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Black Toad Dark Ale - Black Toad Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Wedcat
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Wedcat, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Nunya
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Nunya, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served into a shaker pint glass. Part of the best before was smeared, so this is either best by 06/04/13 or 02/04/13.

Appearance: Dark brown on the table, dark ruby red to mahogany when held up to the light. Initial white head upon pouring died back to a thin white foam across the top and some thick strands of lacing here and there. So so in the foam dept, but very nice color beer.

Smell: Malt sweetness, hint of caramel, hint of metallic. Mild.

Taste: Mix of caramel malt sweetness, burnt sugar, and toasted malts up front, then moving quickly into a brown sugar middle. The finish is not very bitter, maybe just a hint of black coffee that's been on the burner too long - or very burnt malt. Not a good bitter finish, a little ashy a times, but enough to counter the sweetness that is in this beer. I have a sweet tooth and so like malt heavy beers, but this one is just a tad unbalanced in favor of malt sweetness. Tasty, just unbalanced. But probably true to style for an English Brown Ale. I just wish it had a bit more hop balance at the end.

Mouthfeel: Sticky on the teeth. Good carbonation underneath.

Overall / drinkability: One is enough for me, I could not drink another by itself. With food...maybe another one per evening, but it's still quite sweet. Might make a very interesting base for a vanilla ice cream float though. Still, a good full-flavor beer. Just make sure you're ready for the sweetness when you pop one open.

damndirtyape, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Rihup, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
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

RonaldTheriot, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of BreweryRun
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown ale, from Trader Joe's, poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Smells fairly sweet, with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is less sweet than the smell but not overly so. Notes of unsweetened chocolate and toasted bread. I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Sweetness comes out a little more as it warms which I'm not crazy about but still good.

A very solid brown that I would have again, great price, and easy to get a hold of.

BreweryRun, May 31, 2013
Photo of spiatt
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

spiatt, May 26, 2013
Photo of Drew26
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Drew26, May 19, 2013
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +11.7%

zonker17, May 18, 2013
Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Zimm, May 15, 2013
Photo of Onenote81
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought a sixer of these to a get-together last night. Poured one into a snifter. Pour yielded a dark chocolate brown with a nice off-white head on top. The nose was sweet like nutty bread, brown sugar toast, and a bit of alcohol.

Moderate depth. Carbonation level is good, but there's a bit of a thin quality on the finish. Sweet nutty flavors - almond bar, chocolate malt, fresh bread. Good finish. This beer was surprising. One I'd never heard of, but a decent one I'd revisit.

[*This paired exceptionally well with a Carlos Toraño Reserva Decadéncia cigar]

Onenote81, May 11, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, tawny, murky brown. Moderate head and only a hint of lace here.

Aroma is roasty malts and a little dark fruit. I get a touch of nuttiness, too.

Taste is sweet, with a bit of roast and nuttiness. Seems to me like a brown ale with a little extra char. Easy enough to drink, but not outstanding.

secondtooth, May 11, 2013
Photo of Jomolieri
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing beer for the price... I think I paid $1.00 for this guy at trader joes. Sweet Nutty flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. Some very subtle toffee notes in there. Not overly complex in flavor but it really hits the spot if your looking for a slightly sweet smooth dark ale.

Jomolieri, May 06, 2013
Photo of Nachos4two
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Nachos4two, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MN_Beerticker, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of BRD14
4/5  rDev +11.7%

BRD14, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Ted, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of samturner
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

samturner, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

WDJersey, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of NoetheMatt
2/5  rDev -44.1%

NoetheMatt, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown, like a cup of coffee. Moderate foam dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Malty. I can taste chocolate, raisins and other dark fruit, toffee, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a slight hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good. Rich and malty, this is one of the better beers from Trader Joe’s Josephsbrau label.

TheMarkE, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of clemtig76
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

clemtig76, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Cdax
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Cdax, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of DMB
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

DMB, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red with sparse large bubbles. Good tan foam. No lacing.

Smell: Mineral water and a hint of coffee. Very weak, but not unpleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly toffee. Seltzer water flavor/finish. The feel is definitely very good, but the flavor is just alright. Refreshing for an English brown.

Overall Drinkability: Not great initially, but this is actually a very good session. Nothing outstanding, but the feel makes it enticing.

tjsdomer2, Mar 31, 2013
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.