Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Butchertown Black Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Butchertown Black AleButchertown Black Ale
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
195 Ratings
Butchertown Black AleButchertown Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
goodbeer.com

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:
#13,903
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
195
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Thomas_562
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Btip1969
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of hops202
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Snifter.

Decent look - dark brown/super dark red even. Lots of persistent lacing covering the sides all the way down. Nose has some roasted malts along with pine - basically an IPA and Porter combination. Taste is fairly bitter even with the roastiness present. Tolerable. Certainly glad this wasn't very expensive.

 337 characters

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of KyleRV
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of anon
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tony49er
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type- From a bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Dark black, thick off white head, almost a silky black color

Smell- Pine, roasted malts, chocolate, spruce

Taste- Pine, roasted malts, chocolate, resin, coffee, a bit of an booze taste but goes down pretty smooth for an 8 plus ABV beer

Mouth-feel- Smooth silky taste, foamy head

Overall- An outstanding black ale one of my favorite black ales around and one of the best beers made by Speakeasy..If you have not tried this beer and you can get it...you MUST try it...its pretty great

 552 characters

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of gspeer711
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wiltznucs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of willjschmidt
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of thebigM78
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of dwtyler
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Srecko
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Oliver's in Astoria. My big complaint with black ale is that they're usually just hoppy porters—thick and roasted with vague hops buried under the malts. No so here. In fact, I'd call this my favorite Speakeasy beer. There are a clean, clear dark chocolate and roasted grain flavor next to, and complementing, the big citrus hop character. The body is no thicker than a pale ale, making this a little dangerous, but very tasting and pleasing. Give it a shot.

 475 characters

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of prock180
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.