Black Hawk Stout | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Black Hawk StoutBlack Hawk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
654
Reviews:
431
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
13.31%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Nice looking stout. Black with deep brown highlights. Light tan head, a little low on head retention. Lace was moderate.

S- Slight mineral smell on front blending into a mild copper aroma. Chocolate raisin smell in the middle note with a mild roast note on the finish.

T- Mellow char, lighter taste than expected. Roasted malt middle notes with a slightly dry finish with touches of coffee bitterness.

M- Lighter and thinner than I expect from a stout. The finish is more pleasant due to the dry finish, but the initial impression is watery. Not particularly smooth.

O- Although the look was nice and the smell was interesting, the taste was a little mellow and the mouthfeel was too light and thin for a stout. Mediocre drinkability.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Poura a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and milk chocolate. Light sweet dark fruits as well...pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. There is a tiny bit of sourness or tang in the dark fruits; not bad at all, just interesting. Wonder if it's supposed to be like that.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer. Was surprised by the light sour dark fruit in the taste; judging by other reviews I'm guessing this is not intended, though I kind of liked it. Tried it next to O'Hara's Irish Dry Stout on cask and O'Hara's was much better...I might have to revisit my review of O'Haras.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Black Hawk stout...has a great name #1...as in the #1 hockey team in the NHL...but is also a solid stout. The beer pours an opaque black with thin slightly offwhite head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries chocolate and peat. The taste is more leaning towards espresso. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown nearly black, light mocha tan head with chunky sporadic lacing clinging to the sides of my glass. Aroma is a bit muted dark roasted malts herbal hops and dark chocolate with hints of anise. Flavor contains bitter chocolate roasted malt character with herbal hops and a nice black roasted malt nuttiness about it, finishes like herbal tea. Mouthfeel is mediumm bodied carbonation is light but carries the body well, nothing offensive here. Drinkability isn't bad moderate alcohol nice flavor profile this is something I could drink without difficulty.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep, dark brown bordering on black; big cap of brown head fades to thin lacing after a minute

S - faint roasted malts, faint chocolate

T - roasted malts, citrusy hops, light chocolate, faint coffee

M - light to medium bodied, a bit thin at times, well carbonated, very smooth

This is an easy to drink, flavorful beer. The citrusy character threw me off a bit, but overall I enjoyed it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, but with little tan head to show for it. Nose is very muted but gives just the slightest hint of roasted molasses malts. Flavor is heavily roasted and very, very smoked. Calms down as it warms and gives a nice, robust, smoky profile. Feel is nice. Well bodied liquid and the carbonation is on a good level too. Smooth. Overall this was a nice surprise. Much more developed than I figured it would be and very much worth trying.

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Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, almost black with slight ruby highlights and a bubbly tan head that soon descends to bubbly patches and a ring along the edge.

The smell is of mild roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate.

The taste is of bittersweet roasted coffee with a slight hint of chocolate. It soon becomes dominated by a burnt characteristic. Charcoal soon dominates. It's more burnt than smoky, though. The body is lighter than expected, almost watery, even when approaching room temperature. There is a crispness that is unusual for the style.

It has a lingering dry finish. A burnt charcoal aftertaste lingers, but not too long. In fact, much of the taste soon fades - the high carbonation for the style doesn't really help it.

It does have some characteristics on target for the style. There are hints of the defining tastes, but the flavors don't hold up and are too muted. It has some potential, but fades all too quickly. It's not as "rich" and "smooth" as the label states, and I've yet to see the "creamy" head.
All in all an average-ish brew. Not bad, I had two or three and will be able to eventually finish the rest (or give them to visitors without having a guilty conscious), but not one that I would get again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a solid black, with violet highlights, and the head is tall, lush, blooming brown and leaves generous traces of lace. Aroma is sharp, deep, and replete with dark fruitiness. I've seen this described elsewhere as a "dry stout". Not in the nose, it ain't. Grapes and cherries dominate the aroma, with further hints of anise and rum, with almost none of the coffee and cocoa associations usually aligned with stouts, "dry stouts" at least.
This incredible fruitiness persists through out every aspect of the brew, not to my complete dissatisfaction. Any disappointment came from the lack of anything else in the way of balance.
Fierce, but friendly, bitterness jumps on the palate, and the finish is long, lingering, and very, very fruity.
A bit too top-heavy, this one: too much bitter and sweet, but not enough malt to give body and balance. Tasty nonetheless, so I can't fully fault this very, very, incredibly fruity stout.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is black, with some dark brown highlights under light, and a light tan head that starts thick and frothy, but recedes to a decent half inch, tightly bubbled presentation. The beer is malty on the nose, with no other characteristics jumping out. The malt has notes of molasses and caramel, but very mild. Initial flavors are light, and ride through on a clean, crisp body. There are flavors heavy on chocolate, with strong backgrounds of coffee and dark, sweet malt. Well balanced with bitter and sweet flavors. Body is smooth and crisp at the same time, never overpowering and alway complementary of the flavors. The beer transitions to a quick, smooth, and clean finish. The aftertaste is similar to melting a chocolate bar in half a cup of coffee. Very tasty, and very pleasant. Easy to drink with almost anything in terms of food.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Wasatch
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean/clear dark brown color, some carbonation, little fizzy tannish head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, and some touch of toffee/caramel. The taste is thin malty, and some caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: dark black color with a thick and fluffy 3"+ head. Only a few spots of lace develops despite the fluffy head.

Smell: burnt malts and dark chocolate are all that is picked up.

Taste: there is an overall burnt flavor here wrapped around the roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and very soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: unpleasantly crisp from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: the crisp mouthfeel for a stout did not cut it for me along with the slighty burnt tones. Not one I would recommend.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium thick-looking black body, with a slight light brown, soapy head.
Smells of coffee and a bit of leather. A bit weak.
Taste is more of a light stout. Slilght coffee flavor, some caramel and anise, but not much. Drinks well, due to its lightness.
Not a bad brew if you can find it

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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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gotta love the way Mendocino uses different hawks for each of their beers. As for this stout itself, on to it we go:

Can you say Imperial Stout Lite (if there is such a thing)? More fruity esters than I was expecting, mild cocoa flavor, but little roasted character to it. It has a rich opaque appearance that stares at you in the face. It's pretty dry in the end and quite drinkable. Not bad by any means; I just was expecting a much bigger roasted character.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and roasted malt. The beer smells about like I expect an American Stout to smell. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate malt with some roasted malt. There are also some medicinal notes in the flavor, somewhat resembling menthol or spearmint. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black hue with a one finger creamy caramel head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of elements of roasted grain, and sweet molasses. There was a noticable smokey aroma as well.

The flavor profile included bitter coffee, sweet molasses and liquid smoke. A very clean taste.

The mouthfeel was light and clean. There was a nice dry finish.

Overall a nice stout with a manageable ABV. A good session beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pitch black with a nice off white head. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S. Smells of chocolate malt coffee. Light bready notes. Pretty inviting, just a bit faint.

T. Has a pronounced roasted character and some dark maltiness dominating the flavor. The chocolate and coffee notes apparant in the nose are nowhere to be found in the taste. Slight charred old coffee on the back end. Minerally hop adds the bitterness. Kiss of clean alcohal. Overall no off flavors per se, but nothing better than average.

M. Silky smooth with a bit of carbonation. Kind of flat.

D. Overall this is a very average stout. Good for the price but I'd spring for a better example.

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Black Hawk Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 654 ratings.
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