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RATINGS: 1629   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Sweet sweet aroma. Smells like I just opened a bottle of chocolate syrup and stuck my nose in. Very malt, and maybe a hint of fruit. Dark brown nearly black color. Extremely sweet chocolate flavor, sweet on the start and a nice dark chocolate bitter finish. Very full bodied and thick as can be. There are some notes of alcohol in the finish, but not enough to make it unpleasant, and after all, it is 11% so I can forgive. This is a dessert beer through and through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
taste from 22oz bottle thanks to after4ever(or maybe Colin?). Almost perfect aroma of pure, high quality chocolate. Wow. Tons of bitter chocolate flavor in the taste. A little fruity. Reminded me of chocolate sauce after being mixed with a little bit of cherry juice in an ice cream sundae. But, a 1oz sample is more than enough to say "wow, cool" and then move on. Interesting, but not very approachable and wish they had accomplished that type of chocolate flavor with a less intense beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de chocolat assez sucré (poudre Quick), moyen de chocolat noir, léger de chocolat au lait, de malt rôti, de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillée) et d’alcool doux ainsi que des notes de noix et de vanille. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, crémeuse et aux petites notes sirupeuses. Goût de chocolat au lait (légèrement lactique) avec des notes de crème brûlée et de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût moyennement amer de malt rôti (petites notes brûlées), d’un mélange de chocolat assez sucré (rappelant les barres de chocolat industrielles) et noir avec des notes de caramel sucré. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger-moyen goût d’alcool un peu réchauffant présent jusqu’en finale où on note également la présence de houblon herbeux (herbes humides) ainsi que des notes de noix asséchantes et des traces de café. Post-goût long et un peu sec, moyennement amer de chocolat noir, de rôti (notes brûlées), léger de chocolat au lait, d’alcool, de noix et de houblon herbeux avec des traces de café.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
22. Thanks, Colin! Pours black. Headless, laceless (after a few seconds). Gargantuan chocolate nose; just ridiculous. Starts off like rich dark belgian chocolate--ya know, the antioxidant kind. As it warms it gets more into tootie roll/milk chocolate territory. Creamy body, like chocolate milk. Everything about this beer is decadent and overwhelming. 6 of us split it and everyone at some point uttered some variant of "tooooo much." But at the same time everyone enjoyed it. A little hot and twangy at the end. It would be shocking if it weren’t at this abv. Great stuff. For now and then.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma just screaming with chocolate - lots of cocoa and dark chocolate notes accompanied by some notes of vanilla and light roastiness. Flavor is also heavily chocolatey, with some roasted nut flavors, moderate hop bitterness in the finish, along with coffe and bittersweet chocolate. This one is for chocolate lovers.

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