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RATINGS: 1653   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
“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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2008
22 oz bomber. Oily thick black pour with a thin dark brown head. The aroma is loaded with rich fudgey chocolate. Dark, and sweet and luxurious. Rich and chewy with an unctuous mouthfeel. Silky mouthfeel with a rich and lightly earthy bitterness. Moderate roastiness but the chocolate is the star here. A soft caramelly backnote as well. The chocolate here is sweeter than in other chocolate imperial stouts I’ve had recently. A fine dessert beer... it’s sweet enough to stand up to anything. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a black color with light brown head. Aroma is of fudge brownie, chocolate milk shake and chocolate malt. Taste is the same as well. This is an imperial stout, but to me, it’s more of a dessert beer then something I’d want to sit back and drink a bomber off. It’s a remarkable beer, but a one time experience for me. If I was single, this would be a good panty remover.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 22oz bottle poured into a snifter has a dark black color with minimal light transparency slow carbination and an initial dark tan head that peeled back to become a lace like coating on the top. aroma has loads of dark bakers chocolate, cream, chocolate malt, and resembles the nesquick chocolate milk. the most chocolate i have ever smelled in a beer. mouth feel is velvety smooth with just enough carbination to bring it all across. flavor is right in line with the smell bringing malts with chocolate and caramel to provide plenty of richness. sweetness is at a high level but necessary to provide the 11% abv. that is only noticeable in the slight warming it gives you and to balance out the bitterness of the chocolate. somewhat a one dimensional brew and it definitely rides the fence of being a little too over the top. all that said i did enjoy it quite much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a pitch black with a quickly dissipating medium mocha head and some streamy lacing. Aroma is heavily chocolate, almost like brownie batter or chocolate cake. Taste is chocolate brownie, with some sweetness and is very smooth; no alcohol burn for this. A very enjoyable impy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of chocolate, chocolate syrup, roasted malts, chocolate ice cream, and a hint of piney hops. Poured black in color with a small brown head that lasted a while before diminishing. Opaque. Light to medium sweet. Tastes of chocolate, chocolate syrup, piney hops, brownie, and cream. Medium to full body. Thick, chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Chocolate and hop finish. 11% ABV is very well hidden. Very chocolaty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1-21-08 bottle.
At first, I enjoyed this overly chocolate beer - however, as the night progressed the beer became less appealing. Smells like Nestle powder and very similar to the Chocolate Donut Beer. Black with tan head and good spotty lacing. Creamy texture but can feel the warmth from the higer alcohol. Not a great imperial stout. A little to much chocolate for me overall. It has that rich decadent chocolate cake appeal at first and then it just becomes too much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2008
didn’t care for this, way too much chocolate flavor. Like drinking hershey chocolate syrup (which I do not care for)with some alcohol. chaulky. drain pour

   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 (2738) - 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.

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