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 I’ve 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 Bell’s for instance) and there are others I think of as good Belgian beer brewers (Ommegang, etc). It’s 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 world’s best glass of chocolate milk. It’s tough to describe this beer in flavor/aroma terms I’m 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Date: January 06, 2008
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: bitter dark chocolate aroma with roasted coffee character, light sweetness serves to enhance the chocolate
Body: creamy body turns velvety smooth as it warms
Flavor: rich chocoate flavor, mostly dark chocolate with just a touch of milky sweetness, roasted coffee character provides a light bitterness, as it warms the chocolate gets richer and richer
Date: December 07, 2008
Source: cellar stock
Score: 4.0 to 4.2
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma, vanilla cream sweetness
Flavor: sweet dark chocolate flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, roasted chocolate character adds the needed bitterness
Overall: ages nicely and maybe even improves
Date: March 08, 2010
same wonderful rich chocolate, one of the best chocolate dosed beers out there
Date: January 26, 2011
Words: tmac woodstock
Appearance: black, wispy tan head with frothy edges
Aroma: sweet bittersweet chocolate aroma, sweet vanilla laced chocolate with a dark chocolate bitterness running through it
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, all chocolate, creamy sweet vanilla brings out the milk chocolate, threads of dark chocolate balances the sweet chocolate
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, no date as a bonus from black95tt, thanks a ton Ryan! Pours deep mahogany--black in the glass--with a one finger creamy beige head, fades to a very thick ring before long. Lots of milk chocolate and Nestle Quik in the aroma, as well as a chocolate malt--the frozen treat, not the grain. There is also some light roasted malts and raw alcohol in the background. Aroma is more candy than beer. Flavor has darker chocolate than the aroma led on, though there’s all walks of chocolate here. Somewhere some vanilla peaked through and continued in the background through to the finish. At room temperature some light roasty malts and tangy soy showed up. The finish is Tootsie-Roll with a little bit of spicy alcohol. I don’t remember which, but one of heemer77’s liquor filled chocolates was a lot like this. Full body with light creamy carbonation. You really do need to love chocolate to like this, and even then, I can’t guarantee you will.
awall422 (2) - USA - JAN 22, 2008 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very over the top chocolate everything. More is not necessarily better, and in this case it was much worse for me. This beer is a one trick pony and doesn’t do much more than shock you with how chocolatey it is. I was hoping for someting a little more subtle and balanced.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of shadey. Wow, what an interesting take on the style. One of the most unique imperial stouts I’ve sampled. Pure chocolate w/ hints of hop and alcohol. VERY good.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours incredibly deep brown, capped with a moderate sized, creamy tan head. Impressive milk chocolate aroma; perhaps some tootsie roll in the there as well. Flavor is all chocolate; sweet milk chocolate and cocoa at first, giving way to bittersweet chocolate and some roasty notes towards the finish. Silky smooth and almost too easy to drink for its 11%. Really nice stuff.