Nitro Hot Cocoa
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #59
ABV:
10%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,554
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 6.26%
Ratings:
114
Status:
Active
Rated:
Thursday at 01:26 AM
Added:
Dec 20, 2019
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  3
SCORE
95
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Nitro Hot CocoaNitro Hot Cocoa
Notes: Southern Tier’s Blackwater NITRO Series introduces NEW flavor, Hot Cocoa. Each can releases nitro into the stouts, creating cascading foam and delicious, creamy flavor. It is a fully sensational drinking experience that you can hear, see and taste. With rich natural chocolate and hints of marshmallow, Hot Cocoa is the perfect pairing to stay warm during a cozy night.
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4.1 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Thursday at 01:26 AM
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4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Nitro Hot Cocoa has a thin, cream-type, beige head, a dark-brown appearance, and a bit of lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The flavor is of those elements, as well as cream and dark bread crust. There is a touch of bitterness. Nitro Hot Cocoa has a heavy body and a velvety mouthfeel, with a sweet finish.

RJT

Apr 14, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a goblet: color is black, head is tan with the super fine bubbles of the nitro effervescence, head presents 1 finger thick then slowly dissipating but with a solid top remaining.

Smell is sweet and bitter chocolate, lactose, some sweeter malts.

Taste is sweet and bitter chocolate, lactose, chocolate malt, maybe some roast but the chocolates really dominate, fairly sweet, light nitro feel.

Mouthfeel is fine/smooth nitro, big sweetness, lower bitterness; fairly sweet and lingering throughout.

Overall a big sweet and bitter chocolatey brew, the nitro aids in smoothing some of that intensity.

Apr 09, 2022
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3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Generally I’m not a fan of nitro milk stouts, but I do like this one. The chocolate is very deep, almost like chocolate cake batter. But it isn’t very complex or nuanced. So I find it a bit one note.

Mar 27, 2022
 
4.28 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 13, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by whynot44 from Missouri

Black coffee color with a substantial creamy tan head that hangs around and produces sheets of very nice lacing.
The aroma is cocoa, caramel, vanilla, marshmallows with hints of coffee, roasted nuts, brown sugar And plums.
The taste has all of that and even more of the vanilla, brown sugar and cocoa with some additional milk chocolate, pepper and a bit of floral, grassy hops to round it all out.
The body is full and creamy smooth, almost oily.
Altogether this is fantastically complex and yet nicely balanced for a really enjoyable brew. Who would have thought of hot cocoa. This a great after dinner, dessert drink or just a great cold weather drink anytime.

Mar 02, 2022
 
4.17 by DaveCash from New York on Feb 27, 2022
 
4.78 by ImperatorScab from Tennessee on Feb 23, 2022
 
4.21 by KT3418 from Colorado on Feb 19, 2022
 
4.69 by norinco from Ohio on Feb 12, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On nitro tap at Trata in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small white head, cascading body, and lots of lacing.

This tastes pretty much exactly like the name describes, which is something. It's not particularly beer like, it's just thick melted chocolate. I think I remember liking Choklat back in the day a bit more than this one, but it's still impressively reminiscent of the drink they're attempting to emulate, with a nice creamy vanilla and marshmallow like sweetness.

This is thick, creamy, very sweet, and pretty drinkable, with a nice creamy body brought on by the nitro.

In pretty small doses, this is worth a try. I can't imagine drinking more than about 5-6 ounces, though.

Feb 08, 2022
 
4.25 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Feb 06, 2022
 
4.21 by jahannah from Georgia on Feb 05, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a brownish-black color with a piffy tan head.

Smell - The nose had elements of dry baker’s chocolate.

Taste - The light fluffy chocolate brought hot cocoa to mind. With a bit more sweetness, I might’ve given it a 5. The nitro head brought to mind fluffy melted marshmallows. It lent just a touch of vanilla. The cocoa carried to the finish.

Mouthfeel - The nitro bubbles made this silky smooth.

Overall - The Black Water series is a gem that’s hidden in plain sight. Southern Tier is killing it.

Jan 30, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brureview from Massachusetts

I'm a big fan of the Southern Tier Blackwater series. Always excellent standout beers.
This beer is no exception, but its taste profile may not appeal to everyone.

Dark chocolate color in a Stone snifter with a 2F head. Nice looking beer.
Deep cocoa, chocolate, and banana aroma.

Exceptionally smooth MF. The smoothest of any milk stout I've tasted.
The pronounced taste like the aroma- marshmallow, heavy cocoa.
The finish is smooth.

In general, an excellent, well brewed beer. Perhaps the extreme cocoa and marshmallow won't appeal to some drinkers.
Otherwise, well worth trying,

Jan 30, 2022
 
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Jan 28, 2022
 
3.88 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 22, 2022
 
4.81 by Sinister from New York on Jan 22, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very dark color with a nice tan head and lacing
Aroma has generous hot cocoa hints
The taste the nose with a very pleasant hot cocoa flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A great Milk Stout

Jan 21, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

Purchased a 4 pack of 9.6 fl oz cans. Not cheap but not unreasonable price. Pours dark with a classic nitro head. Aroma is chocolate with slight alcohol. Taste is a cold hot chocolate, very smooth. You would never guess it’s 10%. I loved it

Jan 14, 2022
 
4.27 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jan 09, 2022
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4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

L - poured black with 1-finger mocha head. Carbonation bubbles clinging to the glass. Good lacing.
S - like baking chocolate - uncooked and raw. Whoa.
T - wow chocolate.
F - full full full mouthfeel. Damn. Smooth on the palate.
O - almost afraid to drink it, but glad I did. Like drinking a melted dark chocolate candy bar.

Jan 24, 2021
 
4 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jan 04, 2021
 
4 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Dec 28, 2020
 
3.95 by hophugger from Virginia on Dec 13, 2020
 
4.13 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Oct 25, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

On tap at Out of the Fire near Donegal, Pa. Dave's 50th trip.

Ok, let's just start with, WOW! How is it even possible to take hot chocolate to this kind of level? It's exactly like Swiss Miss, aroma, taste, and a much more highly sophisticated mouth feel than you can ever get from a packet of Swiss Miss and water! Thank you, Southern Tier, for raising the bar on hot chocolate.

Sep 27, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

On nitro. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a thick, bubbly brown head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass. It smelled of sweet, sweet milk chocolate, caramel and creamy milk. It really tasted like hot cocoa but cold and beer-like.

Sep 16, 2020
 
4.75 by JM5671 from Ohio on Jul 19, 2020
 
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jul 13, 2020
 
4.25 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2020
 
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jun 09, 2020
 
4.43 by Dope from Massachusetts on Jun 04, 2020
 
4.04 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

9.6 ounce nitro can into tulip glass, canned on 1/7/2020. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and creamy khaki head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick creamy lacing clings on the glass. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with amazing balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, cocoa, marshmallow, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, cocoa, marshmallow, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Light carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%. Overall this is an insane imperial flavored milk stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, cocoa, marshmallow, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish; fantastic soft/silky nitro feel. Amazing balanced rich malts, cocoa, chocolate, and marshmallow flavorings; with solid earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example as expected of the brewery. This is as close to hot chocolate as a beer as they could have possibly done.

May 10, 2020
 
4.42 by oberon from North Carolina on May 09, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz can, DOB 12/5/19.

Silky smooth creamy black body with a creamy solid beige head of 2 fingers, leaving sheeted lace behind.

Like, holy moly. This thing smells like hot chocolate, full stop. Smells like putting on your mittens before school in December. Marshmallows galore. Marshmallow paste. Spices. Hot steamed milk and cocoa making fresh chocolate. Chocolatey chocolate hot chocolate. Total fiver.

And the flavor is likewise just absolutely incredible. Tons of insane cocoa, cocoa powder, marshmallow, milk chocolate, cinnamon, it's just a perfect winter's morning in beer form.

Feel is of course light and airy which is characteristic of nitro, so I don't want to deduct points but can't help feeling that if it were CO2 it would be better in this department.

Overall, just an incredible beer. If I can find more I'm buying like, a case.


Price paid : $3.19 / can
Would buy again : it's obvious

May 03, 2020
 
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 21, 2020
 
4.25 by BrewmanCapote from Illinois on Apr 17, 2020
Nitro Hot Cocoa from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 114 ratings