Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)

Brewed by:
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 airohead2001
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't say enough good things about this brew. I've had it once before, but am definitely enjoying it more tonight.

Smell is all tootsie roll with a little bit of burnt porter in the background. Very nice.

Taste is sweet, rich chocolate, with some bitter roasts in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, again like a tootsie roll, and the drinkability is really high, despite being so sweet. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours pitch black. With an aggressive pour it releases a nice finger tall tan head. Pretty attractive actually, the head disipates fairly quickly though. Good lacing.

S - Smells of hershey's syrup with a faint roastiness.

T - Having a hard time reviewing this demanding beer so I've read through some of the previous reviews. Someone mentioned chocolate syrup mixed with vodka. That is not too far off. It's got the roasty character of a stout but you are certainly hit over the head with chocolate syrup and booze. There is a hop bitterness in the finish but it still has a cloying sweetness to it from the chocolate syrup flavor and booziness.

M - Medium bodied. I wish this was a bit fuller in body and had a creaminess to it.

D - Certainly not highly drinkable. I do think this would make a great dessert beer to split 3 or 4 ways. I'm having a time of it tackling the bomber alone. It is definitely an intense beer and worth a try. It is not for everybody but it is surely and interesting brew.

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Photo of Pabs311
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark brown, almost black, with no light coming through. there is a nice rich dark tan head that sticks to the side of the glass and leaves some spotty lacing as the bear is drank. very good looking beer.

S- WOW is all i have to say. the chocolate that pours of this thing would make u think ur drinking chocolate milk. It smells so tasty and has the best chocolate aroma i've every smelt on a chocolate stout. deff A+. there's is some backing of roasted malt but the chocolate is what comes through the most.

T- This beer is so rich in chocolate flavor. There is almost nothing else until the finish when u get some bitterness from the hops they use. very good flavor on this beer. ultra smooth.

M/D- good mouthfeel. coats ur palate very well. medium-heavy bodied. good long finish on this beer. chocolate lingers for a while after swallowing. very smooth for an 11% ABV beer.

If this beer is anything like it's blackwater series brother Creme Brulee, it would be absolutely amazing after a year of cellaring. If anyone has a couple extras throw em in ur basement and forget about them for a year.

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

A- Pours an impenetrable black. There is a very thin mocha colored head that fades quick. No real lacing to speak of.

S- A lot of chocolate hits the nose upfront. There's a little bit of maltiness in there and a slight hint of alchohol.

T- As advertised and expected, chocolate is the first thing that comes cross. It tastes like a cold of hot chocolate, rather sweet. Moving across the tongue, you can pick up the chocolate malts. Almost no bite of alcohol despite the %.

M- Medium body. Not overly thick or heavy. Decently carbonated. Didn't notice the heavy creaminess that others have noted. I can't find a date on the bottle, so mine might be a little older.

O- Really like this stout. Would serve as an excellent beer with desert or as one on it's own. Wish I could find more sourther tier offerings by me.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1/21: On-tap at the Shadow Lounge in East Libery, drank from a pint glass.

It's syrupy-black with a nice mocha head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Damn this smells like chocolate. Like Hershey's chocolate syrup.

The taste? Exactly like the smell. It tastes like chocolate syrup. I find this good for a sip but way too sweet to drink much more of. Thick and syrupy, with a sugary aftertaste. Does hide the 11% very well.

Maybe having a whole pint glass of this stuff in front of me turned me off to it - it was a little much. Nonetheless, delicious, and, in proper setting, I can see this having merit. I'll try a few more beers in this style and maybe eventually come back to it.

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Photo of ph2001
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass

it pours thick with minimal head. black in color.

there is a rich chocolate aroma that smells great. it is thick and very richly flavored. there are some carmel highlights in the flavor. after the sweeter chocolate flavors melt away there is a nice subtle bite that really complements the sweetness.

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Photo of McNuts
3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber received in trade with bmanning. Poured into DFH Chalice>

Look: Very nice looking beer. Jet black. Nice 1"Head with decent lacing. Very attractive beer.

Smell: Just as advertised. Chocolate malt, Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate and everything in between.

Taste: One of the richest beers I've ever had. Super-rich chocolate flavors but insanely sweet. I did enjoy the rich chocolate flavors but this one was way, way too sweet for me, I struggled to finish the bomber which is not a problem that I usually have. Maybe I should have split this one? I dunno?

Mouthfeel: Nice. Coated the tongue with rich chocolate. Full bodied and nice.

Overall: Honestly, I wanted to love this one along with everyone else. I liked the look, smell, and feel. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy overall due to the sweetness. Next time, I will try this on Breyer's Vanilla Bean, which is where this one belongs.

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Photo of SteelSaw
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice Black, no light appears to come through whatsoever. Head is about a finger and a half, poured somewhat vigorously down the center midway to see if I could get a head. Tan in color.

Smell- Instant, huge blast of chocolate. Who would have guessed :D? Smells fantastic, slight hints of malt and an earthy smell. But strongly chocolate dominate.

Mouthfeel- Thick, and creamy. Carbonation is not high, and is excellently done. Everything meddles in the mouth well.

Taste- Taste leads exactly as the nose does. Large chocolate taste upfront, with mid notes of earth, and malt, slight alcohol hit, somewhat expected with a 10%. Covered very well though, and incredibly smooth.

Overall- A very good beer. If you are not a fan of chocolate in your beer this is not for you. It nearly reminds me of chocolate milk mixed with beer, in a good way. I think a dessert beer is a good description, as it is not mega complex and is easy to enjoy.

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Photo of leif86
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz poured into my Duvel.

A: Black as night as all good imperial stouts, and regular stouts, are. The head is a typical tan color and a bit thin. Only moderate lacing.

S: Dark chocolate (surprised? me neither), a bit roasty, but not much else going on - but in a good way.

T: Mmmm... mmmm.. chocolate. A bit sweet, but definitely still bittersweet. Subtle roasted coffee notes remind me of espresso when paired with this chocolate. Finishes just as it starts, full-on chocolate with a bit of sugar that keeps this beer as a fine dessert treat and not more on the bitter side of imperial stouts.

M: A bit thick, smooth, and creamy. How else would you want your chocolate?

D: Does not even come close to tasting or feeling like 11%. Absolutely a treat and definitely the best chocolate centric beer I've had to date.

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Photo of xanok
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone RIS snifter.

A-Dark black, one finger of tan head. Pretty thin lacing.

S-Holy balls. Huuuge chocolate smell, fudge-like even. Roasted malts and alcohol undertone.

T-Chocolate bomb again. Roasted qualities, cocoa powder even? Warm alcohol and a tid-bit of hops finish the back end.

M-Thick, heavy, and full body. Medium carbonation. Surprisingly smooth. Wish the aftertaste would last a bit longer, but whatever.

D-The ABV is very well hidden for something of this caliber. BA says 9.1, but my bottle begs to differ. It registers at a whopping 11%.

Hell ya. This is what I want in a chocolate imperial stout. All other breweries take notes! Right now, as far as I'm concerned, there is no other chocolate stout.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark. Syrupy. If you could make a Hershey's bar a beer, it would be this one.
S- Heavy maltiness. Extra sweet. If you have every been to the Hershey's factory in PA, then you know the smell I'm talking about....Fresh chocolate.
T- Malty, sweet, chocolate-like. Overally deliciously sweet. Undertones of vanilla, coffee, toffee, caramel. Excellent
M- Heavy, syrupy, strong. Coats the mouth. Wonderful.
O- Top of the line chocolate beer. Excellent all the way around. Heavy and refined. Fun to drink. Some dare to mix it with a Cherry Lambic, possibly even a Kriek. Absolutely worth pursuit.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled 650mL bottle into a 20oz. Imperial Pint glass. Pours rich dark brown, like baking chocolate with the smell to match. Its completely opaque. The smell of the Belgian chocolate is instant and takes your breath away. There is no mistaking what you are about to taste. The smell is rich dark chocolate and coffee and its amazing. As the beer settles, there is moderate lacing from the rich coco like head. The 1st taste is exactly what you're smelling....chocolate and coffee with modest carbonation. Simply amazing. Southern Tier, you've done it again. Can't wait for my trip to the brewery.

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

Southern Tier Choklat Stout pours a deep dense dark black. Little head that settles into an oil like sheen. Initial smell is faint and a bit bitter. Give this one some time. It turns to a sweet chocolate with a pure gold chocolate aroma. Taste is semi sweet chocolate with a moderate carbonation. Too cold this is not what it should be, right at temp it is great. Mouthfeel is moderately dense with a light carbonation. Huge chocolate flavor with a silk like feel. This is a great beer ready for a long enjoyment. Drink wisely, this is great, but hard to come by.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,235 ratings.
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