Black Toad Dark Ale | Black Toad Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
good
504 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:
504
Reviews:
260
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
56
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Milchad
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good stuff. Nice full flavor brew. Can't go wrong with a beer you can actually taste.

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/4" head.

Smell: roasted malt is the lone aroma component.

Taste: roasted malt, dark fruit, some woody and earthy tones, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the end.

Overall: a relatively simple al that has a nice roasted flavor. Easy to consume.

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Photo of jebrew
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of garcia46
3.96/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Lukebell15
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Dana_Campbell
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of shleepy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Dark brown, with relatively small head. Caramely malt smell. Taste and mouthfeel is smooth (albeit not as smooth as a Velvet Merlin) but also roasty. Has kind of a "rusty" quality to it. Pleasant, but I'd opt for a Velvet Merlin, if it's at the local Trader Joe's, instead, for an extra couple of dollars per six-pack.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date of July 2015.

Pours clear, very dark brown, with a large, durable tan head. Lingering lacing partially coats the glass.

Aroma: mild medium and dark roasted grains with a lighter roast than the appearance suggests. Faint hints of coffee, smoke, roasted nuts and toffee.

Flavor: mild medium and dark roasted grains with a neutral bitter/sweet balance.

Feel: medium-light body; very smooth. Lively, crisp carbonation.

O: enjoyable and economical dark ale that straddles the brown ale / light porter categories. Improved with warming.

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Photo of qcghost
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque deep crimson red/brown approaching black in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate ruby red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with a light amount of toffee notes. There is a subtle hint of nuts (maybe pecan) and just a hint of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with a very light amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by a subtle note of nuts/pecans and just a very light amount of herbal hops. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades almost immediately.

M: Light bodied with a moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, kind of a hybrid between an English Brown Ale and an English Porter but one that I found to be mostly successful. Could easily have a couple of these in a session.

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Photo of GatorCoop
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Galamaga1
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BigRizz62
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of avckc
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of williahd
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Pintwacky
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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