Nitro Hot Cocoa
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Nitro Hot CocoaNitro Hot Cocoa
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #59
ABV:
10%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,025
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 6.05%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
92
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  2
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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zeff80 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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superspak from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about as damn near perfect an beer as I have had in quite a while.

At first blush I thought this would simply be a very good dessert beer. But the more I looked at this, the more I smelled it, the more I drank it - I realized this was a damn near perfect milk stout - nothing "desserty" about this. It was sweet without being overly sweet, and it was creamy without being overly syrupy. I'm tellin' ya - about as damn near perfect for the style as you can get.

Apr 04, 2020
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a super yummy stout. Creamy on the palate and it tastes like hot cocoa with marshmallows. It is a bit sweet / malty, but I've come to expect the sweetness from these stouts from Southern Tier.

Apr 02, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On shelf at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. $ 13.00 (Including tax)/4 pack of 9.6 oz cans ($ 0.339/oz). Purchased 3/31/20. Reviewed 4/2/20.
On bottom of can “D.O.B. 12/11/19”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Deep amber (SRM 15), clear with a layer of tan nitrogen foam.
Body – Deep brown (SRM 30), opaque. Many large tan particles are visible. When held to direct light, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, dense and creamy, average retention, diminishing to a five mm crown and cap.
Lacing – Fair. A complete ring of near-microscopic bubbles remain. When these pop, it leaves a film of tiny particulates on the glass.
Aroma – 3 – Strong cloying aroma of cocoa and marshmallow, no hop aroma, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 3 – Begins with baker’s chocolate and no marshmallow, less sweet than the nose promises. No alcohol (10 % ABV as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Aftertaste is of slightly bitter chocolate.
Palate – 3 – Full, almost creamy, medium carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3. A very average-tasting milk stout with cocoa. Markedly overpriced for the quality. The label is blah as expected from ST but has a smidgeon of useful information. One and done – the other three cans are donated.

Apr 02, 2020
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izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love nitros and this one is exceptional. Pours dark brown. Tan foam heavy cocoa aroma. Big bitter chocolate body. Medium sweetness. Creamy smooth finish. Goes down quick and easy. Delicious.

Mar 28, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours dark brown with tall, long lasting, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, cacao, alcohol and cherries. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is very sweet, similar to aroma. Finish is long and sweet. Reminds me of Irish Cream.

Mar 24, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, with a khaki foam head you can watch slowly dance to the top.

Smell: Wow. Like chocolate fudge. Often with chocolate stouts you get a bitter cocoa powder, but not this one -- this is like chocolate syrup.

Taste: Sweet and chocolatey, maybe even slightly cloying but that's pretty much what you expected, right? There's a bit of browned malt there, too.

Feel: Incredibly creamy, very light carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good emulation of a hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Mar 11, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a billowy soft head.

Smells and tastes of chocolate. Really smooth taste with a light body and low carbonation.

Hides its high alcohol level almost too well.

Really nice beer!

Mar 10, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

9.6oz nitro can poured into a snifter

A- pours thick and black with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention and eventually leaves some great lacing behind

S- nose is as described; cocoa powder and marshmallow up front, undertones of vanilla, chocolate, milk sugars, caramel & sweet cream

T- flavor is loaded with chocolate; cocoa powder, milk chocolate and chocolate icing. Mid-palate brings out a creamy marshmallow note, as well as vanilla whipping cream. The finish gives a hint of malt roast, as well as toffee and a hint of coffee. Lingers of chocolate and marshmallow

M- medium-heavy body leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky, velvety, slightly warming finish

O- as with all of the blackwater nitro series, this is pretty much spot on in regards to the aroma and smell that it is mimicking, outstanding

Mar 10, 2020
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large beige thick creamy head on a black stout.
Chocolate on the nose, with a hint of coffee and vanilla
It tastes like a glorious chocolate with a perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness all coming together
Feels smooth, rich and creamy
This is a milk stout, so it is intended to be a bit sweeter than your regular imperial stouts. Absolutely superb breakfast drink (half kidding)

Mar 07, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with (because of the Nitro) a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of sweet cocoa. Smooth, creamy taste of chocolate and vanilla with a hoppy bite at the end.

Mar 06, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/5/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; creamy khaki head that leaves great retention and solid lacing. It basically looks like your typical nitro beer. The aromas have lots of vanilla and marshmallow leading the way. There's a nice amount of caramel. Hints of cocoa. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More vanilla leading the way. Hints of milk chocolate. More caramel in the mix. It's definitely on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or over the top. Solid malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish along with some subtle alcohol flavors, but the alcohol itself is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with low to no carbonation. It's thin and watery, but smooth. It's definitely dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice dessert stout, but it's extremely similar to their Crème Brûlée stout, almost too similar. It honestly doesn't have much of a "hot cocoa" vibe going on either. The vanilla or "marshmallows" dominates the chocolate, but it's It's still enjoyable and fun to drink nonetheless. I like it.

Mar 04, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black opaque pour with a thick creamy layer of foam riding on top. When opening the can it sounded like a huge vacuum followed with a beautiful nitro pour. The creamy foam sticks on the glass like glue and lots of viscosity.

S - Smells just like hot chocolate and marshmallows. Lots of dried cocoa aroma with sweet cream smacks the nose.

T - Tastes like a cold "Hot Chocolate" with a little bit of alcohol permeating up into the sinuses. Lots of dried cocoa, cream, roasted chocolate, and finishes on the sweet side with some light chocolate roast bitterness.

M - Texture is silky and the body is thick with a small amount of thinness around the edges. The back of the tongue stays dry while the rest of the mouth is wet.

O - Yep...tastes just like an iced version of hot chocolate. Nicely done, Southern Tier!

Feb 16, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
As the inky blackness pours, beige foam swirls and whorls before coalescing into a snowy froth of superfine mini-bubbles with eternal retention and a pristine curtain of lacing. Its like witnessing a specialty hot chocolate being made at your favorite cafe.

Bouquet:
A burst of freshly whipped marshmallow, milk chocolate, and sweet malty goodness.

Feel:
The nitrogen-induced head has a texture like fluffy marshmallow mousse, generously layered atop a velvety, decadent stout. So remarkably smooth that, despite being full-bodied, feels deceptively sessionable. Cool and soft as whipped cream without a single trace of booze heat. Zero carbonation; instead, the nitrogen works quietly behind the scenes, creating an acquiescent lather that's just enough to assure you its fresh without presenting any friction.

Taste:
The aforementioned milk chocolate deepens to an intensely dark cocoa enveloped by saccharine marshmallow. Bittersweet cocoa nibs balance the cloying marshmallow to create a delicate pairing of indulgent delight.

Feb 16, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pitch black with a sturdy tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate and marshmallow.

T - The taste is big milk chocolate, marshmallow, caramel and light bakers chocolate in the finish.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Top notch sweet stout.

Feb 14, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this beer and it was stated on menu as Nitro version. Poured a black body with two-finger head and lace down the glass. Smells just like the name of the beer: hot cocoa. Creamy, slightly lactic, has a sweet and slightly sticky hot cocoa (chocolate) sweetness with a touch of marshmallow fluff on finish. Touch of heat from ABV gives it that "hot cocoa" aspect that beer is named for, and overall this beer has great balance and is worth having one.

Feb 11, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass canned 1/08/20. Pours midnight black with a dark khaki head that leaves behind some thin wisps of lace, as it slowly settles, nitro baby. 4.25

Smell is cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and toffee and sorry that is is it and it is intoxicating for sure. 4.5

Taste more of the same and I think it is awesome, maybe a hint of alcohol in the back end but it is 10%. 4.5

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, nitro so no carbonation, not dry, and goes down way way too easy for its girth. 4.5

Overall I am really enjoying this series from them, creamy and sinful can after can. Well done. 4.5

Feb 10, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an uber-effervescent ebony with one finger of tight tan head. Nice lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Cocoa notes, some vanilla, builds once warm

T: Cocoa, vanilla, dryness & a little charred grain on the edges up front with some caramel. Caramel, vanilla, & a little cocoa as this warms, plus some dryness & a little dark chocolate on the edges, plus some woody notes.

MF: Medium body, silky smooth carbonation

Dangerously drinkable, plenty of advertised flavor

Feb 09, 2020
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Murphious from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nitro stout so the look is going to be obvious. Smells as advertised, but maybe needs a wee bit more vanilla or marshmallow? Taste is very much like ST's Creme Brulee but with a little less sweetness and more chocolate. Creamy feel, and first sip is boozy but then evens out as beer warms. Definitely a favorite!

Feb 09, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, malt, marshmallow, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a tinge of coffee (very fleeting), a good shot of the advertised cocoa (the major ingredient here), a decent shot of marshmallows (quite sweet, but welcome), and some malt as well (present throughout, though subtle). A very solid and focused flavor. It's not cloyingly sweet or too faint, but rather just right Tasty stuff.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not my favorite of Southern Tier's Blackwater series, but still quite good. Worth a try.

Feb 01, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 oz nitro pour. Looks awesome - pitch black with cascading tan nitro bubbles. Smells like super chocolaty hot cocoa and tastes similar with a shot of booze. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Tasty stuff!

Jan 29, 2020
Nitro Hot Cocoa from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 92 ratings