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
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Ratings: 503 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of TitoLounge
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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 +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Hopstout
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of gee0001
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
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 +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of E-McFarden
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlakeH215
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rypkr
4.71/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of DuckDodgers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zinklesmesh
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look; Dark Brown/Ruby semi-opaque. A one finger tan head disappears quickly with almost no lacing present.
Smell; Sweet, nutty.
Taste; Rich, caramel, lightly roasted malts, mild hop bitterness.
Feel; Thin, a bitter aftertaste lingers a tad too long.
Overall; A decent brown ale. Considering he price a good deal.

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Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmgallag
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Simple, but good is appropriate for this one. Has an element of crispness to do it that is pleasant along with a creamy mouthfeel that goes down easy. Taste is not complex, but in a good way. Not much going on with the smell. With affordable price, pretty easy to spend the afternoon with this one.

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Photo of CycleDad
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
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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Photo of codekiln
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a four inch snifter, this beer had a sudden, thick, inch tall brown head that dissipated quickly, leaving slight lace on the walls. The foam tasted like chocolate, nuts and malt. When it simmered down, it revealed a deep chestnut-colored, opaque beer. It is hardly bitter at all; very sweet and fruity. It's almost like a dessert beer. The mouthfeel is on the thick, watery side, and it smells slightly metallic, with notes of grapes and nuts. It feels like a fine English Brown Ale - which, admittedly, isn't our favorite type of beer to date.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flashback #77

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Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Clarsanm
2.21/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I mean, i'm reading other people reviews and i don't get it. I tried this beer last night and it was VERY BAD.
Extremely light, crispy but so watery...its like a dark lager more than dark ale. The price is ridiculously cheap(5.65 a six pack in TJ) but like i said, i wasn't expecting such a bad product. At one point i thought its was expired...
No creamy at all, watery taste, nice aroma but that's all. Not what i'm expecting of a Dark Ale. My sensation was "this is a Dark Ale Budweiser". Next time i'm going for a Porter.

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Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 503 ratings.
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