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RATINGS: 1541   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


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Like drinking a liquid dark chocolate bar. Hints of coffee. The alcohol is nicely hidden.....as long as you don’t drink more than one!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1082) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle from Piggly Wiggly. Pours an opaque black with a layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with a slightly boozy hint. Taste of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and booze with a slight vanilla finish. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3951) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black, viscous, tan head. Big, big chocolate nose and taste. Smooth, creamy, vanilla. Lush.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tds101 (3) - Queens Village, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
I’m a fan of chocolate stouts, imperial or otherwise. I luv Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout, and I like a few others. This is quite comparable to the Organic Chocolate Stout, but has less of a chocolate smell and taste. It does have a slightly more alcoholic flavor, but it’s well below what you would expect from a 10% ABV imperial stout. The way it feels in the mouth is wonderful. Creamy, and slick. The aftertaste was where I did get hit with the alcohol the most - but I’m noticing I’m a bit sensitive to the taste. Overall I’d say this is a wonderful Imperial Stout, and it’s pretty easy drinking. I enjoyed it immensely, and I plan on trying to locate another bottle before the fall/winter pass. overall a #win.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
raoul_duke (29) - - NOV 12, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 From a 22 oz bottle. Amazing dark chocolate aroma, truly exceptional smell. Extremely dark, basically midnight black. Head sticks around, nice consistency. Sweet, dark chocolate flavor. Too sweet?

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCaptMatey (83) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Poured a dark brown to black colour with a short toffee head. Aroma is rich of chocolate, coffee(after warming up a bit)and vanilla. Flavor is of chocolate, roasted malts with a slight bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden in this heavy bodied brew. Great chocolate beer. Only second to one other.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (557) - CROATIA - NOV 9, 2014
Tap; nearly black with a thin tan head; chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee; taste is mostly sweet chocolate nicely balanced with hints of bitter coffee; finish is dry; very nicely balanced beer and the alcohol is not noticeable; very nice beer

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HourGlass13 (104) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours black with a thin, tan head. Aroma has milk chocolate, some roast , some caramel, and a tad of coffee. Very thick and rich. Taste is a sweet. Milk chocolate, roasted notes. Very little alcohol taste but a good warmth. Smooth rich and creamy. Overall an awesome chocolate beer. Lots of chocolate but not too sweet. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1043) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2014
On tap at some random arcade game bar in Dallas. Pours a pitch black with minimal head. Nose smells like an alcoholic chocolate protein shake mixed with chocolate brownies. Fuck loads of chocolate. Taste is super chocolatey and tad sweet. Can taste the booze a bit. A pint of this fucked me up. If you love chocolate this is the beer for you

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
22oz bottle - If Willy Wonka were a beer geek, this would probably be his beer I imagine. Hard to think that a brewer could fit this much chocolate aroma/flavor into a beer and not make it a train wreck, but Southern Tier nails it (again). A rich, decadent aroma of chocolate. Just pure, unadulterated chocolate. Flavor...more chocolate...dark chocolate, combined with a heavy dose of Capt. Black’s pipe tobacco (vanilla). The roast is noticeable but there as a supporting role for the chocolate (chocolate and coffee are great pairings) and is happy to do so here. My only nitpick was the mouthfeel could have had a fuller feel, maybe more velvety smooth...I wonder if they added oatmeal to this? A world class beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidobutai (400) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Poured from a bottle. This a good beer. Great black rich color, nice lacing. Obviously chocolate aroma, also roasted coffee. Very creamy.


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