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RATINGS: 1604   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (838) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle: pours a dark black with a tan head that really sticks to the edge of the glass, aroma has a lot of chocolate and a little bit of some malt, wow - the taste is a smooth, malty, chocolate flavor, nice dry finish which helps since this has a lot of sweetness up front. An excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle (650ml). Pours a very deep dark ruby, almost black, with a large fluffy light-brown head. Aroma is big-time chocolate, like smelling a rich hot chocolate. Flavour: Whoa, that’s very chocolatey along with some hops and alcohol along for the ride. Pretty boozy in the finish, could probably use some aging to tone that down. Medium to full bodied. Might have been the mood I was in at the time but this was too chocolatey for me, and even though I was sharing the bottle with my wife I still was unable to finish my half of the bottle. Still, for what it is it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 Black in color with a tiny layer of brown head that dissipates quickly. The nose shows off the chocolate in spades along with just a touch of malt balls, burnt caramel and an anise/mineral component. In the mouth the chocolate is again immediately powerful. While chocolate does dominate the nose and mouth, for some reason, it doesn’t quite come off like drinking liquid cocoa. The midpalate is rich but it remains fresh and light on its feet with nice bitterness from the hops on the finish. A drink and dessert all in one, this would be great for a beer float! Even though I’m not a bit chocolate fan this is a really good beer. It also seems as if it would age reasonably well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 on tap at the Sunset in Boston- Pours a deep dark black. one finger chocolate flavored hear, smelled chocolate in the aroma, tasted chocolate in the flavor. Very easy to drink even at 11%. Went down fast and wanted more. Incredibly well done and my favorite chocolate stout. Very well done ST.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nejhleader (1392) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
really good. basically like hersheys chocolate syrup, but has alcohol, that you can’t notice while drinking. in it. thats the best way to describe it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The incredibly rich aroma may be best described as a fantastic journey down the melted chocolate river flowing through Willy Wonka’s factory… mug in hand. Full-bodied with a super velvety mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is of rich, creamy, dark chocolate liqueur with undertones of vanilla and toasted nuts. Chocolaty, bittersweet finish. I love chocolate; I love this brew! Big-time kudos to PilsnerPeter for shipping this world class bottle of beer to Florida!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks Eric! First off, I’m a huge chocolate lover, so I was highly anticipating this beer. It did not disappoint. Pours jet black with a small, swirly, off white head. Probably the most chocolate aroma Ive ever smelled in a beer. Kind of like you filled a bowl up with Hershey’s chocolate syrup and stuck your head in it. Got just a touch of some coffee in there too. The flavor was pretty heavy and rich chocolate as well. Very heavy on the syrupy malts, which coated the palate fully in chocolate goodness. Almost like a dessert beer for me, this would go great over some cheesecake. If you like chocolate this is the beer for you as it probably is the most chocolatey beer, in aroma and flavor, that Ive ever had. Just awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Bomber. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of pure chocolate; the biggest, most natural chocolate I have tasted in a beer. Mostly dark chocolate and sweety sweet.
Very heavy and rich, I suddenly realized that one glass is all I want in an evening. You probably shouldn’t tackle a whole bomber without some friends around to help out.
Very tasty; rich and decadent, but possibly a bit too decadent to be called a ’beer’? Chocolate was pretty much all I could taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3318) - 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. I’m not sure I’ve smelled this much chocolate in most hot chocolate. Wow. The malts and spiciness of the alcohol make something like gingerbread underneath, but you’ve really got to be looking for something else to find anything but chocolate. The flavor is a little bit of a letdown. That’s not to say it’s bad, just that it’s 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 (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2008
22oz bottle. I’m really amped to try this because of the ratings I’m 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

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