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RATINGS: 1652   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 Fresh 2008 bottle. Pours a near flat black with a small bubbly frothy beige head. Aroma of a fresh banana smoothie, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate chips and light corse ground coffee beans. I must say this is not the truest chocolate aroma, nor the best chocolate taste. Just like oat and creme-brulee, this stout is both too artificial tasting and too syrupy. Flavors of fresh banana, chocolate syrup, light coffee, green hops and vanilla beans. Unfortunately the aroma is the highlight of this beer. I like the flaked chocolate and vanilla bean flavors, but the syrup like quality just blows it. Yikes, its scary that so many find this beer that delectable. Bitter green hop and dark chocolate aftertaste. Medium full bodied, its not sticky, but its lightly syrupy. Fredrick Miller Classic Chocolate Lager is somewhat reminiscent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle pours rather thick and black with a milk chocolate head and some spotty lace. The aroma is amazing. Yes, I dont normally get so floored by aroma, but here it is, Im floored. The aroma is of chocolate, but the really classy dark chocolate you pay big bucks for and is labeled as 70 pct. Add in some cinnamon for aroma. The flavor, serious chocolate, lots of milk, some Olvateen, and just overall chocolaty. The palate is rich, but not obnoxious. The alcohol pct is not anywhere to be tasted, aside from a heady experience much enjoyed by the rater. Overall, Im enjoying this to the fullest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours black with a non-existant head. Smell was unbelieveable! If you close your eyes beer is probably the last thing you would guess you were smelling. Smells just like a rich chocolate milk. Taste is exactly what you would expect - nice strong syrupy chocolate! Palate was unexpectedly smooth. Would go well with any dessert!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2008
I really wanted to try this, but when I did find it, I thought it was terrible. This is a great stout base, but it tastes like a cheap chocolate syrup was added to it, and that just makes it way too over the top sweet and fakey. I had a hard time choking down half a glass of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2008
This was a liquid Krispy Kreme chocolate glazed donut in a bottle. Black, little brown at edges. Initial nice head fades to a ring. Aroma is chocolate glazed donut, almost shockingly so. Flavor is also glazed chocolate donut. The alcohol gives the suggestion that you might be having a shot of Godiva chocolate liquor alongside your donut. Even has that yeasty quality that KK does. Quite sweet. This is a desert beer for sure. I am not big on beer over ice cream, but this screams beer float. Very well done, but almost too much in the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 11% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington for $8.99 Aroma: So nice, cocoa, chocolate, milk chocolate, sourness, cream, caramel, alcohol. Visuals: beautiful packaging, as usual, utter darkness, like a night in the deep woods, black, opaque, nice tan head, strong lace. Taste: Well balanced, syrupy chocolate, tight bitter finish, warming, strong, delicious. Palate: High quality, smooth texture, warm, bitter finish. Overall: dessert in a bottle. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. Likely my favorite chocolate imperial stout. It turns it to 11. Nicely done once again by Southern Tier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of milk chocolate. Tastes of milk chocolate, vanilla, lactose and ends with a nice hop bitterness. The strongest chocolate taste of any chocolate imperial stout I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, like a candy bar. Flavor is not quite as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe, but still sweeter than most chocolate stouts I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1117) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Wow, instead of smelling like bitter weet/ semi sweet chocolate many imperial stout and chocolate stouts , this brew smells like a hershey bar. The pour is black with a burnt sugar or carmel color head. The taste has hints of oat, but the flavor is primarily... you guessed it chocolat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Black color with a very thin head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate and lactose. The taste starts with a fairly bitter roasted malt taste. The chocolate arrives a bit later, but not nearly in the intensity that a beer actually named "Choklat" would suggest. Even after warming to cellar temperature, the chocolate did not stand out. ST Oat displayed more chocolate character.

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