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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

403 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | 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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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - reddish mahogany hues to this beer. A thin light mocha cap sprays a few lines of lace around, but no more. It drops readily and holds for a while at a thin cover.

Aroma - roasted patent malts, slightly sweet. Little else, it's a plain but fragrant porter.

Taste - roasted malts with a hint of black coffee. Prickly swallow, the toastiness giving way to some dark chocolate flavor on the aftertaste. Simple and tasty, kudos for a straight up tasting porter.

Mouthfeel - average, with peppy carbonation.

Drinkability - a tasty brew that I would recommend to fans of the essential porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 04:43:41 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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srandycarter

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown to black, thick off white head. Thin soapy lacing.

S - Light coffee and toasted malt - kinda earthy.

T - Nice toastly malt, a little smoke, coffee, light cocoa.

M - Thin, but expected for style. Good balance and carb.

D - Very drinkable for style.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 05:43:28 | More by srandycarter
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by date 07/21/10 on back label. Single purchased at Trader Joe's (Short Pump, VA) for $1.17.

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights and short 1-2 finger light brown head with moderate retention and craggy line of lace.

S: Nice roasted aroma with delicious black coffee and cocoa notes finished with a solid herbal, leafy hops contribution

T: Flavor is light porterish with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate and nicely rounded out with herbal hops. A nice mild acrid note as well.

M: Body is a little light for the style but has a level carbonation level and a cocoa finish.

D: A very drinkable beer but straddles brown ale and porter styles. I will pick this up when I'm in the malty mood.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:15:19 | More by argock
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased my Black Toad Dark Ale at Trader Joe's and had no idea what to expect from this beer.

Black Toad Dark Ale was absolutely wretched! I was able to gulp back 3 mouthfuls before pouring the rest down the sink!

The appearance is a dark lager and the smell is of a wet ashtray!

The taste was like burnt garbage! Maybe my beer was skunked but I thought someone put 100 cigarette butts out in an old beer and served it to me! I can not believe a beer that have such a burnt flavor that you can't detect anything else there!

I wanted to like Black Toad but unlike burnt marshmallows this burnt product is not pallatable!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 21:29:29 | More by NJpadreFan
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Overlord

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's delivers again. I swear, when I'm buying affordable, sessionable beers, I find myself wandering towards their familiar environs.

Pours a thin looking dark brown ... a bit offputting, actually. Smells more like a Bock than a Porter. Tastes ... again, more like a Bock than a porter. There's a bit of roastiness, but this is primarily sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel way too thin, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 07:57:13 | More by Overlord
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A maroonish brown body sat below a thick tan head that left splotchy lacing down the glass. Aroma was decent, with sweet malty notes, raisin and plum.

The taste first hit me with a slight, nutty malt flavor followed by barley, hops, chicory, and some coffee notes. The mouthfeel was refreshing and smooth with an aftertaste that tried its best to stick around, but just couldn't get the job done. Carbonation levels were lackluster. Overall, it wasn't a bad buy for a buck at Trader Joe's. It's not a standout brew by any means, but it's definitely a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 02:52:20 | More by wagenvolks
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-07-2013 05:42:50 | More by WDJersey
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-13-2013 01:40:05 | More by BeerForMuscle
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that shows some ruby highlights when held up to light, the beer is topped by an off-white diminishing head. The aroma has some dark malt characteristics with a hint of chocolate. The taste is somewhat well balanced, however, there's something just a bit off. Dark malts and chocolate blend well with some light citrus hops, but it's far from the best. The beer is light and mildly carbonated. This beer is drinkable at 92 cents a bottle from Trader Joe's, but I'd rather spend the extra change for something better.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:18:10 | More by atsprings
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wedge

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark chestnut pour and a thick, tight off-white head on top. Nutty, sweet brown bread-like aromas...toffee, faint sweet chocolate, fruit, and very light diacetyl and smoke. Dry, nutty flavor. Bitter chocolate, caramel sweetness, and a bit of earthy hops. Medium-light-ish body. Pretty tasty and certainly a good deal. Not sure why I waited so long to grab a single.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 01:01:19 | More by wedge
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matjack85

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

02-11-2013 22:41:42 | More by matjack85
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-27-2012 04:45:19 | More by cliff1066
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Redrover

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black Toad, I had never heard of it but my dad had some in his beer fridge so I decided why not give it a try. I’m guessing its brewed by goose Island for Trader Joe’s.

Beer pours a translucent black with a nice tan head. Not a ton of lacing.

Beer had lots of roasted malt on the nose with more than a dash of hops thrown in for good measure.

Taste was solid but not earth shattering. Definite smoked malt on the tongue. Beer is more sweet than bitter. However, hops become more assertive as I worked through the beer. Seems well made. Reminds me more of a dark lager than an ale (think Leines creamy dark,. but not quite as good). This beer is very quaffable.

Easy to drink, but they could turn down the carbonation one notch.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 17:47:52 | More by Redrover
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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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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As they say on the bottle, this is a walnut color with a fairly monstrous head. Tall and whipped, leaving thick ass rings of lace. Pretty impressive. The nose is quite fruity, with a little bit of buttered toast and even a hint of roasted coffee toward the back. Relatively mixed nose, seems to hint towards a British style of dark ale.

The flavor is fairly middle of the road, but does pack a certain chunkiness - the carbonation and mouthfeel leave a smooth, full, creamy impression. The malts are sugary up front, with raisin and even caramel eventually giving way to a bit of roasted grain and an acidic, short finish.

This is a great price for a beer. This is a great beer for the price. Not a great beer, but not a bad price. Get it?

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 04:50:40 | More by BretSikkink
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-27-2013 13:54:20 | More by kwjd
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2012 01:40:44 | More by Falcone
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arizcards

Arizona

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

Picked up a bottle at Trader Joe's at the end of November for 84 cents.

Poured a dark opaque brown with a decent head initially. Nose is of roasted malts and not much else. Taste starts off malty with a hint of coffee and chocolate and finishes smoothly. Mouthfeel is adequately full and fresh. Drinkability is OK as this brew is definitely better than your average macro but does not present a lot of complexity to be a top notch porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 00:30:33 | More by arizcards
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notchucknorris

California

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights. About a one finger tan head that has good retention.

S: Fairly faint, but I pick up some roasted malts along with a bit of maple syrup and brown sugar as it warms.

T: The body is fairly light and I remember this being better when I had it before. I get some relatively faint flavors of roasted malt, a big of a charred flavor, some medium roast coffee and a bit of maple on the finish. Worth a try but not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:18:11 | More by notchucknorris
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JayQue

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer from Trader Joe's!!! This one pours a clear mahogany color with ruby highlights throughout when held to the light. Decent size off white/light tan head with good retention. Thick spotty bands of lacing.

Smell is toasted malt...fairly pronounced and pleasant. Taste is malty with some mild chocolate....Tastes like a fairly mild porter. Nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, good carbonation and VERY SMOOTH!!

Drinkability is good. A reasonable abv, pronounced smell and flavor and good solid mouthfeel. This one could be pleasantly swilled as a session beer or with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 00:34:14 | More by JayQue
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-07-2012 20:07:25 | More by hollywood_15063
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bashiba

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark clean brown color with a thick and creamy head.

The smell is light and sweet with a hint of buttery marris otter and light chocolate.

The flavor is light and sweet with a bit of blackened malt and light smoke along with a touch of molasses flavor. The hops are minimal with just a touch of lingering bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and a touch oily.

A decent english brown/porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 22:38:21 | More by bashiba
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-16-2014 01:47:47 | More by Fettpopps
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

05-18-2013 20:22:11 | More by zonker17
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Toad Ale has a medium, cream-colored head, a dark brown (ruby, under direct light) appearance, and some splotchy bits of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of medium-roasted barley and brown bread crust, and the taste is the same, with some underlying caramel and mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Black Toad Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a very good, sweet ale.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 14:14:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
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