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Black Betty - Beavertown Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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 Kroehny_Loves_Hops
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mdagnew
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

300ml bottle bought from Ales By Mail...

Poured a deep black colour. Light tan head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thickish covering... lots of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass...

Aroma - Juicy fruits (orange zest, pears, lemons) followed by lots of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate and coffee notes, faint brown sugar traces, strong piney resin and citrus hopiness, raw nuts - pistachio, some rubberiness, honey, cut wet grass / hay...

Taste - Piney, grassy and citrus hop bitterness mixed with lots of toasted chocolate malts.. some tart fruits (grapefruits and ), coffee, nice caramel malts and notes of floral honey, some brown sugar hints, quite herbal, some liquorice, light roastiness...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... full bodied... incredibly drinkable considering it is 7.4 percent

Overall - An excellent black IPA and one of the best beers i've had in a while... highly recommended..

Photo of RedDieselBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of LehighAce06
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stigh
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Not really black, more of a sherry brown. Great big poofy beige head though. Very fruity-floral hoppy aroma, honeysuckle and rose and apricot and orange, mostly. Aroma and flavor alike lack a 'black' presence; there's a good whack of caramel but not much beyond that, but no matter. It's still delicious. Bitter, juicy delicious. Campari, lavender, Seville orange marmalade. Frothy and mouthwatering. Good stuff but it's more just a normal American IPA in the vein of Bell's Two Hearted or DFH 60 Minute than anything that should be called black. Possible food pairings: blue cheese, hot dogs, foie gras/liver, fried rice, pierogi, Cantonese food.

Photo of evil_liver
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black Betty looks more brown to me. Just a little. Still opaque, but there's definitely some tone to be appreciated (however dark it may be). Regardless of her colour, Betty has one hell of a hairdo; the foam piles up like a beehive and, suitably enough, proves ultra sticky.

I challenge the food technicians of the world to try to replicate the aroma found here. It is as intricate as it is intense and is among the most beguiling in recent (and not-so-recent) memory. Pine serum and damp, black earth are sprinkled with candied grapefruit chunks. It's got attitude!

The palate is where all those citric and herbals notes are pitted face-to-face with flavours of cinnamon-laced mocha and tiramisu. In the spirit of the Beatles, things 'come together'. Imagine using pine or spruce resin in your coffee as your sweetener and you get the gist.

If you're of the view that it's a waste pairing citrusy, piny hops with dark malts, or that rich dark chocolate and black coffee notes shouldn't have to compete with bitter hoppiness, then you ought to try this. It'll convince both camps that cake can be had and eaten too.

Truth be told, most British Black IPAs I've tried to date have been underwhelming. Beavertown Black Betty, however, transports me squarely to the American Pacific Northwest. It is a vivid, characterful account of what makes this style so dynamic and desirable. BAM-BA-LAM indeed!

Photo of coder
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.70 or so for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice high whitish head that lasts for a while. Very dark brown.

S- Traditional IPA with lots of hops and malt.

T- Typical bitterness that you get from a black IPA. That caramel is wonderful but at a price as black IPA's are burnt and bitter compared to regular IPA's. This beer is pretty low on that burnt scale which is nice

M- Dry and bitter as expected. Great for a black IPA.

O- As far as a black IPA goes this one is nice. Rating shows true reflection of this beer's true score. I may not like black IPA's very much but this is a good one. Worth trying if you see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful as far as a black IPA goes beer went well with..... Greek marinated chicken hearts.

Enjoy!

Photo of glf60
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: muddy brown, possibly unfiltered, with a very fine sand-coloured head that burns out in a couple minutes

Aroma: beautiful, bright citrus hops - orange, grapefruit - touch of herbs and floral; addictive and fresh

Taste & Mouthfeel: an interesting start, with the hop flavours duking it out against the chocolate malt - it's not a perfect union - but the finish kicks in with the pithy bitter side of the hops; finely effervescent, and with the chocolate flavour, has a pleasant creaminess and mellow mouthfeel; the initial shocking juxtaposition of flavours wears off and now are marrying well, the pithiness mostly gone and hop notes tamed - now left with a good balance of chocolate and fresh, bitter hops.

Overall: sceptical at first, but the flavours came together and the hop notes are great, pairing well with distinctly chocolatey malt; great if you're in the mood for something unusual, and a nice change from the glut of stouts/strong beers consumed over winter

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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Black Betty from Beavertown Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.