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RATINGS: 1652   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5361) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3310) - 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.

4.6
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Compared with Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. This is much better. Aroma is chocolate with notes of caramel and vanilla. Pour is dark dark brown with a thick tan head that fades a little. Flavor is milk chocolate, dark chocolate and aftertones of toasted nuts and vanilla. Palate is on the sweet side but balanced pretty well. Thick and chewy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head, huge lacing and head retention. The aroma is brownie batter and tootsie rolls. So chocolately. So good. Slight alcohol notes in the aroma as well. taste is chocolate milk, brownie batter and understated hops. Balanced almost perfectly, silky mouthfeel and full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2008
Pours inky black, frothy head. Nose- waves of chocolate, mix of mikly powdered chocolate smell and minor roasty notes. Taste- chocolate velvet, not in sickeningly sweet way either; chocolate is very present in a creamy choco shake kind of way. some caramel and vanilla- crazy drinkable for 11%! Mouthfeel is good- not too heavy and carbonation is mild. 1000% better than its creme brule cousin

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2283) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Single minded aroma of chocolate milk, with a hint of booze. A bit more complex in the mouth with some chewy malts and vanilla providing some secondary notes to the huge sweet chocolate flavor. Medium bodied and quite sweet without being overly cloying. Hides its alcohol well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2008
(Bottle) Pours beautiful dark brown with a hazy red glow. Liquid chocolate aroma. Very creamy, full and aromatic. Both milky and bitter. A gentle malt roast backing the chocolate tones perfect. Sweetish hints of candy banana, toasted nuts and vanilla. Well-hidden alcohol but some warming notes are present. The flavour is fat chocolaty with a gentle finish of vanilla, mild hops, toasted nuts and slim roasted malt. The mouthfeel is round, light oily, light silky and soft sticky with soft carbonation. The finish is a bit harder with a light bitterness. Lingering chocolate aftertaste. Near full-bodied. Complex: no. Yummy: yes!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Getting notebook online. Bottle! Pours a velvety black, not much head. Aromas are coco and malt. Flavors are delicious dark and bittersweet chocolates melted down and put in a bottle!! Delicious!! Mouthfeel is lighter then you would expected! Great beer that I must find again!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle, from Jimbo. Deep dark rich color. Smelled like chocolate, tasted like chocolate. Go figure. Pretty decent, although it didn’t really blow me away. But, i’m not exactly a Chocolate fan either. I will say that they did a damn good job of hiding the alcohol.


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