Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,256
Reviews:
1,591
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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499
Gots:
1,113
For Trade:
38
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Ratings: 5,256 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of brentk56
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a bubbly tan head that hangs around for about as long as you would expect for a high ABV beer; dots the chalice with lace

Smell: This one smells like rich Belgian chocolate, melted down and streaming into your nostrils

Taste: Opens like an Aztec chocolate, with rich, dark chocolate flavors that are joined, mid-palate, by the subtle bitter influence from the hops, which persists to the very end; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; warmth on the finish adds to the hot chocolate aspect

Drinkability: This is one superb brew; it's going to be tough to beat on the chocolate scale

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Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This was desert on New Years Eve.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet chocolate dominates. There is some mild roast, but this smells like Hershey's syrup.

Taste: Just like the smell. Tons of chocolate. There is more roast in the taste than I picked up in the smell. The finish is warm from the alcohol with a very slight bitterness. Make no mistake, this beer tastes like chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great desert beer. It is what we thought it was. I won't soon forget this beer and I will visit it again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotty tan lace and foam that doesn't hang around long, likely due to the higher alcohol content. Body is pitch black.

Let's do some free association...close your eyes, and inhale an open box of Belgian chocolates or dark chocolate covered cherries. This also conjured visions of hot fudge, brownies, and iced coffee.

Obviously alot of chocolate in here, some mild coffee and roast notes. Dry cocoa in the finish. Lactic, milky chocolate ice cream or chocolate milk.

A thinner mouthfeel than I was expecting, but it still holds up to the bold flavor. Medium level of bitterness, with some low level astringency. Smooth with a light stickiness.

The 11% is very well hidden, but a full bomber of this will creep up on you.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of pure black chocolate is dominating but is so enjoyable at the same time. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate from Belgium or Switzerland with some sweetness reminiscent of lactose. Full creamy body with a somewhat oily texture, almost like liquid chocolate, with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is surprising considering the ABV of 11%. This beer is one of my new guilty pleasures.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of red. Not entirely opaque, but close to it. The head is a bit thin, but retains fairly well.

Smell: Sweet and decadent with aromas of chocolate, caramel, cherries and vanilla. The chocolate is syrupy and rich; it's pleasant but slightly excessive.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt, vanilla and cream. Semi-dry in the finish with an earthy bitterness and a faint lingering chocolate sweetness that sticks to the roof of the mouth. Medium-to-full in body.

Notes: Good, but not as good as I was expecting. Rogue's Chocolate Stout still reigns in this category.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out dark brown, almost black color with a small, fizzy, light brown head. It left no lacing at all.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate, floral notes and sweet maltiness.

T - It tasted of deliciously sweet chocolate with a bitter hop kick.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer with a warming alcohol presence.

D - This is a great tasting brew. However, a bomber of it is a difficult thing to handle by yourself.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark chocolate and dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, light vanilla, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, light vanilla, light herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance, robustness, and complexity of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding chocolate imperial stout. All around awesome balance and complexity of chocolate and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Pours about a 1/2 of tan head into darkness snifter. Slight retention with some splattered lace.

Aroma: Tons of chocolate and cocoa. Very rich and milky. Huge malt profile. Awesome, but not much else.

Taste: More cocoa and chocolate, milk chocolate. Very malt based. Some roasted malt feel to it. Solid stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, and smooth. This is a full bodied stout with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted feel to it, slightly dry.

Overall, this is a great beer. Full taste and fairly drinkable. As it warms up the grassy hops become more apparent and some bitterness follows. I think this is one of the better ST beers I have had. If you can get this it is worth the price.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore -- 01.23.2010.

Poured a very dark brown, about the color of rich dark chocolate. A tiny bit of head to it, and minimal amounts of lacing as it went down. The smell was pretty one dimensional, but it was done incredibly well--lots of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs atop a little bit of roasted malt. The taste was very similar, except there was an off bitterness to it, which detracted a lot from what was in the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-full with good carbonation. A little heavy to be too drinkable, but for its style and ABV, I wouldn't complain.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace as a tiny dot of ruby light shows through the blackness when held up to the light.

S - Profound, swet, fruity chocolate. Lots of toffee, caramel, light coffee, and rich, belgian chocolate.

T - Well, it tastes like it smells; intense chocolate with raisin and plum notes as well as a hint of red apple. Some more toffee appears in the middle with a distinct, tootsie roll/ chocolate note. Some darker, roastier notes in the finish with a hint of coffee and some light hop flavor as well as mild bitterness that throws just a bit back in the face of the intense sugary chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Despite the intense, overwhelming chocolate the beer is oddly well balanced. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so and the alcohol is quite subdued for its strength. Like the other novelty, flavored beer from Southern Tier, it is something that I wouldn't want to drink every day, but as with those other brews, I can't help but be impressed with how drinkable it is considering the potential for becoming a cloying mess. This is a must try beer, if for no other reason than that it can't sufficiently be explained otherwise.

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Photo of oberon
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This amazing stout poured into a Guinness pint glass a deep but not quite opaque black there was a little tinge of ruby when held to the light a creamy tight one finger mocha colored head atop that settled into a creamy mass atop.I have never encountered a beer with such a chocolate fudge presence in the nose in anything for that matter it was like a fudge brownie with a bit of raisin and molasses just awesome.That big bakers chocolate presence is felt on the palate hitting big up front like a dense chocolate cake infused with a touch of raisin and raw nut,a slight earthy presence is felt in the finsih to make it perfect no cloying sweetness.Wow can a better chocolate stout be made? I honestly dont think its posible, ST made this beer a standard for any beer infused with chocolate,just awesome!

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Greenville, SC.
Pours with a clear dark reddish brown body topped by a rather weak head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma: Irish stout with chocolate syrup.
Flavor: like the aroma. A tad too sweet. Modest complexity.
Feel: full body. Medium-light carbonation, Smooth.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I've been sitting on for a while waiting to do a horizontal, and finally gave up to just drink them. No date on it, but it has to be like 4-5 years old by now. I hope it's not to old. My bottle also says 11% instead of the 10% that BA has listed.

Pours a decent fizzy darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but nice legs on the sides, typical and actually a nice head for an 11% beer, pitch black beer, no light getting through.

Nose is just pure chocolate, layers upon layers of chocolate, milk chocolate, fudgey, dark choc, even a bit of a baker's choc, fresh cocoa nibs sitting in hot chocolate, chocolate malt as well, with a hint of vanilla too, and a hint of other dark black like malts, but really nothing else. Just waves upon waves of chocolate.

Taste brings, yep you guessed it, chocolate, and more chocolate, creamy lush choc, with some baker's choc, and a bit of semi sweet dark chocolate, again that cocoa nibs bathed in hot cocoa like taste and feel, smooth rich melting expensive chocolate even. A mild biscuity malt underneath, little malty and hint of malted milk ball, a touch of a caramely flavor and little candy bar goodness, touch of fluffy nougat even and a little milk dud. Despite all the candy notes it's not too sweet either which is nice for a Southern Tier beer. Finish gets a little fudgey and sticky, coats the mouth with a thick viscous feel, a bit sweet still, with more layers of chocolate and fudge, and more milk dud candy, mild bitterness from the malts I think, and a touch of booze warmth finally. I'm finally getting a touch of oxidation very late on it, but that's typical for a beer this old.

Mouth is heavier bod, a bit creamy and lush, pretty rich, decent carb esp for the age, and booze hidden fairly well.

Overall surprisingly better than I expected, so much chocolate, delivers what it promises, with nice layers of choc and fudge, decent malt profile, wish it came through a bit more, nice mouth feel, and booze hidden quite well. Not sure if the age helped it or hurt it, as the booze is long gone but so are any of the other subtle flavors, and a hint of oxidation, but still quite nice, I think I remember this being a bit boozy and sweet and that's gone so nice and drinkable now.

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

WOW! What a stunning beer! I've had chocolate beers before, but never one that tasted as much like drinking chocolate as this one!

That said, it's more of a dessert beer, nightcap, or slow-sipper. I really enjoyed my 10 oz. serving at the bar, but I wouldn't have wanted a second one.

Beyond that it's really well made. The head had good retention for a beer of 11% abv, and although the alcohol made an appearance it was actually quite welcome at times amidst the rich and malty dark chocolate flavor. It's not complex, but it is rich!

A little on the sweet side. Very chocolatey!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pure, rich chocolate and some roasted malts. It smells just like a chocolate candy bar.

T: The taste is likewise loaded with chocolate but it's to the point that it's overly sweet. The malt character is very thick and there's very little hops presence as you would expect. There's a slight hint of alcohol. The after-taste continues the strong bitter-sweet chocolate flavor.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty especially if you're into the intense chocolate, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is exactly what it claims to be and just knocks you over with the chocolate, so I can see where those that like aspect of a big stout would love this beer. However, I think it's a little too over-the-top and there are other big stouts that I would choose first.

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: What a wonderful aroma to this beer? Very strong aromas of semi-sweet milk chocolate.

T: Some light flavors of dark and roasted malts but the flavor is dominated by the semi-sweet milk chocolate. Not too sweet and just a hint of bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a great beer, I really enjoyed it but I would warn folks that it is on the sweet side. There is a very slight hint of the alcohol in this beer but it is pretty well hidden. This is a great sipping beer for dessert and one I will have again (I have had it several times before).

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in a Duvel tulip.

Pours an inky dark chocolate black with at least 3 finger widths of fluffy tan head. This settles down into a handsome foam covering, then a creamy outside ring, and finally just some silky wisps around the edges. I was hoping for a little more retention throughout but it held up fairly well. Aroma is unbelievably strong with the smell of dark chocolate. Much like wafting a warm mug of hot chocolate. I can literally smell it from over 6 inches away from the glass. Not much else shines through although the aroma does feel heavy, probably from the alcohol that is present.

The taste naturally matches the aroma. Just insanely deep with dark chocolate madness. I've never tasted a beer that's so over the top with it. Unlike the aroma, some other notes actually manage their way forward a little bit. Mostly roasted malt, coffee, and a little vanilla. The sip finishes with some burnt notes and hop bitterness that lingers on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is a beefy, viscous medium that coats the mouth and seems to get thicker as it warms. A tiny bit more creaminess would have surely put this over the top though. The 11% ABV is worn right out there but is covered over well by the other flavors and actually helps beef up the taste. To me, it can only truly be felt in the aftertaste.

Wow, I guess you could say that one's enjoyment of this would probably hinge directly on if they like chocolate or not. I happen to love it, so count me in as a big fan of this new Double Stout. It is WAY over the top with it's primary flavor but luckily the sturdy supporting cast and hefty ABV actually help keep it from becoming too much. Me thinks that Southern Tier has a winner on their hands with this one folks.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a lucious 1-finger thick frothy mocha head which fades quickly to the rim leaving clumpy lace and sheets.

N: Dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and malty grains.

T: Roast and dark chocolate up front with some char. Semi-sweet and semi-bitter. This is like drinking a liquid brownie.

M: Rich, thick, chewy and creamy. Finishes with some bitterness.

O: Pair with, or as, a dessert for sure. Reminds me of a chocolate lava cake. Recommend sharing a bottle with others or it may seem like the bottle never ends.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Very attractive beer. Poured thick, opaque brown-black with a nice cream-colored head that receded rather fast. Beer left a syrupy film on the glass. Smell was of rich, dark chocolate. Taste was of dark and milk chocolate (makes sense), with some cocoa bitterness. Some alcohol bite (11%ABV). Rich, warming mouthfeel. Easy drinkability; the strength and bitterness outdid the smoothness. I think this beer has definitely improved over the years. My original 3.83 rating is now 4.17.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,256 ratings.
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