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The Butcher - Societe Brewing Co.

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The Butcher
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Schmaltzy on 07-20-2012)
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Reviews by CAMRAhardliner:
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

I tried this on tap at the brewery a few days ago. Reviewed from notes.

Light repelling obsidian black with a dark brown cap. Head retention is excellent. The aroma is roasted malts and espresso and dark chocolate in the back. Strong burnt toast roastyness in the taste. Chewy, thick dark malts mix with plenty of bitter hops in the fray. The mouthfeel is velvety thick on the verge of oily. A long lasting bitterness, equal parts from the roasted malts and hops, makes up the finish. Alcohol heat is always kept in check, never detracting from the roasty assault.

This is a fantastic Imperial Stout. Very dry and bitter. If you like your stouts with a strong roasty character, this one's for you.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout with a thin, creamy, light brown head that leaves behind a thin ring all the way down the glass, leaving irregular webs of lace. This is a very pretty imperial stout--gorgeous, really.

Bold roast aroma dominates, with a bit of ash and char as well. There's mild dark fruit character along with a hint of alcohol, but the bold, expressive, roasted malt is more than dominant.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though slightly more complex. The roasted malt shines again, with a bit of a grainy chocolate flavor as well, along with alcohol warmth.

Medium to near full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

These guys continue to impress!

ehammond1, Aug 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

A nice middle of the road black color, substantial 1.33" head on the chalice. Sure is pretty. Retention solid. Lacing very good. Aroma was pretty simple, heavily roasted malt, no alcohol discernable, smelled like virgin oak. Straightforward.

Taste, wow, chewy, big malt base eats up all the alcohol perceptibility. Serious bitter notes. Not very sweet, we're talkin' that dark baker's chocolate that offers just as much bitterness as it does sweetness. The liquid fits the description of "coating" the mouth. Silky and bitter at the same time. Carbonation is spot on, a little lower than other offerings at the brewery.

Just a massive straight up stout with tons of two row, and keeps the chocolate and coffee to a minimum. Never picked up on any wood in the taste. Pretty substantial stuff, and yet, enjoyable to drink throughout.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -14.6%

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Not much of a head.

Smell - Extremely roasty. Some hop character, I think. Coffee.

Taste - Super roasty. Bitter. Grassy. Coffee. Minimal sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation. Very bitter.

Overall - Intense stout. Very bitter. Too much for my taste.

Alieniloquium, Dec 17, 2013
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The Butcher from Societe Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.