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RATINGS: 1604   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 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bomber, thanks to beastiefan2k. Split with NachlamSie. Pours an orangeish black, with small tan head. The aroma is, well, straight up chocolate. There is a slight hint of alcohol in there, but it’s pretty much sweet chocolate all the way. The flavor is much the same way. Straight up chocolate bar right off the bat. There are a few hints in there that remind me of beer... just a touch of espresso, some alcohol, some malty sugar. But pretty much chocolate all around. Ok. I would typically criticize something that completely drowns out the beer elements with additives. But the label is a picture of a giant chocolate bar. This is clearly what they are going for, and honestly, it’s way more drinkable than I thought it would be. The alcohol is very well masked, and the chocolate flavor is pure. I have to give this a huge score, because as far as a chocolate imperial stout goes, this is well done indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Poured jet black with little to no head. Chocolate to the nose. Thick/viscus and finishes wonderful. Chocolate and a crem brule taste. Loved this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle. Bark brownish/black pour with generous tan head. Chocolatey/ ropast/ hoppy aroma. Full body malty smokey, chocolately deliciouisness in a bottle. I loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
This 22oz bottle poured out black with a small tan head.Woooooo.... that is some aroma of chocolate and mocha.It tastes of chocolate...duh.. and more chocolate,Shared the bottle,but it would definetly be hard to finish by oneself.It is good stuff and worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
pours a black with light caramel head. sweet tootsie roll mocha aroma. dry front with milky palate and very similiar to a tootsie roll with a slight bitter finish. dark chocolate presence and refinement, not sugary sweet but naturally sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Wow, if there is a more choclatey beer out there I would be surprised. Huge chocolate aroma and flavor, unbalanced because it is all chocolate, but I love that. Well hidden 11% too. Bonus points for the chocolate tasting like real quality chocolate not the chemical cocoa puffs flavor I get in so many chocolate stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (354) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 I just recently had this again but in a growler from holiday beverage. Poured nice and dark. I paired it with Costco brownies. They tasted almost identical. I don’t know how you can go wrong with this one. It is a dessert and a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours black with a thin tan head. Chocolate stunk up my whole room when I opened it, girlfriend could smell it 10 foot away. Flavor is dominated by chocolates. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, all of it. You can taste a bit of malt and alcohol as well. Chocolate stays huge in the finish. Alcohol is noticed but it’s nice to have something distract from the flavor. Very interesting and one dimensional. A full bomber of this was a chore, but a delicious one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a very small light head. Aroma of chocolate. Taste of lots of chocolate (particularly tootsie roll chocolate), some roast in the aftertaste. If you like chocolate, you will love this beer. Even better, eat some chocolate with this beer and you will really be in heaven. This is good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2008
22 oz bottle

If the Jah-va Stout is fair about its contents this one advertises in capital letters the size of the Hollywood sign. Be prepared for one of the most chocolately beers you’ll run across when you crack this. I found this pleasurably though it might wear on the palate if you had to finish off more than a single bomber in short order. Hopefully this one will reappear in the future.

Aroma / Appearance - The cohesive lacing clung to the sides of my snifter as the minimal head immediately receded into a deep black fluid base. The nose is strong dark bakers chocolate blended with coffee grounds, anise and plums. In some ways it reminds me of a mug of genuine hot chocolate (not the powdered form you get at the grocery store or a coffee shop). Malty bittersweetness forms a solid foundation. This is not the most complex imperial stout but it gets its point across.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is almost suffocating in its density. Packed inside is vanilla, hazel, whipped cream and fresh hot chocolate (again not the powdered form but the real thing). It doesn’t change much over time. Even the finish has a dry maltiness to it that reminds me of a chocolate milkshake. It’s one of the more distinct imperial stouts out there.

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