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RATINGS: 1586   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3189) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a moderate, creamy head. The appearance is really nothing special for a stout this big. What really is special is the aroma. I have never smelled this much chocolate in a beer. Iím not sure Iíve smelled this much chocolate in most hot chocolate. Wow. The malts and spiciness of the alcohol make something like gingerbread underneath, but youíve really got to be looking for something else to find anything but chocolate. The flavor is a little bit of a letdown. Thatís not to say itís bad, just that itís not up to the standard set by that aroma. The flavor is malt, but not so much for an imperial stout. The finish is a little bitter in a thin, unbalanced way and the heat of the alcohol comes through in the finish as well. This is also on the thinner end of the style, but not thin compared to other beer styles. Still an excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2008
22oz bottle. Iím really amped to try this because of the ratings Iím reading. I decided to share the bottle with my buddy who has already dived in and loves it. The pour is a dark dark brown. I initially thought it was black, but upon further inspection, its just not shiny enough to be black, there is a definite dark chocolate tint. The head is pretty nonexistent - just a thin line of mocha cream. The aroma is the really seductive part. Incredible dark chocolate and rich rich creamy notes - like a tootsie roll. Calling it tootsie roll is just not fair, it smells really good. The flavor is equally inspiring. Super rich dark chocolate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8467) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Extremely dark brown body with a small light brown or tan head. Instant decadence in the nose, with a straight shot of rich chocolate and a light dusting of sugarÖ probably one of the purest chocolate aromas Iíve ever experienced, with notes of fudge and chewy nougat. Reminded me of snacking on good chocolate eats in Belgium. Itís a sweet stout for sure, but nowhere near overly sweet or overdone. The subtle bitterness of the chocolate, the richness and depth of the chocolate, could make this one of the best dessert beers Iíve ever had. Truly an amazing drink, the best dessert beer Iíve ever had, a perfect hybrid of a chocolate stout and a chocolate liqueur.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Not just chocolate, but deep dark chocolate. The aroma assaults the nose from the first sniff and deepens as it warms. Hefty ABV, this is a great example of a chocolate stout. Right up there with Brooklynís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Draft. What a treat! On first inspection, it was difficult not to give the beer perfect ratings across the board. Aroma of rich chocolate milk. This is thick and delicious - a good desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Bomber split with Naka. Pours oily back w/ thin head rimming the goblet, brown. Nos is cocoa and wet roasted barley. Taste is roasted barley and chocolate w/ alcohol and hop bitterness which blends well w/ the bitter chocolate. Some dar fruit notes, plum and raisin, some tannin-esque notes. This is a tasty brew. Could be one of my new favorites

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (714) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Pours like dirty oil with no head for all intents and purposes. Nose of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, molasses, and alcohol. Tastes of very rich dark chocolate, caramel malt, alcohol, and finishes with a roasted nuttiness that is almost like peanut butter. There is a strange, yet delicious fruitiness to it that is almost like pears or plums. It has a thick oily body with a bit of a carbonic bite to it and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
I know everybody loved this. I thought it was a very decent stout and I can see the bittersweet quality chocolate as being attractive. Some chocolate came through the stout aroma. It was black with a bit of creaminess. Mouthfeel was medium. I found this stout to be astringent and even burning my stomach. Maybe another day, but I will be reluctant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Aroma: like pure chocolate syrup, dark chocolate with the richness of cream, some wheatiness and roasted malts
Appearance: deep brown-->black, no head, lacing
Flavor: very dark chocolately, creamy, deep dark chocolate with some malty/wheaty/hoppiness
Palate: slight bitterness in the aftertaste, nice dark chocolate taste, good sweet mouthfeel
Overall: excellent dessert beer; it takes the cake! Much better than many other "chocolate" stouts with like fake chocolate-y tastes and aftertastes

   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.

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