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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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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19.44%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like midnight with no stars and comes with a tan head. Nose is fully a dark chocolate bar. Flavor is chocolate layered on chocolate. Just mounds of ever piece of dark chocolate you could imagine. Feel is smooth with a full carbonation. As beautiful as it was on the bottle. By far the most firm chocolate stout around. Very nice.

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

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 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 Lare453
1.58/5  rDev -63%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours black with a small bright brown head.

The smell is of the clear chocolate syrup used in cheap desserts.

The taste is terrible, the flavor of fake chocolate is overpowering.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Smooth with a soft head.

Overall I think this beer is awful. I was extremely excited to try it but very disappointed. It's sister beer, creme brûlée, is equally awful... I love stout and southern tier but these were bad...

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter:

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Looks like an espresso, though the head eventually becomes a patch, then recedes to a thick ring.

Well - the chocolate is assertive alright. Delicious chocolate aroma can be detected easily at the pour - no need to sniff this one to catch the chocolate aromas. However - I sniffed it anyway - a chocolate indulgence was awaiting the first sip...

The taste is of strong bittersweet chocolate. This is enough to satisfy any chocolate lover. Going beyond the chocolate, which, at times did get a bit like chocolate syrup and override any "beer" taste (or else it probably would have ranked a perfect "5" in my book), there is plenty of upfront caramel flavor as well, and it does have an underlying hop presence, but it's hardly noticeable until maybe the end. Rum-soaked chocolate with a caramel flair is really what dominates here, and it is quite potent.

This is rich, creamy and velvety with a potent alcohol kick.

As wonderful as it is, this is a sipper. The chocolate overwhelms, and has the effect of a chocolate with caramel cake soaked in alcohol has a nightcap effect.
Delicious, but...well - my bed is calling...

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

Notes are minimal, for I wrote while enjoying with a friend:

Choklat

thoroughly black, roasty tan head...

aroma: full on chocolate at first sniff...huge, rich, and bittersweet...it's no more or less than having real chocolate beneath your nose.

BAM! There it is all over the mouth. You're drinking chocolate. nice roast below the cocoa. good drinking, not too think, not AS thick as I like from a RIS ...but it's all chocolate. I like a few other things ,sometimes...

that's enough, don't you think?

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

Pours black but lets a little light through if held up to the light. Tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is Chocolate with a capitol C. Smells more like hershey's syrup than an imperial stout. I pickup some dark chocolates as well. Taste follows the smell, but adds some alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is smooth velvety creamy. Has an almost artificial chocolate aftertaste. Great brew. I couldn't drink to many of these, its a bit sweet, but great dessert drink.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick layer of dense, brown head that has good retention. The nose is rich chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is rich, sweet, and very chocolaty. This is almost like chocolate milk. There is some alcohol warmth as the beer itself warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, rich, and well carbonated.

This is a phenomenal beer. It's absolutely delicious, drinkable, superb.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from early 2009. Served in a pint-shaped Goose Island taster glass.

A - Pours with a late-rising dime of tan foam that sizzles quickly to a light haze. No ring or lacing on top of a very, very dark brown that is slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Hershey's chocolate syrup, malted milk balls, chocolate icing. Incredibly sweet, without much else going on. Alcohol is well-hidden I guess. Bonus points for achieving what they set out to do.

T - Taste is less good, with lighter chocolate over top of a pretty bland stout base - not much in the way of roastiness or complementary flavors. Lots of residual dark chocolate and earthy bitterness, and a bit of booze as well.

M - Low carbonation, and a medium, slightly watery, body that seems a little thin for the ABV. I think a little more carbonation might have actually helped. There's also a bit of warmth after a while. Very sticky residual texture.

D - I'm glad I split this bomber with others, as I can feeling my heart rate accelerating. Drinking a whole bomber would probably result in the loss of a limb. I love the chocolate in a Hunahpu's, but this is a one-trick pony here.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

Resembles a dark red/brown body with minimal carbonation. Tight bubbles on the head of a light brown which don't last too long after a pour. Does manage to leave a collar. Leg like sticking on the glass and very little potmarked lacing.

Mild to bittersweet dark chocolate notes, and faint malt on the nose. Gets into almost Ovaltine smell. A faint sour yeast as well behind it also. Very sweet smelling. A bit of heat as well and getting a little boozy.

Taste is a prickly stinging malt sensation. Surprisingly not that too chocolaty giving to more of a milk consistency that is luckily not too sweet. It's not a big chocolate bomb luckily which would have really turned me off. Mouthfeel is a little wet, and it's a bit carbonated. Not much of an aftertaste with this brew either and a tongue alcohol numbness is obvious with a chalk like feel. The high abv is not very well masked in taste and smell I have to say.

A fairly good value for what it is, drinkability is okay for me. I could have it again and drink it in certain circumstances but I can only see myself drinking this after a meal and not casually.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle without a freshness date into a shaker pint glass, split with my wife.

Beer is dark brown to black and forms a medium head of small bubbles / tan to brown bubbles. Head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass.

This beer smells like brownies. Sweet cocoa, like a chocolate bar. Interesting how much it smells like chocolate. There is a hint of roast if you smell long enough. I'm excited to see if this will carry-through to the flavor.

Beer is medium bodied and sweet up front. There is some late bitterness and roast but its not like coffee. Relatively smooth, it does taste a lot like chocolate. Well done Southern Tier. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is nice. Second taste, there's a slight heat to the whole thing. Overall its a very good beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown to black coloring with a thin, light tan head. Good lacing while you drink. Nose of melted chocolate, syrupy, milky, and fudgy. Flavors of roast initially, with a blend of bitter baker's chocolate and milk chocolate, with a sugary sweet overtone. Smooth and creamy in mouth, and the bitterness cuts through to clean everything up. Roasty and bitter aftertaste, with a slick, smooth finish and moderate linger. Beer made for the chocolate lovers out there.

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Photo of Billolick
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My darling wife checked the Whole Foods in downtown NYC, for bottles of this stuff, finding none she procured a growler, nice. Pours typical stout black, rich and thick dark tan head, leaving
luxurious tiny bubble film, sheeting and well developed lacing. Chocolate milk nose, rich, smooth and chewy brew. Tons of milk chocolate, cafe au lait, mocha. Ultra thick mouth feel if you like the style, this is for you. 11% nowhere to be found. Over the top and high quality in every way. Go get some of this world class offering and enjoy

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

A - Deep dark almost black body. Thick medium brown head.

S - The nose is huge chocolate. The chocolate aroma is intense, sweet, roasty and spicy.

T - Chocolate is foremost and it's thick, rich, semi sweet chocolate. This is an imperial and the chocolate is almost in semi sweet chocolate syrup form. Not many other flavors present except some toasty pumpernickel, warming alcohol and a bitter background.

M - Thick bodied, viscious and syruppy. Its not overwhelming but you can really chew on this beer and it's great.

D - Not highly drinkable by most standards, I could still take down a bomber bottle no problem. The flavors are ricvh and intense and its high abv but would consider it more of a savoring sipper.

Notes - If you're into huge flavors and intense chocolate than you will love this one. Southern Tier is a great brewery and this one marks another fine creation.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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