Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
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2.17/5 rDev -38%
Help me out here. This beer was all over my area several years ago. Never tried it. Has come back in force-especially in places like grocery stores that you wouldnt think of for good beer. Label says Polson, MT and Denver, CO. BA says "beer marketing company" in CA instead of brewery. Checked their web site. Not a lot of info there. Got me-but you're not missing anything.
Good, slight copper hue to it. Aroma is full of a smoke scent, sort of solvent like. Flavor is much of the same. Almost comes off as a belgian pale ale. Phenolic and chemical like. Burnt rubber. It isnt necessarily unpleasant but for this style it is wacked. I cant place my finger on where I have tasted it before-somewhat like burnt chestnuts. Ok body. I would give this a wide berth. They cant be serious-has to be a bad batch or off. No freshness ID. If this is beer from a "beer marketing company" give me a Bootie Lager any day!
02-03-2007 03:00:42 | More by lackenhauser
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a dark rusty copper color with a short light tan head that soon fades into a thin lace. Nose is sweet malt and, well, thats pretty much itjust a malty sweetness. The taste is a bit more dynamic with notes of a light fruitiness and caramel malt along with some mildly bitter and piney hops. Im not certain what style to call this, but it was easy to drink, whatever it is.
01-28-2007 08:59:18 | More by Morris729
3.43/5 rDev -2%
The aroma is very balanced between the malt and the hops.
Taste is also well balanced. A good start with the sweetness of malt, but is quickly replaced by the hops. Not overly done in any direction.
The brew pours with good head retention. It produces a light tan cranium.
Good enough for another go around.
01-26-2007 01:04:07 | More by TheSarge
3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
pours a deep dark redish golden color with a decent head that dissipates quickly, smells of a nice mixture of both hops and malt, tastes great, a spicy hopness is what i first noticed but also with a touch of malt and a pleasant alcohol touch. this could easily be a beer i would buy more often if i could find it easier. if you see it at your local shop pick up a couple and give it a try
01-22-2007 03:04:19 | More by 1fastz28
3.33/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, hops, citrus and a little spice.
T: The taste is malty with flavors of caramel, nuts, spice and a hint of citrus fruit, but not very sweet. The hops are very faint, but they are there, makes me think this one should be moved over to one of the English Ale categories.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium carbonation, light-to-medium body, finish is clean.
D: Not very tasty, but it goes down easy, which is about the only compliment I can give this beer. The ABV isn’t listed but it’s got to be low. If I had to guess, I’d say less than 5.00%. I didn’t really care for this beer too much. I was given a sixer of this beer as a gift and I’ll certainly finish it (just not tonight), but I wouldn’t buy another.
01-11-2007 00:22:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.78/5 rDev +8%
I grabbed a six-pack of Black Dog Ale at a grocery store to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.
Pours a deep red/copper color and is clear. A creamy light beige head forms and fades quickly to a film. Even so there is good lacing on the glass while drinking.
The smell is sweet and floral. There is some malt aroma, and a bit of a bourbon scent.
The taste is complicated. There is a malt flavor, some caramel, a little bourbon heat, and some bitter hops. It tastes OK, but I'm not much on the style.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a lot more carbonation than I was expecting.
This is a drinkable beer. I would certainly have it again.
01-07-2007 01:01:03 | More by RJLarse
2.48/5 rDev -29.1%
12 oz bottle, cryptic date code, 070a07. Lable looks like it was put on by hand.
Clear amber with lots of carbonation and a thin tanish head.
Aroma is mostly nutty with a little caramel.
Flavor is light burnt sugar with a light earthy citrusy bitterness.
Body is light and finish is short..
12-23-2006 05:02:27 | More by Padron4KM
3.43/5 rDev -2%
A - Pours out a burgundy color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.
S - It mostly smelled of malt and hops.
T - Despite smelling fairly hoppy, it wasn't. It tasted rather nutty and like a blending of malt and grains.
M - Crisp and dry. It is light-bodied.
D - It is an okay beer. I won't rush out to buy more but if offered a Black Dog, I won't turn it down.
12-03-2006 15:37:56 | More by zeff80
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
On tap into the pint glass, an amber brown clear color with many tiny bubbles. Thick, creamy 1-finger head of light tan foam with heavy lacing. Good head retention; theres a sold cap down to the bottom. Great looking beer. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Flavor is a nice, moderate crisp bitter with sweet undertones, finishes a clean, mild bitter. Not complicated, just enjoyable. Mouth is crisp and clean; the moderate carbonation feels tingly on the tongue. Drinkability is very good; this is a simple, tasty, and refreshing ale. Easily sessionable.
Overall: A solid brown/amber ale, recommended.
11-28-2006 03:56:55 | More by jettjon
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
a - poured a two fingers thick light tan head that leaves great lacing and sheeting throughout. very surprised at its retention. body is amber but more on the brown side.
s - fruity and malty all at the same time. hard to distinguish specifics but i know they are there.
t - citrusy at the front and malty in the back.
m - slightly thin and bubbly.
d - this is way more complex than i thought it would be. highly drinkable and a session i will go back to.
11-27-2006 16:20:12 | More by GPHarris
3.2/5 rDev -8.6%
A: Pours an amber color, small white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Smell is of caramel, nutty scent as well
T: Tastes same as smell, caramel flavor but not as strong as the smell. Slight hop aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied beer
D: Pretty average amber ale, smell stood out but not really much else.
10-25-2006 06:56:25 | More by loren01
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
This beer poured a clear dark brown color with a nice but quickly falling head. The smell was a bit malty and slightly spicy. The taste was mainly of malt and sourness. It was well balanced between the sweet malty flavor and the sour undertones. The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Overall, I think the drinkability of this beer is high because it isnt too heavy to tire of quickly.
10-23-2006 01:07:35 | More by barefootbrewer
3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a cloudy dark amber. Thin tan head. Not much retention, and fair lacing. Smell Is of carmel malts.Body is on the thin side and carbonated. Taste is of carmel, and apple, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Has a bit of a wiskey edge to it as well. Complex, but good.
09-04-2006 23:11:12 | More by riversider76
2.93/5 rDev -16.3%
This was a lackluster brew overall.
It pours a decent semi-hazy amber colour wit ha mild head that leaves no mark on the glass.
Aroma is dank and malty, and a bit too caramel heavy for my liking. There are hints of chocolate in there as well.
The flavour is similar to the aroma, but the caramel for one is a bit more tame. There are hints of butter that aren't noticeable in the aroma as well as a bit of a rubbery taste. The finish has a watery malty taste to it. Mouthfeel is, again, a bit watery and light to medium bodied.
I am not impressed by this one. The "numbers" will give this one a marginally favourable review, but my impression was marginally unfavourable overall. Bland and boring, I can't say I can recommend this one. What I can say is to let it warm a bit if you do try it, as if it is sampled too cold, the aroma is awful and the flavour is even weaker.
06-17-2006 00:58:01 | More by SixpointJMH
2.23/5 rDev -36.3%
I was excited to see this for only $3.99 at the local liquor store, but now I think I know why it wasn't moving. What dominates this beer is a weird tanginess (like a sour apple) that is just too overpowering for my tastes. It is reasonably drinkable if ice-cold but that really isn't a good thing. It also is fairly sweet with some malt but almost no hops to speak of.
It pours an attractive clear orange-amber in the glass with a head that disappears almost instantly. The aroma is a also a bit on the sour side too but it is the flavor where the tartness comes out.
(also for whatever it is worth, this beer is not an APA, but the bottle doesn't say it is one, only the Beeradvocate listing)
05-29-2006 06:14:39 | More by jmbranum
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
Dark amber, clear with nice carbonation visible. Thick creamy light tan head. A very malty aroma to this one, caramel malts, some slight "sense" of hops. Good malt based flavours, quite fruity in aspect and a small touch of hops in the end. Not a bad mouthfeel, but just a tad on the thin side for the style. A nice simple drinkable pale ale. nothing exciting but nothing bad.
05-27-2006 15:03:17 | More by Reidrover
3.18/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured a complete 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. It's a pretty amber/orange. Got a nice white head about a finger's width. Some lacing as I swirl the glass gently. This beer has a sweet malty aroma with very little noticable hops. There is a nice spicey undertone to the aroma that is quite pleasant. The taste also bursts with sweet maltiness, and then a slight bitter finish, with more evidence of spicenss. Even after the bitter finish I am left with lingering sweetness. (I guess I'd say this beer is sweet). It does have a nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
This beer does not have the hop balance that I have come to expect in an APA. It is nontheless a nice drinkable ale that is very sessionable IMO.
05-14-2006 22:50:46 | More by ZimZamZoom
3.5/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards.
S - Scents of sweet malts and slight caramel.
T - The taste is sweet and a tiny bit bitter.
M - Medium body.
D - Drinkable. This is a nice tasty brew.
First off this is not a APA, it's a English Style Amber Ale. Also the brewery is in Bozeman, Montana not CA. Or do I have a totally different brewery?
05-05-2006 00:35:56 | More by Wasatch
3/5 rDev -14.3%
This is a slightly hazy dark amber to brown ale with a two finger head. The retention and lacing is minimal.
The aroma is mostly of sweet malts with a hint of citrusy hops.
The flavor is very similar to the aroma. There is a bit of caramel malt with some spiciness present and a slight amount of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit light for the style and the carbonation levels are low.
Overall, this is a decent beer, but it does not stand out as an excellent one.
02-15-2006 01:27:57 | More by Naes
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
Found this at bristol farms in westwood. First time I've seen this in the area so I had to snag it.
Pretty standard appearance, orange hue, little lacing or head and a medium sized carbonation slowly stumbles to the surface.
significant malted sweetness in the smell, along with a citrusy hop counterbalance. The malts win in the end, bready and rich smelling.
doughy bread flavor, Floral (although very subtle) and a slight citrus balance. Rolls around nicely on the palate until the end when there is a bit of a chalky layering.
I would buy this again not only because its good but the price is right. Can't wait to try another offering as soon as I see one.
12-15-2005 02:22:27 | More by DogFood11
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
Copper to amber honey color. Head rises up about a frothy half inch but runs away too quickly. Inviting aroma of sweet bready malt and ripe fruit, some cinnamon and some faint hops. Sadly the flavor disappoints after the anticipation from the aroma. No hops to speak of, and the malt degrades to a tinny muted flavor. There's a slight bitterness in the finish, and a cherry tang in the aftertaste, but that's the extent of the depth and complexity. Mouthfeel is full and round and creamy, but unfortunately carries nothing else with it. Low drinkability - my tastebuds are bored.
10-05-2005 00:37:58 | More by far333
2.83/5 rDev -19.1%
The appearance is of a golden red color, when poured it created a nice tan head. Im not sure if it was just me but the smell was faint. The taste was average a little hoppy perhaps a hint of carmel. The mouthfeel was light and lightly carbonated. This seemed a middle of the road ale, not a bad one, but not something to go crazy other either.
08-27-2005 04:05:13 | More by LucaBrasi
4.22/5 rDev +20.6%
When poured, it was a medium brown with loads of light tan foam. Pour slowly in to glass. The smell was of roasted malts and hops, with a hint of a toffee aroma, but weak on the aroma of this ale. The taste was of a sweet/tart flavor of roasted malts and hops just like the aroma but more intense on the flavor rather the the aroma. Also there seem to be a hint of chocolate/caramel when tasted. An interesting ale with some surprises in the flavor!
08-23-2005 20:53:52 | More by BeerManDan
3/5 rDev -14.3%
Pours a reddish-amber color. Maybe you could call it mahogany. There is a massive tan, frothy head that tops of the glass, and leaves nice lacings throughout the session.l
The smell is a little faint. Carmelly and malty, not much else.
The taste is also of sweet caramel malts, and leaves a nice bittersweet finishing flavor.
The mouthfeel is a little thin for what I expected. Not quite medium-bodied.
The drinkability is average. I could put quite a few of these away in a hurry, but I'm not going to drool over them either.
08-19-2005 13:58:29 | More by jasonpeckins32
3.43/5 rDev -2%
Pours with a frothy, large bubbled, tan colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy deep orange-amber colored brew. The aroma is a mix malty notes of caramel lightly toasted whole grain bread and fruity notes of cherry & strawberry. The taste starts out with a certain smooth creaminess, but quickly moves to a light frothy spritziness. This beer has a nice (though fairly subtle) zesty hop character to it that adds a bit of a bite as well as some nice flavor zing. The taste is quite fruity with notes of cherry and raisins. There is a bit more hop character than I was expecting in this beer and there is a nice fruity character to balance it. Actually not a bad example of an English style Pale Ale.
08-10-2005 03:28:49 | More by Gueuzedude
Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.