RATINGS: 1656   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours a thick and viscous opaque black color. Head is quite thin with only islands of swirly foam retained. Some spotty lacing as glass drained. Upfront and assertive aromas of creamy miilk chocolate, vanilla cream, molasses along with more laid back notes of dried dark fruits, licorice and a touch of coffee. Palate was moderately full and slick. Not as thick as one may expect from a big stout such as this. Nicely done subdued level of carbonation seems to bring out the creamy chocolate flavors better. Flavor profile is dominated of course by the rich dark chocolate notes amped up by the 11% alcohol. Chocolate flavors meld with supportive tastes of raisins, vanilla bean, toffee, molasses and black licorice. Some background hop spice is noted in the finish cutting into the sweetness a touch. One big, powerful chocolate Impy Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6063) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle. Pour is not surprisingly pitch black with a tan to near brown colored head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, flavored and sweetened coffee, and chocolate cake. Very rich aroma of chocolate and not the Hersheys type smell. Almost of chocolate truffles. Taste is also rich chocolate, more chocolate cake, dark roasted malts, and chocolate truffles. Body is creamy and smooth with dense carbonation. The alcohol is there but did not really interfere with this one. Only a light warmth from it to be honest. Finishes with slightly more bitter notes with dark chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee and that ever present chocolate cake. Very tasty and not as obnoxious as the Creme Brulee ended up being.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Poured a nice black color with nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate duh. Flavor was dark chocolate with the 11% alcohol covered up very well. Very smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2008
1Pt bottle: Poured a very smooth black color with absolutly no head to speak of. High scents of dark chocolate and caramel. Taste is supprisingly very smooth. Taste is almost like a chocolate liquor. The 11pct alcolol to it it hidden quite well behind the strong dark chocolate taste. A very smooth.. very chocolatly stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 Fresh 2008 bottle. Pours a near flat black with a small bubbly frothy beige head. Aroma of a fresh banana smoothie, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate chips and light corse ground coffee beans. I must say this is not the truest chocolate aroma, nor the best chocolate taste. Just like oat and creme-brulee, this stout is both too artificial tasting and too syrupy. Flavors of fresh banana, chocolate syrup, light coffee, green hops and vanilla beans. Unfortunately the aroma is the highlight of this beer. I like the flaked chocolate and vanilla bean flavors, but the syrup like quality just blows it. Yikes, its scary that so many find this beer that delectable. Bitter green hop and dark chocolate aftertaste. Medium full bodied, its not sticky, but its lightly syrupy. Fredrick Miller Classic Chocolate Lager is somewhat reminiscent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle pours rather thick and black with a milk chocolate head and some spotty lace. The aroma is amazing. Yes, I dont normally get so floored by aroma, but here it is, Im floored. The aroma is of chocolate, but the really classy dark chocolate you pay big bucks for and is labeled as 70 pct. Add in some cinnamon for aroma. The flavor, serious chocolate, lots of milk, some Olvateen, and just overall chocolaty. The palate is rich, but not obnoxious. The alcohol pct is not anywhere to be tasted, aside from a heady experience much enjoyed by the rater. Overall, Im enjoying this to the fullest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (997) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours black with a non-existant head. Smell was unbelieveable! If you close your eyes beer is probably the last thing you would guess you were smelling. Smells just like a rich chocolate milk. Taste is exactly what you would expect - nice strong syrupy chocolate! Palate was unexpectedly smooth. Would go well with any dessert!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2008
I really wanted to try this, but when I did find it, I thought it was terrible. This is a great stout base, but it tastes like a cheap chocolate syrup was added to it, and that just makes it way too over the top sweet and fakey. I had a hard time choking down half a glass of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2008
This was a liquid Krispy Kreme chocolate glazed donut in a bottle. Black, little brown at edges. Initial nice head fades to a ring. Aroma is chocolate glazed donut, almost shockingly so. Flavor is also glazed chocolate donut. The alcohol gives the suggestion that you might be having a shot of Godiva chocolate liquor alongside your donut. Even has that yeasty quality that KK does. Quite sweet. This is a desert beer for sure. I am not big on beer over ice cream, but this screams beer float. Very well done, but almost too much in the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 11% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C Purchased at: Canals Burlington for $8.99 Aroma: So nice, cocoa, chocolate, milk chocolate, sourness, cream, caramel, alcohol. Visuals: beautiful packaging, as usual, utter darkness, like a night in the deep woods, black, opaque, nice tan head, strong lace. Taste: Well balanced, syrupy chocolate, tight bitter finish, warming, strong, delicious. Palate: High quality, smooth texture, warm, bitter finish. Overall: dessert in a bottle. Id have it again in a heartbeat. Likely my favorite chocolate imperial stout. It turns it to 11. Nicely done once again by Southern Tier.

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