Bodacious Black & Tan | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Bodacious Black & TanBodacious Black & Tan

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by klewis on 11-11-2006

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Reviews by Bucknutty24:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber split with the bro.

Opaque black, with some floaters visible around the edges of the glass and a coffee colored creamy lace.

Soft aroma overall, with hints of chocolate, herbal mint and some bread. Faint roastiness. Unique aroma.

Creamy palate, medium body, crisp carbonation. Roasty upfront, slightly acrid, with notes of coffee and a hint of sour. Interesting minty flavor, with a chocolate maltiness and biscuity dryness. Chalky here and there. Some grass and mild astringency beneath. Bitty feel towards the drying finish, that turns pithy, coarse, and astringent with a hay character.

Interesting and definitely on the extreme end of the style, but the astringency kind of builds on this one and make it a bit of a one-pinter. Worthy a try.

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 brown bomber.

Can't we call this something other than a "Black & Tan"? At least there are no green shamrocks on the label.

Sediment again, thankfully its dark enough we are not looking for clarity here. Not sure where there is huge chunks of sediment here as I left a good three inches of beer in the bottle. Nearly black in color with a beautiful tan lacing.

A little roasted and chocolate, a bit of citric and herbal in the aroma from the malt and hops respectively. Very smooth with a slick medium body. Roasted and chocolate flavors are forced to mesh with the citric and herbal minty tone from the hops. Surprisingly it works. Perhaps a tad as astringent but the malt sweetness is strong enough to keep it balanced. Mildly acrid in the finish with a wet burnt note and lingering citric hop.

Not bad at all, complex and reminds me of the many blends I have concocted over the years. One pint did me just fine.

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a stout but pours a bit thinner. Dark and opaque with a large and creamy head. Very good head retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is citrusy hops atop a dark roast backbone of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel is not quite full. Very solid medium body with a creamy carbonation.

Taste is roasty bitter coffee, chocolate, and citrusy hops. A note of ripe red apples emerges in the middle. Finishes with a stout like bitter roastiness.

I liked this one more than I anticipated. Still, seems like an oddity.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a beautiful jet black hue with ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light. Thick tan moccha head forms even bands of lace all around my pint glass. Aromatics bring dark roasted malt with cramy sweet molasses and caramelized brown sugar wrapped around fruit namingly plum or raisinwith hops backin it up citric and pine like there. Flavors collied bringing upfront chocolate roasty notes this is basically BORIS the Crusher lite, the IPA gets over shadowed by the roasted malts much like this years Stone Anniversary black IPAs are somewhat of a contradiction. This mix of the two works so well 67% Hoppin' to Heaven IPA and 33% BORIS RIS. Big roasted malt with dark chocolate dryness blended with sweet fruity citric hops, mild alcohol finishes so lucious and juicy with hop flavor more so in the pine department. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied creamy textured, evenly carbonated and just plain kick ass. Butter smooth like a couple of slabs of Parkay, even flow till the 22 oz disappears. Drinkability is caseworthy or just buy a case of their IPA and Boris and blend yourself that way you will have three different beers from two cases, I like that idea.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchsed from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus hopa and an interesting mix of pale and roasted malts, with the pale malts pulling out the surprising win. As the beer warms mild amounts of herbal hop aromas join in as well.

Tastes significantly different than how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by good amounts of leafy and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip good amounts of dark chocolate flavors make an appearance before fading out to let the roasted malt and hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation - as it warms it thickens however it's not as smooth as BORIS.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more with no problems.

Overall I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this beer, which is surprising because I enjoy both of the base beers. I was shown to be incorrect in my assumptions, the juxtaposition of flavors and aromas work very well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark body that shines a hint of deep brown in the light. There is a thick bubbly tan head that last and last turning rocky after a bit. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface supporting the head.

S- This beer has a soft pine hop note with hints of grapefruit and citrus zest in there. There is a faint apple blossom but bitter note to the hops as it warms a bit. There is no real smell of malt just big juicy hops.

T- This beer has a big musty grapefruit hops flavor that fades to a toasted grain bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms roasted black malt comes through in the flavor. There are also notes of bourbon in the finish. The big pine bitterness hangs on the tongue after each sip for a while and there is also a citrus note in there aswell. There is a slight mint note and bright fruity quality to the hops that is nice in the last few sips.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish that really boost the hop bitterness. No alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This is not your grandpa's black and tan, with 67% Hoppin' to Heaven IPA and 33% B.O.R.I.S this is a big beer. The black malt bitterness and roasted qualities really support the hop flavor nicely. Both the IPA and the Imp Stout are complex beers and most of those flavors come through in this beer. This is a big beer but it is a nice session beer that goes down smooth.

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Photo of racer2k
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass

67% IPA / 33% Stout Concotion

A - Dark brown color that is very clean looking. Two finger brownish head which settles quickly around my glass leaving some light to moderate lacing

S - Interesting aroma of IPA and Stout with IPA being the clear leader in smell given its % in the beer. Nice complex element of flavors in the aroma much more than the traditional black and tan served at your local Irish establishment.

T - Tasty IPA hops up front which transitions to a nice roasted stout finish that is clean and crisp. Quite the roller coaster of taste here that is complex.

M - A thick pour but this is definitely a beer with moderate body that has a balance of sweetness and malt.

D - Very drinkable but somewhat filling with the combination of IPA and Stout. This would not be my first choice for a session beer but nevertheless a nice drinkable experiment.

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Photo of alamode
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of TooleBurger
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deuce into a "Das Boot" glass!

a: pour looks like a nice stoudt, if you didn't know you would probably think it was one

s: had a nice early, hoppy smell combined with a thicker, creamier stoudt smell

t: tastes great! very unique, you can taste the hops and the elements of the stoudt, which make it awesome

m: not too heady or carbonated, flows smooth

d: I had one of these, ended up being two das boots. I could have gone for one or two more, but past that I would have been on the floor. A nice, and very different beer!

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice combination of the oatmeal stout characteristics and a lot of hoppiness. I appreciated the oatmeal more by itself but it was a good twist on it and very drinkable. A way of consuming more oatmeal, just a few days after the original bomber, without feeling overdone. Dark colour, and lots of aroma of the two. Fully carbonated.

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Photo of scott
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber body, with head that fades rather quickly. Minor lacing.
Smell? I swear, it doesn't have one.
Taste is borderline innocuous, much like the aroma. Bitters from the IPA, and the trace of BORIS (BORIS Rocks!, by the way) in the background.
The whole package can be summed up by saying it's very weak/thin, and middle-of-the-road. No muscle or assertiveness to be found here. It's much too balanced. It's far from bad, but just as far from awesome. Can you drink it regularly? Absolutely. If it were cheaper.
It is my opinion that batch-mixed B&T's just don't do any justice for all parties involved.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

67% Hoppin to Heaven
33% Boris the Crusher

$7.49 (overpriced) at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago

appearance: poured into a bell's tulip glass on a nice summer evening for the cubs-cardinals sunday night baseball match (go cubs). The body is a robust mahogany tone with a huge foamy tan head that sits on top of this beer like a hat. The color of this beer is clearly derived from the 33% Boris

smell: the nose consists of primarily citrus hops, some light roastyness but i get mostly hops in this one

taste: bright citrus hops hit first, dry roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate covered berry, sweet and sour battles in every sip and probably just a bit high on the IPA-side, but an interesting brew

mouthfeel: quite creamy

drinkability: good

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

67% IPA; 33% Stout - Sounds right up my alley!

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and some hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is mostly stout, with a good amount of roasted malts and coffee grinds. But unlike most stouts, the IPA really shines in the finish with a nice citrusy bitter finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is between light an medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

D- Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I enjoyed. I wish there were more these hybrid type beers out there, they are a nice twist. 

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given the fact that Bodacious Black & Tan is 67% IPA, it's surprisingly dark brown in color. Nearly black. Could this be a real "Black IPA?" There's not an ounce of light getting through. A very shy beige head barely covers the surface. It doesn't even reach a finger. It receded very quickly and very light, spotty lace remained.

Roasted and chocolate malts hit the nose first. The chocolate variety smell sweet. Citric hops quickly follow and feature grapefruit and pinepple scents, in addition to a slight piney aroma. Light roasted coffee works very well as a complementary player. Light yeast is noted on the tail. It's not extremely deep or strong, but it smells good.

I didn't quite know what to expect from Bodacious Black & Tan, but color me pleasantly surprised. This is damn good beer. Chocolate and roasted malts seem strongest in flavor. It is sweet and has a very cocoa flavor. But, the aggressive, bitter hop flavor propels this beer to excellence. Bodacious, indeed. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine sap attack the palate full force. Alcohol is not at all noted. Finishes sweet and bitter.

The body feels a little too light. Carbonation isn't too buzzy and it has a smooth feel. But a bit more body would really do wonders. Drinkability is very high. It has a great flavor that covers a pretty wide spectrum. Alcohol isn't too intimdating. This goes down far too easy.

Hoppin' Frog's got one kick ass beer with Bodacious Black & Tan. The only thing that could effectively improve this beer is a little more body. It really performs well all-around otherwise. This absolutely has to be the most underrated, overlooked beer brewed in Ohio. With the recent recognition of B.O.R.I.S., I'm hopeful that more will take a chance on this gem from Hoppin' Frog. I swear, you will not be the least bit disappointed.

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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wegman's in Princeton in 2009 (catching up on ticking notes).

Dark brown in color with a medium brown creamy head and decent lacing.

Aroma of roast, coffee, and piney hops.

Flavor is chocolate, coffee, sweet and roasted malt, piney hops, and slight fruit.

Full body with a rather smooth palate and a nice long finish.

Probably the best pre-mixed black & tan I've had, but the mix is not really as good as the sum of its parts in my opinion. Still good though.

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Photo of mjstacker
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours ebony with 3+ fingers of rocky mocha head. Sheets of chunky lacing ring my imp pint glass, a few floaties at the bottom ^ good head retention

S: Chocolate, a touch of raisin, & licorice, plus dark chcolate once warm

T: Dark fruit, cocoa powder & chalky dryness, plus a bit of minty hops up front. Dryness, a kiss of booze & just a whisper of charred grain as this warms, along with slight citric hop snap & chicory. Finishes dry, with mocha, a touch of astringent grain, booze warmth & then Baker's chocolate at the end

MF: Medium bodied, oily, medium carbonation & great balance. almost pulled a 4.5

Drinks very easy, usually not a style that thrills me, I think kicking this up a notch or 2 really made this work for me! This would also work as an export stout IMO

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with some garnet highlights around the bottom and a big +1 finger of light tan head. Retains well with a nice looking creamy layer that leaves a nice latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is mostly dominated by the IPA character, with hop bitterness and citrus notes leading the charge but a fair amount of chocolate and roasted malts still make their presence known as well.

The taste is a great mix of both. First up is the lively hop bitterness and tangy citrus tones of the IPA that then gives way to the thick notes of chocolate sweetness and roasted bitterness of the Imperial Stout. Considering that the majority of this beer is the IPA, it's really a testament to how deep and rich the B.O.R.I.S. is, as it's flavors are pretty much just as out their as the IPA's are. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bit of both too. A full creamy feel from the Stout and then a bit of oily nature form the IPA as well.

Wow! Talk about the best of both worlds. Both these beers are great together and this mashup of styles more than holds it's own. Packed with full flavor while still remaining very quaffable, this is one Black & Tan style to check out!

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Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an Imperial pint glass. Embarrassingly enough, I accidentally grabbed 3 bottles of this once, thinking I was grabbing the BORIS Stout. Oh well, time to start drinking them. Label depicts a frog holding a beer mug. Description says this is a mix of their Hoppin' to Heaven IPA and B.O.R.I.S. Nice inclusion of stats: 7.6% ABV, 81 OG, 25 FG, 65 IBU. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 3 fingers of dark tan head. This settles slowly, compressing into a nice and dense head about half its original height. Nice lacing. The beer itself is dark and opaque, with just a hint of mahogany around the edges.

Smell: An equal mix of roasted barley bitterness and well-hopped IPA hop aroma. Hops seem to dominate when cold, but the roastiness of the barley comes to the front as it warms. Very interesting.

Taste: Similar to the smell, this is an excellent blend of the two beers. Hop bitterness seems to be more forward, with a slightly caramel sweet finish. Roasted barley body backs this up incredibly well.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly below average carbonation. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: Well, what do you know? A beer I have been delaying trying, mainly because of my disappointment over buying the wrong thing, turns out to be very good.

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Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- A beer labeled as 67% IPA ( Hoppin to heaven) with 37% stout (Boris).

A: Poured a flat black in the glass with a 3 finger desert/sandstone colored head that was foamy and towering but left little in the way of lacing upon its demise, only small speckled spots. Retention rate was fair.

S: sweet chocolate with fresh citrus hop notes. Fresh pine needles with a creamer enriched coffee aroma lingers about light-medium in strength with a smooth polished finish. Basically this was a citrusy hopped stout similar to but not up to par to that of great divides old yeti.

T: The flavor was dark sweetly roasted grains with warm cocoa notes that was highlighted by a moderate showing of fresh lemon hopping. A brash and edgy tingle of bitter citrus and semi-dry grapefruit moves in towards the middle of the drink. A slight astringency of wet coffee grounds is detected on the finish as well some fresh dark fruit (plums) and an earthy wet campfire bitterness. Overall a decent flavor that was solid and good, but not great enough to stand out and separate itself from the crowd. Having had both the individual components of this drink (Hoppin to heaven and BORIS) I can say the combination muddled the finer aspects of both drinks lacking the bright aggressive citrusy nature found in the Hoppin to heaven and the lack of dark malted body and creamy oat mouthful found in BORIS.

M: lively with an edgy and fizzy carbonation and a medium fullness. A rough texture and slight chalkiness scratches the tongue for the finish.

D: Drinkablity was moderate with decent enjoyment, though it didn't make me enthused nor excited to look forward to the next sip. A decent combo of citrusy hops and dark roasted backing, but nothing that hasn't been done before and better. Thought the citrusy nature wasn't as dominant or bright as it could have been.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 ml bottle purchased at Joseph's Beverage in Toledo, OH en route to Dark Lord Day.

A: The ale is dark, strongly influenced by the as-advertisted 33% stout component. The head on the ale is quite thick, near 3 fingers (and requiring two pours) that slowly recede and leave no trace on the glass.

S: The nose has a tangy, citrus hop aroma that cuts through the roasted malt body. The aroma really throws you, as the beer looks like a dark, malt bomb and I expected to smell as much.

T: The IPA, the stronger of the ingredients, gets first billing in the flavor department, presenting a grapefruit hop flavor that is pleasantly strong. As the hops fade, the B.O.R.I.S. emerges. Full-bodied roasted malts, dark with burnt toast and chocolate flavors, lead the way and are supported by a lactose-like oatmeal sweetness. The finish further enhances the stout body, adding a graham depth to the chocolatey malts, with just a hint of the citrusy hops to cut through the grains.

M: The mouthfeel is full of extremes: big hops and big roasted grains. I like both the B.O.R.I.S. and the Hoppin' to Heaven and luckily this blend of the two is a winner.

D: The well-mixed beer, looking like a stout, smelling like an IPA and tasting like a hybrid of both, is delicious. I'm half tempted to stock up on the base ingredients and mixing my own.

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