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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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FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Truly a pitch black body, a few fingers of fluffy khaki head recede to a thin cap that goes on to retain from start to finish. Loads of fresh oatmeal, milk chocolate, some faint dry flaky hops, fresh cream, some brown ale characteristics. Super smooth and velvety, oatmeal, slightly bitter chocolate... incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I think this growler’s gettin’ kicked tonight no problem.

4
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.

4
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
I didn’t really order this, but it was busy and when I said “Old Ale” the barkeep thought I said “Oatmeal”. Oh well, never one to waste good beer….A very slow pour. Nitro tap is set to pour at a trickle. Black as night. Tight, mocha head. Roasty malt aroma. Roasty malt taste. Slight hops in the finish. Not as “velvety smooth” as some oatmeal stouts I’ve had. But still, this is a meal in a glass. Notes of vanilla, white chocolate as well. Very satisfying.

4
tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
On draught at Town Hall. Imagine yourself on a cold winter night (not that hard up here in MN), with the fire on, sipping this on a comfy couch. What kind of beer would you picture. This one! Heck yah! Nutty aroma. Oatmeal, Vanilla, Licorice, warming...This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I’ve tried to date. Definitely will order again the next time a frequent the joint.

4
hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Tasted from Growler acquired in trade with kms399 (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas, which increased in coplexity as the beer warmed, of tobacco, smoke, light oatmeal, chocolate, some dark fruits and roasted malts. I got something different everytime I smelled this one. Tastes of chocolate, raisins, and oatmeal. I found the tastes not as complex as the aromas. Smooth body with some lacing.

4
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, 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.

4
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Loved it! RBSG 2007. Think and creamy , sweet and delicious like a fine roasted blend of coffees and chocolates. Smooth finish.

4
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2007
RBSG 2007 Pub Crawl - Black, tan creamy head, Nose held notes of soft roasted coffee, creamy vanilla oats, milk chocolate, and hints of caramel. Lightly burned chocolate malt flavor is well balanced with a touch of roasted sweet caramel. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry bittersweet finish. One of the better TH brews this night...

4
arminjewell (9729) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours thick black with deep tan head, smell is roasted malt with coffee and chocolate. Taste upfront is coffee and bitter chocolate, really creamy mouth feel from the oatmeal, and ends nicely with smooth roasted/smoky malts. Excellent beer!

4
HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Tap at the brewery. Jet black pour with a thick brown head that eventually settles down into a ring around the glass. Big roasty nose, burnt oak and Italian roast coffee. Taste is all roast at first but then fades into vanilla beans and whipped cream. It is silky smooth in the mouth. Amazing -- like velvet on the palate. I would love to try an imperial version of this. Great stout.


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