Black Toad Dark Ale | Black Toad Brewing Co.

501 Ratings
Black Toad Dark AleBlack Toad Dark Ale

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

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep amber with a fleeting half inch khaki head.

Chocolate and toasted malt begin the aroma, with sweet nutty toffee and light roast adding complexity. There's a hint of floral hop character. Diacetyl becomes more dominant as it warms.

Flavor reveals toasted malt, which gives way to moderate roast at mid palate, finishing fairly dry and just a tad bitter. Notes of chocolate and toasted nuts intermingle with sweet caramel malt. Light fruity esters underlie the flavor profile.

Body is moderate to a touch watery, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.

More chocolate and toast than anticipated. Decidedly sweet, but fairly flavorful. Very malt dominant.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before March 13, 2013; poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonik.

A russet/chocolate/raw umber parade combines to form the dark but clear liquid capped by an active and fast receding khaki head. Vague lacing, poor retention.

Roast coffee, not-quite-burnt toast, and dark malt aromatics invite you to inhale a bit deeper. Hints of walnuts and toffee.

Sweet and rich palate entry with brief but intense sweetness and layered roasted/toasted malt notes countered by a mild clean bitterness from (English?) hops. Clean but complex or complex but clean? My confusion suggests a nice balance which persists into the finish.

Faintly slick modestly carbonated mouthfeel - a touch soft, but satisfactory for the style.

Given the relatively low ABV and the "budget" price-point - this is proving to be quite the Autumn session ale in my home. One of the best values on offer from Trader Joe's. Definitely inspired by a number of Northern style English browns - this beer quietly bests a number of them.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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