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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

403 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 403
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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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
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-27-2013 13:54:20 | More by kwjd
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MMoncrief

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-25-2013 23:35:57 | More by MMoncrief
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-23-2013 05:21:10 | More by SocalKicks
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-01-2013 01:08:56 | More by Cubatobaco
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-27-2013 19:41:32 | More by warpedrevolution
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TEdubbaD

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-20-2013 03:40:52 | More by TEdubbaD
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

11-17-2013 14:45:50 | More by KevinGordon
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gregu2

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-13-2013 02:29:24 | More by gregu2
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Allurex

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

11-13-2013 02:26:27 | More by Allurex
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chadski

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-11-2013 22:18:12 | More by chadski
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

10-27-2013 20:12:08 | More by TaylorK
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GMB

Japan

4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A standard pour of JosephBrau Brewing Company's Black Toad's "Distinctive" Dark Ale yields a seal-brown body that turns ruby red when held up to the light. The sandy head barely makes an appearance, and disappears quickly, though it does leave a thin island cap of semi-sticky foam as a memento. Carbonation was overly excited immediately following the pour, but quickly settled.

Like many of JosephsBrau's offerings, this beer smells sweet. Slightly burnt toffee, freshly baked brown bread, soy sauce, braised prunes.

The taste develops and departs from the nose. Burnt toffee and brown bread are ever present but not overpowering. Subtle notes of dark chocolate and dark-roast coffee appear in the middle and linger. Dry-braised prunes and dates emerge towards the back end and mingle. Nutty flavors are subdued, but manage to slip in here and there; toasted almonds come to mind. If the mouthfeel were fuller and the foam creamier, I'd think I was chewing on a piece of rye bread with prunes, almonds, and a hint of chocolate.

The dark dried fruit flavors in Black Toad certainly do make it a "distinctive" dark (i.e., brown) ale. I'll be revisiting this beer soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 18:26:14 | More by GMB
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psmith161

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

10-14-2013 16:18:55 | More by psmith161
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.7%

10-08-2013 01:24:56 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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Lightman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%

09-29-2013 18:33:08 | More by Lightman
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MrBallz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-27-2013 00:24:09 | More by MrBallz
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Renalan

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-16-2013 16:16:56 | More by Renalan
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-10-2013 22:29:37 | More by BigGingDrinker
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a half finger of khaki head, body is a transparent deep garnet reddish brown. Gentle bubbling within the body. Head fades to a cap within a minute, and leaves sparse, spotty lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, brown sugar, sweet dark wheat bread, and a nice nuttiness, very much like hazelnut.

Taste - Much like the nose, dark fruits, brown sugar, and flavors of wheat bread, and occasional whiffs of chocolate throughout. I get some light minerals at the end of the sip, and some light coffee long into the finish. The flavors here are pretty nice but they are not bold or assertive at all, they are all on the lighter side. Letting this one warm up a bit will help the flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very light side of medium, carb is medium+, but still very smooth. The smoothness of the carb really helps the drinkability here.

Overall - This is a fairly decent brown, definitely on the lighter side - the flavors are good but not bold enough to really make a statement or impression of any kind. A few folks around here seem to like it well enough, give her a try and see what you think.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 03:28:03 | More by blackcompg
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AaronOp

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-30-2013 04:25:12 | More by AaronOp
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-29-2013 03:31:57 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-25-2013 21:49:01 | More by Kaveman
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addiwilliams

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-21-2013 04:15:11 | More by addiwilliams
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yhoshijima

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-17-2013 14:14:32 | More by yhoshijima
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.