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Black Toad Dark Ale - Black Toad Brewing Co.

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Black Toad Dark AleBlack Toad Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

437 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Toad Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2002

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Photo of lemmy187
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nickfl
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of czillmer
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of garstick
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Toad Dark Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST CONSUMED BEFORE: 07/03/15 11.32"
$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL
- - - now brewed by JosephsBrau Brewing Co., San Jose, CA

Black Toad pours a clear, deep mahogany brown body beneath a full head of pillowy tan foam that holds remarkably well. The lacing is not quite as good, but it still makes a fine showing.

Aromas of sweet cocoa nibs, toffee, light mint, and soft red fruit greet you in the nose. It's rich and welcoming, and without flaw.

The flavor is sweetish and nutty with lots of caramelish and chocolatey, almost fudge-like malt, but that's balanced by a slight edge of roastiness, a mild bitterness, and minty and grassy hop flavors.

It's a nicely balanced beer that's not complicated, but still interesting enough; and which offers enough richness to leave it satisfying without becoming 'too much'. Given the price ($1.17 single bottle) it's hard to beat as an occasional semi-sweet dark ale.

Photo of mblakesley
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Milchad
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good stuff. Nice full flavor brew. Can't go wrong with a beer you can actually taste.

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/4" head.

Smell: roasted malt is the lone aroma component.

Taste: roasted malt, dark fruit, some woody and earthy tones, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the end.

Overall: a relatively simple al that has a nice roasted flavor. Easy to consume.

Photo of jebrew
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of garcia46
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Lukebell15
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Dana_Campbell
3.76/5  rDev +5%

Photo of shleepy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark brown, with relatively small head. Caramely malt smell. Taste and mouthfeel is smooth (albeit not as smooth as a Velvet Merlin) but also roasty. Has kind of a "rusty" quality to it. Pleasant, but I'd opt for a Velvet Merlin, if it's at the local Trader Joe's, instead, for an extra couple of dollars per six-pack.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date of July 2015.

Pours clear, very dark brown, with a large, durable tan head. Lingering lacing partially coats the glass.

Aroma: mild medium and dark roasted grains with a lighter roast than the appearance suggests. Faint hints of coffee, smoke, roasted nuts and toffee.

Flavor: mild medium and dark roasted grains with a neutral bitter/sweet balance.

Feel: medium-light body; very smooth. Lively, crisp carbonation.

O: enjoyable and economical dark ale that straddles the brown ale / light porter categories. Improved with warming.

Photo of qcghost
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque deep crimson red/brown approaching black in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate ruby red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with a light amount of toffee notes. There is a subtle hint of nuts (maybe pecan) and just a hint of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with a very light amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by a subtle note of nuts/pecans and just a very light amount of herbal hops. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades almost immediately.

M: Light bodied with a moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, kind of a hybrid between an English Brown Ale and an English Porter but one that I found to be mostly successful. Could easily have a couple of these in a session.

Photo of GatorCoop
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Galamaga1
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BigRizz62
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.