Choklat (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

1,587 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Choklat (Blackwater Series)Choklat (Blackwater Series)

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

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 1,587 | Ratings: 5,232
Photo of GPHarris
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a tumbler. it left clingy lace and sheeting throughout. the body was dark brown, bordering on black.
s - deep aromas of chocolate syrup, this smells just like chocolate milk.
t - bittersweet roasted chocolate that gradually becomes sweeter.
m - medium and bubbly. good but i would have liked for this to have been thicker.
d - goes down smoothly you would never know it's 11% ABV.

 436 characters

Photo of blackie
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a low mocha head with thin retention, the color is about as brown as it gets without being black

s: first comes a wave of complex, melted bittersweet chocolate that coats and smothers everything else, the grain and chocolate combo gives an impression of German chocolate cake, background espresso, sugary coconut, toasted marshmallow, graham cracker, light piny hops, light booze notes

m: carbonation medium and gentle but goes flat after awhile in the glass, body on the lighter side of full and a little oily

t: sweet and rich with bittersweet chocolate, heavy chocolate milk, the caramel malt barely shows, finishes with a bitterness that builds from light to moderate and lingering chocolate roasts, quite nice but a little too one-dimensional for my tastes

d: an enjoyable beer, just not as complex as I'd prefer, it's quite strong and the alcoholic effects come quickly...this one takes time

bomber shipped down by dirtylou

 943 characters

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

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one
Bottle poured into my sniffer produced a good finger worth of head that turns to a thin lace, all on top of a pitch black body

Aromas of sweet milk chocolate smells more like a HERSHEY'S chocolate bar than a beer

Flavors of chocolate and well that's about it this is the most chocolate I've tasted since I drank chocolate milk great mouthfeel as well smooth and creamy kind of like Ovaltine LOL

A great desert brew, a little sweet and could not sense any alcohol so it will sneak up on you very drinkable and will seek out again for a special treat

 593 characters

Photo of bbothen
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown/black with the tiniest bubbles bordering the glass. Very thin head barely skimming the top.

S - Sweet milk chocolate. Along with a hint of booze & the smell of a chocolate shop. Awesome.

T - The chocolate is so prevelant I don't get much else. That's not a bad thing. Well the beer is called Choklat, I wouldn't expect other tastes to be in the front.
Faint hints of caramel, wood, booze, hop bite, & other Impy stout goodness.

M - Creamy, smooth, silky with slight bitter finish. Very nice.

D - Way too good for 11% imperial stout.

Has anyone said desert in a glass yet? I'd say this is a perfect brew to impress your non beer drinker friends with for an after dinner treat. I'd bet this would be even better after some time in the cellar. If you can wait. I couldn't.

Somebody BM me with a trade offer for some more of this. Quickly.

 859 characters

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this brew at DLD with a friend. Thanks ikonoklaztor!

Pours a pitch black brew. Its kinda of soupy but not yet there. like warm or hot motor oil.

The smell of this beer is amazing. It's like...chocolate! Duh! Probably the most distinct smelling beer as far as smell recognizability.

The taste was rich but a little hot. I think this beer needed a little age on it. I could definately taste the alcohol and at 11% it didnt hide well.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew but needs a little age on it. I have one that I will try in about 6 months!


 560 characters

Photo of generallee
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. It pours pitch black, dark and very opaque. Only tiny little bubbles are visible near the sides of the glass. A tan foamy head is formed by these tiny bubbles. The head slowly recedes as I drink, leaving nice lace patterns on the glass. The aroma catches the nose as it is poured. It is strong and full of dark and milk chocolate. The flavor is a bitter sweet chocolate with complementary chocolate and caramel malts. The hops add there own bitter complexity and play off the dark chocolate wonderfully. The palate is medium to full bodied, slick on the tongue and a little bit oily. This is an outstanding and decadent imperial stout that has a well hidden 11% abv that can sneak up on you.

 696 characters

Photo of Umbra
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours motor oil black with small dark tan bubbles. They are small, but tight, lacking retention or lacing.
Strong, delicious smelling dark chocolate aroma.

I'm not a partial reviewer, I like chocolate, this has an awesome chocolate taste, and I loved it. Bittersweet cocoa on the front end with a whoosh of subtle stout characteristics coming through on the finish. Hops come in on the end as an almost minty aspect.
Mouthfeel was extremely thinner than what I expected, which is a good thing. Most heavy hitters with similar pedigrees are thick and viscous, keeping your imbibing in check. The carbonation is just enough to leave your tongue tingly. The beer disappears quickly without much help at all

Drinkability is off the charts. The 10% will creep up on you as you snarf it down like dessert.
Overall: Great beer that would make a fantastic beeramisu.

 862 characters

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of Sean227 poured into a snifter. Thanks Sean!

A: Pours deep black with ruby edges with a one finger mocha head that didn't linger too long. Lacing is minimal and this is pretty standard looking as stouts go.

S: Whoa! This smells like a big glass of chocolate milk. You can make out the slightest sweet malt aroma and a bit of an alcohol nose tingling. But, honestly, it's all about the chocolate.

T: Initial taste is the chocolate, milk, dark, and any other chocolate you can imagine. However, there is a big malt and dark fruit presence that follows the sweetness and gives way to a pleasant hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Chocolate is still the dominant player in the taste, but there is quite a bit of balance.

M: Super thick mouthfeel that leaves the chocolate malt coating the mouth completely.

D: This is an excellent Impy Stout and definitely the top chocolate stout I've tried to date. If you like chocolate sweetness in your stouts, this is damn near nirvana!

 1,015 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of pure black chocolate is dominating but is so enjoyable at the same time. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate from Belgium or Switzerland with some sweetness reminiscent of lactose. Full creamy body with a somewhat oily texture, almost like liquid chocolate, with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is surprising considering the ABV of 11%. This beer is one of my new guilty pleasures.

 562 characters

Photo of grees20
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from fellow BA dashirey back in January. Really wanted to let this beer cellar and get even better with age. However, the other day I was putting some beer away and couldn't resist it. Put in the fridge and enjoyed when I came home from work. Part of the Black Water Series, this is a stout brewed with bittersweet Belgian chocolate and carries 11 percent ABV. Pours pitch black with a very thin, tan head that quickly fades. Great chocolate aroma. Taste is, you guessed it, chocolate. It's almost like drinking Hershey's syrup straight from the bottle. Smooth, thin mouthfeel with a slight hop finish. Good stuff. I would like to get some more of this.

 662 characters

Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (thx you msubulldog25!!) poured into my Mad Elf snifter, cause ST always makes me think of my days in PA....oily black with a large, tan, but quickly vanishing head that leaves no lace.

Smell is strong cocoa, dusty and mineral laden, with a whiff of alcohol, something about it is a bit too solevant/medicinal, in spite of how appealing the chocolate is.

Taste is pretty good, loads of cocoa - I say that as it's more bittersweet and powdered/spice like as opposed to an actual chocolate bar as depicted on the bottle. Which actually is a very good thing by my book, still a desert beer, but the emphasis is on beer. Minty hops give it an almost thin mint girl scout cookie like taste, with very clean, but noticeable 11% ABV. This is really a pure chocolate taste, like if you took fine drinking chocolate and mixed it with Kahlua. Besides being damn good, I've got to give it bonus points for actually being beer!

Mouthfeel is thinned by the high percentage of drying alcohol, slick and oily, but pretty easy on the belly.

Drinkability is pretty dangerous, this is a very tasty big beer. Not really a contemplative sipper, as it's lacking depth, but boy can I see this fueling some raging rituals! I've been dying to try this beer for some time, and I have to say that's it's as good as I expected, although it would probably be a bit better at 9-10%. Still, I can't thank Brian enough for the hook up!

 1,419 characters

Photo of SQNfan
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a tiny layer of brown head that dissipates quickly. The nose shows off the chocolate in spades along with just a touch of malt balls, burnt caramel and an anise/mineral component. In the mouth the chocolate is again immediately powerful. While chocolate does dominate the nose and mouth, for some reason, it doesn't quite come off like drinking liquid cocoa. The midpalate is rich but it remains fresh and light on its feet with nice bitterness from the hops on the finish. A drink and dessert all in one, this would be great for a beer float! Even though I'm not a bit chocolate fan this is a really good beer. It also seems as if it would age reasonably well.

 681 characters

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark black with a splash of raisin color in the bottom of my snifter. There are little smatterings of lace on top.

Smells of an overload of milk chocolate, but in a really good way. There's bits of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, brown sugar and a little sting of alcohol, but its mostly just chocolate.

Tastes of a big rush of gourmet dark chocolate with a bit of astringent oak, old coffee and campfire. There's a little booziness in the finish (along with some chocolate) that cuts down on the sweetness.

Feels big and glassy with a quick swell of carbonation that seems to clean the palate.

A chocolate treat if there ever was one.

 658 characters

Photo of gordavidson
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost pitch black with just the slightest amount of light getting through the edges. The head that forms is off-white and kind of creamy looking. The retention isn't great, but there was always some left visible. The only problem I saw was how this beer seemed a little thin and refused to stick to the sides of the glass.

S- Most of what I get is chocolate... Tootsie Roll to be more precise. There is a little hint of roastiness and coffee in the background, but it is clear that what this beer is about- being sweet and chocolaty.

T- Loads and loads of chocolate. There is not much complexity here at all. A little unidimensional, but what it has- it works with. The alcohol is hidden surprisingly well.

M- A little on the thin side, and is pretty drying after swallowing. But, the carbonation level is good and the alcohol is not harsh at all.

D- The beer is exactly what is advertised- chocolate. Overall, it is a little on the rich side and doesn't really have the complexity that I was looking for. That being said, it was a nice treat and is worth a try.

 1,070 characters

Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter:

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Looks like an espresso, though the head eventually becomes a patch, then recedes to a thick ring.

Well - the chocolate is assertive alright. Delicious chocolate aroma can be detected easily at the pour - no need to sniff this one to catch the chocolate aromas. However - I sniffed it anyway - a chocolate indulgence was awaiting the first sip...

The taste is of strong bittersweet chocolate. This is enough to satisfy any chocolate lover. Going beyond the chocolate, which, at times did get a bit like chocolate syrup and override any "beer" taste (or else it probably would have ranked a perfect "5" in my book), there is plenty of upfront caramel flavor as well, and it does have an underlying hop presence, but it's hardly noticeable until maybe the end. Rum-soaked chocolate with a caramel flair is really what dominates here, and it is quite potent.

This is rich, creamy and velvety with a potent alcohol kick.

As wonderful as it is, this is a sipper. The chocolate overwhelms, and has the effect of a chocolate with caramel cake soaked in alcohol has a nightcap effect.
Delicious, but...well - my bed is calling...

 1,188 characters

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

Thanks to Joe1510

Finally got around to popping this brew... and it's like sucking on a chocolate bar.

Pours an inky black, with a creamy, tan head. Rich and thick.

Aroma is primarily chocolate, dark, dark chocolate. Bitter, roasty edge.

Taste is creamy chocolate, with vanilla and coffee notes. Did I mention the world chocolate, yet? Roasty and malty sweet base, but it finishes clean and dry.

Full bodied with a smooth texture.

Well, it's huge, huge in taste, and incredibly dessert drive, but man, for every dessert? Please?

This must be served as the base for an ice cream float.

 591 characters

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of red. Not entirely opaque, but close to it. The head is a bit thin, but retains fairly well.

Smell: Sweet and decadent with aromas of chocolate, caramel, cherries and vanilla. The chocolate is syrupy and rich; it's pleasant but slightly excessive.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt, vanilla and cream. Semi-dry in the finish with an earthy bitterness and a faint lingering chocolate sweetness that sticks to the roof of the mouth. Medium-to-full in body.

Notes: Good, but not as good as I was expecting. Rogue's Chocolate Stout still reigns in this category.

 632 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Revisit: 18 Dec 2016
22 oz. Bomber

Been A Long Time Coming!

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a quick/fizzy/small light tan head, which leaves some oil slicks and some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, awesome chocolate note, slight toffee, very nice touch of vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, chocolaty, vanilla. Full Body, ABV hidden very very well with this one, nice little dry/bitter finish, a complex brew. Overall, STILL a very tasty brew. I believe I've never had a brew with this kind of chocolate note, vanilla. Recommeded!

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into a tulip a black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy dark tannish head, with some minimal tiny islands floating around. The nose is very malty, big tones of coffee/chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla tones, and some caramel. The taste is very delicious of malts, vanilla (sweetness), mostly chocolate/caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Full-Medium body. Very drinkable, a joy to have. Thanks Joe.

 1,093 characters

Photo of mattster
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 22 Fluid ounce 2007 Bottle at Beer Tasting with NitroGen & Tayner; Poured into Snifter.

Pours a nice Dark brown-black color with little to no head.

Smell is a nice dark Belgian chocolate - smells like Christmas. Taste follows with chocolate with slight coffee notes. Very smooth finish. Sweet, but not over the top. Also poured a small bit in with some homemade ice cream... WOW.

Excellent dessert beer.

 415 characters

Photo of drumrboy22
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a few bottles in recent trades with Mudpuppet and EliteDigger. Thanks guys! Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Great Divide Yeti chalice. Pours black with a very small, dark brown head. Minimal lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was chocolate and coffee beans.

Taste was all chocolate. Really nice, high quality chocolate. Subtle undertones of coffee are also present.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel and a lightly bitter finish. Very well crafted beer and another winner from Southern Tier.

 495 characters

Photo of BgThang
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a shocker.
I am not a big stout fan but I can see me buying several bottles of this.

It pours nice and black with a tan head on it.
The nose is that of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

This beer on the mouth taste like you melted a hershey chocolate bar inside your glass.
Its incredible

Second tasting
This was my second bottle of this sweet stufff.
and mmmm very very good.
The nose on this instantly makes your mouth water.
It literally smells like nestle quick powder form or a meltd hersheys bar in your glass.
the head on this was not lasting very long.
This is a sipping beer and it does get mellower as it warms up also.
One of my favorite to smell beers.
It does have a little bit of an alcohol taste but that will go away with a little age.
This is one nice beer
I got chocolate, cocoa, and small roasty flavor

 841 characters

Photo of Rainintheface
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been searching awhile for this

A: dark, black with a tan head. doesn't linger.

S: Incredible. Chocolate. Intense chocolate. I keep getting whiffs of a hot fudge sundae.

T: What do you know, Chocolate. Dominating chocolate. faint coffee and dark caramels

M: Full bodied. Almost coats the tongue in cocoa powder. alcohol is remarkably hidden

D: Great, great beer. Chocolate and beer..brilliant.

Was hard to find and I got the last one. Hope to find again soon

 468 characters

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

This is a beer that I've been wanting to try since I'm a big fan of the chocolate beers.

This one pours like a typical stout with a nice tan head which disappears pretty quickly.

The smell on this beer was incredible. It is pure chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. After I smelled it, I knew that if the taste was anything like the smell, this was going to be incredible.

The taste did not let me down. I've never tasted more chocolate in a beer. The taste really reminded me of a chocolate milkshake. If you like chocolate, I don't see how you can not like this beer.

For the drinkability, I could just keep drinking it. I can't believe that it's 11% abv. I did not feel it while drinking it.

 705 characters

Photo of jkane101
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like a typical with a good tan head that recedes quickly.

This, my friends, is where typical ends!!!

The scent of chocolate is abundant complimented with hints of coffee...wonderful. I thought...this is gonna be good. I have to say I'm blown away at how smooth and creamy this is. A fantastic chocolate delight with just a hint of a hop bite at the end.

My words could never do this beer justice; it has to be sampled to be appreciated. I'm thrilled to death to have several more bottles.

 512 characters

Photo of sloejams
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PEBKAC for this one - Top 100 BIF

I got hit pretty hard by the flu and sadly had to look at this everytime I went to the refridgerator. Finally, I felt well enough to venture back into beer country and guess what my first choice was?

Being a longtime fan of Rogue's Chocolate Stout, this has been in my Wants for sometime. It was dark as night with a dancing cappuccino colored head that laced throughout. The initial scent was espresso. A deeper inhale brought out all of the wonder dark chocolate tones. A sip provided me with a chewy molasses mouthful of chocolate goodness. Hops even tried to punch through in the end.

It wasn't until I was done with it til the 11% ABV crept up on me. Woah. A tasty desser beer here.

 734 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.