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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4923) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Tasting at Kevin’s. Hoppy nose. LIght body. Not sure if this is trying to be a black IPA since brownish body. Hops dominate any other flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4867) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4743) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2015
750ml bottle from THE Homer321, tanks brau. Poured a super deep brown that appears almost black under a large foamy beige head. Aroma/flavor of lightly burnt toast, medium black coffee, touch of vanilla, chocolate bar, roasted malts. Big body with high carbonation and a lingering aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (4736) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Poured a brown color with aromas of light citrus hops, and some roast. Flavors are the same, meh, this is not my style, and not what I expect from a black IPA, ok beer overall, but will pass on it the next time I see it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4435) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, brownish, tan head. The smell is hops, toast, roast, slight fruit, nice. The taste is hops, malts, fruits, roast, good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4231) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
750 mL bottle black with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of pine, roasted malts, chocolate, grapefruit. Taste is of pine, roasted malts, bitter herbs, and cocoa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3982) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3538) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle on the Brew Bus during the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of roast, toasty oats. Tastes of big roast, oats, chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3523) - Columbus, Ohio, 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3507) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell. Thanks! 6.8%. Dark brown orange, small foamy white head. Aroma is mostly celery, some plastic, pine. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is twiggy, bread, resin. Malt-forward with some classic hoppy flavours coming through.


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