Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
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 (597) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
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
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 (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2008
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
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 (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
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. jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours black with thick off white head. Huge chocolate aroma. Taste is all cocoa. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Finish is like eating a chocolate bar. Good beer. Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Beer pours dark as night with some moderate head and lacing. Let’s get down to it...this is liquified milk chocolate. No lactic notes of some other "milk" like chocolate beers, no bitter baking chocolate. This is like taking a handful of Hershey Kisses, melting them down, chilling them and adding a roasted malt stout underneath (with some noticeable hops, but not much). They totally accomplished what they were out to do. Not overly sweet, but still difficult to drink...not that that isn’t understandable. How many liquified Hershey Kisses could you think you could drink without it being a little too much? The temptation struck more than once to drink this bomber by myself...I’m glad I waited until I had my father to share with. jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Liquid bitter-sweet chocolate is the best way to describe this beer. It smells like rich, dark chocolate and tastes like it. Pitch black pour with a fizzy, tan, diminishing head. The aroma is sweet with a combination of dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, milk chocolate powder and fresh, gooey brownie with melted chocolate chips on top. Just a hint of roasted malts. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. The finish is syrupy sweet with a bitter backbone. Full body, sticky texture. Minimal to average carbonation. Certainly an over-the-top beer. A little bit goes a long way and if you’re not a fan of extra sweet chocolate, forget it. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesy of Gilliard. The fragrance of chocolate, good chocolate made with love and ingredients that do not come cheap, waft from the glass before I can bring it fully beneath my nose. The concentration of chocolate is such that the beer is a one trick pony in the aroma department. Chocolate, chocolate, maybe some chocolate cake, fudge, chocolate and chocolate mousse. To round out the cavalcade of varying flavors I also get hints of chocolate liqueur. Yes the aroma is limited, but there are shades to that one aroma and the intensity and quality are such that you can’t help but sit and repeatedly sniff at it, while being grateful that aroma doesn’t disappear as quickly as ounces do.
The body of this alcoholic chocolate bar is full black and it lofts above it a mocha colored, thumb thick head that is mostly lasting, if somewhat bubbly. The aroma sets the stage for the flavors that are comprised almost wholly of variations on chocolate including cake, mousse, cocoa, fudge and chocolate liqueur, but in the flavor component, we also get a pleasant bitter flavor that seems to be a combination of alcohol and hops. Toward the finish, the sweetness takes on notes of vanilla, whipped cream and white cake.
This beer is sweet and has the consistency of chocolate syrup, diluted in a glass of cocoa. It is obviously meant to be dessert treat and it fills that roll beautifully. There are not many 11% alcohol beers one could serve to mixed company if hoping to achieve positive result; this is one of those rare beers that most anyone could enjoy. Anyone except possibly a beer snob whose false sophistication precludes her from appreciating the simple tastiness of one flavor note, played to perfection.