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Black Hawk Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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615 Ratings

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Ratings: 615
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a very dark brown color. Head is creamy tan and about a finger deep. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Light on the nose. Very light mix of chocolate malts and coffee aromas. Slight toasted malt smell.

Taste: Chocolate and toasted malts come through more in flavor. Coffee taste is secondary. Slightly sweet. Hops are very faint. It does have a creamy taste that comes through, which is a nice touch.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It leans toward medium bodied. Carbonation is good. All in all, pretty smooth and drinkable. Overall, it's a straight forward American stout. Nothing special, but far from bad.

prototypic, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of alexskovan
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown with a half-inch of tan head. Subdued aroma of dark toasted grains. Taste is rather dull, one-note. Finish is dry and somewhat watery. This might be a good "introduction" stout for those normally put off by this style. But for stout lovers, this is a little "light".

alexskovan, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- An opaque color as would be the norm for a stout. A little less than a finger of head. Average lace.

Smell- Sweet and roasty.

Taste- I personally thought it was very metallic. Honestly a little too metallic. This overshadowed the little bit of malt and yeast I could taste.

Mouthfeel- Thin for a stout.

Drinkability- Not a bad but I think couple of these are all I would want in a sitting.

MTNboy, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark, almost black, brown, that was almost completely opaque. Had a 1 finger head light chocolaty brown head that left lacings and a ring around the beer. I smelled wheat bread, coffee, as well as maple sugar in the aroma. Taste was slightly sweet, and I occasionally found very dark chocolate tastes. Felt tingly in the mouth, was slightly bitter. Except for the bitter tingling, it was fairly easy to drink, I found myself drinking it faster than I remember.

mountdew1, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick black look, with ruby red on the edges. Little head, minor lace.

Smell is mild coffee with some dark grape. Much sweeter in a dark way. a real dark grape quality. Smell is much more sweet than roasted.

The roasted malt taste is just a mild accent to the sweet dark fruity/grape flavor. Bitter coffee malt comes out more as it warms, but the dark sweetness still dominates.

Feels watery, but not at all thin. Smooth and very easy to drink. It's really nicely balanced. More darkly sweet than bitter.

williamherbert, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50 shared with my brother... mine from a shaker pint.

Black to dark brown brew with tan head and pretty good lacing..

Very little traditional stout nose .. restrained everything except yeasty fruitiness.. low dark grains and only a touch of chocolate.

Flavor is very "porteresque" .. lite/medium body with roasted grains and bittersweet chocolate.. not really that flavorful at all... better as it warms but only slightly.. caramel sweetness is there through the entire palate and binds the little roasted malt flavor together. Needs more of everything... body .. flavor.. aroma... etc.

Just ok for a microdrinker.. would probably be an ok gateway beer for a person who likes Guiness.

JohnGalt1, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Qed
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I thought that this was a nice stout with average mouthfeel. I liked the fine carbonation. The hop finish wasn't something that I was expecting for a stout.

Brewed and Bottled in Saratoga Springs NY, being local, I had to try it and I am glad I did. Poured from 12 ounce bottle to 1 pint glass, very little to no head but the lacing was very good. As it warmed in the glass, the flavor mellowed. good Drinkability, I just wish I didn't live in Coors Light Country.

Qed, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting II on 10/19/07: This brew is a dark brown color with ruby edges. Medium light tan head that burns off steadily and thin rings of lacing. Toasted malt aroma with nuts and vanilla. Medium, smooth body with roasted malt, nut and mild hops flavors. The finish is short with roasted coffee and hops. Slightly above average overall.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 oz. Brown longneck bottle, 5.2 % Alc. by Vol. No date stamp

A: Poured black with a loose dark brown head that quickly dropped to a ring of cover.

S: Feint roasted grains a slight brown sugar sweetness

T: Roasted malts, hint of sweetness and a very crisp finish.

M: Rather disappointed as I found this to be thin and a very one dimensional tasting stout with the same flavors at the beginning, middle and end.

D: This is defiantly a session stout as one could drink a number of these at one sitting, but would soon want something with more flavor and complexity. Not a bad stout just found this to be very thin and a bit weak in the flavor profile of what I want in a stout.

NitroGen, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Brew is completely black with a one finger thick brown head that dissipated after about a minute.

Smell: Coffee as well as some roasted malts. Not too impressive, but pretty good.

Taste: This is just average. Medium bodied with a light coffee taste to start things up, getting more bitter with a touch of burnt flavor on the midpalate and finishing dry with a touch of balancing hop. Nothing special here.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth - the high point of this beer.

Notes: I wanted this to be really good, but it ended up being an extremely average stout. Pass on this one.

BucBasil, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of shererjt
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque black with just the slightest hint of ruby redness. Little carbonation and a lifeless, chocolate milk-colored head. Nose was sweet, roasty malt. Reminded me of dark liquid malt extract. Lacked depth or complexity. Had a bit more roastiness in the flavor and a lingering bitterness. Some cocoa taste but little coffee. Fairly dry, especially considering its sweet nose. Average mouthfeel that lacked creaminess, and the drinkability was okay but fell short of the best examples of the style.

Okay, glad I tried it, and nothing really wrong with it, but not outstanding.

shererjt, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into favorite thick Trappist glass.

A: Pours black with half finger head. Head goes down to a nice ring 'round the edge.

S: Dark roasted maltiness. Smokey chocolate and coffee yumminess.

T: Tastes like it smells. Finishes dry. Really good stout.

M: Excellent.

D: This beer keeps getting better as it warms in your glass, and with another fresh cold one it starts all over again. Yum.

baos, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of the MicroBeerClub September shipment.

Beer poured black as night with a nice well sustained tan head. Nose is a slight hint of malts and floral hops. Taste is classic dry Irish stout, chocolate roasted malts dominate up front. The finish is dry hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, a bit thinner than hoped. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty good representation of the irish stout style, definitely worth a try.

arizcards, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Pours out a near black color with a little less than a finger of off white head.

S - Some sweet malts. Smell is a bit subdued.

T - Really has a mellow flavor. Some roasted malts along with some chocolate.

M - Not much heare in the way of body. Bascially medium-light,

D - Not bad but not great. Could be a good session stout due to the fairly low ABV but it's pretty lacking in flavor to make it interesting so you may as well grab one of the super low ABV Irish Dry Stouts for a session stout. Still a drinkable brew.

EStreet20, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gotta love the way Mendocino uses different hawks for each of their beers. As for this stout itself, on to it we go:

Can you say Imperial Stout Lite (if there is such a thing)? More fruity esters than I was expecting, mild cocoa flavor, but little roasted character to it. It has a rich opaque appearance that stares at you in the face. It's pretty dry in the end and quite drinkable. Not bad by any means; I just was expecting a much bigger roasted character.

DoubleJ, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep dark amber color, at first appears black and opaque - thick head, but settles quickly into a thin layer

S - roasted grain character with a touch of hops

T - as with aroma, roasted grain malty character with some hops coming though, particularly on the finish, slight smokiness as well

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - overall it's a decent enough stout, but a bit thin for my expectations - the roasted grain is the highlight here though

scoobybrew, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin light brown head

S - Smell was very good of roasted malt and some chocolate

T - Sweet malt and some coffee finishes a little bitter

M - I thought this was a little thin for a stout

D - I could take my time drinking one or two of these but its not my first choice if I was going to drink a stout

armock, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thick sweet stoutishness – chocolate, coffee, floral hops, sugar, light fruit.

Jet black, mild head.

Chocolate and coffee come out in full force, with additional bitterness. Fruity sweet base, like that of grape/apple juice. Herbal/grassy flavors come and go.

Medium body, nice sparkling carbonation.

MrHungryMonkey, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of choyhosoi
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. The head fizzled away to just a thin little layer around the drink . The color is a dark brown/molasses.The aroma had a plum and fruity scent to it.The taste is very nice just a little bite but nothing too serious. I would order this stout again. This one is 5.2 so could be a session brew for some. Enjoy.

choyhosoi, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of cwachtel
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a very dark nearly black color with very little head. I had this left over from a mixed 12 pack so it was a few months old which could account for the lack of head. Very a little aroma...very faint roast in the nose. However, it was very flavorful with the first sip. A little chocolate up front and a burnt coffee on the finish. Mouthfeel was a little thin but it was right in line with most of the stouts I have had. I don't normally drink stouts but I was in the mood for something different and this hit the spot. I found very drinkable and would definitely have it again.

cwachtel, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of ralree
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown almost black color with a weak 1-finger tan head. Head retention is pretty sad too.

S: Smells delicious - as soon as it was poured I could smell the roasted malt from a foot away. Has an almost smoky undertone as well.

T: Pretty good! Chocolate with quite a bit of coffee. A little bitter for me (coffee), but decent. Has a slightly citrus note in the finish - almost like lemon - for a little bit of sour pucker action. I'm not really a fan of the sour finish. Smoky flavor hangs around after swallowing almost like a Rauchbier.

M: Medium-bodied and great! Very slight astringency. Froths perfectly.

D: Very drinkable for this style. Goes down very smooth.

ralree, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An assertive pour produces the 'Guinness-like' cascade and a frothy, rocky khaki-tan head with good lacing. Deep, dark brown in color, very nearly black at a casual glance, and nearly brilliant on closer inspection. Nose is bittersweet and rather malty (chocolate, black) with notes of roast and caramel malts and a minimal hop presence. Light mineral or hard water notes also, alongside a touch of alcohol. As this pour smelled a bit sweeter than I recall it being, I actually as if I'm rewarded on the first sip by a much roastier, bitterer, less sweet 'first' impression. Bitterness may not be big, but it does linger nicely, along with a part chalky / part oily malt texture across the palate. Notes of chocolate and very light vanilla and caramel. Seems a bit 'thin', but the malt profile seems to be working, the hop bitterness is definitely there, and whether this is actually thin or not it doesn't negatively effect the drinkability. There's great flavor in this beer, and makes me wonder whether they (the Saratoga springs facility at any rate) have they ever attempted an Imperial or Export-style stout? I'm thinking that they have and that I've missed it! Either way I can see this recipe leading to a bigger and bolder stout styling. Another solid beer from Mendocino - now all I have to do is track down 'Eye of the Hawk' and give it a fair shake ; )

[Served chilled, in a nonic]

Chaz, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, first time I've ever seen this one, been wanting to try it for a long time, so here goes,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a very dark, brown head, nice retention, some lacing.

S: Smells heavily of raosted malt and peat, very smoky for a stout.

T: Roasted malts again, coffee, and a great smoky character, reminds me a bit of Alaskan Smoked Porter, but not as robust.

M: Kind of on the thin side for a stout, but creamy and smooth.

D: A pretty good stout, I've had better, but sure glad I tried it, smooth and easy to drink.

Halcyondays, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Night
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black / deep brown with a buried crimson tone. Small to medium-sized caramel brown head with a little crown of cream in the middle; mostly large bubbles and dies down quickly to a thin layer. A few small islands of drippy lacing here and there. Aroma is a bit on the watery side, but offers a rich, nutty, bread character with a background of molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and juicy with a light but sharp carbonation. Flavor is acidic-sweet (tomato) and a touch smoky; steak and charcoal surface in the finish. Woodiness and a bit of a stale flavor linger; aftertaste is neutral with a hint of charcoal bitterness.

Night, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque brown with a touch of red when held up to the light. Pours with a slim, light brown head that fade to a film. Light lacing. Nice roasted-toasted smelll a combination of molasses and caramel. Slight hop sharpness below this. Coffee, earthy , roasty flavor hits first, then the hops (mostly floral and general bitterness) which make a nice top end to the caramel/molasses sweetness. Not oversweet, more dry and drying. Good combination. Low apparent carbonation, although there is a touch of carbo sharpness in the first bit of the taste. Nice medium-to-thick body. Astringency really lingers. Good drinkability. To me, this actually had good complexity of flavors. A nice balance between dry and sweet stouts, although this trend more toward dry.

wcdoyle, Aug 23, 2007
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