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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5285) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle during RBWG thanks to Swamp Head. Pours a clear brown with small beige head. The aroma is bready malt and wet hop. Thin mouth with roasted malts, chocolate light dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This fluffy Black Pale Ale benefits from floral and fruity notes, making the roasted chestnut and tobacco allusions become even more engaging.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark mahogany.
-The mouthfeel is very comfortable, just like their bottled Smoked Porter’s.
-This is quite intricate!
-The resinous hop bitterness balances out the malt and yeast contributions.
-All in all, this is very drinkable.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
A dark brown ale with a thin frothy brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with grassy hops, light coffee grind, musty character, pleasant and complex. In mouth, a nice bitter sweet chocolate with fruity esters, light floral hops, grapefruit pulp, woody notes, very nice. Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1561) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bomber. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head and hoppy, citrusy aroma. Taste is hoppy and citrusy with pine up front along with nice roasted melt and chocolate notes that go into the finish. Very nice black IPA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1635) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a dark deep muddy brown pour with a small creamy have head. Nose is hoppy and bittersweet with descent citrus. Tadte is bitter with some pine and rest and a myriad of citrus. Finishes on hoppy notes as well and ends on a nice bittersweet citrus flavor. Nice BIPA ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4324) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, brownish, tan head. The smell is hops, toast, roast, slight fruit, nice. The taste is hops, malts, fruits, roast, good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4147) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
750 mL bottle black with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of pine, roasted malts, chocolate, grapefruit. Taste is of pine, roasted malts, bitter herbs, and cocoa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Deep brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is roasted maltiness, coffee, and resiny hops. Flavor is semi sweet malt start with the roastiness coming through. A nice bitter finish, a touch of which I think comes from the malt. Just a touch fizzy at the end but solid @bp

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (7226) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by voodoofish65usf - thanks again, Chris! Pours a dark amber-brown with a soft khaki head that laces the glass. Aroma of tobacco, chocolate, citrus zest, pepper, toast, earth, and oak. Chris suspected this might be a few months old, but it seemed more like a year-plus old, like something bad is starting to set in way too soon. Flavor of earth, metal, tobacco, citrus, toast, dark fruit, and tannins. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a thinned, tannic, sweet, metallic mouthfeel. A bit off. Didn’t really work for me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (6692) - Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by Chris. Pours a clear cola brown with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma and flavor have a tart, funky thing going on like there is some infection, wood, tannins maybe, but doesn’t seem much like a black IPA.


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