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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

416 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

thedifferencemaker, Jan 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

BigGingDrinker, Sep 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

fishguyac, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Aisha, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky brown, not quite as dark as a solid stout black. A medium-sized an head appears and then just as quickly, vanishes! The aroma is slightly sweet, roasty, malty, almost smoky. Flavor is almost amber-ale like- malty, sweetish, easy drinking with a slight hop bite at the back of the throat. A drinkable brew found at the local Trader Joe's- nothing exciting, nothing terrible.

barleywinefiend, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, very dark brown color with just a thin cap of medium khaki head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malts with just a hint of roast as well. There was no noticeable grain, hops or yeast scents. The flavor profile was very similar, with the addition of an alcohol bite on the finish.

The body was typically decent for the style, smooth and medium bodied, with a bit of a sticky-sweet finish. Drinkability was good, as brown ales usually tend to be. Overall, an OK beer, one that's worth grabbing a sixer of as a budget option.

beertunes, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Gump
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark color looks terrific, but there's not much for aroma. Maybe a little licorice.
Subtle roasted malt and chocolate flavors, ends on a fresh hoppy note then leaves a lingering coffee aftertaste.

Overall I am underwhelmed by the subtleness of this beer.

Gump, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A decent offering. Poured out to a medium brown / black color with a large foamy white head. Medium level of carbonation. Lacing was minimal. Not much of a smell, but notes of roasted malts and herbs were noted. Taste was pretty good; flavors of malts, light coffee, and some nuts seemed to go together quite well. Mouthfeel was good, as the carbonation seemed to really keep the palate occupied. Decent drinkability. This is a deal at 4.99 a sixer at Trader Joe's. For that price, this beer is a recommended brew.

Frozensoul327, Nov 05, 2005
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3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black Toad pours with a solid brown base color, ruby and crimson highlights and bright clarity. A lightly tanned head rises and retains for a much longer duration than I expected.

Aromas are malty with toffee, toast, light roast, and fresh baked bread crust. Herbal hops make a modest impression. Pretty clean and simplified nose.

Flavors re-affirm the toast and bread crust with a crisp and dry toasty mouthfeel. A bit more fruity with grapes, plumbs, and dates than the nose suggests. A long, soft linger of herbal hops and bread crusts.

Sweet and medium textured up front but the beer fades quickly into dryness first, and then a weaker, more watery cola-like flavor late.

A fair, simple, and non-offensive note. Though it will have trouble competing with Great Lakes Eliot Ness, this beer compares favorably against Voodoo Black Beer and Michelob Amber Bock.

Thanks Steve for sharing.

BEERchitect, Jan 13, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, dark brown. About the colour of Pepsi. Thin, tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Slightly nutty malt, some toasted malt and chocolate.

Taste: Standard toasted malt flavours: mild chocolate, coffee, and some vegetal notes; medium sweetness and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin; light-bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing special. Not really objectionable either. Good session beer, and fairly inexpensive.

flowerysong, Jul 21, 2007
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3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another 77 cent Trader Joe's beer. This one actually was not too bad. Pours a very dark brown with an ultra-thin light beige head. Very little lacing. Aroma is lightly nutty and malty. Flavor is malty smooth with some hops and a nutty finish. All of these attributes are in small quantities though, and it was on the bland side overall. I think this is a weak attempt at a Schwarzbier.

Dogbrick, Jan 17, 2003
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3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

March 2005- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Toad pours a dark brown, almost black in color. Fairly nice thick head, but leaves minimal lacing behind. Very nutty and roasty in the nose and the taste consists of the same qualities, but with a fairly strong bitter finish, almost like a brown ale or a ESB. Carbonation level is adequate, but overall it was a tad to bitter for me. Would have liked a bit more coffee and chocolate than that bitter beer face.

GClarkage, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of macpapi
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another budget Trader Joe's buy. Pours a dark color--almost black, with a slight tannish head. Pretty basic porter style appearance here. Smells of roasted malt, caramel and nut. Pretty full and pretty well balanced. Tastes rather bland for a porter. Roasted malt is notable, but not terribly strong. Hops are also part of the flavor, but there is nothing special at all here. Mouthfeel is not great. There is plenty of carbonation but no real substance on the tongue. A bit fizzy and watery, very surprising for the style. Overall, this beer isn't great and it isn't too bad either. Weak for my tastes. Average is probably a good way to describe it.

macpapi, Oct 18, 2005
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3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark mahogany brown with a small wisp of a tan head. Head retention is poor, and little lace is left on the glass.

S - Rootbeer and sassafras. A little bit of tootsie roll in there too.

T - Mild chocolate and root beer. Roasted grains and blackened steak. Better than the nose for sure, but still a little bit weak for the style.

M - Light bodied and roasty. This is honestly over carbonated for what it's trying to be.

D - This is a bit too burn-y tasting and a lot too weak for the style. I honestly thought this was more of a "Euro dark lager" than a porter, as it is a bit on the thin side. It is relatively easy drinking and mild, but the over-done burnt steak (grill char) flavor is a bit much.

pmcadamis, Jun 29, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is fairly simple, a tan oval with Black Toad written in black letters. Expiration date of 12/24/08.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles into half a finger of dense foam. The beer itself is dark reddish brown and nearly opaque. Big bubbles accumulate on the bottom of the glass, almost looks force carbonated vice naturally based upon bubble size.

Smell: Malt sweetness upfront, with a good blend of roastiness from barley and caramel sweetness. An almost tea-like aroma in the finish.

Taste: Fairly significant carbonation bite upfront drowns out any subtle flavors. Toffee-like malt sweetness. Finishes with a medium bitterness from roasted barley.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: A nice middle of the road porter. A little high on carbonation and sweetness for my tastes, but all in all, not too bad.

beveritt, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This dark ale looked more like a root beer, maybe a little darker. It smelled roasty and coffee. It also tasted the same, quite nutty and plenty of coffee present. The mouthfeel was pretty thin for a porter. It lacked any sort of wow character. There are better selections that I would make if I came across this again.

MiScusi, Jun 14, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown, not quite as dark as a solid stout black. A medium-sized an head appears and then just as quickly, vanishes! The aroma is slightly sweet, roasty, malty, almost smoky. Flavor is almost amber-ale like- malty, sweetish, easy drinking with a slight hop bite at the back of the throat. A drinkable brew found at the local Trader Joe's- nothing exciting, nothing terrible.

Dukeofearl, Dec 30, 2004
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3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany clear body that has a creamy thin head that last and last. The carbonation is strong with big bubbles.

S- The soft smell of lightly toasted malt with some faint toffee notes in the background.

T- This beer has a smooth brown malt texture with some notes of dry pale malt aswell. There are some subtle notes of caramel and toffee with a slight off-taste. This beer finishes with a soft bitter hops that is enhanced a bit by the carbonation.

M- The mouthfeel is light with a slight creamy texture with a bit of a watery finish.

D- This beer has some nice malt qualities and some nice hop qualities but it lacks interest. Some qualities of a Bock, some of a Brown Ale, and some of an Adjunct Lager made it a little confusing and they all kind of washed together.

rhoadsrage, Mar 01, 2006
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3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark ruby red to brown color, like a well steeped Lipton tea.

Nose has a classic roasty malt aroma.

Taste - a watered sweetness, roastiness, mild bitterness. Dare I say some strongly brewed tea tones as well.

Not knocking my socks off. This one is in the ok zone.

artdob, Feb 22, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a dark dark translucent brown with a creamy white head and a tad bit of lacing.

S - Very little going on. Very subtle hints of roasted malt and slightly fruity smell.

T - Much like the smell there is little going on in the taste dept. I want to say there is some light roasted flavor and then there is some bitterness. Very one-deminsional.

M - thin and easy to swallow somewhat overcarbonated

D - decent beer and even better for the price. It just needs a little more "umph"

xhcadamx, Jan 23, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

App - Reddish brown color with brilliant clarity. Pours a medium sized pale tan head, fairly creamy and with reasonable retention.

Arom - Very chocolately, sweet dark malt aroma. No hop. Chocolate overwhelms, but otherwise clean.

Flav - Chocoate and slightly smoky malt flavors dominate early. Hop bitterness subdued. Gradual transition to a somewhat malty sweet finish. Underhopped and thus overly sweet, but full of malt flavor.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or alcohol warming. Maybe a bit heavy on the tongue, but no major mouthfeel problems.

O'all - An enjoyable, flavorful porter. Could use some more hop and dark malt "bite", and a slightly drier finish. A very nice beer, but not a classic porter example.

mpyle, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look is a dark mahogany with a tan two finger head

Smell is malts with coffee , chocolate and a touch of hops

Tastes a dark ale with coffee. to be honest, not what I was expecting

Overall not bad, but not great as the coffee overtones were too much....and as a non coffee drinker... I will pass for next time

CheckmateBrew, Jan 10, 2011
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.