The Butcher | Societe Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States
societebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
25
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of captaincoffee
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Pours uber dark with a thick dark brown head that just sits and stares back at you. Nose is very coffee heavy...to the point I thought this beer must have coffee added. Nice roasty notes as well. Flavor is quite creamy, and coats the mouth nicely. Plenty of roasted grain and a bit of coffee and licorice as well. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of kraticus41
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Societe Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

This one pours a very dark black, with a small white head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, bittersweet caramel, coffee, slight dark fruit, and rich nutty chocolate.

This is quite the impterial stout. There's no alcohol heat at all- it's just so smooth. There's a nice earthy sweetness that reminds me a bit of caramel. It's pretty nutty too, with an intense roasted malt character, and lots of chocolate. This is definitely what a stout should be.

This is pretty thick bodied, quite chewy and full, with a normal level of carbonation for the style.

I'm all about this one- good job, Societe.

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Photo of bob_roberts
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty awesome considering no coffee, spices, chocolate, or other sUchiha hogwash. Drinks like a much bigger stout than it is especially considering I opened 2 months early. Wish I'd have read the label first!

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Photo of johlac66
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frekky
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kplummer82
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight up bold stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dabear85
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of n2185
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bwedwards
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bitterness, smooth, slightly creamy, dry with lingering chocolate.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jooler
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial taste is very chocolatey and coffee forward. The bitterness and alcoholic taste is pretty pleasant. Not too boozy though which is good.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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The Butcher from Societe Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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