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Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,568 | Ratings: 5,163
Photo of AMo
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier Choklat Stout pours a deep dense dark black. Little head that settles into an oil like sheen. Initial smell is faint and a bit bitter. Give this one some time. It turns to a sweet chocolate with a pure gold chocolate aroma. Taste is semi sweet chocolate with a moderate carbonation. Too cold this is not what it should be, right at temp it is great. Mouthfeel is moderately dense with a light carbonation. Huge chocolate flavor with a silk like feel. This is a great beer ready for a long enjoyment. Drink wisely, this is great, but hard to come by.

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Photo of fitzy21
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - deep black like a well shined shoe. head and lace very minimal and dissipate quickly

S - rich boutique of dark chocolate. reminds me of walking into a chocolate factory and all the glory that comes from enjoying myself there

T - rich, dark chocolate overload until the aftertaste, where some of the bitterness comes about. but it fits nicely with the rich chocolate taste

M - full, somewhat syrupy, but leaves a nice thick coating as the beer migrates through the mouth

D - Would love to keep drinking more if I didn't feel so full after a glass.

Hides the alcohol content very well

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Photo of mcsquint
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml(22oz) bottle into small snifter.
A - Opaque black in color with thin tan head. Head diminishes very quickly. Very minimal lacing.
S - Like a box of very expensive Belgian chocolates.
T - Tasty dark chocolate is the predominant taste here. Notes of espresso and alcohol on the finish.
M - Full mouthfeel. A bit on the syrupy side. No carbonation. However, these are good things!
D - Normally I define drinkability as 'being able to drink a few at one sitting'. This should be treated as an aperitif. Served after dinner in small glasses with tiramisu. The 22oz. bottle could EASILY be split between 4 or 5 people. I've never given a '5' to any brew so far; but this is the best crafted brew in it's category.

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Photo of adamette
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bomber purchased at Rozi's Wine house a few weeks ago into my clean, clear Brewery Ommegang snifter. Review written "live" as I experience it.

A Great looking deep, deep black body under a nice, generous medium brown head. What an attractive look. It cannot look better.

S Chocolate is the most obvious and up front smell and it also sets it immediately apart from other stouts that I have had. It is a dark chocolate milk smell vs. a baker's chocolate smell like I get from other stouts sometimes. There is certainly a sweetness to the nose.

T Big dark chocolate taste but about 1/3 of the way through the taste it turns to a bitterness. This is not a harsh, uncomfortable bitterness but a nice, balanced chocolate bitterness and the bitter like malts come through. Maybe some hops too? If there are any the hops are way buried and only come through in the last 1/3 of the taste. The syrupy nectar remains well into the aftertaste as the bitterness gives way and I am left with a dark chocolate taste. What a great beer!

M Big, huge beer with not a lot of carbonation but chocolate and bitterness which fill you right up.

D I don't think that any stout is supposed to be extremely drinkable but this one is so delicious and appealing that I have to give it a high score.

Notes: This beer lived up to the hype for me.

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Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out really black with very few offwhite suds and lots of lacing.
Smell is very fine chocolate and no alcohol.
Taste is chocolate bitter and sweet malt sugars along with a raisin flavor.
The mouthfeel is sticky but tolerable. Very sweet, not as sweet as the darkness but still.
Even though it is 11% this is a very drinkable.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell was just like dark chocolate or hot cocoa.

Taste was almost like eating a Hersheys dark chocolate bar.

Drinkability is good as a dessert beer rather than a beer to drink while watching a football game.

Appearence was dark in color with hints of red in the lights at the bar.

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Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Choklat is a very black ale with a yellow hue and a khaki head that leaves decent lacing. It has a sweet chocolate aroma-- very candyish. It is full bodied and smooth. There is a little rumble before the end, but it finishes cleanly. It is sweet and smooth with a huge chocolate flavor. Caramel is detected. It's well bittered and well balanced. It dries up for the finish. Pour this on ice cream!
(rated Feb 5, 2008)

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Photo of KeefD
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a very small tan head and light lacing. Aroma is chocolaty, Tootsie Rolls, backed up by some roasted malts and a nice hop bitterness. Yep, it smells like chocolate. Flavor is all chocolate up front, cocoa-licious, roasty and toasty in the middle, a very nice base stout flavor, some alcohol is present, but not overpowering. There's a nice bitterness on the finish, but whether this is from the hops or the roasted malts, I'm not sure. An underlying coffee pokes it's head out as it warms, but it's short-lived. It's medium bodied, alcohol warming can be felt in the throat on the way down, but not burning, average carbonation. Coats the mouth with bittersweet chocolate, and the aftertaste sticks around.

This beer is pretty darn good, but I was expecting more. It was much better than Oat ans the alcohol was a little more well-hidden than their other impy stouts. I just don't understand the people in the forums who say this tastes like a chocolate milkshake.

It doesn't.

It tastes like a solid impy stout with chocolate added.

Not bad, but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice chocolate brown with a pleasant inviting white head
S- like chocolate , wow...not like fake chocolate coloring, like real chocolate
T- remember when you were a kid and you were eating chocoate from cookies youre mom was making and you were trying to be sly, and it was unsweetened dark chocolate, thats what this beer tastes like, but as I have gotten older I like this kind of chocolate more, wow this beer tastes like chocolate, some light coffee tastes but finises chocolate
M- smooth and inviting, like a cold hot chocolate with some subtle spicy spices, but still refreshing
D- 11 perecent, this one started off my night , a great way to start, I dig this, will def reach for this one again

I have heard a rumor that there is a strain of malt called chocolate, and so some "chocolate" beers dont taste like chocolate, this one does... wow

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Photo of damienblack
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, thick and viscous. Small cocoa colored head that only retains a bit, with a little lacing around the glass when agitated. Smells like cocoa powder, sweet chocolate... almost like sniffing Nesquik out of the canister when you were a kid. I can't get over how sweetly awesome it smells.

It doesn't taste quite as sweet as it smells, though. The chocolate characteristic here (definitely the pre-eminent characteristic, as suggested by the name) is bitter, more like a semi-sweet baking chocolate than something you would normally consume. The roastiness of the malts emphasizes this characteristic. Little bit of hop bite at the end helps balance that out. Some alcoholic burn, but it's all up front instead of really lingering at the end (it does at the end, just a bit though.) Compared to Weyerbacher XIII, that beer had much more of an alcoholic burn, but for me, that was something that affected the whole duration of the sipping, and actually came out more in the aftertaste, making it tough to drink. In this case, the end clears up nicely. If anything, I would want this to be a little sweeter, taking away a bit from the bitterness. That detracts a bit from the drinkibility, but for what it is, the drinkibility isn't bad. It's still a nice sipper, though. Mouthfeel is chewy and full, coating but not cloying to the point of oppressiveness.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a thick used motor oil black color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into a thin ring of lacing. The aroma is of dark and milk chocolate with a backbone of roasted malt. The taste is a little roastier than the aroma, but it is still dominated by chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate is followed by fine roasted malts which lead into a finish of creamy milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is full bodied with low, fine carbonation which does a good job of staying out of the way of the chocolate. Overall, this is a very fine beer, and, perhaps, the best chocolate beer I have yet tasted. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally, this has made it down to Charlottesville. Been looking forward to it for a while and held onto this bottle for a couple weeks to enjoy around my birthday.

A: Stark black with a lighter tan head that leaves little cascading sheets of lace behind.

S: Quite rich... big chocolate aroma takes the nose by storm followed by the roasted malts and a little hint of coffee, but it's almost ignorable, really. There is quite a bit of an aromatic hoppiness I detect that adds a very nice touch.

T: Good God, the chocolate. It reminds me of a big bag of Belgian truffles or something... or brownies with a rum-fudge sauce. Hugely chocolaty, with a nice malt profile and the little kick of a leafy and oily hop that comes through again. A little alcohol as it warms, but the chocolate flavours do a good job of covering it all up. Very nice.

M: Thick, rather creamy and rich... quite full bodied. There's a bit of an oily slickness that leaves a slippery residue, and a little warming from the alcohol finishes up.

D: Alcohol is quite well hidden, as mentioned, coming out more as it warms a bit. The warming is a sign that it has some kick (I suppose the pleasant feeling that comes with it would be another clue :P). Good to finish up a night or perhaps a big dessert beer. It's really good, but I suppose it could get to be a bit much after a while.

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Photo of dickieb
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to finally come across this one in my neck of the woods. Pours a used motor oil in color with some hints of dark brown, and little to no head or lacing. The smell is well chocolaty. Like a sweet milk chocolate mixed with tootsie rolls, and some coco powder. The taste is much of the same, with a bitter lingering towards the end. The mouthfell is surprisingly light leading me to believe it is not just melted chocolate and this is very drinkable for the AVB but its still so sweat. I was hopping for more of a stout and got more of a desert in a bottle, but im still impressed.

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Photo of asabreed
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Chimay chalice. Been waiting for this one for a while, and glad I finally got a chance to snag a bottle.

Appearance: Nothing new really to say about such a brew -- opaque with a mocha-colored head that leaves mini lace-blobs around the glass.

Smell: Initial hints of Dutch process cocoa and melted baker's chocolate, chocolate cream or mousse, hints of alcohol as it warms, but pleasurably sweet and scotch-like (minus any peat) almost, and earthy. Hints of wood and rootiness and roasted, but not burnt, malt flavors as it starts to warm, with some rich aromas of chocolate-covered cherries and vanilla extract creeping in, along with drizzled caramel. I don't know how it could get more heady and complex than this. And there's so much I'm not picking up on that's on the tip of my tongue, literally of course.

Taste: Extremely rich and balanced, with a good meld of richness from the chocolate and the more quelling flavors of the roasted malts keeping everything in check. Balance is jey, of course, with such a strong and complicated beer. There's more bitterness from the hops, which I expected with the taste rather than the aroma, if any semblance was present at all. Rich caramel and dark chocolate cream with a bit of coffee-with-cream-and-two-sugars, and dark berries, more raspberries here than anything else. Rich and heavy, yes, but very balanced, and it doesn't skimp on the visceral side with good hope bitterness and much-more-evident roasted hop malt flavors as it warms to room temperature. I'd be very interested to read reviews in the upcoming years as to how this is doing in the cellar.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy and chewy while avoiding being cloying, yet it could use a bit more carbonation to reach that transcendent level, where it isn't right now.

Drinkability: If you're used to such a monster brew, you can do this in one sitting, as I did, though it was over three hours or so. if not, splitting it with another one or two people may be ideal. In a snifter I could see this lasting for a long long time. That said, it's easily become my favorite Southern Tier brew. Like Bell's, it seems that when they're at their experimental and big-balls go-for-the-gold, the beers are excellent. Not to say that the others aren't worthy, but the ballsier the better for me, especially with how most of the beers come out at the end. Here's to more brews in the Blackwater series.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into 8oz snifter.

Obsidian black hue with a half-finger tan head that settles to a thin rim.

Mostly chocolate in the aroma with some of the roasty barley in the background.

Like the aroma, the flavor is loaded with chocolate. It tastes almost like I'm drinking a bitter chocolate bar. The roasted barley sits in the back, adding bitterness and complementing the sweet chocolate. Full bodied with a thick syrupy feel. The chocolate lingers for a long time with each sip. The alcohol is well hidden.

One of a few ultra-sweet beers made by Southern Tier. They certainly are good at bringing out the flavor of the main special ingredient. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding desssert beer.
I have tried Young's Double Chocolate and this is far superior.
Great to see another well made American beer.
I had a 22oz bomber in a glass and it was quite heavenly.
Very smooth, chocolate, imperial stout, the alcohol sneaks up
on you, lol.

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

I love this beer.

I love this beer so much that I went back and bought six more so I could age a few, and drink a few more. So much that I'm now writing my first BA review.

In a tulip...

A: Gorgeous dark color. Head was creamy, somewhere in between tan and a white, and lingered for quite a while.

S: Indescribably chocolate. Somehow, more chocolaty than you'd expect real chocolate to be... combining serious dark chocolate (70%+) scents with lighter, milk chocolate hints. I also was convinced I smelled strawberry in there.

T: Outstanding taste. Just what you'd expect from the smell, but even better. The dark chocolate was very, very evident - but a chocolate syrup taste came through quite a bit. Starts out delightfully sweet, bitter at the finish, but not a hoppy bitter - a 70% cocoa bitter. And who knew this was 11% ABV? Not hot at all.

M: Creamy, good level of carbonation.

D: The only place where I took any deduction, just because drinking a whole bottle of this would be tough. There's just so much to this beer, drinking it in large quantities doesn't make all that much sense to me. This is not a bad thing.

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Photo of sudsface69
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wholly chocolate!!! They certainly didn't skimp on this one. I have been meaning to try this beer for a while, so I finally went for it. Sticking my nose into the glass, I'm hit with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. It's like a Hershey's bar in a glass. There are faint whiffs of dried fruit and a touch of alcohol, but mainly chocolate. I'm a little undecided on this one. I like chocolate stouts, don't get me wrong, but this one is SO chocolate filled that it's almost monotone. The other usual suspects in a good stout (the roasted coffee notes, the deep malts, toffee, etc) are simply overpowered by the chocolate. Also, what starts as a nice head, disappears, and there is little to no lacing. I richer head would be nice. The taste is also almost predominately chocolate. If I were blindfolded and someone told me this was a homemade chocolate soda, I wouldn't argue with them. An interesting try, and certainly a good beverage, but I couldn't rate this one as in the same class as some of the world class chocolate stouts like Rogue, Youngs, or Brooklyn.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason I've been holding off trying this sucker for a while, but I'm glad I did.

A very dark brown body with some deep, ruby highlights. If held up to the light, even the darkest part is a slightly see-through ruby. Has a good finger and a half of tan head that settles to a slight ring on top of the beer. Leaves some thin, wispy lacing on the side of the glass.

As soon as you pop the cap off of this sucker the aroma starts beating you in the face. The whole room smells like chocolate. Cocoa powder, hot chocolate, bitter chocolate, the whole chocolate clan is in there. I want to microwave it,throw in some marshmellows and top it off with whipped cream and then tell people it is hot chocolate. After that, I would watch them get drunk and have a good laugh at their expense.

Obviously, this tastes like chocolate. A lot. All kinds of chocolate. Up front is the most cocoa-esque flavor, the one that reminds me of hot cocoa. Next is some sweet milk chocolate like a Hershey (insert other milk choclate candy) bar. It moves in the finish towards a more dark chocolate, and then becomes slightly bitter like baker's chocolate. Some vanilla undertones in there, but chocolate definitely kicks vanilla's ass in this one. Is it Kahlua? Hot chocolate? I don't know, they tell me it's beer. Prety good though.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel, I would say about medium bodied. About medium on the carbonation.

At 11% ABV there is no trace of alchol here. One of the most drinkable beers for the ABV I would say. All the chocolatey-ness gets to me, but if you're a chocolate lover, this is a sure "5" for you.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick black color with a thin dark tan head that fades fast. Smells of pure chocolate malt. Taste is huge! So much chocolate and cocoa flavor. Im picking up some coffee and slight caramel in the background. A very sweet beer, a lot of sugars. Mouthfeel is nice, barely any bitterness or bite. Drinkability is ok.. I'm glad I'm sharing this with a friend because its too sweet to finish by yourself.

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown like pouring melt'd dark chocolate, nice head settles to just a collar as time goes

S - CHOCOLATE!! CHOCOLATE, reminds me of chocolate chips, or melted chocolate used to cover fruit.

TM - CHOCOLATE, a bit of hoppy balance in the end, carbonation isn't much, finish and aftertaste both delicous like drinking strong chocolate, 11ABV hidden behind the sweetness

D - too sweet tasting for me, however a great dessert beer between friends after a great meal. If only it was served as dessert at restaurants....

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay...all of my reviews are usually the same on here. I buy a beer, I explain why I bought it, then what it tasted like, and then the ABV% and my final thoughts. This isn't gonna be like that.

This isn't just another beer.

Yes, you heard me right. Not just another beer. This has been hyped on here and at the stores around me that are now selling this like hot cakes. Naturally, I wanted to see, er, taste what the fuss was about and sure enough, this is the shiznit. It's not often I say that - the Troegs Nugget Nectar isn't available year around!

So I get this beer, take it out, and warm 'er up. Then it comes time to open it. BAM! Emeril has nothing on this. Wave after wave of banana, root beer, milk chocolate, vanilla, and cream hit my nose as it's still a good foot or two away from the bottle. Could it taste just as well?

Am I raving about this?

Yes, yes...it does taste that good. Incredibly smooth, silky, incredibly creamy, and worth savoring every drop. This was not bitter at all up front but just an amazingly rich amalgamation of the aforementioned flavors with all of the warmth and comfort of a hot chocolate after a snowfall. If you've ever wanted to drown in chocolate, find the outer edges of the beer universe, or wanted to get over the way your ex ripped your heart out and stomped all over it unmercilessly, you've found your drink to imbibe in...

...and thankfully, you don't have to wait until it snows to try this.

So what if this didn't have the best apperance. It's dark, with a decent head, and didn't stand out as much as everything else did.

Big deal.

If you can get your hands on this, by all means, do so. You won't even taste the alcohol and by the time it hits you, you'll wonder why you didn't get more of this before your local liquor store runs out.

Yes, it's that good!

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Photo of Arnone10
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you have not yet had a beer from Southern Tier yet what the hell are you doing drinking? This Stout is the smoothest, most rich beer I have ever had. It is the best dessert beer out there. My fiance had to go to the local brewery on her birthday to drink it straight out of the fermentor, as it wasn't even bottled yet. Go get some.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into Duvel - first sampling of late 2008 edition...

Double espresso dark. Clean as all hell. Buttery maple head with nice lacing - a little short up top. Carbonation visible with a tip of the glass...

LOTS and lots of bittersweet chocolate with some sweet caramel alcohol burn. Milky and bittersweet with huge chocolate malt. Sweet but not overly so. Hops are very subdued...maybe slight grass and flora...but they provide a solid counterweight to balance sweetness.

Lots of complexity...huge chocolate up front with a fair amount of slate. Ultra-roasted chocolate malt provides good backbone with slight sweet caramel malt burn. Hops serve well to temper sweetness and cut alcohol here as well. This works.

Silky on the palate with enough slate to loosen it up. Finish is viscous and even.

Sip, sip, sip...I think I worked through this over a couple of hours - warmth did not do a disservice by any means.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark, near opaque stream, yields a good head.
CHOCOLATE! Hot fudge, semi sweet chips and Hershey syrup.
Full mouthfeel, right where it should be.
This is an excellent attempt at a desert beer. I would enjoy this again, the alcohol is almost undetectable so it is only the sweetness that prevents you from wanting to drink the entire bottle.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,163 ratings.
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