Black Toad Dark Ale - Black Toad Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 408 | Reviews: 236 | Display Reviews Only:
3.54/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-28-2013 07:22:03 | More by KickInTheChalice
3.71/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-06-2013 23:47:49 | More by damndirtyape
4.11/5 rDev +14.8%
Black Toad Ale has a medium, cream-colored head, a dark brown (ruby, under direct light) appearance, and some splotchy bits of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of medium-roasted barley and brown bread crust, and the taste is the same, with some underlying caramel and mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Black Toad Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a very good, sweet ale.
06-01-2013 14:14:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
Very dark brown ale, from Trader Joe's, poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Smells fairly sweet, with hints of coffee and chocolate.
Taste is less sweet than the smell but not overly so. Notes of unsweetened chocolate and toasted bread. I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Sweetness comes out a little more as it warms which I'm not crazy about but still good.
A very solid brown that I would have again, great price, and easy to get a hold of.
05-31-2013 03:53:13 | More by BreweryRun
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.