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RATINGS: 1570   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
I dont think i have gone against the grain with a stout like this before. Poured a very dark brownish black not completely opaque. Had a very small tan head that disapeared quickly which suprised me. The aroma initally was chocolate and roasty but not all that exciting. Later on it turned into really rich chocolate and very sweet. Flavor was sweet, bitter, roasty, and chocolatey but i had something else there i couldnt identify. Palate wasnt all that impressive either. I really wanted to like this one but maybe i just like my chocolate by itself and not in my beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1424) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
The smell is an overpowering aroma of dark chocolate. It pours a thick black, with about a finger of tan head. The taste has a touch of alcohol heat, and dark chocolate. Tastes more like the dark chocolate Godiva liquor then a beer. Very drinkable though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is... dark chocolate. Some notes of maple, hazelnut and dark cherry as well. Flavor, again, is really deep and complex dark chocolate, slight smokiness, rich caramel, hazelnut, vanilla, and a little cherry. Really unique experience, but I think Brooklyn BCS may have a bit more complexity as far as Imperial Chocolate Stouts go. Nonetheless, delicious and exceedingly drinkable. Palate is a little sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades quickly. Smells of chocolate up front but not much else. Tastes like a cooled down hot chocolate with some peppery splashes. This reminds me of a chocolate liquor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Superb aromas of actual chocolate, not chocolate malts or that fake tootsie roll chocolate smell. Pours dark with a moderate tan head. Taste is pure chocolate with hints of vanilla bean in the finish. Medium-heavy bodied and on the sweet side. Alcohol non-existent, cant believe this is 11%, also cannot believe how much aroma and chocolate flavor ST has packed in this beauty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Pours jet black with nice froathy light tan head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is bittersweet dark baking chocolate that is being mixed with milk in some recipe. Flavor is a ton of chocolate and a warming alcohol undertone. Bitter roasted malt finish. Overall, pretty good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (814) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle: pours a dark black with a tan head that really sticks to the edge of the glass, aroma has a lot of chocolate and a little bit of some malt, wow - the taste is a smooth, malty, chocolate flavor, nice dry finish which helps since this has a lot of sweetness up front. An excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle (650ml). Pours a very deep dark ruby, almost black, with a large fluffy light-brown head. Aroma is big-time chocolate, like smelling a rich hot chocolate. Flavour: Whoa, that’s very chocolatey along with some hops and alcohol along for the ride. Pretty boozy in the finish, could probably use some aging to tone that down. Medium to full bodied. Might have been the mood I was in at the time but this was too chocolatey for me, and even though I was sharing the bottle with my wife I still was unable to finish my half of the bottle. Still, for what it is it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 Black in color with a tiny layer of brown head that dissipates quickly. The nose shows off the chocolate in spades along with just a touch of malt balls, burnt caramel and an anise/mineral component. In the mouth the chocolate is again immediately powerful. While chocolate does dominate the nose and mouth, for some reason, it doesn’t quite come off like drinking liquid cocoa. The midpalate is rich but it remains fresh and light on its feet with nice bitterness from the hops on the finish. A drink and dessert all in one, this would be great for a beer float! Even though I’m not a bit chocolate fan this is a really good beer. It also seems as if it would age reasonably well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 on tap at the Sunset in Boston- Pours a deep dark black. one finger chocolate flavored hear, smelled chocolate in the aroma, tasted chocolate in the flavor. Very easy to drink even at 11%. Went down fast and wanted more. Incredibly well done and my favorite chocolate stout. Very well done ST.

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