The Butcher | Societe Brewing Co.

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The ButcherThe Butcher

Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Butcher is a big imperial stout with an overwhelming roasted malt characteristic. It has a velvety smooth, yet full, mouthfeel that hides any alcohol tones. A thick, dense, dark chocolate-colored head delivers aromas of roast, and the flavors are heavily toasty and biscuity, lingering on the tongue.

There is also some bitterness that comes from the hops and roasted barley, providing for a perceived dryness that makes the beer surprisingly easy to enjoy.

Added by Schmaltzy on 07-20-2012

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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ Societe

10oz pour

A: Pours damn dark. Totally opaque with a shiny luster and hardly even a thinning edge to it. Light khaki cream head with sufficient stay power and some nice tracks of lace down the glass.

S: Nice coffee rich aroma. Firm use roasted barley evident. Toasted cereals with some dark cherry and mixed dark fruits. A faint chocolate nuttiness. Pretty nice nose with roast coffee at the forefront.

T: Flavor has a big roast coffee influence with some dark fruits and blackberries coming through. Roasted barley with nutty toasted oats. There is some sweet toffee that rounds out nicely with a smooth chocolate note. Has a light prickly bitterness to the beer with a tart edge towards the finish. Like dried black cherries covered in chocolate. Some mild anise noted. Alcohol is incredibly low key here. Flavors and balance really come together nicely on this one. Quite delicious.

M: Moderate body that doesn’t bear down on the palate. Very smooth and silky feel with a bit of lingering sticky sweetness. There is a consistent carbonation with a sharp bite towards the finish that is kind of welcoming here as it cuts through the sweetness. Creamy overall.

D: Surprisingly good for their initial Stout offering. Falls more in the Double Stout territory. Incredibly drinkable and complete. I had a hard time letting this one get to temp. Deep rich roast flavors with such a smooth balance

Nitro offering should be nice and I can only see good things putting this one through a barreling program.

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On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout with a thin, creamy, light brown head that leaves behind a thin ring all the way down the glass, leaving irregular webs of lace. This is a very pretty imperial stout--gorgeous, really.

Bold roast aroma dominates, with a bit of ash and char as well. There's mild dark fruit character along with a hint of alcohol, but the bold, expressive, roasted malt is more than dominant.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though slightly more complex. The roasted malt shines again, with a bit of a grainy chocolate flavor as well, along with alcohol warmth.

Medium to near full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

These guys continue to impress!

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice middle of the road black color, substantial 1.33" head on the chalice. Sure is pretty. Retention solid. Lacing very good. Aroma was pretty simple, heavily roasted malt, no alcohol discernable, smelled like virgin oak. Straightforward.

Taste, wow, chewy, big malt base eats up all the alcohol perceptibility. Serious bitter notes. Not very sweet, we're talkin' that dark baker's chocolate that offers just as much bitterness as it does sweetness. The liquid fits the description of "coating" the mouth. Silky and bitter at the same time. Carbonation is spot on, a little lower than other offerings at the brewery.

Just a massive straight up stout with tons of two row, and keeps the chocolate and coffee to a minimum. Never picked up on any wood in the taste. Pretty substantial stuff, and yet, enjoyable to drink throughout.

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The Butcher from Societe Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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