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RATINGS: 1503   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Wow did someone say Chocolate.Lots of chocolate on the nose with it finding its way in the flavor.Kind of bittersweet with a small bitter finish.Thanx to Miketd for this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle shared by my buddy Odeed who got it from Archer Liquors! Nose of sweet milk chocolate; more pure chocolate than any impy I’ve had! No bourbon! Balck with brown edges and a ring of bubbles; Flavor of bittersweet chocolate and nothing other than chcolate except for some bittering hops which lasted to a nice finish!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
black body with just a bit of brown showing through when the snifter glass is held up to light.i got a small brown head from the pour that fades very fast.as i was pouring the beer i could already smell the chocolate.nose is a wonderful mix of fudge,powdered cocoa,chocolate malt,roasted malt,chocolate milk shake,and a tiny alcohol burn.the flavor comes on in waves.first i get roasted malt and alcohol.second comes marshmallows and fudge.then i get the chocolate milk shake from the aroma.the alcohol is a little present all the way through the flavor i must say.this is super smooth yet complex,and i bet 6 months to a year would tame the alcohol and make it outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Draft at Gingerman. Dark brown / black pour with an off-white head. Aroma is cocoa powder / chocolate milk. The flavor is initially sweet from the cocoa powder and then the sweetness yields to some liquor / alcohol maltiness. Good and enjoyable to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3268) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2008
On tap at the Ginger Man. Poured a nice dark brown/black. Aroma was fantastic; about as good as they come. Tasted like rich, chocolate powder; Nesquik. Flavor was almost as good; a nice blend of various types of chocolate; milk, semisweet and bitter. Mouthfeel was pretty solid; smooth on the palate. Just a fantastic beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2008
22 oz bomber from Sam’s Wine and Spirits. Pours a dark black with a soapy brown ring of a head. This is a really distinct nose, it reminds me of my childhood and it takes a minute of talking to devon to figure it out. Neslte quick powder, hershey’s chocolate syrup and brownies. Specifically its the nestle quick that is bringing back memories of my parents kitchen. Burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, chocolate chips from the bag. Sweet. Too sweet with this harsh finish of hershey’s syrup finish like you’re drinking it straight from the squeezable bottle. Chocolate indulgence was more sweet this has lots of dark chocolate in it, but along the same lines. Alcohol is no where to be found in this hershey’s syrup. Interesting, but nothing I really want to drink again.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
popdoggy (100) - USA - JAN 17, 2008
Yum. Aroma: bittersweet choclate with hints of caramel. Taste: Bittersweet chocklate with some malt. Appearance: total black with minimal head. Mouthfeel: you want this in your mouth...that is what she said. I need more of this.now.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxxDaddy (392) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Bottle for my birthday. Pours stout black with decent tan head. Looks like I’m going to be in the substantial minority here and say I wasn’t thrilled with this one. Here it goes anyway. Aroma of powdered chocolate primarily. Couldn’t dig out much else here. Taste was more of the same, very milk chocolatey along with the powdered cocoa. The heft of this one was masked well I’d say. Decently thick palate with a big chocolate aftertaste. I wouldn’t mind trying this again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pitch black, creamy tan head. Rich warm milk chocolate nose rests on deep rooted vanilla cream and dusty earthy cocoa-like tones. Intense bittersweet chocolate flavors are textured over notes of toasted vanilla bean nougat and hints of mild roasted coffee. A soft hop kick rounds this out to near perfection. Full bodied and smooth from start to finish allows me to finish the 22oz without help. A great dessert sipper that truly is a chocolate lover’s beer…

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Wow, 2 ratings of 4.8 in one rating session. i think that is a first for me. At any rate, the bottle is from Capone’s. The pour is deep blackish with 1-finger of rather dark brown head and excellent clingy lacing. The aroma is huge and wonderful, big dark chocolate and chocolate syrup, dark roasty malt, slight coffee, some ovaltine, and some peaty earthy notes. The palate is rich, very complex, and suitably hefty for a beer this big. The flavors are roasty patent malt, huge chocolate syrup, making the beer somewhat sweet, a mild figgy fruity flavor, plus some late nuts and cacao powder. The well hidden alcohol gets a tiny bit hot late, with a resiny hop element that steps up and asserts itself late. This beer is just outstanding.


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