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The Butcher - Societe Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

217 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 15
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Sammy, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

t0rin0, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Vintage batch 1 keg.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and has aged fairly well in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

zestar, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

largadeer, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

SocalKicks, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a wispy cap and thin collar, leaving tiny spots of lace behind. Black body.

S - Plenty of roasted grains, cocoa, molasses, light dark fruits, perhaps a hint of char or burnt coffee. Really impressive aroma for a straight-up RIS. Great balance and no alcohol to be found.

T - The taste doesn't have the same sweetness as the aroma, but it's still quite enjoyable. Heavy on the roast, with light notes of cocoa and vanilla, and a bitter anise-heavy finish. Again, not much in the way of alcohol.

M - Medium-full body, smooth texture, pleasant lower-level carbonation, and minimal warming for the listed ABV.

D - It's nice to reminded that a stout can be this good without going in a barrel of some sort. The flavor is a tad too bitter for me to drink this in large quantities, but otherwise it's a very well-crafted and somewhat traditional take on the style. Will have to try more offerings form Societe in the future.

MasterSki, Sep 22, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Richly flavored but somewhat less thick-bodied than you might expect. Winey dark roast taste. Lots of malt coming from every direction.

Really big chocolate caramel candy flavor. Bitterness of blackened barley and plenty of hops. Actually a pretty good balance of malt and hops. Creamy and buttery in the mouth with a hint of ripe cheese. Dark and bitter chocolate bars is the strong flavor.

Handsome brownish black in the big tulip glass. Nice malty, caramel aroma. Plenty of spritz to start but flattens out leaving an oily mouthfeel. On tap at the Regal Beagle in San Diego.

mactrail, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Small Bar in San Diego, CA. March 2013.

Pitch black and opaque with a one finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Nice roasted malt aroma with sweet chocolate notes.  Well balanced with dark and milk chocolate notes, gourmet coffee bean and oatmeal countered by baker's chocolate and dessert fudge/cake-like sweetness.  

Medium bodied and slightly viscous with a nice balance of deep roast and sweet malt notes.  Burnt sugars, roasted coffee bean, oatmeal and dark chocolate countered by lactose cream, sweet bakers chocolate, fudge, dark chocolate cake, caramel and toffee.  Nicely balanced.  Really dry and slightly burnt up front but the lactose and sweeter malt notes come in on the back end balancing things out.  ABV is invisible making this beer very easy to drink.  

corby112, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

drewone, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

orangesol, Feb 18, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7/20/2012

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.

HopHead84, Jul 21, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

ShanePB, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

chippo33, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

bsuedekum, May 10, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Societe. Black. Smell was pretty damn great. Thick black malts, roasty and dense. Really just a great aroma. The flavor was aiight but didn't really hit the notes suggested by the aroma. Alcohol was not well disguised but it is a Russian imperial stout so what do you expect? I'd buy this again to smell it and hope that the taste would live up to aroma.

ArrogantB, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

eawolff99, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 29, 2013
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The Butcher from Societe Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.