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:
355
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
24
For Trade:
1
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Vintage batch 1 keg.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and has aged fairly well in my opinion.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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starting to see a lot of beer from these guys around town lately. really unsure whether it comes from leftover GABF sources, or if these guys are sending beer into colorado no in some quantity. draft only in my experience, but quite a few different ones. this was on tap at tap and handle in fort collins and its excellent. one of the first not hoppy beers from them that i have had, and they did a heck of a job with it. deeply dark, matte finished black color, not real viscous, and as dense as a lot of them, but still entirely impenetrable to light. the head is creamy and tan, but it doesnt last real long. it smells and tastes like very very dry irish stout type grain base, which is odd in a russian imperial, that usually carry a little sugar and weight to them. this is totally fermented out, and i love that feature, it makes me drink it a little quicker, but the booze slows me down just enough. notes of coffee and char are strong in nose and taste, and it almost has a woody profile too, despite not seeing a barrel. one of my favorite grain flavors in the style i have had in awhile, and the lighter body comparatively makes it very very drinkable. it warms up really well too, coming on with some more dark chocolate and alcohol warmth. these guys have really impressed me so far, i hope their beer keeps popping up.

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Richly flavored but somewhat less thick-bodied than you might expect. Winey dark roast taste. Lots of malt coming from every direction.

Really big chocolate caramel candy flavor. Bitterness of blackened barley and plenty of hops. Actually a pretty good balance of malt and hops. Creamy and buttery in the mouth with a hint of ripe cheese. Dark and bitter chocolate bars is the strong flavor.

Handsome brownish black in the big tulip glass. Nice malty, caramel aroma. Plenty of spritz to start but flattens out leaving an oily mouthfeel. On tap at the Regal Beagle in San Diego.

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