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Black Hawk Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Ratings: 632 | Reviews: 429
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black color with decent head and retention.

This one lacks in smell. It has a cheap coffee/roasted malt nose.

The taste is a little better but somewhat similar. This beer is worth a try but it's definitely lacking in complexity for a stout. A nice offering if you're stuck in a state with an abv cap.

Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mountainous head is a rich brown looking froth, sticky massive coat lacing. Pitch black, mildly carbonated. This beer looks very smooth and inviting.

Nothing earthshattering here, pretty standard stout, and thats not a hack by any stretch. A good stout is not an easy thing to come by. By "standard" I mean it has the typical toasted, charred, burnt type flavors and balanced by a smooth creamy mouthfeel. This one steps out of the box a bit in that its so creamy its almost milk like, very smooth. Dry bakers chocolate creeps in there towards the end. Finishes with a barely noticeable touch of some raw hops.

Notes: I'm an advocate of this brewery overall and this is no exception. Nicely balanced stout. Price per quality ratio: this passes with flying colors.

Photo of ChuckD
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Shoreline poured into a chalice. Chunky, tan head - big and foamy atop dark blackness. Nice look.

To the nose there is a strong roasted malt front, sweet and fruity. The acidity of burnt coffee is there - which takes away from the sweetness. Slight hop aroma in the back.

In the mouth, this is pretty nice tasting stout. You get a full hop character right up front - soon to be replaced by all the roasted malt sweetness. An earthy fruitiness - dates and prunes abound. Good layers of taste here.

The feel however, is a little unstable for a stout. The consistent body is lacking. It is a little metallic and thin. It finishes dry and fairly clean.

Musings: A pretty decent beer. The taste character is great - but is not matched by the nose or the body feel. A taste this full should be backed up by a more substantial body.

Photo of goochpunch
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out opaque, coal black with a huge, milk chocolate head that petered out slowly. Smells of roasted chocolate malt with a slight herbal background. Tastes first of the dark malts which lead into a fruitiness alongside a bitter roasted finish. Kind of weak, flavor-wise. Carbonation levels are pretty spot-on but it's rather watery. Pretty ho-hum all around. Not good enough for me to buy again, but not bad enough to pour down the drain.

Photo of bossmanjg
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As far as Stouts go, this one is middle of the road for me.

Appearance: Dark to black in color, the head was good for a few minutes, and didn’t lace well.

Smell: Strong coffee, and that was really all I could pick up.

Taste: For a beer that only has 5.0 ABV, this beer tasted way to strong of alcohol.

Mouth feel: Not bad, but not better than any others I’ve enjoyed. Not watery like some.

Drinkability: I would not consider this a session beer. The taste would have to be much better for the price I paid, in order to enjoy more than the one I’ve had.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

Photo of BeerManDan
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was a dark amber brown with little foam and some lace of the face of the glass.

The smell of roasted malts and hops filled the nose, but nothing over outstanding. The taste was of roasted malts with a hint of tart and a touch of sourness. This stout got a little better as the beer warmed up a little. Not impressed with this stout!

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Photo of SetarconeX
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice black color. Looks like a stout should, no complains. A bit light on the nose, without the same maltiness or chocolate scents I've come to love in stouts. Tastes nicely roasted with a dash of hop bitterness, but lacks the complexity of many other stouts on the market. A tad thin as well, doesn't have the same weightiness that it could have.

Still, resonably priced, and a solid, if basic, stout. Worth a try.

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

Brew pours to a deep, deep brown color hedging on black with a medium tan colored head that has some retention while leaving some lacing. The aromas are of coffee and heavily roasted malts, a somewhat burnt aroma. The taste is pretty good, coffee and roasted grains that go right along with what was in the nose. Also finished with a hop bitterness that seems to balance it out nicely. Very dry feel to it. Overall a nice offering. One of the better brew offered by Mendocino IMO.

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

Black with a creamy head. Smells of highly of hops and some dark malts.The taste is somewhat hoppy with roasted/burnt malt flavors, sweeter caramel flavors, but of the little chocolate or coffee I usualy expect. Mouthfeel was really crisp for a stout. Overall the brew was enjoyable, but not exactly what I expect from the style generally.

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

Poured deep black with light brownish edges. Head was small and dissipated quickly.

Smell was kind of creamy , roasted malts , slight dark chocolate , slight coffee and gentle hop aroma

Taste was well balanced , creamy blend of slight flavors including: a bit of chocolate and coffee , citrusy hop bitterness , black maltiness , dry finish

mouthfeel was creamy

This was a refreshingly drinkable stout

Photo of jaluria
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is one of those beers that can best be described as being equal to less than the sum of it's parts. The various components of this beer seem fine on their own, but when combined result in a not so great product.
Poured an opaque dark brown (almost black) with loads of tan colored head that just sat still for minutes and left behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, hard candy, and faint dried fruit. The taste was as might be expected with toasted/smoked flavors carrying greater intensity than the sweetness of various malts. Somewhat astringent in the aftertaste with a sour flavor that didn't go away. This was my 2nd beer of the night and I had trouble with this one...just did not sit well with me and adversely affected my taste buds.

Photo of Vancer
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good one, not great, but definitely worth a try.

Pretty good pour, opaque black with burgundy edges – hard to get a good tan head unless you aggressively pour. Where the hell is a born on date! Point deduction there.

Notes of charcoal and burnt toast in the aroma and also in the quaff. Nice roasted malts, a leathery body with slight hints of coffee in the finish.

Close to a Irish dry stout, especially with the dry, gritty mouthfeel. Medium bodied, but still processing a rich overall glow. It may be just a tad on the thin side, but the relatively low abv of 5% makes this a good session candidate – especially with the good sixer price tag.

Photo of IgnorantBastard
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been a distant fan because of all the loyal followers of this brewery and their Red Tail Ale. Would always stop in when heading up to Reggae On The River and they are truely one of the original N. CA hancrafted brewers. So, I was excited when I grabbed a sixer of the Stout at Trader Joes. So let's start with what matters. The taste.... Disapointing. As few have mentioned already, this falls short. I did like the peety smoke taste you find in a scotch but no wow factor. More than usual carbination for a stout which is something different but not negative. If it's on sale and you have spent your beer budget, maybe. Damn, I wanted so much more.

Photo of kaimcm
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: opaque body, creamy sudsy off white head. head is comprised of large bubbles and has some spotty stick.

S: clean malt, roast, a bit of smoke and meat

T: first wave is carbonation, and too much of it. mouthfeel is okay but the carbonation is too prickly, and kinda spices over the beers flavor. as that wears out a soft roast comes through that dries and becomes more pronounced through the finish. a clean, water like quality helps wash the roast and the brew down, almost as if its been diluted. this makes for easy drinking but no complexity.

M: aside from the carbonation tongue attack that goes on, the mouthfeel is pretty good.

D: seems that this beer was meant to be very middle of the road and approachable by a few too many. tastes like sacrifices were made in order to get a broader appeal. that being said, i know i dont want another, not tonight anyway.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in sartoga springs, NY. Wow this poured a black as fuck black. Virtually no ligh gets through when help up to my computer monitor. Decent mocha head that does not last. I admit i did a bad pour here, not a enough straight on head creation pouring. The aroma was mild but of sweet malt. The taste is smokey with a hint of coffee. Kinda sweet but sharp. Bitterly dry. The mouthfeel is kinda watery lite but smooth. Thin. An allright stout.

Photo of Shiloh
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice stout for sure. Arrived a dark brown, almost black with redish hilites, a short crown of tight tan bubbles leaving to a thin island lace and similar glass ring.
The aroma is of roasted grains and dark chocolate.
The body is medium.
Taste is not as sweet as anticapated, mixture of burnt grains, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee beans.
Very smooth, no lingering after taste.

Photo of JISurfer
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yep, it's an average beer. The picture on the bottle was cool and that was about it for this one. I was expecting something a bit more malty, but IMO it was stronger in the hops area. That's just what my "buds" were telling me. The head was pretty nice at first, but then died out fairly rapidly, leaving nothing behind, but spotty(at best) laceing. The taste was ok, just nothing too special. Not something I'll be drinking again though.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mendocino- Black Hawk Stout

Appearance- dark opaque with a small tan head.
Smell- not much. Slight roasted hops with a touch of dark roast coffee.
Taste- nice mellow roasted coffee hops with a touch of malt.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warm. Goes down easy.

Overall- a decent stout, not amazing but a mild middle of the road stout that could be drank a novice or a pro.

Photo of hero27
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Dark brown color with reddish hues. Light tan head that holds well and leaves spots of oily lacing behind. Aroma is faint nuts & malted barley with an off-metallic smell thrown in there as well. A little weak in flavor & mouthfeel for a stout..tastes are fairly typical roasted malts with a slight metallic/bitter character tagged on the end. At best, I'd consider it an average stout.

Photo of bjohnson
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with an initial half finger brown colored head that goes away just after poured.

S: Aromas of smokey roasted malts

T: Tastes of molasses, roasted malts, and maybe a little chocolate also.

M and D: Mouthfeel is nice, but I would have liked it to be heavier considering its jet black color. Drinkability is ok, a tasty one in a pinch, but wouldn't be my first pick. I would have this again however if the opportunity showed itself.

Photo of jmz62565
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark black with a small creamy tan head.The smell is mostly roasted malt with a little coffee.The taste is roasted malt and not much else.The m/f is too light for my taste.This is an easy drinking beer,but not a good stout.I could drink this all night,but I was expecting a thicker heavier beer than this.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a brown, fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is full of roasted and burnt scents. Maybe a few nutty notes here and there.

The taste is a bit lacking up front, but nice roasted flavors come through in the middle, giving it a little tangy-ness. The finish/aftertaste is strong of coffee.

Mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated. Probably could be heavier I suppose, but its not bad the way it is.

Drinkability is also fine. I could drink these all night without getting too bored with them. There's a real good chance this beer will find its way into my rotation again someday.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle marked as Brewed and Bottled in Saratoga Springs, NY

Pours a nice jet black with a mocha head that hangs around here and there. Decent lacing on the glass.

Mild aroma of roasted grains and a definite hop aroma. I get hints of chocolate in there as well.

Nice roated flavor upfront with a decent hop taste that follows. Finishes pretty smooth and dry. Not as good as some others I've had.

Average body for the style, which is thin. Just nothing to get excited about.

Pretty easy to drink, but just an average dry stout overall.

Photo of Mitchel
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black Hawk Stout is a DARK beer. It is a relatively clean tasting beer. Not too bitter, not to strong.

It pours a tan head which quickly disappears to leave just a little lace on top of a black beer. It is about as dark as a beer could get. It smells of molasses and very strong coffee and tastes of it too. I can definitely smell the alcohol even though it is not that high in it (5.2% abv), interesting. Pretty malty and finishes clean and dry. This is a very stout beer, but what do you expect.

Overall this is a pretty good stout but it is deficient of something more. What more I don’t know. But it just isn’t that extraordinary to me. Watch out, that first sip will catch out off guard if you aren’t ready. Cheers!

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Black Hawk Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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