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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This beer is simply amazing! The aroma, the flavor all scream chocolate and this one is worth seeking out! Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle, thanks to Holdenn for sharing this, our southern tier deal is complete. Opaque black with medium dark brown head. Syrup Nestle Quick aroma with fresh baked brownies, overwhelmingly sweet. Once again that Nestle flavor, so sweet, slight hop bitterness though, could just be chocolate bitterness. Creamy like and full bodied. So sweet and chocolately, nice body, wierd burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle opened in celebration of "Lost" season premiere. Pours a thick and dark brown with a little bit of a head that leaves just a trace as I walk up the stairs. Aromas are heavy of cocoa powder which drowns out any other subtleties that may or may not lurk within. After first sip I conclude that there is no other beer (at least among the contenders I have tried) that should dare use the word "chocolate" anywhere on its label. Flavor blossoms with heavy cocoa flavors, warms slightly of alcohol and then gives way to a chocolate milk like finish. Not much for complexity, but darn tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2008
upon the first smell I am transported back to my high school lunch room. A carton of chocolate milk with a side of tots. Pure decadent milk chocolate (don’t worry, there is no potato essence). The first taste transports me to a totally different place. An upscale restaurant in downtown chicago with a perfeclty cooked filet. Rich decadent dark chocolate cake, laden with rum chocolate frosting. bitter and rich. This is by far the best chocolate stout I have ever had!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Pours dark brown to black with a light tan head. Lightish looking for an imperial stout, but still black enough and the small head lasts a real long time. Aroma is a mixture of big chocolate, like the kind you’d find in a molten brownie, mint, light pine. Very interesting mix of chocolate and hops. Tastes of roast and coffee, followed by dark chocolate and a chocolate milk-like sweetness. Finishes with a nutty dark chocolate earthy hop bitterness, followed by a lingering cocoa aftertaste. Medium-heavy body, moderately creamy and slick. Only a vague warming sensation indicates any heat. It’s very chocolately and a nice big beer so basically I automatically love it. However, I still think Rogue’s Chocolate Stout is a better beer overall. Thanks to TheRealBastard for sending this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 Wow. What an incredibly chocolatey beer. Black with a decent brown head. Strong aroma of milk and dark chocolates. Flavor is semi-sweet chocolate with a darker, bitter dark chocolate finish. This may be the most chocolate character I’ve ever seen in a beer, so the name is definitely appropriate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rocbyter (1958) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Strong milk chocolate aroma. Black color with a medium brown head. Mildy bitter chocolate taste with a lasting finish. Mild alcohol at the end. Thick and creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Wow they are not lying when they talk about the chocolate here. Definetly the most chocolatey beer i’ve had, and it works for me. I couldnt even notice all that alcohol. This is just as good as dessert, and something I will absolutly drink more of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, ruddy tinged dark brown color with a thin head of wispy light tan. Chocolate, hot cocoa aroma, that’s intensely chocolaty, but as such, kind of one-dimensional. It has a really clean baker’s chocolate nose that comes across like chocolate cake frosting. Not being a huge chocolate cake fan, I find it a bit dismissive personally, but I can see how this would be exciting to others. More complexity would be nice. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel that grows a bit thin with a strange, artificial astringency in the finish. Flavors of chocolate, but not much else. Light on the roast, but the sweetness is balanced by some herbal hop characters that lend minimal flavor, but adequate bitterness. Chocolate flavors a pretty good and this beer certainly delivers exactly what it promises, just nothing more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Tap Max’s in Baltimore. Beautiful dark appearence with tan head. Nice silky smooth palate. Like the thickness. Taste is of typical imperial stout flavors but with a significant overlay of chocolate- but not rich deep complex chocolate. More like chocolate flavored cereal. I expected more.

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