RATINGS: 1659   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1610) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2008
22 oz. bottle. A deep, deep mahogany pour with a finger-thick creamy mocha head. A TON of cocoa and chocolate in the aroma along with vanilla beans and rich caramel. A touch of alcohol comes out in the aroma as it warms. Starts off smooth with plenty of creamy milk chocolate. Caramel and vanilla flavors follow. Roasty coffee and rich dark chocolate finish things up with a moderate bitterness. The 11% ABV is very nicely disguised. Dangerously drinkable for such a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (12268) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 22, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o.
Pours deep mahogany with a medium, creamy, beige head. Aroma is heavy cocoa and chocolate - not much else to balance it out. Fine, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is soft, lots of dry cocoa and a whole bunch of chocolate. Balance, never! Which is sad, as the idea is fine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRoot (38) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2008
Courtesy of DuctTape, It was a bottle shared 4 ways and I had to drive home at the end of the night so I didnt have as much as I would have liked but it poured a nice toasty black/brown with an unmistakable tootsie roll nose. It was truly a thing of beauty.. There was a thin head which was a tad disappointing but I was also having a small sample in a small glass so it was not optimal pouring conditions. I will definitely be seeking this out next time I am State side!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuctTape (15) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2008
When i first tasted it on draft, my initial reaction was that it smelled and tasted like a tootsie roll candy. When i have had bottles the Tootsie Roll aroma is still present, but the taste is more complex with more roast than the chocolate that i tasted in the draft version. Pours dark brown to black with a thin head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2008
Rating #200!!! Southern Tier isnt subtle in their liquid homage to Godiva!!! Deep rich mahogany body with a small whipped latte head. Flavor is undeniable, unmistakeable, and uninhibited CHOCOLATE. This one isnt extremely complex but done with such conviction that it must be applauded. A dash of vanilla, a pinch of brown sugar, and a pound of cocoa powder. Palate was thinner that Oat (but so is every other beer in the world). Loved it!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
22oz bottle. Dark brown-black with a small light brown head. Rich, chocolate malt aroma, some alcohol. Chocolate, vanilla, toasty malt flavors. Roast malt astringency, some coffee bean character. Residual chocolate sweetness and roasty bitterness in the finish, with some alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is heavy, unctuous, slightly hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours deep brown with a thin, tan colored head. Not as viscous as expected. Nose is like a Whopper, not from BK, but the malt ball version! Flavor is similarly sweet, but not over the top. This one could be trouble! Its incredibly creamy on the palate, with just the slightest alcohol burn that diminishes to a sweet and smooth finish. Somewhat one dimensional, but oh, do I loves me some chocolate!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
gracias to the guys at the BA tasting for letting me in on this one... let me start by stating that i dont go for gimmicky flavored brews... this pours nearly black but still brown at the edges with a frothy brown head which leaves some spotty lacing. huge aroma of dark chocolate, dark grain, woody/ grassy hoppiness and a touch of cream. it reminds me of hershey,pa. the palate is sweet. but for me, in this case, worth it... dark and milk chocolates, malt, vanilla and a coffee like edge that draws the sweetness away. it finishes with bitterness to keep everything in check. creamy carbonation gives this a soft texture and almost airy mouth feel. this is bitchin poured over some vanilla ice cream...

somehow there is a bottle of this in my fridge after the phx gathering??... lucky me!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2008
Bottle via trade with lukin013. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a small, thin tan head. Aroma is a bittersweet chocolate, maybe some vanilla in the background, smells great !!! Flavor is more of the same, but doesnt quite live up to the aroma, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and also a touch of roasted coffee (could be the bittersweet chocolate). The finish is chocolate and roasted coffee, a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bomber. Pours black with little tan head that disapears except around edges. Aroma is of corse chocolate and malt. Flavor is sweet malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Mouthfel is smooth and creamy. Liked the Oatmeal IS better. Little disapointing as I liked everything I had from Southern Tier.

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