Bodacious Black & Tan | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Bodacious Black & TanBodacious Black & Tan

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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 metter98
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving lacy patches of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and hints of licorice.
T: The taste is similar to the smell. No sweetness is detectable and there are some slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some slight hints of smoothness and a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a blend between an American Black Ale and an American Stout, with the black IPA flavors being stronger. It's easier to drink, but I think I would have liked this more if the stout flavors were a little stronger.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last BA style to review...isn't this just a "blended beer" legitimized by only a few decades of history? Maybe 50 years from now, lambic stouts will be all the rage...

Black mostly, a glint of crimson in the curved meniscus at the bottom of the glass. Explosive foam at first, that had the creamy surface texture of a stout. Lots of lace sticking, and good head retention for the duration of the bomber. Smells roasty like a stout, some milk chocolate/hershey's syrup on a deeper whiff. The BORIS RIS seems to dominate, even if it's only 37% of the blend. There's some meekly earthy hop bitterness in there, but ultimately it's more of a stout with a few drops of IPA in it. It's missing the fruitiness of the BORIS, and the resiny hops of H.T.H.

It's still a tasty beer, with a fairly hefty fullness to it. A bomber was nice to try, but this just seems like a novelty that could just be served at the brewpub...

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger head of tan foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and some citrus. Slightly floral aroma, too.

T - It was bitter with roasty malt flavors, chocolate and caramel. There was just a hint of sweetness to balance out this black and tan.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a very interesting brew. It's reminds me of a hoppy stout or a black IPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at City-Wide in South Bend, IN. Served in a wine glass.

Pours very dark, bordering on black with a good tan head. Nice retention and a bit of lacing is it goes down. The nose brings forward lots of roasted malt along with some mild piney hops. Touch of earthiness in the background. The flavor consists mostly of roasted malt with some mild bitterness coming through in the finish. A bit of an alcohol presence on the swallow as well. Pretty drinkable; probably the best bottled black & tan that I've had and worthy of the #1 slot here on BA.

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Photo of nickfl
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of tan head on top of a black body with good clarity and ruby highlights. The foam settles quickly and leaves a thin coat of lace on the glass.

S - An aroma of nutty, roasted malt balanced by equal amounts of citrus and pine hops. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted almonds, dates, grapefruit, and oranges.

T - Thick, sweet coffee malt and oats up front. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors in the middle that darken slowly towards the finish. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate in the finish with moderate pine hop flavors and ample malt and hop bitterness. Lingering smoke and espresso flavors with tobacco-like pine hops.

M - Thick, oily body, moderately low carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - I'm impressed, this may be the first black and tan that I have ever actually liked. The blend is well done with noticeable contributions from each beer. It is a testament to the obscene intensity of the stout that it dominates the flavor even though it is only 1/3 of the blend. Despite the stouts flavor dominance, the IPA makes a significant hop aroma contribution and adds a hop flavor backbone that was sadly lacking in the strait Imperial Stout. In the end, this really comes off as a weaker version of what I had hoped BORIS would be. The IPA dilutes the overwhelming, sticky malt soup of the stout and balances it with a hop character that not only makes it more drinkable but also works with the dark malts to add complexity, especially in the finish, that was simply not there before. If they brewed this as one beer, turned everything up about 20% and called it an Imperial Porter, it could be their best beer and it might even live up to the hype that BORIS has somehow generated.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yet opaque very dark amber (almost jet black) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark cola brown + ruby highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall light tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of roasted malts with a light amount of anise/licorice. There is just a faint hint of pine hops.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted and just slightly burnt malts along with some very light hints of chocolate. There are some light notes of pine hops as well. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy.

O: This is a pretty good black and tan but somehow the style never really seems to be as good as the sum of the different beers being blended - something gets lost.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, near-black body with a tall, lasting, tan head.

Smell: Roasty, burnt smell of charred grains, creosote, and pine resin. There's some light hints of chocolate underneath.

Taste: Burnt malt character with a rising sweetness and oaty flavor, though as the bitterness accumulates on the tongue you sorta lose it. Hint of chocolate-covered raspberries. A strong, piney hop flavor and bitterness pairs with the sharp taste of roasted grains. Roasty, predominately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, it's not a bad blend, I suppose, but I'd rather have had the black and skipped the tan altogether. Not better than the sum of its parts. Just being honest! The punk frog on the label deserves at least that much.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany with sparse ruby and gold highlights. The three finger cap is an appealing shade of caramel nougat and has a surface rife with sticky, glassine bubbles. I love the thick band of pocked lace that has formed above, and now inside, the nonic bulge of my pint glass.

If the nose is an accurate guide, I wholeheartedly concur with the "67% India Pale Ale & 33% Stout" proportions that the brewer has chosen. If they were more even, I'm afraid the stout would stomp the hell out of the IPA. Well-roasted malt and citric hops are noted, both more aggressive than in any black and tan that I've ever had. Another way to think of the aroma is that it's similar to a hugely-hopped double stout.

Bodacious is bodacious! Again, the dovetailing of malt and hops is near perfect. I wonder how many experimental combinations it took to settle on this one? Obviously, the only way to create a great black and tan is to use a great stout and a great IPA. B.O.R.I.S. (which I was lucky enough to taste out of the tanks) is clearly outstanding beer. Hoppin' To Heaven IPA is very good as well.

If anything, I think American hops take center stage in the flavor profile. White grapefruit rind and bittersweet orange marmalade combine with roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark English toffee and a minor splash of coffee. While bitterness has a comfortable edge over malty sweetness, both get their money's worth and then some. This sucker has flavor to spare.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be for a boldly flavored beer of this style. It's slightly closer to medium than it is to full, with a silky creaminess that is a testament to the skill of its creator. I'm becoming more and more impressed with this Hoppin' Frog offering as I get into the bottom half of the bomber.

Even without checking my reviews, I'm certain that Bodacious Black & Tan is the best version of this style that I've ever had. Nothing else is even close. If I ever move back to Ohio, finding the nearest source for Hoppin' Frog beer will be at the top of my list of priorities.

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Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one from Hoppin Frog, seems I end up with new things from them every week a this rate. This one I had been waiting to try though. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

The pour was much bigger then I would have guessed. Deep and dark brown color with nearly no light shining though. This gave way to a smallish, but near permanent head of light tan lacing that really just seemed to do the job quite nicely. Settling down it coated the glass and left large sticky lacing all throughout. Really a classic look for a dark porter, but we will see where this goes.

Aroma is hoppy as heck. Deep citrus and pine hops lead the charge here. Crisp, clean and definitely very full. I was quite impressed with the way this one was starting off now. Warming allowed some nice touches of roasted malt and light cocoa to balance in. First sip though left no doubt in my mind as to the direction this one was going in. Rich hop notes dominate every ounce of flavor here. Piercing at times with pine and grapefruit taking turns with the destruction of my taste buds. Really just a great tasting ale here. Warming brought out some, and I stress some of the dark, more robust notes, but this maintained a very hoppy profile from the start.

Overall not at all what I was expecting and that was a very good thing. A fantastic, really, really interesting and different take on the style. Would love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick head with a rocky finish. Good spotty lace. Very dark; no light shines through.

Some nice fresh hop aroma...not expected! Good balancing malt but there's no mocha aromas that I typically expect in a B&T

This is a low malt B&T. The initial sip is mild but does have elements of the darker ales--semi-sweet chocolate and light cream. What sets this brew apart is the hop flavor which is superior. On the back end of the taste it's there and then it pops out in the swallow (lasting long into the aftertaste). The mouthfeel is below my expectations. Good carbonation but with a thin body.

Overall, I like this beer. It is flavorful and satisfying.

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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan/light brown head. Some traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of sweet citrus, light roast, chocolate and cherry licorice.

The taste is of citrus, some chocolate/toffee and cherry liquorice. It has a sweet, with some bitter, dryish, lightly roasted, finish.

Mild-to-medium carbonation, it's pretty silky.

It does have something of a late kick, but still very drinkable. An enjoyable blended beer - IPA and stout - different for a black and tan - and works well - a black IPA is pretty much what it comes down to - with characteristics of both blending well.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this to knock of the elusive black & tan style. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - Two fingers of mocha foam with solid retention and a bit of spotty lacing. The brew is a dark, dark, brown that lightens towards the edges. For those expecting the typical half back, half tan, this is going to be a little disappointing, but otherwise it's pretty solid.

S - The smell reminds me a little of Iniquity, with a mix of roasty chocolate and piney hoppiness. I actually get a pretty even distribution of the two flavors, and found myself waffling about what was more prevalent each time I raised the glass. There's something about the two aromas that don't quite blend nicely; it's almost as if they are doing battle. There's also a mildy acidic note that I get that I don't really enjoy.

T - The taste is definitely roast malt and chocolate and less hoppy. Perhaps this is an older bottle (no dates), but I expected more from something that was 2/3 IPA. The hops that do come through are earthy and floral. It's really not all that far from something like Sweetwater Happy Ending. I actually like the taste more than the smell, as it seems to blend better.

M - Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation burn on the upper lip, dry finish with roasty bitterness (the hop bitterness doesn't really make it through). This blend loses B.O.R.I.S.'s amazing creaminess, which is quite unfortunate.

D - With all my complaints, it's still pretty easy to drink - the only really big knock is the overcarbonation.

I think it's silly to bottle pre-blended black & tans. I'd rather make my own combos and get the delightful split coloration. This brew is less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel as if I'm doing this in slightly the wrong order. I'm drinking the black and tan, then BORIS and then the IPA. Oh well, this is the hand I was dealt.

67% IPA / 33% Stout

Beer is dark black and forms a thin brown head that is slightly broken, a few larger bubbles. Mild lacing left on the glass. Brown at the edges, beer is clear. Cannot determine carbonation levels due to color.

Sweet roast and only muted hops. I was expecting a lot more hop aroma since its mostly IPA, but the Stout wins on appearance and aroma.

There are some hops in the taste at least. There is a lot of roast in the back of the palate. Some sweetness up front and some hop flavors in the mid. Beer is a little low bodied, lower than I expected. Second taste, the hops are most obvious in the mid-palate region, lots of citrus flavored hops, not the pine variety. Overall, the beer is pretty drinkable.

This was my first review of a black and tan.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So the black and tans I've had were made with Guinness or some porter and Bass Ale. The clear distinction between the two made this beer stand out. Now the mixing of the two is interesting, but I still like the separate levels with black on top and tan down below. Oh well....

Pours a dark ruby almost black topped with a nice, medium-dense, off-tan head.

Yup, quite a blend of IPA and Stout here in the aroma. Dark malts and chocolate, some coffee and toffee. Fights hard with the pine, wet grass aromas from the hops. This reminds me of a campfire in mid-summer roasting some s'mores...without the smoke.

And the taste follows the nose. Roasted malt and slightly burnt caramel are on one side and the pine, earth and some mild citrus are on the other in battle for flavor dominance. In the end, none of them win and the balance is quite nice.

Although, the strong bite at the finish pretty much wipes out any residual roasty malt-ness. Overall a very nice beer. Perhaps this is a black IPA?

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to kryptic for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee. The taste is sweet at first, then some nice malts, with the dark chocolates kick in. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one, very tasty.

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Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a hefty oatmeal stout scent that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts along with a earthy oatmeal presence. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter and earthy taste. The black malts and hops combine for a huge bitter blast. It's got the stout feel, but is lighter and easier to put down. Nevertheless, it's still rich and filling. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is good black and tan. Most are lighter and easier drinking, but this one sacrifices nothing in the way of malt character and alcohol content.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel malt with a moderate burnt grain. There was a decent citric hop as well.

The taste was upfront and dominated by the roasted barley. elements of caramel and citrus hops.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty and unique black and tan.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice black and tan, but then again, a black and tan is only as good as its base components, and both base beers for this one are excellent. The stout brings some nice roasty and chocolate flavors and the IPA brings some nice citrus fruitiness and sweet malt. Pours black with a nice initial head and some scant lacing. Smells dry and a tad dusty with cocoa and citrus peel. Nicely balanced flavors with the dry chocolate of the stout and the juicy citrus of the hops combining very nicely and creating a long, pleasant, bitter finish with a touch of rich but dry sweetness at the base. Bitter and dry in the mouth. Quite nice.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger thick cream head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Almost black, hints of mahogany color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted/burnt coffee, some bitterness at finish. Nice black and tan. $8.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Bodacious Black & Tan from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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