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Black Hand - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BA SCORE
85
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 3
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 -2.9%
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.

TruePerception, Feb 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

aquazr1, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

ste5venla, May 14, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

TheSixthRing, Jan 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Bytor31, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of scottgoblue314
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

scottgoblue314, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Nage37
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Nage37, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mc4z, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of rowbow
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of NRo
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

NRo, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Beermasterjarrett, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of spark3148857
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

spark3148857, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ZenBiscuits, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jaydoc, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of BillBarker
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BillBarker, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of StonyB
4/5  rDev +5.3%

StonyB, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Alron
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Alron, May 11, 2014
Photo of hikanteki
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

hikanteki, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Jlabs, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

bernat1971, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

davegray, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

mactrail, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Dybasi, Aug 16, 2014
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Black Hand from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.