Choklat | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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 TomBottos
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank the beer in a pint glass, poured slow with a tan head about a knuckle to fingertip height. Smelled like chocolate. Tasted like chocolate. Finished like chocolate. Overall pleasing drinking experience. Reminded me of a chocolate Tootsie Pop. Go figure.

Enjoyed with chocolate cake the second time around. Held up very well.

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

There may be nothing wrong with this beer unless you don't like chocolate. And having said that - this beer isn't just for stout lovers, its a very good stout, but its feels more chocolate than it does stout.

I didn't get that crema head that I am accustomed to (er maybe spoiled by) on some Imperial stouts (I of course could have poured it wrong). 2nd pour, I overdid it and got foam but it was crema-like. Color is a nice brown, hints of red it in, slightly opaque.

This beer's aroma is solid chocolate - all chocolate - its great - the nose get the chocolate, then the mouth - the taste is superb.

No sign of the 11% ABV - none - it drinks like a regular stout or porter and a 22 oz bomber is going down nicely.

I want to make a mole sauce out of this beer, I want to put this beer on ice cream, I want to freeze this beer on sticks and suck on it.

It's the best pairing of chocolate and brewing I have ever had - it's better than Rogue's, better than Brooklyn (and brooklyn is really good), this is better because its blended so well.

The hops come out when it warms a bit and so does the alcohol, ice cold its strongly chocolate, as it gets to room temp,, the chocolate settles and the alcohol comes forward but not overwhelmingly. Nice roasted malt taste, its very balanced.

Trade for this one, its worth it and its delicious.

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

Great chocolate smell as soon as the cap came off, smelled just like a candy bar. Poured dark brown into the glass and had a very creamy tan head that stuck around. Nice malty chocolate taste with just a slight hint of the 11%. It drinks pretty well, but it took two sessions to finish the bomber off since it's more of a sipping beer. All in all a nice beer for a special occasion or a lazy Sunday.

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

Pours a dark brown/black color with a light but tall brown colored head. It smells of chocolate mostly with some malty undertones. No hop scents. The taste is mainly of chocolate, like a cold hot chocolate. It is a really nice flavor for an imperial stout. It has a really good mouthfeel - very very smooth and definately didn't taste like 11% ABV. The drinkability is excellent. I could drink this beer all day if I could. This is a hell of a chocolate stout and I definately recommend it.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass on 02.14.08 at Liberty Street Tavern in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Solid head retention on this black beauty. Aromas thick from the get go with roasted malty goodness and rich, unfettered with chocolate. The flavor only goes to confirm what the nose knows. Smooth and enveloping on the palate, this one is a sneaky offering - 11%? No way. But it is. I blinked and had two of these gems before I knew what happened and felt it. The alcohol is hidden so well in this brew, thanks in large part to its well crafted malt structure and the high quality chocolate flavor profile. Rich, luscious, smooth, warming, and complex... I am proud to say I had a chance to try this one.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with good retention that stays for a decent amoutn of time Dark brown approaching black in color.

Smell is of bittersweet milk chocolate. This smell dominates the other smells and makes it difficult to discern other ingredients.

The taste of this beer is phenomenol if you are a chocolate lover. Bittersweet chocolate dominates. There are some cararmel malts in the back and a citrusy abrasive bitterness that is only enough to balance. A little toffeeishness and a slight roasted malt charactersitic on the finish. Undertones of coffeeish like flavors.

Full mouthfeel. Somewhat chocolatey/syrupy. Nice, though.

I could drink this all night. 11 abv is highly deceptive.

Big thanks to Deuane for such a bad ass extra.

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

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle into a champagne flute. I shared this with my wife on Valentines day. Drank one serving alone and then paired it with a dark chocolate torte. Opaque black color with a thin, tan, fizzy head that receded rapidly. Minimal lacing. Didn't look like anything special.

Sweet strong milk chocolate smell. Smells like powdered Swiss Miss. Most intense chocolate smell I've experienced with this style. Smell intensifies with warming.

Taste is more of a bitter dark chocolate than the nose would suggest. Not a lot of sweetness. Hops bitterness is minimal. My wife (not a BA) thought it was very bitter, however, pairing it with the sweet chocolate torte toned this down. I thought it was spot on. No real perceptible alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Alcohol feel is minimal, which was surprising at 11% ABV. Quite drinkable.

Great alone. I found it fantastic when paired with a chocolate desert. One of the more intense, rich chocolate stouts I've tried.

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

Almost opaque, with just a faint hint of lite penetrating. Cocoa tan head gives way to a vanilla swirl like lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate and faint hint of nuttiness. These are the most intense chocolate aroma's I have smelled in a beer. Fresh hot brownies staight out of the oven. Taste is also very rich belgian chocolate and roasted malts. Very sweet and smooth, with almost no bitterness in the finish. Left with a lingering chocolate sweetness coating the tongue. Alcohol extremely well hidden in this gem. Due to it's strength wich show's itself down stream and obvious sweetness a bomber is more than enough. Shared with my wife over Valentines day desert of vanilla bean cheesecake. Made for a great pairing. Fantastic beer. I think I'm in love.

Yet another gem of a beer from Southern Tier.

Big thanks jjayjaye!

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Photo of tpd975
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well its Valentines Day and what better way to celebrate than with Choklat!

A: This one pours blacker than black darker than dark with very little head. What little head there is disappears to a mere whisp on top of the coal black drink.

S: Big bold and sweet. Tons of cocoa it smells; like the hot cocoa my grandmother used to make. There are hints of cream, caramel, and coffee as well. But this one is all about the chocolate, I have smelled brownies and fudge with less chocolate aroma than this.

T: Wow! What a way to celebrate Valentines Day. The chocolate taste is off the charts. Move over Young's and Rogue this is THE CHOCOLATE, er CHOKLAT stout. Starts off with the taste of velvet chocolate that is ever so smooth and creamy. Tinges of bitter dark chocolate bites through in the middle. Caramel and hints of semi sweet chocolate then mingle in the mouth with the bitter chocolate. It finishes sort of sweet with a hint of molasses and more sweet milk chocolate.

M: Medium bodied and ultra smooth. Perfectly carbonated.

D: Very! To be honest one bomber is enough, but it is oooh sooo enjoyable and there is not even a hint of the ABV that this one packs.

Overall: Southern Tier will you be my Valentine? I am in Love with this one. The chocolate taste is off the scale and so enjoyable. There is not a better beer in the world to share with your loved one on Valentine's Day. Southern Tier never ceases to amaze me with the beers they are putting out these days.

Last of all another shout out to BeerTruth for sending this one over. You Rule! It's been awhile since we have traded, how bout round 6? Just make sure you send a bottle of Choklat so I can mix it with the framboise like you suggested.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one and have to thank bwyker for this one as it was from a great trade and poured into my snifter.

A - A pitch black color comes off of this one and looks like it is rather thin with a chocolate brown carbonation trailing up the sides of the glass. A small head that doesn't stick around too long but sits on top in small bouts of carbonation that sits on top of the beer.

S - Smells like a nice powered chocolate. Actually reminds me of opening up a box of Nesquik and the smell that one gets from that. There is also a bit of caramel creaminess and a light bit of hops in there as well. There is also some coffee roastiness mixed in with the sweet chocolate as well.

T - oh wow definitely does not lie when it says it is chocolate! Got a nice deep chocolate taste that comes in from all sides and just overwhelms the mouth. There is also a nice milk flavored creaminess in there as well. There is also a nice bit of hops in there as well that adds some extra bitterness in there that keeps the chocolate from being overpowering. It also adds in some nice complexity to the sweetness and prevents this from being a normal chocolate stout. The aftertaste is surprisingly a bit more towards the hops side at first and then after that the taste is really a nice deep dark chocolate. A lot like biting into some deep 80% cocoa Lindt chocolate that leaves a deep, burnt chocolate taste in the mouth. Also have to say it does a dangerous job of hiding the alcohol taste as well especially given the 11% ABV.

MF - Not as thick as I expected at all but not at all near thin. There is a nice light carbonation in there that goes well with the cocoa aspect of the beer. The afterfeeling of the beer is mostly a nice warm feeling and light carbonation as well. The warm feeling goes along with making this warm you up like a glass of warm hot chocolate. Lovely to have on a winter's night.

D - this is really a drinkable beer and one that I would buy a ton of if I could get my hands on it. It was definitely worth a BCS in a trade to try this one. It would make a great dessert beer that you could drink by itself or would be good against the vanilla sweetness of some ice cream. Really easy to drink especially given the alcohol and the style.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle the liquid is close to black with nice carbonation. The head is mocha dark, one thick finger and leaves good lace.

The smell is lice a chocolate bar. The brew seems quite well named.

The taste is very very much chocolaty like a double chocolate cake or torte. The hops are also quite evident adding nice balance in the finish where it counts.

The mouthfeel is thick and full, with very good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, but maybe a tad too desert like. It would be hard to drink a lot of this otherwise very good and delicious brew.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of ABCJiugui
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, poured into small brandy snifter, no freshness date noted.

A- pours opaque brown- no light shines thru the center, but the edges do pick up some lighter shades of brown, like that of drip coffee. Head is minimal- pour develops a beige to espresso foam colored head, very minimal, 1 finger at best, and poor retention. Lacing is almost non-existent, depending on the intial head.

S- chocolate all over- dark chocolate aromas engulf the nose, along with bits of espresso roast wafting in and out. Somewhat boozy vanilla extract/vanilla as well is evident. Slight charcoal smell upon exhale.

T- Chocolate up front, in the middle, and at the end, no doubt about it. Bittersweet chocolate is made sweeter from caramel flavors (malt?), carrying on through to the hop bitterness at the end, which lingers, but only in the form of bitter chocolate more than any particular hops. Finish is smooth overall, save for (hop tannins?) seem to create a level of slight astringency/pucker on the tongue, but not overly so, with a slight little burn in the throat, showing off the high abv- otherwise the alcohol is very well hidden.

M- smooth, silky, full-bodied. Carbonation recedes as one drinks, much more assertive when first poured, helping to lift some of the weight off the palate.

D- so smooth, easily drinkable for a dessert beer, almost too much so since it's so smooth, sweet, and tasty. It's a chocolate dessert without the need for the dessert!

I've had this before on tap, which I actually liked better (carbonation was tighter and lasted longer it seemed), but this is still one of my favorite beers to have post meal with dessert. Had this with homemade vanilla and chocolate biscotti, making for a wonderful after dinner dessert.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

nearly opaque black, cola brown on the edges, with nice tan head, although it eventually fades almost completely, and leaves very little to no lacing.

aroma is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. you can smell it on pouring. it is sweet and pungent, with hint of strong coffee and vanilla.

flavor is bittersweet chocolate, again some vanilla. sweet background and hop bitterness meld into a finish again reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate. slight acidic pucker.

very smooth and substantial. thick and silky, almost chewable, with a slight acidic or astringent texture near the finish. mild carbonation.

a great way to drink your dessert. watch out though... the 11% abv is hard to notice...

EDIT 8/2009: obviously i was too harsh on the appearance score. bringing it a little more in line with my current standards.

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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 mcallister
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glossy black pour with a inch and a half mocha head reducing moderately into larga magma like bubbles and thin sicky lacing.

An aboslutely astonishing chocolate aroma. Thick sweet hershey's syrup aroma. Both milk and dark chocolate aroma with a very small underlying of vanilla, caramel and black fruits. However the chocolate aroma really drowns all else out.

First off how did Southern Tier get this chocolate flavor out of this beer, wow!! Thick creamy delectable dark chocolates with whipped cream flavors, melted caramel, hints of bing cherry, vanilla, milk chocolate, cocoa, and hints of mollasses. Sweet through the mid palate and the entrance of the finish but a nice hop bitterness rounds things out at the end leaving a hop bitterness and dark tannic chocolate linger.

This may be hard to drink many of because of the sweetness on the mid palate and a slight burn in the chest. But damn is it tasty.

Curious of the ageability of this brew. I just really can't see it getting any better. However I think this could be cellared for a few years and not lose any of its luster.
Amazing the beers this brewery has been putting out. Southern Tier is completely kicking ass with its high ABV beers.

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Photo of Gmann
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with almost no head to speak of, just a light ring around the glass. The smell is of brownie batter; milk & dark chocolate and some cocoa. Wow, this is like drinking liquid brownies, a chocolate soda or a candy bar. Big chocolate taste with some roasted and woodsy notes. The feel is not as thick as expected, more on the moderate side. The carbonation is fairly soft and finishes with a nice dark chocolate bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Probably the best chocolate brew I have tried. A real dessert brew here.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Evanston 1st Liquors for $7.49. No decipherable expiration date listed.

Pours from a bomber into a small snifter, as recommended on the bottle. Only leaves a little ring of head around the glass, which goes away. Microscopic bubbles at the edges. Color is completely opaque black, with slight hints of golden brown and ruby at the edges.

The chocolate fragrance is big, dwarfing beers that I used to think really smelled like chocolate. I can't help but think I would get more out of it if I was able to induce some sort of head. For such a dark beer, I wasn't expecting the nose to be so sweet. Reminds me of Canfield's Chocolate Soda that I used to have as a kid, more than any other kind of chocolate I can recall. Also sort of like a 3 Musketeers. (I'm not too familiar with the fine stuff.) Some milky, mocha hints. Dark chocolate is buried a bit further down, with some dark malts. Also some really faint molasses and smoke. Smells delicious, but not terribly complex. Rather than a balanced blend of aromas, there's a hierarchy from strongest on down. Still very inviting, though.

Chocolate taste, obviously, but there's definitely more darkness on the palate than the nose. Enough bitterness to balance the sweetness here. Nice use of Chinook and Willamette hops to enhance the bitterness of the dark chocolate, without being "hoppy." Someone not familiar with beer could easily be deceived into thinking they were just getting dark chocolate. Hop character is more present on the finish though. Caramel malts, some nuttiness and molasses come through more as this warms. Flavor is strong, but not over the top, or too sweet. Southern Tier's recommended temperature of 48 seems way too low, as I'm picking up more in the nose and palate the longer it sits out.

Mouthfeel is delicate; slightly thin. The fine carbonation makes this one soft, not fizzy. Not what I would expected from a stout. A little more creaminess would have been good. Alcohol on the tongue is nearly non-existent. Finish is a little sticky. Once my initial expectations get out of my way, I come to really like the silky mouthfeel here.

Drinkability is terrific. I wanted to chug this straight out of the bottle, and it took some restraint to not actually do so. Very pleasantly warming on the way down. Way too easy to drink a bomber, but probably is better served for 3-4 people due to the high abv. This is all I'll be having tonight, and I am very sad to see the last sip go.

Would be excellent to serve to guests in 5-6 oz. dessert servings, maybe with some blackberries, raspberries, or cherries. Cheesecake would be a good choice too.

A note to Southern Tier: Please, please, please bourbon barrel age this beer. I shudder to think how good that would be.

Edit: I have to give the smell a 5 after revisiting this beer. So unique.

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temperature.

Deep dark brown liquid with a head of large soapy bubbles of dark beige color. Substantive aroma of milk chocolate, dark malt and vanilla.

Rich flavors of milk chocolate, very big flavor, very rich but not overpowering. Accented with hints of burnt espresso and sharp dark chocolate. Some plum and licorice emerge in the finish, just a bit of alcoholic liquor warmth. Some hop bitters rise up and linger on the pallete.

Smooth mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation, but very silky. Amazing beer, very chocolatey, good in front of the fire with some Ferraro Rocher chocolates.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber botttle from spacecoyote. Thanx mate.

A: Black, deep dark black, with crimson edges, and a small coffee coloured head of foam that dies down to just a small halo after a minute or so. Minimal spotty lacing

S: Chocolate,like hot cocoa, and chocolate vapors. Roasted malt in there as well and a slight faint hop bitterness in the back palate.

T: Taste is like a melted cadbury bar, seriously. Roasted malt and butterscotch are also there with a tiny bit of coffee, but make no mistake about it, this one is all about the chocolate.

M: Smooth, creamy, and rich but not too overboard.

D: Good but this sweet chocolate after dinner beer should be a nightcap. A session would be too intense and put me in a diabetic coma

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

WOW! What a stunning beer! I've had chocolate beers before, but never one that tasted as much like drinking chocolate as this one!

That said, it's more of a dessert beer, nightcap, or slow-sipper. I really enjoyed my 10 oz. serving at the bar, but I wouldn't have wanted a second one.

Beyond that it's really well made. The head had good retention for a beer of 11% abv, and although the alcohol made an appearance it was actually quite welcome at times amidst the rich and malty dark chocolate flavor. It's not complex, but it is rich!

A little on the sweet side. Very chocolatey!

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Photo of t0rin0
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a wonderfully intense beer. It pours very dark in color. Pretty much black but in the light theres a little brown. The foam was dark brown as well. Not much in the way of retention or lacing though.

The smell was mostly of dark chocolate but if you look for it there is a bit of roasted malts in there. The taste is about the same but even more intense than the aroma. The taste is awsome and its so strong that the next couple of beers that I poured into the same pint glass still tasted and smelled like dark chocolate. I assumed that the bitterness I tasted was from the high abv but I guess it could have come from the hops. As far as alcohol flavor goes, theres pretty much none in this beer.

Great beer, next year I'm going to make sure and order a case of this stuff as well as the pumking. Very sweet, very smooth, very delicious, just not drinkable in large quantities.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.29/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown in color with about an inch of head. Smell is bakers chocolate and nothing more. Taste is much the same, chocolate domination. Kind of a creamy milkshake flavor. Tasted alot like fudge brownie mix powder. Absolutely no sign of the ABV whatsoever. Decent mouthfeel. But it's just an alright beer. I'll stick with the Jah-va and the Oat which are MUCH better beers.

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Photo of dsigmon
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: dark dark deep murky almost black/brown with a murky dark brown head.

S: like you stuck your head inside of a room covered with melted hershey bars dusted with hershey cocoa.

T: exactly as it smells, taste like chocolate with a little bitter cocoa from the hops which you really dont even realize is there. chocolate.

M: very thick and chewey, little oil on the tongue after it slowly rolls over it and down the hatch.

D: if you are a chocolate fan and sweet beer fan then you can drink this until you are sick, not drunk sick but sick from eating too many sweets. Unfortunately, I am not a sweet beer fan so the 4oz "test try" was more than enough to fill my needs for a night cap.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an good thick, black brew with very dark brown highlights. No head what so ever. The aroma is just like brownies, bitter, bitter brownies. he aste is just awesome as well. Dark chocolate brownies, with light mix of hops. Lots of cacao , with some mild hints of milky cream. Great before bed beer with its silky smooth chocolate malts. Just sickeningy sweet, but I love it.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My initial reaction towards this beer that I've always heard great things about is that I've never encountered a more authentic, richly-flavored chocolate stout... in terms of quality, flavor and true essence, this one is where it's at... The rich, thick, creamy chocolate flavor absolutely dominates this beer to the greatest extent possible... Front of the bottle states "A Stout brewed with chocolate"... that seems like somewhat of an understatement because this beer is completely loaded with chocolate... Nice, dark, jet-black ebony appearance with minimal reddish-tan head... smell is likewise dominated by a strong dark, burnt-chocolate essence along with cocoa and espresso nuances... The flavor is dominated by rich, roasted malts, dark-latte, and sugared flavors... Southern Tier did exceptionally well with this one... Mouthfeel was creamy, thick, and rich, and drinkability only took a hit due to the hefty 11% ABV... Good stuff... Definitely recommended...

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,149 ratings.
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