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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (5699) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Black Olive colored pour; mocha colored head with good lacing. Good sweet chocolately aroma. Has a bit too much lacticity for my taste. Good bittersweet chocolate notes make a presence but the mouthfeel is just a bit thin. Overall, not bad and would order a pint or two next time around.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Jet black and oily. Roasty, dark vinous nose. Very sweet to the tongue, some robsutness late...rather light for style but eminently drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Dark Color. Good Head. Chocolate. Malt. Roasts. Very watery, plenty of flavor... not a bad stout

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Original Rate - June 29, 2004: Nice black color with a tan head.Aroma is a little dim, but hints at chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is good. It’s more like a porter than a stout. It certainly did not seem like a sweet stout. More chocolate, coffee, malt. Very, very thin body, probably the thinnest I’ve ever tasted for a stout. 6-4-8-4-16 Re-rate on cask - December 9th, 2004: The first main difference is the body. H2O on cask is incredibly smooth and creamy with just a gorgeous head. The taste picked up an amazing chocolate covered cherry surprise. Fantastic! 7-5-9-5-17

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
Oatmeal stout ranks high among my favorite styles, and I'm up to try any example, but this one went far beyond any expectations! Appearance: a very perfect darkness, but perhaps soft around the sides, and not fully black, though entirely opaque, with a solid, standing 1/2" head of cocoa-colored foam. Aroma: light and creamy on the very first sniff, but thereafter, bitter, but softly so, and rich and redolent with espresso character. This has to be the coffee-est of non-explicity-coffee-stouts I've encountered, and it's no wonder that Town Hall's Coffee Stout, made with this beer, drenched in grounds and such, has to be ranked as my favorite coffee stout of all, beating out Bell's Java, Z St. Mocha, and any/all comers. On the tastebuds, every flavor found in the aroma has it's way with the senses. Fully flavorful, all the way, not too bitter, not too sweet, just perfect! Rich, roasty, rewarding. Malt is huge, hops small. Body isn't exactly full, finish is smooth and coffeeish to the last. A very easy-drinking stout, and extraordinarily packed with flavor for a style that doesn't often live up to it's potential, in many examples. This is definitely my kind of stout. And this new assessment makes it harder to decide on my favorite beer from Town Hall. Too many good ones! I took notes on a cask version at the end of last year...infinitely smoother, and the coffee character still stands tall. P.S. I still don't know if the Doobie Brothers inspired the name of this beer, investigation is still pending...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1277) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, 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.

3.3
   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.

4
   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.


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