Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,257
Reviews:
1,591
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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499
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1,114
For Trade:
38
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Ratings: 5,257 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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 t0rin0
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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 nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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 oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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 kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a bubbly tan head that hangs around for about as long as you would expect for a high ABV beer; dots the chalice with lace

Smell: This one smells like rich Belgian chocolate, melted down and streaming into your nostrils

Taste: Opens like an Aztec chocolate, with rich, dark chocolate flavors that are joined, mid-palate, by the subtle bitter influence from the hops, which persists to the very end; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; warmth on the finish adds to the hot chocolate aspect

Drinkability: This is one superb brew; it's going to be tough to beat on the chocolate scale

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Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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 alot 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 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 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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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 olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about a 1/2 of tan head into darkness snifter. Slight retention with some splattered lace.

Aroma: Tons of chocolate and cocoa. Very rich and milky. Huge malt profile. Awesome, but not much else.

Taste: More cocoa and chocolate, milk chocolate. Very malt based. Some roasted malt feel to it. Solid stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, and smooth. This is a full bodied stout with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted feel to it, slightly dry.

Overall, this is a great beer. Full taste and fairly drinkable. As it warms up the grassy hops become more apparent and some bitterness follows. I think this is one of the better ST beers I have had. If you can get this it is worth the price.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore -- 01.23.2010.

Poured a very dark brown, about the color of rich dark chocolate. A tiny bit of head to it, and minimal amounts of lacing as it went down. The smell was pretty one dimensional, but it was done incredibly well--lots of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs atop a little bit of roasted malt. The taste was very similar, except there was an off bitterness to it, which detracted a lot from what was in the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-full with good carbonation. A little heavy to be too drinkable, but for its style and ABV, I wouldn't complain.

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

A - Pours with three fingers of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace as a tiny dot of ruby light shows through the blackness when held up to the light.

S - Profound, swet, fruity chocolate. Lots of toffee, caramel, light coffee, and rich, belgian chocolate.

T - Well, it tastes like it smells; intense chocolate with raisin and plum notes as well as a hint of red apple. Some more toffee appears in the middle with a distinct, tootsie roll/ chocolate note. Some darker, roastier notes in the finish with a hint of coffee and some light hop flavor as well as mild bitterness that throws just a bit back in the face of the intense sugary chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Despite the intense, overwhelming chocolate the beer is oddly well balanced. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so and the alcohol is quite subdued for its strength. Like the other novelty, flavored beer from Southern Tier, it is something that I wouldn't want to drink every day, but as with those other brews, I can't help but be impressed with how drinkable it is considering the potential for becoming a cloying mess. This is a must try beer, if for no other reason than that it can't sufficiently be explained otherwise.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,257 ratings.
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