BMMillsy (1153) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Gator Beverage. Black/dark brown pour with a nearly one finger tan head, looking pretty creamy. Huge dry pine aroma, some wood, sweet malt, spicy grains. Flavor is up front pine, chocolate, and a dry spicy finish. Medium mouthfeel, lingering spice. Medium carb. Pretty smooth beer and very nice. Relatively easy to drink. Solid beer and now one of my favorites from Swamp Head.
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jjuf1853 (1201) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2013 Draft at Swamp Head tasting room. Pours an opaque black color with a thin tan head. Moderate webbed lacing along the glass. Lots of citrus hops in the aroma but a fair amount of roasted malts as well. Nice amount of bitterness in the finish. Quite tasty.
BoostIPA (1112) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of bmmilsey, thanks bro! Pours a near black, thin looking coming out of the bottle with a ginormous tan head. Aromas of roast and topical fruity hops. Taste is similar - roasty, fruity clean tropical hops. Pretty juicy. Finishes with a roast and a hop bite. Only detraction is the ultra-thin mouthfeel. Decent, by any measure.
AGknights44 (18) - - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Noticeably different from other black IPAs as mentioned with chocolate wheat rather than roasted grains. Flavor is slight dark fruit, citrus, chocolate, and wheat. Bitterness and alcohol presence are hidden compared to other BIPAs. Tastes great and offers new dimensions to the style
DialSquare (2316) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From an old note. No idea where I tried it. swamphead blackwater - nice - more ipaish - pine, reasony, grapefruit- very drinkable - less of the harsh malty from most bipa’s, 7.6
PorterPounder (5206) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to G311 for sharing this one. Served in a mini tulip.
Pours a very dark brown color with a nice off-white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dosage of pine and light roast plus faint citrus in the background. Flavor is also roasty with a nice hop component. Light-medium body and good carbonation. Very solid.
radagast83 (4134) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sloshgator (353) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Swamp Head Darkwater Floridian Dark Ale is a decent take on a unique style. Light hoppy aroma but not very complex. Dark pour with a frothy head. Taste is hoppy but not complex with some roasted barley notes. While Darkwater is enjoyable and unique, it is not really a standout as an IPA nor as a black ale.