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RATINGS: 1584   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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“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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with translucent brown edges. The head is tan and creates good lacing, but is minimal and quickly diminishing. The brew seems a bit viscous as it creates a nice coating as you swirl it. Aroma... wow... that is a lot of creamy chocolate. There are some caramel notes and some subtle molasses. But the chocolate is extremely dominant. As the brew hits the tongue, bitter cocoa is the initial flavour. Not much else to say about the flavour other than cocoa. As the brew passes the tongue, bitterness becomes even more apparent. The sweeter notes of the chocolate come out as well. Some very subtle smoked qualities hide in the background creating a really nice touch to the finish. However, the bitterness becomes a little overpowering over the chocolate. While I do generally like bitter beers, I would enjoy this one more if the bitterness was a little more balanced with the rest of the flavours. A little noticeable alcohol does slip through the flavours, which doesn’t entirely mix well with the chocolate. There just seems to be a lot of inharmonic, conflicting flavours. This brew, overall, is tasty, but there are a a lot of nuances that are hindering me from saying, "this brew is great!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2008
22oz bottle, pour is a super dark with slight off white/brown head minimal.. nose is pure syrup and chocolate.. like hersheys in a glass... Tastes just like it smells delicious with some roasty backbone present too... this is great, but difficult to finish a 22oz by myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tessic (917) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
This stout poured a velvety black colour with a nice creamy brown head. To the nose there are scents of cocoa, oatmeal, cherries and cream. First taste was very creamy with roasted flavours of chocolate with a slightly bitter finish. Palate is bitter with slight cherry flavour. Very rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy tpd975. Pours black with a large tan head that leaves good lacing. Strong aroma of chocolate brownies, not much else but who cares, it smells like brownies. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness from the chocolate and the smoothest alcohol ever. Damn Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Bomber. Pours midnight black with a deep tan head. The aroma is sweet with a big time chocolate note. The flavor is much the same; thick and rich, malty, chocolatey. Simply awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bomber courtesy of NYbeer. Pours a deep, clear dark brown with a one finger tan head and delicate lacing. Nose – wow – chocolate milk and fresh brownies! Palate is cocoa, dark chocolate milk and just a touch of hops in the finish. Creamy mouth feel. A really unique stout – not something I would session, but a great night cap brew. Thanks for the great extra Steven!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle. Smells entirely and exactly like chocolate milk. Pours black with ruby tints and a thin cream-colored head. Thin but smooth with loads of chocolate. It lacks in complexity, and is kind of hard to judge outside of what it is intended to be. Definitely enjoyable, but probably only in small doses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Dark color. Smell of chocolate, hops, malt, caramel, minor nuts and chocolate cake. Taste of chocolate, caramel, hops, malt, cake batter, alcohol, toffee and some nuttiness at the end. Very good!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ccoburn (22) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Pours black with a tan head. Normal imperial stout appearance. The aroma is just like a cardboard can of nestle chocolate milk mix. Can’t pull anything out of it other than that. Maybe if it was the dark chocolate version which to the best of my knowledge, does not exist. By now the head died from a quarter inch to a slim film on the brew. Taste... wow. Not as much of a beer as it is a dark chocolate powder and water mix. Is this really 11 percent abv? I’m getting zero alcohol out of this beer. Brilliant. Just Brilliant. This is insane. Hence the spelling of the name. I now regret only getting one bottle of this from out of state. If i had only known, I would have bought more to show my friends that are non-believers. I can’t believe what I have here. I wouldn’t say this is the best Imperial Stout ever, but there is another category for it, and this puts a new standard for them all. Of all of the Southern Tier brews, this is their masterpiece by far. The rating needs to be one more point above 99. This is just magic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Bomber. This one pours basically black with a dark tan head. Aroma is, well, chocolate. Very dark chocolate to be precise, with a touch of sweetness and an undertone of alcohol. It tastes a little like a mocha with the heavy chocolate and a touch of espresso on the backside. Really really tasty.

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