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Butchertown Black Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Butchertown Black AleButchertown Black Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: augustgarage on 10-07-2011)
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-29-2012 18:01:24 | More by gleemonger
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HamdenHector

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown with mahogany at the edges; 2+ finger head the receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: piney hops with roasted malts in the background;

T: roasted malts throughout; bitterness comes in mid-palate and fades in the finish; hides the alcohol well;

M: creamy; medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really enjoyable; one of the best black ales/black IPAs I've had;

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 03:57:59 | More by HamdenHector
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-20-2014 08:55:42 | More by zestar
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy both the concept behind Speakeasy's beers and the beers themselves. I am currently reading Akashic Books' "San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics" so this was perfect. A high school classmate and contemporary drinking buddy, Mike, came over last night and we laid waste to a bunch of bombers. Bombers are a real sticking point in my backlog as I do not like to drink them by myself. I could, but I like when others help me to do so. This one came from The Fridge and went into my fridge.

From the bottle: The cow's ear has a tag reading "94124", which is the brewery's zip code. Ha!; "Limited Series"; "This black ale beguiles you with its light body and soft maltiness - just before it unloads the hops and finishes clean. Butchertown commemorates the district of old San Francisco where the water ran red and the tide carries its secrets out to sea. It's where Speakeasy Ales & Lagers now stands today."; "Legit since 1997"; "Independently owned & operated".

The top was popped and glasses were made at the ready. The pseudo-cascade settled into a finger of deep-tan head with limited retention, quickly fading to wisps. Nose had a smoky sweetness, almost like maple syrup or maple-cured meat. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights (SRM = > 34, < 44) and NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was slightly minty, but the prevailing flavor was its charcoal smokiness. Finish was dry, but I just found myself shaking my head at the (mis)use of hops in this style. I was happy enough to have drunk it, being from one of my favorite breweries, but I will not be returning to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 16:29:07 | More by woodychandler
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +5%

07-06-2014 23:53:29 | More by GClarkage
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SanFranJake

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-30-2014 01:52:51 | More by SanFranJake
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

06-27-2014 21:02:14 | More by sammyg832
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Thomas_562

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-27-2014 04:31:23 | More by Thomas_562
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Btip1969

California

4/5  rDev +5%

06-22-2014 03:14:30 | More by Btip1969
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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4/5  rDev +5%

06-14-2014 07:17:02 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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n2185

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-21-2014 01:15:17 | More by n2185
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hops202

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Snifter.

Decent look - dark brown/super dark red even. Lots of persistent lacing covering the sides all the way down. Nose has some roasted malts along with pine - basically an IPA and Porter combination. Taste is fairly bitter even with the roastiness present. Tolerable. Certainly glad this wasn't very expensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 22:53:49 | More by hops202
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-11-2014 17:17:33 | More by JohnK17
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-23-2014 07:35:17 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-10-2014 11:58:41 | More by richkrull
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KyleRV

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-30-2014 03:47:47 | More by KyleRV
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bernat1971

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-16-2014 23:50:49 | More by bernat1971
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-09-2014 03:29:37 | More by JRod1969
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anon

California

4/5  rDev +5%

01-01-2014 22:12:45 | More by anon
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Tony49er

California

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type- From a bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Dark black, thick off white head, almost a silky black color

Smell- Pine, roasted malts, chocolate, spruce

Taste- Pine, roasted malts, chocolate, resin, coffee, a bit of an booze taste but goes down pretty smooth for an 8 plus ABV beer

Mouth-feel- Smooth silky taste, foamy head

Overall- An outstanding black ale one of my favorite black ales around and one of the best beers made by Speakeasy..If you have not tried this beer and you can get it...you MUST try it...its pretty great

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:03:12 | More by Tony49er
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4/5  rDev +5%

12-22-2013 02:01:02 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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gspeer711

California

4/5  rDev +5%

12-17-2013 05:12:00 | More by gspeer711
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-16-2013 17:06:09 | More by wiltznucs
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willjschmidt

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-13-2013 20:09:30 | More by willjschmidt
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-12-2013 06:42:29 | More by largadeer
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Butchertown Black Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.