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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

409 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | 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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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%

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.

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%

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.

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
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.