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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
From the 750ml bottle. Pours black with a thick off white head. Citrus and dark roasted grain aroma. Medium body, caramel malts, citrus hops and light roasted malts in the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2579) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2318) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2316) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2250) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Black pour. Big khaki head that lasts for a good amount of time. Tons of lacing as the carbonation continues to add volume to the head. Huge aroma of danky hops and citrus. It smells like a cup of fresh hops. Piney, resinous, hops. There is some note of chocolate, orange, and malt. A very smooth mouthfeel with a slight bitterness. Taste is a very slight coffee and tons of hops. This is a really great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (1989) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1728) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1717) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1710) - 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.


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