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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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SPDickerman (955) - Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Pours dark mahogany with a medium sized tan head. Smells strongly of resinous pine. Taste is woody, piney, with hints of chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Swamp Head Darkwater Floridian Dark Ale finishes with a lingering woody dryness.

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!

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.

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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
S_Side_Smitty (459) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is deep dank citrus. Taste rich roasted malty laced with orange rind with a bitter chocolate finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4250) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
Draft - Roasty grapefruit. Lots of roast with a hoppy bitterness. Nice and balanced with a great finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1655) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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!

3.6
   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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Opaque deep brown with a thin tannish white head. Good lacing and very thin collar. Aroma of dark caramel and chocolate. Taste is very chocolatey, but of dark chocolate. Medium body and low-medium carbonation. Decent beer.


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