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RATINGS: 122   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2605) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 30) body.......nose is chocolate, cocoa from the malts, pine, resin, grapefruit from the hops, esters minimal....taste is rich chocolate, cocoa, slight caramel/toffee, hints of coffee, from the malts, balancing pine,resin, citrus peel from the hops, finishing with a heavy, lingering bitterness......mouth feel medium, minimally sticky, no astringency, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds a clean light acid finish. This is a typical example of the style, with high hop aromatics leaping out, only to have the flavors to be balanced out by the roasted, but not overly much, malts. The clean finish is wonderful and makes this rich confection refreshing. I do not care for dominant resin nose nor the coffee notes in the taste. BJCP 9/3/14/5/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9865) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
A deep dark IPA with a thick collapsing frothy brown head. In aroma, good floral hops with light chocolate notes, pungent and resinous. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with good floral and resinous hops, citrus pulp, well done. On tap at Downtown Brew fest LV 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1078) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
On tap at capitol beer and taproom.pours black with brown head. Taste is big roasted malt with a nice hop come threw.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Black with a poofy brown head , and a sweet, almost lactose stout aroma and a lavendar note. Taste is the same, with a narrow citrus peel note. $6/22oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6181) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, creamy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A bit difficult to enjoy, but ok...too resinous in the nose, and too sour in the mouth. Nice appearance and reasonably good mouthfeel, and no real flaws to speak of, but overall kinda rough and mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
651mL pouring at Congregation Azusa. Pours a clear deep brown with excellent beige head formation. Good lacing. Nose is hoppy, roasty, herbal, pine, sharper chocolate and grapefruit. On target for Black IPA. Taste is solid: bitter, roasty, just a tad dusty/chalky for me. But fairly nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (2979) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2013
from a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong malty toasted flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nellycale (183) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottled. Pours black with a huge grey-beige head. Good retention and solid lace. Big aroma and flavors. A perfect balance of roast and earthy hops. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter flavor. Medium body, oily texture, and a bitter, roasted finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1880) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Opaque, black-brown with a 3-finger khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, grass, bread, roasted dark malt and molasses. Taste of orange, pine, sweet roasted malt, bread, caramel, light fruit, grapefruit and light molasses. Medium/light body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (373) - Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bomber bottle. Aroma is dark malt and some hops. Appearance is black with a thick tan head. Taste is dark and roasty that turns hoppy, but not over the top. Palate is slightly hoppy, and dark. Overall, a good black ipa. Would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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