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Black Hand - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
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 spoony:
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

From a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-An aggressive pour produces about one and one-half fingers of brown head. Retention is roughly a minute before only a thin cap is left. No lacing. The beer is black and still in the glass. This beer looks the part.

S-The aroma is rich and chocolatey, as you might expect from a milk stout with cacao nibs. I smell both milk and dark chocolate, although I suspect some of the milkiness is from the stout and not the cacao nibs. There is a bit of acrid, bitter smokiness hiding underneath the sweetness and chocolate that gives a little singe of the nostrils, but this beer is not charred or heavily roasted smelling.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a pleasant blend of milk and dark chocolate flavors with almost creamy base beer. Milky sweetness is high and I also taste a bit of sweet, malty fruits (like raisin and prune) that provide some nice complexity. The only problem is the finish, which I find a bit rough and grainy.

M-The feel is the high point of this beer for me: it is full body with a thick, chewy, coating feel on the palate. Carbonation is pretty mild. Drinkable notwithstanding the viscosity.

O-I'm glad to see Speakeasy in Colorado and this was a good introduction to the brewery...as much as I like 10-12% ABV monster stouts, I'll always take more options like this one in the <7% ABV range. The flavors here are well-done, but the rough finish takes this beer down a few notches. Mouth feel is great and worth the price of admission alone.

02-22-2014 16:04:28 | More by spoony
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
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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
Photo of NRo


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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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
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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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New York

4/5  rDev +5%

08-27-2014 20:44:20 | More by ZenBiscuits
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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%

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Black Hand from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.