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RATINGS: 1649   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
22oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours incredibly deep brown, capped with a moderate sized, creamy tan head. Impressive milk chocolate aroma; perhaps some tootsie roll in the there as well. Flavor is all chocolate; sweet milk chocolate and cocoa at first, giving way to bittersweet chocolate and some roasty notes towards the finish. Silky smooth and almost too easy to drink for its 11%. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Thanks to jjpm74 for the bottle. Hmm, another disappointment from Southern Tier... From a brewery I have always been excited about trying beers from, I haven’t had a single one I would ever get again, from them and this was no different...
Pours a rich black, with only slight shades of ruby coming through, and next to no head which didn’t last even from a vigorous pour. Smell is very light alcohol and cheap chocolate and an artificial chemical component. Reminds me of the Shenandoah Chocolate Donut Beer in a bad way... Taste is somewhat rich, fake chocolate again and little else. Moderately balanced bittersweetness with a nice mouthfeel and light carbonation, but when its coming from something that smells like cheap melted hersheys, wax and preservatives, who cares? If you’re going to add this much of some outside ingredient aside from the actual brewing process, you ought to make it fresh, or high quality, and I don’t get the impression they did that at all here. Drinkable, but I would never recommend this as more than a mere novelty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2974) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 Pours out dark brown/black with a moderate to small tan head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, chocolate syrup and some slight alcohol. Taste is very complex, dark to bittersweet chocolate, hostess cupcakes and one of those chocolates hotels leave on you pillow are some of the chocolate tastes I pick up. Beer finishes somewhat bitter and dry with slight alcohol on the finish, but not as strong as an 11% beer usually is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac4016 (114) - bill clinton, ICELAND - JAN 21, 2008
22 oz bomber. hershy choc. syrup on the nosing, taste of milk choc/ hershy choc. kisses.nice dry somewhat bitter finish, very clean beer. be careful with this one, cant discern the alchol(11 %) so this is a prime canidate for panty dropper of the year. not really my style but very good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
From a 22 oz bottle. Pours dark black with small bubbly tan head. Aroma of pure milk chocolate. Not much else just chocolate. Taste is just like chocolate milk. Silky smooth and delicious. The 11% abv is no where to be found and this brew can creep up on you. A fantastic chocolate stout. If you are looking for more than just a great chocolate taste in a stout then head elsewhere, this is chocolate lovers dream of a beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 A big thanks to Dr. Bill, or to whomever brought it to his gathering. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, lots of bittersweet chocolate flavor. A different and truly excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Wow did someone say Chocolate.Lots of chocolate on the nose with it finding its way in the flavor.Kind of bittersweet with a small bitter finish.Thanx to Miketd for this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle shared by my buddy Odeed who got it from Archer Liquors! Nose of sweet milk chocolate; more pure chocolate than any impy I’ve had! No bourbon! Balck with brown edges and a ring of bubbles; Flavor of bittersweet chocolate and nothing other than chcolate except for some bittering hops which lasted to a nice finish!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
black body with just a bit of brown showing through when the snifter glass is held up to light.i got a small brown head from the pour that fades very fast.as i was pouring the beer i could already smell the chocolate.nose is a wonderful mix of fudge,powdered cocoa,chocolate malt,roasted malt,chocolate milk shake,and a tiny alcohol burn.the flavor comes on in waves.first i get roasted malt and alcohol.second comes marshmallows and fudge.then i get the chocolate milk shake from the aroma.the alcohol is a little present all the way through the flavor i must say.this is super smooth yet complex,and i bet 6 months to a year would tame the alcohol and make it outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Draft at Gingerman. Dark brown / black pour with an off-white head. Aroma is cocoa powder / chocolate milk. The flavor is initially sweet from the cocoa powder and then the sweetness yields to some liquor / alcohol maltiness. Good and enjoyable to drink.

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