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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 gnaussea


3.33/5  rDev -5.1%

Very, very dark chocolate amber, with a nearly brown-tan head that settles quickly. This is a pretty menacing looking stout. After smelling it, however, it's really not. The nose is sweeter than most stouts, somewhat fruity in nature, without a real hop presence, and is not particularly strong. Surprising, to say the least. The charred flavor is definitely present in the flavor, and the sweetness unfortunately takes a backseat. I would not call the flavor particularly bold. It has all the signs of a good stout, but the volume is turned down, almost like it needs to warm up, but it is at absolute room temperature.

02-10-2004 07:05:35 | More by gnaussea
Photo of zerk


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours an opaque black with a pillowy tan head that leaves behind some lace. Aroma of rosted grain, coffee, and a slight touch chickory. Flavor is on the sweet side, with some coffee and lactose notes. Not very much in terms of depth, but solid. Mouthfeel is medium to full with low to medium carbonation. A satisfying if unspectacular stout.

01-22-2004 17:57:34 | More by zerk
Photo of sulldaddy


3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

This brew comes to me in an ice cold bottle with a glass for me to pour that is also chilled. Gotta let it warm up.
I pour it and a tan creamy head foams up easily. The head actually sticks around till I finish the brew. The colro is pitch black with no light getting through.
Aroma is fairly mild probably due to the coldness of the beer. IN fact as it warms there is a roasty scent and some coffee undertones as well.
First sip reveals, slightly aggressive carbonation and medium body. The flavor is rich and malty with hints of coffee coming through as the beer warms. Short clean finish and no hop presence anywhere.
Overall a decent stout, very drinkable and smooth just not exceptional.

01-18-2004 02:00:21 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of xgrigorix


2.93/5  rDev -16.5%

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Opaque black, topped by a firm tan head. Some patchy lace is left behind.

Dark espresso, almost overwhelming, with a bit of chocolate hiding in the background.

Bitter espresso, followed by a chalky astringent flavour. An odd hop flavour lingers. Medium bodied & somewhat oily w/ moderate carbonation.

01-15-2004 18:09:53 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

The beer pours pitch black. The head is tan and forms quickly, but falls back almost as fast to the edge of the beer surface.

The aroma is roasted barley and a slight chocolate aroma behind the roasted. Also present is a slight smoky aroma.

The flavor is smoky and roasty with some chocolate notes. The flavor is also a little sour and winey.

The body is medium to medium full. The finish is dry, roasty, and smoky.

The beer has a smoky component that reminds me of Hillshire Farms Summer Sausage. If I was told this was a smoked beer, I would have believed it.

01-06-2004 01:00:39 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

12-24-2003 02:17:34 | More by WesWes
Photo of maxpower


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

Dark brown almost black color, decent size light brown lasting head that leaves good lacing, has chocolate and coffee aromas. Dark roasted malty chocolate and dark fruity flavors, medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel maybe a little thin, finishes with a nice dry bitterness.

12-16-2003 02:11:30 | More by maxpower
Photo of Suds


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%

The bottle has a menacing hawk with glaring read eyes. The beer is extraordinarily dark brown, nearly black. Thin tan head with minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a subtle smokiness. The beer is essentially dry, with considerable hoppiness. It's medium to light bodied, and could stand to have a bit more fullness. Very pleasant bitter coffee taste that lingers into the aftertaste. Overall, it's a somewhat-better-than-average dry stout.

11-26-2003 03:05:32 | More by Suds
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%

A rich brown color with a small sized off-white to tan head sitting on top. The aroma is faint, but it is very roasty with some coffee hitting the nose.

This is a very roasty stout, but the flavor is not as big as it should be. Coffee is dominant, and there are touches of chocolate. This beer seemed to have a bit of a smoky flavor to it which was nice, but it really needed more of a base to it. The body was thin. If they intensified this brew a bit, it would approach the upper tier of stouts, but it falls way short.

11-10-2003 20:36:36 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of pezoids


3/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured a deep chocolate brown, nearly black color with some ruby tints shining through. Slight phenolic or tannins in the aroma, along with roasted grains, some chocolate and coffee. Light, almost watery body. Cordial cherry fruits in there along with some buttery qualities. Not as bad as I make it out to be. Easy to drink, but middle of the road as far as stouts go.

11-03-2003 18:29:59 | More by pezoids
Photo of oelergud


3.98/5  rDev +13.4%

Appearance: Brown bottle regular cap, what I guess is a hawk on the label. The beer is black, no light coming through it and the head is a good tan.

Smell: Hops and roasted almost burnt coffee.

Taste: Roasted coffee, strong hop presence and a slight hint of chocolate, good hop lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, full body, a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: If you can drink hoppy beers all night this is it, if not, have 1-2 and switch to something else.

10-19-2003 22:55:17 | More by oelergud
Photo of yankeeheel


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a deep ruby that becomes evident when held to light. Thinner in color than some porters. Nice tan head with no lacing.

I really like the smell. The grains just pop out and remind me of a good bakery. Slight hints of dark fruit in the backgorund. The taste is good, but not very stout like to me. It's quite fruity, almost in a barleywine way, but definitely not a barleywine. Yet it has some dry stout finish to it. It's certainly not a bad beer, just a confused one IMHO. Maybe I'm confused, who knows?

If I designed a barleywine/stout/porter hybrid, this would be it. This is a good beer to give to those that are afraid of dark beers. A stepping stone on the way to drinking a true stout.

10-14-2003 23:47:31 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

A nice solid stout with a great look and acceptable flavor. The look is of a black body with a massive and lasting beige head. The lacing from this beer is very good and sticky.

The aroma is a bit light and really has no predominant characteristic. The taste is of roasted malts with a prominent alcohol sense, light hops, and some coffee notes. Good smooth feel and very good drinkability from the medium body.

10-08-2003 02:21:07 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Rumrunner


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

12oz. bottle.

This stout is pretty simple but that makes it a very fine stout in some regards.

The appearance is a quality deep black. The tan head was weak and the lacing was not to be seen. The scents are weak. Very dry and nutty. They just do not come through very well.

The flavors are nice and straight forward. Some good plumb fruit. Licorice with a sweet caramel. There are also some earthy, and ground coffee flavors in the middle. There is a hop nibble to be had in the finish as well. A nice easy to follow set of flavors. Mellow is good where this stout is concerned.

A stout that is not too heavy. Very smooth and a very easy drinking stout.

If you are in a mellow mood, try this stout out. It is a pleasure to have as a sleepy time stout. Forget about sleepy time tea.

10-04-2003 07:43:32 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of edchicma


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

Not a bad brew, but not the best. Color and head were nice, but aroma was somewhat lacking...faint malts. Taste was slightly malty, but lacked character..Mouthfeel was ok, but not great. No discernibel aftertatste...easy enoogh to drink, but needs more character.

10-02-2003 01:24:25 | More by edchicma
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -8%

Not too bad, nice and dry. But lacks a bit of flavour and complexity, quite roasty, with some chocolate and caramel, with a slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, nothing outstanding, dry n'roasty. uncomplicated, but still very decent in the end..

09-27-2003 12:38:46 | More by rastaman
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.55/5  rDev +1.1%

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. 12 oz. bottle with one bad lookin' raptor on the label. I likes raptors cuz they're the bad ass mofo's of nature.

Appearance: Inky jet (as opposed to inkjet) black with a light brown head. Head disapates to a small layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Chocolate malts with a hint of molasses. Faint bitterness on the nose.

Taste: Now the roasted malts come in... they certainly dominate the flavor, but the sweeter malts like chocolate and pale malts make a nice backing. Mildly bitter. Decent stout, very testbook in style, but certainly nothing to jump for joy about.

Mouthfeel: Nice and robust. Baby got back!

Drinkability: Purty good. I could see myself getting another or maybe getting a 6-er, but there are certainly better stouts that are just as readily available.

Other comments: a beer with "Mendocino" in the title, but brewed in NY? Errrmm.. while I certainly have no problem with contract brewing so long as both parties know what they're doing.. this still seems a bit wrong. Couldn't they rename the sucker?

Anyways, kudos that don't show up in the points to the brewery for having a nice theme for the labels. I hope they give $$$ to raptor recovery programs.

09-21-2003 02:20:48 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of beerguy101


3.9/5  rDev +11.1%

Black color, large creamy head. Deeply roasted malts. Large bodied stout. Somewhat hoppy from a stout. Flavor is not as rich as most stouts. Flavor is more subtle and subdued. Milder taste. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth and surprisingly dry. Aftertaste is malty and sweet.

09-02-2003 02:15:00 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $4.99/6 pack from Whole Foods in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with almost no head to speak of; very little in the way of lacing.

Smell: Roasted barley; hints of black licorice.

Taste: Coffee, to be sure, but stale, sour coffee; astrigent in an unbecoming way. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, albeit a tad undercarbonated, even for the style.

Notes: An average, or less than average, dry stout across the board. For what it's worth, still better than Guiness.

08-10-2003 08:24:40 | More by Mustard
Photo of barleypop


2.7/5  rDev -23.1%

As I poured this one into a glass there was virtually no carbonation. Not a head to speak of. Just a still pool of ebony colour.

On the nose was a Folgers coffee scent.

Brew hits your tongue with a mocha coffee flavor, but finishes poorly. Bitter cold coffee aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was a bit to fizzy for my liking.

Overall this beer doesn't have that smooth, creamy quality that I look for in a quality Dry Stout. Would not buy this one again.

07-29-2003 16:37:07 | More by barleypop
Photo of jcalabre


3.65/5  rDev +4%

A big thanks to elnadeau for giving me this beer, by way of our sparsley follicled friend, Oscar.
Appearance: This pours with a tan, thinly bubbled head. The head lasts for a while & is not level. The body of the brew is black with red bricking. When I poured this baby, I could definitely see some hints of red.
Aroma: It smells like cocoa powder.
Flavor. This is definitely a dry stout. It finishes dry but the flavor has complexities of both hops and roasted malts. If there were such a thing as a "session stout" this is it. A beer novice should make this one of his/her first stouts.

07-21-2003 00:55:22 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.65/5  rDev +4%

I got two of these as part of a mixed-bag 6-pack at Trader Joe's. It came in an amber 12oz. bottle. Noted the ABV as 5.2 %.
Appearance: this stout poured out black with (very) faint dark brown edge. Head was tan and thick at start but quickly fell off to nothing.
Smell: initially aromas of coffee (ummm.....coffee!) and some semi-sweet cooking chocolate. As it warmed a more fruity scent, maybe of plums, caught my beak.
Taste: got that coffee taste. Problem was it tasted rather like old coffee that got bitter. Slightly smoky tang at the finish. Again, as it warmed up the fruitiness became more pronounced and began to nicely balance things out.
Feel: Not 10W-30 by a long shot. Dry, slightly fizzy feel that got smoother as the beer warmed.
Drinkability: started off as marginal but really came on after a warming period. A little more bitter than I'd prefer but I don't feel full and I've got one more.... I let this one sit a bit and enjoyed the second half more.

07-05-2003 16:09:46 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

Bought at Bill's Liquor Store, Sea Island Parkway in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1800 miles in my trunk.

The head is smallish, tan and dense. The beer is opaque black, with the slightest red highlights. The lacing comes in arcs and spots. The nose is toffee, chocolate, sweet and fruity with some bread. Yum. The front is a tangy, toffee zing. The middle shows some fruit and dark coffee toffee. It turns quite nicely creamy when warm. The finish dries, turning quite bitter, leaving bitter chocolate and bread in the aftertaste.

This is good. It's not spectacular, but it's full of good taste.

07-05-2003 07:13:15 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Mark


3.35/5  rDev -4.6%

This stout had no head and left zero lacing so ambieance was not good. Faint roasted aroma, dryish roasty flavor on the palate. Fairly smooth, but had a rather thin body, not that this is bad. I sometimes don't feel like drinking something akin to motor oil. A rather disappointing stout from a brewery that I wish put out better stuff. I love the Mendocino coast of Northern California, I wish I could love all of their beers, not just Red Tail. O.K. drinkability I guess but there are so many great stouts out there.

06-22-2003 19:51:06 | More by Mark
Photo of bierman2000


3.58/5  rDev +2%

Very dry, coffeish stout, Roasty like Guinness but with more roasty and coffee overtones. The beer is black and very true to a coffee stout with a dry finish. Malts and hops are nicely balanced as the ale warms up and the blend becomes sweeter. A nice stout to seek out with low ABV.

06-20-2003 16:57:27 | More by bierman2000
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