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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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A dark, hoppy Floridian Dark Ale. This award winning dark ale features a rich smoothness and complex hop profile.

Blackwater Floridian Dark Ale is an American-style Black Ale at the low end of the IPA alcohol range (6.4% ABV), with an abundance of hop flavor and aroma. It represents what we consider to be an improvement on what are being called Black IPAs, or Cascadian Dark Ales, deriving its "darkness" from chocolate wheat malt rather than the bitter roasted barley used in most examples of this new style. The name is derived from Florida’s "Blackwater" rivers, which are dark in tannins from the native oak trees.

Blackwater was created through a collaboration between Head Brewer Craig Birkmaier and Eric Luman, Head Brewer at Jacksonville’s Green Room brewery. It was judged the Best Beer in Florida at the 2011 Best Florida Beer Competition.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (4906) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Thanks to my 2013 Summer Secret Santa for this one! Pours reddish brownish black, with a huge tan head. Spicy, piney aroma, with notes of coffee. Flavor is much more coffee-ish than the aroma suggests, plus some piney flavors mixed in. Some other vague woody notes as it warms. Crisp finish. Really tasty stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Dark black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Nice Dark ale aroma and light finish. I was impressed with the aroma more than the flavor. This was a decent dark ale attempt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Draft at GABF 2012. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is some coffee, some pine, some mild citrus, and some roasted malts. Flavor follows closely to the nose. Interesting Black IPA overall.
Earlier Rating: 5/18/2011 Total Score: 3.6
On draft at Cigar City for the Swamp Head Tap Takeover. Pours a thick murky brown with a tan head. Nose is nice malt presence, and some roast, plenty of pine, bitter citrus, and earthy herbacious hops. Flavor is nice amount is malt, some coffee-esque flavor, and fair amounts of hops. Medium-bodied and a nice black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Had this one at SAVOR. Aroma was roasted malts, not overpowering - which is often my issue with a lot of Black Ales. A touch of earthy citrus and earthy notes to it as well. Flavor was earthy notes, citrus, roasted malts. Pretty tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Tasting at Kevin’s. Hoppy nose. LIght body. Not sure if this is trying to be a black IPA since brownish body. Hops dominate any other flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (3580) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a dark mahogany with a frothy off white head. The aroma is weak grassy hop. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a liqourice bitter dry hop slightly watery palate with the slightest hint of barnyard.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3453) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Tap at Proof thanks to local RB folks: Poured a deep black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light hops. Taste is nice gritty full flavored hops. Very nice black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3245) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Poured a brown color with aromas of light citrus hops, and some roast. Flavors are the same, meh, this is not my style, and not what I expect from a black IPA, ok beer overall, but will pass on it the next time I see it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2562) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
From the 750ml bottle. Pours black with a thick off white head. Citrus and dark roasted grain aroma. Medium body, caramel malts, citrus hops and light roasted malts in the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Near black opaque, full tan head. Sharp citric catty nose of cascade hops. Resiny citric bitter finish. Some roast. Very reminiscent of Shakespeare Stout, but more rough around the edges. Still fairly nice.


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