Style: Flavored Stout
Southern Tier Brewing Company Choklat
What the brewers say
“Chocolate, sweet caramel notes, hints of vanilla on the nose. Chocolate, dark cherries, lightly woody and bittersweet on the tongue.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Chocolate chip ice cream, covered in Hershey’s syrup, topped off with a chocolate wafer. I can even smell the bready aroma of the sugar cone. Light fruit esters (pear or passion fruit). Chocolate fudge, cocoa powder, toasty. Very intense milk chocolate.”
Flavor: “Aroma tricks you into expecting sweetness, but the flavor delivers more balance. Sure, it’s still just as chocolaty, but hops and roast malt do their best to upstage it. The roast flavor pulls the chocolate toward mocha. There’s an earthy/citrus hops flavor and then a powerful bitterness from a tag-team combination of roast and hops. Both sweetness and bitterness linger into the finish.”
Overall: “Nice roasted barley base, layered with sweet chocolate and some coffee notes. Lingering sweet chocolate finish. Sip this to keep warm all winter long.”
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