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Black Betty - Beavertown Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-18-2013

Malt: Pale, Caragold, Caramalt, Wheat, Carafa II, Carafa III
Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Chinook, Citra
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Photo of nhaimes
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hunterjames
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbeckett
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nicely balanced and drinkable. Well crafted, but doesn't do anything new. Decent.

Photo of KyleMcD
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russwilliam
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kwjd
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Sept 15 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a pitch black colour, producing about two fingers' worth of resilient, fluffy, light beige-coloured head at the surface. It wilts very slowly, resulting in a lumpy cap and generous collar, as well as plenty of lace - this black IPA certainly looks the part. Very inviting nose; lots of citrusy grapefruit pith, pine sap and earthy hop notes, along with caramel and roasted malts. There are also some light hints of baker's chocolate and peaches.

This is a beautifully rich-tasting beer. Caramel, molasses and roasted malts start things off, with notes of pine resin, grapefruit and pineapple following in hot pursuit. Rich, bitter baker's chocolate and coffee grounds come forward in the finish, along with an earthy, almost herbal bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, accompanied by some chocolate and prune sweetness. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and an exceptionally silky-smooth, almost oily feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.38, an awesome A grade. Black Betty is easily one of the best black IPAs that I've had the opportunity to enjoy. This is an exquisitely-crafted, rich-tasting black ale with no real flaws - it could easily stand toe-to-toe with many North American examples of the style. The only problem is that I neglected to pick up more than one bottle! A must-try, in my humble opinion - Ontario hopheads should grab as many of these as they can while it's still in stock.

Photo of WeissBoy
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mr_Rocca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JavierGC
4.79/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

De color negro suave coronada por una espuma color café con bastante retención y que va manchando el vaso a la medida que la vas bebiendo. Aromas a pino y algo de café, muy fresca y aromática. Cuerpo medio. En boca entra amarga, un amargor cítrico, acompañada por el torrefacto de las maltas. Suave y ligera, sin presencia del alcohol. El amargor se prolonga tras cada trago. Espectacular,

Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice, dark IPA, although it is a bit too bitter for my taste. Still, you can taste the craft.

Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I thought this was quite a nice Black IPA, similar hop profile to one I brewed, though this has less harshness. Not quite black in appearance though, this is more of a dark brown, aroma is full of citrusy and piney hops and baking spices.Taste is a great balance with some malt sweetness, citrusy grapefruit, smooth zest pine notes. Mouthfeel is good with a firm body, lively carbonation, and a well proportioned body. Even and assertive bitterness with a mild resiny finish. Overall it was good, easy to drink, notes were assertive but without too much complex nuance. Enjoyable.

Photo of DanE
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MayonakaStout
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a cask at the 2015 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.

This is basically an American Black IPA made in the U.K. It has a robust contribution from a mix of Western (USA) hops. Better balanced than most ales of this style, the hops and dark malts blend more than clash.

Photo of SortMesse
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Black Betty from Beavertown Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.