RATINGS: 1621   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, we’re 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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valpoaj (755) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Pours a truly opaque brown/black with a thin tan head. I swear, you can literally smell this from across the room. Aroma is chocolate-soda like...very reminiscent of some soda I had as a child, but richer and more flavorful. Taste is initially roasted malts, but turns quickly to sweet chocolate...some bitter chocolate and bittering hops as well, and I’d have to say some milk and nut flavor in there as well. There is a bit of alcohol evident as well, which made me look at the bottle and subsequently open my eyes pretty wide when I saw this was 11% ABV (I was guessing 6.5-7%). Surprisingly bitter aftertaste took me for a loop. Palate is very good...goes down like smooth Nestle Quik (albeit not as chuggable, due to a bit more carbonation than I’d like to see). If you’re looking for lots of dimension, this isn’t a great beer for you, but if you’re looking for a good chocolate bomb...head here; I’ve yet to have anything more chocolatey!

Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Pours thick and dark with a light tan head. Everything about this is chocolate. Impressively so. Consistency is rather milky. Alcohol is almost not present which is rather surprising to see that it is at 11 ABV. If you can get this, get it.

doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a thick, super dark brown, black color. Very small, crisp, light brown head, no lace. Smells like home made hot chocolate. Sweet cocoa. The taste is a bit malty and roasty up front and then sweet and chocolatey through the middle to the finish. There’s a bit of alcohol burn on the finish as well. Medium body for such a thick looking and tasting brew, nice mellow carbonation.

dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Pours black, one-finger tan brown head. Big bubbles fade to a small cap with some time. Nose is pungent chocolate, not so much of ’raw’ chocolate but more chocolate syrup, tootsie rolls, chocolate milk even, some slight roast. Taste goes three ways: first, bittersweet chocolate, not as artificial-tasting as in the aroma; second, really significant presence of spicy alcohol, a definite drawback; third, piney, spicy, resinous chinook hops in the background. Mouthfeel is a little slighter than I’d expect or prefer, light-to-moderate. Very long lasting and very nice chocolately bitter aftertaste.

ekstedt (6991) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2009 Bottle (65 cl) at a Göteborg RB tasting. Black with a large brown head. Intense chocolate aroma, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some spicy hops. Medium to heavy body, smooth mouthfeel. A bit sweet with moderate bitterness. The overall impression is an overwhelming punch of chocolate.

GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry - thanks for picking this one up for me, Harry! Pours pitch black with a two-finger dark tan head, just beautiful. Fantastic aroma of high quality dark chocolate with backing notes of roasted malt and a hint of alcohol. Full bodied without being too thick or cloying - just about perfect, really. Delicious flavour - tonnes of chocolate, but a good amount of roast malt as well, and a well-hopped finish that holds some great mint notes. Chocolate-mint - yeah, loving this! Beautiful stuff all around.

rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Huge chocolate aroma, cocoa, mint, some vanilla. Chocolate flavor as well, cocoa, some hop,s mint, perfume and tar. Bitter chocolate finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, but this is too much chocolate to really please me. I wanted this beerto be better....

gnoff (11053) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 First rating
650 ml bottle. On March 14, 2008.
Black color, brown head. Very sweet chocolate drink scent, a little bit of hops perhaps, very one-dimensional. Chocolate, bitter, hoppy, roasted taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.

650 ml bottle thanks to Clyx! Sampeld on August 11, 2012
Cocoa, chocolate scent, O’boy-pulver. Black color, tan to light brown head. Cocoa, chocolate, grainy, coffee taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high grainy bitterness.

Sampled draught as part of a flight at Palm Harbor House of Beers, on January 21, 2014.
Listed as 10% ABV.
Black color, some brown hints, tan head. Sweet, alcohol, nutty taste. Warming. Nutty, alcohol aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, chocolate scent.

wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Chocolate....a little more chocolate....did I mention there’s chocolate in this one? Pours pitch black, light beige head, smooth, chocolatey (no, really, it’s got some chocolate in it).

Second sip, whoa....there’s some more chocolate! I think someone melted down a Hershey bar, spiked it with some alcohol, and put it in this bottle. Yep....chocolate.

Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2008
At a Göteborg gathering: Black colour, with a nice brown creamy head.. Aroma of dark choclate,malts,citric, and a nice balanced hopy nose. Flavor is almost the smae, nice balnced Imperial stout. Chocolate and hopynes in a nice mix here. Medium body, and a medium sweet chocolate finish. Nice

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