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Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout: A Phenomenal chocolate stout

Updated on March 24, 2012
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Last night I attended a beer tasting that is hosted by our local wine and liquor store. The selection is always top-notch because the guy who makes the selections really knows his beer. He always ensures there are at least six or seven great beers for everyone to enjoy at a very fair price. Included at this tasting were Coronado IPA, Founders All Day IPA, Ommegang Seduction Ale, North Peak Furry Black IPA, Darkhorse Fore Smoked Stout, and Evil Twin I'm Nothing Without You Sour Ale. However, the last beer we tasted was the one everyone raved about! Southern Tier Chokolat Stout was by far the biggest hit and most talked about brew of the night! Everyone savored their sample and tried to make it last as long as possible! I personally loved it so much that I bought a couple of bottles home for further "research"! Yes that's it research!

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Research

First let's start with the specifics about this fine beverage:

11.0% abv • 195º L • Imperial Chocolate Stout • 22 oz / 1/6 keg
2-row barley / caramel 60 malt / barley flakes / chocolate malt / bittersweet Belgian chocolate / kettle hops: chinook & willamette

The bottle suggest serving this at 48 degrees fahrenheit . Listen to the bottle..it knows what it is talking about!

Next let's get this baby open!! The aroma of chocolate hits you as soon as you open the bottle! If you close your eyes, you might swear someone is holding a freshly baked piece of chocolate cake under your nose! The pour shows an extremely dark brew. I think it may absorb light like a black hole! I poured from a couple inches above the glass and produced a nice caramel colored head. Without even taking a drink this beer this beer has a bewitching allure and a delicious aroma!

Beautiful!

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Now on with the best part! The tasting!! WOW is all I can say! Big chocolate flavor, like drinking a cup of hot chocolate made from very rich, dark German chocolate (Except it's cold)! There are also some light coffee undertones. Even though it's 10% alcohol you barely notice the high content. Really smooth and pleasant! I can only describe the aftertaste as like just haven eaten a chocolate brownie. This beer could quite possibly be classified as a dessert!

Summary

Southern Tier never disappoints! This is an excellent beer that would please any stout lover! It was especially popular with the ladies at the tasting I went too. It was $8.99 for a 22 ounce bottle here in Ohio. At 10% alcohol you are definitely getting some bang for your buck in a very high quality, tasty, craft brew! This is a Southern Tier Winter Seasonal that is usually released sometimes in November. Fortunately, we are graced with it every year if only for a limited time. This may sound unbelievable, but if you can find a vintage bottle from the previous year, it presents you with an even smoother chocolatey taste and aroma! I tried a 2010 and 2011 side by side and the there is definitely a noticeable difference! Don't wait! Run out and find some today!

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nice hub. I'll pass it on to my sons. Like many, they enjoy the microbrews, craft beers, and seasonal offerings. Since I live in PA, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up a few bottles for them to try.

      I like lower alcohol content beers and less hops. I lean toward weizens, ambers, and lagers. If you are interested in amber lagers, check out my hub about Straub Brewery. Their beers are similar to Yuengling.

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      thebiologyofleah 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      It is morning as I type this, so maybe it is wrong to say this but I would love one of these right now. I love a good chocolately stout-like you said its a dessert and a beer all in one. Great description!

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks!! I love Weizens! I was stationed in Bavaria for 3 years! I had many a good Weizen! I have heard of Straub, can't remember which ones I have tried but I will check out your page to jog my memory!

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      If u like the chocolate stout try one! You will not be disappointed!

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      bryonlape 5 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      Nice pour in a Samuel Adams glass.

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      Haha! Yes my favorite beer glass! It works for all beers no matter the brews origin!

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      bryonlape 5 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      I do the same with the exception being Belgians which I pour in a glass from Unibroue.

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      I do also usually use the correct glass for my hefeweizens! It's good to have the extra head room for a fine hefe!

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I literally live right down the street from the Southern Tier Brewery. They make great seasonal beers - my husband loves their Iniquity Ale (they only had it for a short period of time).

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      You are a lucky woman! I will have to try the Iniquity!

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      BeerEnjoyer 5 years ago

      This beer is easily described as adult YooHoo chocolate milk. An Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout!

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I tried this over the weekend at my son's house. He had a bottle. It did taste like chocolate. I'm not much of a chocolate fan in general and with the high alcohol content, I didn't particularly care for it. But, he loved it!

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      When I had it at the beer tasting, most people loved it. There were a couple people who didn't care for it but because of the sweetness. If u don't like chocolate definitely not for you! Usually it's the high hopped beers people don't care for, for some an acquired taste. Glad you got to give it a try though! What is your favorite style of beer?

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I prefer lagers, ales and pilsners and don't mind wheat beers. I also plan to try a Saison this summer.

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      Pilsner..not one of my favorites! Love whet beers though! I am drinking a Harpoon Crystal wheat right now!

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