Choklat is not you normal imperial stout.
I find Souther Tier Brewing very interesting. They seem to have a split personality. On the one hand they make seemingly normal beers like Grand Arbor, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale, but on the other hand they make more strange sounding beers like Creme Brûlée. (Creme Brûlée may sound a little strange for a beer, but it still sounds delicious! I have one in my cellar right now waiting to be consumed.) And here we have Choklat. It’s part of their Blackwater Series of beers. I guess that series is a bit more experimental. They certainly sound good!
Choklat is an imperial stout brewed with chocolate. (Didn’t see that coming, did you?) It pours dark, dark, dark! When held up to a light, there is just the slightest hint of a dark brown highlight. There is barely any head at all. It’s there and gone very quickly. There is also no lacing to speak of.
The aroma is pretty intense. Chocolate just erupts out of the glass. It is very sweet, but that is tempered with an underlying char. A nice note of berries and dark fruit pairs well with the big note of vanilla. Toward the back of the nose the alcohol shows through a little bit. Not as much as I would have thought, though.
The flavors start out with a lot of big chocolate, but it isn’t sweet. It is very dark, bitter, and slightly burnt. Some deep roasted coffee bitterness follows close behind. Amid all the bitter and burnt flavors stands some vanilla and creamy caramel. Toward the back of the palate is oak and ash with some strong but not overwhelming alcohol. The finish is dry and bitter. Strong ash and char linger in the aftertaste, but it’s not a turnoff. It just makes sense when considered with the entire experience.
I’m a fan of Choklat! I give it 4.3 out of 5.
It’s nice to see that Southern Tier is willing to take some risks. Keep it up!