shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2009
1/12/2008: Wow! Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout smells just like a chocolate fudge bar with hints of Tootsie Roll! My wife thinks it smells a bit like Hershey’s Syrup or a chocolate cupcake dusted with powdered sugar. It has a dark brown color (like liquid milk chocolate) and looks opaque in the glass. There is a very small brown head that doesn’t stay around long. The flavor is like fine, dark chocolate blended with Tootsie Roll, sweet roasted malt, and a splash of vodka. Some bitterness is evident in the finish which is good because not only does it add just the right amount of bitterness, but it is a good reminder that this is acutally a beer! The body of this beer is medium-full and it is really smooth and creamy on the palate. This is tasty stuff. My wife really, really likes it too! This is probably the best "chocolate" stout I have ever had...
650 ml. bottle / Alc. 11% by Vol. / 27° Plato / 195° L / 2-row pale malt, caramel 60 malt, barley flakes, chocolate malt, bittersweet belgian chocolate / kettle hops: chinook & willamette. Rating #124 for this beer...
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 bottle....poured like your average imperial stout. almost black with a thin tan head.....aromas of cocoa puffs and powdered chocolate milk....tastes like liquid cocoa powder but more like a tootsie roll which i tend to enjoy....overall points for the tootsie roll character but points taken off for being too one dimensional.
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[967-20071215] Tap @ Cole’s (Buffalo, NY). Rich chocolate malt lactose roast aroma, very much like a tootsie roll swimming in thick syrupy hops. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Thick and rich chocolate tootsie roll flavour. Full body is a little bitter. Love it, love the chocolate, nice bitter balance.
dlovell2 (1218) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! Black color with tan head. Cocoa aroma. Usually a chocolate beer has a hint of chocolate taste, this one has a very distinguished taste of chocolate. The first taste is unsweetened cocoa followed by some hoppiness then the alcohol lets you know its there. Chocolate aftertatste. I enjoyed this unique brew. This is only the second beer I’ve had from Southern Tier but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries!
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one is too sweet for me, not my kind of beer. Better than Rouge’s chocolate, but still not a beer I would buy again. Murky brown pour with almost no head. The best part of this beer is opening it and getting blasted by incredibly bold chocolate aromas. Practically fills the room. Good beer just too sweet for me to drink.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy Chocolate Batman! Deep brown color with a dood size brown head, minimal carbonation. Aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate. Flavor is initially chocolate and then some vanilla and earthy notes. Surprising not as sweet as you would think with as much of a chocolate dominated flavor as this one has. Medium bodied. Very nice IS!
b33r (718) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with brown head and little lacing. Overall it was pretty good but the chocolate wasn’t as strong as I was hoping. I’ve had other chocolate stouts and they were much chocolatier. Nothing else to complain about though.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from beertruth on BA. Thanks Adam! Tasted at Churchills with Tim and Ivan. Words cannot describe the amount of chocolate aroma that comes out of this beer. More than chocolate itself. More than shoving a hershey’s kiss up your nose. I have no idea how they got that much chocolate in the aroma. It is really wonderful. Southern Tier has the incredible skill at creating powerful aromas from the few beers of theirs that I have tried including Pumking and now Choklat. Very little head. Medium body. Not as sweet as i would expect with the chocolate aroma, but still very good. It is very unfortunate that I tried this after Darkness, which is much better, because Choklat is one excellent beer.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Are you kidding me? This beer was as luscious as it gets! Pours a respectably dense deep dark brownish balck with a silky texture that clings to the glass a settles almost in slow motion to form a dark sand colored creamy head. Aroma is of deep dark sweet chocolate and cloa bean. Mouth feel is thick and rich and starts chocolaty and intensifies as it crawls down your tongue as if you were eating dark chocolate mouse. Hints of vanilla come through as does a dry earthy sensation that leads to more intense dark chocolate reminiscent of Bosco. I wanted to pour this stuff over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is the best dessert beer I have ever tasted.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Pours a deep black color with a nice reddish glow on the outside. Aroma is an absolutely heavenly dark chocolate with doughy and spicy notes as well. Taste is heavy chocolate up front dissolving into a slight malt and spice characteristic. It was very heavy on the chocolate, but it worked. It felt velvety smooth on the palate, and the alcohol was barely noticeable. I enjoyed this very much.