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Black Betty - Beavertown Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
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 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

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

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.70 CDN.

Appearance - very dark brown nearly black in color. Three fingers of tan head are poured that won't quite, excellent retention. Hazy beer with a fluffy head, this is a great looking beer that leaves swaths of lacing behind on the glass.

Smell - big hoppy aroma plenty of citrus with a notable appearance from grapefruit and passion fruit. Kind of a caramel base lingering way in the background and even a bit of a bready and cracker like aromatic.

Taste - starts mild with a caramel malt before a dry citrus flavor hits, not quite as tropical as the aroma. Then finishes roasty with a near coffee like kick and a touch of leather. Interesting, but the cohesion just doesn't quite work for me.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated spritzy feel. Moderately heavy body and bone dry finish.

Overall - definitely a well crafted black ale, with lots of interesting flavours, but the cohesion for me isn't quite there. Certainly worth a try and a definite must try for those who like a big citrus aroma in their black ales.

Photo of Wajohnst
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaleAndBitter
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glf60
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first (I think) black IPA. A decent hop presence, but, not a beer that I would go out of my way to purchase.

Photo of coder
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of evil_liver
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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 kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into nonic pint. "BB15SEP15". consumed on january 5, 2015

a: a very careless pour yielded nearly 4 fingers of tan head that climbed out of the glass. oops. the body is a very opaque but somehow glowing hue of dark brown, chestnut, etc. i think this is what a blend of an IPA and a porter/stout would look like. cool

s: tropical-citrusy-fruity hops, strong dank pine, roasty character, some coffee scents, and maybe a bit of chocolate. the hops are certainly dominant

t: up front is the unforgiving hop presence, full of ultra dank pine, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, orange, and grapefruit. the roasted coffee, roasted malt, and chocolatey flavours emerge quickly, with the hop characteristics still being quite dominant. finishes with a lingering black-coffee-like, earthy bitterness

m: medium-ish carbonation, slightly less than medium-bodied

o: never thought i'd like these super-hopped dark ales, and it turns out i really don't. i like to keep my dark beers separate from my IPAs, thanks. but, this is still an interesting and massively-flavoured brew that is worth a try

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

Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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 azkkr
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stigh
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeKSmith
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LehighAce06
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%

Clear very dark brown colour, sweet malt and strong floral hop nose. Tastes like it smells; strong floral hops, slightly sweet, smokey, with a clean finish.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

Black Betty from Beavertown Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.