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Black Hawk Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

Black Hawk StoutBlack Hawk Stout

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593 Ratings

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%

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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Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a very dark brown pretty much black with a dark brown head and a good amount of lace.

S- a roasty aroma filled with dark malts, roasted and toasted grain, bitter and milk chocolates, and coffee grinds.

t- a good roastiness in the front of the flavor, which is washed down by a malty and chocolatey finish, a light sweetness mixed with coffee on the after taste. Good medium mouthfeel.

O- really underrated dry stout, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:13:23 | More by Tschnab
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a deep deep brown if not black color, with a thin off white head that fades very fast after pouring leaving no lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt with dark chocolate and burnt coffee aroma. A little bit of sweeter caramel and licorice come in toward the end of aroma, but are only very light.

Taste - Burnt coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate. A very faint earthy hoppiness comes in toward the middle of the tasting. Not the slightest bit of sweetness in the beginning, but there is a very little bit that comes in toward the end with faint vanilla flavorings.

Mouthfeel - Quite dry on the tongue with a more watery less creamy taste. Not as good as most stouts on the mouthfeel, a bit too sharp that could use come mellowing of a creamier body feel.

Overall - The beer has some very nice qualities for the style, but then others really put away from its greatness. Overall fairly average

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:00:15 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of engagechad


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in mailer as part of beer club membership.

Pours dark brown, no real lacing, frizzling head.

Smells good and roasty, mild but good.

Tastes nice, mild good bitterness while maintaining a coffee/chocolate feel.

Feels very good. Great bitterness, quaffable.

Overall this is a great brew, solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 00:22:41 | More by engagechad
Photo of micromaniac129


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a rich mocha head. The foamy cap is tall with larger bubbles pocking the dense mousse like body. Aroma is rich with roasted malts, burnt malts, mollasses and sutle licorise. Taste runs parallel with the nose having a sutle dry flavor of roasted malts molasses sweetness and hints of chocolate nibs.
Looking at it, it has a medium weight on the palette mooth and quite dry finishing.
Good stout but a bit too dry for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 11:52:44 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of vkv822


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a foamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to leave a thick ring around the rim and a thin film across the surface.

Bold roasty malts and cocoa upfront, quite nice.

A decent flavor profile of roast malts and a light backing of bittersweet cocoa and a medium body.

While I probably won't buy this again as there are better, readily available stout options in my area, this was better than I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 08:49:39 | More by vkv822
Photo of kojevergas


3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this is me favourite style but I'm not familiar with this brewery. Acquired in the mail as part of a beer of the month club me sister subscribed me to as a birthday gift.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of attractive cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a predictable solid black. Appealing to a stout lover like meself.

Sm: Coffee, cream, nuts, and perhaps a bit of chocolate or caramel. Hard to tell with me broken nose; all apologies, lads. A light aroma all around.

T: Tasty. The nutty notes surface on the climax and hang around through the aftertaste; dominating the second half. It's not as creamy as I'd like, but what relatively little there is is present from the open and hangs on roughly until the midpoint. Criminally, there's hardly any roasted barley present. This is unforgivable considering the style. Some chocolate is present haphazardly and vaguely at best. It's strangely balanced structurally, feeling binary and divisive instead of whole and unified. Flavourwise, it's built nicely (albeit a bit simply), but the balance is a little scattershot. I like what's there, but it isn't properly distributed. Overall, I find it enjoyable if flawed.

Mf: Smooth and wet where it should by dry and coarse (but also creamy). I wouldn't go so far as to say it feels more like a porter than a stout, but it's certainly pushing it. It's a little too thick as well, but this is forgivable considering the flavours it's supporting.

Dr: Quite drinkable, in part due to its flawed mouthfeel. I could session this all night but I wouldn't want to. It'd be a bit better on nitro-draught, if only to bring out more cream. It's forgettable as a stout, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 07:16:42 | More by kojevergas
Photo of GardenWaters


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

A: Poured a tan two-fingered head which quickly dissipated to 1-2mm which lasted till the last drink. Left some pretty decent lacing.

S: Toasty malt aroma infused with caramel and vanilla, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Malty sweetness upfront and rounded out by a toasty hint of chocolate and burnt vanilla. I detected very little hop presence, however if felt pretty well-balanced and finished clean. Dry.

M: Light-bodied, very "spritzy" and over-carbonated, not as creamy as I would have expected.

O: Overall, this was a decent beer, but not great. However, it was very drinkable and went down smooth. I would give this beer a second chance (my taste buds are influenced by my mood at the time), I just dont see myself buying it again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:41:21 | More by GardenWaters
Photo of vitrael


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Came in my beer club this month. Poured from bottle into Guinness pint glass.

A: Black as night, nearly opaque, with a small off-white head that dissipated. Remarkably bubbly.

S: Roasted barley and stone fruit. Fuggles hops or similar earthy blend make an appearance.

T: This one takes me back a little to sneaking a sip of Dad's Guinness. Bone-dry and bursting with the bittersweet flavor of roasted barley. Slightly astringent and grainy. Nicely balanced on an earthy unobtrusive hopping. Quintessential dry irish in which it is hard to find flaw.

M: I could use some help here. The body is a little light for the style and my tastes. It could use a little bit of dextrine in the mash. It's not gonna sweeten this bittersweet brew up any. I guess this is why Guinness is all tricked out on nitrogen.

Overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 03:07:29 | More by vitrael
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Good looking brew. Pitch black with a thick, creamy tan foam.

S - Nose is caramel and raisins, burnt grain, molasses and apple.

T - Dry toastiness. A bit of hops but clean finishing. A little fruit and the suggestion of dark sugars, but dark, roasted grain in the forefront.

M - Light, crisp body.

D - Solid, easy drinking stout. I would session this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:40:14 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a dark black with slight maroon highlights and two fingers of foamy brownish/tan head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little roasty with some nice bready aroma but also has some slightly off aroma that is a little like a clay smell.

The taste is more roasted malts with a weird clay-like flavor that seems to coat the tongue with the roast flavor and kind of takes away from the malty flavor. There is a bitterness that seems to stick to the front of the tongue and seems to not come from the hops but from the unwelcome flavor that seems to be holding this beer down.

The feel of this beer is smooth and does have a nice drinkable feel as you drink it. Without seeing the label and seeing that is was labeled a stout I would have thought porter which confuses me slightly but none the less does have some nice qualities that make for a decent beer. This beer seems to promise more but does not live up to the expectations.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 05:18:08 | More by Duhast500
Photo of DrDemento456


3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly dark shade of brown with a half inch of mocha head.

S - Well it's more roast/coffee forward with smoke and a touch of chocolate in the nose.

T - Taste is kind of burnt ashy coffee with light smoke and then turns to a sweeter finish. Little in the department of chocolate or dark fruit. Eh...

M - It had a light to medium body so it was a bit thin too.

Overall I can think of better stout offering and would prefer the RIS over this. Forgettable stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 05:40:26 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel like this is my first American Stout in a while. Poured into a Tumbler..

Appearance-Dark brown w/ some ruby highlights. Aggressive pour yeilded a pretty smell brown head. No retention or lacing.

Smell-Roasted Malts, some dark fruits.

Taste-Pretty sweet up front, roasty and light smoke. Like the smell I pick up some dark fruits and finishes pretty sweet then quickly becomes a drying bitterness. I'm not sure when this was brewed but it taste's like faded hops.

Mouthfeel-Thin body, very watery. Carbonation is pleasant, not too much.

Overall-Just an average beer all around. Flavors are pretty subtle and body is very thin. I'll finish the 6er but will probably never encounter this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:38:28 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Nice looking stout. Black with deep brown highlights. Light tan head, a little low on head retention. Lace was moderate.

S- Slight mineral smell on front blending into a mild copper aroma. Chocolate raisin smell in the middle note with a mild roast note on the finish.

T- Mellow char, lighter taste than expected. Roasted malt middle notes with a slightly dry finish with touches of coffee bitterness.

M- Lighter and thinner than I expect from a stout. The finish is more pleasant due to the dry finish, but the initial impression is watery. Not particularly smooth.

O- Although the look was nice and the smell was interesting, the taste was a little mellow and the mouthfeel was too light and thin for a stout. Mediocre drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 22:27:18 | More by vfgccp
Photo of airforbes1

New York

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Held to the light, this beer seems to show more ruby red than most stouts. The head is beige and foamy and retains well. On the nose, I get chocolate and hints of mint and fig.

Taste wise, it opens with fig and licorice, continues with dark chocolate, and ends bitter. The tastes are good, but they just seem to drop off at the end, creating a thin finish. I wish there was more of a lingering aftertaste than mild, roasted bitterness. As my mouth becomes more coated with each subsequent sip, I find the flavors dropping off less.

This beer is tasty, drinkable, and affordable. It didn't amaze me, but I'll buy it again. I'll have to pair it with some dark chocolate some day.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:02:51 | More by airforbes1
Photo of 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
Photo of bluejacket74


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is great, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass, too. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, it's all roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There's also a nice roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think this brew is more like an Irish style stout than an American one. If you're looking for a good, easy drinking mostly bitter stout then this is a good choice. I bought a single bottle of this for $1.55, and I'd certainly consider buying a 6 pack of this in the future. I wouldn't have any problem drinking a sixer of this in a session!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 23:17:45 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Nerudamann


3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - jet black with about half a finger's worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - typical stout smell - molasses/chocolaty with a syrupy vibe to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Much like the smell, it has a typical stout taste, but seems to be heavy on the roasted quality. Slight bitter and hoppy feeling. The texture is actually surprisingly light and well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but not terribly interesting, except for the noticeable hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 03:21:32 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Mora2000


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and roasted malt. The beer smells about like I expect an American Stout to smell. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate malt with some roasted malt. There are also some medicinal notes in the flavor, somewhat resembling menthol or spearmint. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 03:25:08 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Knapp85


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep black color with a tan color head on top. The lacing wasn't too bad here either. The smell of the beer has a pleasant roasted aroma coming off it it. The flavors of the beer have some dark malts, coffee and a touch of bitter chocolate on the tongue. The mouthfeel I though could have been a little thicker. Overall this stout wasn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 16:33:22 | More by Knapp85
Photo of BeefyMee


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black body. Nice head and lacing.

S: Roasty chocolate malts. Good but not too much to speak of.

T: Strong roasted almost burnt flavor. An interesting creaminess makes this better than average.

M: Pretty substantial. I'm sure if it was on nitro it would be sublime.

A plain stout but a really good one. I wouldn't mind seeing this on tap instead of Guinness in every bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 19:10:33 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of JayS2629


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and black with a nice, creamy tan head that fades fast but leaves nice walls of lace. The smell is of roasted coffee with some nutty notes, dark chocolate and some earthy hints. Caramel laces throughout. The taste is full of caramel with hints of toffee, dark cocoa and coffee with robust roasted malts dominating. Its smooth, balanced, creamy, and easy to drink. Doesn't knock my socks off, but a great mild stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 13:58:36 | More by JayS2629
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Poured a deep dark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the back. Small flavors of roasted nuits, chocolate and hints at black coffee. Very nice, but the mouthfeel was absolutly pefect. Light, balanced, a drinkers stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:34:58 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown to black body with a creamy 1/4 inch black head. The head retains well and laces on the side of the glass.

Smell: I get a dose of roasted coffee beans and vanilla extract. Hints of almond and raisin. Decent malt character. But has a slightly hollow clay smell.

Taste: Smoked coffee. Slight bitterness. Butterscotch and molasses. Finishes mellow and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium and chalky. A very good balance.

Overall: A good mild craft stout. It is definitely more characteristic than Guinness or other mass market stouts but it isn't a standout stout either. A good attempt by the Mendocino brewery. A completely inoffensive beer that I might overlook simply because I rarely drink stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 08:46:37 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a tan bubbly head. No retention, no lace.

Coffee and dark roasted malt aromas.

This has little complexity and is a bit thin on flavor. Bitter coffee up front, with a sour twang. Some bitter chocolate and seltzer-like flavors in the middle, clean long bitter finish. Nothing outstanding, but quite average. Feels like a porter. A bit thin bodied for the style. I'm ok with it, but won't get again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 11:51:55 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of gfreed


2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One thing about the glut of beer on the market today is that there's a glut of average beer on the market. There's nothing wrong with this stout, but there's nothing very interesting about it, either. It's dark, it's slightly roasted, it has a somewhat dry finish... it tastes like coffee and wet ropes. More of same. There's no harm in drinking it, but... why bother? This stout is but one of the many ho-hummers you will drink as you seek something better.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 01:05:40 | More by gfreed
Black Hawk Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.