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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

434 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2002

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Photo of xacidx
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of marcobrau
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass, this beer has a nice thick off-white head and grainy, cocoa-like aroma. The first sip is smooth, with some light roasted malt flavors balanced by a bit of chocolate and lightly bitter hops. The bottle may say dark ale, but this beer has me thinking black lager instead of porter, as it is very clean tasting. The finish is nicely balanced with a pleasant roasted character. Overall, a pretty drinkable dark beer and a good buy.

Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best consumed before 03/03/12. Cold 12oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Beer is a dark brown, barely translucent, with a fat, lighter brown head. Could easily be mistaken for stout. Aroma is musty and funky.

Flavor is malty and sweet. Suggests a nuttiness without slapping you in the face with it. Wet hops through the middle, but caramel in the aftertaste. Not over carbonated at all.

A little on the sweet side for my taste, but pretty good all around.

Photo of Caskaway
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of malcontent
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle says "dark ale" & the Bros. Alstrom say porter, so which is it?!? More on that in a bit...

There wasn't a whole lot of head on this deep brown, but not opaque, beverage. Aside from the uneven lacing, this is a good-looking beer, reminiscent of some of the darker brown ales I've had.

Mmm! Chestnut, malt, & toasted oats in the nose & to a lesser extent, barley & smoke make for some really complex/ appetizing aromas.

Very smooth although somewhat more watery than I would have liked. The predominant flavors are those of the malt & the same oat I'd noticed before. Strangely, the overall effect is almost like drinking a slightly bubbly iced tea. Quite tasty & unexpected if I do say so.

Strangely, this is a fairly filling beer given the aforementioned watery quality but neither of those things keeps it from being very pleasing. This feels like one of those "find" beers; something I would have never guessed to be as good as it is & at a great Trader Joe's price. Still not sure if it's an ale or a porter (really, it tasted like a mix of the two) but it couldn't matter less at this point. Hooray for contract brewing!

Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tapman
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black, though a lighter ruby-brown when held to the light, with a huge tan head. Head subsides to smooth, even lacing.

Toffee and butterscotch. I don't smell any hops or yeast.

Super toffee and ultra butterscotch with some roasted flavors. Hop bitterness is apparent and balanced.

Thick, but not too.

A good beer, just not very complex. I would hazard at some specialty grains and a mixture of roasted barley with some black patent or something like that. Worth a try, especially for the price

Photo of baos
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My girlfriend bought me a six-pack of these Trader Joe's brews, and this was thrown in. I didn't expect much, but this is a good one! Pretty sure Goose Island makes this.

A: Nice brown body with one finger tan head. Pretty decent head retention and lacing.

S: Nice freshly baked brown bread. Sweet and fruity malt hints.

T: Nice fruity roasted maltiness. Like fresh baked bread. Nice hoppy dry finish. This is a good beer.

M: Not the best, but still nice.

D: A very drinkable beer. I was expecting a canned mushroom brown ale. This is way better than many of the English browns that I have tried.

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Eastside151
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of blakesell
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trader Joe's beer, always an interesting endeavor, and hit or miss most times running on the miss category. But not this time.

Poured from the 12oz twist off cap bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a amber dark brown with a decently pillowy one and a half finger head leaving behind a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Roasted malts and hard water with a slight hint of nobility in the hops department. I would call the malt more caramel than black malt. Slightly bready.

Taste- Once again hard water is upfront with roast malts and a nice tongue coating maltiness that is lightly burnt. Very dry and roasty on the finish and smooth for easy drinking. Hops are lightly bittering.

Mouthfeel- Medium light bodied, evenly carbonated, not warming or astringent.

Drinkability- Very smooth and very affordable considering the Trader Joes pricing. Most of my beers cost the price of an entire sixer of this stuff. Very good for the swilling or cooking needs.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep black color with a slighty frothy almost stout like head. smell is of chocolately malt no hop of yeast aroma. taste is pretty good, so far the best from trader joe's that i've had over the past few days. the beer also has a nice mouthfeel to it, rich and thick full of flavor and body. good beer overall

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black Toad lives up to its name, being clearly dark ale, opaque brown to black with a light brown head on it. Good solid roast smell in the nose, but not complex and not much else to go with it. It losing some of the roast the taste w/o adding any complexity, and the body is definately watery. Good training stout if someone is moving into the style for the first time, nothing wrong with drinking one, but this will be my last.

Photo of NeverSettle
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown. Tan head.
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and hops.

Taste of roasted malt with some mocha coffee, nut, and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Hops provide a good level of bitterness and maintain a decent balance. Tatse is slightly bland and just a bit off.

Body and mouthfeel are a little thin.
Good drinkability, but again the flavor seems a bit off.
Overall, a decent beer, but nothing I'll look for again.

Photo of stephendr
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown – stark white thin head – nose of mocha , malt , molasses , and slight milk chocolate – tastes are milk chocolate , nutty , malt , slight smoky / roasted character - creamy , silky body - aftertaste sweet chocolate slightly bitter baking chocolate

Photo of Allurex
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of goschool
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the final beer and the winner of my three Irish dry stouts from Trader Joe's showdown. It beat Murphy's, and Black Hart in that order.

Appearance: The pour is dark chestnut with red highlights and a medium sized tan head.

Smell: The nose has toasted malts, toffee, and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: The flavor profile starts with toasted malts that lead into a roasty middle with coffee and notes of chocolate. The finish is surprisingly hoppy and bitter, bringing complexity to this one, something that the other two lack.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and slightly creamy.

Drinkability: It didn't wow me, but I enjoyed the hoppy character.

Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BRD14
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought at Trader Joe's in Pittsford on 3/23/13. Price $ 1.09.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large glass tumbler, served at room temp.

appearance: very, very dark amber supports a thin tan head. spotty lacing.

aroma: some lightly toasted chocolate malt.

mouthfeel: decent, pretty good actually.

taste: a nutty, brown bread with just a hint of cocoa.

notes: It's not Goose Island Nut Brown Ale but it is easy drinking and for the price, a good value. Would buy again.

Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.