Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4.26/5
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5,315 Ratings
Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#736
Reviews:
1,605
Ratings:
5,315
pDev:
10.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
498
Gots:
1,144
Trade:
39
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Ratings: 5,315 |  Reviews: 1,605
Photo of bubseymour
2.02/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured and shared with friend from a big bottle.

Appearance - very mediocre imperial stout. Nice super chocolate color but a very small head with little retention. Not up to par with other imperials in the look catagory.

Smell - putrid. Its not chocolatey at all. I can't even describe it, but every time I smell it its not pleasant.

Taste - incredibly chocolaty and more like bitter dark chocolate (which I like dark chocolate). Booze is well disguised but the flavor really doesn't work for me. Its more like chocolate flavored liquor than beer. I couldn't identify and hop presence to balance, no malty flavors or anything to complement of balance the bittersweet chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel - full bodied I suppose

Overall - Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer just didn't seem well made at all to me. The fact that the rest of BA considers it world class, makes me feel I got a bad batch perhaps. Both my friend and I had to drainpour..it just wasn't pleasant. I've had several Southern Tier beers now, and most have disappointed. I'm not sure I'll continue to sample from their line.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a nice bubbly head and moderate lacing.

S: Chocolate, and lots of it. The smell is dominated by rich dark chocolate aromas, with hints of a boozy alcohol character.

T/M: Lots more chocolate, rich and bittersweet. As it warms up, the alcohol becomes more pronounced, producing a nice balance between that heavy chocolate and the underlying booze. Very rich and creamy.

O: A nice, heavy, delicious stout loaded with chocolate flavor.

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Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of CarpalTunnell
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of IlludiumQ36
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JedediahK
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MikeD1687
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Donsmitty
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Thingus
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live tasting, bottle poured into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours onyx black, absolutely minimal mocha colored head with a moderate poor, retention is abysmal, and the fraction of a finger of head vanishes nearly immediately...

Smell; WOW. This guy just jumped outta the bottle and punched me in the nose. I knew I was holding onto this bottle for a reason. Rich, deep, thick, CHOCOLATE. Smells like liquified chocolate. Incredible. The smell of this beer literally jumps out of the glass from a few inches away...

Taste; D.A.M.N. This is like liquid, molten chocolate, lush, rich German chocolate, no, Swiss chocolate... There is some slight hints of malt and a little bitter coffee (or dark chocolate perhaps?) on the finish but this beer is absolutely properly named, and is countless different layers of chocolate.

Mouthfeel; this stout, is in my honest opinion, perfect in this area... Lush, thick, viscous, and decently oily going down... Coats the mouth and hangs around for a minute or two... Absolutely brilliant. Carbonation is ever so slight, but a beer like this doesn't need much.

Overall; this beer is in my opinion, damn near perfect... The smell and flavor is amazing, superb mouthfeel... All around an incredible beer... Southern Tier, you continue to impress me!

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Photo of mecmd
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of joshtrich
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of cld253
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Mauidan
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of horrorspecialty
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of markmiller
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Consumers Beverage in Buffalo, NY for growler fill.

A: Even with an agressive pour into a nonic pint, there is relatively little head that forms on top of a dark, dark body of beer. No light gets through this glass. (EDIT: Upon further investigation, if you pour like crazy, you get an excellent three finger creamy head with nice cascading action along the sides of the glass. Impressive growler.)

S: Chocolate, and lots of it. I mean, this is one of the best smelling beers ever. Smells like a freshly opened tub of Nesquik or a can of Hershey syurp like Grandma used to pour over ice cream. There is a faint vanilla scent, but this nose is just really chocolate milk. And its a sweet chocolate. Everyone's had a chocolate stout before and you smell dark, bitter chocolate. This one is literally sweet smelling, just like chocolate milk.

T: Again, its chocolate. It's sweet, smooth and delicious. The slight crisp finish keeps this beer from becoming cloyingly sweet. As you let it roll around in the mouth, its like letting a chocolate bar melt. So good and balanced. Definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol well hidden. Hell, have this beer FOR dessert.

M: Just a think sweetness that coats your mouth and leaves a great aftertaste.

D: It's quite scary how after a few sips you think you are drinking chocolate milk and then you get a tingle from 11% ABV after a while and then you realized. Whoa. Delicious.

O: A great, delicious beer to enjoy as a dessert or while relaxing with company.

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Photo of daheat14
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of dejrrma
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

choklat $7.99 for a 650 mL bottle. Dated 11/18/11 on bottom front of the bottle in green. Poured into a Southern Tier tulip.

a- pours a dark coffee color with a tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring leaving a trace of a thin film on top. thin lacing around the walls of the glass.

s- vanilla extract and chocolate, hints of lactose and brown sugar and coffee. basically smells like deliciousness.

t- very much like it smells: like slightly alcoholic milk chocolate. there's a dark chocolate bitterness, maybe from a bit of hops. sweet and delicious all around.

m- good level carbonation, silky and creamy. it's medium body, and though i expected a thicker beer, i'm glad it's not. i can hardly taste the 11% alcohol.

o- i'm just gonna go ahead and say it again: this is an overall delicious beer. i wish ST's creme brulee was this balanced. this takes the cake (no pun intended) for best desert beer i've tried.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a whiskey sifter.

A- Pours a very Dark brown that is almost black. Has a small dark tan head that dissipates right away after the beer is poured. All that is left afterwords is a thin remaining ring around the edges of the glass.

S- The aroma is very sweet and rich, smelling incredibly strongly of chocolate. The aroma is very malty and sugary. There are notes of milk as well giving it a very milk chocolate smell. This beer smiles quite a bit like candy/ hot chocolate made with sweet whole milk.

T- The taste is just like biting into a chocolate bar. It is very sweet and malty with a semi-sweet bitter finish. There are notes of sweet barley, cocoa nibs, vanilla and butterscotch. There is also a slight caramel-ness to this beer.

M- Very smooth with light to medium carbonation. This is a thick beer that coats the back of your tongue every time you sip it.

O- An incredibly sweet delicious beer. Definitely not something I would drink just sitting around the house. This beer would be great with dessert or as an after dinner treat all in itself. A very good beer if you want to be a little more creative when getting a gift for that special someone who loves chocolate. Pure chocolate in beer form. This is easily the best chocolate beer I have ever had. If you love chocolate this beer is a must have.

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Photo of GreatPumpkin
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Mark000
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 5,315 ratings