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RATINGS: 1516   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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours a deep black with a smaller creamy/bubbly deep tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of...you got it, chocolate. Sort of like a malty chocolate shake. Also picking up some faint hints of coffee, alcohol, caramel and roasted malt. Also getting some vanilla notes, but it all comes back to chocolate and I liked it. Flavors of dark chocolate, yet with a moderate level of hop bitterness and even some hop flavor, interesting mix. Also a good amount of roasted malts, some alcohol and yes again a nice milky rich chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large, bubbly tan head. Ridiculous aroma. Absolutely huge aroma of chocolate. Iíve smelled chocolate in beers before but this is another level. It smells like brownies are being baked in my glass. Sweet, sticky, bakerís chocolate. Nothing else can get in its way. This is the definition of one dimensional but man is it nice. It really reminds me of cooking dessert. Taste is pretty much the same. Thick, overwhelming, extreme chocolate. Creamy and chalky. This is akin to drinking a liquid chocolate bar with 11% ABV. Iím not complaining.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2007
thanks zeswaft. bottle. dark brown elegant head. smells in both bottle and glass is pure chocolate/dark belgian cocoa. lots of caramel/vanilla undertones. maybe the best beer iíve ever smelled. huge body. big chocolate flavor. decent bitterness. lots of alcohol bite on back is only drawback. too much.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2007
22oz. bomber. Dark brown, nearly black color with a small creamy tan head. Shared the bottle with Joeec5 on Christmas and we both had the same thought, Tootsie Rolls. That was what we got from the first sniff and couldnít get past it. Flavor was extremely rich and chocolatey and again reminded me of Tootsie Rolls. I liked it, but could never drink more than 8-10 ounces of this at a time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours a dark brown in color with about an inch of head. Smell is bakers chocolate and nothing more. Taste is much the same, chocolate domination. Kind of a creamy milkshake flavor. Tasted alot like fudge brownie mix powder. Absolutely no sign of the ABV whatsoever. Decent mouthfeel. But itís just an alright beer. Iíll stick with the Jah-va and the Oat which are MUCH better beers.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1078) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2007
Definitely a unique imperial stout and plenty powerful at 11%, but the chocolate is nearly overwhelming to the point of it turning into a melted chocolate bar. Yeah, you canít taste the alcohol, but sometimes you want to -- especially if the flip-side is that the beer becomes a liquid fudgcicle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate (tootsie roll), roasted malts, tobacco, floral amarillo hops, and a bit of caramel. Taste was all milk chocolate as well, faint tobacco, some smoke, and finishing with some more hops, and a touch of alcohol. Iíd recommend this with a bowl of assorted chocolate truffles.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
on tap @ southern tier. pours a dark brown-black with a brown head. unfortunately they only served it in wimpy 12oz glasses (not snifters either, just small pint glasses) as opposed to a full pint. aroma is dark chocolate roasted malt sweetness with a tiny hint of dates. taste is like thick, dark chocolate milk. mouthfeel is a bit sticky and syrupy, but not too much. full, heavy. pretty sweet. slight bittersweet chocolate finish. i agree with the others, not much alcohol in the flavor, which actually makes it a bit more drinkable IMO. though i have to say, i prefer (by quite a large margin) STís Oat over this one. itís not as complex as Oat. that said, i think ST didnít want to brew two imperial stouts that were too similar; this one grabs a different kind of beer lover than the Oat does. enough rambling. stylewise, iím not impressed. not great for an imperial stout, unless you like just a pretty basic milky chocolate flavor. not nearly complex enough, though the flavor it has is pretty nice. definately try it though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Bomber. Rerating after the first bottle I had wasnít very good. This bottle is totally different with both bittersweet and semi sweet chocolate. Its really liquid chocolate. Quite tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4635) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle: Wow! Thatís a lot of chocolate in the aroma. Itís a combination of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, light vanilla, and the slightest hint of bittersweet dark chocolate. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with an intense dose of chocolate syrup and chocolate cake batter. Light cocoa powder notes in the background along with some hints of vanilla. The finish has some faint burnt black coffee bitterness and bittersweet chocolate. Thereís no alcohol present in the flavor. The further I get into the bottle the more the bittersweet chocolate increases in the finish and provides a more balanced flavor with all the sweet chocolate flavors up front. Medium-full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel and mild carbonation. One-dimensional? Probably...but that one dimension is pretty tasty.


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