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RATINGS: 1533   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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ďthe ancients called it Ďfood for the godsíď 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, weíre 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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1799) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Opaque brown / black with a thin tan head. Aroma is very undeniably chocolate, and quite unlike typical chocolate malt. Taste is same and richly so. Taste is smooth, and alcohol is barely apparent. Pleasant and subtle carbonation. $9/22oz

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bomber. Yep, thatís chocolate. Aroma reminiscent of genache or fudge brownies. Mostly chocolate in the flavor, almost overwhelmingly so. Godiva-like liqueur edge from the alcohol. Otherwise slightly charred roast malts poking up from underneath the chocolate. Enjoyable for sure, but the excessive chocolate just makes this seem clumsy and gimmicky.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2007
22 ounce bottle shared by Mike. Poured opaque black with a brown head. The aroma was like chocolate liquor with some peppermint patty. Think the chocolate came off very extract-ish in the flavor. I was still good, but it was just that one note. Medium/full body. Medium carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Syrupy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Deep opaque brown body, reddish highlights at the edges. Medium cream head. Aroma of cocoa puffs and wafer chocolate, potent. Intense chocolate body, more cocoa puffs than anything else. A persistent roasted bitterness and warming alcohol permeate the massive chocolate thrust. Somewhat cloying, with a somewhat unpleasant lingering finish. My least favorite of the three imperial stouts in the series to date.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Pours black with a coffee ice cream colored tan head. Aroma, chocolate, sweet, smells like nesquick. Flavor, chocolate milk, very sweet and rich, has a dry milky finish. MORE OVALTINE PLEASE!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (689) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
I love my IPS and this was a tasty and chocolaty sount with small head but nice and smooth and creamyCHEERS!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2937) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Hogtown Harry. Rating 2000. Ok, this one works for #2000 for a number of reasons. 1, Chocolate stouts are my wifeís favorite style of beer (it is a style according to her :) ) and I was really happy to share 2000 with her, as she puts up with a lot of stuff because of this beer "hobby" of mine, for which I am grateful. 2) It is from one of my great beer buddyís collections, in this case Harry, as so many of my ratings are - I just have not been able to get out and acquire a lot of beer this past year (for a very good reason - my one-year old son takes up a lot of my time and more of my money :) ) - but that has not stopped my core group of not just beer pals, but friends from sharing all of their trades and travel acquisitions with me - thank you so much guys (specifically Jerc, Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, and GregClow - plus all the other awesome raters in Ontario and elsewhere I have been fortunate enough to share a beer with)!!! and 3) Southern Tier is easily my brewery of the year, so a new beer from them fits the bill. Here goes. Pitch black, good sized thick and creamy chocolate head - looks great. Aroma is tons of really appealing rich bakerís chocolate - again, I loved it. Taste - very good! Lots of chocolate, but not the wallop other ratings have lead me to believe! Bakerís chocolate and some alcohol up front, a pretty quiet middle featuring mostly a very nice and balanced malt profile, and a finish with more rich chocolate kick, plus more alcohol and some hops that linger deliciously. Body is on the medium side, not overwhelmingly thick and syrupy as the appearance might suggest. Wow, this might be a lot more approachable that their Oat or Java - this is simply delicious! I really really liked it. Cheers to ratebeer for letting me get to 2000 and providing me a place to enter this stuff and learn so much as well. Onward...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Sampled from fresh growler. Pours black with ruby highlights and a nice stand of creamy tan head which leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is pure bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Flavor is dominated by cocoa from start to a smooth, hoppy, dry finish. Full, smooth, creamy texture; somewhat chalky. Warming, with boozy finish, especially when it warms. Kind of one dimensional, but it is a great dimension. Perfect dessert beer and makes a superb vanilla ice cream float.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours a ruby-hued black with a thin, mostly lasting light brown head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is authentically chocolate, with some booze and a whisper hop sting. The chocolate aroma is intoxicating and gives the impression of very sweet cocoa, similar to what chould be found in bittersweet hot chocolate. The flavour...insanely chocolatey, with a large amount of bitter, acidic hops in the finish, but itís all chocolate up front. Itís almost too much, and Iím usually reluctant to say that there can be too much of a good thing. The palate is lacking a bit, as it leaves the mouth feeling chalky after it is gone. The carbonation is a little harsh. The alcohol is only detectable by a warming of the throat and chest, being almost completely absent in the flavour. Delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle. Super dark pour. Iím going to say what everyone said, itís really, really chocolatey... Cocoa, hazelnut, alcohol. Totally no balance, but I still love it. Flavor is again tons of chocolate, but the astringent finish really works here. Hops are apparent also. I drank mine a little on the warm side, so the alcohol is really in the back of my throat, but I donít it one bit. Nothing subtle about this one, but I donít care.


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