Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

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Ratings: 5,272 |  Reviews: 1,594
Photo of Gregf51
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DudMan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of chicagoish
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingmaker
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of younger35
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this particular bottle at my local brew store but I also received one from Drseamus in the Big Black Booty BIF. This is the 3rd or 4th of these I've had but I've just never got around to reviewing it. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black that allows zero light in or out. This is definitely the darkest stout I've ever seen. A nice quarter inch dark tan head forms and fairly quickly recedes. A small collar is left with no cap and a bit of really small spotty lacing.
Smell- Loaded with oogles of chocolate of all kind. Nice sweet milk chocolate and plenty of dark bitter baker's chocolate. A bit of caramel is present reminding me of those Betty Crocker caramel brownies my mom used to make. Awesome!
Taste- Pretty much exactly like the nose. Loads of milk chocolaty goodness that is a lot like Nestlé's syrup with a bit less sweetness. Bitter baker's chocolate is gritty and nice with a bit of hop in the finish. Some coffee is also noticeable but not really until the end. The hop continues in the finish leaving almost citrus notes. A bit of alcohol shows at the end but for the most part the 11% is hidden really well.
Mouthfeel- Thick and full-bodied with a almost syrupy consistency and a nice bit of light, tingly carbonation and some light alcohol warming.
Drinkability- This is a really good beer if you love chocolate. It's just over-the-top chocolaty and I really enjoy it. It can be a bit sweet at times but not to an extreme and not overly cloying. All the beers in the Blackwater Series are really really awesome but this one probably takes the cake. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of Nolen12
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Spider889
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Mad Mex a while back. Review from notes.

Served in a snifter with one meaty finger of cream colored head. There were tenacious dark mocha hues of bubbles that ate away at the creamy foam after each sip - I love seeing some good cascading. There was a good solid wall of lace left behind. Overall a beautiful beer.

The smell was sweet, very very very very sweet. It was like inhaling straight Hershey syrup. Tones of dark fudge follow, but that was all. I give this a "4" because it is easily the most chocolaty smelling beer I have ever had, but I don't rate higher because the aroma is so damn one-dimensional.

The flavor starts with bitter cocoa nibs, then leads into milk chocolate. As it warms the beer grows ever more sweet.

The alcohol is not very well hidden, however it does lend itself to this supreme sipper. The beer has a smooth, dry finish. Definitely a desert beer.

I liked this for what it was, certainly something worth sharing once in a while. But I struggled with my snifter, and a bomber would be impossible to drink unless I wanted to die from a sugar coma. I'll choose Oat or Java over this or Mokah any day.

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Photo of match1112
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark brown with a half finger of khaki colored head that has poor retention and lacing. smell is the best part, chocolate fills the room. taste is chocolate malts, bittersweet chocolate and caramel, also tastes a little astringent. mouthfeel is rich and creamy, full body, good carbonation, has a bitter finish with a big warming effect from the alochol. if all your looking for is liquid chocolate, this beer is for you.

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Photo of Jacobob10
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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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

nearly opaque black, cola brown on the edges, with nice tan head, although it eventually fades almost completely, and leaves very little to no lacing.

aroma is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. you can smell it on pouring. it is sweet and pungent, with hint of strong coffee and vanilla.

flavor is bittersweet chocolate, again some vanilla. sweet background and hop bitterness meld into a finish again reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate. slight acidic pucker.

very smooth and substantial. thick and silky, almost chewable, with a slight acidic or astringent texture near the finish. mild carbonation.

a great way to drink your dessert. watch out though... the 11% abv is hard to notice...

EDIT 8/2009: obviously i was too harsh on the appearance score. bringing it a little more in line with my current standards.

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Photo of froghop
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a thin brown head, and good lacing.

smell of mocha, coffee, some vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of roasted nuts.

taste is creamy, dark and milk chocolate, and some nuts, ends creamy and a touch of bitter.

overall a very nice imperial stout.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into oversized tulip glass.

A - Pours pitch black with just over a finger of chocolate / mocha head. Dissipates somewhat rapidly.

S - Smells like a chocolate candy bar...very sweet.

T - Very rich dark chocolate flavor. Reminiscent of a Hershey's dark chocolate bar. There is a touch of vanilla and a hint of caramel. This is very sweet and is definitely a sipper for me.

M - Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. It's a bit cloying at times.

O - This is a fantastic stout from ST. It reminds me a bit of the Creme Brulee stout, but not as sweet. The chocolate flavor is just like a Hershey's bar.

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Photo of DustinSWB
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of npachl
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t8dd
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of steve8robin
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times, first official review...

A: Perfect! Perfectly pitch black with a 1-inch mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace.

S: Holy S**t! Heavy chocolate upfront totally engulfs the palate. Not much else in the scent. If you like chocolate, then you will love this.

T: Follow suit with the scent. Heavy chocolate upfront with hops in the middle. Oakiness at the backend. Very good and unique.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation and taste left on the palate!

D: Goes down decent. Bitter chocolate and booziness makes this one go down decent, but not perfect.

All in all, this is a great brew. If you like chocolate, this is like if Hershey's created a beer. However, it also has a decent hop bitterness. I think this brew can appeal to most people. Worth hunting down and trying at least once.

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Photo of JC333
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of hermit990
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91.8% out of 100 with 5,272 ratings
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