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Black Betty - Beavertown Brewery

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very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
Malt: Pale, Caragold, Caramalt, Wheat, Carafa II, Carafa III
Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Chinook, Citra

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-18-2013)
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

MrHyde1886, May 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

msanborn, Oct 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

tzolandz, May 23, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%

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..

mdagnew, Aug 23, 2013
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stephenlee, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Sammy, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Sam-VW, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Schmoog, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

dansmcd, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Kirk, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

pixieskid, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

THECPJ, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Coming in a 330ml thin brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 31/07/14, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a very very dark brown colour, coming with a well-lasting, 1cm-thick layer of light khaki frothy head, on top of rather mild but constant carbonation.
S: the nose is fairly decent and balanced as far as this type of dark hoppy ale is concerned; intense tropical fruits and citrus notes are underlined by a very fine touch of burned caramel-ish malts, with sweetness and acidity arriving at a nice balance. Given a good swirl, the deeper fruity notes, like pears, and residual esters emerge, along with some musk-ish exotic aroma.
T: very smooth on the entry, slightly lacking bottle-conditioned fizziness, but the flavour has mainly citric flavours of hops to lead before dried stone-fruits, toasty & caramel malts, bitter chocolates, pine-ish hoppiness and a nicely lingering flow of bitterness towards the end. Nicely chewy also, but only just.
M&O: smooth on the palate, in need of slightly more carbonation in my opinion, but the body retains the medium-level very well despite the 7.4% alc. content, with the decent malt bill serving as a solid platform consistently. All in all, this is a well-balanced and rather delicately flavoured American Black Ale designed to quaff. As it is tasted almost back-to-back with Partizan’s Black IPA, the score comes slightly lower here than if I’ve had it alone in one sitting. That said, I still like it wholeheartedly and wish to try even the cask-conditioned version in my next visit to their bar!

wl0307, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Andy_Luft, Feb 21, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -2%

Pours black with an off-white head.
Hoppy aroma of pine, fruit confectionery, soft roasted malt and caramel.
Roasty flavours with a fair bit of pine and grapefruit too leading to an aggressive bitter finish.
Nice moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable.

CrazyDavros, Nov 12, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -2%

On cask during Cask Days 2013.

Beer is black with brown tinges. Small frothy tan head.

Citrus fruit in the nose, orange mainly. Some anise and caramel.

Flavour contains anise, sticky caramel and citrus fruit. Moderately bitter. Nice mix of 'black' and IPA.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. Oily.

Overall, quite good.

jrenihan, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%

Drank at its original brewery home.
Dark brown color with a thin beige head with low retention.
Light predominant orange citrusy aroma with hints of pine.
Hoppy flavor with strong citrus notes with roasted and smoked malts. Hints of sweet coffee, flowers, pine resin and grapefruit. Astringent and bitter aftertaste with lingering citrus and roasted notes.
Full body with low carbonation. Slightly sticky. Alcohol of 7.4% abv does not even give a clue of its existence.
Interesting beer, Betty is a girl that changes its humor quite frequently and is hard to read it as a whole.

FLima, Nov 15, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -6.7%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with no apparent bottled on or best by date.

Black with some light around the edges and a moderate tan head. Aroma is floral and fruity hops, dark fruits and toasted malt. Flavor starts with hop flavor and ends in chocolaty, almost roasted malts combined with a hint of dark fruits; maybe a little too fruity. The hops play a distinct role but the malts set the tone. Smooth texture with a nice low carbonation.

Nice beer!

GJ40, Aug 09, 2013
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Black Betty from Beavertown Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.