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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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416 Ratings

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2002)
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

vtownAL, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Anew, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Paniolo, Feb 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Kyroqz, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of chicagobill13
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says a brewery from San Jose, CA. I know use to be Goose Island now it is Joseph Brau Brewery. I like. Good Beer at a good price. I would pick it up again at Trader Joes! not too many good black ale that are in code and good! The aftertaste is ok but I can live with this beer. This is now my everyday beer!

chicagobill13, May 14, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful burgundy red. nice crisp brown head. Smells very malty a lot like a porter. Very well carbonated that has a nice sweet and malty flavor. Strong Chocolate flavor that really rounds this out nicely and finishes with a perfect hop flavor. I am so impressed with this beer. I am not even a huge fan of brown beers and porters but this is a great beer.

bamojr, Jun 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

M477H3W, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

the_alec, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

TaylorK, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Gio, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

JohnEricaLawson, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Pintwacky, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

devin3807, Apr 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Caskaway, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

psmith161, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, auburn color with a low light brown head that leaves little bits of lace. Light roasted malt aroma and light hop aroma. Tastes like it smells; really good and very porter-ish. Light bodied with a nice roasty dry finish.

A great session beer -- Kind of a mix between an Irish style stout and a porter... hard to explain - just try it.

Date on label: 07/21/03 Tasted: 02/11/03

($4.99 / 6 pack)

RBorsato, Feb 18, 2003
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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a dark brown this opaque beer has a nice head and decent retainibility. The taste is a hint of coffee with burnt grains and a nice hop finish. The bitterness of the hops is well balanced. One of my favorite beers that comes in 6 packs. I suggest for the price at about 1$ a beer you pick up a few of these for you next tasting, I found mine at trader joes.

Pardishcreel, Mar 27, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-27-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 1 finger of foam, nice white lacing ring, very dark in color, carbonation is present

S - Roasted malts, vanilla

T - oatmeal, vanilla, malts, couldn't pick out any hops

M/D - Pretty tasty brew, medium bodied with a very smooth flavor. It went down pretty easy and I also recommend that people should try it. I picked it up at a trader Joe's

FreshmanPour77, Jun 02, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark ale that handles a hearty shepard's pie just as easy as it swims along your grilled salmon, no small feat for a porter inspired brew. A pint glass pour will give you a dark butterscotch hue, with a light almond colored head. The subtle nutty nose translates into the taste of the "distinctive dark ale" as you retrieve toffee nuances accompanied by a toasted cashew (maybe a stretch, maybe not, but a toasted nut non the less) chaser.

Halfway down your glass, give this ale another sniff or two. You'll be surprised to find honey-like undertones now, the same honey that you might notice during the finish.

An incredibly easy to drink, enjoyable dark, that represents well enough in taste, to forgive the lack of body that connesouers of porters and the like come to expect, but then again, that's part of the charm right?

Greenfloyd, Feb 28, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites. It's sweet but not too sweet - chocolate & caramel followed by a nutty aftertaste. Drink it the right way & I think you'll love it.

There's one thing that I really need to mention - there is an enormous difference between drinking this warm & drinking it cold. I really feel that refrigerating Black Toad tends to ruin it. If you're trying it for the first time, try putting a few bottles in the fridge and having the rest at room temperature - see the difference for yourself.

Refrigerated: Very little head, very little lacing. Weak, metallic smell. Decent watery, slightly metallic taste.

Unrefrigerated: Nice head with OK retention. Moderate lacing at the top of the glass. Smell is not remarkable, but caramel is noticeable. Tastes delicious, with a great walnutty aftertaste that sticks around for a while. I can forget about every other characteristic of this beer just because the taste is so good.

NPerez, Jun 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Auraan, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

samturner, Apr 07, 2013
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Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
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