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

Poured into my Stone IRS crystal chalice at approx. 60 deg. F.

Don't be afraid to pour this one down the center in order to raise a nice head. The brew is a very dark brown, with garnet tinges at the sides of the glass. I held a bright flashlight behind it and could just make it out through the glass, so it is not totally opaque. The head is dense and dark tan in color. Head retention is not real long, but that is to be expected at 11% abv. You do get some nice lacing on every swirl or sip, but little or no stickage.

The nose is a chocolate lover's delight. Immediate impression is of dark chocolate and fudge. If there are any coffee notes, they would be a rich expresso, but its mostly hidden in the chocolate overload. No fusel traces either .. that's very good in a beer this big!

The taste is chocolate euphoria! The palate is bombarded with rich, dark chocolate flavors; like melting the finest dark chocolate bar in your mouth. It's not sweet. It's not bitter. A light carbonation gives it a smooth full mouthfeel, just this side of chewy. There is a hint of fruity hops, but it really doesn't make much of a show past the chocolate, and you really have to try hard to taste it. This beer is very drinkable; dangerously so at 11% abv. Best to make this a night cap, sipping ever so slowly and enjoying each sip to the max.

Without a doubt, this is the most chocolatey tasting Imperial Stout (or beer of any style for that matter) that I've ever had the pleasure to sample. Southern Tier is the hands down winner of the chocolate flavored Imperial Stout. Highly recommended. Seek this one out; a must try!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is from my notes back in April.

This beer appears black, opaque. A hint of ruby, chocolate brown shows itself only around the bottom of the glass. The head is thin and off-white and eventually completely disappears.

Smell is excellent - total bittersweet chocolate. Aroma is very malty, but I can detect some hops presence.

Taste is like chocolate syrup. Very malty, sweet & rich, this beer is like nothing I've had before. I burped and it tasted like I just ate a piece of chocolate or some chocolate ice cream.

There is a nice, creamy mouthfeel with this beer. The alcohol is very well hidden. This beer is excellent to sip on for dessert.

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

Described by BA users as one of southern tiers "Love it or hate it beers along with creme brulee which i loved. "Poured black as hell with a half finger width brown frothy head that only stuck around about 30 seconds. Aroma is of Nesquick with alcohol! Taste is of delicious chocolate! The chocolate flavor is as bitter and belgian tasting as i would have expected but more like cocoa. The flavor is smooth and like a tall glass of chocolate milk but with a tiny burn of alcohol goin down your throat. There is a little hop kick at the end, i would have wanted a tad more but thats fine. The feel is super smooth and slightly tingly from the carbonation. And boy this is drinkable! Alcohol is barely detectable!

Love it or hate it? I love it! Southern tier rocks.

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

Poured from the bomber to an oversize pint glass, a dark brown with a very small tan head that immediately vanished.
The smell was chocolate, with hints of chocolate, and, as my wife said, chocolate.
Taste was, uh, chocolate. I half expected Willie Wanka to tap my shoulder while I was enjoying this. Somewhere in there is 11%, but I didnt notice it.
This is a very smooth, very easy drinking beer, and very tasty. Its hard to justify almost ten bucks for a bottle, and Im not sure this one is worth that, but it came recomended by Kendo. I easily could have had a second, but the other one is going into the cellar until next year.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a complete midnight black which yields a one finger tan colored head that quickly dies down to a few big bubbles. Stickiness is mediocre, some spotty lacing. Smell is of Hershey's Milk Chocolate with almonds and a nice malty backbone. Tootsie Roll sweetness as with a caramel presence in the nose as well. I just can't get enough of the aroma with this one. Definitely a better scent than the Oat. The minimal alcohol warmth prevents this from a 5 in smell. Taste is like no other. Big Chocolate Tootsie Pop flavor up front with a roasted barley presence. Sweet caramel coffee flavor makes itself known as well. How is this 11%? No alcohol flavor on the tongue. Medium to full body with a heavy rich texture. Carbonation is very subtle but enjoyable. Scary how good this beer is. Southern Tier is becoming a big player in the Extreme Beer revolution, keep up the good work guys. Definitely going to see what some age does to this one.

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

A: Dark. Looks syrupy.

S: The smell of chocolate rushes at you. Could be me, but the smell was great. I could see people who are turned off by chocolate to hate the smell.

T: Tastes exactly like it smells. There is a bit of a sweet after taste. This has to be the closest chocolate tasting beer you can have.

M: Creamy, very heavy at times.

D: This is a beer that should be had as a dessert. However, a fantastic dessert. Prepare to be in it for the long haul. The taste is great, but you must enjoy chocolate to really enjoy this.

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

A: Appears to have some serious viscosity, the bubbles almost move as if suspended in molasses, spots of foam on the side, only a hint of light passes through the edges of this otherwise deep black - 4.75, S: Absolutely overpowering on the front of chocolate, some grain comes through, smells like a fudge brownie - 5.0, T: Dark bitter chocolate with some hops on the tail, as it warms it tastes more and more like Nestle Quik which shouldn't be viewed negatively, the hops have some spiciness to them that I can't place - 4.5, M: Some serious sticking power, slightest hint of graininess, thick mouthfeel - 5.0, D: I have become a big fan of most of Southern Tiers beer and this one is the cream of the crop of those that I've tasted. Overall this is an exceptional beer, most elements of it overwhelm -4.5

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Photo of macjam22
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dessert beer at its finest. Amazing chocolate flavor that isn't overpoweringly sweet. If you can find it on draft it is even better, but it is excellent out of the bottle as well. Very dark on the pour, slight dark brown head. Up to par with their other bombers, definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of smerrell
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I didn't know this was beer, I wouldn't guess it. This dessert in a bottle is all smooth, dark chocolate, with no detectable hops, alcohol, or anything else. you close your eyes, and you'd swear you're drinking chocolate milk, or perhaps a melted bar of Godiva.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a Samuel Smith’s pint glass

A: Dark, inky black pour that creates a creamy, chocolate milk colored head; looks viscous, and coats the sides of the glass; head retention, like on most high ABV stouts is reduced to a thin ring of creamy bubbles settling on the surface.

S: The name says it all – absolutely massive wave of chocolate aromas from the moment the cap is popped; sweet milk chocolate; gourmet dark chocolate with a bittersweet bite; homemade fudge; warm brownies; cocoa powder – like Swiss-Miss hot chocolate mix; flashes of vanilla; a faint touch of dark fruits, but really, the chocolate steals the show here.

T: Just when you think the beer couldn’t get any better after diving into its aroma, the first sip settles on your tongue. I’m gobsmacked. So. Much. Chocolate. It’s hard to believe this is beer because this tastes like the most decadent chocolate ganache dessert you can imagine in liquid form; huge sweetness from milk chocolate notes mingling with vanilla; rich fudge brownies; some deeper, bittersweet notes of dark chocolate (like a gourmet 80%+ cacao dark chocolate) are next in line, complimenting a roasted flavor reminiscent of cold coffee that grows through the middle - this is like mocha milkshake on steroids; the malts do come through with hints of caramel, brown sugar and a faint toast flavor, but the residual sweetness from the chocolate sweeps through like a tidal wave, pushing all other flavors back beneath the surface. Absolutely savory – bouncing from sweet to bittersweet, with enough malt and roasted presence peaking in between like intermissions in a symphony of chocolate.

M: Full body that is creamy, luscious, velvety; coats the palate; goes down very smoothly.

O: 10% ABV are you kidding? This is so supremely drinkable because the alcohol is hidden behind waves of indulgent chocolate. I know it’s there at the end of the day, with that slight warming feeling from within, but it never rises on the palate. Phenomenal. A beer disguised as dessert, or the other way around; surely this is the pick of the bunch from Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series, and that's saying something because there aren’t any slouches in that seasonal lineup of bold stouts. For my money, this is hands-down THE best chocolate-themed stout on the market, and well deserving of a place near the top of the list of the best stouts I’ve ever tasted. It is relatively easy to find in season and you won't have to break the bank to get your hands on it. Try it - you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of candcholt
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is favorite chocolate for sure. It's got nice body and isn't too sweet. Perfect combination of beer and chocolate. I enjoyed every sip.

To me, it tastes like the liquid chocolate from French Broad Chocolates in Asheville, NC. If you haven't tried that, you should, and if you haven't tried this beer, you should.

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a stemless wine glass.

A: Good Lord, it's like motor oil with latte foam. When poured slowly and from a decent height one can elicit a thick, long lasting chocolate milk brown foam, but it still disappears rather fast, I'm assuming from being 10%abv.

S: Of course there's huge amounts of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, 70% cacao and darker chocolates with burnt toasty notes, a hit of sweet, creamy vanilla, a touch of nondescript spice, a smidge of alcohol and roasted malts. But what blows me away is the very distinct smells of chocolate covered banana and dark chocolate covered jelly rings. WOW.

T: Every type of previously listed chocolate assaults the palate, followed by a big bittersweet smack of super dark chocolate and earthy hoppiness. This turns into an unsweetened cocoa flavor that fades into warming booziness that tickles the tongue with spice. Fantastic, not overburdeningly sweet. I want to bourbon barrel or rum barrel age this.

M: Very full and viscous, bordering on chewy, which turns into a drying cocoa powdery feel across the tongue, and a nice little zing from the booze and carbonation.

O: Quite possibly one of the finest chocolate stouts I've ever had, every one after this has a very high bar to reach.

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Photo of rousee
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black onyx color with a 1 finger thick head that holds extremely well. Very active,fresh and hungry looking carbonation.

Dark somewhat bitter chocolate semi sweetness with a hint of chocolate powder akin to Hersheys powder but with a dark chocolate essence to it.

Taste is incredibly thick lush chewy silky chocolate. A touch of milk chocolate with more semi sweet bitterness. There are also some malty elements that come through in the background but they are faint.Finishes with a small amount of boozy heat but it is incredibly moderate and somewhat subtle given the high ABV. Very well concealed. There are also some elements of brownie or chocolate cake mix that I notice as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth coating velevety and lush--absolutely tremendous.

At 11%ABV and pretty sweet this is far from a session beer but I am definitely looking forward to trying this one again. Probably the best milk/sweet stout I have tried to date.

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

I've been sitting on this trade for so long, I don't even remember who sent it to me. Regardless, a big thanks goes out to that fine fellow.

The label states this beer is actually a 11% ABV beer, not 9.1%. Served, as suggested, cool into a snifter. It pours a very dark brown color with good clarity, both evident only as it travels from bottle to glass. There is no head at all so that's the only real letdown.

The aroma is just unbelieveable. I never would've thought that a beer could smell like liquid chocolate. It's absolutely wonderful - a melted chocolate bar with toasted marshmallows. No alcohol detected here either, which is nice.

As much as I love the aroma, I'm thankful when I discover the flavor has a healthy dose of roast so it isn't nearly as sweet as the smell would suggest. There is still a nice sweet chocolate taste up front but from middle to end, it has great roasted malt and dark coffee character. The sweet and bitter balance wonderfully but it's still a very strong beer and this is where the alcohol starts to really show. It's not overwhelming but it is certainly noticable.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with lowish carbonation. As said, the balance is great but the strength of flavor, bitterness, and alcohol is wearing.

Overall an amazing beer and unlike anything else I've ever had. A truly special brew.

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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 founddrama
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly boozy, but that's mostly aromatic and in the nose. Strong chocolate flavor (of course) is a real delight. Almost a milkshake?

LOOK: Very dark brown, almost black. A finger's worth of head that's a tight family of tiny bubbles. Hold it up to the light and it's basically opaque.

SMELL: Bittersweet chocolate. A little cinnamon and/or spice?

TASTE: Strong chocolate flavor from start to finish. Completely dominates the palate. Slightly boozy note to finish.

FEEL: Thick and full and rich. Viscous. Your mind fills in some blanks and makes it into a milkshake.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This exceptional beer reminds me of a chocolate Bosco milk shake. A very thin head reveals the lack of carbonation in this beer. The first aroma that hits you is the chocolate Bosco syrup. The thickness in the mouth and the heavy chocolate flavor brings me back to the chocolate Bosco milk shakes I would have as a kid. It was on-tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. According to my taste this is one of the best beers made.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the East Village Tavern.

A- pours extremely dark black color without any head, i could not see through this one at all. It's as black as night

S- strong smooth chocolately aromas, slightly bitter but smells amazing. I couldn't believe I was smelling a beer and not a chocolate bar. i would like to do a blind smelling test where i could compare the aromas from this beer and some other chocolate bars and try to pick which is which.

T- tastes like i had melted a chocolate bar and drank it, this beer is so cholately tasting its incredible. The alcohol is very well hidden for 11%.

M- very smooth, full bodied, a bit creamy, low carbonation

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It's an explosion of chocolate. This is certainly one to end the night on or have for dessert. I would definitely seek this one out and it shouldn't be that difficult as it's not hard to find.

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Photo of rye726
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with faint shades of ruby when held to light and has a thin tan head. Fantastic nose has lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, ripe fruits and rich malts. Like fudge brownies in a glass. The taste was not quite as impressive, but still good. Bitter-sweet chcolate, roasty malts, molasses, licorice, anise and subtle hops. The body was a thick and chewy, well carbonated.

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

Thanks to jastack for the trade!

This one caught a lot of buzz rather quickly and I’m excited to try it, especially since I love chocolate dominant stouts.

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip. Looks like a cola flavored soda and an aggressive pour produces no more than half an inch of foam. Hints of ruby when held to the light.

Oh, baby! Huge rich chocolate aroma right upfront, and it reminds me when I used to put spoonfuls of Quick into my milk as a kid. Notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and cocoa with quite a lot of sweetness, very much like chocolate syrup. Cannot pick up any “beer-like” qualities in this one, it’s just pure chocolate so far. I think some roasted barley and the chocolate malts try to peek through but the sweet, dark, chocolate just dominates. After it warms up I get a wonderful aroma of a banana split; bananas, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, you want sprinkles too?
Later on there are hints of caramel, marshmallows, s'mores, and warm oatmeal covered in chocolate syrup.

Tastes very much like it smells, love it. Lots of chocolate with a banana aftertaste and some hints of cherry and alcohol. I can see how this beer can be too much for some people, it is mostly chocolate and very sweet, almost like a very intense milk stout. There is only a hint of dryness and roasted barley bitterness in the finish, but this one is mostly sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and perfect light carbonation. Drinkability is good but a bomber is a little hard to finish for one person since this beer is really sweet.

This is one of my new favorite stouts and a favorite dessert beer.

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Photo of dill
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I was served this beer, I was actually expecting a different beer altogether so the amount of chocolate flavor absolutely floored me. With each subsequent taste I couldn't believe how much I was enjoying this beer. It's got an incredibly creamy texture and the most amazing chocolate flavor. Almost like a chocolate mousse as a friend who I was sharing it with noted. This beer was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than expected with a tight, light brown head. As expected, however, the aroma is full of chocolate. Bitter chocolate is indeed the most pronounced flavor, but there is so much more going on. Vanilla, some coffee, and oak. Wouldn't be surprised if this were barrel aged (but not bourbon barrel aged). Long, dry, chalky finish with hints of marshmallow. The 10% ABV really warms on the way down, too.

To recap, huge flavors, well balanced, great texture, and a heaping helping of booze. What else would you expect from Southern Tier? It's excellent.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its true, not everyone likes chocolate, and not everyone likes beer. But they aren't reading this, and I think they are crazy. So today we are looking at, yup, you guessed it - chocolate beer! The Southern Tier Brewing Company from upstate New York makes an imperial stout known as Choklat. The Choklat doesn't just talk the talk, but it definitely walks the walk; it has been brewed with barley flakes and chocolate malt, both ingredients that impart a smooth, chocolaty flavor, but has also been brewed with bittersweet Belgian Chocolate! The good stuff.

There are actually many chocolate beers in the market today (not so much in the Canadian market specifically), but too many of these beers claim chocolate and simply have a hint of roasted cocoa flavor. Most of these are great beers, but when a beer says chocolate, I want CHOCOLATE! Thats what you get from the Choklat by Southern Tier. Big, rich, roasty, chocolate flavors. This is a big imperial stout too, so its base style is rich, roasty, bittersweet with flavors of cocoa, and is robustly powerful. The Choklat usually comes in around 11% abv, but the 2010 version (which is at the LCBO for the time being) is 9.5%.

The Choklat was brewed maybe to honor of a sacred ancient Mayan beverage known as xocoalt; a fermented drink soaked with cocoa nibs. Even since ancient times chocolate was considered a highly prized, and even worshiped good - it was offered to gods and enshrined in hieroglyphs. And now it is in our beer!

I opened the Choklat up warm around 14C (57F) to best enjoy and absorb all the sweet and savory flavors it has to offer. This is not room temperature though; take the bottle out of the fridge and let it rest for 20 minutes to warm up. If this beer is too cold you will get a heavy dose of roast and bitter, but loose out on the sweet sensations of the real chocolate. I gently poured it into a snifter watching a silky and oil like beer fall heavily out of the bottle. The Choklat appeared pitch black and glimmering - it was a dark midnight with absolutely zero light able to penetrate its depth. A rich mocha-brown one and half inch foam that was created stood sturdy and strong with a dense and creamy capping of head, and superbly tight carbonation. This beer definitely talks the talk, but will it walk?

The nose is so sublime. Have you ever stuck you face in a bowl of bittersweet bakers chocolate? Thats what you are going to get with the Choklat. It is rich and perfuming with the undeniable aromas of rich dark chocolate. Dark malts also show their presence adding a sweet brown sugar and caramel aroma to the beer, but it finishes off slightly boozy. No hop aroma is noticeable, but bitter and clean roast does shine through easily. I should note, that this is a fresh bottle, and my best experiences with the Choklat have come when the beer has matured for 6 months or more in the bottle. So I expect that there are some fresh flavors here that will melt into perfect harmony in the coming months.

Opening your mouth to the Choklat is a crazy experience if you have never had it before, because there is no way then that you have ever had anything like this! The first sip is almost overwhelming as a lush and hugely thick wave of chocolate malts, roast malts, and pure dark chocolate pours over your palate. If you relax and try to absorb everything here you will pull out a complex and deeply flavorful beer.

It is packed with deep roasted flavors from both roasted barley and chocolate malts. Thick and powerful malt sensations bring the more traditional flavors of caramel along, but a richly bitter wave of espresso, sugary chocolate syrup, and more bakers chocolate pounds your tongue and taste buds. Bittering balance comes mostly from the bitter roast flavors, but lightly spicy and subtly sweet hop aromas curl in gently to balance the beer out a bit. It should not be mistaken though, the over arching flavor in this beer is chocolate, and lots of it.

The mouthfeel is soft and gentle, with a moderate amount of carbonation. At first it is a bit too crisp, but as the beer continue to warm it opens up. I would have liked to see a creamy and silkier mouthfeel overall, but it is still very soft and soothing. The finish is roasted with bitter chocolate all the way. A sweet malt flavor lingers in your mouth, and traces of bitter chocolate too. Enjoy the Choklat alone, or with rich and decadent deserts.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to score some of this at the local Quick 6. Very glad I did!

Poured a dark black with only the slightest hints of dark brown peeking through on the edges when held to the light. I got one finger of mocha-colored head. Next to no lacing.

The best nose of any beer I've had yet to date. I got some milk chocolate in the nose, but mostly a rich dark chocolate truffle type of aroma. A chocolate lover's dream. Amazing.

The taste was terrific as well. I picked up a heavy dose of the dark chocolate on the finish and some milk chocolate up front, with the dark chocolate being much more pronounced. The booze is pretty well-masked, but enough is present to remind you to tread with caution....although it tastes great, its still a big kid's drink. You get some of a warming sensation as you drink it. Only complaint is that as it warms, the two different chocolate notes I got merged together to form just one overall melange of chocolate. An oatiness then emerges. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel can be summed up in one It goes down nice and smooth, but it has that full, thick body that an imperial stout should have. Its not sticky or syrupy...just right.

Overall, I believe this is as close to a perfect score as I've ever given to a beer, but its warranted. If you fancy stouts, this is a must try for you. It'll change your life. I do have some Founder's Breakfast Stout that I'm aging now for the winter months, so it will be interesting to see if it can live up to its enormous hype and top this Southern Tier offering.

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Photo of tayner
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you LittleBreeze for this bottle!

Poured a black and oily into my glass with mahogany/ruby edges when backlit.

Smells like a tootie roll that has started to melt.. a familiar smell if you have them in your car in the arizona sun!

OMGosh. Liquid tootsie roll candy! I dont know what else to say about this one, i cant believe what i am tasting. It tastes like chocolate tootsie roll up front, not like candybar chocolate but i guess tootsie rolls are "chocolate flavored". There are slight hops in the finish, but only enough to cut the sweetness of the chocolate, but not enough to change the flavor.

This one is thick and coats my tongue well but no so heavy it makes me drink it slow.

I think i could session these ones as the alcohol is nowhere to be found, brilliantly masked 11%. I think i could drink these until i couldnt walk if i wasnt careful.

I need more.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,237 ratings.
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