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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2395) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Been holding on to this one, but now that I see ST has made it to the Twin Cities, I need hold on to it no more. Literally smells like chocolate milk. Dont smell the alcohol. Black body, Tan head, thin, large bubble. Very chocolaty. Tastes like it smells, but this time you can detect the alcohol. You should at 11%, but it doesnt taste that strong. Im hoping this brews not going to keep me up all night. Probably not the best beer to pair with a steak. This brew is definitely a specialty beer for a special occasion. Could work as a dessert beer, perhaps as the dessert itself. Would also be great for a true chocolate lover. Very good. Who thought alcoholic chocolate milk could be so good. I bet my kids would love this! A bomber is a lot of beer to drink with a chocolate monster like this! You could probably top this with whipped cream and call it dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Pours deep black with ruby edges with a one finger mocha head that didnt linger too long. Lacing is minimal and this is pretty standard looking as stouts go. Whoa! This smells like a big glass of chocolate milk. You can make out the slightest sweet malt aroma and a bit of an alcohol nose tingling. But, honestly, its all about the chocolate. Initial taste is the chocolate, milk, dark, and any other chocolate you can imagine. However, there is a big malt and dark fruit presence that follows the sweetness and gives way to a pleasant hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Chocolate is still the dominant player in the taste, but there is quite a bit of balance. Super thick mouthfeel that leaves the chocolate malt coating the mouth completely. This is an excellent Impy Stout and definitely the top chocolate stout Ive tried to date. If you like chocolate sweetness in your stouts, this is damn near nirvana!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoutdrnkr (2) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2008 does not count
Open this one up and take a long smell. You will think hershy bar right away. The flavor takes over your palet and the finish is amazing. You will notice the intense dark color of this stout and the minimal brown head that sticks to the glass. With the fullness of the body you will almost believe you are drinking liquid chocolate!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (6130) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of pure black chocolate is dominating but is so enjoyable at the same time. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate from Belgium or Switzerland with some sweetness reminiscent of lactose. Full creamy body with a somewhat oily texture, almost like liquid chocolate, with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is surprising considering the ABV of 11%. This beer is one of my new guilty pleasures.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at Chris_Os Ha Ha Ha Ha Gimme the Cheese Tasting.
What a cracker! Choklat brown colour with a very good tan head. Aroma is like opening a tin of Cadburys Drinking Powder and breaking the seal for the first time. It smells EXACTLY like it. Something very comforting and reminiscent about it. Its certainly glorious. Flavour, damn this is good stuff. Beautiful American style chocolate. Hersheys pretty much. So little beer character in it but Im really loving it. Its way over the top and Im certain I couldnt drink a full bottle of it but DAMN its good. Utterly adorable chocolate with a nice bitterness on the finish. Very sweet, very thick, close to cloying but sick as f**k and I love it. Perverse but excellent.

Oh yeah, where the motherfunk is the 11%??? Its just not there at all...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy of eaglefaan538. Aroma was like just opening a hersys chocolate bar, outstanding. Black body with tan head. Chocolate on the nose then a creamy milk chocolate flavor only thing I could say to Turbo is man is all about the chocolate and great brew. Smooth on the palate with a dry coco aftertaste lingering. Thanks Brian. Also got one from SS Winter 07, So thanks to John_Adam 2002 that bottle will be opened at the hellbillys tasteing next in May.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin, off white head. Nice aroma of chocolate milk. Reminds me of my childhood, minus the alcohol. Flavor is smooth and creamy, with a nice big chocolate flavor. Some roasted malt notes, as well. Finish is slightly bitter with no trace of the alcohol. Just a delightful beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2008
Shared @ DLD. As a fan of most chocolate stouts, I have to say I was not a fan of this one. I felt as though it smelled like a brown smelly marker or a chocolate sticker, artificially sweet and a little chemical. It tasted like Hersheys syrup aftertaste with none of the enjoyment of actual chocolate. Tasted artificially processed, and left behind a funky taste that I did not enjoy. To me, it was the equivalent of someone that spent $10 on a bottle of cheap perfume vs. someone that bought one for $90.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5907) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2008
22 oz bomber purchased at Oak Tree shared with the Fight Night Drinking Crew. Pours a solid brown with a small light beige head. Aroma is fantastic sort of like a liquid tootsie roll. Flavor of chocolate, not artificial fake cheap sugary chocolate but real quality good chocolate, followed up with strong malts and hops. A few of the guys that I shared this beer were IN LOVE with it, I liked it but by no means was as blown away as they were. Oh well to each their own and I am just happy I provided a beer that some guys really enjoyed. One guy loved it so much he bought a case from the one store left in the state that still has some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lothore (642) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours like oily black sludge with a surprisingly thick head with an oak hue. S- Strong chocolate, hersheyesque with a coffee undertone and alcohol notes. T- Again very strong chocolate, toffee, more chocolate. I think this one delivers on the chocolate but can become cloying a bit of the way through which is why I dinged it a bit, still a delicious brew. M- Thick, with an ample amount of carbonation... just enough for the style in my opinion. D- The chocolate is a bit overwhelming but its definitely a treat for the first half of the glass and by the second half you dont even care at 11 percent abv.

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