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Black Hand - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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85
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
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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hayesjw

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

04-14-2014 17:41:39 | More by hayesjw
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.1%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-03-2014 04:30:25 | More by Ncpogs
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Bytor31

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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

California

3.44/5  rDev -9.5%

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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rowbow

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-06-2014 16:36:50 | More by rowbow
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-20-2014 13:34:19 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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carlmoberg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-12-2014 23:45:34 | More by carlmoberg
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camartin27

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-21-2014 23:32:59 | More by I_Like_Beer
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twelveinches

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-09-2014 17:08:52 | More by twelveinches
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mactrail

Washington

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%

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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -5%

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.

01-18-2014 04:29:05 | More by artoolemomo
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hops202

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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

05-06-2014 01:01:16 | More by hops202
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TruePerception

California

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%

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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

04-19-2014 10:55:55 | More by micromaniac129
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scottgoblue314

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-05-2014 07:26:54 | More by scottgoblue314
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-05-2014 02:42:49 | More by mc4z
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BillBarker

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-11-2014 08:44:10 | More by Alron
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-09-2014 04:53:19 | More by davegray
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-15-2014 06:46:19 | More by ambruns1979
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Black Hand from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.