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RATINGS: 1547   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Black as night, with a thin, ecru-hued line of bubbles on the sides of the snifter. Incredibly rich and cocoa-filled aroma. Lots of roasted malts and vanilla especially. Lactose sweetness in the nose matches the delicate lactose/cream notes in the flavor. Just the right amount of coffee in the flavor. Not artificially chocolate tasting at all - this is not a Hersheys, and even better than godiva...A girlís dream, this beer. One of the smoothest beers Iíve had, and the 11% is perfectly hidden. This beer rivals some of Bellsí best brews.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4950) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Iíve been waiting for Southern Tier to make an impy stout that really wowed me - theyíve finally done it with this one - pours nearly black, with a lasting ring of soapy foam - the aroma is almost all bittersweet chocolate (it smells like the inside of a boutique chocolatier), with faint notes of espresso beans and dark berries (southern tier has been nailing aromas lately, ie. pumking) - strong coffee bitterness braces the palate against the strongly sweet chocolate flavors that are to come, making the beer seem much less sweet than it probably is (one problem their impys have had so far is their cloying sweetness - this one balances that out) - a cream sweetness and notes of caramelized sugars mix with the heavy dark chocolate flavors to give the beer a kind of hot chocolate (not hot cocoa, hot chocolate) flavor - a kind of charred character with hints of tobacco way in the back mix in to remind me of the complex notes many fine dark chocolates have - warming alcohol and a subtle spiciness on the back end - as has been stated, itís more a chocolate beer than a chocolate-flavored impy - but if you love chocolate, youíll love this no matter what - a wonderful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2266) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Interesting to have this the day after the "Oat" IS. Much drier tasting than that one. Color-wise also very black, with brown highlights. Just about no head, it certainly disappears quick. Very sweet chocolate aroma. Some of the bitterness in the palate is obliterated by the chocolate as well. A bit light and one-dimensional as an imperial stout, but enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11583) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2008
(growler) Black body topped by a small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate -- both milk and bittersweet, some Tootsie Roll. Taste is moderately sweet, dark and milk chocolate, light lactic sourness, alcohol. Medium-full body, alcohol VERY well hidden. Not a chocolate stout as much as it is a chocolate beer. Comparable to Svaneke Choko Stout in its chocolateyness, though of course it has almost twice the alcohol. Same caveat applies -- if this type of beer appeals to you, youíll love it, but if not....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Growler, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours an oily, chocolate-brown color; light tan head with patchy lacing. Lots of roasted malts and bitter chocolate in the aroma; dense, chewy nougat and chocolate. More of a dense sweet stout than an imperial stout; chewy bitter chocolate and lightly roasted malts and tea; chewy maltiness with a very light bittering presence; dark chocolate and nougat and roasted malts in the finish; very chewy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5512) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Did you ever drink a fresh, made-from-scratch fudge brownie? Me neither, but thatís pretty much what this well-crafted brew is about. Pouring it from the bottle, I was dealing with a thick, dark brown, oily gop. When it hit the glass, it turned black and was crowned by a thick cocoa head. It smelled (as cleverly hinted at above) like a fresh brownie. Full bodied, although not as dense as a dessert cake, it tasted like a fresh brownie.
This impresses me. Having no knowledge of how this beer was brewed, Iím awed by how a beer can be crafted to taste like a heavy, chocolatey cake. And, being a confessed hop-head, I scratch my hoar-head and wonder, Why?!?!?Donít get me wrong. I like this beer. And Iím giving it a decent rating, given how stingey I am with my numbers. Someone please explain this to me.
By the by - The 11% ABV doesnít show itself at all.
At least, until I began typing this review..........
Bulbous!

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Souhern Tier has done it again. Somehow they have made a style of beer that I typically loathe, into something tasty. On draft at Fat Heads, poured a black coffee into a goblet. Aroma of delicious chocolate cake. Tastes of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee make for a tasty stout. No taste of alcohol, and not syrupy at all.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingMoomie (5) - Poland, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2008 does not count
Available in bottles at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH. One of the most unique and amazing beers I have ever had. If you closed your eyes and put it under your nose you would swear you were smelling brownies. I tried it side by side with Ommegangís Choclate Indulgence and there was no comparison.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2008
22oz bottle from swoopjones. Yeah itís got a lot of chocolate, but so what? Itís done well. Enticing chocolate banana bread aroma with just enough bitter malt as to not be overly sweet. Pours oily dark brown, nearly black with a creamy khaki head. A gentile swirl leaves all sorts of sticky yellow legs on the glass. Thick, rich oily on the tongue. Not too much carbonation, and that works quite well in this beer. Banana, vanilla, bitter chocolate malt, milk chocolate on the tongue. 11%? Wha? Hidden quite well. A top notch dessert beer for sure... Another winner from Southern Tier.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Pour at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD. Great chocolate aroma, with a bit of roast too. Very deep brown with an off white head. First drink is like a chocolate milkshake. Second, you taste some vanilla and some of that roast. Alcohol is present at the swallow. Normally not the type of beer for me, but it just seemed to hit the spot.


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