Black Toad Dark Ale - Black Toad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

427 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle looks to be either 11.2 or 12 fl oz. It's brown glass with a standard pressure cap, best before date 08/15/2012 13:40 (I find it intriguing they actually put a time on the date - as though opening it at 14:00 would be substantially different). Though the site notes say this is contract brewed by Goose Island, the bottle label says it's brewed and bottled by Josephsbrau. I purchased it at the Whole Foods in Glendale, California. Reviewed live.

Expectations are high given its current ratings and my previous experiences with Trader Joe's beers. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served into a Guinness goblet.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and bad retention - inexcusable for the merely average ABV. Colour is a very dark caramel-copper. Nontransparent but not opaque.

Sm: Dark malts, biscuit malts, cream, hints of vanilla, some chestnut, and maybe a slight hint of roast. A mild strength aroma.

T: A dark malt foundation with mild nut notes, adequate yet underwhelming cream, biscuit malt, and a slight vague hint of vanilla. Some hops come through on the finish. No real layering. Not complex. Slightly subtle. It's an enjoyable brown ale, but it's neither unique nor special. It's pleasant to drink. An enjoyable beer. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Some cream about the second act, but not enough on either the open or finish. A touch too thick for the absence of full flavour and lack of high ABV. What is there to support that requires the beer to have this thickness? Smooth and wet, complementing the flavour profile decently.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. There's nothing that catches me fancy to bring me back to this beer again. That said, I'd have it on draught if it was offered at a fair price. Fans of the style will like it but not love it. The ABV doesn't come through, but that's no accomplishment at 5.30%.

A poor candidate for aging.

Drank okay out of me Guinness goblet, but I reckon a nonical pint glass would do her better.

High C

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beerchaeology
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of brewcore
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown cola in color. Dark for the style. Yields a one finger creamy off-white head. Dissipates away to a sparse thin sheet. Decent lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts. Primarily chocolate aromas. Great smell but not very strong.

T: Pretty much all malts. Sweet dark roasted malts. Sweet up front but finishes with a slightly burnt malt finish. A little bit of candied fruits in the middle. There is some nuttiness there but not what I expect for the style.

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation for the style. Great drinkability.

O: I was really surprised by this beer. Darker and more malty than I expected. I grabbed it as part of a mixed "sixer." Next time I will grab a full six pack of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautiful dark, deep cordovan brown. A thin head quickly finds itself an even thinner lacing.

Smell - Big caramel on the nose, with subtle hints of toffee.

Taste - Dominant caramel, distinct toffee and butterscotch notes... a bit of chocolate too. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Decent body for the style, but I find the carbonation a bit lacking.

Overall - This is a beer I've purchased a few times over the years, and I wonder why I don't buy it more often (probably due to it's Trader Joe's exclusivity). At $5.99 per sixer, it's certainly one of the better bargain beers to be had.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/5/12.

Pours a clear crimson brown with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and burnt caramel/toffee aromas. Taste is of roast malt, bread, caramel, and a slightly nutty and herbal hop finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice roasty aromas and flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best consumed before 03/03/12. Cold 12oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Beer is a dark brown, barely translucent, with a fat, lighter brown head. Could easily be mistaken for stout. Aroma is musty and funky.

Flavor is malty and sweet. Suggests a nuttiness without slapping you in the face with it. Wet hops through the middle, but caramel in the aftertaste. Not over carbonated at all.

A little on the sweet side for my taste, but pretty good all around.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rawla
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Best By Date bottle of 06/15/2012 into a goblet.

1.10 bottle at Trader Joe's. I figured, what the hell. Some of the TJ brews are okay-good. I'd rather spend it on a new brew than chips.

Okay, review time

A: Pours a amber-brown cola hue. Very minimal carbonation off the bottle, but a decent 1 inch head. Small lacing.

S: Prunes, Oak, and some smoked cherry notes. Nothing too over the top.

T: IMPRESSIVE taste coming off this. Very reminiscent of a Spaten Optomator.. Aged Cherrywood, Toasted Oates hit you on the initial sip, with a clean dry finish. I was taken aback by the quality of this Dark Ale for the price point I bought it for.

M: A slightly sweet resin throughout the drinking experience. Otherwise, light and straightforward.

O: I wasn't expecting much out of this bottle, but I could have had it fooled for a quality dark German ale. Maybe it's the yeast, or conscious effort put into the malts; a delicious offering regardless of the circumstances. A 5.99 price point for a 6 pack is icing on the cake. Very drinkable and affordable quality beer.

A SOLID A. Try it, or buy a case worth for your next party. $

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rodney45
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color of Cola. Light tan head.

S: Cereal grains, Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and crystal malts

T: First profile is of crushed crystal malt and toasted barley. If you homebrew, you know these very distinctly. Secondary notes are of milk chocolate, caramel, and a distinct sweetness. Finish is dry.

M: Light medium to medium body, with low cabonation. Starts sweet and ends dry and bitter... like a marriage?

O: Im gonna say this is a great example of the style. Not the best ive had, but for a buck at trader joes, you really cant beat the quality versus price. A truely solid Brown ale.

Food Pairing: I'd pair this with bacon wrapped steak cubes and roasted baby red potatoes.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear deep amber color with a beige head that thinned to a ring leaving thin trails of lacing.

S - toffee sweetness with a hint of roasted malt in the background.

T - sweet flavors of toffee and caramel upfront with just a touch of bittering right before finishing sweet on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel and very easy drinkability.

O - for the price, it's a pretty darn good beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black Toad? That's raci...on to the beer:

The creamy head on top of this chestnut colored beer slowly drops to a thick lace. Reasonably nutty in the aroma. Roasted peanuts come to mind, a little toffee arrives to the scene.

Nutty and toffee flavors ride around the palate. The texture has a medium feel with short, "buzzy" carbonation which eventually smooths out. There's a pleasant sweet and nutty aftertaste.

Agreeable and inexpensive brown ale by way of Trader Joe's.

Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.