Butchertown Black Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Butchertown Black AleButchertown Black Ale
BA SCORE
3.83/5
195 Ratings
Butchertown Black AleButchertown Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Butchertown Black Ale celebrates the long forgotten neighborhood of San Francisco, Butchertown, where our brewery stands today. The nearby creek was once the home to over 16 slaughterhouses and was a thriving neighborhood till shipbuilding took over the waterfront in the 1930s run up to WWII.

This beer is a play on the senses: black as night, but with a deceivingly light body and a bold dry-hopping regiment more akin to an IPA. Butchertown pours black/brown with a thick, lasting toasted marshmallow head. It has aromas of pine, orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit, & light coffee. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, currants, and red wine come through before overturning to a malt depth intricacy of dark toasted bread, pumpernickel, subtle notes of dark fruits and hints of dark chocolate, tobacco and leather.

Added by capra12 on 09-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,126
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
195
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Confused. Wholefoods, Ben And Nick's, Oakland, CA, April 2016

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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to a local corner market to get a lagunitas cappuccino stout but ironically this beer was placed in front of the beer I had my sights set on. After a brief contimplation I purchased this 22 oz bomber and proceeded to open it. It was as the label said a black ale. Toasted and roasted the malt bill was present but lightly. Followed by a palate full of hop flavor. I over all like this beer and glad that after reading the "limited series" label I'm happy I was able to try something different.

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22oz bottle, @8.2% ABV, with an ambiguously creepy American gangster backstory for this one's name depicted on the label text. How very Christmasy!

This beer pours a clear, dark brown colour, with prominent orange cola highlights, and three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some splotchy and chunky streaked lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of musty roasted caramel malt, acrid coffee (the sort with stale cigarettes sitting in it), inexpensive bittersweet chocolate, untethered phenolic yeast, some muddled citrus and pome fruitiness, a further free-range campfire ashiness, and more leafy, weedy, and faintly piney hop bitters. The taste is gritty, rather grainy and toasted caramel malt, dusty dime-store chocolate wafers, a bit of edgy umami, generic coffee, and more hard to really get a gauge on leafy, piney, and herbal green hoppiness.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and tacitly engaging frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and more or less smooth (ok, emphasis on the latter), with an oh so subtle airy creaminess arising from someone's latent Yuletide wishes. It finishes off-dry, the coffee and cocoa-flecked roasted malt still duly offset by the well lingering, if still indistinct leafy, piney, and dry citrusy bitterness.

For the style, this is generally all right, the juxtaposition between the two conflicting beer endpoints providing a so-called balance that lovers of such things use to justify its otherwise ill-conceived existence. So, bully for them, I'm done here, and so looking forward to that order of best of local breed Chinese food waiting for me upstairs. Happy Holidays, all!

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Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead the first of May for $5.99. Bottle received at TW on 1/17/15. Availability per the Speakeasy web site is October thru December.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a nice citrus hop.

Taste is a heavily roasted malt backbone that melds well with the citrus hops. Malts are a tad bit over-roasted.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty decent brew. I can handle a highly roasted highly hopped beer but this one uses too much of a roasted malt that detracts and creates a slightly ashy flavor. Definitely not for everyone.

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Butchertown Black Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 195 ratings
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