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Black Hawk Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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614 Ratings

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

ESimmons, Apr 02, 2014
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mountaincoffee, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

GrandmaSweater, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

CardiacNP, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

williamjbauer, Jan 22, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

Deepest black color with a thick caramel head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of coffee, a touch of smoked malt and dark chocolate.
Flavor of earthy and citrusy hops, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate powder, charcoal, pepper and licorice.
Very dry aftertaste with a long lingering bitter roasted coffee notes.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.
Assertive beer, but quite flavorful and very enjoyable. In my opinion it is under rated, and definitely I would drink this over Guinness.

FLima, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

elevatedgreens, Jan 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

UncleAddie, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

LXIXME, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

cvalleskey, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

freshflesh, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

csmalley, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14%

BodiesLexus, Dec 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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2.69/5  rDev -23.4%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. There's about a finger worth of a light tan colored head, also. Retention is about average for the style, but the texturing is very nice. Some decent lacing is left behind.

S: The aroma is rather muted, unfortunately. There is a presence of chocolate backed by some brown sugar, and there's even a touch of hoppiness. As it warms up, it becomes quite caramel-forward...too caramel-forward, actually.

T: Actually, it's hoppier than I anticipated. It tries to have an initial coffee-like flavor to start, but it's general hop bitterness that I'm picking up the most. That, and a ton of caramel. I'm really missing some of the roasted and chocolaty flavors I get out of other stouts.

M: At least it deserves some credit for having a crisp dryness to it. Given that, its light body, and its decent carbonation, it's pretty easy to drink.

O: Not a fan, really. Hoppy stouts need to have a nice backbone of malt and hop flavors, not weak caramel with a ton of generic bitterness. Guess which one this achieves?

ThisWangsChung, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14%

MattXT, Nov 14, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev +8%

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, coffee, hint of molasses

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, molasses, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent stout, needs bigger flavor, but enjoyables

MDDMD, Nov 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

rypkr, Nov 09, 2013
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iannutter, Nov 05, 2013
Black Hawk Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.