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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Butchertown Black Ale celebrates our 14th year by bringing back the long forgotten neighborhood of San Francisco 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 1930’s run up to WWII. The beer is a play on the senses: black as night, but with a deceivingly lighter body than the color would indicate and a dry-hopping regiment more akin to an IPA than a stout or porter.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bomber from Whole Foods and Capone’s. Pours turbid dark black with creamy tan head. Nose is great creamy dark lactic malt, resiny hops, cacao, black pepper. Tastes rich and complex, with heavy dark malt, cacao, and a dry hoppy finish. This one is above the pack.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
On tap. Black pour with a light tan head. Light herbal hops and some sweetness in the aroma with perhaps some minimal roast. Taste is clean with a light herbal flavor, perhaps some pine, and slight roast. Relatively light mouthfeel. Underwhelming hops but a nice drinker nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a three finger thick, amber stained, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown, sort of approaching black color that shows a brilliantly clear, blackened plum hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of expressive fruity / floral hops, supported by roasted, earthy whole grain malt character. Rich toasted cocoa notes, amply toasted whole grain bread, touches of roasted coffee, and a bit of charcoal make up the supporting, but noticeable malt aromatics. Floral peach, kumquat zest, some guava notes and lychee just about jump out of the glass. At times there is just a touch of spicy, warming alcohol in the nose as well as a bit of herbal and spicy hop character.

Citrusy hop flavors lead into a biting, lingering hop bitterness that melds with a bitter roasted note into the finish. A bit of warming alcohol is found in the finish and it accentuates a spiciness from both the hop character and the toasted malt. The body is nice and light, but does have a soft creaminess to it towards the finish, overall this makes this beer nicely quaffable. Spicy notes of woody black pepper, linger chili pepper spice (alcohol notes), and acrid roasted character adds quite the bite to the finish. There is also some lingering essential oil like flavors of pine and menthol in the finish as well. The up front hop flavors contribute a mix of peach concentrate (without the sweetness), lychee, rounded guava notes, and lots of layered, tropical leaning, citrus zest notes (tangelo, kumquat, etc.).

The brightness of the hop character is dulled a bit by the sharp roast character and the fact that the beer is a bit on the dry side; this makes for a finish that is sharp, a bit alcohol warming, bitter, and a touch acrid in the finish. A good enough beer in the end, but a bit unbalanced in the finish which ruins this a bit for me in the end. Still a good enough beer that I am happy to be trying.The soft creamy note in the body is certainly a nice accompaniment.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mogydirt (13) - simi valley, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Nice color and it has nice head retention. Smell is kind of mild, it doesnt have much of a smell. Taste malty and taste more like a black ipa than a black ale. Not to impressive, but i do like the label. Lol

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (552) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap. Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of earthy, piney hops and dark malts with a bit of coffee and chocolate. The flavor earth and resin up front with a coffee and hop bitter finish over a medium-heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenhorn1 (782) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Strong hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is dark malts, citrus notes but light on the palate. Decent black ale/ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2087) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a clear dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of grapefruit, roast, light charcoal, orange zest, light pine and some light cocoa.The taste was of roast, grapefruit, charcoal, light pine and light cocoa with a crisp dry bitter lingering roasted grapefruit finish. Enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GIJOE (472) - Monterey, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Looks more like a very dark porter or a stout. Black with a frothy tan head and thick, sticky lacing. Nose is floral hops and reminds more of an IPA. Taste is bitter, but malty sweetness also comes through. Medium body, moderate carbonation, astringent finish. Good brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
A: Straight forward with chocolate malt, roasted barley and piney hops. A: Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. A great looking beer. T: Initially a mix of roasted chocolate malts, grapefruit and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Next some pine hops and a bit more bitterness with some coffee notes and a hint of bready malt notes. Finishes with a mix of chocolate malts, pine hops, citrus zest, and some roasted coffee notes. P: Feels a bit thin, but improved as it warmed. O: The hops start strong, but kinda get lost in the taste and excessive warmth. Decent Black IPA/CDA.

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
philipmeese (81) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Lovely velvet texture. Robust body and porter backbone. Faintly boozy finish. Overall a delicious beer, though the hops character has a hard time peeking out from behind all that roasted malt.


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