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The Butcher - Societe Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Schmaltzy on 07-20-2012

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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.

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On tap at Societe.

A: Pitch black with two fingers of dense dark brown froth. Good retention with scattered lacing.

S: Charred malt, earth, blackstrap molasses, and dark chocolate. Prominent licorice presence blends with light alcohol notes. Soft milk chocolate and sweeter malt characteristics come out as the beer opens up.

T: Strong roasted grain presence with pervasive licorice and molasses notes. Bittersweet dark chocolate accompanies a moderate bitterness. Big licorice notes in the boozy bitter charred and slightly astringent finish.

M: Lower full in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Not really my style of Imperial Stout in that it's heavier on the roast and licorice than I prefer, but it's well made and still pretty enjoyable.

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The Butcher from Societe Brewing Co.
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