Black Toad Dark Ale | Black Toad Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
good
503 Ratings
Black Toad Dark AleBlack Toad Dark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Toad Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
503
Reviews:
260
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
56
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 503 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of Hephaestos
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While writing this, I'm wearing me heavy metal Toad ring!

Nice smoke from the bottle. One finger head, vanishing fast. A ruby brew, when held to the light, otherwise dark brown.

Smells primarily of roasted malt.

Initially watery, nutty hops, roasted malt. Half way through, as it warms a tad (pole), the refined flavors will unfold in ways one will either love or hate (or loves to hate!)

A subtle brew, a mellow sipper, perfect for cool, damp days, almost on par, I suppose, with Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.
Goes well with "Crunchy Frog" (beloved reference from Monty Python's Flying Circus!)

 605 characters

Photo of eldoctorador
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ferretferret
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaredkylemccann
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wildbill0351
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is 4 years old. Got forgotten at the back of the beer fridge. Tastes like burnt sugar, dark fruits, and smooth maltiness. No hop aroma at all.

149 characters

Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nasharm
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nihlas
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ab39z
2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SrutiG
4.94/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nicely balanced with a color that’s in between dark magohany and ruby (Chestnut describes it perfectly!), there is a fantastic blend of subtle toffee, toasted biscuits, black tea, light coffee and a near-robust nutty flavor that follows the aroma very, VERY nicely. Although it does get a little hoppy, the mild sweetness balances it out. The nicely smooth carbonation makes this beer an enjoyable brew. Overall, this MAY be a good substitute for Goose Island’s Nut Brown Ale! Until Goose Island brings it back, you’ve got yourself a lighter version of the stockyard stout that is enjoyable anytime, even if you like a good stout like the stockyard! Other good nut brown ales to try are those from the Carolina Brewing Company, the Santa Fe Brewing Company and even the Coconut Molasses Brown Ale from Duck Foot Brewing Company. While not a nut brown, the Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing is also worth the mention.

 946 characters

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from bottle. Smells of coffee and caramel, taste same with a bit of brown sugar. Lots of roast malt. Like a porter but a little lighter. Simple but good. Would get it again.

 184 characters

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle from local Trader Joe's 6-pack sampler. Poured into a pint glass - light 2-finger foam. Very opaque. Smells of coffee, dark malts, caramel - very appealing. Taste is lighter than expected but a very good thing. Dark, roasty coffee notes abound. Light mouthfeel to this one as should be expected from a dark ale. Really good brew that I would go back to on damp, chilly night!

 394 characters

Photo of Guppy314
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown but not opaque. Dense foamy head that dissipated quickly. It has a toasted nutty taste plus fulsome malty flavors with a little toffee. But thin compared to a Porter. Bought a Trader Joe's. Not really worth a repeat.

 228 characters

Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown body; thick, frothy head; sheets of lacing left on the glass. Nutty, chocolaty aroma; chicory. Toasted grain sweetness; nutty; hints of brown sugar yet not overly sweet; toffee; low-key presence of hop bitterness. Heavy body; warm and soft mouthfeel; softly sweet with a mild dryness at the finish.

Great combination of dark, roasted malt grains with a mild sweetness and a simple touch of hop bitterness.

 421 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Originally listed as a porter, thankfully the wise acumen of other raters got this changed over the years to an English brown ale. More fitting.

Looks brown, thin 1/5" head, lighter brown. Smells of fetid swamp water with unsweetened stale toffee in it, the hard ass candy kind in a 110 year old's candy dish.

Taste reveals more toffee, brown malt, can't bring out any coffee or chocolate malt flavors. Thin bodied. Picked these up at Trader Joe's. Had some nuttiness in the mouthfeel. Would not repeat. I don't get the high reviews for this. In every category it is average at best. . .

 601 characters

Photo of devo1980
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I REALLY like this beer. DARK DARK DARK!
Got it cheap at Trader Joe's - so perhaps that influences my rating, but it is strong, black and smooth. Very much enjoyed it and will gladly purchase agian.

 200 characters

Photo of AaronNQ
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 503 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More