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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2354) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours dark unclear chestnut black with a big creamy light cocoa head. The fresh pine cascade hop aroma is still refreshing a few weeks old. The flavor is spot on as well with the refreshing cascade piney but smooth hops on a perfect creamy body with just the right chocolate toasted backbone.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5195) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Tap at Green Room Brewing in Jax Beach, FL. Pours a deep, clear maroon near black with a thin, coffee head. Spots of lace. Nose is muted- small ash and raisins with something like bacon wrapped plum, dark cherry, and tobacco. All is a bit hard to pick out without the typical robust aromatic hop nose you would expect in this style. Taste is prickly up front with bitter melon rind hops but no explosion you might want from Black IPA. More fruits, lemon, and gin spices like coriander. Carbonation is way to high. Body is a bit too attenuated. Finishes with some big resinous hop but the palate is still too thin and even comes off as lemony tart. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Near black opaque, full tan head. Sharp citric catty nose of cascade hops. Resiny citric bitter finish. Some roast. Very reminiscent of Shakespeare Stout, but more rough around the edges. Still fairly nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Sample at Dunedin. 4000 beers, with no end in sight. This brew pours black with a medium tan head that recedes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with notes of malt and piney hops. Medium body with flavors of toasted malt, resiny hops, pine and citrus. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Solid Black IPA all around.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raradel (325) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Great brew out of the terrible swamp, drank a lot of it at Green Room in Jax Beach. If you can get this then do it!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2308) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2011
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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3447) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Tap at Proof thanks to local RB folks: Poured a deep black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light hops. Taste is nice gritty full flavored hops. Very nice black IPA.


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