Black Toad Dark Ale - Black Toad Brewing Co.
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3.56/5 rDev -0.6%
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]
05-11-2013 19:29:09 | More by Onenote81
3.49/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-11-2013 14:40:49 | More by secondtooth
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
05-06-2013 02:54:57 | More by Jomolieri
3.74/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
04-05-2013 02:54:48 | More by TheMarkE
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
03-31-2013 01:12:41 | More by tjsdomer2
3.65/5 rDev +2%
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.
03-30-2013 23:24:58 | More by TastyAdventure
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
03-24-2013 08:05:50 | More by fx20736
3.18/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
02-22-2013 05:02:03 | More by artdob
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
A beautiful brown with spectacular red/amber highlights reminiscent of a late night sunset. Poured a two finger light tan head with considerable lacing clinging to the side of the pint glass. Hidden inside the amber notes float a moderate amount of bubbles. Aroma screams of nutty goodness. Hints of chocolate and raisins are also present. No hops make an appearance. Flavor is malt dominated with a complexity of bitter chocolate, toffee, dark fruits and toasted nuts. A sweet caramel tone lingers along with a very slight butterscotch flavor. There is also a slight roasted bitterness and just a touch of herbal hops. Carbonation leans toward the low side. Combine this with the residual sweetness and it makes for a medium mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer. I really enjoyed the combination of flavors
02-22-2013 02:13:28 | More by MonkeymooTJ
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
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