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Speakeasy Butchertown Black Ale


Butchertown Black Ale is named after the old San Francisco district now known as Bayview where Speakeasy brewing got their start in 1997.  Released in honor of their 14th anniversary, this black ale pours a nice dark walnut color with a fantastic creamy head that has a ton of staying power.  The aroma contains a tiny bit of grassy hops and roasted malt, but mostly isn't very aromatic at all.  With the first sip you're stuck by how thin and watery the mouthfeel is, and yet it's backed up with a a slightly sweet roasted maltyness of a heavier, more substantial beer.  The flavors here aren't terribly complex, but it does have a nice long anise/liquorish finish.  This is a tasty, highly drinkable, refreshing black ale that you could drink all night and never guess that it weighs in at 8.2% abv, until the next morning at least.  I suspect this is going to be one of those love it or hate it beers.  If you're looking for big brash knock you over the head kind of beer, then you'll be disappointed.  But if you'd like a refreshing black ale that isn't heavy, but still has a nice dark maltyness and and alcoholic kick to it, I think you'll be in love here.  Butchertown really does prove that when it comes to beers, sometimes less really is more.