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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 11-11-2006

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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of nlmartin
2.31/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a ruby opaque dark brown coloration. The head is approximately 2 fingers high with a light tan coloration.Webs of lacing remain on my beer glass.

Smell: The beer has a small amount of smokey roasted notes from BORIS. The beer has a fuzzy hoppyness from Hoppin To Heaven. The hops bring a bit of citrus and pine resin hops.

Taste: This beer honestly doesnt work for me. The hoppyness from the IPA come across like citrus and pine rolled in an ash tray. The BORIS flavors are weakly represented.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is the result of mixing two very solid beers. I really like BORIS and Hopping to Heaven is no slouch either. The individual beers are much better than this mixture. The beer seems to be thin on the mouthfeel. The smells and flavors of this mixture dont do any justice the beers components. The beer is barely ok to drink. Stick to the beers individually. Nice try but back to the drawing board.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep black opaque with a tan head. Looks a little viscous.

S - Smokey roasted hops wit some paper and maybe some fusel alcohols.

T - The aromas transfer to the flavor. A little overly hoppy porter, some oxidation, sweet malts, vinous, and some chocolate tastes.

M- Light and a little thin. Sharp carbonation with a little bitterness.

D - Drinkable, but I hope this gets better with his next batch.

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Photo of mjstacker
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of skiit13
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of mikedepue
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - poured black with nice off white head

S - mostly maltyness, not the amount of hops I'd hoped for

T - This beer tastes like 33% IPA and 67%, the only problem is it the other way around, tastes like a weak stout with minor hops

M - low carbonation and a thinner taste than expected for the appearance

D - Not a bad brew just not what I expected, the drinkablity is the best part

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Photo of scott
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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 KickInTheChalice
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Molasses color, nearly black. with a deep red hue in thinner spots. The caramel IPA color comes out in the edge of the glass. A frothy tan head leaves generous lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The stout controls the nose. Roasted malt, giving coffee and chocolate notes, along with citrus hoppiness.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee to start. The coffee bitterness turns citrusy, with grapefruit and orange providing a mild hoppy flavor. The transition is ok, but the flavor really does not have enough zing to it.

Mouthfeel: This has a mostly stout mouthfeel. Fuller than medium, with tight carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Overall: Neither flavor is really that great, but the balance between stout and IPA is appropriate.

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Photo of alamode
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of goblin7704
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of hellhammermario
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Aguirre
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Drank this one out of a bomber with a couple of soft pretzel sticks from the local bakery.

A - Wow, looks great. Much blacker than I expected with a big rocky head that leaves intricate lacing down the side of the glass. The bottle says this is 2/3 IPA and 1/3 Stout, but it looks all Stout.

S - Big upfront hops, along with alcohol, and what I think are both caramel malts and roasted grains. Maybe something a little sour in there too.

T - This tastes to me much more like an IPA than a stout. Even with the 2-1 ratio described above I thought the BORIS Oatmeal Stout was going to overpower the IPA but that's not the case. I can really taste the hops, but there's a funny clash between the bitterness of hops and the bitterness of the roasted grains in the stout. It has a long, acrid aftertaste that loses some points for me.

M - It's interesting. Creamy and rich. Feels good, but the aftertaste is not pleasant

D - It's pretty boozy and the finish is bothering me.

This isn't a bad beer by any stretch but it's not one I'd seek out again, especially for a $9 bomber.

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Photo of veinless
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Jesse13713 for sending me this beer. Loved the first Hoppin' Frog beer he sent, so I'm excited for this.

Pours opaque, jet black. Looks like the 33% stout was enough to kill all the color of the 67% IPA. Head is off-white, large and frothy. Great retention and good lacing too. The head looks like an IPA head which is cool. Great looking beer.

Roasted oaty nose to start, but tropical fruit does lurk in the background; it isn't too strong though. Wish there was more hoppiness in this, as I expect a blend of styles in all categories from a blended beer like this. Toasted malt is a bit nutty which helps offset the disappointing lack of hops. The nose as a whole though is very laid-back and weak.

Phew, thankfully taste has a lot more to offer. This is a very strongly flavored, punch-you-in-the-mouth beer; starts with some charred malt + resiny hops - can't say I've had this kind of combination before. Smoothy, slightly acidic oatmeal comes in next along with a citrus burst, which both go hand in hand. Finish is a hoppy bitterness and a burnt flavor that just might be a little too strong. Unique blend of tastes that I can appreciate, if not love.

Mouthfeel is similarly an exercise in extremes. The oatmeal earthy character and acidity is really nice, and goes well with citrusy hops in the middle, but the excessive burnt flavors don't combine great with the hoppy dry bitterness. Body is smooth, fluid, and crisp at least. Drinkability suffers due to the excess in everything, but the beer isn't tough to down over time. This is a tough style to judge, but this beer is probably a good representative of it.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours almost black with a thin mocha colored head that faded quickly and left little lacing.

S-Citrus/Pine hops at the forefront with some dark roasted malt in the back.

T-I'm getting roasted malt and some coffee up front with the citrus/pine hop combo providing a bitter finish. The aftertaste is all puckering piney hops. Very bitter aftertaste.

M-Feels like a porter. Medium body. Carb bite is a bit harsh. Dry finish.

D-The intense aftertaste makes this one a one and done.

This is not a bad beer, but, its just too expensive for what you get. If I pay 10 bucks for a bomber, it'd better be worth it. And this one (like all of HFs beers with the possible exception of BORIS) isn't.

HF is not a bad brewery at all, its just that their beers aren't worth the cost.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop accented nose, with hints of fruits. Pours rustic, but appears dark brown in the glass. Flavor is mainly hop accented, but especially as it warms, hints of roast and chocolate come about. A pretty good Black IPA, but I would prefer a bit more stout and a bit less IPA.

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Photo of TooleBurger
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Jason
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Bodacious Black & Tan from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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