Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)

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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 Bonkinishwa
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company - Choklat. 10% ABV. 22oz bomber split between two snifters. Bottled on 10/2/14 at 8:19am (love how precise it is).

Look: Pours a deep brown, and settles nearly pitch black, keeping the caramel colored highlights. Retains a one finger tan head for a little while, before subsiding into lacing.

Smell: Rich milk and dark chocolate, along with some sweet cream, coffee, and espresso undertones. Very sweet aroma.

Feel: Rich and creamy body, with traces of carbonation.

Taste: Just like eating a candy bar. Sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate, with the coffee and dark malt undertones. Has a faint alcohol taste on the back end, which reminds you this is actually a beer.

Overall: Just like the name; chocolate. Great taste and aroma, almost like a Milk Stout. You can just skip dessert, and drink this instead.

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Photo of do_ob
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown pour and settles black in the glass. About 1 finger of tan foam initially that bubbled down to a lacing after a minute or two. The nose is very sweet with notes of milk chocolate, coffee/expresso, lactose, and powdered cocoa.This beer smells like a liquid 3 Musketeers candy bar, straight up. The taste matches very well - sweet milk chocolate with a touch of roasted coffee. I also got some faint notes of orange peel. Nice feel, too. Very soft and creamy, while also being dense enough to carry all that flavor. Only a light touch of alcohol in there, which was nice.

Overall, this beer pleasantly surprised me. I wish I'd made myself try it sooner, because boy was I missing out. If I've ever had a beer that could be called a "dessert" beer, this is it. Well done.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black with barely a bubble on top, just a thin film of tan foam which disappears completely. The aroma is remarkable - it's like a chocolate fountain. Flavor is also very chocolate, more dark and bitter than the smell would indicate, and warmed by some booze showing through. Finish is semi-bitter and lingering. Very good, as many of ST's heavily flavored brews.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old bottle, old label. Black as liquid, flimsy beige pour that doesn't substantiate itself. Aroma was dark, bitter chocolate .

Taste was more bitter chocolate, not sugary type, we're talking rich, dark bitter chocolate, solid malt bill, alcohol regulated well, impactful chocolate mouthfeel. You had one job and you delivered. This and Rogue Double Chocolate/Single Stout make up that echelon of Chocolate beers right below the grandaddy of them all, Chocolate Rain.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a small, tan frothy head.

Chocolate is not as prominent on nose as I thought, with toffee and caramel coming in just as or even more strongly. There is even a good amount of malt and hops present, with the malt giving off a spent grain aroma. Not a sweetness bomb like most Southern Tier.

Taste is slightly bitter chocolate, not too sweet, with a frothy, light, tangy body.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-black with half inch dark tan head which was near gone after about 15 seconds. Overwhelmingly sweet milk chocolate smell that makes me think of chocolate milk with a nice touch of alcohol heat. Very strong milk chocolate flavor upfront, exactly what you'd expect from the smell. Surprisingly amount of hops takes over at the end. Pretty decent body that you can chew on for a bit. If you choose this beer because of expected sweetness then you get what you'd expect. If you didn't think it would be sweet, not sure why you would select this beer. The smell leads very well into the taste, but has a complex hoppy finish that makes for a well-rounded dessert beer.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh. Another reviewer said it tastes like Cocoa Puffs. I agree, but that"s not a plus. Wouldn't make my top five, or even ten, for the style. But I don't regret drinking it.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 19, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION: finished the first round of gift wrapping... APPEARANCE: black as, er, Blackwater (?), with a thin, brown head that shows a creamy, resilient half-finger staying power; lacing slides in sheets... AROMA: overpowering sweetness born of chocolate, toasted malts, licorice, toffee, and subdued hops--but holy, heavenly chocolate, suggesting confectioner's kitchens or the M&M Mars factory... PALATE: creamy as the head suggests; full-bodied, warming and active at the teeth...the aftertaste is formidable and welcome... TASTE: chocolate, sweet and pronounced, with toffee and vanilla...robust is an a cake or mousse liquefied.... the toasted elements evoke a smoked cheese,,,... OVERALL: I had this on draft at The Corner Pub, and I had to revisit home from a 22 oz. bomber, it only stands taller and more formidable, encompassing the palate and demanding every inch of attention with each sip--a BIG beer... phenolic in a highly drinkable,fashion...

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Photo of tlema1
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Jet black with a thick tan head
S: not a ton on the nose, some bakers chocolate
T: not as sweet as I remembered from a few years ago, the various chocolate (dark, bitter, etc) soften the roasted malts
F: thick and creamy
O: I'm glad I revisited this one

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - black, with tan head
A - dark chocolate, sweet smelling, without the booze aroma that I've come to expect from high ABVstouts
T - dark chocolate and a little bitterness
F - nice body with a little sweetness

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Photo of MaximalC
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours seal brown with a meager skim of khaki foam. Aroma smells of cocoa powder, chocolate milk, Hershey’s syrup, and even some fresh ground coffee.

Alcohol really heats things up on the front end, although a robust chocolate flavor comes through nonetheless. The chocolate tilts more toward the bitter end of the spectrum, which is reinforced by an appreciable dose of earthy, herbal hops. The label mentions flaked barley, and something to that effect does manifest in the taste, producing a slightly nutty, grainy character comparable to oats, though it remains mostly in the background. The roasted character of the malt comes through nicely on the back end. Some warming allows a sweeter, more syrupy chocolate flavor to come through. There’s also a slightly salty aspect in the finish that dries things out and keeps you coming back for more. Medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation afford a slick, robust mouthfeel that suits a stout just fine, while notable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips.

Overall, this is a characterful chocolate stout, and also probably the most aggressive tasting one your are likely to find. A solid balance between bitter, sweet, and warm keeps the palate engaged and satisfied from start to finish. One of my favorites from Southern Tier, to be sure.

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

Many beers from the Blackwater Series is amazing adn this one is no let down. Taste much like a liquid dark chocolate bar. High in ABV but it is completely masked by it's sweetness. Definitely a beer to taste in this life-time.

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

I had this beer for lunch, maybe I should have had it for dessert! It has an incredible chocolate signature, very smooth, very drinkable and it packs a big punch!

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Photo of Celtics76
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just had a couple of lobsters, my son is sound asleep, so time for a little dessert. ST Choklat seems like the best option.

This beer pours jet black with brownish head and is impressive looking overall. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste matches the aroma - bitter dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. But the chocolate flavor is at the forefront here - what I really like is it lingers on the palette well after sipping. And not much booziness to speak of, which is usually the norm with a 10% abv beer.

This is without a doubt one of the best chocolate stouts I've had. Off the top of my head perhaps Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout has a slight edge but that's probably it.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours motor oil like with copious light brown head and sticky lacing. Smells strongly of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Tastes with sweet malt forward, quick transition to dark chocolate and a hoppy bite as end note with fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is thick and milky, ABV well hidden.

Overall, the best chocolate stout I’ve had – not a particularly complex or nuanced stout – but very enjoyable and would make an excellent desert beer or aperitif.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black off the pour with a nice brown head. The aroma was sweet and almost like a chocolate candy bar. The taste wasn't as sweet as the smell, it had more of a dark chocolate taste with the bittering of the hops. The taste is still amazing and the strength of the beer was hidden nicely behind a wall of chocolate! Nice roasty aftertaste and a warming sensation in the gut from the 10% ABV. I like this as an after dinner drink... More of a sipper. Very good beer!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: black with no head
S: chocolate and alcohol
T: again, chocolate and alcohol. Not a sweet chocolate, but not quite bakers chocolate either
F: pretty thick and fairly smooth.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a beige head, no head retention, got a lot of lacing, head was thick and creamy before it dissipated, not seeing any carbonation, looks good.

A: Not getting much on the aroma, sweet chocolate, some roasted malts, coffee, subtle aromas, was expecting brighter aromas, it's mostly chocolate.

T: Not like the nose, big hit of chocolate up front, dark chocolate bitterness, very smooth and drinkable, hint of dark fruits with chocolate, I'm imagining chocolate covered dates or figs, finishes bitter like a dark chocolate bitterness that lingers, very tasty.

M: Creamy and smooth, almost like a milk stout, good balance of carbonation, very nice mouthfeel.

O: Three things I like, beer, dark chocolate, and coffee, this beer has them all, very balanced and drinkable, wonderful mouthfeel, very tasty. I would buy this often if I could get my hands on it.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Black Friday. Velvety smooth, aroma confirms beer namesake, flavor brings it all to fruition. Chocolate essence abounds, very smooth despite the high ABV. Silky black pour with spare beige head, but still leaves streaky lacing. Deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter, very dark brown with minimal head. This may have been due to the small pour. Extremely strong dark chocolate aroma; smooth but a slightly dry finish; the dark chocolate comes out strong on the finish as does a bitter bite.

Clearly the feel and taste of an after dinner drink.

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Photo of Skipple
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour into snifter.

Smell is amazing. Overpowering chocolate. Smells like a factory.

Intense chocolate taste. Almost one dimensional, but that is not a bad thing. It does one thing incredibly well.

I wish it has a bit more cream to the feel, but silky smooth.

One of the best chocolate stouts I have ever had. Amazingly drinkable. If the bottle didn't say it I would never know it was 10%

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Photo of suzychesser
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is simply delicious. There is no mistaking the chocolate taste. This one in particular was born in October 2015, so I'd say it is quite fresh. I'm a fan of the Blackwater series and this one may be my favorite.

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Photo of myrixis
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look: a black hole waiting to consume your very existence
mouth feel:: it feels like the smoothest chocolate silk brushing against your tongue
Taste: like liquid chocolate
overall: its good if you like chocolate!

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Photo of MrWonka
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. Absolutely awesome. Smells almost identical to Cocoa Puffs the cereal... That's how good it is. Drinks incredibly easy for a 10%alc beer. And it comes in 4 packs this year so that's also a plus. This literally was the first time I've gotten this beer and will b getting it again. A good way to put it is like such: it is a treat and fun to drink. Your gonna feel this one after a 12oz bottle I guarantee it! If u like stouts, chocolate, or Samuel Smith's chocolate stout, you'll love this. Cheers my friends.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One dimensional? Yes but let it be known this is the king of chocolate stouts. Southern Tier knows big stouts and this is a gem in their lineup. Minimal head lacing non existent the smell is chocolate lovers bliss and the taste definitely follows. The alcohol is so well hidden when it's cold you'll be checking the bottle again. The finish and aftertaste is chocolate punch in the taste buds.. You like chocolate and sweet stouts? You better buy it if you see it because it won't be there long...

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,224 ratings.
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