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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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.

Cooperii's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottled poured a deep amber with a tan head and fair lacing. Aromas are hoppy with subtle chocolate and vanilla notes. Flavors are hoppy...citrus, pine with subtle bitter cherry notes. The Finish - very light across the tung...fizzy! Bitter and dry with a trailing fruityness that lingers pleasantly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (887) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle dated 2014. Pours clear ruby red-black with a 3 finger tan head. Light citrus aroma with notes of biscuit and char. Medium body, oily, with an astringent finish. Mild flavor of grapefruit peel with some biscuit. Light burnt note at the back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Sample at the Tehachapi Beer & Wine Festival on 07/18/2015: Brown-black color with a medium rocky tan head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lace. Aroma of roasted malt, piney hops and caramel. Medium body with flavors of resiny hops, roast malt and fruit. The finish is malty up front with a piney hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fezzy (105) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2015
This beer has it all. Nose is mostly pleasant, juicy citrus fruit. Those grapefruit and pine notes follow in the flavor profile, balanced by bold, rich roasty malt with some mocha, finishing with the perfect touch of bitter to keep it quite drinkable. There is also a hint of licorice, which I normally don’t care for, but is tasty and profile enhancing in this one. Well-done. I would like to drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1821) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2015
With Z, pours a pitch black pour with a Java head. Nose is a blend of malt and hops. Taste is bitter , hoppy and had some black licorice notes. Finishes on the same bitter hoppy notes with a moderately long finish . Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1751) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Bomber. Pours black with a tan head and aroma of hops, citrus, and roasted malt. Taste is bitter up front, lots of hops, resin, pine, and citrus with roasted malt and chocolate coming through into the bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (345) - Napa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle: Deep brown to black with a frothy head and light lace. Roasted malt and hops. Clean. Dry palate, not sour and with moderate to high bitterness. The palate is fresh with high CO2 or acidity. The palate is dominated by hops followed by roasted malt. Solid beer. Reasonable quality but one or two dimensional. It lacks complexity and maybe weight.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhatton (234) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Pours a translucent dark brown body with limited tan head. I picked up mostly sweet malts and light roast aromas. Nutty, malty taste with some hop bitters. I was hoping for more of a robust flavor profile, but this one fell a little short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcon25 (335) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle pour at home, very dark pour, roasted hop aroma, bitter black coffee taste, hops, stout quality’s but taste like a dark IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3394) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
650 ml bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a full, creamy tan head. Aroma: A nice blend of roasted malts and resinous/dank hops, a certain twang from the hops that is hard to describe..., a wee bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Palate: Medium+ body, full, fine, creamy carbonation. Flav.: Lots of peppery, dank hops and roasted malt, a bit of cat piss, quite resinous, some alcohol; dry with fairly big bitterness and a long, very roasted and dank/resinous finish.

Fairly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kespecial (166) - - DEC 20, 2014
A really nice black IPA, maybe my favorite from the brewery. Pours almost black, white-tan head with lacing. This is a sharp beer, but pleasingly so. Taste is an attack of hops and burnt malt. Slaps your palate but finishes clean and is oddly addictive.

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