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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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412 Ratings

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Ratings: 412
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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Photo of MrBallz
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

MrBallz, Sep 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Renalan, Sep 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

BigGingDrinker, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of blackcompg
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.

blackcompg, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of AaronOp
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

AaronOp, Aug 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

bigbluebeerguy, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

addiwilliams, Aug 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

yhoshijima, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

TasteFiend, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Koester, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

BeerForMuscle, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

HardWater, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well, I think this is the least offensive beer I have had from Trader Joes, but that is not really saying much.

It has a full, robust nut brown ale look, with a hazelnut center and burgundy edges. A modest off-white cap of tightly formed carbonation fades to a thin ring of larger bubbles after a few minutes.

The aroma is full of milk chocolate, hazelnut, and a bit of coffee and cream.

Each sip starts out with a light burnt brown sugar sweetness, with hazelnut and slight sweet milk chocolate following. These flavors last for most of the sip, with a slightly bitter coffee note toward the end. The flavor is basic and pretty mild.

The mouthfeel falls in the middle in every category. Medium carbonation, medium body, slightly sitcky, slightly oily. If you are trying to create a non-offensive mouthfeel, this is it.

I thought this was fine. A step above Newcastle, but there are much better brown ales around.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jun 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

SMKilp, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

WizzardOfHops, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Cyrano41, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

cfaulman, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

GabeQ, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Wedcat, Jun 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Nunya, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served into a shaker pint glass. Part of the best before was smeared, so this is either best by 06/04/13 or 02/04/13.

Appearance: Dark brown on the table, dark ruby red to mahogany when held up to the light. Initial white head upon pouring died back to a thin white foam across the top and some thick strands of lacing here and there. So so in the foam dept, but very nice color beer.

Smell: Malt sweetness, hint of caramel, hint of metallic. Mild.

Taste: Mix of caramel malt sweetness, burnt sugar, and toasted malts up front, then moving quickly into a brown sugar middle. The finish is not very bitter, maybe just a hint of black coffee that's been on the burner too long - or very burnt malt. Not a good bitter finish, a little ashy a times, but enough to counter the sweetness that is in this beer. I have a sweet tooth and so like malt heavy beers, but this one is just a tad unbalanced in favor of malt sweetness. Tasty, just unbalanced. But probably true to style for an English Brown Ale. I just wish it had a bit more hop balance at the end.

Mouthfeel: Sticky on the teeth. Good carbonation underneath.

Overall / drinkability: One is enough for me, I could not drink another by itself. With food...maybe another one per evening, but it's still quite sweet. Might make a very interesting base for a vanilla ice cream float though. Still, a good full-flavor beer. Just make sure you're ready for the sweetness when you pop one open.

damndirtyape, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Rihup, Jun 03, 2013
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.