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Butchertown Black Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
195 Ratings
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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:
#13,624
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
195
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
Trade:
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Photo of BrewMaven
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm fairly new to this style, but if this beer is a representative example, I'm hooked! Great head, smells and tastes like MORE and only $6 for a bomber? Sign me up!

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Photo of Drew_V_dt
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sbanacho
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite brewery right now, glad I finally got to try this one. This is a very smooth beer with a nice hoppy after taste. One of the better beers from Speakeasy but I still have not had one I don't like from here. This is a limited release so if you see this one you better take advantage. Chill it on ice before opening and enjoy a nice refreshing cold craft brew.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounces are in my hand, thanks to my co-worker Tina! Let's go on to the beer:

The head forms two finger's thick on top above a body that is obsidian colored. As the beer's level drops, creamy and spotty lace sticks around the glass. The straightforward aroma of sharp bittering hops make their mark from the start. Subtle notes of cocoa and vague fruits offer a second dimension to this hoppy dark ale.

Sticking to the theme of the India Black Ale, Butchertown is strong, roasty, and bitter. The hops bring a side of grapefruit and strong piney and bittering flavors. A little dark cocoa and roasted malt brings this beer together. Despite its listed 8% ABV, I can't find the alcohol. The beer is nearly full bodied with a smooth body and a lingering mix of biiterness and chocolate in the aftertaste.

Don't mess with Butchertown. This is not only flavorful, but strong enough to knock you down. Aficionados of the style should seek this out.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Ales and Lagers glass

A: Pours deep brown with a ruby hue and a creamy mocha brown head that settles and laces very well.

S: Roasted malt, some coffee, light chocolate, and a touch of pine.

T: Pine bitterness up front, followed with roasted malt, sweet chocolate, faint coffee, a bit earthy, with some light citrus on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Very tasty brew.

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Photo of sheenisgod
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Paccamacca
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johlac66
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bnelson997
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of samtrillo
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with red highlights and a thick caramel head with medium retention and leaving laces and a constant plate.
Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, faint dark chocolate, some citrusy and melon. Dry hop was lost at this point.
Hoppy and roasted flavor with notes of coffee, charred wood, some pine, herbal, earthy and floral hops, grapefruit, lemon peel, caramel, dank tobacco, resin, spices, cocoa powder and charcoal. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium creamy body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.2% abv is well hidden.
Black IPA with a clean bold bitterness and strong roasted and burnt character. Good layered complexity. It felt a bit like a hoppy Foreign Extra Stout with American flavors.

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Photo of gelasin
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ShriverMO
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown with mahogany at the edges; 2+ finger head the receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: piney hops with roasted malts in the background;

T: roasted malts throughout; bitterness comes in mid-palate and fades in the finish; hides the alcohol well;

M: creamy; medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really enjoyable; one of the best black ales/black IPAs I've had;

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy both the concept behind Speakeasy's beers and the beers themselves. I am currently reading Akashic Books' "San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics" so this was perfect. A high school classmate and contemporary drinking buddy, Mike, came over last night and we laid waste to a bunch of bombers. Bombers are a real sticking point in my backlog as I do not like to drink them by myself. I could, but I like when others help me to do so. This one came from The Fridge and went into my fridge.

From the bottle: The cow's ear has a tag reading "94124", which is the brewery's zip code. Ha!; "Limited Series"; "This black ale beguiles you with its light body and soft maltiness - just before it unloads the hops and finishes clean. Butchertown commemorates the district of old San Francisco where the water ran red and the tide carries its secrets out to sea. It's where Speakeasy Ales & Lagers now stands today."; "Legit since 1997"; "Independently owned & operated".

The top was popped and glasses were made at the ready. The pseudo-cascade settled into a finger of deep-tan head with limited retention, quickly fading to wisps. Nose had a smoky sweetness, almost like maple syrup or maple-cured meat. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights (SRM = > 34, < 44) and NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was slightly minty, but the prevailing flavor was its charcoal smokiness. Finish was dry, but I just found myself shaking my head at the (mis)use of hops in this style. I was happy enough to have drunk it, being from one of my favorite breweries, but I will not be returning to it.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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