NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells of syrupy chocolate, molasses, and chinook hops. Pours a near black color with a small tan head that subsides to little more than a ring around the perimeter of my mug. Looks a bit thin at first, and for an impy stout at 11% ABV, it is a tad thin on the palate. Tastes very sweet and sugary - chocolate, caramel, and a bit of pancake syrup perhaps? Nice hoppy bitterness at the end (gotta love Chinook hops). Short finish. The alcohol is remarkably well-hidden in this beer. I never would have guessed 11%. I would love to see a bit more hops and body on this one, but I’m probably splitting hairs. Great beer, dangerously drinkable.
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black beer with reddish highlights and a tan head. Rich dark chocolate aroma. Rich dark chocolate flavor with some malt. Medium bodied. Lingering dark chocolate. It really does taste just like dark chocolate, but it’s a bit too much of a 1 trick pony for me.
nimbleprop (7006) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled a 22oz bottle at my first imperial stout tasting. Pours a deep, oily black with only a thin white head. The aroma of chocolate is prevalent from a foot and a half away. Nose also has a little bit of coffee beans, some toast and caramel. Flavor was very sweet as well, milk chocolate, caramel with a little licorice on the end. Finish is sweet and a little bitter. Had this side by side with the Southern Tier Creme Brulee and this was clearly second place. That said, I’m sure it could stand alone if need be.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Stout (if you like chocolate)! Thick pour with a light brown head covering a black body. Aroma of cocoa nibs, milk and dark chcolate, a bit of swiss miss, and more chocolate. Taste is sooo much chocolate, and cocoa powder. Syrupy with light bubbles.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown-black in color with a large, light brown head with good lacing. Smells of coco puffs/swiss miss. The flavor is of swiss chocolate. Wonderful and delightful, Southern Tier Choklat is among the most enjoyable and tasty beers I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. PRAETORIAN APPROVES!!!
LearninBeer (458) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, big chocolate aroma. The head is creamy, light brown, mostly diminishing and the color is black. The initial flavor is a little hop followed by chocolate and then a bitter in the back of the mouth. The body is medium to full, the texture creamy and the carbonation soft.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Lone Hill. Black with a creamy tan head. Strong chocolate aroma and taste with a light dark chocolate bitterness, roasty drip coffee taste and some citrus notes. Excellent.
HonkeyBra (3995) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the most impressive chocolate stouts I’ve ever had. Basically, smelled and tasted like straight up dark chocolate. Nice body, and, lots of chocolate in the finish.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A black beer with a big beige head. The aroma and taste is almost extreme of dark chocolate, almost to much, but still quit nise. Medium body with a chocolare finish. A chocolate stout!!!!!!!
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to gunhaver for cracking this open at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Pours pitch black with a light tan head. Lace is dense and massive. Aroma is out of this world. I can’t even really imagine a more intense chocolate aroma. Smells like brownie mix tastes. Flavor is a little less obtuse, with semisweet chocolate, an appreciable amount of roast, and and finish that rings of tootsie rolls. Great beer.