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RATINGS: 1596   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
“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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
22 oz bottle @Vero Beach Throwdown-pours with no head and black color. Aroma is Hershey syrup. Taste is semi bitter Hershey syrup, some hops bite. OK carbonation. Interesting, occasional. Thanks beerlando for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle sampled. Pours black with a small solid tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate. The flavor is smooth, alcohol well masked, chocolate, nice body with good mouthfeel. Grew brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 This was my last beer on my NYC trip and one I had high hopes for...... I was ultimately disappointed. Pours close to black with a deep brown hue when held to the light and has a rich tan head. The aroma is delicious with semi-dark chocolate, cream and very roasted malt ~ everything is very smooth, rich and wonderful. Medium / full body with some bite on the finish and moderate carbonation. The taste starts with bitter chocolate, some char, spice a lot of alcohol heat and some metallicness. The finish is sour with even more alcohol prevalent. There is a lingering taste in the mouth of sucking on a penny. I guess you can’t be impressed with everything that is highly rated that most people see to love. (8/4/6/3/14/14 -3.5)
Rerate notes ~ original notes for aroma and appearance still stand, but, wow, everything else goes up. Medium / thick lush body with fairly soft carbonation. Taste has a balance between milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char and lots of cream. abv is very very subdued for 11%. Finish gets a bit more sharp, but is still flavorful as can be. The bottle I rated was at least five months old and I don’t know the condition it was kept at the store. This one is within a week of coming to my fair city & I’m glad I got to try this the way it should be. Thumbs way up for this tasty as can be impy stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (17646) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 Bottle at home thanks to Dough77 for this Wow what a nose Chocolate CHocolate Chocolate Awsome Possible the Best smelling beer ive ever inhaled My Aroma goes up to 11, no make that 12, but ive ahd to add the extra 2 points to Overall as no matter how i try the aroma box just wont let me enter 12... F... Me The Flavour follows... More and More Chocolate ... Some Chocolate up front ... Lots of Choclate in linger ... Nice Chocolate base ... little sweet with loads of chocolate... Its Lovely but in the final analysis its a bit 1D all be it a lovely chocolate 1D Tk2 .... f.... me again. i still think aroma needs to go up to 12. flavour is still lovly chocolate but maybe having tried more it not quite as up there as i first thought... amazingly chocolaty.

Bottle at home (aged bottle)... deep black .. thin tan head ... huge chocolate ... dark roast ... light coffee nose... fucking gorgeous ... deep soft chocolate roast ... mellow roast ... but huge huge drinking chocolate ... very good quality chocolate ... im going to say 4.5 again. great

bottle at home ... nov 2014 ... dark black ,.. thin tan head ,, soft roast ... dark chocolate ... dark malts //.... soft vanilla ... soft sweet woody roast ..dark malts .heavy malts ... heavy roast ... sweet roast ... soft chocolate .. some mellow roast ... big vanilla ... soft chocolate ... 4.3

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 Wow. It pours pitch black, dark and very opaque. Only tiny little bubbles are visible near the sides of the glass. A tan foamy head is formed by these tiny bubbles. The head slowly recedes as I drink, leaving nice lace patterns on the glass. The aroma catches the nose as it is poured. It is strong and full of dark and milk chocolate. The flavor is a bitter sweet chocolate with complementary chocolate and caramel malts. The hops add there own bitter complexity and play off the dark chocolate wonderfully. The palate is medium to full bodied, slick on the tongue and a little bit oily. This is an outstanding and decadent imperial stout that has a well hidden 11% abv that can sneak up on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2307) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Been holding on to this one, but now that I see ST has made it to the Twin Cities, I need hold on to it no more. Literally smells like chocolate milk. Don’t smell the alcohol. Black body, Tan head, thin, large bubble. Very chocolaty. Tastes like it smells, but this time you can detect the alcohol. You should at 11%, but it doesn’t taste that strong. I’m hoping this brew’s not going to keep me up all night. Probably not the best beer to pair with a steak. This brew is definitely a specialty beer for a special occasion. Could work as a dessert beer, perhaps as the dessert itself. Would also be great for a true chocolate lover. Very good. Who thought alcoholic chocolate milk could be so good. I bet my kids would love this! A bomber is a lot of beer to drink with a chocolate monster like this! You could probably top this with whipped cream and call it dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Pours deep black with ruby edges with a one finger mocha head that didn’t linger too long. Lacing is minimal and this is pretty standard looking as stouts go. Whoa! This smells like a big glass of chocolate milk. You can make out the slightest sweet malt aroma and a bit of an alcohol nose tingling. But, honestly, it’s all about the chocolate. Initial taste is the chocolate, milk, dark, and any other chocolate you can imagine. However, there is a big malt and dark fruit presence that follows the sweetness and gives way to a pleasant hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Chocolate is still the dominant player in the taste, but there is quite a bit of balance. Super thick mouthfeel that leaves the chocolate malt coating the mouth completely. This is an excellent Impy Stout and definitely the top chocolate stout I’ve tried to date. If you like chocolate sweetness in your stouts, this is damn near nirvana!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoutdrnkr (2) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2008 does not count
Open this one up and take a long smell. You will think hershy bar right away. The flavor takes over your palet and the finish is amazing. You will notice the intense dark color of this stout and the minimal brown head that sticks to the glass. With the fullness of the body you will almost believe you are drinking liquid chocolate!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5223) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of pure black chocolate is dominating but is so enjoyable at the same time. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate from Belgium or Switzerland with some sweetness reminiscent of lactose. Full creamy body with a somewhat oily texture, almost like liquid chocolate, with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is surprising considering the ABV of 11%. This beer is one of my new guilty pleasures.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at Chris_O’s Ha Ha Ha Ha Gimme the Cheese Tasting.
What a cracker! Choklat brown colour with a very good tan head. Aroma is like opening a tin of Cadbury’s Drinking Powder and breaking the seal for the first time. It smells EXACTLY like it. Something very comforting and reminiscent about it. It’s certainly glorious. Flavour, damn this is good stuff. Beautiful American style chocolate. Hershey’s pretty much. So little beer character in it but I’m really loving it. It’s way over the top and I’m certain I couldn’t drink a full bottle of it but DAMN it’s good. Utterly adorable chocolate with a nice bitterness on the finish. Very sweet, very thick, close to cloying but sick as f**k and I love it. Perverse but excellent.

Oh yeah, where the motherfunk is the 11%??? It’s just not there at all...

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