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RATINGS: 1516   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2640) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2008
22oz Bottle thanks to kmeves. I pulled this Chocolate treat out about the same time I was loading up my kids Easter Basket full of chocolate. This one Pours out a dark brownish red. This baby pours out nice and thick. A nice aroma of chocolate and light hop aroma. Tast full of sweet chocolate. With a nice bitter end. Very nice and thick. One more thing 11% I couldn’t pick it up. WOW Southern Tier is moving up my list. I have not had a brew from them yet that was bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle thanks to goldtwins: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin ring of light tan head. Aroma of rich sweet molten chocolate and some earthy roasted malt. Starts rich and chocolatey with a sweet Tootsie Roll flavor toward a slightly drier, full bittersweet finish. Slightly cloying right now, but should age well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours opaque black with a three-quarter-inch head of beige. Traces of lacework are found on the glass only for a short while. Aromatics are massively chocolaty. Extremely fresh, high cocoa content chocolate. Solid chocolate drizzeled with chocolate syrup and dusted with cocoa powder. The nose finishes with a hint of espresso and dried brownie mix. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and tongue-wrapping. The pallet is laced with a huge amount of dark chocolate, cocoa nubs, fudge-coated coffee beans, and black forest batter. Alcohol is barely warming and barely cuts through the profile. Finishes with ligering dark chocolate syrup, a drying bitterness, and espresso gounds. Wowza. Did I mention chocolate? Absolutely by far the most intense chocolate experience to be found in a beer.

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (4927) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 21, 2008
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy fine to large sized dark brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The strong aroma was all chocolate/cocoa. The thick mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong chocolate/cocoa aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of malt and chocolate/cocoa. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again too sweet and wya too much chocolate for my palate although it smells wonderful.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
An awesome beer that I was lucky to try. Great aroma, chocolate and malts. Taste is hugely chocolatly though a nice roasted malt taste shows through. Ending was of a dark chocolate, ie: slightly bitter with a slight sweetness accented by some malts. I’m a great fan of this beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 21, 2008
22oz bottle.
Well, they sure aren’t kidding about the chocolate, the aroma of which instantly permeates the room once you start pouring. Said pour produces a solid dark-brown with a tight foamy creamy head. A closer inspection of the aroma is still overwhelmingly chocolate, though it has a slight artificial quality to it. Aroma also gives off a good dose of sweet sugary malt. A sip first reveals -- surprise! -- lots of dark chocolate, though the artificial quality that showed up in the aroma is thankfully absent in the flavor. Dry, roasty, slightly bitter grain shows up next, only to be tempered by a welcome dose of sweet caramel-like malt and a dash of vanilla. Alcohol shows up just enough to warm and not enough to overwhelm. Velvety-smooth, thick, creamy and slightly flat palate. Yeah, this is good stuff even if they almost go into overkill with the chocolate. Well worth the praise it has received here and elsewhere.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Overpowering chocholate. This one is almost to the point that I wouldnt call it beer. However, the chocholate is of high quality, and the brew is tasty so it gets good marks. Tastes good and gets you drunk.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAXSON (526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Draft at Capone’s. Deep brown to ebony with a soft, foamy caramel head. Big nose of melted chocolate, and a nutty roastiness. Flavor was alot of rich chocolate, much more than I’ve ever gotten in an imperial stout. Pretty impressive in that regard. Despite these merits, I felt sick and sluggish toward the end of my 9oz. snifter of this. That, to me, is the eternal downfall of most imperial stouts: I just don’t have it in me to finish the blessed thing. There should be a ratings criteria for "drinkability" or "does it make you feel sick" or something to that effect. I suppose those points should be deducted from the overall score if the beer TASTES good but makes you feel sick due to how heavy it is, but I’m just saying.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 22oz. Bottle: Pours the darkest of brown w/ just a wisp of a brown head. A swirl of the glass reveals a small brown head that recedes quickly. Aroma yields mostly roasted malts, milk choc., some dark fruitiness & a slight bit of alcohol. Flavor: Dark roasted malts quickly take a back seat to sweet chocolate fading into a slighty bitter hoppiness towards the end. Smooth brew, nice velvety mouthfeel w/ perfect carbonation. Also gives that nice warming feeling as it travels to the belly. A quick check of the bottle reveals 11%, nary a hint of that in the flavor. I had high expectations for this one & it didn’t disappoint...yum!.............**Draft: This is even better then the bottled version. You can smell the sweet chocolate aroma from across the table, it’s just insane! All the strengths seem amplified on tap. Wow!! AR: 10 App: 5 Flav: 9 Pal: 5 Ov: 17 Tot: 4.6**

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2008
What a delicious brew this one is..its loaded with rich dark chocolate taste, a velvety mouthfeel, wonderful aroma and enough alcohol to make you wet your britches if you aint careful.....I loved it..


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