Butchertown Black Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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4.06/5 rDev +6.6%
22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
Towering head drops a near perfect lacing on the glass, black nearly all the way. Pungent hops, piney, minty, faint tobacco, dark berries, burnt toast, resiny, slightly dank and floral alcohol in the nose. Smooth, deep creaminess, semi-thick body. Very pungent hoppiness, bitterness is less assertive in comparison but still tackles the palate. Growing warmth, mildly boozy, grapefruit rind, hemp seeds, peppery, floral, roasted bite, currants. Semi-dry hoppy finish.
There is a whole lot going on here, a lovely mashup of flavors which in the end all seem to work together. When I think of bigger American Black Ales this is what I am looking for ... Speakeasy should re-think the limited release on this one.
08-20-2013 01:16:45 | More by Jason
3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
Had on tap at Final Gravity Taproom in Roseville, CA.
Appearance - Pours near black that shines a dark ruby brown when held to any light source. The head is light tan, about a finger thick and with fair retention. The lacing is spotty with decent stick.
Smell - Musty aroma, hitting on mostly faint notes of pine. Earthy. Not much else.
Taste - Hits on pine hop bitterness to start. Earthy notes. leaf. Grassy bitterness toward the finish.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Soft, bubbly carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.
Overall - Decent brew. Not a great CDA. Flavors are a bit muddled. Not much in the way of dark roasted malt character. Kinda weak.
12-11-2012 22:18:32 | More by TheSixthRing
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
On tap at The Cannery. Its the way they make the style, a very good aroma of hops and roast .Black with a big head and lots of lace. The taste does not deliver, its muted,herbal but it is a smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate malt. Not the bold taste I have come to expect in the style.
11-12-2012 13:36:39 | More by Sammy
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - served in a goblet.
Dark dark auburn body with faint crimson highlights. Puffy desert sand stand of foam leaves behind pasty lacing; good retention.
Light roast barley, weak coffee, and herbal hops in the nose.
Rich malt, toasty and dark with a woody note. Herbaceous citrus-kissed hops add lots of flavor and a moderate bitterness. Dry hopping works so well for this style. Finishes dry and toasty with hints of black bread, pine, and earth.
Medium-light bodied, well carbonated with mild astringency and a nice alcohol kick.
A very satisfying example of the style and a fitting re-incarnation of their anniversary ale (which was an "Indian Black Ale" last year as well).
10-07-2011 20:59:41 | More by augustgarage
4/5 rDev +5%
Had a glass at Oliver's in Astoria. My big complaint with black ale is that they're usually just hoppy porters—thick and roasted with vague hops buried under the malts. No so here. In fact, I'd call this my favorite Speakeasy beer. There are a clean, clear dark chocolate and roasted grain flavor next to, and complementing, the big citrus hop character. The body is no thicker than a pale ale, making this a little dangerous, but very tasting and pleasing. Give it a shot.
11-25-2013 14:32:35 | More by tempest
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured a finger and half of tan head on a black body. Looks great.
The aroma is pine, spruce and some caramel candy. Enjoyable.
The taste has nice roasted malt with a big dose of pine bitterness. I like it.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's the best of roast malt and bitter.
10-25-2013 02:10:56 | More by Fatehunter
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
Got a bottle at Healthy Spirits today. Poured into a tulip.
Beer forms a surprisingly light tan head that forms quite strongly and is dissipating fast. The beer is clear, but is so dark brown that you almost can't see through it.
Smells fist and foremost of piney and citrusy hops. Can't smell much more than the hops.
The hop flavor is actually subdued compared to the smell. Or maybe it's just an overall subdued flavor? The hops are the foremost flavor with a sort of stale coffee finish with the bitterness of the hops lingering.
Light carbonation, plain mouthfeel. It leaves an odd feeling in the back of my throat.
I was quite excited about this as I'm always looking forward to a new Black Ale, but this beer is perhaps a bit too dull. I could very easily drink large quantities of this if I were looking for an easy drinking beer, but this doesn't seem much like a "special" beer.
10-07-2011 22:09:11 | More by 20ozmonkey
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked up a 22oz. counter-pressure filled bomber of this at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY. Poured into a Narragansett pint glass.
A: Dark, but slightly translucent, brown with a beautiful "tight bubble" head that starts as a monster but then dwindles down.
S: There's not much going on here. I mean, I know I'm a little stuffy but I don't get anything in the nose here.
T: Now we're talkin'. Very well balanced - not too much hop or malt component. Slight chocolatey aspect too.
M: Good, but could have a little more body for 8.5% ABV.
D: The best feature of this beer. No problems here.
10-13-2010 00:47:57 | More by hoppymcgee
Butchertown Black Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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