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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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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

hayesjw, Apr 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Jasonrm72
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Jasonrm72, Mar 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Ncpogs, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Bytor31
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Bytor31, Apr 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
Photo of rowbow
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of carlmoberg
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

carlmoberg, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of camartin27
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

camartin27, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Phobicsquirrel, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of I_Like_Beer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

I_Like_Beer, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

twelveinches, Jun 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
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

artoolemomo, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of hops202
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

A - brown and black with lots of tan/light mocha head

S - Subtle chocolate, milk and cream, slight roast.

T - chocolate, roasted malt and slight cream and lactose.

M - smooth but still crisp and plenty of carb.

O - meh

hops202, May 06, 2014
Photo of TruePerception
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
Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet maltiness. Roasted malts, chocolate and cream come through in the smell too but very lightly.
The beer pours a deep brown with a tall mocha head. The head fades fast at first but then settles down. Some lacing is left behind.
Taste is roasted malts and burnt char.
Not getting any chocolate notes really.
Feels chalky on the palate no doubt from the char. And it drinks thin for a stout.
I would drink this again but don't feel it's case worthy.

micromaniac129, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

scottgoblue314, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mc4z, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ZenBiscuits, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BillBarker, Apr 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Alron, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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