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Black Toad Dark Ale - Black Toad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | 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 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
Photo of TastyAdventure
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found cheap at Trader Joe's. I think it was only $1.00!

Needless to say, I wasn't expecting much.

A - The head is not impressive, with big bubbles, not much retention, and not frothy or foamy, did not positively add to the taste or mouthfeel. The color is a nice shining brown though.

S - Some sweetness and some hops, I didnt linger here too long because I wasnt expecting much and didnt pick up much initially.

T - Much Better than Expected! you can tell the hop bitterness is strong but they are subdued very well by a equally strong, almost caramel sweetness from the malts. Called a English Brown but reminds me more of a Scottish Ale.

Mouthfeel - nothing too special here, but pleasurable nonetheless. Definitely smooth.

Surprisingly good taste considering the price, head appearance, and smell! A nice regular house beer to have if you are on a budget, or plan on drinking quite a few in one night.

TastyAdventure, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Zanico, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of truesolution
4/5  rDev +11.7%

truesolution, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought at Trader Joe's in Pittsford on 3/23/13. Price $ 1.09.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large glass tumbler, served at room temp.

appearance: very, very dark amber supports a thin tan head. spotty lacing.

aroma: some lightly toasted chocolate malt.

mouthfeel: decent, pretty good actually.

taste: a nutty, brown bread with just a hint of cocoa.

notes: It's not Goose Island Nut Brown Ale but it is easy drinking and for the price, a good value. Would buy again.

fx20736, Mar 24, 2013
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.