auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 On tap at Zenoís Pub - State College, PA. A heavily milk chocolate aroma, flowing with fresh bars and melted pearls. Alcohol blends in and it really glows of a mid-shelf chocolate liquer. This pattern of staying in this frame of chocolate-reduced alcohol maintains through the flavors. Itís a very nice, clean fresh 55% chocolate flavor, but it dominates the profile such that it doesnít integrate with the beer so well. Thereís little sense of chocolate coming from the malt. Dries out mid-palate, but itís mostly a sweetie. Cream. Thereís a palpable clash with hops in the final showing that makes me think twice about this effort. I like and appreciate this particular chocolate effort, but Iím not so sure itís working with the style well. And I just donít get a sense thereís a good beer behind all that chocolate and thatís what really matters.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate, lots of chocolate, smells like a chocolate bar. Taste is more of the good stuff, chocolate, slight bit of smoke and rounded out with some bitterness. Creamy texture, alcohol is noticeable as it warms. Good stuff.
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Godiva, take notes! Get your finest bitter chocolate and shave off a piece for added chocolate bliss.
Bottle. Pours Deep Chocolate Brown. light chocolate tan head. Aroma is of Chocolate laced with vanilla giving and a bit of hops to make it all blend into a milky bitter chocolate smell. Taste... creamy, chocolatey, coo-coo for choklat! Itís what a chocolate stout should taste like. Creamy vanilla, chocolate... oh yeah... and a bit of roasted coffee with a decent hop bittering to balance with the chocolate. It starts with the creamy chocolate, goes to a mildly bitter chocolate, then coalesces into a fine bitter chocolate leaving your palate wanting more. Silky, luxuriant, smooth. Oh so good. One of the best chcolate stouts ever. THANK YOU GRYNDER!!
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a fine tan head. Smells like milk chocolate and candy. Think tootsie roll. Medium body, much thinner than I expected. Tastes like chocolate milk with a little hint of roasted malt. This beer is way too over the top for me. Itís certainly not bad, but the sweetness and chocolate were a bit overdone.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to Malcomb for sharing. Black in color with a very light brown head. Cake batter, banana and chocolate sauce aroma, very expressive, but not complex. Flavor is an assault of chocolate covered banana and even more chocolate. So, so one dimensional. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and could be more coating and have more weight. I thought I was drinking a beer, I guess not. Iím really glad I tried this before collecting some. It sucks, it really does.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a snifter. This beer poured an opaque black with no light showing through the glass. A thin head of dark tan foam lasted throughout, leaving some nice looking lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of loads of milk chocolate and cocoa. Very overpowering and one-dimensional, but it smelled awsome! The flavor stayed the course, delivering huge bittersweet and milk chocolate notes. Also some cocoa, malted milk, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and thick with light carbonation. On first smell, this imperial stout made quite an impression, urging me to take a drink. After one glass, the chocolate became just a bit much, looking for something else to bring along some balance or contrast. A really nice dessert beer.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. HUGE chocolate aroma filled the air upon pouring. After basking in the uforick glow of such a wonderful chocolate aroma, I started to notice hints of vanilla peaking through. Flavor is what I have always expected a chocolate stout to taste like. Almost like a smooth chocolate soda. After the wonderful chocolate flavor the alcohol sneaks in. Then the spicy hops pop in to finish the deal with a bitter finish.What a wonderful brew! Thanks Brewblackhole!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with tan head...aroma of fresh hot chocolate, cocoa, coffee..bitter and dark chocolate comes off like no other beer...thinner body than observed, alcohol dominates what would be a huge chocolate flavor...bitter, boozy finish...overdone and overrated
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown. Sweet on the nose. The taste is that of real dark chocolate. Comparable to Ovaltine.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Up to now Iíve thought of Southern Tier as a "light beer" brewer, by which I mean I think of them as a brewer of good APA/IPA and the like. There are other brewers I think of as good "dark beer" brewers (like Bellís for instance) and there are others I think of as good Belgian beer brewers (Ommegang, etc). Itís not often you find a brewer that can pull off 2 or more of these categories well. This beer challenges that notion in my mind; I really liked Choklat.
The funny thing about this beer was that it did not strike me as being exceptionally beer like in flavor and aroma. It really reminded me of a really good dessert or the worldís best glass of chocolate milk. Itís tough to describe this beer in flavor/aroma terms Iím used to using; it was really chocolate-y and creamy. Appearance was an opaque black with a tan head. Mouthfeel was quite smooth and also was rather creamy and pleasant.
I really liked this beer. I picked up this 22oz bottle from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.