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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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402 Ratings

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Ratings: 402
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-18-2013 12:56:18 | More by MN_Beerticker
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-16-2013 03:29:56 | More by BRD14
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-11-2013 23:15:02 | More by Ted
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-07-2013 13:28:04 | More by samturner
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-07-2013 05:42:50 | More by WDJersey
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

04-05-2013 14:12:09 | More by NoetheMatt
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:54:48 | More by TheMarkE
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-04-2013 17:02:05 | More by clemtig76
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-01-2013 23:44:32 | More by Cdax
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-31-2013 02:25:33 | More by DMB
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:12:41 | More by tjsdomer2
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:24:58 | More by TastyAdventure
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-30-2013 01:19:39 | More by Zanico
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-25-2013 02:47:05 | More by truesolution
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 08:05:50 | More by fx20736
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-16-2013 05:05:46 | More by menacho1
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-09-2013 15:38:06 | More by Duvel
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 05:02:03 | More by artdob
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 02:13:28 | More by MonkeymooTJ
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

02-11-2013 22:41:42 | More by matjack85
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

02-08-2013 07:32:34 | More by zzurn
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

01-24-2013 19:49:48 | More by goodylil2shoes
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

01-16-2013 05:09:25 | More by Kyroqz
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-13-2013 03:52:41 | More by ranger7
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North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red amber colour with a foamy white head.

The smell is dark malts and yeast. Not particularly interesting.

The taste is sweet and malty with a tiny bit of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is one of the cheap beers from trader joes it's not bad at all for not much more than $1 a bottle. Very malty tastes more like an Oktoberfest than a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:23:51 | More by Dave1999
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
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