RATINGS: 1665   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, 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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Brigadier (3690) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2008
22 oz bottle

If the Jah-va Stout is fair about its contents this one advertises in capital letters the size of the Hollywood sign. Be prepared for one of the most chocolately beers you’ll run across when you crack this. I found this pleasurably though it might wear on the palate if you had to finish off more than a single bomber in short order. Hopefully this one will reappear in the future.

Aroma / Appearance - The cohesive lacing clung to the sides of my snifter as the minimal head immediately receded into a deep black fluid base. The nose is strong dark bakers chocolate blended with coffee grounds, anise and plums. In some ways it reminds me of a mug of genuine hot chocolate (not the powdered form you get at the grocery store or a coffee shop). Malty bittersweetness forms a solid foundation. This is not the most complex imperial stout but it gets its point across.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is almost suffocating in its density. Packed inside is vanilla, hazel, whipped cream and fresh hot chocolate (again not the powdered form but the real thing). It doesn’t change much over time. Even the finish has a dry maltiness to it that reminds me of a chocolate milkshake. It’s one of the more distinct imperial stouts out there.

jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bomber shared with Bobbi. Kick ass aroma of sweet milk chocolate. Almost like a cookies n cream milkshake. This is soothing on the senses...almost luring. INTENSE! Flavor is a BOMB of dark chocolate, leading to a moderately dry and bitter finish. A touch of burning alcohol, but it is pleasant. Almost like a rich chocolate milk with booze and some bittering. As I dive deeper into this brew, I am set back in a bit of awe, wondering how they managed to swing such a beer with very few flaws. Damn good!!!

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Bomber from Rodman’s, D.C. Whoa, folks aren’t joking about the tootsie roll aroma. I mean, it’s very distinct: dead on, in fact. As a fan of the Blackwater Series from ST, I wasn’t sure if those boded well or ill. But once you get into the brew - with a thick, lustrous body like its siblings - the taste is anything but sweet and syrupy. In fact, the strong roasted malts (stout foremost, thanks very much) are complemented by a deep chocolate that’s more like good bitter dark, with a dry finish, than anything confectionary. Yet another winner from these folks.

ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Bottle. Pours pitch black with small creamy brown head. Chocolate aroma hits you right in the face as soon as you start to pour. Taste is chocolate, obviously. Milky dark and light chocolate. Milk duds. Tootsie rolls. Not very beerish...rather one dimensional, but who cares? This is one tasty drink.

gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Courtesy beerlando. Pours dark brown with red highlights. Creamy tan head, and real nice lacing. Aroma is pure chocolate. Brownies, cocoa powder. Flavor is, shockingly, filled with all kinds of chocolate notes. Roasted malts can barely be deciphered amongst the chocolatey goodness. Powdery and chalky mouthfeel, bitter finish. Balanced very well. Definitely the beer to go to for your chocolate fix.

bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle: Courtesy of renhed, this looks almost identical to the Oat. Holy sh.., someone dumped Hershey’s syrup in my beer. I just kept repeating this to myself the entire time I was enjoying this. Not much else to be said other than this is the best chocolate-based beer that I’ve ever had. A bit one-dimensional, but ultimately it still tastes fantastic.

cheap (5864) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
On tap at the Bocktown, thanks Chris! Red tinge on an otherwise coal black beer. Big creamy choco mousse head that fades. What a real chocolate aroma, more so than any other so called chocolate beer I’ve ever smelled. Reminds me of chocolate milk or chocolate salt water taffy. Taste is certainly imp stout with it’s high alky rating but it comes off chocolate and pleasant before the bitter impy character can stand up and shout. A truly creamy chocolate experience. I despise imp stout but this is certainly one of the best I’ve ever had.

Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours jet black with a small tan head and has nice lacing. Heavenly aroma of sweet dark chocolate, light roasted malts, caramel and a hint of coffee. Rich and velvety smooth flavor of many different and complex chocolates with light notes of roast, vanilla, molasses and a hint of smokiness. Full bodied with a dry finish. A very well balanced complex stout. AWESOME

CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Pours a nearly opaque black. The aroma is as clear and focused as the name implies. Full on chocolate, coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate milk, Hershey’s syrup. Wow. The flavor is a continuation, I have never had this much chocolate flavor in a beer, this is an amazing creation.

BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2008
22oz Bomber - Trade - jmikolich
Aroma – Huge Chocolate aroma, the beer had dark aromas spewing from it.
Appearance – Dark black color, thin head, clear as mud can get.
Flavor – Huge flavor. This was the beer for the week for me. It was super huge with Chocolate and coffee flavors. This beer gave off so much flavor it was rich beyond its life. HUGE Flavor.
Palate – AWSOME Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – This was a beer of beers for most. This was so rich with flavor it was almost too much. The deep chocolate flavor was great I loved the beer it will and can be my Valentines every year. If you like Chocolate this is your beer.

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