Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

This beer truly replicates Belgian dark chocolate. Pours very dark with minimal carbonation and head. Nose is very aromatic, dark chocolate with strong vanilla overtones. Flavor is distinctly Belgian chocolate, smooth but with a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. The only shortfall is that it isn't as thick and creamy as one would expect for the fullness of flavor. The light-ish body, though, may contribute to how drinkable this is.

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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.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,205 ratings.
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