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Black Hawk Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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610 Ratings

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.78/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

12-01-2005 04:32:48 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.43/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

11-22-2005 23:55:31 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Mitchel


3/5  rDev -14.5%

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!

11-11-2005 05:07:57 | More by Mitchel
Photo of karst


3.13/5  rDev -10.8%

Pours opaque black with ruby glint at base of the 4.0L rastal sniffer. Minor head leaves quickly. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malt and fruity esters. Similar taste with roast barley, black patent and slight diacetyl notes.
Light body. Finishes dry with some roasted malt sharpness and fruity tartness briefly lingering.

Just a year ago I would not have liked this. I am still not fond of it but have a fair idea of what bothers me about it. Flavors suggest poor blending and possibly low quality grains. Little amused by the "The Legend Grows" neck ring and claims that mimic Budweisser Select. Drinkable but marginal and it turns me away from trying other brews from Mendocino.

10-25-2005 02:51:05 | More by karst
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%

Black with a brown bubbly head that becomes a thin foam on top. Week at the nose. Maybe some hops...maybe. The taste is fine...just fine. It taste like they missed something. It's just a bit off, but I don't know what it is. Not bad, it's just that something is missing. Mouthfeel is too thin and carbonated for a stout. It's a drinkable beer, even a decent beer. It's just not a good stout.

10-16-2005 22:55:40 | More by wcudwight
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a 16oz pilsner glass. Filled the glass with a reddish-tan head atop a deep brown beer. Typical stout color.

Smelled of malt and coffee, caramel. Nothing abnormal.

Tasted rather sweet to me. If I had to describe it simply I'd say a sweeter Guinness that felt thin in the mouth. Malt, coffee, chocolate -- the usual for a stout. Felt a bit warm in my mouth after a few sips. What little aftertaste there was disappeared after several moments.

The other posters have it nailed; this reminded me an awful lot of Sam Adams Black Lager. A bit too thin for a stout, I think.

All in all, Black Hawk is not a bad beer, but not particularly inspiring either. Drink if you can't find Guinness or your favorite stout.

10-12-2005 23:04:34 | More by kkipple
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

This is a good, solid stout. Everything is pretty close to the way I like it. Jet black with coffee & chocolate in the scent & taste. I would prefer a smoother finish. This tasted a little too carbonated - a bit too "piercing" I would say. A bit more caramel flavoring would be nice too. The bitterness in this stout is on point, though. I dont know if I would buy this again, as I have my pick of so many different stouts in this area, but this is a good effort from Mendocino.

10-10-2005 23:30:10 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

A little bitter for me. Poured with absolutely no head. A very dark color. The smell is nothing to brag about. I would not want to drink these much. It is not a bad beer but I think there are simply better choices of this style. I like for a stout to be smooth but this one kinda has a bite to it.

10-04-2005 16:27:57 | More by Enola
Photo of battlekow


2.98/5  rDev -15.1%

I'm trying a few new stouts, New Holland's the Poet and North Coast's Old #38 in addition to this one.

Black Hawk pours a stout, hearty black, capped by a tannish head and good lacing.

Smells and tastes very carmelly, hardly bitter at all. Mouthfeel is relatively weak. Damn, this beer is a complete disappointment after the appearance. This seems like a schwarzbier, not a stout. Black Hawk walks the walk, but doesn't talk the talk.

09-23-2005 20:22:03 | More by battlekow
Photo of neonbrown82


3.93/5  rDev +12%

This was a good stout; though it seemed to have some lager-ish qualities, oddly enough. Poured to a dark black color, opaque but for the edges of the glass. An inch high chocolatey head sits atop the beer for about a minute and subsides to a collar with a thin film on the surface.

Smells a bit sweet and chocolatey with a bit of coffee. Doesn't have much, if any roastiness to it. Smells almost like it has a hint of vanilla bean. Not very strong of an aroma at all, but what is there is good.

The taste is of black malt, chocolate, coffee, and even vanilla bean. Tastes almost like a black lager. Very crisp and smooth for a stout, as is printed on the label. A pleasant chocolate coffee and vanilla taste lingers in the mouth with a moderately dry finish. I could drink the shit out of this stout, or whatever you want to call it.

09-19-2005 05:57:50 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of russpowell


2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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...

09-11-2005 07:03:58 | More by russpowell
Photo of tgbljb


3.05/5  rDev -13.1%

poured a beautiful deep brown color with nice puffy tannish head. Smell is very light and not overly pleasant. Very disappointing. Taste is nice for chocalate, caramel roaasted malt, but the hop bitterness is too overpowering and seems to become stronger with each sip. Very acid and astringent mouth feel. Glad I only bought one.

09-10-2005 01:20:50 | More by tgbljb
Photo of TastyTaste


4.05/5  rDev +15.4%

Nice looking stout, very symmetrical looking creamy head, that fades to a solid ring around the outside, with a thinner layer in the middle. Coffee and other roasted malts in the nose, lightl dark chocolate. Taste is good, although not great. Nice coffee flavor, not overpowering, hops are not very dominant. Sweet, but not cloying. This is a very solid and drinkable stout.

08-16-2005 01:58:30 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of thechaacster


3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a dark coffee brown with a few scattered bubbles, but no actual head. Smells burnt and roasty, with a hint of sweetness. Taste is quite heavy on the burnt side, with just a bit of coffee and unsweetened chocolate character. Finish is dry and astringent. Kind of a thin mouthfeel for a stout, but drinkable. An okay stout... a little too burnt and astringent. Not really up my alley.

07-25-2005 05:33:18 | More by thechaacster
Photo of mentor


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed a couple evenings later. Pours, my goodness, a really viscous and dark liquid. Hard pour to get a thin layer of actual brown head over a pitch black liquid. Brown edging when held to light. Smells of molasses, sweetened coffee, chocolate, and toffee. There is also a bit of acrid sting in the smell, as if smelling distant battery fumes on a breeze. Not enough to cause concern, but just enough to turn your head to the source. The head has already settled to a ring of bubbles around the glass. Tastes...uhm...no liquid in my mouth, but I can taste chocolate with the liquid just pressing against the outside of my lips. Once in my mouth it is strongly coffee with some chocolate afterthoughts and a mild sour tang in the aftertaste. Pretty simple and standard for a stout, but this beer is cold and I will give it time to warm before proceeding.

Warm, the tastes are much more intense, but not necessarily more complex. The coffee is rich and dark with some black patent highlights. A plain wet sweet hit early on with the roast to add a nice counter point. This transitions to a rounded bock-like caramel that I really enjoyed with the roast. Mixed, it was like having dumped some Nestle caramel chips into a coffee. One odd thing I found is that there's a water character as part of the taste profile. Can't explain it any other way. Just a flavor that was 'empty'. The aftertaste held a moment of cheery sour (likely from black patent) that faded slowly to a return of the roast grains.

Despite how thick it poured, this beer is only md-thick bodied. Carbonation is mild, but does sting the tongue a bit. Overall, no flavor dominated to an unpleasant extent. The underlying flavors were noticable in their own right, but also worked to keep the roast flavor from isolation.

07-11-2005 06:59:28 | More by mentor
Photo of Naes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%

A black beer with a small tan head. It also has plenty of visable carbonation on the side of the glass.

Aroma is of malts

Flavor is malty and a bit roasty. It finishes with a nice blend of chocolate and a touch of hops.

The mouth feel is a bit watery but has a bit of thickness after you swallow.

Easily consumable, I would have another but will not seek it out.

07-08-2005 00:54:34 | More by Naes
Photo of cubedbee


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Good looking stout ---almost opaque blackness with a thick beige head and good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruity sweetness. Taste is dominated by the roasted malts with a bitter coffee/chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was smooth with a dry finish, but the body of this beer is too thin. Nothing about this stout really wowed me, but it was a cheap single and I could certainly stand to drink more.

05-10-2005 21:56:32 | More by cubedbee
Photo of acrawf6


2.93/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured out a good looking black, but did not leave a much of a head and i didnt pour to try to aggitate one. the color looked dark like any stout, but did let more light in at the bottom of my glass.

smell was sweet and had scents of molassis and roasted malts.

taste to me was way to sweet for a stout, and unbalanced from it. the malts tasted through, but overall i tasted the sweetness and wasnt all that enjoyable.

the mouthfeel was a little oily and had quite a bit of carbonation.

overall i would say to buy if it you have the chance because its cheap, but much better stouts out there. too sweet.

04-21-2005 22:46:45 | More by acrawf6
Photo of ram3139

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance - Looks exactly like a stout should. Opaque black with a 1" coffee colored head that fades to a thin sheet after a minute. Plenty of lacing.
Smell - roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Nothing too much or exciting.
Taste - Sweet and dry. Not overly 'roasty' or bitter. I'd like the flavor to linger a bit more; seems to fade quickly.
Mouthfeel - A bit thin.
Drinkability - Very drinkable. Sweet and smooth. The taste doesnt last long in my mouth, so I guess I just have to keep drinking. No problem there...
Overall - A solid stout. Pretty inexpensive, goes down good. I'll get it again to keep in the fridge. Good session stout and also a good one for people who might not like some of the stronger examples of the style.

04-20-2005 01:05:32 | More by ram3139
Photo of mschofield


4/5  rDev +14%

Pours a deep black/ruby red, topped with a two finger puffy dark khaki head, leaves webs of lacing.
Coffee, earthy, darkly roasted malt aroma, charcoal.
Very dark roasted taste, burnt coffee beans, a bit tangy, very nice.
Medium to full bodied, crisp and dry.

03-24-2005 13:09:45 | More by mschofield
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

03-17-2005 02:09:56 | More by oberon
Photo of malty


3.2/5  rDev -8.8%

Served from a 12 oz. longneck with a nice description of the beer on the neck lable - no freshness date.

Poured pretty much black with a nice bubbly head that remained at 1/2 inch for quite a while.

Roasted malt nose with an odd earthy element in there also.

Taste: Thin and uneventful roasted malts with a dry ending.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin also with a nice even carbonation that redeems towards the end.

Drinkability for me: I could put a few of these away if my tastebuds were worn-out from a good Montecristo Platinum cigar.

Overall a so-so stout. It has a nice crispness/dryness from the hops, but there's really no malt backbone to speak of.

02-25-2005 01:06:24 | More by malty
Photo of santoslhalper


3.33/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearence: A pitch black liquid sits underneath a wonderfully clingy dark tan head.

Smell: Smells like an average coffee-ish stout. That's all.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A very watered-down coffee flavor hits your mouth at first, and stays for most of the brew. Chocolate and nutty flavors are evident, but not pronounced. The mouthfeel is thin and very cloying.

Drinkability and Overall: Your average stout. Simple as that. Nothing too special, but nothing too horrible. This may be a good beer to "enlighten" fans of Guinness with, but alas it's nothing special.

02-15-2005 07:52:53 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of clvand0


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

This one pours a dark color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some roasted malts and some dark fruits. Interesting. The flavor has a good malt character, but there is a raisin-like flavor that I don't prefer in a stout. The body is a bit light as well. Could use some thickness. Drinkability is ok.

02-07-2005 17:49:26 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a slightly browned black color with a small head over top of it. The nose is slightly roasted, but mostly raisiney and figgy fruit tones. The flavor is a little weak to me, with mostly dark fruit tones with a slight roasted, hop bitter finish. The feel is well to thin. Almost watery. Overall, not my favorite stout. The flavors are not necessarily what I associate with a stout and the feel is just to thin.

02-02-2005 00:28:31 | More by kmpitz2
Black Hawk Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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