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Black Hawk Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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602 Ratings

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-22-2012 02:55:44 | More by t0rin0
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-01-2011 20:05:12 | More by djrn2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Darkest brown (nearly black) with lighter brown highlights at the edges. The cocoa brown head is semi-stiff, is softly rocky as it descends and leaves a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace. It's a pretty nice look, all things considered.

The 'nose knob' needs be be turned up a notch or three; it isn't even close to being aromatic enough for me. If Mendocino is going for lightness with this beer, then they've achieved it. It's more forceful on the palate than it was in the nose, but it's still pretty tame. Roasted black malt with a little chocolate is about it, although the flavor intensity does increase in the bottom half of the bottle.

The mouthfeel doesn't help. It isn't what I'd call thin, but neither is it very stout. Thankfully, it does firm up and become mildly creamy with warming. I think it's pretty clear that this is a better beer at near 60 degrees than it is at near 50 degrees. The finish is bitter and dry, giving the beer much more of an Irish Dry Stout feel than an American Stout one.

I like my stouts to be bigger and bolder, but Black Hawk isn't bad. It's a reasonably tasty, unchallenging beer that would be perfect for those newbies who express an interest in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 20:10:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color (amber is visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light) and poured with a thin creamy tan head that quickly died down into lacing.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and some notes of coffee beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has roasted flavors of coffee beans and malts. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: Quite dry throughout the taste, it feels medium-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The lack of a heavy body makes this beer quite drinkable compared to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:24:19 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a tar black body with a rocky tan head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Roasted malt notes, some chocolate but also a bit of dishwater that degrades from the overall effect

Taste: Starts out with a roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate base; mid-palate, a strong smokey and bitter effect overpowers the malt and carries through to the finish with burnt coffee notes

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly the best Mendocino that I have tasted (although that is not saying much), this is a respectable effort but is a tad too disjointed to come together

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 02:07:21 | More by brentk56
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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
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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good stuff; it just gets swallowed up by the bigger, bolder, and richer American Stouts out there. It's got the nearly opaque black / ruby hue with a dainty silk-like head and lacing. A solid, albeit tame, roasted malt flavor with a supporting, but not overwhelming, sweetness. In fact, the malts seem to balance out the bitterness that is supplied by the burned grains and the American Hops. I appreciate it that the hops are tightly controlled, not to dominate the Stout. The body is where the beer shines--great creaminess without nitro. Silky texture without being thick or chewy. Thins toward the finish without becomming watery. Finishes quite dry and with a pleasant charcoal-like powderyness(Irish Dry Stout). Alcohols remain consistant and muted. A beautiful beer that probably gets little respect.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 03:56:11 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

02-10-2013 16:12:32 | More by acurtis
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3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body with a medium, fizzy-looking beige head.

Smell: Not a bad aroma at all! Molasses and cookie dough with lesser notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted grains.

Taste: A bit thin-flavored, with only hints of everything from the aroma along with an ashen, burnt bitter finish with just a tiny bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: While its not stoutstanding, it is pretty decent, but could benefit some more body.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 21:39:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-14-2013 16:36:58 | More by jaydoc
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black with a thin wispy head,deeply roasted malt and bitter chocolate with a light piney note.There is a real hop presence to this stout for sure when drinking at room temp,bitter unsweetened chocolate and highly roasted malt are most prevelant but a dry,piney hoppiness really comes trhu as it warms and in the after-burps.An above average stout not spectacular but I would drink again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 02:09:56 | More by oberon
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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
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a mocha colored, one-finger head. Left some very nice lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt. There were also hints of chocolate and coffee.

T - It tasted mainly of roasted malt and chocolate. There was also an oatmeal quality. It also had a slightly bitter taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good stout. A good chocolate and roasted malt blend of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 16:27:40 | More by zeff80
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

09-29-2012 18:22:36 | More by JAHMUR
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Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a solid black, with cola edges, and a copious amount of thin foamy beige head, which settles fairly quickly, leaving a more or less consistent paint job of lace around the glass. It smells of lightly roasted, somewhat sour malt, chocolate milk, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is chocolate malt, some mild dry coffee, a bit of tangy tropical fruit, and floral, perfume-like hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body kind of light and thin, and it finishes off-dry, the fruity, chocolaty malt predominating.

Not a bad stout, though it could benefit from a little more heft, and backbone.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:36:22 | More by biboergosum
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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mendocino's Black Hawk Stout (brewed on the East Coast at Olde Saratoga Brewing) pours an opaque black body with nary a hint of gleeming mahogany. The frothy tan head holds itself aloft majestically, and leaves almost solid, sticky walls of thick clinging lace at the outset of the glass. It eventually withers but is still able to maintain a solid, frothy surface covering, and short walls of lace.

A charred-wood roastiness, some deep, almost-burnt black coffee, and an unusual perfumey note from some floral hops can be found in the nose; and with a bit more searching, even some sweetish caramel and dark chocolate as well.

Medium-light bodied in the mouth, and with a fine-bubbled restrained carbonation, it passes smoothly from lip to throat. The only thing that could make it smoother would be a nitro-pour.

The flavor delivers a brash assault of dark malt bitterness and acidity atop an underbelly of sweet, gently caramel-nougat-like maltiness. Dull, dark bittersweet chocolate lays itself across the middle; and some grassy and floral hops make an appearance here and there (mostly in the burp...), but the ashy roastiness truly dominates. The stoney bitterness is solid, enboldened by the dark malt acidity, and it finishes quite dry with a long-lingering charred-roastiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 00:08:52 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, but with little tan head to show for it. Nose is very muted but gives just the slightest hint of roasted molasses malts. Flavor is heavily roasted and very, very smoked. Calms down as it warms and gives a nice, robust, smoky profile. Feel is nice. Well bodied liquid and the carbonation is on a good level too. Smooth. Overall this was a nice surprise. Much more developed than I figured it would be and very much worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 11:38:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Virtually pitch black with a tin bubbly light brown lace.

Creamy malt sweetness is shunned away by a semi acrid roasted malt smell. Suggestions of coffee and charcoal come to mind.

Loose medium body with a moderate carbonation that lacks crispness and smoothness. Roasted malt flavour is a bit narrow and sticks with the sweetness to lay down faint chocolate and burnt flavours. Mild earthy tones from the malt and yeast come through towards the end with a small acrid like taste also. Finishes on the dry side with more earthy tones.

A decent stout, nothing special … just a well rounded stout that lacks bit of character.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 13:46:21 | More by Jason
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a solid black, with violet highlights, and the head is tall, lush, blooming brown and leaves generous traces of lace. Aroma is sharp, deep, and replete with dark fruitiness. I've seen this described elsewhere as a "dry stout". Not in the nose, it ain't. Grapes and cherries dominate the aroma, with further hints of anise and rum, with almost none of the coffee and cocoa associations usually aligned with stouts, "dry stouts" at least.
This incredible fruitiness persists through out every aspect of the brew, not to my complete dissatisfaction. Any disappointment came from the lack of anything else in the way of balance.
Fierce, but friendly, bitterness jumps on the palate, and the finish is long, lingering, and very, very fruity.
A bit too top-heavy, this one: too much bitter and sweet, but not enough malt to give body and balance. Tasty nonetheless, so I can't fully fault this very, very, incredibly fruity stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 19:06:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brownish red appearnce going to black with a tan head that drops off very quickly.

Slight smell of rasins and nuts and then alcohol.

Tastes bitter on the front of the tounge with some "rumminess" on the middle & the throat

Mouth feel is astringent and thin.

I'm sure I've had this before & it was much better, but memory fails me now...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 07:03:58 | More by russpowell
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West Virginia

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

Pours a dark cola brown nearly black, light mocha tan head with chunky sporadic lacing clinging to the sides of my glass. Aroma is a bit muted dark roasted malts herbal hops and dark chocolate with hints of anise. Flavor contains bitter chocolate roasted malt character with herbal hops and a nice black roasted malt nuttiness about it, finishes like herbal tea. Mouthfeel is mediumm bodied carbonation is light but carries the body well, nothing offensive here. Drinkability isn't bad moderate alcohol nice flavor profile this is something I could drink without difficulty.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 03:13:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-23-2013 23:47:15 | More by Slatetank
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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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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
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Poura a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and milk chocolate. Light sweet dark fruits as well...pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. There is a tiny bit of sourness or tang in the dark fruits; not bad at all, just interesting. Wonder if it's supposed to be like that.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer. Was surprised by the light sour dark fruit in the taste; judging by other reviews I'm guessing this is not intended, though I kind of liked it. Tried it next to O'Hara's Irish Dry Stout on cask and O'Hara's was much better...I might have to revisit my review of O'Haras.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 21:39:23 | More by mdfb79
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Black Hawk Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.