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This is our strongest, darkest and most heavy regular offering. It is virtually black in color and features rich roasted malt flavor with a delicate caramel and vanilla finish. It is carbonated and served with the use of nitrogen gas, giving the Black Water a beautiful cascading pour and thick, creamy foam atop your glass. Made with only the freshest American malts and English hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Light, choclatey sweet aroma. Loads of chocolate flavor, quite sweet. No traces of roast. A bit vinious. Rich, but a bit sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2003
cask. they just started serving this from the cask recently. tons better than the tap... slight aroma of berries and coffee. much more lacing and denser head w/the cask version. lots of chocolate, slight coffee flavors. creamier than guinness. lots of flavor. much more flavor than the regular tap version and sweeter. a very delightful glass of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2003
I had this one at the brewpub. The pint arrived an opaque black color with a creamy looking tan head that subsided pretty quickly and left no lace. The aroma was of dark roasted malt. The flavor started out dry, faded into a chocolaty profile, then finished with a very slight coffee bitterness. The palate was medium rich. Overall, this was not as sweet as I would like for a Sweet Stout, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Tan head, nice lace, sponge like in it's density, ruby to dark brown color; floral/rosy aroma, kinda tastes like cherrios and dark chocolate milk, with some late bitterness and roasted grain. Nice, unique oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Color is nearly opaque black, some hinderence of light passing through the edges, solid thick and creamy light brownish head looking like whipped watery oatmeal, crumbles slowly into some lumps and lace in rings that breaks into spots and strings. Smell is roastly sweet malts and oats and tanged of light bitterness, a bit subdued, very sweet chocolate chip-like notes and a touch of dark coffee with hints of hops and yeast. Taste picks up some from the smell with a pretty nice amount of darkly roasted malts, maybe some black malts as well, with a twinge of chocolate, quite a nice sensible sweetness derived from the oats, a light hoppyness thats very easy and mellow located near the middle areas and a light coffee sense dancing around in there as well. The sweetness varies some from sip to sip, its quite subtle and complex throughout, its a little hard to grasp cuz the coffee keeps creeping in just when I'm getting use to the milky choclate. Feel is sweetly smooth and solid medium body with a nice finish that ends nearly just as smooth as the beginning. Pretty nice oatmeal stout, I think maybe the nitro might be sucking some of the life out of the flavors, could be richer, it reminded me a bit of a good dark dunkel minus the coffee. Soothing and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Dark cola body with creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee, mildly sweet. Taste is coffee, mildly sweet. Creamy smooth body. Maybe I've gotten so used to coffee beers that I need something more, but to me this beer seemed to just sit there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4352) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Black with brown head that laced the glass. Aroma of oatmeal and coffee. Improved over previous tasting. Great flavor of roasted coffee. Recently tried this on cask. Incredibly smooth and full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Tap. Solid black with a rimed brown head. Roasted rich malty aroma with some resinous flavors. This stout is creamy, roasted, and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2002
My buddy, on first taste, exclaimed ’a watery Malt-O-Meal’. Though slightly watery, there were some nice bold flavors here, coffee-like especially. It kept a nice head as well. This brewery tends to overcarbonation, IMHO, but produces very drinkable, uncomplex versions of the style. Same here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Black H20 gives off a faint, sweet aroma, though barely noticeable. The thead is thin to non-existent. Despite these aesthetic shortcomings, the first sip yields an eruption of flavor. A very tasty brew, and according to the Town Hall beer board, an award winner.

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