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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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1,575
Ratings:
5,185
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
19.44%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,575 | Ratings: 5,185
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 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 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 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 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 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 vfgccp
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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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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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 WoodBrew
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer....Amazing....the brewer gets an A+++ for nailing what the intention is/was. The beer poured an opaque black with 1/2 finger of rich tan head that laced all the way down the sniffer glass. The scent was Nestle Quick....sorry to name brand but the smell was NESTLE QUICK!!!! The taste was a semi sweet chocolate mixed with a slight roasty malt and enough bittering hops to cleanse the pallet. The mouthfeel was a full bodied ale with smooth carbonation. Overall....awesome...a perfect desert beer...a perfect winter warmer....a perfect fireside chat beer...did I mention it smelled like NESTLE QUICK!!!

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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 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 ShanePB
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, I applaud the BAs on here that can actually think outside of the box and appreciate this as a delicious chocolate Stout, obviously what the brewers were going for. For those that can't... well, anyway...

A - 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter, deep black, inky body. Mocha brown head that dissipated at a nice pace and left a foamy cap with lacing on the weaker side -- not surprising at 11% though.

S - Sweet chocolate morsels, chocolate milk...overall a sweet and creamy base. Some roasted malt shines through with a cocoa nib spin. Hops? None.

T - Chocolate chip cookies, Hershey's chocolate syrup, cold milk, blended together with a sweeter malt base with hints of caramel and toffee. Definitely sweet and chocolaty, but with a name of Choklat, what else were you expecting?

M - The body is medium to full-bodied, somewhere in that range, definitely not heavy or syrupy though. The carbonation was pretty evenly distributed, great overall feel I'm getting.

D - I split this bottle with someone and that was enough for me. It's a sipper and definitely starts to turn into more of a chocolate milk base once it warms but this is fantastic. That being said, I could only do a glass at a time of this.

Kudos to Southern Tier for doing a chocolate Stout outside of the norm - blasting this thing with chocolate and masking that ABV mark was great. Something one off and different. Some won't appreciate this, and want a standard Stout that doesn't deviate much. Whatever.

Well deserved, well respected. Cheers.

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

On tap at Black Friday. Velvety smooth, aroma confirms beer namesake, flavor brings it all to fruition. Chocolate essence abounds, very smooth despite the high ABV. Silky black pour with spare beige head, but still leaves streaky lacing. Deserving of its reputation.

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

Poured a very dark brown with maroonish highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. In the nose you could definitely notice the big chocolate aroma with slight roastiness, some oat notes, slight lacto, and a touch of underlying mild coffe presence. The flavor was also big on the chocolate which was dominating but still left room for some of the other characteristics to come through like oats, some lite toastiness, and a hint of coffee flavor, slight vanilla, and caramel accents. The brew was full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight milky, toasty, silky finish. It drank very good considerin the ABV which was well hidden and was a very solid chocolate beer IMO. Any seeking out a chocolate flavor beer should definitely seek this chocolate bomb out. This one is probably the best or if not one of the best chocolate style brews there are on the market. Very glad to have tried this beer a few times now.

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

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, chocolate, slight roasted malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of chocolate, hops, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Overall, a sweet chocolate tastes up front that is cut with a bitterness. The chocolate is not too cloying.

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Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's in Bethlehem.

Pours a pitch black body with a thin tan head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of chocolate and cocoa flavors. I swear, it's like you're walking through a chocolate factory. The flavor is less fulfilling, unfortunately, with an unpleasant alcohol taste rearing up in the and dominating the aftertaste. I suppose that's somewhat reasonable given the 11%, but maybe dialing back the strength of this beer would help. There's still the luscious chocolate flavors, like Rogue's Chocolate Stout on steroids, along with a little bit of chocolate grains.

The body is surprisingly thin for the big strength. I suppose at 11% it brings like a strong Belgian. Its not cloying like some other big stouts. I guess the only really holding this beer back is the obvious alcohol. Sure, a little more grain character would be nice, but it's still damn tasty and the drinkability is unreal. Yummy.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown/black colour with 1/2 a finger of light brown head.

S - Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. A very robust nose. The chocolate really dominates this nose and it is somewhat synthetic smelling (more like chocolate syrup than real chocolate).

T - Chocolate dominates the palate with some light roasted malt flavour complimenting. The chocolate is sweet and very slightly bitter. Would love to see how this one one ages. Somewhat one dimensional (chocolate completely dominates) but still very good.

M - Full body, thick and chewy. Lightly carbonated.

D - Remarkably drinkable for a 9.5% ABV beer that has so much sweetness.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize this was on the BA 100 until i looked it up to review it. Hop bombs, malt bombs...this is a chocolate bomb. Black pour with reddish highlights. Dark, tan head seems to be loaded with powder cocao...or is it the aroma that's making me dizzy? Aroma...yeah...chocolate. This thing is a chocolate bar. Dark chocolate with some silky milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Picking up slight spice, hoping it's from the hops.
Taste is a bit lighter on the chocolate side, but not by much. It has a good share of roastiness to it to add to the chocolate bar flaver. More dark chocolate than milk. Not too sweet. Dryness throughout after a brief hit of sweet up front. Spices come it at the end that make me think (but not really 'taste') some citrus mixed with chocolate. Some tobacco hits along with alcohol in the end. Darn fine beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 3" fluffy tan colored head. Nice lacing paints the inside of the glass during the session.

Smell: wonderful milk chocolate smell that reminds you of the smell of freshly melted high quality chocolate.

Taste: this is a chocolate bomb like no other on the market today. Full milk chocolate flavors fill the mouth while some softer roasted malt and a decent bitterness balances it out. Alcohol is hidden extremely well on the flavor side, but it does provide some warming like eating a molten chocolate cake fresh from the oven.

Mouthfeel: light crispness at the start, but velvety smooth and dry at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is long as the chocolate flavors just last on the tastebuds.

Drinkability: absolutely superb. Easy to drink almost like a chocolate milkshake. But high alcohol will creep up on you in a dangerous fashion. Everyone must give this one a try.

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Photo of WesWes
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful dark chocolate scent that screams of black and chocolate malts as well as the real deal. The taste is great! It's extremely smooth and flavorful, while hiding much of the 11% abv. . It boasts of black malts and imported dark chocolate. This is a real treat of a beer. It does go the road of the low alcohol sweet chocolate stout. It chooses the high powered attack instead with lots of alcohol and a dark chocolate taste. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinker and a good value at only $6.99 a bottle. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of liamt07
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Pours almost (if not) pitch black, with a thin head of light tan colour. Falls to a thin film and a medium sized collar. Nose is rich in milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar. Gorgeous and not overly sweet, very enticing and bang on for a 'chocolate' beer. Taste has some sweet milk chocolate roll over the tongue, with some bitter and roasty dark chocolate notes in close pursuit. Some coffee and more bitter and roasty notes in the finish, some vanilla and less brown sugar than the nose. Some alcohol in the finish. Medium full mouthfeel, rich, sticky and almost velvety at points. Average drinkability for the alcohol content, nothing more than a real sipper. A fantastic effort; I'd love to see some experimentation done with this base beer (barrels?)

PROTIP: 30:70 (Choklat:Pumking) black and tan will rock your world. DO IT.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Chocolate aroma pours out on opening the bottle. Pours black with a small, fine chocolate head. Chocolate and sweet dark malt aroma. Chocolate with dark malts up front, an alcohol shot in the middle, finishing with chocolate and slight bitterness. Aptly named. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Another fine Southern Tier production.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Thanks to Exiled for splitting this beer with me.

Poured dark brown, almost black, into a Dogfish Head signature glass. The smell is unmistakable, straight chocolate. Not hops or alcohol present. The taste follows the smell, with a huge rich chocolate flavor. When the beer is in your mouth, you get a rich milk chocolate flavor. This beer tastes about like YooHoo or Nestle Quick. Easily the most chocolatey beer I have ever sampled. The finish is bitter chocolate. Absolutely amazing. This beer completely hides the alcohol. I have no idea how Southern Tier brewed a beer that tasted this chocolatey, but they did. Quite and accomplishment.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,185 ratings.
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