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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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Reviews: 1,573 | Ratings: 5,181
Photo of tkarsies
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass.

Pours nearly jet black with dark brown at the edges only when held to a bright light. 1 finger tan head dissipates to small amount of lacing.
Smell is chocolate, a hint of roasted barley, and a slight amout of sweetness that hints at the alcohol. Did I mention it smells like chocolate?!
Taste initially is sweet with huge amounts of bittersweet chocolate. There is again some roasted flavors, but these are swept away in more chocolate. The alcohol is barely evident in the taste. The flavor is like a beer version of sipping chocolate. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is smooth and becomes smoother as the temperature warms. Minimal carbonation, which is fine by me.
Drinkability is very high...provided you like chocolate. (Did I mention it tastes like chocolate?) ABV is evidence is the start of a buzz but does not interfere with the other flavors. Despite the dominant chocolate, there is enough else going on to make this a beer that is definitely worth drinking. This is my first beer by Southern Tier, and if they are at all like this, I can't wait to try more.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 22 oz bomber into a brandy snifter (their idea, not mine. But it says so right on the bottle.)

Appearance: As Prince would say to Charlie Murphy: "DARKNESS!!" No light getting through this oil. Nice tan cocoa puffy head, that retreats to a thin lacing around the sies of the snifter.

Smell: Delicious sweet nose, Chocolatey and sugary. Smells like the Wonka River that the fat kid falls into.

Taste: Very surprising, as it has very little of the sweetness you'd expect from the aroma. There is a dry roasted bitterness in here that really catches you off guard. Lots of coffee and caramel, thats makes it far more bitter than sweet.

The mouthfeel is what sets this apart from most other Chocolate brews out there. Nice and thick, with a smooth finish, tha combines with the bitter dark chocolate finish to keep the glass in your hand.

I couldn't see myself downing too many of these, because of the thick feel (not to mention the 11% alc.) but it could be a great companion to almost any desert, or just a good brew to start off a cold night.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly black with a tan 1 finger head that retains a ring and film. Leaves a whipped cream film on the way down the glass.

Deep, dark chocolate and incredibly sweet. Almost made me think it would be too sweet (on no, not the case).

Thick heavy roasting and beautiful dark chocolate. Some other brews have infused with chocolate but this is like they melted down the best designer chocolate they could find right into the glass. The finish has a hearty punch of alcohol which leaves you warm. The beer equivalent of hot chocolate.

Thick and creamy with a medium carbonation (a little more than I would have expected). This will definitely need a slow place as it coats your insides.

Sad that I only got 1/3 of the bottle. Would have gladly sipped the whole thing away.

First and only time I've seen this one. Will immediately buy again if I spot it.

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Photo of vapodge
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into Dogfish Head snifter

A - pitch black; golden creamy brown head recedes to a thin layer, no lacing to speak of

S - bittersweet chocolate is very powerful, smells like something baked crispy in the oven -- a little burned

T - about as chocolate as it gets, is definitely bittersweet chocolate, some malt presence, but overwhelmingly chocolate

M - creamy and syrupy, aftertaste like milk froth on a cappuccino

D - perfect for a cool, dreary night, great desserter/nightcap; I fully believe the 11%

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Poured without any head. Very dark color. Black and brown near edges. Completely opaque.

S- Smells like chocolate, no surprise. Very sweet smell-very delicious. Slightly malty smell.

T-Strong chocolate taste. A bit smokey/coffee after taste. Not extremely bitter. Very light malty taste, with fairly strong alcohol taste.

M- Medium thickness, which seems light for a stout. Some carbonation, fairly strong alcohol burn.

O-Delicious smell, like fine chocolates. Taste is pretty good too. Not too heavy for a stout. A very nice beer.

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

Black in color with a tiny layer of brown head that dissipates quickly. The nose shows off the chocolate in spades along with just a touch of malt balls, burnt caramel and an anise/mineral component. In the mouth the chocolate is again immediately powerful. While chocolate does dominate the nose and mouth, for some reason, it doesn't quite come off like drinking liquid cocoa. The midpalate is rich but it remains fresh and light on its feet with nice bitterness from the hops on the finish. A drink and dessert all in one, this would be great for a beer float! Even though I'm not a bit chocolate fan this is a really good beer. It also seems as if it would age reasonably well.

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

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with a foamy tan head. The head dissipates quickly as you would expect with a high abv beer. There is not much lacing, but that is also expected.

Aroma: Wow, this is definitely the most chocolately smelling beer I've ever whiffed! The Belgian chocolate is strong in the nose and very enticing.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. It is thick and chewy in the mouth. Just terrific!

Taste: Like the aroma, this one is so strong with Belgian chocolate, it is like a dessert. The dark chocolate tastes like you could float a scoop of ice cream in here and it would be right at home. There is hints of hops, but it is very well-balanced and the alcohol is well hidden allowing the chocolate to shine.

Overall impression: This is a great stout and a standard-bearer for chocolate stouts. The high abv is nicely hidden and the chocolate is downright decadent! I may just have to get another one to actually try the float idea! Great beer!

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber

A - Nice eggshell head that dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing. Very dark with slight ruby/port tones.

S - The first aroma that hits is a powdery chocolate. Almost like opening up a carton of dutch processed cocoa and getting some of the powder in your sinuses. Its pretty intense. And so is the booze in the nose

T - Hershey's chocolate milk. Great malts. Very nice hop backbone that is solid and really balances the sweetness. This beer is very well crafted. Bourbon booziness

M - At 10% I would not expect to feel a booze tingle but I am definitely getting that.

Overall really nice but it is a little bit harsh. Nothing to really fault it for, but I am also not blown away by the depth of flavor

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Photo of SteveS1
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They suggest to serve in a snifter, but failing that I poured into a large wine glass that might as well have been a snifter with a long stem.

Look- Completely black, opaque. Sizeable brown head after a vigorous pour, delicate foamy lacing with little retention. The bubbles fizz as the head receded.

Smell- a very impressive milk chocolate smell, sweet and surprisingly no hints of roasted malts (though it was a bit chilled which may have hidden other scents)

Taste- sweet chocolate on the tongue, roasted malts and chocolate on the palate, finishes with modest coffee and chocolate bitterness. Aftertaste is a clean dark chocolate bitterness.

Feel- smooth and creamy, slight carbonation

Drinkability- This is a rich and powerful brew, combined with the alcohol content and large bottle size, you could easily share this with a few friends. It's very smooth, but I recommend savoring the flavor.

Overall this beer offers exactly what the self-important bottle proclaims, and that's all anyone could ask for.

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Photo of L0ne
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pour is cola brown with significant light penetration and a fizzy head.

Smell and taste is sweet chocolate first and foremost. Nice background of light, roasty malts and a slightly bitter finish, seemingly from some hops. Very tasty overall. The flavor of the chocolate in this one is very reminiscent of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout. Good stuff!

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Photo of cmf
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour with the typical small head, a little larger than a standard stout. Tip: pour it fast to get a thicker head. Delicious sweet chocolate aroma. Watery in the mouth, but tastes sweet and like beer with a desert flavor rather than the other way around. This is not a thick beer. Overall, not my thing, but better than the other chocolate stouts.

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Photo of beerfairy
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark almost black color with a thin mocha head, some lacing lingers but not a lot.

S - Chocolate sweetness roasted malts, possibly hint of vanilla bean.

T - Almost hits you like milk chocolate but has a bitter, but not too bitter finish.

M - Slight carbination, silky chocolate mouthfeel with lingering bitterness

D - Very drinkable, almost like desert in a glass. Maybe next time I'll try it with some vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of LunaChick
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both in bottle and on tap now.

Presented in a tulip glass. The beer is pitch black with a slight head that fizzed down and overall left a fairly nicely laced glass.
Smell? Literally like a dark chocolate milkshake. First heavy milk chocolate. Alcohol warmth passes through and hints roasted coffee are present.
Taste begins full-on dark chocolate ice cream. For anyone who's ever had goats milk ice cream--the zest and richness are very similar. This beer is thick. 11% alcohol? Oh yes. The warmth come through but is not so extreme that is detracts from the flavor. Some high abv brews take on a fruity flavor from the yeast. I get some subtle fruit notes. Nothing to make me stop drinking it.
The end has bitter hints. Overall the flavor is all chocolate. Syrupy as the beer warms, it does become very intense.
Full bodied and thick, thick, thick in the mouth. Lower carbonation than some and very smooth overall.
Drinkability? Very low. Between the intense sweetness and the high alcohol this is a sipper and an on occasion beer at best. I would not drink it regularly.
I prefer Rogue's Chocolate Stout as a good every day heavily chocolate flavored brew.

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Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.29/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not trying to slam this beer but it didn't do it for me. I had it last year and remember it being better than this.

A- Poured into snifter jet black with little to no head and had no lacing when glass was finished

S- Dark cherries, malted milk, smores over a campfire without the smoke flavor

T- Chocolate covered cherries, it hides the alcohol well. I know it's not at all cost effective to use high quality chocolate for such a widely distributed beer but Choklat is to real chocolate as instant coffee is to fair trade. I can taste the coco powder

M- Had some weight to it but still a touch dry

D- Because of the high ABV, not so much. Possible desert to share w/ friends, in small portions. It's as drinkable as eating 2lbs of chocolate is edible.

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Photo of markmiller
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Consumers Beverage in Buffalo, NY for growler fill.

A: Even with an agressive pour into a nonic pint, there is relatively little head that forms on top of a dark, dark body of beer. No light gets through this glass. (EDIT: Upon further investigation, if you pour like crazy, you get an excellent three finger creamy head with nice cascading action along the sides of the glass. Impressive growler.)

S: Chocolate, and lots of it. I mean, this is one of the best smelling beers ever. Smells like a freshly opened tub of Nesquik or a can of Hershey syurp like Grandma used to pour over ice cream. There is a faint vanilla scent, but this nose is just really chocolate milk. And its a sweet chocolate. Everyone's had a chocolate stout before and you smell dark, bitter chocolate. This one is literally sweet smelling, just like chocolate milk.

T: Again, its chocolate. It's sweet, smooth and delicious. The slight crisp finish keeps this beer from becoming cloyingly sweet. As you let it roll around in the mouth, its like letting a chocolate bar melt. So good and balanced. Definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol well hidden. Hell, have this beer FOR dessert.

M: Just a think sweetness that coats your mouth and leaves a great aftertaste.

D: It's quite scary how after a few sips you think you are drinking chocolate milk and then you get a tingle from 11% ABV after a while and then you realized. Whoa. Delicious.

O: A great, delicious beer to enjoy as a dessert or while relaxing with company.

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Photo of Sky2625
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter (this review from notes taken 7/28/11).

A - Poured an onyx espresso color with moderatley thick body. 1/2-finger tan head, with fizzly small bubbles and an occasional large bubble. Good retention with bits of lace. Shines mahogany when held up to the light.

S - Strong cocoa and chocolate, with an underpinning of vanilla, and a whiff of molasses. Also hints of smokiness and dark malt. Finishes with a near toosie roll candy sweet scent.

T - Strong semi-sweet chocolate eases into a powdered cocoa flavor. Sweet, but with a sour and bitter chocolate bite as well. This sourness continues as a hint of oakenness and dark malt becomes apparent. Light to moderate bitterness takes from the sourness, and finishes with a bit of heat in the throat.

M - Medium body, with a mild burning sharpness at the front of the tongue, transitions to heat in the back of the throat. Mild carbonation throughout.

D - Very strong chocolatey sweetness makes for a great dessert beer, but I found myself distracted by the sour bitter chocolate notes and the heat.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured in a 16oz glass

Appearance: Pours syrupy; looks dark black with a thick brownish head. I cannot see through the glass.

Smell: an explosion of Chocolate blended with dark roasted malt. It is very sweet to the nose.

Taste: sugary chocolate, sweet dark roasted malt, with a hint of alcohol. Tastes reminds me of an alcohol chocolate milk type beer.

Mouthfeel: syrupy, thick bodied with little carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, This is a great RIS. Probably one of my favorite stouts right behind Stone's RIS. The name of this stout truly describes the taste. It is a sweet chocolate explosion in my palate and it is very well balanced with the alcohol and the malt flavors.

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

This beer is exactly what the label says...Chocolate (Choklat)!!

Like a liquid chocolate bar, it pours syrup like into the glass with the color of rich brown coco. Nothing but chocolate in the nose with no hint of hops nor the alcohol promised by the labeling. The head is beige, resembling the crema on a nice Italian espresso with the color like that of frothed milk chocolate.

The first sip explodes on the tongue with notes of caramel, chocolate (of course), and the subtle richness of roast malts. Bitter dark chocolate hints in the finish which lingers almost indefinitely.

Although ABV is listed at 11%, the alcohol is barely noticeable save for the warmth it provides those lucky enough to enjoy a snifter of this marvelous elixir.

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Photo of miketd
2.03/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with virtually no head. Just a small ring of brown on the rim. Very heavy Hershey like chocolate. Almost too much...actually it is too much. Sorry, this doesn't smell like beer, but some drink that should be in a martini glass. Flavor is hersheys with some alcohol burn. Has a slightly bitter finish. How did they get a flavor like this? Almost like the base was liquid chocolate and a few hops were added. Seems fake and artificial. Medium palate and oily. Not very good in my opinion. Way too much chocolate milk for me.

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

On tap at D's in Regent Square.

get it while you can, they bought up the last 6 barrels of this sweet gift from the beer gods left in Pittsburgh

A. black with a tan head

S. an unbelievable chocolate aroma...couldn't wait to suck it down

T. not as potent as the smell, but nevertheless, fantastic. chocolate the whole way through. the only beer I've had with a better chocolate taste so far has been Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

M. a little thin, maybe making them a little too easy to drink.

D. supremely good. Stopped at D's to grab a mixed 6 and Probably should've eaten something. they're not kidding when they say 11.0% ABV. Overall one of the best. Simply put, amazing

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Photo of deford
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber into an Alesmith Goblet.

L- Scary dark. Minimal head that fades quickly leaving no trace of it's existence.

S- Ummmm, chocolate.

T- Well.....chocolate. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, bitter baking chocolate and maybe some fudge. Starts off sweet and finishes bitter.

F- Nothing at all.

O- A bit one-dimensional...but hey, that dimension is chocolate!! Would probably be great over vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of JonMich13
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jamie2dope for the trade.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Flying Saucer 2009 Beerknurd glass.

A= Very dark black with some hints of light coming through on the edges. Very little head on the 1st pour. Hard poured the 2nd half and got a 3+ head of light brown. Light lacing.

S = Basically chocoate/ tootsie roll with a bit of earthy hop presence.

T = INTENSELY sweet chocolate dominates. Very syrupy to the point of overbearing. No coffee. Hop bitterness slightly in the finish. HOT alcohol on the finish as well. Burns a bit from the intense sweetness as well. Wanted to give a 4 because I love chocolate, but this is a bit heavy handed.

M = Not overly thick. This could use a bit of softening. I like my RIS creamy and smooth.

D = Definitely a sipper. The harsh alcohol burn and syrupy sweetness make this one a one hour affair. I made it through the bomber, but it took a bit of effort.

Overall, has some very redeeming qualities. The chocolate is very overt (big surprise, huh?) and quite tasty, but in whole, this one could use some work to soften some of its more harsh qualities.

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Photo of hossua34
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Thick, black and syrupy. Not a tremendous amount of head, but what is there is brown in color. Tiny, thin wisps of lacing remain.

S - Straight chocolate syrup. Like unscrewing the cap of a bottle of Hershey's and taking a whiff.

T - Very, very chocolately. I was expecting at least SOME other flavor, but I really can't detect any. However, the alcohol is nicely hidden.

M - Very thick and little carbonation. "Syrupy" is a good descriptor once again.

D - The chocolate flavor is rather overpowering. It's very hard NOT to drink a bottle of this very slowly. Hearty and filling. Maybe it says something about me, but I have never been able to taste or sense a whole lot of difference between the chocolate beers.

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Photo of Conradist
1/5  rDev -76.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Rating for this joke of a liquid reflects poorly on this site and suggests a huge chunk of BA's have questionable taste and in fact many probably don't even really know what beer is to begin with.

Hey, my dudes, my Choklat-lovin' hoes--have you tried Coca Cola? It's an amazing, uhh, oyster stout brewed with a special mix of "natural" flavours. It's black and fizzy (yup, that's right, exactly like an oyster stout!), but, man, the flavours will blow you away! It's unlike any oyster stout you've ever had! Give it a shot, I'm sure you'll love it. I also recommend trying Capri Sun if you're into really radical and experimental New England style IPAs. It's brewed without any hops at all! However the brewmaster has managed to impart a wonderful fruity flavour that'll have you saying, "man, that's a good IPA" and "Gosh darn it, I sure do like "beer" and the "brewing" process!"

Nah, but for real, this shit absolutely sucks. Grab a Bud, dump in some black dye, artificial sweetener and a bunch of low quality fake chocolate flavouring and congratulations, you've just ruined your Budweiser. But there's even more bad news I'm afraid: You've also created Choklat. And also, where'd you get that "dye" from? Your wife is not gonna appreciate you using her mascara like that. That was a thoroughly stupid and pointless experiment, wasn't it? You must be a real moron.

OMG! It tastes exactly like chocolate, what an amazing chocolate stout. So yummy! Five stars!

Get tae fuck!

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Photo of littlekidlover
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 22oz bomber into a wine glass. There was minimal biege head and slight lacing. Dark black in appearance with a slightly red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has some alcohol on it, also coffee, dark chocolate. This beer punches you in the mouth with flavor coffee and chocolate, a bit of dried fruit. There is a great hop/ malt balance. The mouthfeel is viscous, like motor oil. This could be an very dangerous beer considering it's alcohol content. I would highly recommend this beer. One of my favorite stouts.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,181 ratings.
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