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RATINGS: 121   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 1930ís 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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1016) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1125) - 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 thatís old. However, a good-looking bottle and a high ABV at a cheap price is hard to pass up. Thatís 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 thereís a strong presence of dry, slightly piney hop bitterness. Perhaps a fresh bottle might be more dank and resiny, but whatís here is at least still tasty. The malt side is not all that complex Ė 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. Thatís 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. Iím not crazy about the aftertaste, but for an 8.2% ABV body there is no alcohol warmth or other presence here.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zoucrew102 (458) - - MAY 24, 2014
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with chocolatey notes. Pours black colored but with a slight tinge of ruby as well. It has a decent tan, well retained head and not much lacing. Starts with roasted malt flavors with a little but of chocolate mixed in as well. Finishes clean and dry with a bitter hoppy bite that doesn't seem to balance with the rest of the flavors quite right. Pretty good to start, but the finish was not the best.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4749) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bomber - black pour with a fairly significant off-white lace - nose is a decently integrated mix of citrusy hops, dry, roasty malts, faint smoke, and light chocolate sweetness - creamy mouthfeel - medium body - fairly sweet at first, followed by some bitter black malt, making way for a fairly potent peppery hop bite near the finish, ending with some alcohol heat - finish has some pine resin qualities as well - nothing terribly complex - just a middle of the road black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
More of a very dark brown ale thatís crystal clear ruby under light topped with a thick, persistent tan head. Aromas of charred wood with notes of cocoa along with earthy hop component. All of this comes out in the flavor with more cocoa and milk chocolate. This is more like a light, hoppy stout than a Schwarzbier style black ale. Thereís also a spiciness to it but itís hard to tell if itís the hops or the alcohol. Slightly creamy body but not thick (think Guinness). Finishes with cocoa and earthy hops. A very tasty and interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (3933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2014
Clear dark dark auburn brown under a thick rocky light tan head. Nice BIPA aroma that refrains from being too piney or too roasty, with pleasant notes of dark cocoa, floral hops, a touch of citric rind and maybe a touch of melon. The flavor is a bit more bitter than it needs to be, but itís not a big detractor. The taste greets you with this semisharp pine flavor, followed by some dark cocoa and dark black malt roastiness, with some grapefruit rind and floral resins behind it with a mild earthy sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Murky dark brown with tan head. Roast, coffee and a little floral sweetness aroma, very bitter, roasty and a little dry taste. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter, roasty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5614) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of piney hops, some roastiness and a bit of chocolate. Flavor has a bit of sweetness, roasted malt, piney hops and a long bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
20th February 2014
Fare thee well Josh tasting at Bruceís. Almost clear dark brown beer. Small pale tan head. Smooth light palate, slightly soft. Mild fine carbonation. Smooth mellow dark malts, no roast or bitterness. Light piney hops backed with an unusual (for a cda) mild tropical fruits. Finishes smooth and light. Tasty easy drinking bipa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle shared in London for my farewell drinks. Thanks to black IPA man himself, Kenny. Pours very dark brown, slightly clear with a nicely retained tan head. Nose is sweet citric fruits, huge grapefruit tang, covered in milk chocolate with a hint of balancing ash. Creamy vanilla like in the taste with a milky chocolate focus, nice grapefruit and some pine needles coming through. Some tangy passionfruit to finish. Very well constructed and drinks nicely. I like it

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle shared at Joshís last hurrah in the smoke, thanks to Kenny - CDA top boy, 20/02/14. Very dark mahohony brown with a well appointed tan covering that retains well. Nose is bitter tropicals, tea leaves, earthy hops, light smoke, touch of grapefruit. Taste comprises earthy hops, cocoa powder, pine bite, jammy berry fruits, bitter tropicals. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid CDA - best in class this evening.


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