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RATINGS: 1653   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
ďthe ancients called it Ďfood for the godsíď 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, weíre 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2008
Big bottle. Thick light brown head on black. Huge intoxicating dry chocolate cake liquor aroma. Each sip is an expensive dry 75%-90% unsweetened chocolate piece. An amazing beer but not one that you would drink on a daily basis or even pint afte pint on one night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2008
The truth is that I really wanted to like this beer, but in the back of my mind I knew that I wouldnít. And... I didnít, really. I guess I kind of did. Nearly black pour and barely any carbonation to speak of. Nose of chocolate milk, malt (in the sense of Whoppers), cheap Easter candy, Hersheyís chocolate syrup, and some decent fruit (cherries? orange Russell Stoverís nougat?). Maybe a little nuttiness. More sweet fudginess on the tongue. Much more sweet to me than the other reviews indicate, perhaps because I had a very bitter De Dolle Export Stout beforehand. Nice aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden, but certainly felt. Overall, feels a bit one-note as the chocolate hits you over the head, but hey, I guess thatís the point. Growing on me a little as I drink more, but thatís probably just the buzz. Canít really imagine drinking this again, but if chocolate is your thing, this is your beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11610) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. This brew is a glossy black color with a thick and foamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Rings of lacing. The aroma is chocolatey with light roasted malt and vanilla in the background. Rich body with a nice dark choclate character, as well as some cocoa, malt and hops. Alcohol is well-masked throughout. The finish is chocolate and roasted nuts. Chocolate beers, like Fruit and Smoked beers, walk a fine line with me as far as going overboard. This beer is wonderfully balanced and enjoyable throughout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Wow, Iíve tasted chocolate in my stouts before, Iíve even tasted chocolate in belgian strong ales before, but this was the first beer Iíve ever had that tasted entirely like a food and not that of a beer. It actually tastes like pure chocolate milk, in an absolutely ridiculously fashion. The 11% abv is totally absent, and I didnít really like that because the flavor in this beer is so overwhelmingly strong that I really needed a strong oomph to churn and burn the flavors in my mouth but the alcohol just isnít there to help thin out this super heavy beer. There were a number of things I didnít like about this beer, mostly how foody it is by the way it tastes exactly like chocolate syrup, but it still accomplishes what it aims for remarkably well so Iíll give a nice rating. This beer is truly an experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Had to pour from about 10 inches to get any kind of a head on this brew. And then it was only about a quater of an inch. Brown in color and consists of small bubbles. WOW, distinct chocolate aroma. Maybe the most distinct that I have ever had before. Loads of milk chocolate, rich toffee and some roasted grains. Smells just like hershey syrup. Color is essentially black with some brown around the edges. Super smooth and creamy flavor. Loads of chocolate in there again. Not just a hint of chocolate but a whole friggin hershey bar! Vewy sweet and silky smooth. You have to really like chocolate to enjoy this brew. Fiishes sweet and syrupy. Really over the top chocolate stout. Hides its alcohol really well. I am sure this is going to f me up later!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Strong chocolate aromas and fudge. Deep dark black color. Strong chocolate flavors. Bitter acidic, middle with a light saltiness. Mild light palate with strong carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutch23mp (314) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Wonderful stout, full of flavor and as it name satessouthern tier choklat a great blend aroma ispowerful and there is no doubt or. great job on this brew the high ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Black appearance small tan head. Aroma is of milk chocolate. Taste like Hersey syrup. Hard to believe this is 11%. Extra rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2611) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2008
22 ounce bottle split in pint glass. Black with lasting brown head and lotsa lace. Cark chocolate syrup aroma. Cark chocolate flavor with roasted coffee and some hoppy grassyness. Bittersweet chocolate finish. Full body, medium carb. An excellent desert, if slightly one-dimensional. No alcohol presence.

   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 doesnít 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!"

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