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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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421 Ratings

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

KevinGordon, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

gregu2, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

chadski, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

TaylorK, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of GMB
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.

GMB, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

psmith161, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

IchLiebeBierZu, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Lightman, Sep 29, 2013
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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
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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
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.