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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Photo of Goldfish19
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY. Pours black with a nice tan head that lingers around for a while. Aromas are of citrus, pine needles, and roasted malts. At 67% IPA, there is a good dose of hops up front. The stout flavors then kick in, and at only 33%, it seems to balance everything out quite effectively. Overall, Satisfying. ~

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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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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 magnj
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber split between two of us.

A - Deep brown with tints of red , very clear. One finger chocolate colored head settles quickly to a thin film that leaves decent lacing.

S - Smells almost exactly like I would expect a 2/3 IPA 1/3 Stout. Hoppy and roasty, blended nicely. I know I'm in for a flavorful beer.

T - Hoppy up front and then lots of roasty goodness in the middle. Ends with coffee and earthy hops and hangs around on the tongue for a while. Complex and refreshingly unique.

M - Pours thick but sips nice. A little sweet but that seems fine for the taste.

D - Easily drinkable but a little overwhelming. I might rather a glass of each rather than one mashed together in the black and tan style. Not sure how to rate this considering it isn't really a style but here it goes anyway. Easy to drink but I wouldn't reach for one on a regular basis.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired quite a while back from MeLike Beer, poured into a tulip.

Pours almost completely black with only hints of mahogany coming through the edges. There's a huge thick tan head that stays on top forever and leaves tons of lacing. A very, very attractive beer.

The aroma is pretty light on this one and smells pretty much like a toned down RIS. I imagine the hops really filled the nose out when fresh, but as it is it's dominated by dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit.

The taste is weird as it has an initial light hoppiness, like an IPA, but quickly gives way to the dry roasted malts of the stout. There is an overarching bitterness that kicks in up front but also lingers in the finish, a combination of roasted coffee and hops.

The mouthfeel is light bodied for a stout, but I suppose it's got a decent body for a black and tan. It's smooth but a little dry.

This is an interesting beer but the taste doesn't quite bring together the flavors as well as I would like. I'd probably just prefer a hoppy RIS as opposed to a blend, but this is a very good black and tan.

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Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a big 3+ finger tan head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells of dark fruits and citus hops

tastes just like a lighter hoppy RIS - dark fruits roasted malts some bitter coffee and citus hops

mouthfeel is medium but seems lighter since its well carbonated

drinkability is good - this bomber went down fast

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. The beer appears a clear deep dark brown color with about two fingers of tan head. Nose and flavor are of bakers chocolate, medium roasted grain, earthy bitter hops, dark malt, and caramel. At the least, this beer is medium bodied and amply carbonated. A great b&t.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackest of black body, no highlights here. Light tan head is three fingers of level slab, and the microest bubbles imaginable.

Aroma is of rich dark fruits bubble in deep roast coffee.

First taste is sweet malt, coffee, dark fruits and melted dark chocolate. Hops bubble up from the darkness, though blunted by that darkness. Tasty but lacks intensity.

Non slick mouthfeel,. Good drinkability, especially considering all that's going into this beer.

Two great beers combine to make a good one. This is less than the sum of its parts. Stick to the individual components.

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Photo of bort11
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

here's another liver punch from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF

22 oz bottle, poured into a standard shaker pint. Quarter inch of dark tan head, good retention. Not much in the way of lacing, but a thin ring is at the edges. Color is mostly black with dark red highlights.

Smell is like a hoppy stout. Dark roasted malt bitterness mixed with a mild citrus bitterness. Taste balances out the bitterness with malt sweetness.

Creamy mouthfeel with lazy carbonation.

Blipped "Ballad of Bodacious" by Primus

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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 prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 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 sulldaddy
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a jet black hue with creamy tan head foaming up several CMs with a gentle pour. The aroma is some coffee bean and roasted malt but a fairly strong pine and grassy hops. Nice complex nose on this one!
First sip reveals a average to thick body and gentle yet slightly tingly carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and coffee bean again maybe some brown sugar but some slightly bitter hops come through on the finish with a little pine resin stickiness.
The ABV is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink because of this fact.
Quite a nice mix that I would buy again if I saw in a store.

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Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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 tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rivers Bend.

Poured clear dark brown with an large frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate roasted malty and citrus hop aroma.

Medium to full body with a smooth texture.

Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a standout blend beer and one of the top rated active bottled beers of style.

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Photo of BasementDweller
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Man, that frog do hop. I must start by saying that I've NEVER made or tasted a black & tan this hoppy. If it weren't for the silkiness of the stout, I'd be convinced I was drinking a good, hoppy porter. Picture having your local beerjockey whip up a B&T with Beamish and Boulder's Cold Hop, and you've just about got it. A wonderful beer with a great hop flavor, smooth mouthfeel, a little smoke on the back end, and a nose full of hops. I'll definitely be buying more of this.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/11/08. Bottle. Pours black with a thick, creamy dark tan head. Aroma of light roast, wheat malt, and slight bitter hops. Flavor is mostly dominated by the imperial stout with lots of roasted malt. Although it does retain some hops, it's not really a "hoppy" beer. Not as rich as BORIS either. It's a decent beer, but kind of bland. The combination doesn't really add anything here. It's still tasty, but I wanted more.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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

This beer with an aggressive pour, pours a very dark brown with a 2 fingered light tan head with some lacing. The majority of the smell seems to smell like chocolate covered cherries. The taste is very unique, I have never really mixed any craft beers before, but this shows me what it could bring, you get the nice chocolate and cherry flavors from the boris with an IPA bitter end to it... very interesting. The mouthfeel seems ok, a little undercarbonated imo. I could drink 1 or 2 of these but I doubt more than that in an evening.

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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 tburkhart
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black, slight lacing from the quick dissipating head.

Smells slightly roasted, but not overdone. Nice balance.

Taste is similar to the smell. The roastiness sticks around on the side of tongue for quite awhile.

I feel it is hard to judge a black & tan in a bottle. But this is a decent offering from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of sleazo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

67% Hoppin to Heaven IPA
33% Boris The Crusher Imperial Stout

A_Pours a very dark brown veering on black as no light can get through this one. The tan head is decent at first but lacks staying power. The stout has clearly taken the lead in the visual department.

S_The inital aroma is roasted coffee, this segues into pine cones and ends up being a nice blend of both styles.

T_The taste is the reverse order of the smell. Piney and slightly soapy hops are the first flavours noticed. This is followed up by mildly sweet roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The finish and aftertaste bring it right back around to those hops as a bit of the oil lingers on the palate.

M_Medium bodied with a slightly aggressive carbonation. More to the IPA side here but slightly thicker than the typical example.

D_The combination of the two beers makes for a good drinking experience. I like blending beers at bars and tend to do a lot of hoppy/malt combos. The ratio they have here works well though I might prefer a bit more of the stout. This combo reminds me somewhat of the Black IPA Stone produced a while back.

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Bodacious Black & Tan from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 173 ratings.
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