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Black Hand - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%


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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TruePerception

California

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 08:52:30 | More by TruePerception
More User Reviews:
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seand

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark opaque brown with a fair amount of thick tan head. This slowly dissipates to a thin layer, leaving solid walls of lacing.

S: Sweet and slightly milky, with a touch of booze.

T: Mild milky roasted malt sweetness, with the roasted notes coming through more towards the finish. The finish is gentle and again milky, but long lasting and makes you pause and take note.

M: Medium body, low carbonation.

Overall quite enjoyable; I wish they had this more often.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 05:00:54 | More by seand
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Bytor31

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-14-2014 17:44:01 | More by Bytor31
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hayesjw

California

2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

04-14-2014 17:41:39 | More by hayesjw
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carlmoberg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-12-2014 23:45:34 | More by carlmoberg
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BillBarker

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-09-2014 04:53:19 | More by davegray
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ImperialStout

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-09-2014 01:13:34 | More by ImperialStout
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camartin27

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-08-2014 04:09:03 | More by camartin27
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srgj88

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-07-2014 22:58:01 | More by srgj88
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-05-2014 00:25:54 | More by BeerNoobNC
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Phobicsquirrel

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-03-2014 03:08:11 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-24-2014 13:31:08 | More by Gotti311
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spark3148857

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:53:06 | More by spark3148857
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Jlabs

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-18-2014 15:38:39 | More by Jlabs
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-16-2014 23:51:54 | More by DrunkinYogi
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mactrail

California

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 05:18:52 | More by mactrail
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StonyB

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-15-2014 04:45:12 | More by StonyB
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a slightly better set of aromas over flavors for the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 04:22:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-10-2014 01:27:23 | More by Jasonrm72
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midnitesun11

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-02-2014 20:21:28 | More by midnitesun11
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-26-2014 22:35:22 | More by AudioGilz
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Nage37

California

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

02-25-2014 04:57:57 | More by Nage37
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dwtyler

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-25-2014 02:47:46 | More by dwtyler
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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-23-2014 11:22:02 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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Black Hand from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.