Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
BA SCORE
4.26/5
5,276 Ratings
Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#688
Reviews:
1,594
Ratings:
5,276
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
504
Gots:
1,116
Trade:
39
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Stout brewed w/ chocolate

2011 bottle poured into a New Belgium balloon glass. Pours in a moderately thick looking dark brown stream, quintessential Imperial Stout looks. Medium dark tan head w/ average retention and lacing.

Aroma is decadent, massive chocolate and ample malty sweetness. Reminds of a barrel aged stout, almost, in its dessert character. Southern Tier's blackwater series beers are infamous for their sweetness but to me sweetness is not enough in this one. Bitter, at times excruciatingly so, with robust dark chocolate and roast. This beer is stout first and I like that part.

They haven't gone easy on the hops for sure, but hops take a back seat in flavor that is certainly for the best. However, it's not the hops but the roast that is getting tiring slowly. Roast tiring in an Imperial Stout you say? Well, I think that the body is struggling to stand up to the astringency.

Overall, it's nearly not as bad as it is sometimes made out to be. First few sips are actually great. But this beer is riddled with its flaws:

* Overly charred with lacking body (for its taste)
* Hint of booziness
* Some off flavors that bring cardboard to mind (I don't think it's the oxidation though, this is a young bottle)

4, 4, 3.5, 3.5, 4

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Bobheed
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black. Absolutely black, a very small light brown head, with quite a bit of lacing.

S: Chocolate. Basically milk chocolate

T: Tasted basically like a chocolate malt with a bit of alcohol on it. I didn't think this level of chocoalte was attainable in a beer

M: Medium body, small carbonation.

I like this one, I really, really like this. Definitely the most chocolatey beer I know of. Love it!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Dano420
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter.

A - Pours dark brown, almost black. Foamy head is a finger thick and dark tan in color. Looks great.

S - Smells like chocolate. Literally. Like you melted a Hershey bar in the microwave and poured it into a glass. A little alcohol, maybe some vanilla. Nice coffee notes as well.

T - Again, like a melted Hershey bar. I've never tasted a chocolate stout that had such a perfect chocolate flavor. It's unbelievable. Absolutely delicious.

M - Smooth and soft, but a tad on the thin side. If this were any thicker it would be like a milkshake.

Overall an incredible chocolate stout. Probably the best I've ever had. Can't wait to try it after it's aged a year or so.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of FoundersFanatic
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very dark oil color with copper/tan colored head

S- smells of actual chocolate, milk chocolate, and of course coffee

T- is devine! It is the definitive chocolate stout beer. Very sweet, smooth, you can actually taste a cacao like chocolate flavor, milk chocolate, and then a delicious coffee aftertaste. It is a VERY unique taste that you probably have never had from a beer, but must be tried. The sweetness level isn't so much that it's off putting, but it's right up there... it's almost a desert type drink, but not quite ;) Such a unique taste. The alcohol is hidden well but will catch up with you soon!

M- not too thin, not too thick, just right. Very smooth feel

O- one of the better Imperial Stouts I've ever had, a top flight beer for everyone that likes chocolate or Stouts. Will always look for this beer when it's available. Because of the sweetness, it's definitely a one bottle beer though, I don't think I could handle two or three of these 750mls.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Bought in the 22 oz bottle with the expectation that this would be a sweet, dessert type of beer.

Pour - black with a very thin head (I used a SA perfect pint since I don't have a snifter). Probably a touch colder than recommended. The head dissipated fast, leaving a nice ring around the glass. Some nice deep red tints if you catch the light right.

Aroma - the alcohol wasn't hiding here at all, but weakened as it warms up. Dark-sweet chocolate otherwise, not too much else.

Taste - the alcohol still isn't being shy, even warmed up to temp. BIG chocolate up front, very sweet and very bitter but not unpleasantly so. Maybe a little vanilla, definitely a little smokiness in the after taste. Some layering of the flavors here, but dominated by chocolate.

Mouthfeel - seems it has a nice carbonation level and a little bit of a tingle. Not as thick and syrupy as expected (based on the smell, I thought this would be thick like chocolate syrup). Pretty clean overall. Nice warming feeling I assume from the high ABV.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but it would only be a once in a while thing for me. Reserve it for a sweet treat type of occasion.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely and utterly black with a relatively thin layer (a thin finger or so) of frothy dark-tan foam. Good color, though more head would be nice.

Smell: rich aroma of dark chocolate with a light sweetness mixed in. Smells smooth and creamy. It's a bit one-note, but oh that note.

Taste: big chocolate up front which fades into a maltier finish. There's a small amount of astringency here, but it doesn't seem overly alcoholic. Hops are a bit vegetal, which isn't too uncommon in the style. The very end brings in notes of roasted malt and coffee. If you're in the mood for a chocolate beer, this will fill the bill.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good level of carbonation which leaves a nice creaminess; there is also an awesome silkiness here which I love. Excellent.

Overall: to me, this is a highly enjoyable beer. It drinks far easier than its 11% ABV would suggest. It's not blow-me-away excellent, but it is a highly tasty and competent beer.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 5,276 ratings
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