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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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bentwookie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

935th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint


Purchased at On the rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- Looks solely like a good stout to me. Thick dark brown with an almost black pour. BORIS really comes out in this one. A good 1-1/2 finger of light tan head. Great cling lines all over the glass.

Smell- Much more good stout notes similar to the app. This had a bit of thick coffee with some burnt roast notes. I get touches of grain and oatmeal. None of the 67% of IPA really shines.

Taste- Again I get much more of the BORIS on this one. Thick and coffee notes with a little bit of grain. On each sip of the 2nd pour a little bit more of thick malty citrus seeps into the flavor but not much.

Mouth- A low to medium body with a low medium carbonation. Thick oats and malty grapefruit residual flavors develop.

Drink- For the 1st of the style it wasn't half bad. Seemingly one sided but I guess if I have more I have a good base of which to judge which way this will go.

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black, creamy 1/2 head and some nice lacing.

Smell - Hops, dark fruits, roasted malts, some coffee, chocolate, plum, some sugars,molasses and licorice.

Taste - Hops right up front at the start. Roasted malts and molasses comes in with some plum, raisin and licorice. Nice hint of coffee, expresso, and some chocolate. The hop and coffee really bitter this so the added molasses flavor is needed to sweet this up.

Mouthfeel - You get the bitter hop hit at first, then coated with bitter coffee but not overwhelming at all. Touge gets hops, malts, coffee, chocolate, and bittered. Palette gets some sweet fruits and coffee at the end. Aftertaste is bitter and thick but not long lasting and too strong.

Overall - I liked this alot. Its fun to drink since its two beers in one, I was plesantly surprized at the hop character it had, but it still had enough stout to it. Tasty and easy to drink, ill have this again.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: More black than tan (to be expected). Moderately handsome brew.
smell: Hmm, hops for sure despite the lesser allocation relative to the stout.
taste: As expected, hops and roasty stout. great balance.
overall: Nice tasty experience. Not sure i'll be back for much more but definitely the best black and tan i've ever had. Then again, not gonna mix HopSlam and FBS to try and best it.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with red tints a creamy head, nice lacing, and good retention.

The aroma is of black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and citrus tang.

The front is of dark chocolate and coffee,caramel, and roasted malts which melt away for a dry, crisp, citrus finish of grapefruit and orange rind. Nicely balanced.

A bit thin, but overall smooth and easy to drink.

Very interesting balance and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled across this in a box earlier. Pretty sure it isn't the freshest. I vaguely remember picking this one up a while ago.

A - fairly dark with a reddish tint and a super thin head that vanished almostlinstantly hardly leaving a trace.

S - mostly roasted malt with a touch of ipa hopping in the background. Dark licorice, coffe icecream.

T - hey, that's not bad. Pretty decent blend, but leads with the stout, although mine is likely 'aged' - this would probably be best fresh.

M - somewhat thin and a tad watery.

O - overall not a bad beer, but one that I prob wouldn't make my go to. I am a much bigger fan of the different parts of this brew and would probably be more inclined to make my own mix. BORIS is no joke and pretty heavy, I might prefer a bit less BORIS in the mix.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up from Hoppin' Frog brewery earlier today.
12 oz pour into pint glass.
Thin tan head sits atop opaque, black liquid. Minimal Belgian lacing. No particulate.
Initial aroma of coffee, caramel, earthy/grass and nuts. Faint hoppy citrus towards the end.
Smooth, creamy, medium body, with the roasted malt nicely balanced by the IPA hops. The alcohol is well hidden.
Decent combination of their IPA and Oatmeal Stout.

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

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and thin tan colored head that leaves a little lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and deeper roasted malts with hints of chocolate and caramel and a hint of hops at the end of it.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, deeper more burnt malts, hints of chocolate, caramel, a touch of coffee and then a nice crisp hoppy finish.
M: Crisper than expecting, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, a little warmer than expecting too.
D: Overall this was a very drinkable black and tan, a nice mix of flavor and feel make it worth a try.

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Photo of brystmar
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black with a finger of tan head. How fitting! Mild to moderate lace adorns my glass.

S: silky & smooth chocolate malts dominate the nose. Floral hops are there too, but I'd say the mix is more 3:1 on stout :: IPA here (as opposed to the actual 2:1 IPA :: stout).

T: malts, hops, & sweetness join together for a nice initial blend. The stouty malts shine through more than anticipated (but pleasantly so) before finishing dry and hoppy with just the right amount of bitterness. Smooth and enjoyable.

M: big, full body; perfectly carbonated. To quote nearly every previous review I've written: give me a nitro version and I'm in heaven.

O: a nice blend of hops and roasted malts. I don't enjoy bitter beers (most IPAs), so I had some reservations about this brew. Hoppin' Frog shines once again with another solid offering.

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

A. Pours a ruby tinged brown with a two finger creamy off-white head that recedes slowly leaving a little bit of residual lacing.

S. A lot like a Black IPA. Floral hops with some caramel sweetness and roasted bitterness.

T. Lots of floral hop character as well as obvious residual bitterness from a 60 min. hop addition. There's a bit of fruity sweetness as well, but it's not really a balance - very hop heavy.

M. Medium body with creamy carbonation that keeps the hops from overwhelming the palate.

D. I'm starting to get into Black IPAs more. I hadn't really thought about why someone thought of the style, but it seems like it might have been created to recreate the sensations of a black and tan.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found my notebook I thought I lost! Reviewed from notes - tasted 3/3/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Hoppin' Frog pint glass...

A - Pours just about completely black and opaque. A big frothy eggshell white/tan head forms about 2 fingers thick. Retention is quite nice.

S - Big floral hop aroma right up front. Fruity notes come with the floral notes and then the roasted malts come into play. But here, the hops really seem to take charge of the nose.

T - Hmmm. Interesting flavors mixing together. Roasted malts and some slight chocolate mixed with citrus and fruity hops. Not the best mixing I've ever had. The bitterness and sourness/citrus don't really feel like they are mixing too well together.

M - Smooth and silky mouthfeel but the roastiness and the hoppiness don't really get along too well on the palate. Carbonation is higher than expected.

O - While I appreciate what this beer is, I think the two beers mixed together are better served in their own bottles. Nice to try, but not my favorite offering from this great brewery.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a huge four fingers of creamy tan head that leaves excellent lacing.

S: Wow, definitely hops. Dominant aroma is a floral hop aroma with big juicy fruit notes. Roasted malt is also apparent in the background but is relatively subdued compared to the hops. Definitely smells like a blend of IPA and stout, I've never had a beer that really smelled like this before, very different.

T: From the outset it's a blend of stout and IPA flavors. Big citrus flavor from the hops, I'm thinking oranges. Malts provide chocolate and roasted flavors. The finish is dry with a strange roasted character, relatively astringent, as I'm progressing through the bomber the finish keeps getting sharper.

M: Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Pretty good, definitely interesting and different but probably not something I could drink all the time.

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Photo of Naugros
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If this had been a straight up stout I would have given the appearance a 4, but the fact that this beer is twice as much IPA than stout and it still looks every bit like a stout, I had to give it a higher grade. Why? Well yes, I'm partial to stouts, but let's face it...stouts look nicer in the glass than an IPA. Also, the head retention is great on this one. When it does fall down (it took writing this paragraph more than once for that to occur) it stays at about 1/2" for quite a while and leaves behind some pretty lacing.

Holy Cow! This beer retains the best part of both stout and IPA in the nose. Roasts and chocolates really hit as BORIS makes its presence felt. To Heaven IPA is also in there, although in a lesser vein. You can easily differentiate between the bitterness thrown from the roasted malts and the bitterness thrown off from the hops.

And this is why we don't put assertive hops in stouts...they don't get along very well. It tastes as if someone squeezed a blood orange (citrus, bitter and sour) into my nonic of stout and now I'm looking around to find who I need to punch in the face for ruining my beer. Okay, "ruin" is pretty strong verbiage but there is a war going on between the roast and chocolate of the malts from the stout and the citrus (and herbal) bitterness of the hops from the IPA. Ever have one of those really fancy-ass alcoholic truffles from one of those over-priced hoity-toity chocolate shops? You know, the ones that make you think that people only say that they're great because they're embarrassed to admit they just spent $6 on one freaking piece of chocolate? It tastes like that. You get the different elements but you're wondering what evil mad scientist would put the two together and then make you put it in your mouth.

Again, I'm being a bit's not all that horrible it's just not something I'm ever going to try again. A black and tan is a stout and a pale lager or ale. Neither has a strong hop IPA does. I do wonder if this would have been better if poured in a brew pub, floating the BORIS on top of the To Heaven.

The mouthfeel also benefits from the stout as it is really silky with a touch of graininess in the finish.

Even though I wasn't fond of this experience, I finished the beer concentrating on the BORIS portion in the glass. This wasn't that hard as BORIS was the bigger player despite being outnumbered two to one. It makes me wish I had a bottle of BORIS now.

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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 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 THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: black with 2 finger mocha colored head

Smell: some hops, and sweet roasted malts

taste: bittering hops, roast

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: a nice and complex black and tan. enjoyed.



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Photo of Jesse13713
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up fresh from the brewery itself earlier today.

Appearance - Three fingers of whipped, frothy head sits atop an opaque black beer. Fairly impressive lacing. The head has a nice chocolaty brown color to it. Average carbonation is present, as looking closely; you can see slight air bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell - Hints of both stout-like and IPA smells; as the name hints at. Slight bitter hops on the nose with coffee beans lingering in the background. A very faint chocolate as well. Slightly malty with hints of caramel.

Taste - A smooth, chocolaty start with a bitter IPA finish. The hops on the finish are the perfect amount of bitter and are absolutely delicious. Slightly malty and smokey. There are large hints of chocolate in the gulp-feel at certain times.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very smooth and delicious. The 33% B.O.R.I.S Oatmeal-Imperial stout presents itself boldly at times and it seems like it is actually a higher percentage than stated. The bitterness on this beer is perfectly balanced and the best 'bitter' taste I've ever experienced. I have not had very many black and tans before, but this one was by far the best.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and almost completely opaque with faint mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, coffee colored head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves splotches of lacing behind.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of toast, caramel and hazelnut as well as some earthy, floral and citrus hops.

Medium bodied that is pretty hop forward with hints of earthy pine and sweet citrus flavor. Slightly bitter and floral but balanced by roasted chocolate malt, licorice, hazelnut and toffee. This beer is aggressively hopped and seems more like a black IPA up front with hops that linger throughout into a dry finish. Slightly smokey toward the end of the palate with hints of licorice and roasted malt. Slightly sweet dry finish. Weird!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into North Coast Old Rasputin nonic pint glass. Big thanks to the generous BA who sent me this as an extra (sorry I can't remember who you are).

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black with a big, thick, dark brown head that slowly faded into a thick oily head that left sticky lacing down the glass. Great head retention.
S: I can definitely smell the IPA this is made with, but there are some roasted stout undertones balancing it out as well. Hoppy and roasted.
T: Tastes like a black and tan. I get hoppy notes from the IPA and a sort of chewy roasted marshmallow flavor from the stout. Overall the flavors are a bit astringent and sharp though. I'm not sure what it is. Finish reminds me of marshmallows toasted over a fire, and the aftertaste is a combination of leafy, roasted and bitter.
M: Like I said, the mouthfeel is a tad off, sharp and tingly rather. Carbonation is ample and prickly over the medium-slick body.
D: Not a bad beer overall but not something I'd like to drink everyday. I think half of the reason people like black and tans is for the ascetic appearance of the two beers being layered. This just tastes like a hoppy stout. A great and unique stab at the "style" though. I dig it.

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