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RATINGS: 1596   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
“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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
On tap at the Publick House in Brookline, Mass. Pours with a dark brown to black body with a medium thick head and some lacing. It’s full of bitter sweet choclate with some malt showing through. Wow, what a chocolate bomb. Full bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Jesus-fuckstain-Christ. The aroma on this beer, it’s like a siren luring me to put my dick in it. Must. Not. Ruin. Beer. Hugely chocolate and that’s about it. It’s like a tootsie roll. My God, someone just put alcohol in my tootsie roll smoothie. Brilliant! Palate is like I pureed a tootsie roll, added a little water, and then fermented it. I could molest this beer, repeatedly. I’d have to move on eventually, as tootsie rolls get kind of chewy, hurt your jaw, and make you sick after about 30 of them, but this is great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of milk/dark chocolates, brownies, tootsie rolls…heck this beer is everything chocolate with some roastiness. Flavor complements the nose nicely with much of the same: milk chocolate, brownies, lactose, and roasted malt with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Thank goodness I tried this, and the night before moving to the west coast, no less. This beer simply delivers as advertised. Imperial. Chocolate. Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1144) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Wow, 22 oz bottle. Ive had stouts purported to be chocolate, but this smells more like cocoa than any ive ever had. Like the bit of milk left in the bowl after a cocoa puffs breakfast, and only a bit of other beer characteristics to be smelled after that. I thought that chocolate wasnt soluble in water, but Southern Tier seem to have found a way around that. Alcohol covered completely by sweetness and no signs of bitterness besides a bit of roasted barley. great dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Southern Tier Choklat is a very black ale with a yellow hue and a khaki head that leaves decent lacing. It has a sweet chocolate aroma-- very candyish. It is full bodied and smooth. There is a little rumble before the end, but it finishes cleanly. It is swwet and smooth with a huge chocolate flavor. Caramel is detected. It’s well bittered and well balanced. It dries up for the finish. Pour this on ice cream!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Thanks kp for the chance to try this beer at the Foothills gathering. A dark brown red pour. Aroma of chocolat is huge. Flavor is just smooth rich chocolate with a hint of nice bitter and pleasant abv. Solid full mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very easy drinker just a hint of oddness at the end of this beer kept it from being perfect. This beer is just pure chocolate and nice. Best of show.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
On-tap.Pours like midnight with no stars and comes with a tan head. Nose is fully a dark chocolate bar. Flavor is chocolate layered on chocolate. Just mounds of ever piece of dark chocolate you could imagine. Feel is smooth with a full carbonation. As beautiful as it was on the bottle. By far the most firm chocolate stout around. Very nice................On bottle. Pours pitch black of course, and very thick, with a very small line of tan head. Nose is amazing. Pure chocolate. Like putting your nose to a bar of heavily dark Belgian chocolate. Amazing. Flavor is unsurpassed as far as chocolate stouts go. Definitely can notice the bittersweet aspect there. I wonder how many bars they used. And who sat there and unwrapped all of them? Only thing I will say against the flavor is that it could use a bit more balance. Feel is thick on the liquid and even though the carbonation is low, the combination of the two come together beautifully and it just dances on the tongue. Another amazing brew on the Imperial Series. I intend to go back and get several more. Pure art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown into black in the glass with a thin tan head which dissipated. Smell is of chocolate and chocolate. Tootsie roll as some describe it is spot on. Taste is of chocolate and nothing else. One dimensional. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with just a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a tiny, tiny beige head that, regardless of being so tiny, was rather short-lived. Smell: Incredibly chocolatey! Sweet-smelling aroma of luscious chocolate ganache with a hint of vanilla and roast. Taste: Incredibly chocolatey! Initially, I was worried this beer might fail to deliver like some other chocolate stouts have in the past, but this is NOT the case. Milk chocolate, chocolate malt balls, dark chocolate, and cocoa stitched together with vanilla notes, some roastiness, and a touch of spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Tremendously creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: A very lovely imperial stout pumped up with chocolatey goodness. 11% but still an ease to drink.

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