Darkwater | Swamp Head Brewery

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126 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
swamphead.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jdmpolk on 03-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.68/5  rDev -32%

Photo of mklisz
2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thin feel, oxidized flavor, unpleasant nose

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of ox1574
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Burial Brewery snifter
ABV 6.8%

A - Poured a very dark brown/amber. One finger tan head that quickly dissipated.

S- grassy/nutty/piney aroma when first opened. As the beer warmed up to 55 degrees or so, malt/caramel notes came out.

T - LIghter than expected due to its color. Piney hops and more bitter than I anticipated.

M - Low carbonation made the mouthfeel very light and watery.

O - Decent dark ale, easy drinking, I definitely wouldn't turn down another one!

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the best human being in Florida, moose3285 for this extra that came clanking along with a truckload of other FL goodness. Dark glass 750ML bottle split with my wife.

True to the name, this beer is both dark & mostly made up of water, though there's red highlights in there, too. Carbonation is on the high side. A sniffle brings forth that typical odd clash of a 'black ale': heavy roast duking it out with citrus & pine hoppiness. Touch of smoke, chocolate as it warms. Strangely appealing.

Darkwater can't quite break the mold of a black ale. Heavy, heavy roast emerges immediately & goes toe-to-toe with a heavy hand of citrusy hops, with a quick lash of bitterness. Tastes like weak coffee with a handful of tea leaves thrown in (or hop leaves, I suppose). Vanishing chocolate & malt in the middle is washed away in a flash flood of bitterness on the end that tastes unfortunately like the dregs in the coffee pot. The weak coffee metaphor swells as the beer warms. Half a bomber? Well, OK, since it's here by my left hand.

Yet another beer where the aromatics don't translate well onto the taste buds. This one had real promise, but fizzled out; the combo of overpowering roast & thin mouthfeel left me wanting. Decent enough, but I'm more disappointed because I feel like this one was close. Something was lost in the translation.

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3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with lots of tan head. Nose is light roast, hint of marshmallow, citrusy hops. Taste is sweeter, roast is very light, notes of dark malts, a good bit of citrus and notes of candied sugar. Gets a little sweet, strong carb and a light body. Flavors are a bit muted.

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3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Earlycsquid for sharing this one at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with roast, char, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a solid smell, but the flavors are a bit watery and boring to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Darkwater from Swamp Head Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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