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 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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Photo of deebo
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this a few times now, enjoyed in the past. Review of a fresh bomber.
Poured into a pint glass a couple fingers of dark tan head atop blackness. The head does not last long. Aroma is big time chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Taste is chocolately, reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup, plenty of sweetness atop a fair amount of dark, not heavily roasted, malt. Mouthfeel is quite thick and a bit cloying and syrup-like. Gets boozier as it warms up but not too much. A nice dessert beer that gets marked down for using natural flavors as it gives this beer an artificality I don't love. Still work a drink.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma is very heavily chocolate, with undertone of malt. The taste is very well balanced, and surprisingly the alcohol doesn't overpower the chocolate and malts. The after-taste is very pleasant. The body is quite full, and this is a very drinkable stout. Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bleer
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stout, all things most stout lovers love. Boozy and thick with a huge kick of chocolate. This one smells incredible as well. I keep this one on hand when it's available.

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

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

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

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

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

feel was on the thin side of medium.

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

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Photo of hophugger
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Initial look, aromas were amazing. Milk chocolate abounds and was excited to drink. Taste was great with a nice earthiness, lots of chocolate, subdued coffee and a sweet lactose feel. After that, and as the beer warmed, the bitterness took over and skewed tha balance and took away from the initial excitement

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Photo of akolb
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black. The aroma has powerful chocolate and coffee. Smells like a mocha. The taste is sweet with dark chocolate and cocoa powder. The body is a bit light. This beer is for chocolate-lovers. A good desert beer, but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark black. Not much head.

S: Dark chocolate, brownie mix.

T: Follows nose, with a little heat.

F: Full bodied, thick and creamy.

O: Top notch. Like drinking chocolate but with a buzz.

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Photo of cmf
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour with the typical small head, a little larger than a standard stout. Tip: pour it fast to get a thicker head. Delicious sweet chocolate aroma. Watery in the mouth, but tastes sweet and like beer with a desert flavor rather than the other way around. This is not a thick beer. Overall, not my thing, but better than the other chocolate stouts.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brownish-black with a mocha colored head. Aromas and flavors are hugely dominated by dark chocolate, some molasses, hints of blackberry, hints of chocolate milk, and some earthy qualities which round out the flavor. Creamy and low carbonation. Overall a really great dessert style beer.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a regular stout I guess: very dark with not a whole lot of head.

I love the smell! The aroma is all chocolate, as if someone just baked a chocolate pie.

Wow. When buying a beer like this, there's always a risk of it being bland, not complex, or only getting some of what it promises. No - this beer delivers. There's so much chocolate up front. It's mostly sweet milk chocolate, like Hershey's. Very tasty. There's also some roasty qualities on the back, and a nice bitter finish.

Mouth feel is on the thinner side of thick. Nice and smooth, velvety.

Love this beer. Although the flavor is not super complex, it doesn't need to be. It's a wonderful chocolaty treat.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very few beers if any have nailed the incorporation of chocolate on both the nose & pallete quite as well as this one. The aroma is rich milk chocolate, sweeter & less robust than a darker chocolate, but it works great with the roasted malt bill. Flavors is decadent and thick, again it is mostly a lighter milk chocolate flavor but it is very pronounced without being over-the-top or cloying. Some cacao bean, vanilla and dark malt flavors as well. Not sure how many in a row I could have, but it is in the top tier of desert beers.

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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 Beginner2
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tend not to indulge in the chocolate beer scene, but glad I did here.
Looks inviting, but the smell lets me know that chocolate belongs in this ale.
The taste is on the bitter, oily side; but balanced. (That's the way I like my coffee, too.)
Mouthfeel? Smooth and totally unaware that this is 11%.
Try this beer if you want to get to Chocolate Heaven.
And if you want to go back again, buy two bottles.

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

Poured black on draft with single finger head.

Smell is chocolate, and lots of it! Some malts too, kind of toasty.

Taste is super decadent chocolate. Kind of reminds me of a good chocolate milk shake. Malta kick in midway and bitterness transitions to forefront late. Full bodied, chewy and foamy with slightly dry finish.

Overall, this was delicious! Pretty well balanced considering how sweet it is and unbelievably easy to drink for 10%, no alcohol detected whatsoever.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super solid chocolate stout. I think this one compares pretty nicely to Rogue Chocolate stout. It's not quite as balanced as I would like, and comes off as a little bitter on the finish, but the chocolate is still really nice in this one.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a nice tan head that fades and laces well. Notes ranging the entire chocolate span, milk chocolate, malted chocolate, cocoa,sweet dark and bitter dark chocolate. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, no hint of alcohol, coating and creamy with a chalkiness on the finish. Wow, this exceeded my expectations. Great feel, fantastic and complex for something that focuses on one flavor profile.

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Photo of Grugalug
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a not quite jet black that is nonetheless opaque. With an aggressive pours gives a nice two fingers of tan head that after about 5 minutes or so are nothing more than a ring around the top. I always seem to be biased toward the look of porters and stouts but oh well, it looks good! (4.25)

S- ENORMOUS chocolate. They are not kidding when they say made with real chocolate or whatever. Definitely caramel in the background as well, as well as a bit of toffee, with just a hint of roast and coffee. No burnt or smoke in this one but. It's truly something to experience. (5)

T- Dark chocolate, dark fruits, and quite a bit of hop bitterness. The substantial caramel that was in the background in the aroma really isn't present here for me. I slight smokiness is perceived as well. While chocolate is still the most dominant characteristic, not as remarkable as the nose. Nonetheless, still solid. (4)

F- Fairly creamy, just enough carbonation. Interesting to me that their site describes it as being "heavier bodied". While no one would mistake it for a Bud, I find it to be fairly medium bodied for an Imperial Stout. Either way, it's what I expected. (4)

O- A very interesting beer with a unique and incredible aroma. Unfortunately for me, the taste doesn't quite live up to the standard that is set by the nose, but even so this a really good Imperial Stout and one that I think all stout lovers should try. (4.31)

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 10%abv

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish brown with tan head quick to dissipate. Opaque and coal black as seen in the glass.

Smell- Warmed and melted intense aroma of dark chocolate. Chocolate over rules any other smells.

Taste- Roasted malts give way to velvety waves of dark choclate upon the palate. Fresh cocoa abounds. Hints of vanilla as well as some warming alcohol is felt. Bitterness picks up slightly in the finish with a bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with low carbonation.

Overall- This one reminded me of melted chocolate. Use of real chocolate and backing that up with the appropriate malts seems to of been well done. The alcohol burn was evident however and could of been more masked. A flavorful dessert of a beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (DOB 10/22/15) into pint glass. Pours like used motor oil - dead black, thick and viscous. Light brown head. Initial impression is (d'oh) dark bittersweet chocolate. Like liquid chocolate cake icing. There's a tiny bit of hops in the finish, but not much. Thick mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Alcohol is not at all evident.
This is not a beer that I could take in large doses, but it sure is fun as an occasional indulgence.

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Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Craft Beer Hop Stop on Veteran's Day for $10.99. Bottled on 10/27/15.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some hang time.

Nose is of dark cocoa but kind of different...hard to describe.

Taste is bitter dark cocoa well played into a mildly roasted malt base. There is enough hopping to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very nice beer that is fine as the beer of the night or paired with something chocolatey for dessert!

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

P: Thickish, Black, riot beer ran scant head but a decent enough lacing.
A: Sweet chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts with a hint of alcohol.
T: Bitter, sweet chocolate, cocoa, dark berries, roasted coffees and malts, hints of vanilla
M: Heavy body, very fine balance of all of the complexed flavours.
O: This is a tremendous offering from Southern Tier. Far and away one of the best tasting IS I've had to date.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,238 ratings.
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