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Black Toad Dark Ale | Black Toad Brewing Co.

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Black Toad Dark AleBlack Toad Dark Ale
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3.61/5
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513 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:
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Added by Jason on 08-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,902
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
513
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
61
Trade:
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Ratings: 513 |  Reviews: 261
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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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
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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Photo of Guppy314
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
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. . .

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Photo of devo1980
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of AaronNQ
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TitoLounge
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(My sample was awesome, I don't know why there's poor reviews)

Poured into a large handled stem glass. A dark chestnut color forms into a tarry blackness with 90% opacity, light barely penetrating and lighting up the edges. Head is khaki colored and 3 fingers tall, recedes to 1 finger after a few minutes.

Smells of black molasses, dark malts, black karo syrup, walnuts, and a strong herbal note of dried parsley.

The flavor is actually quite delicious. Spanks of hop bitterness dance around a body of dark bread crusts, malt o meal, corn syrup, and a slight hint of vinegar. Lingering flavors of pickled bread crusts and piney hop remain on the palate.

Feel is delightfully creamy and well-carbonated. Ends with a distinct semi-dry parch.

Overall, Black Toad is a pretty solid Schwarz. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Nice work!

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Photo of 1erasmus
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hopstout
2.49/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of gee0001
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Would I drink it again? Yes! I’d buy this dark beauty again. It’s a healthy beer with a medium to full body that drinks heavier than it looks. It’s quite satisfying and enjoyable to consume. Cheap buy at Trader Joe’s.
Head: A nice looking tan head. Head is thin and gives away to a little lacing.
Appearance: Pours chocolate brown and sits dark brown in the glass with an amber hue. This is a good looking beer.
Smell: Some hints of a malty beer to come but not overly fragrant.
Taste: Light chocolate on the front end with a roasted nutty flavor. Healthy malt and touch of earth. There is a smooth touch at the end.
Finish: It finishes strong and leaves you with a pleasant after-taste

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Photo of cgrunin
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of E-McFarden
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlakeH215
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of zinklesmesh
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good beer. Caught me by surprise, as it's one of those "no-name" Trader Joe's beers that goes for really cheap. It's almost more of a stout or porter than a brown ale. Really tasty, with nice roasty, nutty, chocolaty malt flavors. It almost works as a budget replacement for Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale for me, since it tastes similar and costs 1/3 as much.

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Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 513 ratings
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