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RATINGS: 1653   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
“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 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 (3271) - Richelieu, 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 (7608) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
*loved it would buy it* aroma: deep rich dark chocolate. some sweet malts and classy booze. app: black. Flavor: just the like the seed from the loins of willy wonka himself! great chocolate. very nice. very 1D though. I would have balanced it with a hint of smoke. but great. palate: fine OA: shameful childhood memories mixed with great rich chocolate! amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2008
22 oz. Bottle. General appearance of the beer is rich brown/black with a fairly thin tan head. Snifter really accentuates the potent cocoa and chocolate aroma. Not much else in the nose, but lots of fairly sweet scented chocolate. First touch on the tongue is also heavily chocolate flavored although not too sweet, definitely more of a bitter or semisweet chocolate character. The chocolate is followed up by some intense doses of hop bitterness. Almost to the point where it seems a bit harsh for a beer designed to accentuate and display the flavors of chocolate. Flavor also shows some burnt malt character. Mouthfeel is medium thick with a soft but persistent carbonation that is just about right for this style. Finish is short and perhaps a bit too bitter. Chocolate character is all upfront in this one with more traditional imperial stout characters dominating on the back half. At 11% the alcohol is amazingly well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2008
Pours a typical imperial stout black with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate...taste of milk-chocolate, with a creamy mouthfeel. I found the chocolate to be more of the milk-chocolate variety and it didn’t balance very nicely imho...I’ll stick with their Java stout instead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Poured black with a nice thick head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and chocolate milk. Rich and thick flavor of chocolate malts and roast. Its all about the chocolate here! Good beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2008
These guys do not play when it comes to throwing in adjuncts. Geez. Soooo much chocolate. Bittersweet chocolates on the nose with an undercurrent of some hops. Flavor is nicely complex. Woody and charry. Of course there’s chocolate. Nice full mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Good beer, but I feel the overdoing of chocolate is just a little too much here, but it still very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Wow, I’ve never drank a fudge brownie before. Not much else to say. Really tasty. Don’t want it too often, but when I do have it, It’ll be delicious. It is a little chalky (not bad), as crowderm stated.

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