RATINGS: 1664   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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, were 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Strongest chocolate aroma Ive ever smelled! only a hint of coffee makes it through. Pours a very dark brown that just looks like liquid chocolate with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a little lacing. Strong chocolate taste at first mixed with espresso, but the espresso is what lingers, melding with a malty aftertaste that gives testament to the 11% ABV. Not as delicious as the aroma implies, but still a strong beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Motor oil pour, solid black with no head. Smells like chocolate milk. The flavor is more complex, with mint, vanilla, huge milk chocolate, alcohol. In no way subtle but still well executed. Does it have to be 11%?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2008
22 oz. bottle on 3/5/2008. Another gift my my brother, the mysterious Buffulohead, who sees all, knows all, and rates nothing, so I drink it, my 800th, in honor of him. A barely discernible ruby border surrounds the otherwise black pour. A large beige head develops and lasts nicely with sheets of sticky lace. Huge chocolate aroma, but underneath it all lies some vanilla, and perhaps even a hint of spice. Thick, rich, and smooth, its like mocha java with a luxurious mouthfeel. Surprisingly, this isnt nearly as sweet as one would expect. If fact, its fairly dry with burnt caramel flavors and distinct piney hoppiness that provides a welcome contrast to the chocolate. Certainly a dessert or after dinner type of beer, unusual and more complex than its initial impression would suggest. This is really a fine offering from a largely unrecognized and underappreciated brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4367) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
This beer is really all about the chocolate. Dark beer with only points of light when held up against a light source. The nose is like chocolate frosting. Flavors of Hershey syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate frosting and some vanilla. This is really a one dimensional beer, but if you like chocolate, you should like this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a coffee colored head. Aroma is all chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. Flavor is once again dominated by chocolate. Creamy milk and dark chocolate mixed with caramel, candi sugar, pure cocoa and brown sugar. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Appropriately, this one pours a deep, dark chocolate brown. A small swirly film with a bubbly edge is all that shows for a head. The aroma is a pure blend of bitter dark and sweet milk chocolates, dry cocoa powder, and even more chocolate. The flavor expands the chocolaty horizon, as caramel malts and dry woodsy notes do little to steer this one off of its course. Willy Wonka himself must have been involved in the development of this brew. Smooth and medium-full bodied, a touch of dryness shows up at the very end. Awesome brew. As pure and chocolaty as they come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Thanks to whomever shared this at the 3rd Woodshop tasting. An IS for the chocolate fan, count me in. This one does it right, balance is right on, a real dessert delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of slob - thanks man! Pours thick and ebony color, opaque with a very thin head that dissipates to nothing in a short time. Aroma of chocolate syrup, roasty malts, espresson beans, molasses and hints of ripe cherry. Flavor is heavy with chocolate - bakers chocolate, hersheys cocoa powder, rich fudge - dark bitter roasty malts, dark brown sugar with alcohol present but well hidden. Full body and little to no carbonation. Delicious for a chocolate lover like me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Courtesy of silphium. Black body with a small tan head, fading. The nose is moderately sweet with lots of chocolate, light roast and molasses. The flavor is sickeningly sweet, lightly bitter with gross amounts of chocolate, some roast and light licorice. Full body is sticky with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Douglas88 shared this bottle with his wife and me. You could smell choklat the second the cap came off. But like great chocolate. The kind that Oprah appears to have been eating all her life. This was a real treat to hold and take the occasional sniff of, really, a very lovely nose if you are indeed a chocolate fan. Downside? Thin and very onesided for an Imperial Stout as it was only choklat.

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