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RATINGS: 1519   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


3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (4055) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
On tap at the Bocktown, thanks Chris! Red tinge on an otherwise coal black beer. Big creamy choco mousse head that fades. What a real chocolate aroma, more so than any other so called chocolate beer I’ve ever smelled. Reminds me of chocolate milk or chocolate salt water taffy. Taste is certainly imp stout with it’s high alky rating but it comes off chocolate and pleasant before the bitter impy character can stand up and shout. A truly creamy chocolate experience. I despise imp stout but this is certainly one of the best I’ve ever had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdedone (2625) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours jet black with a small tan head and has nice lacing. Heavenly aroma of sweet dark chocolate, light roasted malts, caramel and a hint of coffee. Rich and velvety smooth flavor of many different and complex chocolates with light notes of roast, vanilla, molasses and a hint of smokiness. Full bodied with a dry finish. A very well balanced complex stout. AWESOME

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Pours a nearly opaque black. The aroma is as clear and focused as the name implies. Full on chocolate, coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate milk, Hershey’s syrup. Wow. The flavor is a continuation, I have never had this much chocolate flavor in a beer, this is an amazing creation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2008
22oz Bomber - Trade - jmikolich
Aroma – Huge Chocolate aroma, the beer had dark aromas spewing from it.
Appearance – Dark black color, thin head, clear as mud can get.
Flavor – Huge flavor. This was the beer for the week for me. It was super huge with Chocolate and coffee flavors. This beer gave off so much flavor it was rich beyond its life. HUGE Flavor.
Palate – AWSOME Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – This was a beer of beers for most. This was so rich with flavor it was almost too much. The deep chocolate flavor was great I loved the beer it will and can be my Valentines every year. If you like Chocolate this is your beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2008
22 oz. bottle, no head to speak of, dark as night color, big roasted chocolate flavor, some leather in there, this reminds me of a big chocolate cake

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bomber. Poured translucent, deep coppery-brown with a short cap of tan head. The aroma was like dessert in a glass.. rich, fluffy chocolate cake, cocoa, and a Hershey’s bar all blended together.. light tannin undertones.. decadent! The flavor was good, but didn’t hold up to the nose.. rich chocolate at the base, with light almost lactic sourness and heavier alcohol presence around.. a touch too sharp at the back.. vanilla creeps in toward the back, giving an enjoyable complement to the chocolate. Heavier-bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation.. great chocolate syrupy foray, but a tad rough on the back-end. All in all a very good brew!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Bottle@Dr.Bills. Dark redish pour with minimal head. Chocolate, sweet..creamy....like chocolate milk....only it’s better cause it’s beer. By far the best chocolate beer I’ve ever had....cheers goldtwins.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
bottle. pours an opaque black with a moderate light brown head that isn’t going anywhere. initial smell is--you guessed it--chocolate. deep rich cocoa with little black cherry notes dancing on the perimeter, a bit of oak, all with a slightly burnt brownie crust. more deep cocoa flavor, but this time with a lot more roasted malt notes, reminding you that this is indeed an imperial stout, and not some strange chocolate milk concoction. notes of coffee, dark fruit (cherries, grapes), a bit more oak, and even some hoppy notes taking a floral and earthy turn. big bitter kick on the palate, which i regard as absolutely essential, this beer being so rich and chocolaty. light sweetness here and there, but it’s a lingering pleasant bitter tingle that stands out. very slight warming; the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. thick silky feel, not a ton of carbonation, but enough to let you know it’s there. i know this is a gimmick beer, but it’s damned near perfect for what it is. it’s also a very solid imperial stout. it’s so rich that you think a sip will be enough, but the finish prevents it from ever being cloying. i am very much impressed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Tap @ TJ’s Paoli. Aroma of bitter European dark chocolate (the good stuff). Very chocolately flavor with some spice. Nice sipper. Alcohol was omnipresent but not too distracting. Into full bodied. Plenty of bitterness, not too sweet. I prefer the flavors of roasted malts and hops over chocolate but this was interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bomber->snifter @ circa 45-50 degrees F. Pours a creamy head that is light brown that gives some lacing, but both dissipate quickly on top of a black body. The aroma is caramel and coco (not so much sweet like chocolate, more unsweetened) with a heavy alcohol aroma and perhaps some resin aroma. The duration of the flavor is long, it is lightly sweet and bitter. On the palate, the body is medium, texture is creamy, and has a soft bit of carbonation with a chalky and bitter aftertaste. All-in-all, a very good beer, but it’s a bit on the expensive side--perhaps a few dollars per bomber more than it should be.


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