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 jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, the smell the smell the smell on this god damn beer. Smells immediately as you open. Smells like chocolate syrup, chocolate milk, and mocha coffee. It's heavenly

as for the uninteresting part it pours an immense black color with a tan head.

Creamy, chocoholic and sensational. Carbonation is very low but the beer is incredibly smooth and velvety. There's definitely big chocolate flavors as well as touches of caramel and cream. Hops present themselves just enough to make this thing a cloyingly sweet malt bomb. (It's not cloying in the least) It's dessert in a bottle, much like south tiers crem brulee. This is god damn delicious.

Heavenly. and 10% abv? good night ya'll

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Photo of TexIndy
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter per the label instruction. No date on it but since it had the clear stick-on label I know it is the 2008 release. It was black in color even against the light. No sign or carbonation and no lacing. It had a small brown head that very quickly evaporated into the thinnest of collars.

The aroma was amazing. Very heavy on the chocolate - choc syrup like. Only issue is that there wasn't much beyond the chocolate to offset it a bit. The chocolate was great but could have used a little something else. The taste was exceptional. Again, heavy on the chocolate but not much beyond that. Needed some more traditional stout flavor to compliment it. Still outstanding but just misses being perfect. Mouthfeel was also excellent. Heavy, creamy, chewy.

Overall, an outstanding beer that I highly recommend. Worthy of the high ranking and hype. Gotta find some more of this to drink now and to age for later. Would be a big player in my fridge if avail here.

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Photo of breyton490
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jet black, clear, tan head that quickly dissipated

Smell: Dark chocolate, hint of alcohol, smelled like I stuck my head in a bag of chocolate bars...

Taste: Nice chocolate notes, good bitterness, roast

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, low carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: At 11% ABV, I cant pound these, but a 22oz bottel sipped in a tulip glass over an hour or so was just right.

This is a beer I will be buying many more off to have during the cold NE winter.

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Photo of lessthanhadley
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black beer, no light comes through when held up to the light. A nice tan head upon the pour and a thin lacing remains throughout.

S: Smells of chocolate with a hint of alcohol, plain and simple, no real other words to explain it.

T: Taste like chocolate syrup mixed with hops as my father who has no interest in beer at all put it. As unsophisticated as that sounds I think its actually pretty spot on so I am going to go with it.

M: Lightly carbonated, somewhat bitter to the tongue (as should be expected from a beer this heavy on chocolate)

D: A deffinite dessert/post dinner sipper beer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass in parts. Label says this is brewed with Belgian bitterweet chocolate.

Appearance: Opaque black with some dark ruby brown edges. Pours a one finger beige head with very little retention. Receds quickly into a thin lacing around the edge.

Aroma: Rich cocoa bean notes hit first, but they are not bitter. There actually is lingering sweetness throughout the aroma. Some underlying caramel notes also make their way through. Overall impression of the aroma is just a powerful chocolate profile with sweet undertones.

Taste: Dark chocolate and cocoa bean notes dominate the palate upfront. Chocolate bitterness soon moves on the palate and is complimented by some bitter hop notes. Slighty bitter, but surprisingly clean finish. Very well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. The ABV also does not stand out or detract from the beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied feel overall. Smooth and creamy with a nice bite from carbonation on the back end.

Drinkability: With the ABV not standing out, and the flavors being well balanced, I find this incredicly drinkable for a stout of this strength. Still definitely a sipper.

Overall, a really impressive and flavorful chocolate stout. Definitely the best chocolate stout I have had and one of Southern Tier's best. Just incredibly rich and complex well maintaining nice balance. A nice desert beer as well.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying from a pint glass. The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color with a fair-sized, coffee foam-colored head that begins to regress. Smells immediately like a fountain chocolate soda and iced hot chocolate with undertones of caramel and malt. Tastes...

To be frank, this beer tastes delicious. I would have it for dessert over a chocolate milk shake any day. The first taste is sweet chocolate and malt, followed by bittersweet flavors of darker chocolate, roasted malt and hops, all packaged in a light carbonation. It goes down smooth and rich, leaving little lacing. As it warms a little, the aroma takes on undertones of dates and grilled fig. Despite the amazing taste, though, I think it's the smell of candy store chocolate that keeps me sipping.

My hat's off to southern tier for brewing such a tasty offering.

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Photo of NCoastWineBeer
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just picked this up for 8.99 and could not wait to try this new blackwater series
Pours a very solid black, with little head that recedes to a thin lace.
This smells like fresh cocoa, i have never smelled a chocolate stout like this before.
The taste is very chocolatey, smooth aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden quite well, i am definately going to drink this whole bomber with ease. This reminds of the tommyknocker cocoa porter, but this is much more drinkable in my opinion. Great beer for the winter season!!!

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a velvety, syrupy jet black with tan head,

smell- rich milk chocolate, think hot chocolate/ Swiss Miss. a touch of licorice and wood

taste- Chocolate bar up front, pure hot chocolate. I've never tasted such an overtly chocolately beer-- and it's very, very good. Vanilla, a touch of black licorice. Mildly sweet, but then emerge notes of oak, some dark fruits (fig and some cherry), and slightly bitter but lush roasted barley. Finishes with dark chocolate, dark roasted barley and a touch of hop citrus. The tongue is coated with the roasted flavors and warmth of the booze.

Feel- velvety with some bite from the roasted barley and hops. Booze is detectable but fairly mellow. Not very heavy-bodied

overall- For a long time I never gave this a chance. I was certainly pleasantly surprised when I got this on tap after a few other beers I wanted had been kicked. I am very impressed with the richness of the chocolate, while maintaining its balance and not being overly sweet and displaying a great overall flavor profile. Fantastic brew

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Commis for hooking me up with this one. Thanks again Matt!

08 bottle

Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Head retention is decent at best, and there is only a small amount of lace to be had...

S - Lots of sweet chocolate notes come through. Also pick up a hint of coffee and some roast. Chocolate definitely dominates though...

T - Chocolate, roasted barley, and sweet caramel. This one is deliciously sweet and chocolate is center stage. A definite dessert beer. Abv is very well hidden. Do not pick up any heat from this at all. Delectable...

M - Thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel for the style...

O - WOW! I had high expectations for this one, and they were all exceeded. Definitely looking foward to getting my hands on a few more of these. If you are a fan of big beers and chocolate; then this one is for you. Southern Tier brewed a world class beer here...


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Photo of Beginner2
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tend not to indulge in the chocolate beer scene, but glad I did here.
Looks inviting, but the smell lets me know that chocolate belongs in this ale.
The taste is on the bitter, oily side; but balanced. (That's the way I like my coffee, too.)
Mouthfeel? Smooth and totally unaware that this is 11%.
Try this beer if you want to get to Chocolate Heaven.
And if you want to go back again, buy two bottles.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-Deep black with a thin light khaki head. The head dissipates leaving a ring. Some bubbles and lacing

S-Nose is amazing, with loads of milk chocolate,with vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel

T-The flavor is the same. Very sweet and milk chocolately

M-well balanced silky to the tongue

O-great chocolate stout not to sweet doesn't have to be a dessert beer. It's great to just sip and take your time like you would with a big bar of Hersey chocolate eating each little block at time.

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

Tried this one at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Very dark with a deep brown head. Rich beer, great for sipping. Thick and robust with an intense chocolate taste.

Getting the choklat as my last beer of the night was certainly a good idea, it was like a fantastic desert to top off the night!

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

Super dark black brown. Light brown head with a decent amount of lacing. Actually quite a bit considering the abv. Smell is Hershey park meets beer waterfall. Taste is thick rich chocolate syrup on top of fudge brownies. Mild hops are earthy and leafy but I'd be lying if I said you really notice them. Yes the bittering balances the intense sweetness artfully while keeping you focused on the malt and chocolate core of the beer but c'mon, it's all about the sweets here. Feel is full and thick. Smooth carbonation is spot on and keeps your tongue from being smothered by the almost syrupy consistency of this wonderfully over the top beer. Like heavy velvet your tongue is enveloped in comfort. For something so strong it goes down like a shake at your favorite diner. Love it out of a bottle this just takes it to the next level.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer a very dark brown, with not too much a of a head, and what is there, doesn't stick around for long.
the aroma is well, quality dark chocolate. tiny hints of dark fruit here and there, along with a faint grainyness, but chocolate dominates.
phew... this is like downing rich liquid chocolate cake. it's got this amazing fudgy cake-y quality that's just fantastic. i personally didn't take anything else away flavor-wise, but if this isn't a chocolate stout i don't know what is... the funny thing about it is that it's not overpowering, it maintains some sort of chocolatey balance, with what i'm not sure, but it keeps itself in check very well.
it's full bodied with adequate carbonation, enough to keep it from being syrupy.
a beautiful beer that drinks like you wouldn't believe for such a hefty stout. i highly encourage you to try this in any form you can find it. i actually passed this up in a bottle recently, but on a whim gave it a shot when i saw it on tap, and i was blown away.

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

sampled on tap at coles in buffalo, ny jan 5/08.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. huge blast of milk and dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. hit of peanut. bready malt.

taste is excellent. huge blast of milk and dark chocolate balanced against a solid stout backing. great roast. bittersweet chocolate. bread and biscuit malt. medium bitterness level. light coffee character. bit of very mild grapefruit and pine hop presence too. light warming alcohol, with nearly no other trace.

mouthfeel is good. low well integrated carbonation level. medium large body. super smooth.

drinkability is great. alcohol is very well hidden. great balance between the chocolate and the stout, and both still have lots of depth to keep them interesting. this is one top notch beer.

too often flavoured beers end up one dimensional and both the base and flavour added don't stand up, causing the whole thing to fail. this one is definitely an exception. the layers and depth to the chocolate character were great and kept you going back for more. along with that, a solid and smooth stout with a nice malty depth pulled you in too. i'm already looking forward to spending an evening this winter enjoying a nice fire in the fireplace and sipping on the bottle i picked up.

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

22oz bottle shared by TJensen3618.

A: Pours dark (brown/black) with an amazing frothy, tan head that takes some time to dissipate.

S: Smells overwhelmingly like a dark chocolate Hershey bar, both sweet and roasty. One of the best smelling beers I've come across.

T: Tastes like an amazingly rich chocolate bomb that explodes in your mouth. Also, notes of cocoa and mocha, that become more malty as you drink it.

M: Less creamy, a little more dry as is consistent with the darker chocolate taste. Goes down smooth, great aftertaste.

O: Overall, is as credible as its' reputation. Lived up to the hype. I cannot wait to get my hands on another bottle!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours cola colored, but sets up quite opaque in the SA glass. A sparse cover of light mocha, some thin but sticky suds plant lace rings around the glass.

Aroma - Hershey's syrup, with a light touch of roasted grain. Mmmm...

Taste - sweet roasted grain up front, followed immediately by a dark chocolate syrup flavor. Chocolate stout is right. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow followed by an absolute wave of bittersweet chocolate, I believe there is some hop bitterness mixed in there, too. Finishes warm, with melted chocolate and a boozy warming in the belly. A little candyish at times, and the abv has moments where it tends to overpower the other flavors. Great beer.

Mouthfeel - a little thin for an impy stout. The carbonation is even and though it has a nice smoothness, the body could be a little bigger too.

Drinkability - this is one of those beers where I could care less about the abv. An absolute dream to think of drinking a few of these in an evening. I don't think I could, it would be a waste to put this beer across tastebuds that are dulled out. An awesome treat that I'll nab more of it they brew it again. Interesting to see what a few years will do to this. I'd like to see some melding of flavors and mellowing of the alcohol age this into one killer brew.

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

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

Poured a near pitch black with a thin, whispy, coffee-colored head that faded to a stubborn ring of lace. Short-lived sheets of lacing trickled down the glass on every sip.

The aroma was amazingly rich and chocolatey. Steaming hot fudge would be the best way to describe it. Possibly some milk chocolate as well. A strong bourbon-like quality also held strong, along with traces of oak, vanilla and molasses.

The taste was rich and complex but definitely darker and roastier than the aroma. Burnt malts came through up front with luscious Belgian chocolate dominating mid-palate. Notes of espresso and bourbon permeated the beverage from start to finish. Oak and roasted malts appeared on the back end with a kiss of hops on the finish. By the drink's end, a touch of alcohol warming came out as well. The aftertaste was chocolatey and sweet with noticeable caramel notes.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with a fine yet tingly carbonation. The body however was a bit thinner than expected for the style.

Drinkability was outstanding. Aside from the fact that the 11% ABV was barely noticeable, Choklat made a terrific pairing with my David Glass chocolate cake.

Southern Tier really did it again with this outstanding release.

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

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA....Thanks Matt!

A-Black with faint ruby around the edges with a thin tan colored head.

S-Ok, one word, CHOCOLATE! Very rich, chocolate nose, no shocker! This is an amazing beer...not sure it is beer...could it be fermented chocolate milk?

T-Holy sweet Mother Mary--this is a truly fantastic beer. The chocolate is awesome without being overly sweet, cloying or overpowering. Oh, and where is the alcohol? This is one finely crafted beer.

M-A bit thinner than I expected. If a knock at all I would have expected a bit more body. A very mildbitterness in the aftertaste infused with more CHOCOLATE!

D-The name of this beer says it all...and brings it all. One of the best specialty beers I have EVER had. A truly amazing job by the folks at ST. I am impressed beyond words. My only 11% the party would come crashing down all to soon! Plus you cannot even tell that it is even close to 11%....dangerous!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize this was on the BA 100 until i looked it up to review it. Hop bombs, malt bombs...this is a chocolate bomb. Black pour with reddish highlights. Dark, tan head seems to be loaded with powder cocao...or is it the aroma that's making me dizzy? Aroma...yeah...chocolate. This thing is a chocolate bar. Dark chocolate with some silky milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Picking up slight spice, hoping it's from the hops.
Taste is a bit lighter on the chocolate side, but not by much. It has a good share of roastiness to it to add to the chocolate bar flaver. More dark chocolate than milk. Not too sweet. Dryness throughout after a brief hit of sweet up front. Spices come it at the end that make me think (but not really 'taste') some citrus mixed with chocolate. Some tobacco hits along with alcohol in the end. Darn fine beer.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007 that I've been hanging onto for awhile.
Poured into a new belgium snifter. Not much head at all. Some lacing. I can see some alcohol shimmer to almost give it some vinous legs.
Color is pitch black.
Smell is very tootsie rolls. Yoohoo. Cocoa powder.
Taste is like a black russian. Sorry dude not quite your drink but close. Kaluha. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thick.

I'm good for about a half pint of this. It gets a bit cloying after this. I still would love to try this over ice cream. If I do, I'll let you know.

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Photo of jt31914
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with little to no head - like dark chocolate in color; wonderful lacing.

S: Straight chocolate - very balanced and nice.

T: Creamy and balanced chocolate taste with a hint of bitterness on the finish; super balanced beer.

M/D: Just awesome - smooth, creamy, and pleasant.

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

From Notes:
I was lucky to have had this numerous times since I wrote the review, sadly it's season is over and my supply has run out.
I shared this with my Buddy Moxley. Poured from a bomber to snifter glass a deep dark brown with a minimal cream colored head that disipates quickly. I could smell the chocolate when I poured it but Moxley nailed the smell when she said "TOOTSIE ROLLS!" Sweet dark chocolate flavor with a hint of carmel and malt. No Coffee bitterness at all, which makes it extra good to me since I hate coffee. Surprisingly no boozy taste either even though it's 11% APV. Some stikyness but not as much as expected, very crisp and clean for the style. A Must Have!

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

I had this on tap at Brass Rail deli in Campbelltown 1/27/10.

A - The beer pours like syrup thick and dark w/ mahogany shade and caramel brown letting some light in at the base of the glass. There is a rign of beige for a head w/ tight bead.

S - The smell! whoah prepare for salivation! the aroma is noted from across the table as rich with cocoa aroma- the odor of fudge like brownie batter w/ a hersheys cocoa sweetness and beer undertone - intense and fragrant dessert nose

M - The feel while sweet isn't dominated completely by malt texture - there is moderate carbonation keeping slightly balanced w/ subtle roasted and a rather intense creamy feel. There is spice from hops w/ hint of alcohol in the back end. The feel has a dry roasty warm finish

T - - The taste is a chocolate lovers dream -beer disguised as liquid chocolate! I am a fan of dark cocoa and this has that going for it - slightly bitter but creamy with a caramel edge from the sweet malts. There is slight toasted essence like a graham cracker dipped in fudge, but still creamy and smooth. The flavor has a nice compliment from spiced hop notes which seems to balance the beer and alcohol is mild in the flavor

D - A sweet Imperial stout - however it nails the chocolate stout style in a realm of almost not beer-like. The drinkability is very high except it is 9% and hides it well. The stout itself is well made with no real flaws, it couldn't fit the name better.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,232 ratings.
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