RATINGS: 1616   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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madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate, lots of chocolate, smells like a chocolate bar. Taste is more of the good stuff, chocolate, slight bit of smoke and rounded out with some bitterness. Creamy texture, alcohol is noticeable as it warms. Good stuff.

ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Godiva, take notes! Get your finest bitter chocolate and shave off a piece for added chocolate bliss. Bottle. Pours Deep Chocolate Brown. light chocolate tan head. Aroma is of Chocolate laced with vanilla giving and a bit of hops to make it all blend into a milky bitter chocolate smell. Taste... creamy, chocolatey, coo-coo for choklat! It’s what a chocolate stout should taste like. Creamy vanilla, chocolate... oh yeah... and a bit of roasted coffee with a decent hop bittering to balance with the chocolate. It starts with the creamy chocolate, goes to a mildly bitter chocolate, then coalesces into a fine bitter chocolate leaving your palate wanting more. Silky, luxuriant, smooth. Oh so good. One of the best chcolate stouts ever. THANK YOU GRYNDER!!

blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a fine tan head. Smells like milk chocolate and candy. Think tootsie roll. Medium body, much thinner than I expected. Tastes like chocolate milk with a little hint of roasted malt. This beer is way too over the top for me. It’s certainly not bad, but the sweetness and chocolate were a bit overdone.

Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Thanks to Malcomb for sharing. Black in color with a very light brown head. Cake batter, banana and chocolate sauce aroma, very expressive, but not complex. Flavor is an assault of chocolate covered banana and even more chocolate. So, so one dimensional. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and could be more coating and have more weight. I thought I was drinking a beer, I guess not. I’m really glad I tried this before collecting some. It sucks, it really does.

MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a snifter. This beer poured an opaque black with no light showing through the glass. A thin head of dark tan foam lasted throughout, leaving some nice looking lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of loads of milk chocolate and cocoa. Very overpowering and one-dimensional, but it smelled awsome! The flavor stayed the course, delivering huge bittersweet and milk chocolate notes. Also some cocoa, malted milk, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and thick with light carbonation. On first smell, this imperial stout made quite an impression, urging me to take a drink. After one glass, the chocolate became just a bit much, looking for something else to bring along some balance or contrast. A really nice dessert beer.

LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. HUGE chocolate aroma filled the air upon pouring. After basking in the uforick glow of such a wonderful chocolate aroma, I started to notice hints of vanilla peaking through. Flavor is what I have always expected a chocolate stout to taste like. Almost like a smooth chocolate soda. After the wonderful chocolate flavor the alcohol sneaks in. Then the spicy hops pop in to finish the deal with a bitter finish.What a wonderful brew! Thanks Brewblackhole!

badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2008
pours black with tan head...aroma of fresh hot chocolate, cocoa, coffee..bitter and dark chocolate comes off like no other beer...thinner body than observed, alcohol dominates what would be a huge chocolate flavor...bitter, boozy finish...overdone and overrated

ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Pours dark brown. Sweet on the nose. The taste is that of real dark chocolate. Comparable to Ovaltine.

BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Up to now I’ve thought of Southern Tier as a "light beer" brewer, by which I mean I think of them as a brewer of good APA/IPA and the like. There are other brewers I think of as good "dark beer" brewers (like Bell’s for instance) and there are others I think of as good Belgian beer brewers (Ommegang, etc). It’s not often you find a brewer that can pull off 2 or more of these categories well. This beer challenges that notion in my mind; I really liked Choklat. The funny thing about this beer was that it did not strike me as being exceptionally beer like in flavor and aroma. It really reminded me of a really good dessert or the world’s best glass of chocolate milk. It’s tough to describe this beer in flavor/aroma terms I’m used to using; it was really chocolate-y and creamy. Appearance was an opaque black with a tan head. Mouthfeel was quite smooth and also was rather creamy and pleasant. I really liked this beer. I picked up this 22oz bottle from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Date: January 06, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: bitter dark chocolate aroma with roasted coffee character, light sweetness serves to enhance the chocolate
Body: creamy body turns velvety smooth as it warms
Flavor: rich chocoate flavor, mostly dark chocolate with just a touch of milky sweetness, roasted coffee character provides a light bitterness, as it warms the chocolate gets richer and richer

Date: December 07, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Score: 4.0 to 4.2
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma, vanilla cream sweetness
Flavor: sweet dark chocolate flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, roasted chocolate character adds the needed bitterness
Overall: ages nicely and maybe even improves

Date: March 08, 2010
Mode: bottle
Words: cbx
same wonderful rich chocolate, one of the best chocolate dosed beers out there

Date: January 26, 2011
Mode: draft
Words: tmac woodstock
Appearance: black, wispy tan head with frothy edges
Aroma: sweet bittersweet chocolate aroma, sweet vanilla laced chocolate with a dark chocolate bitterness running through it
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, all chocolate, creamy sweet vanilla brings out the milk chocolate, threads of dark chocolate balances the sweet chocolate

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

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