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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

402 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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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22Blue

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-25-2014 00:29:08 | More by 22Blue
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Gio

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-24-2014 03:10:37 | More by Gio
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-20-2014 00:18:04 | More by tpauer
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bleeps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-19-2014 21:40:59 | More by bleeps
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FitnessForBeer

California

2/5  rDev -44.1%

03-19-2014 06:57:48 | More by FitnessForBeer
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-16-2014 01:47:47 | More by Fettpopps
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

03-15-2014 02:23:48 | More by a0lbudman
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habaceeba

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-12-2014 03:54:13 | More by habaceeba
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welldigger888

South Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice dark ruby hue with tan head and good lacing down glass

aroma of roast malt and stale hops

the roast malt are nice yet the stale hops prevale

nice full mouthfeel that is cursed by the hop staleness

well I will not seek this out, thankful for the bring over but that is all

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 02:16:23 | More by welldigger888
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the_alec

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-10-2014 01:38:47 | More by the_alec
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 355 ml bottle dated 07/20/14-13:47. Sampled on March 9, 2014.

It is a very nice looking beer with a dark brown to practically black color and a long lasting cream colored head.

While the aroma brings out some roasted dark malt and nutty characters I tend to get this sort of soapiness like I'm taking a shower. Little to no hope note.

The body is about medium but it is very smooth and creamy.

The taste is generally on the sweet and malty side but it does not go overboard. Nuts, malts, and the most modest of a hop finale. It is easy to drink but it is nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:30:27 | More by puboflyons
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-09-2014 14:27:58 | More by DantheMan75
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sicilian

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-09-2014 03:27:49 | More by sicilian
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theteleman

California

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from a bottle purchased at Trader Joes in Carmel Mountain CA. Amberish dark brown in appearance with a big fluffy head that retains excellent lacing as you sip on the brew. Smells like toffee, caramel, pretty swet scent on the nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky the nose is deceptive, was expecting a sweeter taste, but this is very balanced, earthy and malty in taste. First time trying anything from Black Toad Brewing, this was a pleasent brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:15:21 | More by theteleman
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paulish

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-06-2014 00:47:29 | More by paulish
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -44.1%

02-02-2014 19:05:13 | More by Janeinma
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nofunyons

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-01-2014 03:42:07 | More by nofunyons
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-01-2014 00:40:54 | More by tdm168
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-28-2014 01:18:14 | More by thedifferencemaker
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-25-2014 03:24:06 | More by tbryan5
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ScubaSteve00

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-25-2014 00:55:43 | More by ScubaSteve00
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Achilles811

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

01-12-2014 04:49:48 | More by Achilles811
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hbchrisg

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-07-2014 02:41:36 | More by hbchrisg
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Aisha

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-01-2014 06:27:52 | More by Aisha
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jawlessbody

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a monic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, thick brown with an initially large amount of carbonation that makes it's way into a dense 2.5 finger mocha colored head that sadly dissipates quick quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Presents sweet, chocolatey malt on the nose with a deep body of roasted coffee and fresh espresso. I also detected hints of nuttiness, bits of brown sugar and toffee, with subtle notes of dried, dark fruits.

Taste: I definitely got the chocolate malt flavors right off the first sip, but those quickly subdued into darker toffee flavors that then morphed into a taste of dates and raisins. All the while there is a lingering, ever-present body of toasted bread an coffee that have just a but of hazelnut/almond flavor to set everything off.

Mouthfeel: This was the most disappointing part of the beer. The head looked dense, but wasn't as creamy as I expected it to be. The body of the beer morphed from thin with lots of carbonation off of the initial pour, into a thicker (but still not creamy) very smooth liquid with little to no carbonation.

Overall: I am very impressed by this beer. Everything about it is incredibly complex, especially for a brown ale. In all honesty, it tastes more like a light bodied stout than a brown to me. I will definitely be drinking more of this in the future. A lot more.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 17:31:18 | More by jawlessbody
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.