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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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 WOW! Very near perfection. I didnt think I would rate another impy this high, but this beer is a class all its own. This is like alcoholic Hershey’s Syrup. Aroma was perfect. Strong dark chocolate. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown/black with a one finger tan frothy head. Taste was all chocolate. Not much else here. Thick deep dark chocolate. Could use more carbonation but that’s OK. I gotta pick up some more bottles before its gone again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a rich dark brown with decent tan head. Smells very sweet. HUGE chocolate flavor - actually too huge. Nothing subtle about this beer. One glass limit on this one - I appreciate the effort but other ST beers are better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 I love imperial stout as much as the next man, but this was simply too much sweetness for me. Pours a muddy chocolate bar brown with no head. An aromatic and flavor assault of bitter-sweet chocolate. A hint of vanilla in the nose and some malt in the taste. No hop presense to speak of. Too much chocolate sweetness because it is absolutely overpowering and the 11% abv does nothing to nullify it. It sticks to your mouth like a thick stout should. I could only drink about 6 oz of the stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1474) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of molasses, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, and a little alcohol. Flavor is strong of dark, bitter chocolate, molasses, caramel and roasted malts. Slight warming on the finish but not too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours a nice dark and rich brown with a nice tan head. Smells sweet, like chocolate cake. Taste starts off very sweet, almost like eating a melted chocolate bar, with a very faint touch of malt and hops underneath. Finishes bitter dark chocolate. This one leaves a sticky film on your mouth, rich and very thick. Overall very good beer, but maybe a little too sweet for me. Very drinkable for 11% though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maddog (502) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Clingman. Look, I love dark chocolate, and I love beer, but in an Imperial Stout, a hint of chocolate is all I need. This beer is impressive in every way, but the presence of chocolate is just too much. I am impressed with ST and their Blackwater Series, but Choklat is more chocolate than beer. Even its 11% body cannot stand up to this assault of sweetness. Just because a beer is big and expensive, doen’t mean it is beyond reproach. Lord knows I can appreciate a huge stout, but for my money, this one is just too sickly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thegreenrooster (3852) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Pour is a dark black with a small tan head. Aroma is super sweet chocolate like the best hot cocoa you have ever had in your life. Flavor is is again a super rich chocolate with maybe some roasted nuts toward the end. Very tasty and dangerously drinkable even at 11%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5318) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Aged 1 year. Pours deep black with mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to hug rim. Dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla aromas. Tingly cocoa upfront with rich chocolate liqueur and espresso in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 Bottle: Pours a thick, dark brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma is massive of chocolate. Just like sticking your face in a bottle of Hersheys! Flavor is another smattering of chocolate with some roasted malt. This isn’t a regular dark chocolate, but a sweet and creamy milk chocolate. **Re-rate, 2013 bottle: Awesome, rich milk chocolate nose just like I remember from the first experience, but the flavor has changed... more roast, even some ash, bittersweet cocoa. Less of the intense chocolate sweetness than before. A good stout, but not as good as I remember from ’08.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a very thin layer of tan foam that disappears almost instantly. Aroma is a huge amount of cocoa and cream. Smells like a chocolate milkshake. Not much alcohol apparent. Rich and flavorful chocolate and cocoa flavors begin as you drink and roll around the tongue with a mixture of cream and some dark roasted malts. Some coffee bitterness comes through near the end and leaves a lightly bittersweet chocolate flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden. Thick and creamy and absolutely delicious.

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