely opaque, but close to it. The head is a bit thin, but retains fairly well.

Smell: Sweet and decadent with aromas of chocolate, caramel, cherries and vanilla. The chocolate is syrupy and rich; it's pleasant but slightly excessive.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt, vanilla and cream. Semi-dry in the finish with an earthy bitterness and a faint lingering chocolate sweetness that sticks to the roof of the mouth. Medium-to-full in body.

Notes: Good, but not as good as I was expecting. Rogue's Chocolate Stout still reigns in this category.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into a tulip a black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy dark tannish head, with some minimal tiny islands floating around. The nose is very malty, big tones of coffee/chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla tones, and some caramel. The taste is very delicious of malts, vanilla (sweetness), mostly chocolate/caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Full-Medium body. Very drinkable, a joy to have. Thanks Joe.

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

Opened 22 Fluid ounce 2007 Bottle at Beer Tasting with NitroGen & Tayner; Poured into Snifter.

Pours a nice Dark brown-black color with little to no head.

Smell is a nice dark Belgian chocolate - smells like Christmas. Taste follows with chocolate with slight coffee notes. Very smooth finish. Sweet, but not over the top. Also poured a small bit in with some homemade ice cream... WOW.

Excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a few bottles in recent trades with Mudpuppet and EliteDigger. Thanks guys! Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Great Divide Yeti chalice. Pours black with a very small, dark brown head. Minimal lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was chocolate and coffee beans.

Taste was all chocolate. Really nice, high quality chocolate. Subtle undertones of coffee are also present.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel and a lightly bitter finish. Very well crafted beer and another winner from Southern Tier.

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Photo of BgThang
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a shocker.
I am not a big stout fan but I can see me buying several bottles of this.

It pours nice and black with a tan head on it.
The nose is that of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

This beer on the mouth taste like you melted a hershey chocolate bar inside your glass.
Its incredible

Second tasting
This was my second bottle of this sweet stufff.
and mmmm very very good.
The nose on this instantly makes your mouth water.
It literally smells like nestle quick powder form or a meltd hersheys bar in your glass.
the head on this was not lasting very long.
This is a sipping beer and it does get mellower as it warms up also.
One of my favorite to smell beers.
It does have a little bit of an alcohol taste but that will go away with a little age.
This is one nice beer
I got chocolate, cocoa, and small roasty flavor

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,161 ratings.
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