Black Toad Dark Ale | Black Toad Brewing Co.

Black Toad Dark AleBlack Toad Dark Ale
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44.8%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 511 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
Ranking:
#36,020
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
511
Liked:
229
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
14.4%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
59
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of SrutiG
4.94/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.88/5  rDev +35.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rypkr
4.71/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of sneakymagician
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a chocolatey taste, with a roasted finish. The finish becomes more bread-like, as the beer sits. It's sweet, but not overly so. I was pleasantly surprised. It's hard to beat the price for this quality. I may have found a new session beer.

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4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says a brewery from San Jose, CA. I know use to be Goose Island now it is Joseph Brau Brewery. I like. Good Beer at a good price. I would pick it up again at Trader Joes! not too many good black ale that are in code and good! The aftertaste is ok but I can live with this beer. This is now my everyday beer!

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4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful burgundy red. nice crisp brown head. Smells very malty a lot like a porter. Very well carbonated that has a nice sweet and malty flavor. Strong Chocolate flavor that really rounds this out nicely and finishes with a perfect hop flavor. I am so impressed with this beer. I am not even a huge fan of brown beers and porters but this is a great beer.

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4.52/5  rDev +25.2%
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!)

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Photo of entenduintransit
4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an absolutely delicious ale. Wonderful coffee notes and aftertaste. A hint of a toffee/caramel taste as well. Low carbonation and creamy feel. One of my new favorites.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a thin head that lasted a few minutes. Decent smell with a great mouth feel and taste. Very smooth with just a hint of hops on the finish. Will be buying this again.

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4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, auburn color with a low light brown head that leaves little bits of lace. Light roasted malt aroma and light hop aroma. Tastes like it smells; really good and very porter-ish. Light bodied with a nice roasty dry finish.

A great session beer -- Kind of a mix between an Irish style stout and a porter... hard to explain - just try it.

Date on label: 07/21/03 Tasted: 02/11/03

($4.99 / 6 pack)

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Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 44.8% out of 100 with 511 ratings
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