Black Toad Dark Ale | Black Toad Brewing Co.

Black Toad Dark AleBlack Toad Dark Ale
BA SCORE
3.61/5
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,490
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
513
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
61
Trade:
0
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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best consumed before 03/03/12. Cold 12oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Beer is a dark brown, barely translucent, with a fat, lighter brown head. Could easily be mistaken for stout. Aroma is musty and funky.

Flavor is malty and sweet. Suggests a nuttiness without slapping you in the face with it. Wet hops through the middle, but caramel in the aftertaste. Not over carbonated at all.

A little on the sweet side for my taste, but pretty good all around.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a black colour with a decent light-tan head with some lacing.

Smell: Aroma of roasted malts; a slight sweetness is there too. But it's much too mild.

Taste: Light roasted malts, a bit of creamed coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Mild, but good flavor. A pinch of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with very light carbonation. Generally quite smooth.

Drinkability: A pleasant beer that's easy to drink. Would work as a session beer.

A nice beer somewhere between a black lager and a stout, more than it is a porter (at least in my thoughts!). It's not so heavy either, which works quite well for this beer. Certainly worth a try; I'll get again for sure.

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Photo of Buebie
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown long neck twist off bottle. Went into a pub glass and formed just over an inch of tan head.
Leaving some pretty clingy thin coatings of lace.
Color is brown with some redish warm hues when held to light.

Aroma of cereal grains, alot of molasses, dark fruit, and a little bit of hops.

Taste is also picking up a good amount of molasses, chocolate grains and lots of cereal grain flavors. As well as dark fruit, figs and plums through the swallow. Some grassy hops at the finish with just a touch of bitters mixing with the very grainy taste. Not husky.
Too much molasses flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp with carbonation adding to its drinkability to kinda smooth out the heavier maltyness.
Its super drinkable and excellent about the style. But, there was somthing in there that just didnt taste like my thing with the dark fruits and molasses.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask for this brew

A- dark brown cola color. no heador lacing on the glass.

S- sweet coffee malts and chocolate. some sort of oily hops as well.

F- a carbonated coffee with chocolate flavor. Sounds weird but it is delic. very nicely complemented.

M-coffee with a carbonated kick and sweetness. Light bodied dark ale.

O- very tasty and i downed this pretty quick. def would rec a sixer

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Photo of NeverSettle
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red with sparse large bubbles. Good tan foam. No lacing.

Smell: Mineral water and a hint of coffee. Very weak, but not unpleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly toffee. Seltzer water flavor/finish. The feel is definitely very good, but the flavor is just alright. Refreshing for an English brown.

Overall Drinkability: Not great initially, but this is actually a very good session. Nothing outstanding, but the feel makes it enticing.

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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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Photo of sleazo
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a dark brown which becomes ruby when held to the light. A nice looking head fizzles quickly into a large bubbled cap.

S_Dark chocolate, toffee and a bit metallic

T_Starts out with a milk chocolate, followed by a mellow sweetness. Some roasted grain is present as well. The metallic edge comes through in the finish.

M_Light bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D_Goes down fairly smooth. $5.99 a six pack at Trader Joes, really not a bad deal for a decent brew.

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Photo of jebrew
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beveritt
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is fairly simple, a tan oval with Black Toad written in black letters. Expiration date of 12/24/08.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles into half a finger of dense foam. The beer itself is dark reddish brown and nearly opaque. Big bubbles accumulate on the bottom of the glass, almost looks force carbonated vice naturally based upon bubble size.

Smell: Malt sweetness upfront, with a good blend of roastiness from barley and caramel sweetness. An almost tea-like aroma in the finish.

Taste: Fairly significant carbonation bite upfront drowns out any subtle flavors. Toffee-like malt sweetness. Finishes with a medium bitterness from roasted barley.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: A nice middle of the road porter. A little high on carbonation and sweetness for my tastes, but all in all, not too bad.

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Photo of kkazemi
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with chestnut hues and a foamy, tan head.

Aromas of dark malt waft from the glass, which are a touch roasty, and a touch nutty.

More roasted malt is featured in the flavor, a touch coffee like, perhaps a hint charred, but also nutty sweet.

This dark ale is on the lighter side in body with medium carbonation and although it is a touch thin, it is quite crisp and tasty.

I was pretty impressed with this beer; it had a nice combination of roasted malt and sweet nut character that I had hoped it would offer and it was extremely drinkable.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The black toad comes with a freshness date on the back and pours a see through dark amber that leaves very little foam on the sides of the glass and a head that stays a second or two.

The aroma of the dark ale is a roasty toasty malt. The taste is chocolate that is pretty smooth. It is a good balance between the roastiness and the hops. It is a great deal at 4.99 a six pack.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One bottle of "Distinctive Dark Ale" from the Black Toad Brewery. The beer is dark, but not black, with very visible brown regions near the edges. The foam is only a few centimeters deep, and left some nice lacing.

The aroma is raisins, chalky cocoa--it almost reminds me of a dry Irish stout. The sweetness of ripe fruit along with powdery cocoa leads the flavor into a dry bitterness at the end. The palate is left with flavors of husky grains and cocoa.

The flavor here is neither bold nor complex, but it is drinkable.

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Photo of TEdubbaD
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of xacidx
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of carlmoberg
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SFNC
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 jneiswender
2.24/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A--light tan head, very thin, and lacey. reddish, walnut body

S--sweet malt, husky and light caramel smell

T--smokey malt, very sweet front, almost a mushroom like middle and a light hop end.

M--thick, slick

D--very one dimesional brew. It doesn't taste "bad" in an off flavor sense but just seems to have a flavor that is non-distinctive.

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Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Appearance: Dark brown, like a cup of coffee. Moderate foam dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Malty. I can taste chocolate, raisins and other dark fruit, toffee, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a slight hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good. Rich and malty, this is one of the better beers from Trader Joe’s Josephsbrau label.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Brown in color with a thin laced head.

Smell: Sweet and deep roasted coffee and nut smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Those deep roasted malts of roasted nuts are very strong up-front and are maintained throughout the life of the beer. A sweet, almost milky flavor comes in near the end. There is a slight carbonation feel to it. The aftertaste is akin to coffee.

Drinkability: Very nice addition to the Trader Joe line-up. If I lived close to one, I would definitely grab a few more of these, but in the meantime, I'll just savor the ones I have.

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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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