HoPPyToNy (17) - USA - DEC 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark amber black. The smell is an overpowering aroma of dark chocolate. It pours a thick black, with about a finger of tan head. The taste has a touch of alcohol heat, and dark chocolate. Very drinkable though. A meal in a glass.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 Aroma of dark chocolate, nuts, roasted malt and liquorice, completely black, held the glass up to a 60 watt bulb, no light passed, a firm medium sized cappuccino head, plenty of lace. Flavour has dark chocolate, roast malt, coffee, liquorice, brazil nuts, wood, alcohol is noted. Thick like melted chocolate, very well balanced, complex, oily, so bitter, alcohol has a fine burn, being a bomber and 11%, it should be slowly paced, but it is so fine I want to drink it quickly. Marvellous.
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer poured a deep brown color with a light brown head. Aroma was enticing from 2 feet away, excellent dark chocolate smell right off the bat. When smelled up close, overtones of vanilla were apparent. First sip released an intense bitter chocolate flavor with a sweet, slightly nutty aftertaste. One of Southern Tiers better offerings that Ive had so far.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head. The nose is very overpowering in chocolate however the are subtle hints of caramel and roasted malts. Comes across the palate a little thick and rather bitter like dark chocolate. This beer is amazing. If you see it buy it! Cause this one wont last long, and it sure dont last long in front of you either.
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 WOW! Very near perfection. I didnt think I would rate another impy this high, but this beer is a class all its own. This is like alcoholic Hershey’s Syrup. Aroma was perfect. Strong dark chocolate. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown/black with a one finger tan frothy head. Taste was all chocolate. Not much else here. Thick deep dark chocolate. Could use more carbonation but that’s OK. I gotta pick up some more bottles before its gone again
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a rich dark brown with decent tan head. Smells very sweet. HUGE chocolate flavor - actually too huge. Nothing subtle about this beer. One glass limit on this one - I appreciate the effort but other ST beers are better.
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 I love imperial stout as much as the next man, but this was simply too much sweetness for me. Pours a muddy chocolate bar brown with no head. An aromatic and flavor assault of bitter-sweet chocolate. A hint of vanilla in the nose and some malt in the taste. No hop presense to speak of. Too much chocolate sweetness because it is absolutely overpowering and the 11% abv does nothing to nullify it. It sticks to your mouth like a thick stout should. I could only drink about 6 oz of the stuff.
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of molasses, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, and a little alcohol. Flavor is strong of dark, bitter chocolate, molasses, caramel and roasted malts. Slight warming on the finish but not too strong.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice dark and rich brown with a nice tan head. Smells sweet, like chocolate cake. Taste starts off very sweet, almost like eating a melted chocolate bar, with a very faint touch of malt and hops underneath. Finishes bitter dark chocolate. This one leaves a sticky film on your mouth, rich and very thick. Overall very good beer, but maybe a little too sweet for me. Very drinkable for 11% though.
Maddog (523) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Clingman. Look, I love dark chocolate, and I love beer, but in an Imperial Stout, a hint of chocolate is all I need. This beer is impressive in every way, but the presence of chocolate is just too much. I am impressed with ST and their Blackwater Series, but Choklat is more chocolate than beer. Even its 11% body cannot stand up to this assault of sweetness. Just because a beer is big and expensive, doen’t mean it is beyond reproach. Lord knows I can appreciate a huge stout, but for my money, this one is just too sickly sweet.