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Black Dog Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cresant on 05-08-2007)
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rxthree

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-02-2012 21:52:01 | More by rxthree
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tenaciousp65

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-28-2012 01:47:48 | More by tenaciousp65
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bzach

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

10-16-2012 08:56:50 | More by bzach
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barley

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%

09-13-2012 01:41:25 | More by barley
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Mrbseward

Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-18-2012 03:37:36 | More by Mrbseward
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BOSMECH

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this while I visited Port Angeles Washington and was a t a barbeque with family.
A was lite golden in color
S was lite on the malts and hops
T was very good to me and others.
M smooth and no bite to it.
O was a good beer and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 19:38:52 | More by BOSMECH
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium reddish amber with a thin off-white head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass and patchy foam. Aroma of biscuit and light toasted malt, with a hint of hops. Flavor is light toasted and biscuit malt, mild bitterness and finishes with brown sugar and malt with a slight unfortunate metallic hint. Light to medium bodied. The flavors are somewhat subdued, but very pleasant and the flavor progression is nice. I'd like to see a bit more aggressive flavors, but this is a well made and pleasant to drink light red / amber ale. The bottle calls this an English style amber and I have to agree that the flavors and subtleness reminiscent of a well made English beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 02:43:59 | More by LiquidAmber
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-03-2012 23:20:26 | More by hockeyfighter19
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2012 19:17:08 | More by Beermazter310
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dlin0sbb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-12-2012 21:02:06 | More by dlin0sbb
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ccozzi

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-06-2012 01:49:18 | More by ccozzi
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BucannonXC5

California

2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a smaller class at the Courtyard Marriott in Culver City, Calif. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Color was a beautiful reddish brown, maybe mahogany. Good-looking film on the sides. Healthy and long lasting.

Smelled dark chocolate up front. Also some toffee malts, caramel and a little biscuit. Seemed pretty fake.

Initially tasted butter, which drops each time I have it. Where did it come from? Some chocolate and caramel in there as well.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Creamy texture. Smooth finish.

Pretty average beer. Stay away.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 05:12:34 | More by BucannonXC5
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avisong

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

05-07-2012 02:57:19 | More by avisong
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jk3

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-01-2012 01:11:49 | More by jk3
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jharkins07

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2012 21:34:16 | More by jharkins07
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EricCioe

Montana

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a single for $0.89. I see this all the time and at that price I had to give it a try.

This pours hazy, dark amber with a bit of an offwhite head, little lace. On the nose there is dough, bread, toasted malt, and a little bit of grass. In the mouth it's a big, bready note that makes up most of it, with some sweeter caramel mixing in and some grassy hops. I suspect this bottle isn't exactly fresh, so I'd be curious to see what character the hops have earlier in development. The body was medium light, very drinkable, without a super long finish.

Overall, this is a decent amber done in a more traditional manner.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 18:34:12 | More by EricCioe
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BilbosNuts

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light brown color with some dark orange hues that has a slight haze. No head formed, instead there is a thin ring that clings to the sides of the glass. Scattered slow rising bubble streams provides some liveliness.

S: This has a pretty straightforward aroma. It consists of clean toasted malt and a mild fruity hop aroma. Pretty much what you'd expect from a typical amber ale.

T: The taste has similar qualities as the aroma with toasted malts, barley, and fruity hops. In the taste, however, the fruity hops have a bigger presence, which works well in this case.

M: Its body is on the lighter side and feels sort of watery. There is limited carbonation where I'd like to see a bit more. A very light bitterness finishes it off.

O: This scored relatively high for me in the taste, but the other qualities need some work to become an above average beer. Overall, not bad, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 16:25:48 | More by BilbosNuts
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this in the pick your sixer section at Lukas in Denver. A brand and a beer I am not familiar with.

A - Poured from a brown 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams perfect pint with no date. The beer pours a nice thick clear red amber color with a nice 2 finger white bubbly head with nice retention and outstanding lacing. Looks great.

S - A very strong sweet malt character immediately. A nice mild hop character with light earhy, pine, and floral tones. Reminds me of brown sugar and molasses. Nice.

T/M - The beer starts unassuming and smooth. The smooth character lasts through out but the flavor of the beer builds through the draw. Slowly the malt character reveals itself with brown sugar type sweetnedd immediately. Through the beer a ginger spice and mild bitterness is present. It doesn't seem to be all that well balanced as the malty sweetness dominates and coats the tongue in a syruppy thickness. Finishes mild and malty and creamy. Lighter end of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Better than average. Great look and nose to it. I like the creaminess but didn't feel the hops adequately balanced out the serious malt. Not bad though.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-01-2011 01:24:56

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 13:50:03 | More by hopfacebrew
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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-07-2012 04:01:31 | More by Stoffel
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-19-2011 04:02:06 | More by Beertracker
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jscottku21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-15-2011 19:28:28 | More by jscottku21
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-09-2011 04:05:26 | More by rab53
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dkwolf

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A - Pours rich, dark amber - almost a caramel color, with slight haze. One-finger head, dissipating to a thin film quickly.

S - Malty, slight note of hops.

T - Heavy malt up front, fading to hints of chocolate/coffee. Bitter on the aftertaste.

M - Light carbonation tickles the tongue. Smooth, lingers in your mouth.

O - Decent beer; nothing spectacular but drinkable. Makes me feel pretty good, as my first-ever batch of homebrew tasted exactly like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 04:41:58 | More by dkwolf
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-01-2011 03:16:14 | More by barnzy78
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-18-2011 19:36:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.