Black Hand - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: hikanteki on 01-06-2014)
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Reviews by NRo:
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4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up cold from the store and poured it into a chilled mug when I got home.

Appearance: Very dark pour with a finger-and-a-half tan head

Smell: An aroma of roasted, sugary sweetness. Not very distinct.

Taste: Delicious when hitting the tongue, with a thick, chocolaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Almost chewy. Heavy cocoa notes. Most of the flavor is in the aftertaste.

Overall: Great chocolate milk stout. Light enough that I can drink the whole bottle, while leaving my mouth thinking that I've just savored a box of dark chocolates.

More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Stebow1289
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured into a 20oz goblet, this deep black stout produces a finger width head with good retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Moderate notes of Baker's chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of astringency.

Taste - A touch of milk chocolate sweetness upfront is quickly overtaken by dark chocolate and a touch of coffee bitterness that hit their peak by mid-taste. A moderate note of astringent acidity comes to greet the taste buds near the finish. Finishes strongly bitter and acidic, with only faint traces of any kind of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with low to fair carbonation. Somewhat creamy, then a drying finish.

Overall - A fair stout. From a style standpoint, a poor example. Not nearly as sweet as advertised and, flavor-wise, drinks much closer to a 'baltic porter light' with it's predominant bitter and astringent qualities. Not what you might expect from a milk stout. For the price, this is a one and doner for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Nage37
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rowbow
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TruePerception
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Speakeasy's Black Hand, chocolate milk stout. 6.9% ABV

A: A little over a finger of light brown head. Pours a root beer brown. Black in the glass.

S: Definitely smell the cacao nibs, along with a good deal of roastiness, and a background sweetness. All seems to be in line with the style name.

T/MF: Nice dark chocolate taste. Darker roast further back on the tongue. Sharp sweetness from the lactose, but not overbearing. Also, a pleasant softness on the palate (though, not quite creamy). Head tastes just like cacao nibs!

Certainly better than Widmer's offering.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a clear beer mug.

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of spark3148857
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into Speakeasy goblet:

Pours pitch black with a khaki/mocha head. Good lacing and head retention. Aroma is heavy on the lactose with some roasted and milk chocolate notes. Big sweet milky chocolate gives way to smooth roasty dark chocolate notes on the back end of the palate. Big and rich with a full mouthfeel for a 6.9 stout. Very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BillBarker
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of StonyB
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Alron
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of hikanteki
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from tap at Speakeasy Brewery during their release party.

A: Dark, almost black. Very minimal lacing quickly dissolving.

S: Whoa! A sweet smell with definite whiffs of cocoa, even something a little roasty and earthy like branches.

T: Cocoa nibs come through. Not as sweet as it smells.

M: Kind of crisp, melts in your mouth, but I would have liked it a bit thicker.

O: Another very drinkable limited edition from Speakeasy.

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Black Hand from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.