Holywaters7 (3) - - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
This is a fantastic dark ale. It drinks like a black pale ale, slightly hoppy but that’s a good thing. Aroma is citrusy, appearance is black and the mouth feel is smooth. The taste is citrusy and sweet with hoppy bitterness, oh so delicious. This is one of the best dark ales I’ve ever had. Trust me if you try it you will enjoy it. suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Black pour. Big khaki head that lasts for a good amount of time. Tons of lacing as the carbonation continues to add volume to the head. Huge aroma of danky hops and citrus. It smells like a cup of fresh hops. Piney, resinous, hops. There is some note of chocolate, orange, and malt. A very smooth mouthfeel with a slight bitterness. Taste is a very slight coffee and tons of hops. This is a really great beer. One2remeber (247) - Bucktown, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Draft. Review 07.15.11.
A: Caramel, tan head that shows hints of creamy white in the middle signaling it is not a typical stout, or at least not one that I’ve seen. Extremely dark body with hints of light brown on the edges while holding up to the light. Carbonation looks spot on, with a quick shake the head retention becomes as thick as desired (common in the heavy molasses tasting brews).
S: A hop head would fall over in his chair after a whiff of this beautiful bouquet of hops jumping out of the glass. Heavy citrus hops with hints of grapefruit telling me I’m really going to enjoy this interpretation of an IPA. A lot more going on in the smell but my amateur nose can not decipher the subtle differences.
T: WOW! There is some major flavor going on with a couple transitions. Starts off soft, mild with a light alcohol presence that quickly goes away and does not come back. Middle of the taste is an explosion of citrusy hops and low acidic fruit that go easy on your palate. Finishes with hints of chocolate malts that linger without all the bitterness common in stouts. For as much flavor going on, Blackwater is extremely balanced.
M: Way too drinkable. Makes me sad this a limited release brew. I could really get use to making this my go-to. From the hop profile, to carbonation, to mild malt backbone, this is an extremely impressive Black IPA that will set standards for the relatively new style.
O: I’m glad I moved down to Florida:) Between Swamp Head and Cigar City it seems I have a new favorite every couple months. Blackwater, being an off the way IPA, far surpasses my expectations and I’m looking forward to trying more of their creations. raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Great brew out of the terrible swamp, drank a lot of it at Green Room in Jax Beach. If you can get this then do it! Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours dark unclear chestnut black with a big creamy light cocoa head. The fresh pine cascade hop aroma is still refreshing a few weeks old. The flavor is spot on as well with the refreshing cascade piney but smooth hops on a perfect creamy body with just the right chocolate toasted backbone.
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Tap at Proof thanks to local RB folks: Poured a deep black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light hops. Taste is nice gritty full flavored hops. Very nice black IPA. Dogbrick (13006) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Sample at Dunedin. 4000 beers, with no end in sight. This brew pours black with a medium tan head that recedes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with notes of malt and piney hops. Medium body with flavors of toasted malt, resiny hops, pine and citrus. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Solid Black IPA all around. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2012
on tap-pours black with a tan head. Aroma is resin/citrus, roasty dark malt. Taste is resin/citrus-grapefruit, roasty dark malt. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Earlier Rating: 1/2/2012 Total Score: 4.1
on tap @GABF-pours black with a tan head and trailing lace. Aroma is resin/lemon, dark malt. Taste is resin/lemon hops, roasty dark malt-cocoa. Soft carbonation. Full body.
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! hopdog (12510) - 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.