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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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BA SCORE
81
good

437 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2002

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Photo of ClimbStuff
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of hreb
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.

Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sudbuster
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rawla
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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. $

Photo of SarahMackAttack
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rodney45
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of marshrat63
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pick up at Trader Joe's, a solid score I thought I'd try it,

A: Pours brown with a light off-white head, nice lace, good retention.

S: Sweet malt, that's it, one dimensional but enjoyable.

T: Dark bread, almost has a Belgian Dark Ale feel, has some yeast character. A good flavour, but again one-dimensional.

M: Light to medium-bodied, thin in the finish, but a nice feel overall.

O: A real good beer at a buck a bottle. Actually feels bigger than 5.3% which is a boon at this price point.

Photo of vtownAL
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of Anew
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of TKHawn61
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark clean brown color with a thick and creamy head.

The smell is light and sweet with a hint of buttery marris otter and light chocolate.

The flavor is light and sweet with a bit of blackened malt and light smoke along with a touch of molasses flavor. The hops are minimal with just a touch of lingering bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and a touch oily.

A decent english brown/porter.

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dcbike
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Caskaway
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Radeberger flute at low altitude.

A: Pours a very dark but still translucent brown color with a foamy off-white head, but not a whole lot of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts and some definite chocolate character. I'm surprised at how strongly the alcohol comes through in the background.

T: Basically one chocolaty note that hangs on from start to finish. I feel this could have used some bitterness to balance on the finish.

M: Medium- to light-bodied and very slick. Could use some more cream to a heavier body to hold up to the flavors in my opinion.

D: Definitely an interesting brown ale -- much like a stout in flavor.

Photo of Erish
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Batch code, but no date code on the bottle.

A: clear dark reddish brown color with yellow and orange highlights, the cream-colored head quickly falls into a persistent cap with good lacing.

S: light dried fruit aroma, mainly cherries, along with some vanilla, caramel, and just a whisper of coffee, hop presence is minimal and earthy.

T: plenty of English character, with dried fruit aplenty, woody notes, caramel and biscuit-like malts, and a pleasant woody/vanilla/dried fruit finish.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, low to moderate carbonation.

O: just a hell of a tasty brown ale. Tastes like England! This is one toad I could lick again and again.

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

This beer was surprisingly enjoyable. It had been sitting in the fridge for a while so I decided to drink it. It pours pretty dark. The slightest light is able to get through a very dark brown. Smells of oats and dark chocolate. The first thing that struck about the taste was its sweetness and relative thickness. For an abv of about 5%, I was not expecting big flavors. This is a good brew. Simple, no frills, and one of the better brown ales I have had.

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

My girlfriend bought me a six-pack of these Trader Joe's brews, and this was thrown in. I didn't expect much, but this is a good one! Pretty sure Goose Island makes this.

A: Nice brown body with one finger tan head. Pretty decent head retention and lacing.

S: Nice freshly baked brown bread. Sweet and fruity malt hints.

T: Nice fruity roasted maltiness. Like fresh baked bread. Nice hoppy dry finish. This is a good beer.

M: Not the best, but still nice.

D: A very drinkable beer. I was expecting a canned mushroom brown ale. This is way better than many of the English browns that I have tried.

Photo of goatsgo2hell
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty tasty dark brown ale. It pours coffee colored with a nice head, and smells like coffee and chocolate. It has a rich malty taste that tastes a lot like it smells. It has a deeper coffee bite than a lot of browns, probably because it's so dark. Quite a nice brown ale.

Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For $5.99 a six at Trader Joe's this is good value for a well made brown ale that has a big mouthfeel and a good long finish. Not the most complex of brown ales this still works well with a big malty taste and a little on the sweetness side. I will add this to the Mission ST Pale Ale and IPA as my fave TJs beers

Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.