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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

395 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | 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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vtownAL

Georgia

5/5  rDev +39.7%

12-14-2011 15:18:24 | More by vtownAL
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Anew

Washington

5/5  rDev +39.7%

12-13-2011 20:14:47 | More by Anew
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Paniolo

California

5/5  rDev +39.7%

02-09-2012 19:29:42 | More by Paniolo
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Kyroqz

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

01-16-2013 05:09:25 | More by Kyroqz
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chicagobill13

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 19:53:19 | More by chicagobill13
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bamojr

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:20:49 | More by bamojr
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the_alec

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-10-2014 01:38:47 | More by the_alec
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

10-27-2013 20:12:08 | More by TaylorK
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Gio

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-24-2014 03:10:37 | More by Gio
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JohnEricaLawson


4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

11-22-2012 18:14:29 | More by JohnEricaLawson
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devin3807


4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

04-10-2012 19:32:26 | More by devin3807
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Caskaway

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

11-18-2011 20:13:06 | More by Caskaway
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psmith161

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

10-14-2013 16:18:55 | More by psmith161
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RBorsato

Virginia

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)

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 13:05:17 | More by RBorsato
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Pardishcreel

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:38:39 | More by Pardishcreel
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 16:38:02 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Greenfloyd

California

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?

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 05:45:16 | More by Greenfloyd
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NPerez

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 01:39:42 | More by NPerez
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Auraan

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

10-21-2012 05:22:53 | More by Auraan
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Hellyeahimdrinking

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

07-21-2012 07:33:20 | More by Hellyeahimdrinking
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irthesteve

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-18-2014 07:15:02 | More by irthesteve
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TasteFiend

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

08-16-2013 09:05:04 | More by TasteFiend
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samturner

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-07-2013 13:28:04 | More by samturner
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goodylil2shoes

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

01-24-2013 19:49:48 | More by goodylil2shoes
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KevMo84

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

05-23-2014 06:07:02 | More by KevMo84
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Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.