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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HughConway (745) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours black/mahogany, light tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a slight indistinct hint of hops. Taste is chocolate and coffee, bit bitter on the finish. Maybe call it a porter? Not alot going on but it’s decent enough. Too high ABV for sessioning really though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
First of all based on the flavor I think this has hop extracts. Basically a black Pliny. Something phony here. Hops in your face and all over the place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3228) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this is fairly sweet with some milk chocolate character present. Light herbal and piney hop notes. Not much else going on here. Not much roast or anything. Mostly transparent mahohany body with a frothy, light tan head that is pretty strong. Starts with a bit of an herbal, bitter hop bitterness, before this becomes a bit roasted and lightly burnt in the middle. Milk chocolate flavors come through in the finish. Medium body...not too dry or astringent. Ho-hum, ho-hum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Labeled as a brown at the festival but this is a black IPA. Definitely on the mellow side of bitterness. Still a decent hop bite. Mostly this is an okay Johnny come lately black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Hm. When it comes to San Francisco black IPAs I prefer Back in Black. This is thin and more malt-forward to me. The Back in Black is more lively and hop-oriented yet with a good body as well. This Speakeasy actually kinda reminds me of a porter. I would definitely take an Anchor Porter or Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA over this. To respect the intended style, I prefer Back in Black.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (5039) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Draft at blind tiger with Linh. Pours a deep amber brown body with tons of down lacing. Aroma is light hop. Mouthfeel is medium to light with nice bitter hop and sweet caramel chocolate malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
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. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some pine hops and a bit of citrus, and some coffee and bready smells. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts and grapefruit and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some pine hops and a bit more bitterness comes through with some coffee and a bit of bready malts. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts, pine hops, citrus zest, and some roasted coffee. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bready finish. D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Black IPA with good malty flavors and just enough hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bomber from Valley Farm. Nose is fairly typical for a black IPA. Roasty with some good hop character. Highly carbonated. Roasty with some dry peppery hop notes. Decent example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ICEatALAMO (873) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a little head. The aroma is oddly interesting. Has a smell I just can't put my finger on. The taste is strong on malt even though I didn't get much in the smell. Leaves a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. An ok beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle:   Very deep ruby, nearly black or a dark brown, large rocky light beige head, nice lacing.   Charred wood, meaty campfire and roasted malts on the nose.   Softer pine like hoppiness.   Smooth on the tongue, not as roasty as the nose suggested.   Not all that hoppy for an IPA, but seems a decent Pale Ale.   Make that CPA, Cascadian Pale Ale.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes more of a Pale Ale.   By this time the Black portion takes a back seat.   Not quite a Black IPA by my standards, but makes for a smooth and easy drinking Black Pale Ale.

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