pinkie (322) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown and has some lighter brown hues at the edges of the glass. Scant head of chocolate colored foam that fell fast but leaves great legs to look at as you drink. Nose is every shade of chocolate. Chocolate, fudge, chocolate syrup, chocolate brownies, cocoa nibs, sweet and bitter chocolate. The roast takes a back seat in the nose but does give up a faint hint of espresso. Thereís a bit of hop character on the nose and as this warms you will notice a berry like fruit in the form of a subtle lightness.
Taste is an explosion of chocolate. Rich belgian style chocolate. The roast has a big toasted character and comes forward as much as it can but seems drowned out by all the chocolate. Itís deep and willful though and in the end it shows a nice grain with a touch of blackness and bitter of itís own. The roast is endless and is trying to reach infinity with the endless chocolate. The mouthfeel is silky, creamy and smooth. There is no alcohol on the nose and only a enough on the palate to make it delightfully boozy and warming. The carbonation is perfection and tickles the palate. This beer is sweet. It develops a bit of caramel as it warms and to the delight of the palate a duo of chinook and williamette hops lend a graceful bitter to the long and satisfying finish.
Southern Tier has gone crazy for chocolate and has made a stout that will satisfy your every fantasy about chocolate.
commonmac (109) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle from Four Firkins. Maybe the best smelling beer of all time. Like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Taste is sweet at the onset but the bittersweet chocolate comes through eventually. A very good mouthfeel. 100% chocolate taste on this one...no real hops or malt flavor anywhere. Probably the second best chocolate ale around.
camborne (594) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big time chocolate bomb. coco powder on nose with some boozy notes. Was a little more boozy then expected but the mellow chocolate notes were so nice.
bobbyberbiglia (171) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle A - Pour s pitch black crude oil with one finger brown head that dissipates quickly. Ok lacing. S - Black licorice, chocolate syrup, and a tingle of alcohol. T - Roasted espresso coffee, roasted malt, cocoa power, and dark chocolate pudding. Alcohol hidden well. M - Full bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Mild carbonation. Bitter finish. O - Big & Chocolatey. Well Done.
Wordsworth (121) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours darkest brown with a thick, foamy khaki head that dissolves into a decent collar that follows down the glass. No lacing and minimal carbonation. Aroma is hugely chocolate- milk chocolate, dark baking chocolate, cocoa, faint espresso and vanilla. Taste is mostly rich, dark chocolate with a smooth, bitter finish typical of an imp stout, though muted due to the chocolatey tones. A clean finish an slick mouthfeel cap off the simplistic but effective palate. Very good for they holiday season.
Chad9976 (1026) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into the official Southern Tier Choklat goblet. It was bottled on 11/11/13 and cost $9.49 ($0.43 per ounce)
Appearance: Dark, opaque black body. No visible carbonation. Pours to a relatively large, dark tan, frothy head which manages to lace and retain well for an imperial stout.
Smell: Pure gourmet dark chocolate, though it does have a bit of a Tootsie Roll aroma as well. Faint traces of alcohol, too.
Taste: When people ask me what my all-time favorite beer, I sometimes say Southern Tier Choklat. Thatís probably because I love sweets and this beer has always tasted like liquid chocolate candy to me. I buy it every year and enjoy each year as much as the first time I had it. The recipe has stayed essentially the same since 2009 when I first discovered it (though it uses Chinook hops this year instead of Magnum, and the ABV is 10% instead of 11%). This might not be the single greatest vintage of this brew, but itís still an outstanding beer.
How to describe the palette? Itís simply really: the beer is a liquid gourmet chocolate bar. That shouldnít be surprising considering itís brewed with bittersweet Belgian chocolate as well as chocolate malt. From first to last sip thereís a consistent presence of dark chocolate - an interesting dynamic of both sweetness and bitterness. Thereís no milky or buttery flavors, and the malt character really stands on its own to lay the foundation for the liquid candy taste. Whatís odd this time around is there seems to be a slight mint or other herbal/earthy/grassy character. This could be from the different hops used or it could be the alcohol itself. Itís an interesting spice-like addition to the palette, though I prefer previous editions a tad better. Regardless, the beer is still as delicious and enjoyable as its always been and I highly recommend picking up at least one bottle per season.
Drinkability: A beer like Southern Tier Choklat tends to be reserved for special occasions because itís such a big deal beer. Indeed, at 10% ABV and with this robust, rich, delicious palette it would seem to be best enjoyed at the holidays instead of say, an ordinary Tuesday night. But if you were to drink it without any accompaniment youíd be fine because the beer is a delight to drink. The mouthfeel is soft with a smooth texture thatís literally comforting to the palate. Thereís just a hint of alcohol warmth, so it is not a boozy, obese, intimidating beer in any way. It finishes remarkably clean with just a slight bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Drinkers of all experience levels should be able to handle an entire bottle solo no problem.
ROBC3366 (220) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black with minimal tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate and tastes of chocolate pudding
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thorongil2 (923) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aromas start with roast, chocolate liqueur, then more smoked fruit, leather ; clean and very balanced flavour with a long light bitter finish, very nice
Errl (1125) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a large tan head..Nose is nice chocolate pudding, roast, coffee, chocolate milk, caramel...Taste is mouth full of chocolate pudding..wow this is damn good, Alcohol is very well hidden, fudge and caramel bars..Chocolate shavings.
degbert (908) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an amazingly dark brown/black with a brown, pillowy, lacy head. Nose is cocoa, baking chocolate, espresso, nutmeg, port, oak, and a slight boozy note. Dry and intensely chocolate on the front of the tongue, with earthy and peaty overtones; there is no sweetness to this, but rather a spicy bitterness. Heavy but not overwhelming, this is primordial chocolate. Finishes long, warm, and smoky. Yeah.