Butchertown Black Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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4.11/5 rDev +7.9%
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;
08-01-2014 03:57:59 | More by HamdenHector
3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
07-18-2014 16:29:07 | More by woodychandler
District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-14-2014 22:53:49 | More by hops202
3.71/5 rDev -2.6%
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
12-23-2013 05:03:12 | More by Tony49er
Butchertown Black Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.