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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southen Tier Imperial Choklat Stout
22 oz brown bottle
Served in an oversized brandy snifter

* Christmas Day 2007 *

Pours an opaque black that is a magnificant color. Little spots of sticky lace decorate the glassware. Looks really nice.

Pleasant nose that reminds of freshly brewed espresso, light mango fruit and a box of chocolates.

Yowza, this is seriously rich and flavoful. We're talking Hershey's chocolate syrup with sugary molasses, quality chocolate and vanilla beans.

Reminded me of a Rogue Chocolate Stout & Rogue Imperial Stout combo. Simply a great beer that is complex and smooth with an 11% ABV that is quite well hidden. A perfect companion to a ripping fire and holiday vibe.

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3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from cellar, about 1 year old. Acquired in trade. Seemed like a good Game 7 sorta beer. Poured ~8C into a stemmed flute.

A: Jet black, small head and minimal lacing.
S: Nestlé Quik syrup. Hershey chocolate syrup. Sweetness and chocolate. Is there a beer in here?
T: Some roasted notes wityh a milky thick sweetness and a great deal of chocolate that comes across as an artificial version of chocolate. Bitterness is there and builds over time with a roasted bitterness that builds a little too sternly for my liking in such a sweet dessert beer.
M: Thick and sweetness that sticks to the tongue. Lighter carbonation that lets the beer come through.
O: Maybe a bit old? The chocolate is still there, but it just comes across as artificial chocolate sweeteners. Meh. I expected much more especially after loving the Crème Brulée.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems anytime the discussion on the Forum drifts into talk of "the world's chocolatiest beer", the first poster to type "Southern Tier Choklat" almost always adds the hopeful phrase, "...end of discussion". Of course, the discourse continues unabated, the ensuing posts on the subject mostly consisting of agreement about the fantastic fudginess that is Choklat-- and whether or not the posters love it or hate it. At any rate, I've finally got my own bottle at cellar temperature and I'm about to investigate the chocohype for myself...

A 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into my Duck-Rabbit snifter yields an ebony body with a twinkle of garnet at the periphery, capped with a finger's thickness of sticky khaki foam. The topping of fine bubbles recedes in short order to a pearly ring that leaves slim legs on the glass and quite a few freckles of lacing scattered about.

The smell is the first indicator that there is a chocolate bomb lurking in my snifter. Rich, dark, with a bit of winey fruit, the cocoa-confection aroma reminds me of the inside of a chocolatier's shop I visited in Brussels many years ago, where a lady was hand-dipping nougats and candied orange wedges in molten dark chocolate and laying them onto waxed paper in neat little rows. From the elixir in my glass wafts that remembered essence of fruity, sugary candies enrobed in Godiva's finest-- liquified and transported through space-time, beamed across the Atlantic and dumped into my glass. Lucky me!

The taste is chocolate-laden, of course, but where to begin at the descriptors? It's a chocolate jailbreak, with a shapeshifting torrent of semisweet morsels, fudge brownies, Bitter baker's chocolate, fruity squashy nibs... Hey! There's the beer! A nice malty... wait where'd it go? Oh, well... chocolate milkshake... Here's an almond Hershey bar, liquefied, Mister! Melt in yo' mouth! Bittersweet Special Dark miniatures... Would you care for a chocolate Dove ice cream bar, sir? Wait, there's something NOT chocolatey...WTF? Vanilla?! Punk! Get your sorry ass outta here! I always think cocoa nibs taste like winter squash... but I could dust it with some Dutch-process and powdered hot-cocoa mix for you... DAY-UMN! Overload...overload...

The whole chocolate family is here, vying desperately for attention, but at the root of the drink is a big bold beer that holds it all together. Underneath the wonderful chocolatiness of it all is a hefty, rich malty backbone that supports the flavor profile of tons of chocolate and a fair amount of hoppy fruitiness with just the right amount of bitterness and dark cereal to keep it all sane.

The drink is medium-bodied and silky-smooth, the gigantic ABV virtually invisible to me. Choklat is a sipper and a wonderful treat on a chilly day, but it isn't just a gimmicky chocolate beer, it is a truly superb stout, too... end of discussion?
Many thanks to Dr. Brad for the bottle!

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last beer of 2012. I waited til dessert to crack this open and it turned out to be a wise decision.

Pitch black pour with a soft tan head. Head retention was poor and it suffered from a lack of carbonation. Fortunately, that's the last bad thing I have to say about this beer. The aroma is incredible. Loads of chocolate with a hint of roasted malts. Not much complexity but I couldn't care less.

The chocolate is just as pronounced in the flavor but is not overly sweet. As you could probably guess, this is a full-bodied beer. However, the 10% ABV is hidden excellently behind the chocolatey goodness.

This was a perfect compliment to a chocolate nutella loaf that my fiancee baked for dessert. A great way to ring in the new year. Cheers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A pitch black body with a small brown head...I was expecting a nicer pour from the nitrogen...decent lacing

S - Only one word comes to mind...chocolate...the aroma is straight milk chocolate with a mild roasted-ness and an underlying hop presence

T - Wow...the flavors work so well together and give this beer a lot of depth...the milk chocolate from the nose is transformed into a dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor...and that's not a bad thing...the chocolate flavor lasts the entire time it's on your palate...the roasted malts add to the boldness of the chocolate flavors...the hops at the end help make the chocolate more bittersweet

M - Medium bodied...nice and creamy, smooth from the nitrogen...the chocolate sticks to your palate

D - This has to be the best chocolate stout...the flavor is literally chocolate...and the 11% ABV is non-existent...although it might be too sweet for some I would have no problem drinking a whole bottle of this...but if you get the chance to have it on not pass it up!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown into a tulip glass with a 2cm light tan head that falls away fairly fast.
S - Sweet chocolate syrup aroma dominates with some vague herbal hints.
T - Also very sweet chocolate in the taste.
M - A smooth & creamy mouthfeel. A little bit cloying.
D - A true desert beer. I managed to get through a bottle but share it with someone. Would drink it again but not often.

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

A: Dark black-brown body. Thin khaki head that quickly receded to a light skim with a ring around the glass. Slight lacing.

S: Smells like a freshly unwrapped, high-quality bittersweet chocolate bar. I think they nailed what they were going for. A rich, ever so slightly-boozy chocolate stout.

T: Mirrors the nose perfectly. Rich bittersweet and dark chocolate. Slight roasted malts and booze.

M: Medium-heavy body. Good, clean finish. Lightly carbonated.

D: Massive at 11%, the booze slowly creeps in... I shared this bottle with my fiance... was a good move, indeed.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful, inky black, like motor oil. Creamy tan head that quickly fades, but leaves nice thick walls of lace

S- Holy chocolate! Cocoa, milk chocolate, deep dark chocolate syrup aroma with hints of vanilla. I can't detect anything but chocolate and since this is a beer, as delicious as it smells I have to knock it down a half notch, but I'm sure this is what they were going for.

T- Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, with faint hints of vanilla and roasted barley in the back. Quite sweet and cloying. Fudge batter. Very rich. This is a definite dessert beer.

M- Thick, creamy, syrupy, sticky, rich.

D- Definitely a sipper to be shared. So delicious, but so rich and sweet it could cause a belly ache. I took the last few sips and added homemade vanilla ice cream and it was good, and more mellow. Definitely a dessert sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a very deep dark chocolate color with some lacing.

I could smell the aroma with the glass on the table in front of me- strong waftings of milk chocolate.

The mouth feel is very smooth and transitions well into the taste. One of the most important tasting aspects of a stout or porter is that there should be some continuity between aroma, mouth feel, and taste.
Sometimes I have been disappointed in a stout with a great aroma, and a finish without similar aromatics.

In this beer the taste is deep chocolate, cocoa with some bitterness. Slight alcohol in the finish. I prefer less or no alcohol in a stout finish, but it wasn't very emphasized in this beer.

Overall an excellent chocolate bomb, with alcohol added. I didn't like the bitterness or the slight alcoholic finish, otherwise an excellent beer.

Serve at 48F in a snifter.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 5,321 ratings