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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Reviews: 1,585 | Ratings: 5,222
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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Photo of martinfletwood
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been waiting for this beer to arrive since I seen it's existence. Priced a little high, but I was excited to give it a try. Can't say I was greatly impressed, but it was definitely a good beer. I've had better beers at a slightly cheaper price, but I'm not mad about the price I paid for the quality of the product. I had yet to have a disappointing beer from Southern Tier. Give it a try.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.50] The beer looks jet black in the glass. It pours out with 1/2 finger of dense mocha head. The head dissipates pretty quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (10.0%). The bottle has a born on date of 10/15/15.

S: [3.75] Semi-sweet chocolate. I get nothing else which is okay but interesting. Typically there will be some coffee/vanilla/roasted malts etc. This is just straight chocolate.

T: [4.00] Doesn't exactly follow the nose. I am getting more roasted malts. There is chocolate but it comes across more as malted chocolate (like Whoppers candy). I think I am getting malted chocolate because there is limited sweetness to the beer.

M: [4.00] A little bit dry. But the beer is thick and coating feeling. The finish is pretty short. There is NO sense of the 10% ABV.

O: [4.00] At exactly 1/2 the ABV I would rather drink Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout. This has a muddied chocolate taste that doesn't come across that well in the taste. The beer is enjoyable I just feel they could ramp up the chocolate flavor.

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Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from growler into nonic pint and faceted mug. Billed by Southern Tier as the ultimate chocolate beverage since the Mayan Empire, my daughter says Choklat is not "chocolatey" enough. Too chocolate for my preference, making this a (still excellent) specialty beer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with a solid cream colored head.

smells like chocolate. chocolate milk with some hops to it. not a bad combination. obviously their is a sweetness to the aroma as well.

taste is fantastic! exactly like chocolate milk! too damn smooth for 10%

this goes down real easy, too smooth for 10%. i may be in trouble!

overall this beer is really good. 10% and it tastes just like chocolate milk.
unrelated to the rating is the price. around here it's $8.99 per bomber or $18.99-$19.99 per 6 pack. that is pricey! great beer but probably won't buy much more of this this season.

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

Poured into snifter glass. The color is nearly jet black with a thick, creamy mocha colored head and lacing. It's a really attractive pour. It smells like a black and white milkshake with cocoa and vanilla. If I didn't want to drink it, I could just inhale it! I've never tasted a stout this chocolaty. Tons of rich cocoa, sweet caramel, and roasted malts. There is a slight bitterness at the finish; more burnt coffee than hops. This is a medium-bodied stout, lightly carbonated, with a noticeable amount of booze at 10% ABV. Overall, this is the quintessential dessert beer. It would probably be good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it. I can't imagine there's a better chocolate stout out there.

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Choklat (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 5,222 ratings.
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