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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Thanks to my 2013 Summer Secret Santa for this one! Pours reddish brownish black, with a huge tan head. Spicy, piney aroma, with notes of coffee. Flavor is much more coffee-ish than the aroma suggests, plus some piney flavors mixed in. Some other vague woody notes as it warms. Crisp finish. Really tasty stuff!

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hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
750ml bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, pine, and floral. Tastes of coffee, roast, pine, some earth, and lighter chocolate.

4
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle from Gator Beverage. Black/dark brown pour with a nearly one finger tan head, looking pretty creamy. Huge dry pine aroma, some wood, sweet malt, spicy grains. Flavor is up front pine, chocolate, and a dry spicy finish. Medium mouthfeel, lingering spice. Medium carb. Pretty smooth beer and very nice. Relatively easy to drink. Solid beer and now one of my favorites from Swamp Head.

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GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 11 Jan 2014 -- Poured from a bomber. This was a surprising beer, once I read the label of what it is. I tried it and really enjoyed the dark almost roasty malt base this beer had, with a great hoppy nose. On tasting the hops followed through to balance and subdue the malt, but there was no lingering hop flavor. Intriguing and delicious.

3.9
MacBoost (1962) - Victor, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle courtesy of bmmilsey, thanks bro! Pours a near black, thin looking coming out of the bottle with a ginormous tan head. Aromas of roast and topical fruity hops. Taste is similar - roasty, fruity clean tropical hops. Pretty juicy. Finishes with a roast and a hop bite. Only detraction is the ultra-thin mouthfeel. Decent, by any measure.

3.9
AGknights44 (68) - - MAR 7, 2014
Noticeably different from other black IPAs as mentioned with chocolate wheat rather than roasted grains. Flavor is slight dark fruit, citrus, chocolate, and wheat. Bitterness and alcohol presence are hidden compared to other BIPAs. Tastes great and offers new dimensions to the style

3.9
zgaier (1968) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bomber. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head and hoppy, citrusy aroma. Taste is hoppy and citrusy with pine up front along with nice roasted melt and chocolate notes that go into the finish. Very nice black IPA


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