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:
#36,522
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
513
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
61
Trade:
0
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Photo of Tone
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with small yellow head, but poor retention. No lacing to speak of. Smells of roasted malts. Fits the style of an American Porter. Tastes of roasted malts that quickly turns into a slight hop and then finishes with more malt. Low almost non-existent carbonation. Overall, an easy to drink porter, but lacking in body.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

March 2005- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Toad pours a dark brown, almost black in color. Fairly nice thick head, but leaves minimal lacing behind. Very nutty and roasty in the nose and the taste consists of the same qualities, but with a fairly strong bitter finish, almost like a brown ale or a ESB. Carbonation level is adequate, but overall it was a tad to bitter for me. Would have liked a bit more coffee and chocolate than that bitter beer face.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a dark ruddy brown amber with a one finger fine medium brown head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, brown bread, a hint of chocolate. Flavor of toasted and biscuit malt, butterscotch and mild nuts and chocolate. Finishes with light sweet toasted malt and caramel. Pretty darn good for a cheap low ABV brown ale. A bit on the sweet side, and mild flavors, but I like it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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 plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murk dark amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured caramel, molasses and a touch of roasted malt.

The taste was initially sweet and dominated by balmy caramel malts. Cocoa and a faint nuttiness appeared toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a residual filmy sweetness.

Overall a solid brown ale for the money. Certainly plenty of flavor the keep it interesting.

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

Black Toad? That's raci...on to the beer:

The creamy head on top of this chestnut colored beer slowly drops to a thick lace. Reasonably nutty in the aroma. Roasted peanuts come to mind, a little toffee arrives to the scene.

Nutty and toffee flavors ride around the palate. The texture has a medium feel with short, "buzzy" carbonation which eventually smooths out. There's a pleasant sweet and nutty aftertaste.

Agreeable and inexpensive brown ale by way of Trader Joe's.

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Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 355 ml bottle dated 07/20/14-13:47. Sampled on March 9, 2014.

It is a very nice looking beer with a dark brown to practically black color and a long lasting cream colored head.

While the aroma brings out some roasted dark malt and nutty characters I tend to get this sort of soapiness like I'm taking a shower. Little to no hope note.

The body is about medium but it is very smooth and creamy.

The taste is generally on the sweet and malty side but it does not go overboard. Nuts, malts, and the most modest of a hop finale. It is easy to drink but it is nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

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Photo of Zorro
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour a clear brown brew, doesn't look like a porter.

Smell is sweet and heavily roasted in scent and is slightly sour smelling.

Taste is a little sweet and a little malty with a bit of roasted flavor and some bitter aftertaste. I feel like I have been cheated, this doesn't have all that much flavor at all. As a Porter it is a flop, makes an OK Brown Ale I guess.

Mouthfeel is below average.

It is drinkable but why would I ever want another one of these? Blah! Completely forgettable!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date October 2008; Sampled June 2008
A brisk pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a frothy, initially three-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown, approaching black color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry color when held up to the light. Sweet and fruity smelling up front, but picks up a touch of roasted grain towards the end. Berries, raisins and sweet malt yields to coffee, toasted grain and burnt toast towards the end. This has a decent mix of aromatic notes to it, definitely an enjoyable nose.

Sweet, with a soft creamy heft to it that belies what I assume is a lower / average alcohol beer; certainly not thick or rich, but I was expecting a thin beer for some reason. The sweet malt notes are balanced in the finish by a roast-coffee like note, some burnt grain flavors, and just a touch of roast-grain derived acidity; this last providing a bit of balance more than anything. The sweetness accents fruit flavors of roasted raisins, lightly burnt black-berries and even a touch of fig.

This is an outstanding beer at the often seen price of $4.99 / six-pack. While fairly sweet, the fruitiness adds complexity and it has just enough roast grain character to keep this in balance.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pick up at Trader Joe's, a solid score I thought I'd try it,

A: Pours brown with a light off-white head, nice lace, good retention.

S: Sweet malt, that's it, one dimensional but enjoyable.

T: Dark bread, almost has a Belgian Dark Ale feel, has some yeast character. A good flavour, but again one-dimensional.

M: Light to medium-bodied, thin in the finish, but a nice feel overall.

O: A real good beer at a buck a bottle. Actually feels bigger than 5.3% which is a boon at this price point.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

A nice dark brown-red colour with a 2 finger head of tannish foam and some good lacing.

It has a nice smell to it. I'm picking up some roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of dark fruit.

Tastewise, I get the chocolate first, followed by roasted malt and coffee with some notes of dark fruit and just the slightest of hop bitterness. Pretty tasty brew here. The body is kind of thin it doesn't ever get watery. It finishes with a coffee bitterness that lasts fairly long in the aftertaste.
Very good head retention as I'm down to the last couple of ounces and there's still a solid 1/2" layer. This is another one of them "fun" beers to drink and I'm glad I got to try it.

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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 RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, auburn color with a low light brown head that leaves little bits of lace. Light roasted malt aroma and light hop aroma. Tastes like it smells; really good and very porter-ish. Light bodied with a nice roasty dry finish.

A great session beer -- Kind of a mix between an Irish style stout and a porter... hard to explain - just try it.

Date on label: 07/21/03 Tasted: 02/11/03

($4.99 / 6 pack)

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Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, very dark brown color with just a thin cap of medium khaki head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malts with just a hint of roast as well. There was no noticeable grain, hops or yeast scents. The flavor profile was very similar, with the addition of an alcohol bite on the finish.

The body was typically decent for the style, smooth and medium bodied, with a bit of a sticky-sweet finish. Drinkability was good, as brown ales usually tend to be. Overall, an OK beer, one that's worth grabbing a sixer of as a budget option.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky brown, not quite as dark as a solid stout black. A medium-sized an head appears and then just as quickly, vanishes! The aroma is slightly sweet, roasty, malty, almost smoky. Flavor is almost amber-ale like- malty, sweetish, easy drinking with a slight hop bite at the back of the throat. A drinkable brew found at the local Trader Joe's- nothing exciting, nothing terrible.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany clear body that has a creamy thin head that last and last. The carbonation is strong with big bubbles.

S- The soft smell of lightly toasted malt with some faint toffee notes in the background.

T- This beer has a smooth brown malt texture with some notes of dry pale malt aswell. There are some subtle notes of caramel and toffee with a slight off-taste. This beer finishes with a soft bitter hops that is enhanced a bit by the carbonation.

M- The mouthfeel is light with a slight creamy texture with a bit of a watery finish.

D- This beer has some nice malt qualities and some nice hop qualities but it lacks interest. Some qualities of a Bock, some of a Brown Ale, and some of an Adjunct Lager made it a little confusing and they all kind of washed together.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a nutty brown with a few ruby hints. Had a one and a half finger head that receded to a foamy film with some light foam sticking on the side.

Smell- A litle cream detection, but mostly a mild nutty arome with a little malt penetrates the nose.

Taste- First you notice a distinct hazelnutty hops flavor which then moves on to a roasty, creamy malt character and ends with just a creamy general nut nuance.

Mouthfeel- Overall a very craemy and nutty palate. The nuts stay with the tongue the longest. A little dry as well.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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