Style: American Imperial Stout brewed with Chocolate
Malt: Caramel 60 Malt, Barley Flakes, Chocolate Malt, Bittersweet Belgian Chocolate
Brewer’s Note: “The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of myster around a beverage known as Xocatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers & gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples until becoming popularized by Louis XIV./ 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 Maya to bring you our Blackwater Series Chocklat Stout.”
The beer’s label is funky and cool, and very stylized. I like parts of it and I dislike other parts. I like the Southern Tier side logo thing, but I feel like it is a little out of place on the label, I also wish that the Mayan dude from the side of the label could be more in the forefront of the label, instead of the giant Belgian chocolate bar… I really like the Mayan mythos behind this beer and I want to see more of it. The text is a little cluttered on this and the fonts are simple, yet pleasing. In conclusion, this label is nice, and definitely worthy of scrapbooking, but probably not shelf worthy, due to clutter and a lack of meshing.
The beer pours a nice thick and chocolaty black with a nice khaki head, almost like the foam from chocolate milk. The beer’s body is opaque and impenetrable, and leaves a lacing of thin and slippery curtain bubbles on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells thickly of sweet roasted chocolate with a touch of milk chocolate. Light cocoa powder lingers on the nose, and all in all this beer provides exactly what you think it would have from a chocolate beer.
On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and bitter roasted, with beautiful chocolate and roasted malt flavors with a touch of char in the finish. The beer begins with cocoa powder, moving into Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and then traveling towards more bittersweet dark chocolate, slowing closing into the finish of roasted malts, char, and faint lingering milk chocolate. On the mouth, this beer feels medium to thick in body and velvety smooth. The mouth is left dry and slightly charred from the roasted malt. Overall, this beer is deliciously chocolaty with a nice bitter balance from the bitter roast of the malts. The big chocolate flavors upfront fully deliver what I wanted from this beer and leave me very happy. This is a big flavorful chocolate beer with some very nice chocolate flavors. It is definitely a sipper as the flavors are big and the beer is thick in the stomach. Try this beer.