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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1153) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8529) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
750ml bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, pine, and floral. Tastes of coffee, roast, pine, some earth, and lighter chocolate.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (4908) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1709) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pretty much black with a booming tan head that leaves some thick scattered lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy; pine and some citrus, with toasted malt. Smooth drinking initially before the bitter pine hops kick in. A bit roasty, with toasted grains, and earthy hop character. There’s a splash of citrus but it’s buried in amongst the other flavors. The finish is dry and shows lingering charred malty notes. Good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4347) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjuf1853 (1201) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2012) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Appatently this is the new name for "blackwater". Pours a thick black on tap with nice tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and a nice hoppy finish. Taste follows suit, with a nice bitter finish. Great, perhaps the best swamp head.
Earlier Rating: 7/19/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Pours a thick black on tap with nice tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and a nice hoppy finish. Taste follows suit, with a nice bitter finish. Great, perhaps the best swamp head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1458) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft at proof. Deep brown, almost black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is strong pine and grassy hops with some underlying roasted malt notes. Flavor has nice pine, floral, and more grass notes with some roasted malts. Nice bitter finish. Pretty tasty!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2012
on tap-pours black with a tan head. Aroma is resin/citrus, roasty dark malt. Taste is resin/citrus-grapefruit, roasty dark malt.
Earlier Rating: 1/2/2012 Total Score: 4.1
on tap @GABF-pours black with a tan head and trailing lace. Aroma is resin/lemon, dark malt. Taste is resin/lemon hops, roasty dark malt-cocoa. Soft carbonation. Full body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4141) - 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.


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