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RATINGS: 1629   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
“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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2008
On tap at the Ginger Man. Poured a nice dark brown/black. Aroma was fantastic; about as good as they come. Tasted like rich, chocolate powder; Nesquik. Flavor was almost as good; a nice blend of various types of chocolate; milk, semisweet and bitter. Mouthfeel was pretty solid; smooth on the palate. Just a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2008
22 oz bomber from Sam’s Wine and Spirits. Pours a dark black with a soapy brown ring of a head. This is a really distinct nose, it reminds me of my childhood and it takes a minute of talking to devon to figure it out. Neslte quick powder, hershey’s chocolate syrup and brownies. Specifically its the nestle quick that is bringing back memories of my parents kitchen. Burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, chocolate chips from the bag. Sweet. Too sweet with this harsh finish of hershey’s syrup finish like you’re drinking it straight from the squeezable bottle. Chocolate indulgence was more sweet this has lots of dark chocolate in it, but along the same lines. Alcohol is no where to be found in this hershey’s syrup. Interesting, but nothing I really want to drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
popdoggy (100) - USA - JAN 17, 2008
Yum. Aroma: bittersweet choclate with hints of caramel. Taste: Bittersweet chocklate with some malt. Appearance: total black with minimal head. Mouthfeel: you want this in your mouth...that is what she said. I need more of this.now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Bottle for my birthday. Pours stout black with decent tan head. Looks like I’m going to be in the substantial minority here and say I wasn’t thrilled with this one. Here it goes anyway. Aroma of powdered chocolate primarily. Couldn’t dig out much else here. Taste was more of the same, very milk chocolatey along with the powdered cocoa. The heft of this one was masked well I’d say. Decently thick palate with a big chocolate aftertaste. I wouldn’t mind trying this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pitch black, creamy tan head. Rich warm milk chocolate nose rests on deep rooted vanilla cream and dusty earthy cocoa-like tones. Intense bittersweet chocolate flavors are textured over notes of toasted vanilla bean nougat and hints of mild roasted coffee. A soft hop kick rounds this out to near perfection. Full bodied and smooth from start to finish allows me to finish the 22oz without help. A great dessert sipper that truly is a chocolate lover’s beer…

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Wow, 2 ratings of 4.8 in one rating session. i think that is a first for me. At any rate, the bottle is from Capone’s. The pour is deep blackish with 1-finger of rather dark brown head and excellent clingy lacing. The aroma is huge and wonderful, big dark chocolate and chocolate syrup, dark roasty malt, slight coffee, some ovaltine, and some peaty earthy notes. The palate is rich, very complex, and suitably hefty for a beer this big. The flavors are roasty patent malt, huge chocolate syrup, making the beer somewhat sweet, a mild figgy fruity flavor, plus some late nuts and cacao powder. The well hidden alcohol gets a tiny bit hot late, with a resiny hop element that steps up and asserts itself late. This beer is just outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2008
This was enjoyed after Michelob Chocolate Lager, and Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence... Appears a dark black with a thick, foamy head of tan that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the outer rims of the glass. Smell is of caramel, malted grain, and rich, melted chocolate mixed with Boscos syrup. It’s the richest chocolate beer I’ve ever smelled. Taste is of rich bitter chocolate with Nestle Hot Chocolate embedded in beer format. To put it mildly...this is fucking awesome. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and complex with some earthy hops way in the background with cocoa being the mainstay. Overall - Southern Tier got this one right. Way right! I thought the Imperial Oat kicked ass and it would be hard to follow up. Who wouldn’t want to drink something like this? I’m a huge dark chocolate fan and a giant fan of Belgian Chocolate, so this one was right up my alley as a dessert beer. I hope they make this one a mainstay. I loved it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Poured jet black into the snifter with a very small light tan head. Very smooth, transparent caramel color lacing stuck to the sides of the snifter during the sampling. A very powerful chocolate aroma with some hops, malt and barley. Do yourself a favor and drink this slightly chilled. I sampled it right out of the fridge, and it wasn’t quite right. As it warmed, the dark chocolate flavors really came to life. A very complex, coating mouthfeel and sweet Belgian chocolate finish. A very nice dessert beer that is an excellent partner to any chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle. Aroma is dark chocolate, cream, wood, walnut, and slight sour/sweet dark fruit. Dark black/amber with small disappearing brown head. No lacing. Flavor is real chocolate, with a woody toasted nuttiness that finishes with a nice lingering roasted maltiness. Palate is fantastic with no hint of the 11% ABV. Smooth and oily flat. Full bodied. What a surprise, from start to finish this brew delivers. I wish the appearance was more like Old Raspy or Expedition but that’s the only complaint and it’s a small one. One of the best beers out there for an Imp Stout lover.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma is about as chocolatey as a beer can be - smells like hersheys and cocoa powder dropped into a beer. Flavor is quite chocolatey with lots of sweetness, sugar, and virtually no alcohol. Pleasant, somewhat thick mouthfeel. Very good, though the taste can’t quite match the aroma. If you like chocolate even a little you’ll really like this brew.

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