Butchertown Black Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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Reviews by kojevergas:
2.83/5 rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean - brewpub. Reviewed from notes.
Presentation: I couldn't be turned off to a beer more. When a brewer sees no issue with serving beer into plastic cups, there's a big problem.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is black.
Sm: Hops - that's it. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Hoppy, but with an unnaturally strong malt and barley foundation. It's very simple to the point that there's little to describe. I won't pretend to know what hop variety is used merely by the taste. Simple but decently built. Largely imbalanced. Fortunately, no alcohol comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Standard fare. A touch too thick. Meh.
Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I won't have it again. Maybe fans of the style would appreciate it more. It does hide its ABV well, but there's nothing unique or inspired going on here.
Serving type: on-tap
12-24-2011 21:33:56 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
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
4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-25-2013 14:32:35 | More by tempest
Butchertown Black Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.