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The Butcher - Societe Brewing Co.

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The Butcher
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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The Butcher from Societe Brewing Co.
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