Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

22oz bottle poured into a Chouffe tulip

Pours an extremely dark chocolate brown, completely opaque, with a small cocoa head. Head doesn't last very long and quickly retreats to a small collar.

By far the most chocolatey smelling beer. Smell is of fudge, roasted malt, dark fruit, and just a touch of ethanol. There is also a hint of roasted grain or barley. It almost smells like melted chocolate.

Wow. Just layers upon layers of chocolate. Rich and decadent, but not in excess. The chocolate flavor just lingers and lingers, like gooey fudge. There is just the right amount of hops used for a fruity profile and a dry, bittering finish that blends perfectly with the bittersweet nature of the chocolate.

Not quite as slick as velvet, but damn close. A big billowy coating of chocolate is left in my mouth for a very long time. The carbonation is right where it needs to be.

As close to perfect as you can get. It is knocking on the doorstep of rich and luxurious, but ST did a great job smoothing out the flavors into one big blast of chocolate.

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

Appearance: Almost impossible to see through at all (yet not as dark as the 2007 batch) dark brown black color with a dark brown foam head. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: A chocolate rush from the moment the bottle is opened. Some roasted malt but mainly just bitter dark belgian chocolate. Pretty impressive. This is the first "chocolate stout" that I've experienced as being 100% undeniably chocolaty.

Taste: A great job at getting the roast malt and barley to still play a part in the flavor profile despite the massive chocolate nose and flavor. Impressively executed to say the least.

Mouthfeel: A touch rich but incredibly silky smooth. Carbonation is restrained perfectly.

Drinkability: This one is quite approachable considering how lush the chocolate makes it.

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

The beer was lightly chilled and allowed to warm to room temperature during consumption. The beer was served in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours with a black body. A small amount of ruby opaqueness to light. The head lasted pretty good for an % beer. The head was a fluffy light tan coloration.

Smell: The beer has the aroma of what else chocolate. The chocolate is layered in aroma. A bit of sweet malted milk chocolate. Combines well with more bitter tones of chocolate. Dark roasted malt rides along the currents of smell.

Taste: This is truly where this beer shines so to speak. The beer is layered bourbon balls, chocolate milk balls, hot fudge, fudge brownies, dark bitter sweet chocolate, milk chocolate. This beer would go to nearingly death by chocolate except for char roasted flavors and a bit of booze. Fantastic!...

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The carbonation is low. The beer is very smooth. The alcohol is a little warming but never in a bad way. This beer is round and thick. Choklat has back. Just the sort of big malty treat I was looking for on this cold winters night.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems anytime the discussion on the Forum drifts into talk of "the world's chocolatiest beer", the first poster to type "Southern Tier Choklat" almost always adds the hopeful phrase, "...end of discussion". Of course, the discourse continues unabated, the ensuing posts on the subject mostly consisting of agreement about the fantastic fudginess that is Choklat-- and whether or not the posters love it or hate it. At any rate, I've finally got my own bottle at cellar temperature and I'm about to investigate the chocohype for myself...

A 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into my Duck-Rabbit snifter yields an ebony body with a twinkle of garnet at the periphery, capped with a finger's thickness of sticky khaki foam. The topping of fine bubbles recedes in short order to a pearly ring that leaves slim legs on the glass and quite a few freckles of lacing scattered about.

The smell is the first indicator that there is a chocolate bomb lurking in my snifter. Rich, dark, with a bit of winey fruit, the cocoa-confection aroma reminds me of the inside of a chocolatier's shop I visited in Brussels many years ago, where a lady was hand-dipping nougats and candied orange wedges in molten dark chocolate and laying them onto waxed paper in neat little rows. From the elixir in my glass wafts that remembered essence of fruity, sugary candies enrobed in Godiva's finest-- liquified and transported through space-time, beamed across the Atlantic and dumped into my glass. Lucky me!

The taste is chocolate-laden, of course, but where to begin at the descriptors? It's a chocolate jailbreak, with a shapeshifting torrent of semisweet morsels, fudge brownies, Bitter baker's chocolate, fruity squashy nibs... Hey! There's the beer! A nice malty... wait where'd it go? Oh, well... chocolate milkshake... Here's an almond Hershey bar, liquefied, Mister! Melt in yo' mouth! Bittersweet Special Dark miniatures... Would you care for a chocolate Dove ice cream bar, sir? Wait, there's something NOT chocolatey...WTF? Vanilla?! Punk! Get your sorry ass outta here! I always think cocoa nibs taste like winter squash... but I could dust it with some Dutch-process and powdered hot-cocoa mix for you... DAY-UMN! Overload...overload...

The whole chocolate family is here, vying desperately for attention, but at the root of the drink is a big bold beer that holds it all together. Underneath the wonderful chocolatiness of it all is a hefty, rich malty backbone that supports the flavor profile of tons of chocolate and a fair amount of hoppy fruitiness with just the right amount of bitterness and dark cereal to keep it all sane.

The drink is medium-bodied and silky-smooth, the gigantic ABV virtually invisible to me. Choklat is a sipper and a wonderful treat on a chilly day, but it isn't just a gimmicky chocolate beer, it is a truly superb stout, too... end of discussion?
Many thanks to Dr. Brad for the bottle!

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Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a snifter. Color is black with no transparency. 2 finger mocja colored head leaving nice bubbly retention. Lace is thin and spotty, with a lubricated texture that is bound to slife back into the beer.

Aroma is very much chocolate. Smells of chocolate nibs with a coocoa, mocha nuttieness. Liquid chocolate extract aroma, sweet chocolate roasted grain aroma with bits of cereal. Just a touch of oats. Butterscotch carmelly aroma too with bits of creamy irish coffee wafts coming through.

The flavor up front is sweet chocolate, moderate carbonation with a slick feeling mouthfeel. Not as thick and creamy as hoped.
Buttery toffee, and a good dose of dark bitter coffee flavors.
A touch of alcahol warming at the swallow, but mellow for its 11% abv.
Finsih is sweet and somwhat bitter as the roasted chocolate grains finish things up. Crisp and clean as the grassy hops linger with the bitter chocolate grains.
Basically sweet and chocolatey, then extremely earthy and bitter, but then turning sweet and chocolaty again with a woodsy nutmeg like flavor.

Very nice, but at $8.99 its too expensive to buy another. Mouthfeel could use some serious improvements.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on tap at Track 84

A - Rich dark brownish black. Cappuccino colored head that leaves a thick wall of lace.
S - Sweet chocolate off the hook! A little vanilla and the alcohol is evident.
T - Taste follows smell. It is a bit cloying.
M/F - Thick, smooth and creamy.
D - A great desert beer. I feel a 6oz portion would be delightful - more than that a struggle.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle for $8.99 at Palmers in Columbus and finished it with my wife. This is the most chocolaty beer I've tried, it really smelled like a chocolate bar. Much more than Rogue, this smelled like melted chocolate. The taste was chocolate too, which should be expected based on the name, but I'd have preferred more malt flavor to complement it. It's dificult to detect the 11% ABV, so the chocolate must hide it.The body is fine, thick and chewy, everything about it is good if you mainly want chocolate flavors. I prefer Southern Tier for their IPAs, as these flavored beers (Chocolate, Creme Brulee, Pumking) really go for the non-beer flavors in a big way.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, 2008 ST Choklat poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

A- Black and dull. Very little head, if any.

S- Pure chocolate! Reminds me of the days when I used to drink chocolate milk for lunch everyday. Oh how simple life used to be... Not much else to note here.

T- Upon first taste, I thought I was in heaven. As I kept drinking, the back end of my palate was bombarded with bitter chocolate and would not go away...completely ruined the experience. Just way too strong to enjoy. I did notice that if I took a five minute break before each sip that the chocolate bitterness played no factor. Only problem, who wants to drink one beer for 5 hours?

M- Just simply too much and unrefined! I wish this beer had more of a smooth, refined finish as some of my favorite milk stouts have. Just felt incomplete.

D- Oh boy, drinking a 22oz. of this became a huge problem. Too much bitterness takes away from the drinkability. Better shared with friends.

Overall, HUGE disappointment. However, I am very encouraged by what I have read in that this beer ages well...and it makes sense. I think that chocolate bitterness will subside overtime allowing this beer to take on a well balanced flavor. I will definitely be reviewing this one in another year or so. This beer has huge potential with time.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Delicious, decent head, though it was fast retreating.

Smell: Cocoa all the way, with the faintest whiff of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I'd been waiting for this beer for a long time and it lived up to the hype as the 'chocolateyist' beer ever. It was delicious, a chocolate beer through and through, and the 11 percent alcohol was only evident in the effect not the taste. My only complaint was a lack of depth, perhaps some nutty flavors or a touch of coffee or roasted barley. But just the element of surprise is now a very difficult feat for me and this one did it, worthy of the title of extreme beer.

Drinkability: Awesome, though it is borderline cloying, and high in alcohol and would be in need of a good pairing, anything that goes with chocolate would do quite nicely.

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Photo of Morbo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours the darkest shade of brown with cola-like highlights at the edges. A nice creamy one inch head quickly reduces to a thin film and leaves behind little lacing.

Smells like tootsie rolls with some coffee and alcohol in the background.

Loads of sweet milk chocolate slowly give way to roasty bitterness. Rather one-sided, but that is what I was expecting, a chocolate bomb. The 11% alcohol starts to poke through as it warms, which is a welcome reminder that yes, you are in fact drinking a beer.

The mouthfeel is big and velvety with very little carbonation, like drinking chocolate made with half & half.

Southern Tier sure makes a great dessert stout. This is a wonderful beer that is best enjoyed as a special treat and shared with a good friend. I had a hard time finishing it by myself but intend to grab a couple more to cellar for special occasions.

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

A- Blackest of black with a light tan/cream coloured head which dissipates rather quickly to my surprise. Not much lacing left in my tall glass. Zero light penetration. Thickness is obvious and exciting.

S- I'm actually confused here. This is a matter of preference. I love the superbly aromatic warm chocolate aroma with slight alcohol notes and maybe a little bit of coffee, burnt malts as well. I'm confused only because I could see how some drinkers would be offput by the truly impressive, (to say the least) aromas. The room smells like melting hershey's kisses. This may be the most aromatic choco-beverage since the late Dunkachinno.

T- Sweet big chocolate at first, almost like the brew tanks mated with the vats at the Hershey's plant. It would be too much for me until a pleasant bitterness cuts right through. Doesn't completely damp down the cocoa but you taste bitterness comparable to a Bigfoot or an Old Ruffian, but the sweetness and bitterness dance with each other until a warming of alcohol and velvety/viscous/chewy/whatever the word is-goodness, in the finish. Interesting. This flavor has more depth than the holes in our economy.

M- I'll keep this simple. Although thick and velvety with little carbonation, this is the only beer with this much chocolate that I can say I really do enjoy. I've had less-chocolatey beers in the past that were way too chocolatey...get it?

D- There aren't many people I know who could finish an entire 22oz as I plan to do this evening.

However, as strong and thick and sweet as it is, for these same reasons I truly believe this would make a great conversion beer for fans of Guiness. Share 6oz of this with your friend who is willing to be adventerous, and perhaps in a year or two he'll be sending you text messages about an obscure new dry Irish you haven't found yet on your local shelf.

Southern Tier and Dogfish Head should have a celebrity death match.

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Photo of ATPete
3.02/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

Pours an inky black color with a small brown head. Nose of pure chocolate Tootsie Roll pops, not much else either. Its very impressive how aromatic ST got the chocolate character to be. Thick, dark bitter chocolate invades the tongue, initially this beer is very nice, creamy and semisweet, however, mid to late palate a huge bitter wave packing lots of alcohol heat totally catches you by surprise. Ive never seen a better bitter beer face on a few of my friends. The aftertaste of burnt chocolate malt lingers for quite a while. Full bodied, slightly coating, id had enough after my 4oz. serving.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally. Been holding this one for awhile. Don't know what vintage it is. I'm gonna drink one with silver screen printing but I have one with silver, gold, and white screen printing (thanks to Kadonny). Anyway, time to drink.

Pours black with cola highlights. Like your mom's hair. Soft tan head kicks it for a minute.

Ridiculously rich chocolate aroma. Smells like M&Ms. I bet if you did a blind sniff test, you wouldn't know the difference between Choklat and M&Ms.

Taste is WOW! This tastes good. HUGE bite o'chocolate. The dark and the milk chocolate in an eternal struggle for control of the palate, no quarter asked, none given. Way, way, way at the back, the alcohol tries to remind me that this is not a little girl's beer.

The flavor is rather one-dimensional (all chocolate - just differing shades), but I forgive it because it is one damn fine tasting beer. Besides, I didn't pick up a bottle of Coconut Rum, Banana Clove Beer, or Pepperoni Pizza Beer. I picked up a bottle of Choklat. Expect something else and you are a moron.

The label does not lie, as some do, and I respect that. This is like a melted hershey bar with just the right amount of alcohol. And by just the right amount I mean 11% bitches!!!! Time to move on. I hope I made my point: Choklat tastes like chocolate (and very friggin good at that).

The feel is, of course, wonderful. I have gained tremendous respect lately for Southern Tier. Great beers!! Now I wouldn't drink this every day (because I don't have access) but it is an absolute treat. A very generous 11% makes this beer near perfect. I understand some people like 5%, but those people need to understand that some of us, namely me, like 11%!!!

So in judging this beer I'm supposed to imagine the brewers intentions. Well, this dude named his beer Choklat and printed "a stout brewed with chocolate" right on the bottle. We should all pray that every brewer comes this close to their intentions. This beer is a masterpiece.

Let's just say you're having a shitty day. Then you drink one of these. Shitty day all gone bye-bye.

Overall: this one has it all, near perfection

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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