Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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

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4.27
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 ChainGangGuy
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a tiny, tiny beige head that, regardless of being so tiny, was rather short-lived.

Smell: Incredibly chocolatey! Sweet-smelling aroma of luscious chocolate ganache with a hint of vanilla and roast.

Taste: Incredibly chocolatey! Initially, I was worried this beer might fail to deliver like some other chocolate stouts have in the past, but this is NOT the case. Milk chocolate, chocolate malt balls, dark chocolate, and cocoa stitched together with vanilla notes, some roastiness, and a touch of spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Tremendously creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very lovely imperial stout pumped up with chocolatey goodness. 11% but still an ease to drink.

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

Darkest chocolate brown with garnet glimmerings at the bottom edge of the glass. Not a black hole. An attractive chunk of golden beige colored foam sits atop the beer. It looks like a thick and creamy coffee milkshake as it melts, leaving a fine sheet of tattered and torn lace as it does so. This is a gorgeous stout.

The aroma is everything I'd hoped for and more. Choklat is the chocolatiest smelling beer that has ever entered my glass. In fact, it smells more like chocolate than beer... which is why it isn't quite perfect. I wonder how many times the word chocolate will be used in this review. Answer: 13.

Unlike the nose, the beer actually tastes like a chocolate stout, not melted chocolate. Leave it to Southern Tier to get the proportions of roasted barley and chocolate (both malt and the real thing) juuust right. Rogue Chocolate Stout has just been dethroned.

It's hard to describe the flavor because I can't stop drinking the beer long enough to put it into words. Here goes... double chocolate ice cream covered with fudge sauce, cocoa nibs and a light dusting of espresso powder. Each mouthful is a rich chocolate explosion of epic proportions. An ABV of 11.0% has to be a misprint.

Chinook and Willamette hops provide just enough spicy fruitiness and bitterness to take Choklat to the next level. Any brewery can add high-quality chocolate to their double stout, but only one of the very best can craft an exceptional beer in the process. And there's no doubt that this is exceptional beer. It says so right next to the 5.0 on the scoring menu.

Although the mouthfeel is great, it isn't as fantastic as it could be. A little more melted chocolate silky creaminess and viscous chewiness would have earned it the ultimate number.

It's a tribute to the talented brewers at Southern Tier that Choklat is the best chocolate stout that I've ever had and Jahva is the best coffee stout. There's no doubt in my mind that this is the most delicious marriage of roasted malt, Belgian chocolate and hops that the world has ever seen. Thanks a million far333.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had with dessert on Thanksgiving.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a small brown colored head on top. Moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S: Lots of rich chocolate and some roasted malt. A nice mix of milk and dark chocolate, really in your face.

T: Similarly, chocolate heavy. Very rich milk and dark chocolate, almost like a chocolate syrup. Slight roast malt presence, but the chocolate is very much the forward flavor.

M: Full bodied, but very smooth with moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly sticky.

O: As advertised, a beer that is heavy on chocolate. Having had ST Creme Brulee before, I expected Choklat to be on the sweeter side. Had it with a piece of rich chocolate cake and it was fantastic. Still, not a beer I would drink all the time.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes: Got this from BitterBill, cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent ebony/black with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Loads of chocolate & some iron

T: Bitter choclate, roasted malt, milk choclate, & a touch of leafy & minty hops up front. A bit of ghost alcohol, vanilla, some coffee and a great balance of bitter & sweet as this warms. Finishes with coffee, iron & loads of chcolate. Almost pulled a 5.0, one me & the wife enjoyed!

MF: chewy with low carbonation, plus superb balance

The ABV is well disguised. Addictive, this could really sneak up on you, a choclate lovers drink of choice!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served at 45 degrees and poured into a Snifter Glass

A – Poured the thickest darkest brown chocolate syrup looking liquid I think I ever have seen. I mean this stuff looked serious. Almost had the consistency of chocolate syrup on the pour, but with a much darker color. A large three finger high head of rich tan colored lace then rose up and above it crowning the top wonderfully. This hung around for easily a few minutes before finally settling down and easing into just a thin layer of chocolate colored foam across the top which hung around until the very end. The side glass lace on this one was extraordinary as well, really coating the inside of the glass and doing on number on it throughout the entire session. Really quite a thick looking stout, I was definitely liking what I am seeing so far.

S – I will give you one guess as to where this was going with regards to the aroma. Deep rich milk chocolate covered this one entirely. Now I have had a few chocolate stouts in my day, but nothing came even remotely close to mimicking the smell coming off of this one. It was like something straight out of Hershey. Not the deep dark chocolate malt smell you are used to, this was rich creamy milk chocolate and the difference was never clearer then it was here. There was also a touch of bourbon like alcohol that you could pick up way in the back that was also making its presence known. This was not such a big player, but was more just giving you a little hint at some of the depth that was lying in waiting here.

T – I am not sure where to begin on this one. I have never tasted something that was more designed to be not only drank while eating dessert, but more to a be a dessert in of itself. This was just the most rich and creamy chocolate drink I think I have ever had. Really hard to quantify this as a beer from the flavor, it has almost no semblance of a beer like flavor. Such rich milk chocolate tastes that it was really hard to even find anything else that was hiding in the back, but if you really tried you could find it. First off this baby is over 11% ABV, and it has to be the smoothest I have ever seen for something so big. There was really no hint of the alcohol in the flavor at all; rather it was just a touch of bourbon or brandy like warmth that came through as you sipping. There was a touch of hops in the finish, just enough to dry it out and give you just a touch of bitter at the end. Overall though this was chocolates day to rule the roost and nothing was going to be its undoing in the one.

M – One of the smoothest, creamiest brews I have ever had the pleasure of trying. The consistency here was as smooth as silk, literally with a rich texture that was so thick and viscous, it almost redefined the style. There was just this mousse like quality to it that cannot be ignored. It was just a wonderful interpretation of the style and a really phenomenal beer.

D – This is the only category that gets a little tricky for me. Now…it is definitely a quality beer there is no disputing that, and for a late night sipper, it would be hard to find its equal. However there was a limit on this one as to how much you can actually sip. First off it is very strong, you may not think it is, but it is and it will catch up to you. Secondly there was the fact that it was so rich. After about the third glass I had reached my limit. It is so sweet that it is difficult to try and have much more, too sweet. But this should not be a knock as I probably just had them a little too fast.

Overall I don’t know what else I can say about this one. It was truly unique and unlike any that I had had previous. Truly a chocolate stout that all others should be measured by. This was definitely deserving of its reputation and is a fine example of the style. A wonderful beer that everyone should get a chance to try.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail deli in Campbelltown 1/27/10.

A - The beer pours like syrup thick and dark w/ mahogany shade and caramel brown letting some light in at the base of the glass. There is a rign of beige for a head w/ tight bead.

S - The smell! whoah prepare for salivation! the aroma is noted from across the table as rich with cocoa aroma- the odor of fudge like brownie batter w/ a hersheys cocoa sweetness and beer undertone - intense and fragrant dessert nose

M - The feel while sweet isn't dominated completely by malt texture - there is moderate carbonation keeping slightly balanced w/ subtle roasted and a rather intense creamy feel. There is spice from hops w/ hint of alcohol in the back end. The feel has a dry roasty warm finish

T - - The taste is a chocolate lovers dream -beer disguised as liquid chocolate! I am a fan of dark cocoa and this has that going for it - slightly bitter but creamy with a caramel edge from the sweet malts. There is slight toasted essence like a graham cracker dipped in fudge, but still creamy and smooth. The flavor has a nice compliment from spiced hop notes which seems to balance the beer and alcohol is mild in the flavor

D - A sweet Imperial stout - however it nails the chocolate stout style in a realm of almost not beer-like. The drinkability is very high except it is 9% and hides it well. The stout itself is well made with no real flaws, it couldn't fit the name better.

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Photo of billab914
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured almost pitch black with a thin mocha head. The head all but disappeared after a few minutes and didn't really leave any lacing.

The aroma is not surprisingly filled with chocolate. It has almost a Hershey syrup in chocolate milk smell to it with some roastiness coming through as well to help balance out the sweetness.

The taste is chocolaty but also has a big roasted bitterness to it that really comes through in the long lasting finish. The chocolate is very nice in it and not nearly as overpowering as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good, the chocolate and the roastedness really go well together in this one and I really enjoyed it. Overall an excellent beer that really hit the chocolate focus very well. My only complaint would be better head retention on it would have been great.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest head to start, but it dies to rim bubbles that leaves nearly no lace. Dark brown color where light is allowed to pass on the edge.

This smells like a rich German chocolate cake. Lots of powdered cocoa.

The flavor is sweet with dark, slightly burnt malt. The finish has a dose of bittering hops. Chewy body. Short lived aftertaste, surprisingly. Here's a case of like, not love for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is thick and dark, pretty much black.

S: The smells is pure milk chocolate. There might be some roasted malts, but the smell is like a glass full of chocolate milk.

T: This is chocolate milk meets beer, and I love it. Sweet, milk chocolate. There's also a nice component of roasted malt and coffee.

M: The beer is smooth and creamy with minimal carbonation.

D: Most of these Southern Tier beers are too sweet for me to drink much of. Choklat, however, is a different beast. Yes, it's sweet, but the chocolate flavors are just so enjoyable.

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Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a Bell's tulip.

A - Pours midnight black with a thin white film of head, dissipating to a light ring around the outside of the glass, leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - As the name implies, huge amounts of bittersweet chocolate are ever present in this one. Even more lactic sweetness lurks in the shadows with the dark roasted malt. Very sweet smell, but in a good way. My only gripe is that it is a bit one dimensional.

T - Lots of rich chocolatey flavors up front giving way slowly to a mix of lactic sweetness and lots of dark roasted malt. Finish is quite sweet with plenty of lingering roast. A bit of heat comes thru in the finish as well. I like to drink this one with desert. It is very sweet but not to the point of being overpowering. Very nice sweet stout.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit hot with lots of lingering dark roast. Very sweet with a nice creamy feel.

D - Fairly high. Very sweet, but in a good way. The perfect desert beer. Over time the sweetness starts to get to you and brings this one down a few notches.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a straight obsidian with highlights of very dark ruby-brown struggling to break through the tar. A minor bit of oatmeal serves as the head, which dissipates into a foamy halo of breakfast grains. The smell strikes hard with a chocolate/cocoa 1-2, finishing with an oaty jab, just to toy with you, to draw you in for more. The haymaker comes in the taste, which consists of cocoa, oats, dark malts, and a finishing rabbit-punch of hoppy bitterness. The fight choreography at this point has been complex, mixed, generally effective, but not a complete knockout; we're left dizzied, anxiou for what may come next. Luckily, the body is nicely in the medium range, allowing the refs to call the fight before everything goes south. In all, yes, we lose, but we are not disgraced, allowing us to be anxious to schedule a rematch soon.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown it little carbonation eivdent, and about 2 inches of tan head.

s - Smells of sweet, rich chocolate. Also smells of roasted malts, vanilla, and maybe a little coffee.

t - Taste is also dominated by rich chocolate. Some roasted malts and hints of vanilla as well. Very nice.

m - Smooth and creamy. Full body with light carbonation. Great feel.

d - I thought this was a great stout. This is one of my favorite ST beers and one of my favorite stouts. Smells and tastes of rich chocolate, this is a great dessert beer. Will definitely have again.

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

Today (H, 02 Feb 2017) is both Groundhog Day AND WBAYDN #1566 aka Throwback Thursday #3. I am revisiting this beer after 8.5 years and I think that this is a great idea! really enjoy scouring the shelves at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop since I never know what I might find to drink & review next! Of course, I would have preferred more CANs and fewer bottles, but c'est la guerre.

From the bottle: "Imperial Stout Brewed with Chocolate & Natural Flavor Added"; "25 [deg.] Plato[,] 2-row malt[,] caramel malt[,] barley flakes[,] chocolate malt[,] bittersweet Belgian chocolate[,] chinook & willamette hops[,] natural flavor".

My bottle has a DOB of 09/28/16 01:52PM so it is about four months old at this point. I had a tulip glass at the ready & once I Pop!ped the cap, I was ready for an aggro pour. I watched in fascination as the beer created a pseudo-cascade and then began to form just over a finger of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head that slowly dissipated into wisps. Color was Black/Opaue (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled much like the Belgian chocolate bar that we had as a snack during yesterday's Job Club meeting. The takeaway here is that they used "bittersweet Belgian chocolate", so it was not particularly sweet on the nose. Chocolaty, yes. Sweet, not really. I have to say that I was heartened by a lack of smoky/charcoal/roastiness that I seem to get on so many Stouts. Mouthfeel was full and dense, almost like a scoop or a dollop had been dropped onto my tongue. I allowed this first sip to just sit in my mouth and roll around, warming in so doing. The taste was full-on chocolate, fairly sweet, like chocolate pudding or chocolate mousse. Part of today's exercise asks us why it has been so long between samplings and in this case, it is because I am a self-described, self-avowed hophead and this level of sweetness does not generally appeal to me. Finish was sweet, but not necessarily cloying, since I do not want to oversell it. Just like the last one that I drank in their Blackwater Series, Crème Brulee, this strikes me as a dessert beer more than one to drink on its own. I also like my initial idea of blending it with a fruit beer. Strawberry Short's Cake would be another possibility as would a cherry/kirsch/kriek bier. Another thing from my previous review is that the ABV does not really bother me at this point. It is the sweetness that is bogging me down. Even from a 12-fl. oz. bottle, I was wishing that I had someone for a bottle share.

This poured with a decent, deep, dark-brown head with decent retention. The color was a dark brown that allowed little to no light penetration. The nose smelled exactly like fresh brownies. The mouthfeel was medium with a LOT of chocolate on the tongue. The finish was chocolaty, but with a small bit of charcoal. It was definitely sweet, but not TOO sweet. It was also drinkable, but only in small doses. The combination of the ABV and the sweetness were just too much for yours truly.

Blend Idea: Mix some of this with Berkshire B.C.'s Raspberry Barleywine and you have yourself a panty-peeler. This would be perfect at Valentine's Day. 'Nuff said.

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

A: Black with a tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol

T: CHOCOLATE I SAID! It tastes like this beer was brewed with Godiva chocolate. Really delicious! The 11% ABV is noticeable throughout the taste, but doesn't detract from the overall flavor. Roasted malt, and well...CHOCOLATE!

M: Buttery and smooth, alcohol finish with lingering bitter and sweet chocolates

D: A great beer. Recommended.

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color but has some lighter brown and red hues coming through around the edges. Creamy tan head forms on top of this beer less than a finger strong and receeds to just a thin film with a fair amount of lacing. Nose does not disappoint and fully lives up to the name. Aroma is all chocolate... it is like a sweet milk chocolate that is reminiscent of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Taste is a mildly sweet chocolate upfront that turns to bitter chocolate with a bit of a burnt grain character through the body blended with hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate is left in the mouth from a combination of the dark grain and hops. Moderately high carbonation with a medium to heavy feel. Initially this beer masked the alcohol quite well but as it comes up to temperature it really comes through in the finish of the taste. Overally quite good.

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

I've only had this on draft in the past, I remember it being overkill Hersheys syrup sweet. Pours a pitch black hue with light tan head, forms fine speckled lacing. Aroma has a roasted dark chocolate and with hints of coffee. Really at the end of the day this is the most chocolate I've smelled in any beer out there. The flavor is hitting with malted chocolate, a bit of syrup going on as well. Really not much else to pick out. I can't believe there's chinook and williamette hops in this. One glass is more than enough pretty thick stuff, with a bit of sticky syrup going on. Drinkability is limited due to how rich nice with dessert or in this case eating a Quizno's flatbread turkey with chipotle mayo. The spicy works with the chocolate.

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4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle drank fresh in March 2011.

A (4.5) - Pitch black with no highlights. Light coating of a dark mocha head.

S (5) - 60% bitter chocolate strikes a great bitter/sweet balance. Coffee and cream. (vs the aged '09 the coffee was definitely more pronounced here)

T (4.5) - Fantastic, well balanced, chocolate straight from the nose. Coffee notes lend some added bitterness to the finish. Definitely get some milky cream too. (much like the nose, vs '09 the coffee comes through more in the younger bottle)

M (4.5) - Wonderfully smooth with just a touch of booze. (aging in the '09 mellowed out the last of the booze)

O (4.5) - Delicious and ridiculously drinkable at 11%. Looking back at the '09 I can definitely say a few years beveled out some of the edges, but man, it's going to take some serious will power to keep it aging on the shelf knowing that it's this good fresh.

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- As tasted at Split Thy Skull 2011 at Mugs Alehouse -

2009 bottle drank in March 2011.

A - Solid bowling ball black. Dark mocha head.

S - Holy sh*t. Beautiful straight chocolate. Cream and high quality cocoa. Period. My wife said it best, 'I wish my hot chocolate smelled as good as this'.

T - Soft sweet chocolate. Delicious 60% cocoa, with a perfect balance of bitter and sweet. Some cream notes bevel the edges and add a wonderful backdrop. The few years in the cellar mellowed out the unbalanced sweetness of a fresh bottle, and culled any hint of booze.

M - Full bodied. Incredibly smooth.

O - Delicious. Incredible drinkability for the ABV.

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