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 ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee SPirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is going nowhere fast, coating the glass with a solid thin layer of lace. Aroma is roasty dark malt with pine hops character. Taste starts with the dark stout character, then gives way to the hoppy IPA-ness. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Might have gone a little overboard with the IPA side of this equation, but still a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of cameraman
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark black to brown color, with hints of red along the bottom of the glass. A very thin beige head forms on top, dissolving away slowly. Alot of malt sweetness at first in the scent, then folowed by a distinct citrus and grassy fragrances at the end. Th e malt comes out at the start with chocolate and coffee flavors, maybe a hint of some dried fruit. Then, halfway, an intense grapefruit bitterness hits the palate, folowed by some grassy and earthy flavors at the end. The is surprisingly medium bodied, it does gain some weight after each taste. This is an easy to sip beer, it brings strong flavor and aroma to the table, making this a beer to try.

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

I made sure to try the stout and IPA first, now lets see how they come together.

Body pours to a blackish brown with a huge fat dark tan and brown colored head. Much more black than tan. Hops are loud and zesty up front of the nose, wheaty malt balances this nicely though. An abrubt herb laced bitter enters the mouth with first sip. hints of root beer and tea leaves come through on the early palate. Almost has a menthol effect when teamed with the burnt malt richness twords the end ot the palate. A slight hint of coco on the finish. Mouthfeel is rich and slightly thick. Drinkably unique.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

67% IPA 33% Imperial Stout

A - Black with reddish mahogany highlights and a thick brown creamy head that leaves sticky lace clinging everywhere.

S - Roasted malt, sweet chocolate and citrus hops. Smells like a hoppy imperial stout to me.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate followed by bitter citrus and pine.

M - Medium body with a silky creaminess that really adds a nice touch.

D - Best black and tan I have had so far. Nice blend to create what tastes like a very hoppy imperial stout.

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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 TheBierBand
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm beginning to REALLY LIKE Hoppin' Frog! This is a good premium brewery in Ohio...

I poured the Black & Tan into my pint glass to produce a perfect 1" of beige head. This lasted a good long time....but as it dissipated, it left a lot of thick lacing behind on the glass. The beer was an ebony hue with some ruby shining through.

The smell was nicely pronounced. It has elements of caramel sweetness and a malty goodness. I also picked up a bit of an alcohol burn.

The taste was very interesting. Smoky and bitter are the two tastes that jump out at me. A bit of alcohol burn at the end.... all very good and balanced. .

Mouthfeel: Nice mouth-coating and aftertaste. Good carbonation... on the low side... which is my preference for the style. Smooth!

Drinkability: Hell yeah.... have a bunch of these.... This is a nice RICH brew that splits the difference between a Stout and an IPA. Recommended.

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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 DarkerTheBetter
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this from leftmindedrighty in a trade.

Looks amazingly black for a blend with barely a hint of prune that sneaks in around the corner. The head is only a slight irregular film.

Smells like a super hoppy RIS. Go figure. There are a ton of more fruity aromatic hops on top of a gooey chocolate barley and a touch of smoke. I'm also pulling a touch of red licorice out of this one.

The flavor is similar but the hops come through a lot more. Tastes primarily of the bitter hops of pine and birch bark which accentuates the coffee and smoke elements of the stout. Beneath there's a slight plumb and chocolate, but they are really obscured by the various dry elements. Finishes surprisingly dry and bitter.

Feels light and lively with a turn to the dry in the finish. The tiny bubbles in the carbonation make for a delightfully creamy feel.

Not a bad blend, but the way the stout emphasis in the smell doesn't sync up with the hop emphasis of the flavor is a bit confusing.

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of Vancer
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don’t know about these pre-mixed concoctions in a bottle. The pour looks great, almost black and a frothy tan head. Heady dose of malt in the aroma.

Then the taste, a fine and dandy one she was – reminds me of a good porter. Dry, sassy and sour ale with a nice mixture of burnt toast and doughy bread. The BORIS dark fruit pop in, and it’s a party. Two great beers make a nice third one. Glad to have tried it, courtesy of the great one in the Simply Beer BIF from Mike (mcallister)

It's weird how it's 2/3 IPA and 1/3 Stout - by the appearance and the taste, I'd have guessed the opposite.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is a 22 oz bomber, which is a 67% IPA (Hoppin' to Heaven) and 33% stout (BORIS) mix. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch and a half brown head. Head retention and lacing are good. It smells like roasted malt, citrusy hops, dark chocolate and caramel. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, except that there's some coffee in the taste too. There's a nice mix of sweet and bitter with this beer, however the bitterness is a bit stronger which isn't a bad thing at all. There's a lingering bitter aftertaste. Good balance between the IPA and stout. Mouthfeel is medium, and it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it's nice and easy to drink. I like this brew a lot, definitely a good choice in my opinion.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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 AltBock
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle with almost the same label as the other Hoppin' Frog bottles, except this one has a different name (duh) and the frog is toasting a pint glass filled with a black beer on top (BORIS) and a red beer on the bottom (IPA). Other than those differences, it has the usual name of the brewery with the "o" replaced by a pint of yellow beer, the hopping green frog toasting a pint of beer, Ohio brewers red mark, and the ABV % content. To the left of the picture is the Government warning, address of the brewery, and their wed address. To the right is a little blurb about the beer, it's specifications of 7.6% ABV, 81 OG, 25 FG, 65 IBU, and another picture of their hoppin' frog while toasting a pint of yellow beer. Like all the other Hoppin' Frog bottles, this one doesn't have a date either. They say that this beer is 67% IPA and 33% Stout (BORIS). It was served in a Brooklyn/Winking Lizard Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The Bodacious Black & Tan poured a deep dark chestnut brown with tons of cranberry red highlights all through out the beer. It easily had a 2 to 2 and a half inch head of an off white head of pillowy foam. The head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small white bubbly film, foamy white rings along the edge of the beer, and a few white streaks of sticky lace around the glass. The color that they have in the pitcher of beer is correct. That is if they combined both of those 2 inks.

Smell: It started off with a mild soft aroma of pine needles, a few raisins, grapefruit, a lemon peel, and some dark roasted malts in the background. After the beer really warms up, all those citrus aromas disappear from this beer and the only thing remains is the dark roasted malts with a pinch of bitter dark chocolate and caramel at the end. I guess this means that after you get pass the IPA at the top, you go straight to the tiny aroma of the BORIS that's been hiding in the back. Somewhat unusual.

Taste: Like the aroma, the taste started off the IPA and then went straight to a few elements that their BORIS stout holds. It first started off with a pinch of grapefruit, a few pine needles, a splash of lemon peel, and then ended with some bitter citrus hops. After the IPA has passed, then out comes the BORIS, but only in a few small elements. That means the beer ended with a a touch of bitter dark chocolate, a small dab caramel, a raisin or two, and a few dark roasted malts. I don't think the BORIS stout balanced out the IPA. All it did was just add a few dark roasted and sweet flavors to it.

Mouthfeel: I would have to say that this one is medium bodied with a long lived aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some citrus hops. The aftertaste had more BORIS stout aspects to it than the IPA had. You can't feel the beer go to work on your body, but I don't think you were supposed to feel anything.

Drinkability: I'm really not too sure about this one. I know not many breweries do a take on a black and tan, but I can understand why they don't. It's probably one of the better bottled Black & Tans out on the markets now, but I don't want to spend another $7 for another one. It would be easier and cheaper to make one for yourself. If you love taking your micro beers and making them into a black and tan, then you might like this one. For me, I'm done with this one.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Saturday, March 31 session notes:

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours opaque dark brown with a pinky-thick tan head.

S: Strong cascade hops.

T and M: Goes down thick and smooth with a full complement of roasted malt finished with decently strong bittering hops. I wasn’t sure what to expect with mixing an IPA with a stout but the result is pretty good. There’s an interesting tug-of-war between citrusy flavors from the IPA and roasted malt from the stout.

D: A good night cap.


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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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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22. oz. bomber poured into my tumbler. This beer pours a clear medium to dark brown color with deep red highlights. The tan head was well over an inch thick when poured and settles to a good 1/4 inch thick after pouring. Leaves some pretty good lacing too. Roasted, smokey hope aromas are present along with slight vegetable and hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee. The taste is hoppy and bitter upfront followed by notes of sweet malt, citrus and a slight touch of cirtus, coffee and caramel or chocolate. Fairly complex taste. The has a smotth, crisp and light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Fairly heavy carbonation here. Pretty easy to drink. Definitely worth a try, but nothing super special here either.


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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 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 klewis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

67% IPA, 33% B.O.R.I.S. Stout

22 oz. bomber

A: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick 2-finger head. Modeate lacing.

S: Mostly hoppy with vegetal and citric aromas, but as expected, also chocolate notes from the stout. Somehow, this turns out smelling pretty good.

T: An interesting creation here. Not surprisingly, qualities of both the IPA's and the stout's flavors are present here with some vegetal hops flavor from the IPA and earthy tones from the stout. Quite bitter. Unfortunately, the parts are greater than the whole, and though this brew by all means tastes good, the subtleties of these two beers' flavors are lost in this combination.

M: Thick and full-bodied with a creamy and silky-smooth texture. Very fine and light carbonation.

D: Call this the hophead's black and tan. I've never been a huge fan of B&T's, but I definitely find this one palatable. With that said, I find the IPA and Stout to both be much better separately than in this creation.

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