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RATINGS: 1652   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
ďthe ancients called it Ďfood for the godsíď 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, weíre 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
bottle. pours an opaque black with a moderate light brown head that isnít going anywhere. initial smell is--you guessed it--chocolate. deep rich cocoa with little black cherry notes dancing on the perimeter, a bit of oak, all with a slightly burnt brownie crust. more deep cocoa flavor, but this time with a lot more roasted malt notes, reminding you that this is indeed an imperial stout, and not some strange chocolate milk concoction. notes of coffee, dark fruit (cherries, grapes), a bit more oak, and even some hoppy notes taking a floral and earthy turn. big bitter kick on the palate, which i regard as absolutely essential, this beer being so rich and chocolaty. light sweetness here and there, but itís a lingering pleasant bitter tingle that stands out. very slight warming; the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. thick silky feel, not a ton of carbonation, but enough to let you know itís there. i know this is a gimmick beer, but itís damned near perfect for what it is. itís also a very solid imperial stout. itís so rich that you think a sip will be enough, but the finish prevents it from ever being cloying. i am very much impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Tap @ TJís Paoli. Aroma of bitter European dark chocolate (the good stuff). Very chocolately flavor with some spice. Nice sipper. Alcohol was omnipresent but not too distracting. Into full bodied. Plenty of bitterness, not too sweet. I prefer the flavors of roasted malts and hops over chocolate but this was interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bomber->snifter @ circa 45-50 degrees F. Pours a creamy head that is light brown that gives some lacing, but both dissipate quickly on top of a black body. The aroma is caramel and coco (not so much sweet like chocolate, more unsweetened) with a heavy alcohol aroma and perhaps some resin aroma. The duration of the flavor is long, it is lightly sweet and bitter. On the palate, the body is medium, texture is creamy, and has a soft bit of carbonation with a chalky and bitter aftertaste. All-in-all, a very good beer, but itís a bit on the expensive side--perhaps a few dollars per bomber more than it should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle. Name pretty much says it all with all sorts of different takes on chocolate coming through in the nose and the flavor, from tootsie roll to milk chocolate to bakerís chocolate. Pretty impressive taste for a beer that would at first glance seem to be one sided. Decent amount of bitterness keeps it from going over the sweetness edge, but still not a beer I would have more than once every so often because it is very sweet and desserty. Still a very fun treat though. Finishes with quite the alcohol kick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2008
bottle from wooden keg. thin medium light head. pours dark brown with orangish trims. smell is very sweet like swiss miss hot chocolate. reminds me of an old pair of tazmanian devil silk boxer shorts i had years ago- makes you feel wild and crazy but is so very smooth to get into. awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle - pours black with brown highlights, skim of mocha foam that quickly disappears. Aroma is massively chocolate...bittersweet and lightly dusty with a definite tootise roll thing going on. Flavor is equally massive chocolates..bittersweet and tootsie roll all over. As the glass warms the chocolate malt starts to come through with a slight coffee note. Finish was slightly dry with light alcohol warming and the body was medium heavy. For a beer with such intense aromas and flavors it never became overwhelming and always seemed in balance.

   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. Itís 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, itís like a siren luring me to put my dick in it. Must. Not. Ruin. Beer. Hugely chocolate and thatís about it. Itís 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. Iíd 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 (12717) - 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 rollsÖheck 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 (230) - 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.

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