RATINGS: 1661   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a half inch tan head. Aroma of hershey syrup with a tad bit of hop and yeast. Flavor of chocolate ganache with a somewhat dry hop finish. Tried this one last year and did not think it was sweet enough. They corrected that this year. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Pours black with a bronw head. Huge chocolate aroma with caramel, roasted malt, and wood. Taste was very rich, dark chocolate with caramel and roasted malt. Underlying wood flavors. Alcohol is well hidden, but warms intensely after each sip. Thick, extremely sticky mouthfeel. Flavor tastes like real chocolate, and not artificial chocolate. 22oz is too much for one sitting, so its better to share the bottle. Due to the overwhelming chocolate, and large bottle this beer loses drinkability. Still, an excellent beer, if not a novelty brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (9822) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2008
22 oz. bottle shared with my wife (75-25). Pours very dark brown in color with a small tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma rivals that found in some of the finest chocolate desserts. It is an interesting mix of sweeter milk chocolate and the bitterness from dark chocolate. I find myself just enjoying the aroma and not drinking the beer. Once I began drinking, I was treated to more wonderfully chocolate flavor as well as some roast, coffee, and a hint of dark fruit. As it warms, a nice bitterness develops in the finish. Medium to full bodied with a creamy smooth palate. Although this is mainly one dimensional, its so good at that dimension that I enjoy this immensely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3683) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Jet black color with no head. Satisfying aroma of chocolate, roasted malts. Creamy on the palate with a roasted malt flavor and lots of chocolate at the back end. Very little alcohol taste. Just blissful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Black pour with a frothy, tan, 1 finger white head. Rich milk chocolate aroma with some vanilla, gram cracker, a faint roast. Heavy cream and cocoa flavor with a touch of molasses, and coffee. Creamy full mouth feel with soft carbonation.

   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 (6155) - 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.

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