Black Hawk Stout | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Black Hawk StoutBlack Hawk Stout

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheMrFarnham
5/5  rDev +41.6%

Photo of Jonmoore89
4.84/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black as night. Didn't retain its head as well as I would have liked.

S: Noticed Chocolate scent right away. Roasted and Nutty.

T: Sweet Chocolate at the beginning and ends with a nice mildly bitter coffee taste.

M: The light carbonation is nice. Tastes heavy and smooth.

O: Great Stout! Among the best that I've had for the price.

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Photo of TaylorK
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Photo of WestHam973
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great Stout, great flavor, very drinkable

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving 12.ounce bottle.

Wonderful malty stout aroma, pours a thick creamy beige head that truly lasted a long spell, gracefuly laced the glass. Deep black opaque in color. More on the slightly sweet side with a hint of hops, slight bitter aftertaste that lingers quite a while, hence lower mouthfeel score. A very drinkable brew!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mendocino Black Hawk Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head, a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, with reddish-brown highlights at the edges, and some thin lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted coffee, black bread crust, and chocolate powder. Taste is of charcoal, burnt sugar, black bread, dark bread crust, cocoa powder, milk, cream, dark cherries, licorice, and a minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Mendocino Black Hawk Stout finishes semi-dry, easy going, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is another great one from Mendocino!


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Photo of Maudite
4.56/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful and underrated stout. Not too much alcohol, and a very balanced palate.

A= Black as night, a bottle of crude oil.
S= Roasty, burnt grains, baking chocolate, warm bread
T= Comes in clean with a black patent punch, melting into a bittersweet/special dark chocolate trickle, and falling off with a dark, over-toasted dark bread finish. Clean, yet complex.
M= Coats the tongue, bubbly on the gums, thick and heavy. Leaves a strong, pleasant memory in your mouth.
D= Easy to drink. Not too strong to drink relatively quick, unlike most stouts. Not too much alcohol either, so you can easily have 3 or 4. This is daddy's mocha.

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Photo of StoutishDan
4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Typical dry stout hoppiness up front, but a pleasant creamy finish.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of beaubarnett10
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of ncstephen
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of cyguyjg
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Beer4Mike
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of ordybill
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Big coffee smell with a nice malt backdrop
Appearance- pours a black color with a thick brown head.
Taste- Coffee and a bit of licorice with a nice malt mix
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation with a dry finish
Overall- A real good Irish Dry Stout, highly recommended.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code anywhere to be seen. Sampled on July 12, 2009. As it pours from the bottle it has a brown color but once it fills the pint glass it is near black like molasses. A little tan head tops the brew and dissoles but not entirely. The aroma is like smoked or roasted malts, coffee grinds, and a dash of hops on the tail end. The taste gives off a burnt sensation with roasted malts and a subtle dry hop finish. I found it to be smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of xav33
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mendocino Black Hawk Stout
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint
Unknown brewing (recent?), flown into 05/07

Poured black with deep mahogany highlights with a huge frothy somewhat lasting light brown head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate licorice, molasses, ashes and burnt grain, brown sugar.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter burnt grain and sweet molasses followed by a strong burnt grain bitterness and light black licorice and molasses sweetness on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, slightly oily, softly carbonated and lightly astringent.

Overall, I really like this. It's like a bolder version of Guinness.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: While pouring this jet black stout, I was able to coax a roaring three inch pillowy tan head. The laceing has no shyness about it, there is plenty of it surrounding my glass.

Smell: Aromas are sweet and bitter chocolates, coffee grounds, some wood notes, nice arrangement of sweet malts and bittering hops to make up the rest.

Taste: Wow! This is truely a great stout. The semi sweet chocolate and the thick candied malts explode in my mouth upon impact. Followed by a very balanced bittering hops and coffee grounds in the middle,with a nice punch of alcohol to K.O. my taste buds!

Mouthfeel: The feel is slick, oily front with a semi dry and bubblely finish.

Drinkability: Man, I can't wait to go and buy this one up again. This stout is not my favorite but it ranks on up there. I would suggest you go and purchase this immediately and enjoy at a medium pace or slam it and your own free will, It's your call.


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Photo of shabbtastic
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Filled up my growler right after our short tour of the brewery in Saratoga!

A - Poured pitch black into a Saratoga Lager pint glass. Two finger tan head with excellent lacing.

S - Initial smell of chocolate roasted malt up front with a hint of coffee tones.

T - Coffee / chocolate up front followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste. A nice coffee after taste lingers and is very balanced and pleasant.

M - Full bodied, smooth and creamy all the way around. Perfect amount of carbonation, with a strong body.

D - Very drinkable, my growler was empty before I knew it. I will definitely be in the tasting room soon for a refill! Highly recommended.

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Photo of mjc410
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a creamy tan one-finger head over a nearly opaque body with ruby highlights. The head recedes slowly, but the lacing is almost too heavy to hold the sides of the glass. The nose is dominated by a lovely mocha scent, but there also comes through a bit of burnt caramel. The taste is very balanced between roast and chocolate-caramel sweetness. The mouth is velvety on the tongue, but still has a lively carbonation. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thin brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is of black and roasted barley; a real dark scent. The taste is great. It has a caramel taste to it. The presence of black barley cannot be ignored. It is very smooth and creamy; delicious. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation. This is a great drinking stout.; a real pleasure of a beer.

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Photo of taez555
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black body with a small off-white head.

Nose has a rich, slightly metallic, chocolate smell. Toffee, some dark burnt roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate and some faint floral notes. Very rich and very inviting.

Taste is medium bodied with a smooth dark malt flavor. Very tame at first ending with a bit stronger more pronounced roasted malt bitterness. Dark malt, coffee, some mild caramel, some hints of roasted or even smokey burnt malt. Rather tame bitterness at first but becomes much more pronounced as it warms. Starts to get a little bit more metallic as it warms.

Really a very nice american stout. Loads of flavors, all in your face and yet extremely drinkable.

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Photo of UncleBuccs
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of iannutter
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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Black Hawk Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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