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Black Hawk Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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602 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +42%

07-11-2013 20:22:51 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Jonmoore89

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black as night. Didn't retain its head as well as I would have liked.

S: Noticed Chocolate scent right away. Roasted and Nutty.

T: Sweet Chocolate at the beginning and ends with a nice mildly bitter coffee taste.

M: The light carbonation is nice. Tastes heavy and smooth.

O: Great Stout! Among the best that I've had for the price.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2012 21:27:03 | More by Jonmoore89
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

01-06-2013 22:38:15 | More by TaylorK
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.68/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving 12.ounce bottle.

Wonderful malty stout aroma, pours a thick creamy beige head that truly lasted a long spell, gracefuly laced the glass. Deep black opaque in color. More on the slightly sweet side with a hint of hops, slight bitter aftertaste that lingers quite a while, hence lower mouthfeel score. A very drinkable brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 15:21:37 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.61/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mendocino Black Hawk Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head, a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, with reddish-brown highlights at the edges, and some thin lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted coffee, black bread crust, and chocolate powder. Taste is of charcoal, burnt sugar, black bread, dark bread crust, cocoa powder, milk, cream, dark cherries, licorice, and a minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Mendocino Black Hawk Stout finishes semi-dry, easy going, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is another great one from Mendocino!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 17:01:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Maudite

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful and underrated stout. Not too much alcohol, and a very balanced palate.

A= Black as night, a bottle of crude oil.
S= Roasty, burnt grains, baking chocolate, warm bread
T= Comes in clean with a black patent punch, melting into a bittersweet/special dark chocolate trickle, and falling off with a dark, over-toasted dark bread finish. Clean, yet complex.
M= Coats the tongue, bubbly on the gums, thick and heavy. Leaves a strong, pleasant memory in your mouth.
D= Easy to drink. Not too strong to drink relatively quick, unlike most stouts. Not too much alcohol either, so you can easily have 3 or 4. This is daddy's mocha.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 19:58:28 | More by Maudite
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

11-06-2012 20:59:31 | More by RBorsato
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beaubarnett10

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

12-20-2011 17:38:03 | More by beaubarnett10
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

04-18-2012 14:45:48 | More by yergermeister
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ncstephen


4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

05-20-2012 02:50:30 | More by ncstephen
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cyguyjg

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

01-18-2013 02:32:02 | More by cyguyjg
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Beer4Mike

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

02-15-2012 19:16:33 | More by Beer4Mike
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code anywhere to be seen. Sampled on July 12, 2009. As it pours from the bottle it has a brown color but once it fills the pint glass it is near black like molasses. A little tan head tops the brew and dissoles but not entirely. The aroma is like smoked or roasted malts, coffee grinds, and a dash of hops on the tail end. The taste gives off a burnt sensation with roasted malts and a subtle dry hop finish. I found it to be smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:09:48 | More by puboflyons
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xav33

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mendocino Black Hawk Stout
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint
Unknown brewing (recent?), flown into 05/07

Poured black with deep mahogany highlights with a huge frothy somewhat lasting light brown head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate licorice, molasses, ashes and burnt grain, brown sugar.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter burnt grain and sweet molasses followed by a strong burnt grain bitterness and light black licorice and molasses sweetness on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, slightly oily, softly carbonated and lightly astringent.

Overall, I really like this. It's like a bolder version of Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 04:58:44 | More by xav33
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cheers2beers

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: While pouring this jet black stout, I was able to coax a roaring three inch pillowy tan head. The laceing has no shyness about it, there is plenty of it surrounding my glass.

Smell: Aromas are sweet and bitter chocolates, coffee grounds, some wood notes, nice arrangement of sweet malts and bittering hops to make up the rest.

Taste: Wow! This is truely a great stout. The semi sweet chocolate and the thick candied malts explode in my mouth upon impact. Followed by a very balanced bittering hops and coffee grounds in the middle,with a nice punch of alcohol to K.O. my taste buds!

Mouthfeel: The feel is slick, oily front with a semi dry and bubblely finish.

Drinkability: Man, I can't wait to go and buy this one up again. This stout is not my favorite but it ranks on up there. I would suggest you go and purchase this immediately and enjoy at a medium pace or slam it and your own free will, It's your call.


Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 22:10:22 | More by cheers2beers
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shabbtastic

New York

4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Filled up my growler right after our short tour of the brewery in Saratoga!

A - Poured pitch black into a Saratoga Lager pint glass. Two finger tan head with excellent lacing.

S - Initial smell of chocolate roasted malt up front with a hint of coffee tones.

T - Coffee / chocolate up front followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste. A nice coffee after taste lingers and is very balanced and pleasant.

M - Full bodied, smooth and creamy all the way around. Perfect amount of carbonation, with a strong body.

D - Very drinkable, my growler was empty before I knew it. I will definitely be in the tasting room soon for a refill! Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2008 16:40:21 | More by shabbtastic
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mjc410

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a creamy tan one-finger head over a nearly opaque body with ruby highlights. The head recedes slowly, but the lacing is almost too heavy to hold the sides of the glass. The nose is dominated by a lovely mocha scent, but there also comes through a bit of burnt caramel. The taste is very balanced between roast and chocolate-caramel sweetness. The mouth is velvety on the tongue, but still has a lively carbonation. Eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 00:01:47 | More by mjc410
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WesWes

New York

4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thin brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is of black and roasted barley; a real dark scent. The taste is great. It has a caramel taste to it. The presence of black barley cannot be ignored. It is very smooth and creamy; delicious. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation. This is a great drinking stout.; a real pleasure of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 02:17:34 | More by WesWes
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black body with a small off-white head.

Nose has a rich, slightly metallic, chocolate smell. Toffee, some dark burnt roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate and some faint floral notes. Very rich and very inviting.

Taste is medium bodied with a smooth dark malt flavor. Very tame at first ending with a bit stronger more pronounced roasted malt bitterness. Dark malt, coffee, some mild caramel, some hints of roasted or even smokey burnt malt. Rather tame bitterness at first but becomes much more pronounced as it warms. Starts to get a little bit more metallic as it warms.

Really a very nice american stout. Loads of flavors, all in your face and yet extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 00:14:33 | More by taez555
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UncleBuccs

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

01-09-2013 03:09:30 | More by UncleBuccs
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, the war in Iraq is a week old, and I sit here thankful as hell that, while Iraqis sit with Black Hawks overhead, I sit with this Black Hawk stout in hand instead. Black Hawk poured a deep, dark brown, not quite black, and had a very nice light brown head on top that held with medium retention. Aroma was roasted malts with a slight coffee smell. The mouthfeel was very smooth and silky, heavy bodied, and tasted softly of cocoa and mocha. I also noticed a coppery, metallic taste but it was really, really tiny - maybe just my imagination. The aftertaste was balanced out with a crisp hop bitterness, not too much however. The drinkability is surpisingly high, this beer just seemed to meld with my tastebuds well, very soft and balanced. From top to bottom this was a very enjoyable stout, and it is a competitor in my opinion with some of the top stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 15:59:54 | More by nixhecks
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iannutter

Chile

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

11-05-2013 03:29:32 | More by iannutter
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

01-27-2013 23:08:15 | More by KiMiRaiK
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GinsuDave

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-21-2013 23:31:39 | More by GinsuDave
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a rich espresso black with brown around the edges when held to the light. A chunky off-white head dissipates to a film of bubbles, and leaves minimal lacing. The beer smells of burnt malts and bitter chocolate. The taste is spot on with the appearance and smell so far, in other words it tastes like a good, typical Irish dry stout. The bitter chocolates and burnt, yet semi-sweet malt coats the taste buds with a dry bitterness following. Also a slightly smokey taste in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, just a solid stout all around. Probably would get a better score if i had any sentimental connection to it, but I don't.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 21:00:21 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Black Hawk Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.