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Black Hand - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 5
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
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3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a brand new milk chocolate stout from speakeasy, we have all been waiting for their new stuff to arrive. this has a great color, and its funny that it comes it when lugene does from odell, same name, different entirely. black and dense in looks with a frothy soapy looking just off white head with great retention and a shine that reminds me of a full moon sky. the nose is more makers chocolate than milk chocolate, dry and bitter rather than sweet and creamy, but the taste goes closer to candy bar. well balanced with the lactose sugar, not overdone at all, but giving great body and creaminess to this with only enough sweetness. full body kicks butt on this, palate coating and heavy, but at under 7% abv its plant easy drinking. i like this a lot, but its not nearly as chocolatey as i expected it to be, not even close to rogue or young's in that regard, but may appeal more to the hardcore beer geeks as a result. at about 6 bucks a bottle, this is not to be missed.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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.