Black Betty | Beavertown Brewery

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Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt: Pale, Caragold, Caramalt, Wheat, Carafa II, Carafa III
Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Chinook, Citra

Added by Jason on 02-18-2013

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.91/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JavierGC
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

De color negro suave coronada por una espuma color café con bastante retención y que va manchando el vaso a la medida que la vas bebiendo. Aromas a pino y algo de café, muy fresca y aromática. Cuerpo medio. En boca entra amarga, un amargor cítrico, acompañada por el torrefacto de las maltas. Suave y ligera, sin presencia del alcohol. El amargor se prolonga tras cada trago. Espectacular,

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml can poured into a tulip glass

Look: Think espresso. Think stout. Think dark. It's all of those, with a big, tight foamy tan head to match - a couple of fingers-width, easily. Drops back leaving some icky-sticky lacing.

Smell: Lots going on here - plenty of hops, with the juicy smell of Citra predominating, with some roasted malt underneath and a healthy dose of peppery spice. It's neck and neck between the hops and the spice, though.

Taste: Like the smell, there's a lot going on here and then some - citrus fruits, pine resin, dark chocolate and coffee, and that's just for starters. There's a definite medicinal vibe to the aftertaste with the peppery spices coming through along with a hint of hops.

Feel: Deliciously smooth, almost oily - slips down dangerously well for a (well disguised) 7.4% brew.

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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

300ml bottle bought from Ales By Mail...

Poured a deep black colour. Light tan head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thickish covering... lots of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass...

Aroma - Juicy fruits (orange zest, pears, lemons) followed by lots of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate and coffee notes, faint brown sugar traces, strong piney resin and citrus hopiness, raw nuts - pistachio, some rubberiness, honey, cut wet grass / hay...

Taste - Piney, grassy and citrus hop bitterness mixed with lots of toasted chocolate malts.. some tart fruits (grapefruits and ), coffee, nice caramel malts and notes of floral honey, some brown sugar hints, quite herbal, some liquorice, light roastiness...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... full bodied... incredibly drinkable considering it is 7.4 percent

Overall - An excellent black IPA and one of the best beers i've had in a while... highly recommended..

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4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From. Decervecitas. Can. At Elba Costa Ballena, in hotel's tubular glass. Really, really, smooth, well balanced and drinkable. The black and IPA characters mix surprisingly well.Looks good even in this shitty glass. Leaves a really nice and long aftertaste

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Beavertown – Black Betty
Black IPA – 4.1% - 330ml can - Best before 21.02.16

Appearance: Black, just off white, three finger head. Good head retention. Low - medium levels of carbonation.
Aroma: Beautiful! Fresh new world hops with a very slight hint of roasted malt.

Taste: See aroma! Perfect balance of roasted malt with the fresh citrus flavours from the hops. There is also a little sweetness, that I really like courtesy of the caramalt.

Mouth feel: Smooth and then resiny, finishing up slightly dry. Upper-medium body that suits this beer perfectly.

Overall: My favourite beer so far from this brewery. Absoloutely fantastic in every way. I'm not usually a hop head but this is just so well balanced that I can't help but love it. A solid 9 / 10, will certainly be stocking the cellar with this after my next trip to the UK.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into tulip.

I've been a regular drinker of the rest of Beavertown's core range over the last year but, for some reason I've always passed on this one. Feel like a bit of an idiot now; this is fantastic. Looks exactly like a stout, jet black with a really creamy white head. Lovely hop aromas compliment bittersweet liquorice on the palate. Beautiful soft mouthfeel. This strikes me as a highly versatile black IPA, suitable for all seasons, with food or enjoyed on its own. Recommended. Cheers

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4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Sept 15 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a pitch black colour, producing about two fingers' worth of resilient, fluffy, light beige-coloured head at the surface. It wilts very slowly, resulting in a lumpy cap and generous collar, as well as plenty of lace - this black IPA certainly looks the part. Very inviting nose; lots of citrusy grapefruit pith, pine sap and earthy hop notes, along with caramel and roasted malts. There are also some light hints of baker's chocolate and peaches.

This is a beautifully rich-tasting beer. Caramel, molasses and roasted malts start things off, with notes of pine resin, grapefruit and pineapple following in hot pursuit. Rich, bitter baker's chocolate and coffee grounds come forward in the finish, along with an earthy, almost herbal bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, accompanied by some chocolate and prune sweetness. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and an exceptionally silky-smooth, almost oily feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.38, an awesome A grade. Black Betty is easily one of the best black IPAs that I've had the opportunity to enjoy. This is an exquisitely-crafted, rich-tasting black ale with no real flaws - it could easily stand toe-to-toe with many North American examples of the style. The only problem is that I neglected to pick up more than one bottle! A must-try, in my humble opinion - Ontario hopheads should grab as many of these as they can while it's still in stock.

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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I asked the London barkeep at Cask in Belgrave which was his favorite canned beer and he said the best black IPA ever is my fave - And now it's mine too!


A . A deep black. Light tan head pours big, ragged, thick, loamy and foamy and fades slowly to persistent crema... Boatloads of sticky lacing all of the way down the glass...

S - Awesome and ample. Juicy fruits followed by sweet and roasted malt, with pepper candy, chocolate and coffee, brown sugar, pine resin and citrus hoppiness, raw honey, molasses, wet hay...

T - Devlish see saw of bright, piney, grassy hop bitterness mixed with lots of toasted chocolate and coffee malts.. tart fruit, caramel malts and floral honey, brown sugar, ending in very long herbal, licorice, light pepper candy dark brown finish.

F - Big, wet and peppery, smooth with oiliness and sharp finish.. full bodied... meditation beer.

O - Best black IPA and one of the best beers i've had in a while... recommended..Must try!

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4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From the can it puts a nice dark with a decent head. Smells malty and heavy. Tastes sweet and heavy. Chocolate, charcoal, grains, and a dry bitterness. Mills bitterness lingers.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can. I love this one. It's the first one I have from Beavertown and I can definitely say that they're underated on this site. It's balance, it's a real black IPA. Citrus on the nose. Citrus and cocoa for the taste. Great mouthfeel with fine but vivid carbonation. A great session beer

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Black Betty from Beavertown Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 167 ratings