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

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4.27
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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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 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 Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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