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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
85
very good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: augustgarage on 10-07-2011)
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

HuskyinPDX, Sep 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Nage37, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Jason1337
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Jason1337, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

UncleAddie, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Spaz7
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Spaz7, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

spark3148857, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of beerbart
4/5  rDev +5.3%

beerbart, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Garrett
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Garrett, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Mrappinin
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%

A- inky black with a small amount of light around the edges, head is think off white and rocky, thins rather quickly sticking to the glass as you drink.
S- sweet vanilla and alcohol
T- chocolate, slight coffee , piney/spicy hops, and a boosy note at the end
M- viscous with medium carbonation make this a a very drinkable black ale

Mrappinin, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -21.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jakecattleco, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has bold flavors of dark roasted malts and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness. Burnt and roasted malt flavors are most prominent in the finish and linger through the aftertaste. Hints of pine resin hops also become noticeable once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation; the hops don't feel crisp but these and the roasted malts give this beer a "bite" that leaves your mouth tingling.
O: This is a nice Black IPA if you're looking for something that has lots of burnt and roasty flavors. It's not too difficult to drink and no traces of alcohol are perceptible.

metter98, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BKBassist, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

smithj4, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Jason, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Zraly
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%

Heavily carbonated. Poured pitch black with a nice tan head. Lacing is very nice. Good looking beer.

Some roasted grain and smoke notes upfront. Resin and pine dominate. A bit of dirt and earth kick around. A bit of mint in the finish. Crisp and packs a bit of a punch in the flavor department. Finish is dry and the body is medium to medium-heavy. A bit rough around the edges but the feel and flavor are good.

Definitely west coast in style, I'd say this reminds me of something Rogue would make. I'd like to eat something sweet with this to counter some of deep resin flavors.

Zraly, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

falconxman, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jbaakko, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Kegatron, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ChalupaBatman, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

casapy, May 06, 2013
Photo of lordofstarside
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

Bomber to snifter, no freshness date

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of foam, good lacing and lots of carbonation on the sides. Pretty impressive retention also, looks good

Smells of hops, strong malt, chocolate, smoke, pine, and some alcohol. There's not much to this

Taste follows the nose, which unfortunately isn't the best. Strong up front malt melded with some hops, very distinct taste of tobacco, some smoke, and alcohol

Feel is full and creamy, pretty thick. Alcohol isn't very detectable

Overall I think this might have been sorta old, but this was not an enjoyable experience. Too much malt over powering everything, nothing came together well. I'm already pretty out of it, there's no way I'm going to be able to finish it. Steer clear of this beer

lordofstarside, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 20, 2013
Butchertown Black Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.