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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Draft @ Brewpub: Black, tan head, light lacing. Nose of bright chocolate and licorice, sweet mocha and a breve like coffee note. Moderately astringent flavor, super roasty and charred. A nice blend of creamy oatmeal though.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (5339) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5164) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Growler courtesy of hopscotch.Dark brown to near black. Nice roasted notes, dark chocolate, light coffee, some hints of alcohol and cocoa. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and dark fruit. Body is surprisingly bigger than expected and is almost chewy. Finishes with cocoa, chocolate and cofee, notes. Good beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2007
On tap at brewpub during RBSG planning meeting. Pours an opaque near black brew with a thick and creamy dark tan head. Nice spotty lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, oatmeal, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste is medium body, a little acidic, some bitterness in the finish. Palate is smooth and a little watery.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Had on tap at Town Hall in August 2009. Pours a dark black with a very nice brown head and a little bit of lacing. The smell is one of abundant roasted grains combined with bits of coffee and a few nibbles of chocolate. The oats work their way out as well. The taste brings the oats out a little bit more and also includes some mild bittering hops. The mouthfeel is very nice--medium-bodied and quite chewy. Very drinkable considering the style, and something I’d love to have a constant supple of as the leaves fall off the trees. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-01-2009

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
On tap, at brewpub. Flat black pour with a creamy brown head that had decent retention. The nose is big coffee and oatmeal with dark chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is nicely bitter and roasty with the coffee coming out on the finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Dries out on the finish nicely. Smooth and creamy mouth feel with just a touch of fizziness. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2007
On tap RBSG 07. An opague pour with a med tan head and lacing. A nose of dark chocolaty toasted malt with just a hint of abv on the nose. A very rich semi sweet chocolaty flavor that is followed by a good solid all over light bitter. Just a tad foamy and a touch thin. Not a gooy palate or slimy but slick in a good way. A good stout that is true to the style just a tiny bit thin but still solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Sample at Town Hall on 10/29/10. Black pour with a medium tan head. Roasty and chocolatey nose with a bit of dark fruit. Milk chocolate and malt flavor with a semi-roasty finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4625) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Pitch black body with a dense light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee & bitter burnt scents. Medium-bodied; Very nutty taste with good roasted malt flavours. Aftertaste shows more bitter tastes and more coffee flavours. Overall, not great-too much nuttiness for an oatmeal in my opinion. Many thanks to hopscotch for bringing this beer! I sampled from this growler at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4425) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for landing this growler. Pours a dark, dark brown with a large fluffy tan head. The more I poured from this growler into larger glasses the larger and more pronounced the head. Aroma of milk chocolate, tabacco, cherry, strawberry Twizzler and oatmeal. Really a lot going on in this aroma. Flavor was more smokey, chocolate and oatmeal.


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