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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2342) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (2100) - 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 (1782) - 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 (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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1702) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1629) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pour is black with lots of tan head. Nose is light roast, hint of marshmallow, citrusy hops. Taste is sweeter, roast is very light, notes of dark malts, a good bit of citrus and notes of candied sugar. Gets a little sweet, strong carb and a light body. Flavors are a bit muted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1524) - 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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