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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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“the ancients called it ‘food for the gods’“ The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brewing house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bitter-sweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle.
2013 vintage - 10% abv

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Wow, if there is a more choclatey beer out there I would be surprised. Huge chocolate aroma and flavor, unbalanced because it is all chocolate, but I love that. Well hidden 11% too. Bonus points for the chocolate tasting like real quality chocolate not the chemical cocoa puffs flavor I get in so many chocolate stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 I just recently had this again but in a growler from holiday beverage. Poured nice and dark. I paired it with Costco brownies. They tasted almost identical. I don’t know how you can go wrong with this one. It is a dessert and a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1505) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours black with a thin tan head. Chocolate stunk up my whole room when I opened it, girlfriend could smell it 10 foot away. Flavor is dominated by chocolates. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, all of it. You can taste a bit of malt and alcohol as well. Chocolate stays huge in the finish. Alcohol is noticed but it’s nice to have something distract from the flavor. Very interesting and one dimensional. A full bomber of this was a chore, but a delicious one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor (3514) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a very small light head. Aroma of chocolate. Taste of lots of chocolate (particularly tootsie roll chocolate), some roast in the aftertaste. If you like chocolate, you will love this beer. Even better, eat some chocolate with this beer and you will really be in heaven. This is good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3210) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2008
22 oz bottle

If the Jah-va Stout is fair about its contents this one advertises in capital letters the size of the Hollywood sign. Be prepared for one of the most chocolately beers you’ll run across when you crack this. I found this pleasurably though it might wear on the palate if you had to finish off more than a single bomber in short order. Hopefully this one will reappear in the future.

Aroma / Appearance - The cohesive lacing clung to the sides of my snifter as the minimal head immediately receded into a deep black fluid base. The nose is strong dark bakers chocolate blended with coffee grounds, anise and plums. In some ways it reminds me of a mug of genuine hot chocolate (not the powdered form you get at the grocery store or a coffee shop). Malty bittersweetness forms a solid foundation. This is not the most complex imperial stout but it gets its point across.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is almost suffocating in its density. Packed inside is vanilla, hazel, whipped cream and fresh hot chocolate (again not the powdered form but the real thing). It doesn’t change much over time. Even the finish has a dry maltiness to it that reminds me of a chocolate milkshake. It’s one of the more distinct imperial stouts out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bomber shared with Bobbi. Kick ass aroma of sweet milk chocolate. Almost like a cookies n cream milkshake. This is soothing on the senses...almost luring. INTENSE! Flavor is a BOMB of dark chocolate, leading to a moderately dry and bitter finish. A touch of burning alcohol, but it is pleasant. Almost like a rich chocolate milk with booze and some bittering. As I dive deeper into this brew, I am set back in a bit of awe, wondering how they managed to swing such a beer with very few flaws. Damn good!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Bomber from Rodman’s, D.C. Whoa, folks aren’t joking about the tootsie roll aroma. I mean, it’s very distinct: dead on, in fact. As a fan of the Blackwater Series from ST, I wasn’t sure if those boded well or ill. But once you get into the brew - with a thick, lustrous body like its siblings - the taste is anything but sweet and syrupy. In fact, the strong roasted malts (stout foremost, thanks very much) are complemented by a deep chocolate that’s more like good bitter dark, with a dry finish, than anything confectionary. Yet another winner from these folks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Bottle. Pours pitch black with small creamy brown head. Chocolate aroma hits you right in the face as soon as you start to pour. Taste is chocolate, obviously. Milky dark and light chocolate. Milk duds. Tootsie rolls. Not very beerish...rather one dimensional, but who cares? This is one tasty drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Courtesy beerlando. Pours dark brown with red highlights. Creamy tan head, and real nice lacing. Aroma is pure chocolate. Brownies, cocoa powder. Flavor is, shockingly, filled with all kinds of chocolate notes. Roasted malts can barely be deciphered amongst the chocolatey goodness. Powdery and chalky mouthfeel, bitter finish. Balanced very well. Definitely the beer to go to for your chocolate fix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle: Courtesy of renhed, this looks almost identical to the Oat. Holy sh.., someone dumped Hershey’s syrup in my beer. I just kept repeating this to myself the entire time I was enjoying this. Not much else to be said other than this is the best chocolate-based beer that I’ve ever had. A bit one-dimensional, but ultimately it still tastes fantastic.

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