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RATINGS: 130   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1289) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (320) - 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 (137) - 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 (193) - 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 (3239) - 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 (113) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
batneil (438) - - NOV 21, 2014
Very dark brown to black, persistent head. Nice hoppy flavour, with a bit of fizz. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (600) - New York, USA - NOV 9, 2014
On cask,poured into a tulip glass..dark brown with a fluffy off white head..aroma of pine,vanilla,resin,hops..slightly hoppy taste with vanilla,pine and cream..very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Not too impressed with this bomber. Not nearly hoppy enough to be a good black ipa. I like the slight bitterness and hints of pine. It was definitely leaning more towards the roasted malts and caramel - not a bad or great porter type brew either. Just ok."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4488) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
(Backlog) Draft? Black pour with ran head. Pine, citrus, some earthy aroma tones. Pine, earthy, citrus black ipa flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1355) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. I could not find a freshness date, though I assume the bottle is old since my beer store had it on clearance for $1.99 ($0.09 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black hue with ruby red highlights. Pours to a very large, khaki, soapy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Slight cologne or perfume-like chemical scent. Some tanginess as well, though not off-putting.

Taste: I try not to review, let alone buy, beer that’s old. However, a good-looking bottle and a high ABV at a cheap price is hard to pass up. That’s why I picked up Speakeasy Butchertown Black Ale. While this particular bottle is not delicious, it certainly has plenty of enjoyable taste and the flaws are easy to get past.

Usually, old hoppy beers tend to turn overly sweet when they age, though this one seems to have transitioned from hop flavor to hop bitterness. From front to back there’s a strong presence of dry, slightly piney hop bitterness. Perhaps a fresh bottle might be more dank and resiny, but what’s here is at least still tasty. The malt side is not all that complex – just a general dark malt composure. A hint of chocolate and roasted malt on the finish followed by a lingering dry aftertaste. I could see this beer going well with the right full-flavored meal, though a glass by itself is fine.

Drinkability: Something I notice about old beers is they tend to foam up in the mouth. That’s what happened with my bottle of Speakeasy Butchertown Black Ale. Thick with a foamy texture, though in no way cloying or sticky. Soft and smooth in the mouthfeel with an easy finish. I’m not crazy about the aftertaste, but for an 8.2% ABV body there is no alcohol warmth or other presence here.

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