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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
JaBier (8027) - 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.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Growler as an extra from tytoanderso! Thanks Tyler, shared with some people at Lost Abbey. Pours with a black body and a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, leather and roast. Taste is roast, earthy, chocolate and leather. Pretty solid. Creamy body.

3.6
chriso (7548) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2004
DC gathering. This one had made a long journey by growler, but didn’t seem to have suffered too much on the trip. It had a typical big coffee aroma, which carried through on to the palate. Some bitter chocolate too and, despite the "sweet stout" tag, I found it quite dry. Lots of fruity accents. Not the biggest stout, but pretty respectable.

3.5
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Minneapolis, MN). Pours a near pitchblack opaque pour, a decent frothy grayish head, maybe light brown dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are sweetened coffee, cream, touches of cocoa and roasty grains. Initial is roasty, a fuller bodied, but not overly big. Tastes are roasted coffee, sweet cream, oatmeal, some cocoa, and earth smoke. Peanuts. Some smokiness, roasty, toast, sweet toffee. Not bad, the roast really strikes some good notes. Solid house sweeter slanted stout here, doesn’t overdo it, instead letting the roasted malts take over on the backend

3.7
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Rich dark nearly opaque brown pour with a thin, whispy light tan head. Aroma is malty, roasty and sweet with a touch of dry hoppiness. Has a caramel dark chocolate flavor with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg spice and some coffee mocha in the finish. Smooth, interesting and complex, an enjoyable brew.

3.3
ClarkVV (6748) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2004 growler @ the DCVAMD gathering. Good dark brown appearance, lightly hazy and a small fizzy beige head. Aroma of nuts, sour milk, malted milk and some dry roast. Flavor is quite roasty, lightly sweet, with a good amount of oatmeal smoothness, but it needs more body. The creaminess is dried out by the bitterness on the end. Didnt notice much belgian characteristic.

3.9
kramer (6682) - 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
jgb9348 (6316) - 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.

3.9
nuplastikk (6311) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Draft at Town Hall. Deep black-brown, with a long lasting rusty orange head. Sweet mossy,malty chocolate aroma. Rich chocolate and oatmeal tones. Quite smooth and mellow. Does the style right.

3.7
decaturstevo (6244) - 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.


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