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Black Hand - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hikanteki on 01-06-2014)
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Reviews by TruePerception:
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

02-03-2014 08:52:30 | More by TruePerception
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +5%

01-16-2014 01:27:48 | More by aquazr1
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4/5  rDev +5%

05-14-2014 04:12:05 | More by ste5venla
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3.44/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

01-23-2014 02:25:44 | More by TheSixthRing
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-14-2014 17:44:01 | More by Bytor31
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-05-2014 07:26:54 | More by scottgoblue314
Photo of Nage37


4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

02-25-2014 04:57:57 | More by Nage37
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-05-2014 02:42:49 | More by mc4z
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-06-2014 16:36:50 | More by rowbow
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4.01/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

01-17-2014 04:56:27 | More by NRo
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-23-2014 07:34:39 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

03-20-2014 01:53:06 | More by spark3148857
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-15-2014 03:43:36 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-11-2014 22:51:21 | More by BillBarker
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

03-15-2014 04:45:12 | More by StonyB
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-11-2014 08:44:10 | More by Alron
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4.14/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

01-06-2014 23:25:20 | More by hikanteki
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-18-2014 15:38:39 | More by Jlabs
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-16-2014 23:51:54 | More by DrunkinYogi
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4/5  rDev +5%

05-04-2014 08:04:59 | More by bernat1971
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-09-2014 04:53:19 | More by davegray
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3.51/5  rDev -7.9%

Really black appearance in the tall glass. After a brash entry with all the chocolate bar flavor, this seems to taste more like coffee. Modest head that fades away slowly with plenty of spritz in the mouthfeel.

Grainy flavor and silky mouthfeel. Winey, even liqueur-like sensation. Sweet with candy flavors. Some charred malt and burnt sugar. Coffee-like bitterness. Malty to the max with a little acidity, again like coffee.

This is thoroughly interesting, and for real chocolate lovers this may be the bomb. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

03-15-2014 05:18:52 | More by mactrail
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-16-2014 16:38:08 | More by Dybasi
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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have equally good retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate brown. The lacing is considerable and consists of what appears to be netting.

Nose- This is definitely a milk stout- lots of cream and milk. Some cocoa in the background. Slight roasted notes and a faint hint of chocolate. Not much else but milk stouts aren't known for their overwhelming aromas. Maybe a little bit of malted milk ball. Swirling gives an off flavor of milk- the type that would make you pass the milk carton around.

Taste- Starts off with coffee notes- that's a bit unexpected. Certainly, there is cocoa and chocolate in the background but the first thing that I get on the front is coffee, some roasted malts. Some nuttiness but almost every note is fairly subtle. That is fine for a milk stout but I expect more notes of cream and milk which just aren't there. Somewhat of a note of lactose on the finish and the linger on the tip of my tongue but that's about it. Reminds me a little of Elysian Split Shot without the great coffee boost. Still, an above average to good beer that is mostly good. Lacks presence and complexity but makes up for it with balance and integration. Slight hints of vanilla on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Pretty much medium bodied with a little too much carbonation and zing for a milk stout. Some silkiness on the linger.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, could be smoother. Almost 7% is pretty high for a milk stout but it doesn't show at all. 6 bucks is fine for a bomber but this isn't a purchase I would repeat.

Overall- Above average to good, mostly good. Pretty solid and easy drinking beer that is fairly average for a style I like. Worth a try but don't expect too much chocolate. Milk, vanilla, and cream start to show themselves more and make this beer a little better. Pretty much just a good beer.

01-18-2014 04:29:05 | More by artoolemomo
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4/5  rDev +5%

03-24-2014 13:31:08 | More by Gotti311
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Black Hand from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.