Butchertown Black Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Butchertown Black AleButchertown Black Ale

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very good

161 Ratings

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: augustgarage on 10-07-2011)
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with red highlights and a thick caramel head with medium retention and leaving laces and a constant plate.
Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, faint dark chocolate, some citrusy and melon. Dry hop was lost at this point.
Hoppy and roasted flavor with notes of coffee, charred wood, some pine, herbal, earthy and floral hops, grapefruit, lemon peel, caramel, dank tobacco, resin, spices, cocoa powder and charcoal. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium creamy body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.2% abv is well hidden.
Black IPA with a clean bold bitterness and strong roasted and burnt character. Good layered complexity. It felt a bit like a hoppy Foreign Extra Stout with American flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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;

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Butchertown Black Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.