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RATINGS: 1519   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2008
22 oz. bomber from Sam’s in Chicago. Big Chocolate brownies/fudge in the aroma. Bakers chocolate all over the place. Flavor is more of the same with a hint of roastiness and dark fruit, barely noticeable under all that cocoa. A gooey and creamy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. If you’re a chocolate lover, which I am, this is for you. I loved it, but realize it’s very one dimensional. Alcohol is very well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours inky black with a brown colored head. Aroma is hershey’s chocolate syrup, brown sugar, toffee. Flavor is huge chocolate, brown sugar, caramel. Palate is full bodied, light carbonation, finishes sweet. Great aroma, but the flavor seems to be somewhat artificial, imo. I think this one is too sweet for my liking. Just didn’t do it for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Very chocolatey, its the primary aroma and flavor. I could eat chocolate anytime and similarly, I could drink this anytime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
My first yahoo was pretty good ... this is like that, but a beer. Rich and coco.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2008
On tap at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson ($5 for 20oz). Black appearance, nice head. Very nice malty flavor, sweetness of the chocolate comes through in the aftertaste. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
dark brown almost black, decent foam, nose is bakers chocolate, some roasted malt, lots and lots of chocolate flavors some fruit to also a good dose of alcohol, finish is roasty and warmin, full body .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1782) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Opaque brown / black with a thin tan head. Aroma is very undeniably chocolate, and quite unlike typical chocolate malt. Taste is same and richly so. Taste is smooth, and alcohol is barely apparent. Pleasant and subtle carbonation. $9/22oz

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bomber. Yep, that’s chocolate. Aroma reminiscent of genache or fudge brownies. Mostly chocolate in the flavor, almost overwhelmingly so. Godiva-like liqueur edge from the alcohol. Otherwise slightly charred roast malts poking up from underneath the chocolate. Enjoyable for sure, but the excessive chocolate just makes this seem clumsy and gimmicky.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2007
22 ounce bottle shared by Mike. Poured opaque black with a brown head. The aroma was like chocolate liquor with some peppermint patty. Think the chocolate came off very extract-ish in the flavor. I was still good, but it was just that one note. Medium/full body. Medium carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Syrupy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Deep opaque brown body, reddish highlights at the edges. Medium cream head. Aroma of cocoa puffs and wafer chocolate, potent. Intense chocolate body, more cocoa puffs than anything else. A persistent roasted bitterness and warming alcohol permeate the massive chocolate thrust. Somewhat cloying, with a somewhat unpleasant lingering finish. My least favorite of the three imperial stouts in the series to date.


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