RATINGS: 1664   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2008
Black pour with a white head. Smells like a tootsie roll and bittersweet cocoa. Very creamy and chocolate taste. Slightly sweet at first, but a bitter malt taste takes over with some hops on the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4662) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 Thanks swoopjones. Pours a dark black that allows some light through. Nice and viscous. Not as dark and thick as I expected. Nice one finger creamy tan head. The nose is definite chocolate, sweet chocolate, not as cloying as I expected, roasty, molasses. The flavor is chocolatey, roasty, waxy bitter chocolate, light alcohol. Thick waxy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2008
The color was dark chocolate brown. The head was thin, fizzy, and tan. the aroma was fudge and cherries. The flavor was sweet malt, chocolate, alcohol, cherry, and vanilla. The palate was smooth. The finish was warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
It tasted like mildly carbonated chocolate syrup..........nice for the first few sips....then I was glad my friend only poured me 3 oz...then he was trying to pour out more in our glasses...and we would not let him....enough said

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Radek Kliber (7290) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 7, 2008
Bottle 650ml
Appearance: dark brown ale with some light passing trough. Mocha like crown.
Nose : Pleasure to smell. Heavy pound chocolate cake. Moist , rich and filling. Sweet mocha sits on top.
Flavor/Palate : Medium-full bodied . Extremely satisfying rich yet not to heavy set of flavors. Hint of smoky roast with vinous alcoholic sided dark chocolate. Gentle mocha tune join in. This ale is oriented into specific niche and it does fill it splendidly. Extremely well done job. Superb chocolate flavored brew.

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