ThisWangsChung (493) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A: Pours an extremely dark body that looks a little thinner than one might expect. I like how vigorously the carbonation rises to the top, even if the one finger tan head has lacking retention/lacing.
S: A total sensory overload of dark, bittersweet chocolate. I mean HOLY SHIT. As a chocolate lover, this is total nirvana. I would complain about it upsetting the balance of the other stout characteristics (such as roastiness), but who cares? The smell is so amazingly in your face and shamelessly bold that itís hard not to fall in love with it.
T: I admit to having a bias toward chocolatey stouts (or, for that matter, chocolatey anything), but I have to admit. This is incredible. The booze does make a bit of an appearance on the finish, but it fits here. Aside from the bittersweet dark chocolate explosion, notes of dark fruit, coffee, and licorice pop up in patches. Still, this is something that knows what itís trying to accomplish, and doesnít go for anything different. Subtlety? Balance? Complexity? Fuck that. Hereís more chocolate. Sure, Iím a huge advocate of those three criteria, but sometimes, you just want to be punched in the face with a certain flavor you really enjoy. Thatís exactly what Choklat is, an unashamedly one-note chocobomb. Chocoholics, your heaven in a bottle has arrived.
M: A little thin given its alcohol weight, but it bulks up just as it gets ready to leave the tongue covered in stickiness. Carbonation is low as expected, but dryness is high. Some of the flaws of its body may be more evident on a lesser beer, but itís hard to say itís overly porteresque (which it is) when the rest of the beer is so enjoyable.
O: Iíd only ever drink one of these at a time, because trust me on this one - a little goes a long way, in fact, it would be best to share the bottle with friends. I canít give it all 5ís in good conscience, since itís not quite perfect by any stretch, but I canít think of a beer I enjoyed more in such a long time.
It might be overdone for non-chocolate lovers, though. Even if youíre not, itís more than worth a try. If you do love chocolate, then this is something to go out of your way to discover.
rosenbergh (4675) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. (Southern Tier Brewery) Lakewood, NY.
Bought 2011. Very dark brown or black colour with a small light brown head.
The aroma is very much chocolate. Itís delicious milk chocolate. Itís delicious. The flavour is also very chocolatey. Thereís some roasted malt, mild hops and some sweetness. And some more chocolate. Choklat is not a bad name for this. Very nice. 11% is very nicely hidden. This is a Imperial Stout for my taste. Thereís no coffee, thereís no ashy dryness. Nice. Mayas were right, xocoatl is yummy.
writerljberg (230) - Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle split with my wife.
A: Pours in a solid stream of black ooze. Thin ring of mocha head. Nice legs.
N: Chocolate syrup. Big surprise there, really. Vanilla extract and tons more of the milk chocolate. There are hints of malt and then again..syrup.
T: Bitter chocolate mixed with the syrup. Surprisingly bitter and has an unpleasant chalky taste. Has some smoke and leather elements. Canít tell if I like it.
M: Pleasantly carbonated with a decently thick body. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: A strange concoction thatís not as sweet as youíd expect and not as complex as you might want. Not great. Oh well.
MarkSachon (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Lots of folks are writing saying that this tastes like a candy bar but Iím having trouble with that statement. More sweet that bitter, the chocolate seems weak and the "imperialness" is also on the weaker end. Guess I expect these two elements to be more on the strong side.
Bestbrew1 (46) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love this beer it is like drinking a chocolate candy bar. Share a bomber with a few people because too much of this brew gets to be too much. It is a good dessert beer that would go good with vanilla ice cream. It is sweet and chocolaty and the chocolate is very prevalent on the nose. Not powdered chocolate but molten chocolate flavor.
mikedR (366) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow -- liquid dessert but not a simpleton stout! Strong, strong chocolate aroma. Chocolate flavor hits you at the front and back ends and is just splendid. It's the middle part that makes this beer though. Beautiful stout base. Roastiness in abundance. There's a lot here -- enough to satisfy the geeks and the newbies. Highly recommended!
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crazyvin (1693) - New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep black body with a nice brown head that did have some nice retention. Aroma had a good mix of leather, roasted coffee malts and lots of chocolate. Both bittersweet and sweet chocolates. Flavor seemed to have a good roasted malt base and the chocolate seemed to have a really great bitter-sweet flavor. The bitterness seemed to blend really well with the coffee malts and the sweetness added layers of flavor to it. Alcohol was a nice warming presence in the finish. Nice.
kcorum10 (95) - Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with mild aroma of chocolate. Tastes of slightly bitter chocolate which was unexpected. Finishes with a creamy mouthfeel.
berntholer (144) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
creamy coffee coloured head. coffee coloured beer. an explosive aroma of milk chocolate. very full taste of chocolate, almost like a chocolate milk, sweet, the alcohol is well hidden. full of flavour but does get tiresome after a while.draft @ la tape / notes from backlog
flywatt (20) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells and taste like heaven! Absolutely wonderful chocolate flavor. Hits the palate with a full body, leaving an abrupt finish of alcohol to compliment the chocolate flavors. I didnít want to put this beer down! Definately recommended.
mnemonic21 (5) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I aged this one since 2011 and surprisingly it still has a super boozy nose; still a delicious chocolate ale with a bit of caramel, vanilla on the nose and a clear, healthy dosing of cocoa; thick bodied with a resiny hoppiness and bitterness from the cacao; age has done this well.