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RATINGS: 1570   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


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6440) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a fine tan head. Smells like milk chocolate and candy. Think tootsie roll. Medium body, much thinner than I expected. Tastes like chocolate milk with a little hint of roasted malt. This beer is way too over the top for me. It’s certainly not bad, but the sweetness and chocolate were a bit overdone.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Thanks to Malcomb for sharing. Black in color with a very light brown head. Cake batter, banana and chocolate sauce aroma, very expressive, but not complex. Flavor is an assault of chocolate covered banana and even more chocolate. So, so one dimensional. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and could be more coating and have more weight. I thought I was drinking a beer, I guess not. I’m really glad I tried this before collecting some. It sucks, it really does.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a snifter. This beer poured an opaque black with no light showing through the glass. A thin head of dark tan foam lasted throughout, leaving some nice looking lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of loads of milk chocolate and cocoa. Very overpowering and one-dimensional, but it smelled awsome! The flavor stayed the course, delivering huge bittersweet and milk chocolate notes. Also some cocoa, malted milk, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and thick with light carbonation. On first smell, this imperial stout made quite an impression, urging me to take a drink. After one glass, the chocolate became just a bit much, looking for something else to bring along some balance or contrast. A really nice dessert beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. HUGE chocolate aroma filled the air upon pouring. After basking in the uforick glow of such a wonderful chocolate aroma, I started to notice hints of vanilla peaking through. Flavor is what I have always expected a chocolate stout to taste like. Almost like a smooth chocolate soda. After the wonderful chocolate flavor the alcohol sneaks in. Then the spicy hops pop in to finish the deal with a bitter finish.What a wonderful brew! Thanks Brewblackhole!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2008
pours black with tan head...aroma of fresh hot chocolate, cocoa, coffee..bitter and dark chocolate comes off like no other beer...thinner body than observed, alcohol dominates what would be a huge chocolate flavor...bitter, boozy finish...overdone and overrated

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Pours dark brown. Sweet on the nose. The taste is that of real dark chocolate. Comparable to Ovaltine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Up to now I’ve thought of Southern Tier as a "light beer" brewer, by which I mean I think of them as a brewer of good APA/IPA and the like. There are other brewers I think of as good "dark beer" brewers (like Bell’s for instance) and there are others I think of as good Belgian beer brewers (Ommegang, etc). It’s not often you find a brewer that can pull off 2 or more of these categories well. This beer challenges that notion in my mind; I really liked Choklat. The funny thing about this beer was that it did not strike me as being exceptionally beer like in flavor and aroma. It really reminded me of a really good dessert or the world’s best glass of chocolate milk. It’s tough to describe this beer in flavor/aroma terms I’m used to using; it was really chocolate-y and creamy. Appearance was an opaque black with a tan head. Mouthfeel was quite smooth and also was rather creamy and pleasant. I really liked this beer. I picked up this 22oz bottle from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Date: January 06, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: bitter dark chocolate aroma with roasted coffee character, light sweetness serves to enhance the chocolate
Body: creamy body turns velvety smooth as it warms
Flavor: rich chocoate flavor, mostly dark chocolate with just a touch of milky sweetness, roasted coffee character provides a light bitterness, as it warms the chocolate gets richer and richer

Date: December 07, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Score: 4.0 to 4.2
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma, vanilla cream sweetness
Flavor: sweet dark chocolate flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, roasted chocolate character adds the needed bitterness
Overall: ages nicely and maybe even improves

Date: March 08, 2010
Mode: bottle
Words: cbx
same wonderful rich chocolate, one of the best chocolate dosed beers out there

Date: January 26, 2011
Mode: draft
Words: tmac woodstock
Appearance: black, wispy tan head with frothy edges
Aroma: sweet bittersweet chocolate aroma, sweet vanilla laced chocolate with a dark chocolate bitterness running through it
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, all chocolate, creamy sweet vanilla brings out the milk chocolate, threads of dark chocolate balances the sweet chocolate

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
22oz bottle, no date as a bonus from black95tt, thanks a ton Ryan! Pours deep mahogany--black in the glass--with a one finger creamy beige head, fades to a very thick ring before long. Lots of milk chocolate and Nestle Quik in the aroma, as well as a chocolate malt--the frozen treat, not the grain. There is also some light roasted malts and raw alcohol in the background. Aroma is more candy than beer. Flavor has darker chocolate than the aroma led on, though there’s all walks of chocolate here. Somewhere some vanilla peaked through and continued in the background through to the finish. At room temperature some light roasty malts and tangy soy showed up. The finish is Tootsie-Roll with a little bit of spicy alcohol. I don’t remember which, but one of heemer77’s liquor filled chocolates was a lot like this. Full body with light creamy carbonation. You really do need to love chocolate to like this, and even then, I can’t guarantee you will.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
awall422 (2) - USA - JAN 22, 2008 does not count
Very over the top chocolate everything. More is not necessarily better, and in this case it was much worse for me. This beer is a one trick pony and doesn’t do much more than shock you with how chocolatey it is. I was hoping for someting a little more subtle and balanced.


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