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

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

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5,257
Reviews:
1,591
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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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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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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 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 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 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 drewone
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,257 ratings.
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