Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

Style: American 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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#1,286
Reviews:
1,610
Ratings:
5,325
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know everybody loved this. I thought it was a very decent stout and I can see the bittersweet quality chocolate as being attractive. Some chocolate came through the stout aroma. It was black with a bit of creaminess. Mouthfeel was medium. I found this stout to be astringent and even burning my stomach.
Had on tap 14 months later and it was all about chocolate, did not notice astringency this time.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: half finger head, milk chocolate head. Black and no light getting through.

S: tons of milk chocolate. Very sweet with cream and roasted notes.

T: tons of chocolate which starts sweet like milk chocolate and finishes bitter like dark chocolate. Roasted malt backbone.

M: creamy, medium body and low to moderate carboation.

Overall: very good. Its sweet but not in an offensive sense. I like the various chocolate flavors. Well made beer and better than I would have suspected.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is downright fantastic, better than maybe any other southern tier beer ive ever tasted. the pour is motor oil black, crazy dense, with an invigorated but short lived mocha colored head over an inch tall. the nose is sweet like a milk stout, same kind of sugars appear to be present. there is a lovely chocolatey waft, really authentic and luxurious. i almost feel guilty for cracking this bomber tonight. the flavor is incredible, so much depth. big dark chocolate flavors abound in the first few seconds, but a bitterness arises from the darkness of the malt toast and perhaps some raw cocoa too. alcohol burns off the bitter when its warm, but when its still cold or even close to room temperature it finishes oddly dry, and the sweetness from the start just totally evaporates. im left with a slightly chalky bitter dry mouth, in a good way, like ive just had dessert and brushed my teeth or something. huge body, but i was happy that this wasnt syrupy or sugary the way the creme brulee was. i was afraid of that sugar content, but its fine. the carbonation is very light, but the high alcohol almost takes its place, making the edges a little sharper in the mouth. overall a magestic glass of stout, inspired and inspiring. a treat to be savored.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a small 1/2 inch beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Smells exactly like Yoo-Hoo. Extreme chocolate aromas. Chocolate milk, chocolate syrup, and milk chocolate candy bars. There is also a vanilla and malted milk quality. I am also getting a hint of banana. Taste is almost exactly like the smell with some dark roasted malt and cocoa powder flavors. There is a high level of carbonation on this one which makes this beer very lively and crisp. A bit of an alcohol burn in the throat too. Overall, this is a very good beer with an unbelievable chocolate smell and taste. Probably the best chocolate beer I have tried thus far.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a lot like the other Black Water Series brews that Southern Tier puts out. It's thick and black with a nice creamy brown head on it. The smell is very rich with chocolate, not a whole lot else besides some roasted malts in there. The flavor of this beer reminded me of chilled hot cocoa. It's very tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and very nice to sip for a while.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head that left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of semisweet chocolate in the aroma.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of semisweet chocolate. There are some notes of sweetness and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is like having liquid dessert. The strength of the alcohol is noticeable but it's well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2009 vintage

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a wonderfully intense beer. It pours very dark in color. Pretty much black but in the light theres a little brown. The foam was dark brown as well. Not much in the way of retention or lacing though.

The smell was mostly of dark chocolate but if you look for it there is a bit of roasted malts in there. The taste is about the same but even more intense than the aroma. The taste is awsome and its so strong that the next couple of beers that I poured into the same pint glass still tasted and smelled like dark chocolate. I assumed that the bitterness I tasted was from the high abv but I guess it could have come from the hops. As far as alcohol flavor goes, theres pretty much none in this beer.

Great beer, next year I'm going to make sure and order a case of this stuff as well as the pumking. Very sweet, very smooth, very delicious, just not drinkable in large quantities.

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Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This was desert on New Years Eve.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet chocolate dominates. There is some mild roast, but this smells like Hershey's syrup.

Taste: Just like the smell. Tons of chocolate. There is more roast in the taste than I picked up in the smell. The finish is warm from the alcohol with a very slight bitterness. Make no mistake, this beer tastes like chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great desert beer. It is what we thought it was. I won't soon forget this beer and I will visit it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki-tan colour head of nice thickness, cream, and good retention. Body colour is a solid jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Smells like pure chocolate. Yes, just literally pure chocolate. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Sweet as hell milk chocolate. Dark malts lurk beneath, but it's just literally milk chocolate. Balanced but one note. Surprisingly chocolatey.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavour. Excellent carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable. I wouldn't want to kill a bottle of it by myself. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but I'm not sure I'd want to have it again.

B

Pairs well with chocolate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insane chocolate character in this beer!

The beer decants like hot cocoa with a silky looking pour and with dark chocolate colors. Ok, it's a Stout. Head formation and retention could have been better but probably reduced because of the intense amount of cocoa oils it would take to pull this beer off.

If you put my nose in this beer and then in a fresh baked pan of brownies, I don't know if I could distinguish the scents. It's that good. A darker quality cocoa gives a great stradle between the Stout character and French Roast character. The bold cocoa aromas are complimented by softer and more caramelly milk-chocolate notes. Extremely seductive aroma!

Flavors deliver on the promises that the nose told. Nearly all cocoa and milk chocolate but with a great balance comming from the espresso-like strength and bitterness. Hops also play a part in bitterness, but not in flavor.

Extremely silky and creamy in feel. The beer holds true to Imperial Stouts, but with a super sleek texture. The 11% abv. is nowhere to be seen. This beer is well put together.

Never have I tasted a chocolate flavored beer with this much boldness, balance, or genuine chocolate character that leads the way throughout the session.

Thanks Arvjunk!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotty tan lace and foam that doesn't hang around long, likely due to the higher alcohol content. Body is pitch black.

Let's do some free association...close your eyes, and inhale an open box of Belgian chocolates or dark chocolate covered cherries. This also conjured visions of hot fudge, brownies, and iced coffee.

Obviously a lot of chocolate in here, some mild coffee and roast notes. Dry cocoa in the finish. Lactic, milky chocolate ice cream or chocolate milk.

A thinner mouthfeel than I was expecting, but it still holds up to the bold flavor. Medium level of bitterness, with some low level astringency. Smooth with a light stickiness.

The 11% is very well hidden, but a full bomber of this will creep up on you.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark chocolate and dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, light vanilla, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, light vanilla, light herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance, robustness, and complexity of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding chocolate imperial stout. All around awesome balance and complexity of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out dark brown, almost black color with a small, fizzy, light brown head. It left no lacing at all.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate, floral notes and sweet maltiness.

T - It tasted of deliciously sweet chocolate with a bitter hop kick.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer with a warming alcohol presence.

D - This is a great tasting brew. However, a bomber of it is a difficult thing to handle by yourself.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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