Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle
The latest release in the Blackwater series is a blend of two solid ancestors. Each had flaws of their own; some have made it into this one while others are now balanced out. Overall I think it is a worthwhile investment if you can find it for between $8 and $10 a bomber.
Aroma / Appearance - The tannish head was faint above the mahogany body. With a gradient to deep black it contrasts against the sunlight. Creme brulee, vanilla, cherry Pop Tarts, peanut butter, chocolate chop cookies, and anise are the most evident aspects. Other things lurk in the background as well to create a rich but not overwhelming profile.
Flavor / Palate - Fluid and creamy it slides across the throat. Strongly vanilla and chocolately with chili powder, graham crackers, coffee, and peanut brittle also show up at times. It tastes more like the Choklat than the Jahva. With a bit more time it will smooth out I think; if you happen to have two bottles drink one now and save one for six months to a year.
jcwattsrugger (10938) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle–pours a rich light brown head and black color. Aroma is rich hot chocolate-chocolate. Taste is earthy hops, strong chocolate/some coffee-some burnt, some alcohol. Occasional. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark black color with a huge creamy dark tan head. The aroma was fabulous mix of strong sweet chocolate syrup, vanilla and sweet coffee. The flavor was strong with malted milk, sweet chocolate, vanilla and a hint of coffee with moderate floral hops and light fruity hops underneath. The finish was long and turned bitter with a more pronounced hoppiness dominating the chocolate and vanilla. Wonderful.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pint poured jet black with a creamy tan head. Big coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Bakers chocolate in the initial punch in the gut with a light coffee in the background. This was a nice marriage of the Jahva and Choklat. More to the choloate side, but still very nice. Easy going down. Now I know to age the bottle in the basement to see what happens.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one one might have crossed the line a bit for me. It just is a little too much coffee and cream. Reminds me of a dark chocolate milkshake. It does come across fresh and chocolaty, it is definately very drinkable. I just think it may be a littel too close to a choco mocha drink. I am glad i tried it, although these things are way too expensive. Probably stick to the other Southern Tier Beers though.
bigrond (1435) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer blew me away. Smooth and creamy. Reminded me of a milkshake. Very comparable to Youngs Chocolate stout, but this has the subtle coffee kick. Excellent beer. Don’t pass this one up.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a short cap of beige head.. quite clear. The aroma picked up decadent cake-like chocolates all over the place with lesser notes of coffee and vanilla.. warm, but with no overt alcohol presence.. earthy spice emerged as it warmed up. The flavor had a blend of cocoa, darker chocolates, and a really nice roast of coffee accented by molasses, vanilla, and earth.. spicy and warm on the back-end with more of the coffee. Heavier-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a syrupy texture to it.. some boozy presence, but you can’t feel the full 11%. Very good stuff.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark chocolate colored body with a moderate tan head that subsided quickly. Redolent of spicy sweet licorice, strong coffee and chocolate milk, and subdued chocolate covered banana. Flavor of bitter earthy coffee, coffee beans, caramelized cafe au lait, then it turns malty reminiscent of a doppelbock, roast barley, licorice, rooty, vanilla-citric bite at the end. Palate was medium bodied, which I consider light for the style, but it was soft and creamy, close to syrupy, and warming in the finish. I like to try this one fresh from the tap to really judge its complexity, since I cellared this one a couple months.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle - Pours a thick dk brown with a nice tan head...aroma is what you’d expect from the Blackwater series, rich rich coffee and chocolate...flavour is great as well, bitter cocoa and coffee with a nice malty component that lingers... shared this with a few other folks so I really liked it...
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared with MrBunn and my brother. Oh my God is that good. Smells like chocolate milk. Pours black with a thin head. Flavor is a smooth creamy goodness made almost entirely of milk chocolate and some vanilla. According to MrBunn and Curt, hes right. Its F*ing great.