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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Tasted at the Cigar City – Swamp Head tap take-over event. It pours muddy mahogany with tan head. The aroma offers up citrus hops, sweet citrusy jam, citrus hop resin and a modest level of dark roasted malts. The taste is crisp and hoppy citrusy goodness going from orange peel to tangelo to sweet orange marmalade and then into bitter grapefruit juice. I only get modest to mild levels of various dark roasted malts and chocolate malts. Yummy easy drinking brew, and I drank a lot of this during the event, but this is on the outer edges (the sessionable edge) of this new beer style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
3/18/11. On tap. Mild roasted aroma with big citrusy catpee hops. Bigger roasted coffee and chocolate flavor again lingering with citrus hops. If not for the watery body and somewhat watery flavor, this wouldn’t be half bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7837) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7417) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Lounge - on tap. Dark, black. tar-like pour, medium thick mocha colored head, nice sticky web of lacing. Fresh, aromatic spruce-like aroma with a touch of earthiness followed by some fresh black dirt accents. Brief licorice notes in the flavor, some chocolate accents, citrus hints and an earthy back end of fresh potting soil. Mouthfeel is sufficiently chewy and thick. All in all, very solid and I am liking what I am seeing from this brewery thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle @ RBWG on the Brewbus. Thanks to whoever shared this! Brown pour with a small head. Sort of a soapy start to the nose that gives way to pine cones and fresh-tilled warth. Toasted bread and softly sweet yeasty character. Flavor of pointed pine hoppiness. Cracked black pepper. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (7065) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle shared on the RBWG brew bus
Clear brown with a medium sized beige head, good lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and bready. Flavors of toasted malts and chocolate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6666) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6596) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell. Thanks! 6.8%. Dark brown orange, small foamy white head. Aroma is mostly celery, some plastic, pine. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is twiggy, bread, resin. Malt-forward with some classic hoppy flavours coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6101) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle on the Brew Bus during the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of roast, toasty oats. Tastes of big roast, oats, chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish.

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