Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
1,567 Reviews
no score
Send samples

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 1,567 | Ratings: 5,162
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep black,nope your not seeing through this one. fingers with head of coffee colored bubbles that settles quick.

S-loads of dark chocolate and some dark fruit as well with a slight twist of caramel.

T-very heavy on chocolate like the nose with some residual coffee like bitterness and a slight burn from the alcohol.

M-slighty syrupy coats well but with these flavors I am not complaining.

D-This is a very nice Imperial stout that I will look to from time to time. I reccomend this to anyone who has not tried one this is definitely a mold breaker.


 574 characters

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well Southern Tier usually gets right to the point. I have come to expect that you're gonna get what it says on the botlle and LOTS of it. With Choklat you get exactly that.

First pour shows a rich, dark, brown with tinges of red hues when held to light. The cocoa colored head recedes quickly.

The nose is exactly what the label says, chocolate, chocolate, and more Choklat, with a mild note of vanilla. But make no mistake chocolate is the leading man in this flick.

The taste once again has chocolate front and center with roasted malts, licorice, and a bittersweet chocolate finish.

This brew is a little thinner and slightly more carbonated then I like in my imperial stouts but it in no way takes away from the enjoyment.

Overall this is an enjoyable stout that I would gladly have again and reccomend to friends.


 839 characters

Photo of darthvohn
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Snifter

Appearance: Deep dark brown with no light penetrating. A chocolate milk head dissipating to a
lasting ring. Lacing is excellent.

Smell: Lots of bittersweet chocolate, tootsie roll candy sweetness, and chocolate syrup.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, a tinge of cherry and sharp bitterness of unsweetened cocoa at the end.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Delicious.

Overall: Definitely let this one warm up. Absolutely love the chocolate aroma on this. Would recommend and buy again.

 517 characters

Photo of mjd83goblue
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, purchased at Bella Vino in AA for $7.49.

Pours as expected, black with a chocolate milkshake head. Chocolate drowns out any other smells that might be present, except for something roasty.

Taste is, again, chocolate, and lots of it. Somewhere between a nice dark chocolate and fake Hersey's syrup. Sweet, but still drinkable. Some hops in the aftertaste, a nice touch, it bites through the sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent; thick beer that sticks to your teeth. No evidence whatsoever of the alcohol content. Drinkbility suffers from the sweetness and alcohol content, but its so damn smooth.

A great beer from Southern Tier, who continues to impress. Probably the best chocolate stout I've had, edges out Rogue's by a tad.

 760 characters

Photo of stonequarrywest
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Can you say Tootsie Roll....

Black pour w/ little head...Smells like melted tootsie rolls..Awesome (and i dont even like tootsie rolls)!!!

Taste is chocolate....dark, milk,cocoa, tootsie rolls, bittersweet,etc....All of them..blended perfectly

Alcohol sneaks up at the end just to remind me that it is 11%

Creamy and Lush Mouthfeel that you dont want to go away.

Love everything about this beer

 399 characters

Photo of mjw2808
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black with a one finger head that doesnt stay too long. Not a whole lot of lacing either, especially for a stout. The smell is of chocolate, with a roastieness from the malt and alcohol. The taste is very chocolaty as well, but with several different chocolate flavors appearing through the taste. I still get a slight alcohol bite when I look for it. This is a very good beer, its sweet and chocolaty but not so sweet that i cant enjoy it. The mouthfeel is creamy and this is a very drinkable beer.

 515 characters

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

Picked up a bomber of this tonight, doing a live review. Listening to some Will Hoge, kinda just chilling for the evening.

Poured into my Dogfish/Whole Foods glass a dark black. Opaque as can be, with nice tan lacing, with a minimal frothy head.

Instant milk chocolate aroma. No getting away from it. Quite possibly the best smelling stout I've ever had, with competition from Bourbon County Vanilla. Outstanding.

Roasted coffee is buried somewhere underneath all the chocolate. Tastes a bit like liquid smores. Incredible mouthfeel, thick and viscous, with nice hops for a bit of balance to the milk chocolate.

At 11%, this beer is insanely dangerous. No burn whatsoever, the ABV is almost non-existent. At $7.99, Southern Tier hits another home run here.

 761 characters

Photo of atremains
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ominous looking brew with a tan head that leaves a small amount of lacing and a faint ring around the beer. Smell is very sweet almost like hersheys chocolate syrup. The taste is concentrated sweet chocolate and some roasty flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and silky with a touch of carbonation and a smidgen of hops to add to the finish. I've drank a bomber of this on a couple of occasions with relatively no problem, drinkable stout for 11%, though the sweet chocolate can be overwhelming after a while.

 510 characters

Photo of theo871
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into sam adams glass.

Appearance is dark black with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around very long.

Smells of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Surprisingly, very little, if any smell of alcohol.

Tastes amazing! If you like chocolate, you will love this beer. Sweet up front, with a bitter finish similar to eating a piece of dark chocolate. Again, the alcohol is almost completely hidden. For an 11% ABV beer, this is incredible.

Mouthfeel was a little thin. Thinner than I was expecting. Very little carbonation as well.

I have never tasted a beer quite like this. Southern Tier has something special here. Mouthfeel aside, this is near the top for an Imperial Stout for me.

 713 characters

Photo of dill
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I was served this beer, I was actually expecting a different beer altogether so the amount of chocolate flavor absolutely floored me. With each subsequent taste I couldn't believe how much I was enjoying this beer. It's got an incredibly creamy texture and the most amazing chocolate flavor. Almost like a chocolate mousse as a friend who I was sharing it with noted. This beer was a pleasure to drink.

 407 characters

Photo of BigB415
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This my second beer from Southern Tier and I am excited to try this because unlike my first beer from them, Creme Brulee, I like chocolate and don't like Creme Brulee so here we go:

Pours black as all stouts pour. Whatever lacing there is goes away as quick I can swirl the glass without spilling anything. Smell of cocoa and taste of cocoa and alcohol burn. If it weren't for the alcohol burn I'd forget I'm drinking an 11% beer and I would think I'm drinking a chocolate shake. The chocolate lingers but it isn't so sweet to the point it's undrinkable like the creme brulee was.

If you're looking for a beer and a sweet treat as well, give this a shot. It might just satisfy your sweet tooth and get you drunk at the same time.

 732 characters

Photo of angelogarcia3
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This exceptional beer reminds me of a chocolate Bosco milk shake. A very thin head reveals the lack of carbonation in this beer. The first aroma that hits you is the chocolate Bosco syrup. The thickness in the mouth and the heavy chocolate flavor brings me back to the chocolate Bosco milk shakes I would have as a kid. It was on-tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. According to my taste this is one of the best beers made.

 426 characters

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like...chocolate. Dark chocolate. With a creamy tan head that stays longer than expected for a beer so high in alchohol. Nice amount of lacing as well.

Smells like hot chocolate with a hint of coffee. Sounds like an oxymoron but theres also hints of vanilla in there. Doesnt really smell like "beer" except for the slight roasted maltiness but still smells delicious.

The taste at first is a powerful chocolate taste with a little booziness and subtle spice. The chocolate taste does linger between sips but not so refined and I have to admit, it is a little artificial tasting.

The mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I expected it to be. Not necessarily "crisp" with carbination but not as smooth and silky as I had hoped. Could use a little more body for sure.

Overall this is great beer to try at least once. For those that enjoy a dessert beer, this is a must. Its enjoyable and easy to drink considering how high the abv is. If only the texture was a little thicker and the flavors were more natural this could be an A/A+ beer. Almost want to throw a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and make it a float!

 1,119 characters

Photo of JWD
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcb890 for this one,

A- Hard pour with a nice tan head that disipated quickly, slightly oily looking, and pitch black in color.

S- Holy CHOCOLATE, this beer actually smells like real chocolate. I have never smelled this much chocolate in any beer..

T- Good, once you get by the great chocolate flavor it is you common stout stuff, little coffee and such.

M- Good, fairly viscous but not as thick as the OAT version which i just had prior, does a fair job of coating your mouth.

D- Extremely easy to drink as was the OAT which is why i had both in one sitting. Smell and drinkability are where this beer prevails.

 627 characters

Photo of Monsone
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a Sam Adams glass. Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

A - Pours thick and dark black. Nice tannish brown head that fades to a small layer leaving a coating/lace on the glass

S - Actually reminds me of Chicago. The smell is similar to when the wind is right and you can catch wiffs of the Blommer Chocolate Factory. So anyway, big cocoa powder smells. Like a freaking Hershey bar. There is a bit of alcohol in the back too.

T - Wow, okay... This is a desert beer for sure. Tastes like a rich chocolaty, boozy concotion. I don't know if I have had a beer that tastes quite like this. Similar to the way some fruit beers cover up the "beer" flavor the choco dominates the normal stout flavors.

M - Smooth and creamy all the way. Coats the mouth well.

D - Now this is a good beer, but the second half of the bomber was hard on my own. This beer NEEDS to be shared.

Overall, this is a very good stout. It is more of a dessert beer so keep that in mind. This beer is a chocolate lovers wet dream.

 1,019 characters

Photo of caminiti
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bomber to an oversize pint glass, a dark brown with a very small tan head that immediately vanished.
The smell was chocolate, with hints of chocolate, and, as my wife said, chocolate.
Taste was, uh, chocolate. I half expected Willie Wanka to tap my shoulder while I was enjoying this. Somewhere in there is 11%, but I didnt notice it.
This is a very smooth, very easy drinking beer, and very tasty. Its hard to justify almost ten bucks for a bottle, and Im not sure this one is worth that, but it came recomended by Kendo. I easily could have had a second, but the other one is going into the cellar until next year.

 648 characters

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

Thoroughly enjoyed this one with Pleepleus. Fantastic representation of the style.

A - Pours a very dark chestnut brown with a thin beige head. No lacing.

S - Tootsie roll. 'Nuff said.

T - Lots of candy chocolate (tootsie roll) flavor up front that gave way to a more complex and dark chocolate. No coffee undertones in this stout, which is a pleasant surprise. Roasted malts and a faint caramel sweetness in the finish.

M&D - This was a smooth and creamy full-bodied stout. Nothing boozy about this 11.0 ABV beer. Highly drinkable and deliciously decadent. Definitely a great dessert beer. Let it sit out for 5 minutes before you drink it and enjoy in the proper glass (snifter).

Pick this up if you see, or, actually, make a special trip out and find this beer. It's worth it if you like this style.

 806 characters

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Founder's snifter

Pours black with thick bubbly head. Large bubbles surround the glass. Head quickly dissipates. Appears to have moderate carbonation.

Smells of a Hershey's chocolate bar followed by a double fudge brownie. Incredibly sweet and rich aroma. Has a slight bitter hop finish, but it's subtle. I dare someone to find a beer that has a greater chocolate aroma.

Tastes of pure chocolate goodness. Amazing cocoa flavor with a touch of bitter hops in the finish. The alcohol burns, but is well covered by all the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy as a result of all that chocolate. Very rich with medium carbonation. Because it's so rich and sweet, one to two glasses is more than fulfilling.

Overall, this is beer can be classified as liquid beer chocolate. It makes for a perfect desert beer and is worth seeking out, especially for chocolate lovers.

 907 characters

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

Well after a 2-0 betting Saturday against Fat Steve . I treated myself to a bottle of this sweet stuff . Poured into my Spaten mug the color is as black as a hockey puck . There is a nice fudgy , coffee colored head . As for aromas this maybe the most aromatic beer I have ever had . Tootsie Rolls and Chocolate Pop Tarts is what comes to mind . The flavor is of bitter baking chocolate and it is a tad overpowering . There is a burn at the end but one bottle is enough for one sitting . Good but not great .

Oh and Tampa Bay stunk up my parlay today too ..

 559 characters

Photo of Tomdee74
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier does seem to come full force with their flavor and that can be hit or miss.. I think this one is a huge hit I must say. This is not "a little chocolatey" or something with a hint of chocolate.. this is bigtime chocolate flavor in a glass.

A - Pours a really dark black and looked a little thick which is what i like. not much of a head or lacing but otherwise it looked really good in a tulip glass.

S - This is where this thing takes the cake you can say. Wow when you smell this you get hit with a big blast of chocolate. i couldn't wait to drink this once i smelled it. Reminds me of their pumking as the smell was so great and delicious.

T - Holy crap this thing is a chocolate bar. There is not much else to say. I didn't taste the alcohol at all. I know many people have said this and i totally agree that you don't need to pair this with anything. I also think you could absolutely hate beer but love chocolate and you will be a fan of this beer. I truly enjoyed this beer.

M - take a sip and let it just sit in your mouth and you'll be taken aback at the immense chocolate flavor this leaves behind. Smooth and creamy and chocolate...

D - Okay it is great and i loved it; however, this is not something i would drink often. and i wouldn't even want a whole bomber myself as this is great to share with some friends as it truly is a dessert beer. i will definitely seek this one out again. i think my wife might even like to try this one someday.. this is a definite "A" beer in my book and a great job by southern tier!!

 1,549 characters

Photo of JHurley
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

Amazing smell of chocolate and caramel. Light carbonation. Very dark brown/black.
Thick/heavy bodied with just enough bitterness.
This is one of the best chocolate stouts I have ever tried. The only negative is that there is no
way that I could finish a bomber on my own. With the amount of sweetness and the heaviness, I wish this came in a 10 or 12oz bottle.

 382 characters

Photo of mattpetti
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you dont like chocolate beers or even chocolate in general please do not review this beer...
When a beer's name is Choklate I expect it to be a chocolate dominated beer and my god does this not dissapoint. Pours a solid opaque with an average tan/brown head. This beer is very forward on the chocolate. Smells and tastes like a tootsie roll but with a subtle roasted, dark, chocolate finish and a whiff of the bittering hops. (chinook and willamette). Creamy body, 11 percent alcohol is non existent unless you stand up. This beer was a delight to drink from start to finish...is it a session beer? Not even close. Along with dark lord this beer has its small place in the beer drinking world set. Have with a dessert or as a dessert by itself or better yet with a cabernet or hearty shiraz. Just joking on that last one. All in all not for the faint at heart this beer is a hearty imperial stout with a chocolate level that as far as i know has been unreached. Think a double rogue chocolate stout. Grab 2 if u can get it and thats 3 for 3 for southern tiers black water stouts. Well done.

 1,093 characters

Photo of tittymcj
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this with my good friend William Pang (Queens, NY).

This brew pours a very solid dark, dark brown, with a thin tan head and very nice lacing all the way around.
The smell is absolutely fantastic. At first it is complete chocolate, but that gives way eventually to a roasted malt scent and alcohol bite.
The taste contains a lot of alcohol. It almost overpowers the nice, thick chocolate taste, but not quite. After the chocolate subsides there is a definite roasted, toasted flavor from the malt in the background.
This beer is very thin in the mouth. Unlike most beers of this variety, this one's strong chocolate profile does not leave it thick and unbearable.
Overall, a very good tasting and smelling beer. Somewhat more alcoholic tasting than I prefer, but still a good beer. I wouldn't recommend trying to drink more than one at a time, however.

 863 characters

Photo of soulfly967
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter a couple weeks ago at Fatheads.

The appearance was very much black with a very thin tan head that quickly faded to a mere ring, but still managed to leave some lacing.

The smell; it was exquisite! Being a dark chocolate fiend, I quickly fell in love with this beer! Dark chocolate all the way with hints of roasted malts and alcohol.

She tasted even better than I could have possibly imagined. Sweet chocolate dominated, with some vanilla and a slight flavor of dark roasted barley and coffee at the finish.

Exceptional mouthfeel. It was quite thick and had perfect carbonation.

The drinkability of this is not quite perfect, but is an exceptional sipper. The only thing that would have made this experience any better would have been a sampling of dark chocolates. Yet another excellent offering from Southern Tier!

 845 characters

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

Appearance: Delicious, decent head, though it was fast retreating.

Smell: Cocoa all the way, with the faintest whiff of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I'd been waiting for this beer for a long time and it lived up to the hype as the 'chocolateyist' beer ever. It was delicious, a chocolate beer through and through, and the 11 percent alcohol was only evident in the effect not the taste. My only complaint was a lack of depth, perhaps some nutty flavors or a touch of coffee or roasted barley. But just the element of surprise is now a very difficult feat for me and this one did it, worthy of the title of extreme beer.

Drinkability: Awesome, though it is borderline cloying, and high in alcohol and would be in need of a good pairing, anything that goes with chocolate would do quite nicely.

 797 characters

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,162 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!