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RATINGS: 1652   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Pours dark brown to black with a light tan head. Lightish looking for an imperial stout, but still black enough and the small head lasts a real long time. Aroma is a mixture of big chocolate, like the kind youíd find in a molten brownie, mint, light pine. Very interesting mix of chocolate and hops. Tastes of roast and coffee, followed by dark chocolate and a chocolate milk-like sweetness. Finishes with a nutty dark chocolate earthy hop bitterness, followed by a lingering cocoa aftertaste. Medium-heavy body, moderately creamy and slick. Only a vague warming sensation indicates any heat. Itís very chocolately and a nice big beer so basically I automatically love it. However, I still think Rogueís Chocolate Stout is a better beer overall. Thanks to TheRealBastard for sending this!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 Wow. What an incredibly chocolatey beer. Black with a decent brown head. Strong aroma of milk and dark chocolates. Flavor is semi-sweet chocolate with a darker, bitter dark chocolate finish. This may be the most chocolate character Iíve ever seen in a beer, so the name is definitely appropriate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rocbyter (2077) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Strong milk chocolate aroma. Black color with a medium brown head. Mildy bitter chocolate taste with a lasting finish. Mild alcohol at the end. Thick and creamy palate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Wow they are not lying when they talk about the chocolate here. Definetly the most chocolatey beer iíve had, and it works for me. I couldnt even notice all that alcohol. This is just as good as dessert, and something I will absolutly drink more of.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, ruddy tinged dark brown color with a thin head of wispy light tan. Chocolate, hot cocoa aroma, thatís intensely chocolaty, but as such, kind of one-dimensional. It has a really clean bakerís chocolate nose that comes across like chocolate cake frosting. Not being a huge chocolate cake fan, I find it a bit dismissive personally, but I can see how this would be exciting to others. More complexity would be nice. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel that grows a bit thin with a strange, artificial astringency in the finish. Flavors of chocolate, but not much else. Light on the roast, but the sweetness is balanced by some herbal hop characters that lend minimal flavor, but adequate bitterness. Chocolate flavors a pretty good and this beer certainly delivers exactly what it promises, just nothing more.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Tap Maxís in Baltimore. Beautiful dark appearence with tan head. Nice silky smooth palate. Like the thickness. Taste is of typical imperial stout flavors but with a significant overlay of chocolate- but not rich deep complex chocolate. More like chocolate flavored cereal. I expected more.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2008
This beer screams "dessert" right from the start. The cocoa aroma is so strong from start to finish, itís hard to think of another brew with comparable chocolate tones. It finishes clean, & has a thick, pleasant mouthfeel. I canít emphasize enough how thoroughly the cocoa permeates this brew. Perfect for after dinner or end of the night.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, with maybe a malt and alcohol too. Flavor chocolate, malt, hops, and a little dark fruit. Kind of one dimensional, but for me, yet another winner from Southern Tier.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Just awesome. Heavy chocolate aroma and taste. Creamy mouthfeel. This would be one to put on the drink often list.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 On tap at Zenoís Pub - State College, PA. A heavily milk chocolate aroma, flowing with fresh bars and melted pearls. Alcohol blends in and it really glows of a mid-shelf chocolate liquer. This pattern of staying in this frame of chocolate-reduced alcohol maintains through the flavors. Itís a very nice, clean fresh 55% chocolate flavor, but it dominates the profile such that it doesnít integrate with the beer so well. Thereís little sense of chocolate coming from the malt. Dries out mid-palate, but itís mostly a sweetie. Cream. Thereís a palpable clash with hops in the final showing that makes me think twice about this effort. I like and appreciate this particular chocolate effort, but Iím not so sure itís working with the style well. And I just donít get a sense thereís a good beer behind all that chocolate and thatís what really matters.


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