Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

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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Photo of joemo1971
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great smooth taste with a strong finish. The taste is not indicative of the "Imperial" name. However, a couple of these 10% ABV and you will feel it. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black, viscous body with a light tan, creamy, dense head. The nose displays powdered chocolate, milk chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, brownies, and more powdered chocolate. Dope. The flavor expands a bit, still putting powdered and milk chocolate first, but incorporating roasty malt, some lactose sweetness, roasted malt bitterness, and mild background acidity. There is SO much chocolate going on, mostly the almost-artificial Nesquik (TM) variety, but ends up authentic and with good richness and prominent but not unopposed sweetness. it's tempting to get hypnotized by the amount of rich chocolate going on here, but there are other, beer-y, flavors going on if the drinker chooses to seek them out. The body is heavy but could still be heavier, with fine and restrained carbonation.
The definitive beer about chocolate. Sure, there are some that offer it in a purer method, as in through malts alone, but those can't touch what this one has achieved. As with lightning never striking twice turning out to be BS, so does one brewery not being able to produce multiple delicious stylized dessert beers: ST Creme Brulee has its twin.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is rich, kind of bitter, and absolutely brings the full force of its chocolate flavor, but man is it smooth as you finish it. If you're not a stout person (I'm not), it may be hard to drink an entire pint (I had it with a flight), but what I did have was very encouraging.

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Photo of gandres
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured to snifter
black, dark amber on edges, brown foam that slowly goes away
fragrant, chocolate, roasted nuts and fruity
medium bitterness
long good bitter finish, bitter sweet aftertaste, no sudden drop
excellent beer ok to repeat, look for a bit expensive
drank: February 10, 2017 11:33 PM

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S: Very dark brown. A very stable head that remains for a good ways through the session. Takes a flatter, glistened tone over time.

A: Hershey's Chocolate World is not a far stretch. If you haven't had the pleasure of stepping into a macro chocolate factory, I imagine your local boutique could sub. Either way, a multi spectral aroma.

M: Full, soft...very sticky. Surprising bit of roast astringency.

T: All types of chocolate. Raisins, dark cherry.
Vanilla bean, wood, and coffee finish

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Photo of FFreak
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this for over a year. Poured into a tulip. Dark, dark brown with a finger of milk chocolate head that disappears quite quickly leaving just a thin ring. Smells of dark, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Taste is mellowed out bitter dark chocolate, sweet but with a fairly bitter finish. Mouth is about right, medium-full body, almost no carbonation, but bitter enough to keep it from being cloying. Overall, a good flavored stout.

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Photo of The_Meme_Lord
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full disclosure - I am a rabid fan of beers that are chocolate and/or coffee in flavor. With that said, I don't think there is an aspect of this beer that I don't like. It hits all the right notes. The most amazing (and dangerous) thing about it is that it doesn't taste like 10% ABV. It hits you like a ton of bricks in 20 minutes if you've been ferociously sipping it like a milkshake. The breakdown:

Look - Very opaque, and "motor oil" dark. Thin, dark tan head forms during the pour.

Smell - Sweet luscious chocolate is the dominate smell here. Maybe some coffee, but mostly sweet luscious chocolate.

Taste - BAM! CHOCOLATE. Chocolate is the overwhelming taste here. It is sweet, but "smart" sweet. Not like that cheap Easter candy shit that is "pure sugar sweet". IMO, it has just the right amount of sweet. Chocolaty sweetness, followed by an aftertaste which fades slowly into a duller, bitter chocolate. The slightest alcohol taste pokes through on aftertaste, hardly noticeable.

Feel - The feel doesn't disappoint either. You immediately notice a nice little thickness to the beer. It's not watery, and it's not molasses. It fits nicely in between. And shortly thereafter, you get the micro-carbonation sensation on your tongue.

Overall - As well-balanced as you can get if you're into the dessert type beer.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tap at Southern Tier's new location in Pittsburgh. This is sweeter than the Mokah we had today. We enjoyed the Mokah more than the Choklat, but this is still a great brew

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Photo of sublime_IGM
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Look: Super dark, with little brown head

Smell: Really intense coffee and chocolate hit you.

Taste: It’s like drinking liquified chocolate. Slight coffee underlies this, but not as present as a flavor as it was an aroma. The chocolate flavors linger in your mouth even when the bomb of chocolateness fades. Refreshing finish, the sweetness of the chocolate doesn’t overwhelm your palette,which makes this beer enjoyable. Really intense flavors of chocolate / coffee.

Chocolate flavors very strong and present on the initial taste. Those are the main flavors throughout the beer, maybe a wee bit of bitterness, but it was predominantly a coffee/chocolate beer. Drink this if you like coffee / chocolate

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Photo of j_d_b
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 22oz bottle into slightly flared snifter-style drinking vessel. Head is a foamy light brown, and dissipates fairly fast, but a ring around the edge remains for awhile.

Pours a dark, dark, brown. Close to black.

Aroma is an astoundingly strong, pure coffee and chocolate. Intense.

Feel is very balanced. Nothing special, though. Not very thick, and some carbonation to keep things lighter than expected for a dark beer like this. Micro-bubbles on the tongue are nice.

The taste certainly lives up to it’s name; this is a chocolate blast, for sure. Finish is a little sour-fruity almost, though not very strong compared to the chocolate and coffee notes. Some dark fruit, and a little bitterness are there as well. After the swallow, a stickiness remains. Not sweet, though.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


AROMA: Chocolate (Duh),
LOOK: Thick Dark Black appearance with no Head.
TASTE: Sweet Chocolate, I see now on the bottle that bittersweet belgian chocolate is added to the already chocolate malt; a little syrupy…..dare I say too much chocolate.

Maybe ok for a Dessert Beer.

Giving this a 2nd try. Still overly sweet. Alcohol is masked well.
Maybe i was a little too harsh the first time, but I still think this is too sweet as most ST Blackwater seems to be.
2.90 up to 3.48.


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Photo of beerguy04
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured as black with a small tan head. Smelled like dark chocolate. Tasted like a melted Hersey bar. But, not to sweet. A bitter chocolate taste. Overall, it makes a great dessert beer. If you love chocolate and beer, this is for you.

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Photo of brandonlovesbeer
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my God! I haven't tasted anything this good in a long time.
If I hadn't read the side of the bottle, I would not have known it was a 10% beer.
I could have drank quite a few of these. It was like drinking chocolate straight out of the churning river in the Wonka factory.
OMG! Soooo good! I will figure out how to make this myself. I must have more.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A thin tan head circles a head of deep mahogany, then quickly dissipated to reveal a rim of chestnut colored highlights.

Smell: As chocolate as chocolate gets in the beer world! The scent is one of moist, delectable, chocolate chip brownies straight out of the oven on steroids and I am, needless to say, loving it.

Taste: Rich chocolate and vanilla swirl soft serve ice cream, with a square of bitter cooking chocolate to toughen things up. The slightest dash of dried jalapeño brings balance as well...and it's needed: those layers of fudge last, and last... some mixed nuts bring some festive complexity. To the party.

Mouthfeel: A relaxed creaminess with mild carbonation and a slightly chewy finish fits into the candy bar for grownups theme.

Overall: A dream come true for the lover of both chocolate and beer. This recipe rivals the tastiest of truffles without succumbing to cloying sweetness. Bitterness and spiciness balance the scales enough to make things mature and not at all cloying. Very. Well. Done. A dessert for even those without a sweet tooth.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This beastly brew pours a rugged
coal black with a quickly dissipating head of light tan foam that settles
to a thin ring and subtle lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, subtle charred
dark malts, coffee, and medium strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with
strong booze laden dark chocolate candy that is lightly touched by cream
and caramel with light char notes settling on the back with a zesty herbal
hop bitterness to bring it all together. Excellent mouth feel; low carbonation,
creamy, smooth, and warming with a bitter malt and warming booze finish.

Excellent---look forward to this every year.


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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle,into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin khaki head that dissolves quickly.Black in color,with the slightest hint of light coming through the bottom of the glass.Moderate carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly rich dark chocolate,and booze...smells like bourbon or brandy.Some dark roasted coffee,and some roasted malts as well.I get some caramel also.As the beer warmed,the booziness went away.The nose is actually very pleasant once warmed to the intended temperature.

On the palate I get rich dark chocolate,sweet milk chocolate,dark roasted coffee,roasted malts,and some bitter hops.The taste is pretty bitter,a little more hops than I like in my stouts.

The body is medium,a little thinner than I like my doubles/imperials.You gets some fizzle on the tongue from the hops,and the carbonation.The finish is dry.

Overall this isn't a terrible Imperial stout,just not a go to for me.Its alot better than their choklat oranj for sure.The smell is nice,but in my opinion the palate didn't do the nose justice.In my personal opinion,a little too much dark chocolate,and hops.

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Photo of CypherAnt
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank on Co2 from a snifter. Pours a nice dark black and smells of Dark chocolate. Tastes like melting a piece of Dark chocolate on your tounge. Is a bit thin, but wow is this fun beer!!

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Photo of hopflyer
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/28/16

Pours coca color with light tan head.

Bakers cocoa aroma with a touch of booze. Reminds me of chocolate syrup.

Taste is big semi-sweet chocolate and some bitterness. Dark chocolate flavors continue thru and thru. Definitely the most chocolate forward beer I've ever had but then again, it's to no surprise.

Feel is medium bodied with lower amount of carbonation. Roasted malt Bitterness linger a tad. Wish this was just a bit heavier.

I didn't like their Creme Brûlée too much so I wasn't sure how this would turn out. It's really good and although it is heavy on the chocolate, it takes it just far enough without overdoing it. It carries some bitterness to help offset.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I have to say is damn good chocolate stout. I put it up there with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout. Tons of chocolate, a little vanilla bean, nut, and malt. It doesn't have that syrup added taste like their Creme Brûlée beer, although that one is really good also.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet 9/28/16 bottle date

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Smells like straight unicorn blood syrup covered in crumbled walnuts.

T- Fudge, hot chocolate, malted milk balls. All the decadent chocolate notes are there with minimal alcohol flavor considering the ABV. There's also some caramel, vanilla, peanut brittle and a hint of coffee. Bitter roast aftertaste. The sweetness is definitely there the whole way through the glass but it never gets too overbearing (for my taste at least).

M- Creamy and luscious with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- The ultimate chocolate dessert beer. You have to like sweet stuff to appreciate it but, if you do, you definitely want this. Other worldly.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into my Central Waters snifter while on vacation in Wisconsin.

Deep dark obsidian black with a beige-brown 2 finger head. 100% opaque. Beautiful.

Smells like Hershey's syrup, very old Krackle bar, and slight metal.

Oh. This could have been so much better. It starts with a milisecond of chocolate and chocolate milk, but then it gets washed out by a burning, boozy flavor - vodka - that wrecks the whole thing. There's a touch of lactose, and heavy charred roast notes at the finish, with more of the boozy hotness. Leaving it on the palate a good ten seconds lifts some of those chocolate notes, but the boozy hottness is almost too much here. I'll give it a decent score here because there is's just buried.

Feel is great, it's nice and thick without being chewy, but yes, very hot, and semi-dry on the finish.

Overall, somehow i knew it was too good to be true that Chokolat was like a Chocolate Bar in Stout form, and I was right. I'll continue the search. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but for those that are exclaiming too much did you find it beneath the alcohol?

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Photo of Josher
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply the perfect balance of chocolate and imperial stout. Smooth, delicious, beautiful, aromatic. They give the ingredients on the label, daring you to make it yourself... For $21 for a 4-pack here in Michigan (I thought I was a victim of a practical joke until I tried it), I shall try and fail a thousand times over to attempt replication of this deliciousness!

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is not much more that needs to be said about this gem, that hasn't been said . This is probably my favorite offering from Southern Tier. Super strong hit of chocolate once we opened the bottle. Our bottles were 15 months old when we cracked them and I am glad we waited. Some what thick ,yet not super chewy, and super smooth for sure. Chocolate, chocolate milk, and fudge notes with some vanilla. As the beer sits at room temp, the alcohol becomes more pronounced and yummy ! This is one amazing product. Although this is a big beer, it is well hidden and could creep up on you before you know it ! If you know what I mean. I love this beer in the 22 oz form !

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Southern Tier and I love this beer. Choklat is such a wonderful Imperial Stout.

This is a strong Double Imperial Stout, and it has a pronounced chocolate flavor, but it also has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is smooth and really enjoyable to drink. Overall a great double imperial stout, and one I want to drink again.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark black with thin tan head which dissipated quickly. No lacing.
S - Chocolate hit me from the opening of the bottle. Thought I noticed a rum-like smell, too.
F - Oh, good. Fairly thick and fairly smooth. Nice.
T - The aftertaste hung around a while. Definitely a chocolate kick to it.
O - Glad I got this beer. Definitely want to expand on my stouts and this was a great choice. Chocolate sweetness comes through and the smell remains all the way through.

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