Black Hand | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with TCHO Ghanaian Roasted Cacao Nibs. This chocolate milk stout is full-bodied and creamy, with sumptuous chocolate notes and a delicate roasted character. Black Hand pours a rich dark brown with a milky coffee-colored head. Bittersweet chocolate and roast envelopes the nose, carried by roasted cacao nibs and chocolate malts. The aroma blends effortlessly with soft flavors of dry chocolate and darkly roasted malts. The addition of milk sugar provides a silky smooth body, with a subtle natural sweetness of cream.

Added by hikanteki on 01-06-2014

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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CTHomer
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque, although when held to the light, it appeared crystal clear; cola brown in color with medium brown highlights; less than a 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thick, big bubbled ring (it was close to the end of e keg); no lacing;

S: milk chocolate and deeply roasted grains;

T: milk chocolate is predominant with deeply roasted grains in the background; finish is mildly bitter;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not really my style, but they nailed the milk chocolate, which was the whole point;

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice chocolate taste

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Photo of laurapompeo
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark chocolate color with a 1F head in a Stone Snifter.

Aroma: sweet chocolate, roasted malt, cacao.

Taste: more intense than the aroma.Deep milk chocolate- cocoa and roasted malt. Sweeter with warming.

Excellent finish: lightly bitter, roasted malt.

This is the first beer I Have tasted from the Brewer. A great intro. Deep chocolate flavor.
I will look for another bottle.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meals00
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate milk!

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Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of ichorNet
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had a beer by Speakeasy in years so seeing this limited edition bomber carry a decent price-tag in a nearby store was a nice surprise. Gorgeous label design as usual for the brewery with old-school '50s film noir style art and very solid typography and layout that catches the eye quite handily.

Pour is an extravagant showing of utter deep blackness capped by an eggshell-colored, sort of off-white foamy head that retains at a solid finger after dissipating over the course of 5-7 minutes in the glass. Lace is a solid, filmy sheet. Pretty nice looking for sure.

Nose is deep with cocoa, slightly vinous red and dark fruit notes and medium-kilned, roasty malts. Some toffee and vanilla as well. Pretty basic but very robust and quite well-defined.

Initially hits on the palate with a shock of sweet, milk chocolate before finishing off with vanilla, crème brûlée and café au lait. The lactose helps immensely here, rounding everything out and attracting a lot of like flavors together. Some slight, roasty malt notes help keep the beer grounded in the stout category, but this is, overall, quite a sweet and decadent endeavor. A dessert beer, for sure! One of my only issues is that the lactose leaves a weird, acidic (carbonic acid maybe?) taste on the tongue if you sip and forget about it for a couple minutes. Seems like an area which calls for slight improvement, for sure.

Feel is rather amorphous with a satisfying low-leaning carbonation that takes excellent advantage of the additional ingredients. Very well-balanced with impressive depth. An open-ended palate allows a lot of different interpretations of the flavors on order, but they definitely seem to come off as solidly in the realm of a "sweet stout." Quite satisfying with an evolving palette of flavors that come together quite nicely over the course of each sip. Good work, Speakeasy!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice black color, with some very nice carbonation, which leaves a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of dark stuff, with some vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, chocolaty, toffee, coffee, some vanilla. Medium body, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew. It's been awhile since last I've had anything from this brewery.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and milk.
The taste is dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, milk and malt sweet, really great.
The texture is smooth and soft.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This grew on me, and much better once it hit room temperature. Smooth, creamy, good drinkability. Black with retained head. Good for a milk stout.

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Photo of Slongie
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- The bottle itself is bold and looks like something of substance! The beer pours a dark chocolate color that reminds me of cola at the same appears to be clear and the carbonation is fizzy in both sound and appearance...quickly disappearing and leaving little to no head....there isnt much lacing to speak of either....overall not a super impressive looking milk stout but I've got much higher expectations going forward!

S- Aromas are very rich and robust overall, with initial smells of heavy high grade cocoa/dark chocolate. Also, there is background aromas of bready yeast, malt sweetness and just slight hints of dark dried fruit, such as a date or something similar. No hop bitterness on the finish.

T- Flavors follow the aromas closely but with added zest....fresh cocoa, cola hints, bittersweet bakers chocolate squares, dark roast coffee, cream and licorice root. The finish is just slightly bitter but not in a hoppy version...more of a drying character...very nice, not overly rich, but plenty flavorful!

M/O- This is medium bodied with a fair bit of effervescence and the higher than average alcohol content is very well hidden! This goes very well with a chocolate pudding cake slice and as the label suggests, the black hand has taken me will be upon you too! Highly drinkable....easy to enjoy more than one of these in a sitting!

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Snifter

A: Pours dark brown, basically black, no light passes through, with a frothy mocha brown head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Roasty malt, coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, some lactose sweetness, and faint dark fruit.

T: Roasty malt, bittersweet and dark chocolate, a little coffee, lactose sweetness, earthy, and faint dark fruit.

M: Medium to full body, moderately low carbonation, silky smooth.

O: Very enjoyable milk stout.

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Photo of Btip1969
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil-T_Phil_30
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Not too bitter for a chocolate stout. Nice sweetness. Enjoyed this a lot.

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Black Hand from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 132 ratings