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Darkwater - Swamp Head Brewery

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jdmpolk on 03-05-2011)
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Opaque deep brown with a thin tannish white head. Good lacing and very thin collar. Aroma of dark caramel and chocolate. Taste is very chocolatey, but of dark chocolate. Also dark malt. Medium body and low-medium carbonation. Decent beer. Damn I hate this character limit.

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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 6.8% ABV, per the bottle label.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. A couple fingers of head. Murky dark brown. Looks kinda icky, maybe that's just the association I make with the name of the beer. I just can't get the image out of my head of Swamp Head filling the boil kettle with scummy water drawn from some stagnant pond in the dead of Florida summer. But at least the head retains nicely.

Smell - Grassy hops, some grapefruit. Nutty and chocolatey. Equal parts hop and dark malts.

Taste - Hops at the start. Very grassy tasting. The roasted malts are more prominent. Less nutty, more coffee and roast. Combines with the grass hops to give it a bit of a harsh taste, but it's good.

Mouthfeel - As I said, it gets a bit harsh. Bitter from hops and roast. Thin, too.

Overall - This Black Ale category has so many variations, but I think this fits pretty well. Roasted malts, lots of hops, and not sweet. It's not an easy marriage of flavors to accept at first, but I quite enjoyed it.

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Pours with a black body with red-brown highlights at the edges. A thin tan head caps the beer and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

What this beer lacks in appearance is made up for in every other aspect.

The aroma is chocolate, dark malts (not roasty), and lots of American hops.

The taste follows the nose to a T. The hops are floral and fruity and very bright which matches nicely with the mild, milk chocolate and dark fruit flavors provided by the malts. The bitterness is very smooth and balanced nicely with the flavor of the hops.

Medium bodied beer with a nice mild carbonation that accentuates that body and the chocolate flavors.

Overall I really enjoy this beer, it is right up there with the other Black IPAs that are out there, albeit a bit different as you can actually taste the "black" part of the name.

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Darkwater from Swamp Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.