22 oz bomber sent to me, yet again, by the great trader IBUnit63. This was a pleasant suprise because I was expecting to seek this out in a future trade, but it will do just fine as a great extra. Shared this bottle with my lady because Southern Tier dessert beers tend to be crazy ass sweet. Served up in a Terrapin snifter.
A: Pours out a nice dark black, but it seems like the thickness of he beer may be a bit thin. Uh oh?! Held to the light you get a pretty light proof body, maybe a touch of brown peaks out on the very top here. The head is a nice half finger or so of . . . you guessed it . . . mocha colored head. Seems fitting. It has some decent retention but does falter a little quicker than I expected. Doesn' really throw up any lace to talk about, but there is a touch of wispy foam scattered occassionally. Not bad but its a bit weaker than I expected or I expect from Southern Tier.
S: Smell is damned nice and it really hits you as soon as that cap came off the bomber. First impression is that this smells a lot like a tamed down Choklat. Really nice milk and dark chocolates coming out along with a manufactured type Tootsie Roll type chocolate as well. There is a lot of chocolate going on but its not so incredibly sweet as it was in Choklat. Behind that you get the coffee presence. Its a nice dark coffee bean type aroma but there is also that element of rich and slightly sweet cream added. Yet again, Southern Tier nails the aroma of what beer idea they have (choklat, creme brulee, etc). Its just amazing that the intended flavor always translates damn near perfectly in the aroma.
T: Quite nice and it translates nicely like in the aroma. Yet again you get a toned down Choklat like flavor. Its more of a creamy milk chocolate, followed by a touch of dark and then that chocolate syrup like flavor (Tootsie Roll or Hershey's syrup sweetness). Behind that is the coffee flavor. Nice dark coffee but it is a bit muted. Still has that lactose quality from a cream like flavor and effect, adding a slight sweetness and milkiness. My only beef with the flavor here is that it doesn't exactly translate like a cup of cafe mocha. A mocha would be a bit more seamless with a bit more coffee followed by the chocolate and cream. Here it seems the flavors (honestly they are good to great) only translate seperately. You get the chocolate then the coffee, then the milk, not just a unified flavor. Don't get me wrong, its still tasty, it just needs more cohesive flavors to make one unified flavor.
M: Behind the aroma, the feel really is the showstopper for this brew in my opinion. Has a nice and rich full body but a very frothed like creaminess at times. Very cool and creamy and it seems like this is what they were looking for, kind of like an iced mocha. Carbonation is low but adds to that somewhat frothy feel, adding creaminess. ABV is nice and light feel-wise. I still can't believe this one sits at 11%. Very nicely hidden. Aftertaste is a bit of that combination of chocolate, coffee and cream. Basically the entire flavor profile coats with a nice stickiness that allows te flavors to have a good residual effect.
D: Not bad and I really have to say as far as all the Souther Tier dessert beers that I have had, this one was the easiest to drink. Sure it is a sweet beer and has some wieght, but its not as cloying as Creme Brulee or Choklat was. Plus it doesn't sit as rich and sweet as the others tend to do as well. It works nicely in most categories. Sure it could be a bit more cohesive in that "mocha" flavor but it is still nice. Needs work on the look as well. Still another good beer from ST and it really hit the spot when my lady and I were in the mood for a sweeter brew. Dig it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-27-2009 23:44:54
Served In: Snifter
Thanks go out to imperialking for this one in our recent trade. I really like the Southern Tier Imperial Series and was very interested in trying this one when it was released. I shared this bottle at La Bella this past Tuesday night (9-15-09).
Not the darkest stout I've seen but dark enough, some crimson highlights on the sides.
A huge amount of Choklat is evident on this blend, some vanilla, and a bit of coffee, almost just pure liquid chocolate. Lots of malted milk once it starts to open up.
Loads of chocolate, vanilla, sweet coffee with a bit of acidity to cut through the sweetness, but still very sweet. Hints of dried dark cherries in the last sip. The coffee part of the beer does bring a little more balance and complexity than the full on liquid chocolate nature of Choklat.
Nice carbonation, medium level. Not much sign of alcohol as the sweetness hides it quite well. Good dessert beer that I would mind having a pint, but probably not more than that.
Served In: Pint Glass
Thanks to NickJess for this brew>
A- Lighter head than I expected here, and more transparent also. Thick head recedes back into fizzy bubbles cling around the edge of the brew.
S- Smells like Choklat light, and only a little coffee that I can detect. Was expecting, hoping for, a nice mix but it's not there as far as the coffee goes. You can REALLY get the alcohol nose as it warms up.
T- Here is the blend I was waiting for. Chocolate is still more present, but the coffee really comes through here. Dry finish with the coffee bitterness showing up. Very complex finish.
M- Full bodied brew...really big up front, but the finish tops it off perfectly.
O- Other than the nose, i thought this is a nice blend of two great brews. GB Southern Tier.
Served In: Pint Glass
Deep brown/black poured into my Darkness snifter with a small head that dissipated very quickly, leaving behind only a little lacing.
I was in the mood for a coffee beer tonight, and boy does this satisfy. Huge aroma of coffee infused with chocolate. Dry and sweet.
Wow, this is extremely tasty. Great mix and balance of coffee and chocolate. Deep roastiness cmplemented by a very pleasant sweetness that doesn't get too cloying (like I think Choklat does). The carbonation and coffee combine to Mae a very clean, dry finis h, but the slick mouthfeel keeps the sweetness lingering long after you've swallowed.
The bottle notes that it is brewed as a combination of Choklat and Jah-Va, and that's exactly my impression. It takes the best parts of both and combines them beautifully.
Served In: Bottle
Pours a deep root beer brown with ruby highlights and settles a massively opaque black in the glass. A fairly full and tall froth of dark tan foam grows up quickly and then dissapates slowly down to a nice collar and a faint skim. Large and long strings of lace are stretched about.
Oh my, what a fantastic nose! Massive chocolate in a lushly thick presense of darkness. Hints of cream, graham crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, hazelnuts, and some steamy warmth. Very nice! Reminds me a bit of chocolate muffins just coming out of the oven. Could be a bit more beefy or big really, but what's there is oh so incredibly complex and down right impressively appetizing.
Holy yummy! This is quite a complex yummy fuckin brew! Much like Choklat in every way! Super huge chocolate/cocoa and cream with well placed nuances to baking goods like vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cream. Coffee ascents are found to be quite mild and mostly in a just a titch of the burntness that appears in some of its wonderful drying characteristics as it finishes fluffy, warm, and lightly, airy textured in a battered, flour-like, cocoa dryness. The warmth is sublime perfection and totally sets a great tone of sinking cocoa drying fluff and fullness. Outstanding!
Feel is lavishly lush, enticingly full, enticingly rich, thickly creamy, floatingly fluffy, appetizingly dry, and wonderfully warm. Did I just drink a warm chocolate chocolate chip muffin? Wow! Way too drinkable for 11%. The warmth is there but incorporated so well its beautiful!
Another creatively yummy brew from Southern Tier! If ya like Choklat: this will be its twin!
Price: $8.50 Served In: Goblet
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