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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianDorry55 (330) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Draft at Swamp Head Tap Takeover at CCB. Pours dark brown with a red tint and a small beige head. Aroma is roast, piney hops, citrus, and raisins. Flavor is mostly ipa-ish. Pine hops, citrus hops, and grass. Medium body. Pretty good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pours black. Nose is heavy roast, piney hops, earthy, grains. Flavor is roast, some cocoa, hints of coffee, sweet citrus fruit background. Good black IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8541) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
Draft… Hunahpu’s Day 2011… Pours clear and black with flashes of ruby around the edges of the glass. Piney, hempen hops and burnt malt are the aromatic standouts. Medium-bodied and fizzy. The flavor leans slightly bitter with plenty of black malt and herbal hops. Short, crisp, mostly clean finish. Refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
3/18/11. On tap. Mild roasted aroma with big citrusy catpee hops. Bigger roasted coffee and chocolate flavor again lingering with citrus hops. If not for the watery body and somewhat watery flavor, this wouldn’t be half bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1230) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Kind of resembles a slightly hoppy porter. A bit like a dulled down Jose Marti, with some coffee notes, a piney hop quality, and a body that’s a bit too thin. Drinkable but not something I’m in a rush to have again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
On tap at Proof, pours with a slight tan head. Deep malty aroma, has a bit of gritty hoppiness. Slightly malty. Not to shabby, probably my favorite Swamp Head brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pacond (187) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Half pint, on-tap. Nice dark color that has typical aroma qualities of toasted malts and nice citrus hop profile.The body of this beer is thin and light and has a slightly sweet and light hoppy finish. The malts really do round out this beer nicely. I would have another one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2011
draft @ redlight redlight. Big floral hop nose, piney and citrusy, very resinous. Pours black with a thin tan head. Bitter hops upfront with hints of roasted malts but the hops really come through, piney and resinous with traces of grapefruit and bitter orange. Very nice!


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