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Swamp Head Darkwater Floridian Dark Ale

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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (552) - Apopka, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
On tap. Murky dark brown with small beige head. Subtle hoppy aroma. Piney bitter flavor with caramel malt undertones. Medium bodied, unique and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AGknights44 (18) - - MAR 7, 2014
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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a near clear dark brown with a fluffy tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a bit of earthy dark grains with some light fruits, a bit of pine and some chocolate backing. Flavor has a combination of earthy dark grains and pine with a bit of light fruit underlying.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Holywaters7 (3) - - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
This is a fantastic dark ale. It drinks like a black pale ale, slightly hoppy but that’s a good thing. Aroma is citrusy, appearance is black and the mouth feel is smooth. The taste is citrusy and sweet with hoppy bitterness, oh so delicious. This is one of the best dark ales I’ve ever had. Trust me if you try it you will enjoy it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1607) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle, courtesy Bud, thanks! Pours black with a tan head. Some retention/lace. Aroma of wheat, chocolate, light citrus, earth, vanilla. Taste is lightly bitter, big wheat, chocolate, earthy, quite sweet. Palate is soft, creamy, sweeter finish. Came off as weizenbock more than Black IPA to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mverity (249) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Opaque deep brown with a thin tannish white head. Good lacing and very thin collar. Aroma of dark caramel and chocolate. Taste is very chocolatey, but of dark chocolate. Medium body and low-medium carbonation. Decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cedwards1650 (15) - - DEC 15, 2013
Aroma has notes of vanilla, spice, and earthy tones w/ slight hint of chocolate. Pours dark brown. A malty slightly sweet at the beginning finishes a little bitter. Flavors of chocolate, kindda creamy, and dark roasted coffee.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (1664) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Pours dark brown, almost black with a big mocha head. Aroma big on malt and chocolate not on hops. Taste is bitter, dark chocolate, caramel malt. Bitter hops are present but not overpowering. Really nice, somewhat balanced but in a good way

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (451) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Black IPA close to a smooth hoppy stout. Malts and sharp piney hops in the nose. The taste has a roasted and smoky flavor which work well with the grassy hops. Light bodied. Good.

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (104) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Weak on the aroma but great taste. A little hoppy up front with good toasted malts and a little sweetness. Bitter but smooth finish and nice carbonation.


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