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Black Hand - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hikanteki on 01-06-2014

Made with TCHO Ghanaian Roasted Cacao Nibs. This chocolate milk stout is full-bodied and creamy, with sumptuous chocolate notes and a delicate roasted character. Black Hand pours a rich dark brown with a milky coffee-colored head. Bittersweet chocolate and roast envelopes the nose, carried by roasted cacao nibs and chocolate malts. The aroma blends effortlessly with soft flavors of dry chocolate and darkly roasted malts. The addition of milk sugar provides a silky smooth body, with a subtle natural sweetness of cream.
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 21
Photo of boyntonliquors
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the second season for this awesome beer from Speakeasy of San Francisco. The cacao nibs and lactose are sourced from a high end chocolatier, TCHO in Embarcadero, SF. The cacao nibs are introduced twice in the brewing process, the chocolate malts are stripped off of their husks, and the hopping is delicately balanced to really bring the cocoa taste forwards and afters! A very delicious and malty beer that makes you remember ones' childhood chocolate love. Definitely a chocolate lovers delight!

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of RHVC59
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a Growler of this wonderful brew from the Chill N' Fill Saturday and sadly just poured the last glass.

Dark Chocolaty goodness.

Dark brown with a nice foamy head that dispersers quickly enough. Deep chocolate taste with a mellow finish. I want another growler now!

Photo of SlatheredMuffin
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Stout. Super smooth chocolately goodness! Try it and love it

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Kooz
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a cask at a pub on Bleeker Street in NYC. It's pitch-black with slight brown head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smells strongly and pleasantly of molasses. Tastes sweet at first, but not sticky or treacly. Taste fades to a less sweet, but still pleasant, malty flavor with a very slight hint of alcohol. The most disappointing thing is the mouthfeel, which is a bit weak and on the watery side. But it's such a minor critique, and the mouthfeel is still above average. The finish is smooth. I would have this beer every time. Makes for a great first drink of the night.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Stout, with kind of a sweet, boozie flavor to it, with milk chocolate notes to boot

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4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hikanteki
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of smithj4
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spark3148857
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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