Black Dog Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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Black Dog AleBlack Dog Ale

Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Cresant on 05-08-2007

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 124
Reviews by horshack7:
Photo of horshack7
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 punce bottle a picture of a black dog with the words no whinners written. Behind the picture is a moutaniness setting.

Appearance: This one pours a absolutely stunning dark amber brown with slightly lacey head that disicpates quick.

Aromas: Notes of caramel and light hops. Nice malt notes as well.

Taste: A nice dose of hops starts in right off the bat. With nice dark roasted malts along with caramel hints. It has an interesting crispness to it and a slightly dry finish.

Notes: This one I could definately enjoy year round. I do find one thing odd on the bottle it is described as an English style amber ale. But here on the website it is listed as American amber/ Red ale. None the less still a tasty beer.Cheers

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich deep amber color with a thinner slight off white head that was quickly.Juicy,fruity malt tilted aromas with notes of brown sugar and caramel a real malt paradise,a tad thin in the mouthfeel department but it goes down effortlessly anyways.Again the malt rules on the palate juicy and quite sweet very fruity with notes of caramel that linger only a slight drying in the finish.Iam not sure what a English amber is but this a quaffing sweeter amber and pretty food friendly to boot.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased with the color as I poured the beer from the bottle to the glass. I had not had an amber ale in awhile and I thought the dark copper color was quite pleasing. There was not much of a head after pouring, but what head there was remained for quite awhile with some nice lacing as the glass was emptied.

The beer had a nice malty smell which I thought was very nice. Even better was the hop aroma, overall I thought this was the beers best characteristic and I was eager to taste.

The first think I noticed was a nice hop flavor. I was not entirely expecting this before I smelled the beer. I was expecting more mild hop flavor being that it is an English Style Amber Ale. Instead there were nice nice roasted and caramel malt flavors along with the hops. It was all very nice until I was hit with a slightly off putting after taste. Mind you, it was not horrible or offensive, just not my cup of tea. This would have been a solid 4 if not for the after taste.

The would say this beer had a nice medium body, but was a little more carbonated than I would have liked at first. The carbonation was perfect when I was about 2/3 done.

This is a beer I would be very happy sitting around enjoying at a BBQ and talking with friends. I very much enjoyed the color and clarity and was pleasantly surprised with the wonderful hop taste and aroma. An amber ale I am sure I will enjoy again.

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Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

They used to carry this stuff at Safeway, but no more. Light auburn color, mild head, dissipates quickly, aroma was very mild, light and sweet malt existence. Didn't pick up hops.

Taste, pretty smooth, like a cream and red hybrid. Not much left in the aftertaste. Sweet, brown sugar. Lesser amounts of toffee. Carbonation was good, although a weird fruit bitterness was on the aftertaste.

Pretty average stuff.

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Photo of MOShepp
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark amber color. Bottle poured into a mug, nice 3/4" head that lingered throughout. Not a lot going on to smell. Mildly bitter up front, but the malty sweet kicks in right away with carmel overtones. Finishes smooth with very slight bitterness. Overall a great beer to just sit and drink.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes are from a couple nights ago.

Amber's the word on this one, as this brew's color is about as close to it as could be. A nice, off-white head stands between one and two fingers tall, leaving adequate patchy lacing partway down the glass as it recedes.
There's a nice, solid malt base with caramel and toasty bread notes complimenting a bright citrus and light pine hops aroma. There's a light earthiness in here, and it gets a little grainy as I get as much as I can pull from the aroma.
The balance works very nicely in the flavor, with the hops greeting the tongue but graciously giving way to the caramel malt without falling away. It's not vastly complex, but it's solid, very nicely balanced, and flavorful.
The body is medium and carbonation is moderate, giving a crisp bite on first sip that fades to a pretty smooth swallow.
This is a good brew that keep me interested in a brewery that's new to me.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dacrza1
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany orange red body with a fluffy uneven one-finger head...hops are confident but not annoying...fleeting taste (a certain thinness) to the back of the mouth...warm, low alcohol notes...strictly speaking on a personal level, these ambers cannot class themselves with any imported ale of note and generally cannot decide which glass to serve themselves in... as an American invention, not tasty, but useful for a night in, take out and a movie on.

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Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Dark amber color with a three finger off white head, nice lacing on the glass

S Caramel malts, some sweetness, slight hops

T Was not expecting the strong flavor of the hops which are slightly, not bad, bitter, less caramel than expected, sweet, hints of toffee

M Pretty smooth, a little carbonation, some acidity, finish was crisp and clean

D Not a bad beer for sitting around and sipping, wouldn't want to chug this one, just sit back and enjoy the complex flavors

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Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of blknikon
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kenito799
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 oz pour at a Greenwich Village bar on 7th Ave so nondescript, I have no idea what it is named.

This was the only beer on tap I hadn't heard of, among the Harp/Guinness/Boddington/Blue Moon mega-distributed group. So I was surprised to see so few reviews here.

Poured quite a dark reddish-amber, no lace left at all. Soft malty aroma, hints of toffee. Taste is very smooth, malty, somewhat nondescript, hops muted. Inoffensive and somewhat boring, but not bad.

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Photo of hammer09
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, deep red in appearance with a thick and foamy head. Visible signs of carbonation are light, despite the large head. Smell is malty and sweet with some citrus notes. Overall, this smells fresh and clean. Taste is slightly sour with mild malt flavors and a mediocre bitterness. Basically, it tastes okay, but is uninteresting. Mouthfeel is flat, sticky, and boring. This beer needs more carbonation. Drinkability is okay, but not a very memorable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me get's this straight, this beer claims a Montana lineage, but is from a company in california & my bottle says brewed in Denver WTH?

Pours caramel/brown with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Below average head retention & good lacing After studying my glass further)

S: Caramel, a little toasted malt & choclate

T: Caramel sweetness up front, then some earthy hops & grainyness as this warms. I picked up toasted/charred grains as this warms some more. Finishes kind of a mess, earthy hops & caramel sweetness almost overpower the grainyness

MF: Thinish & low carbonation, really brings this beer down a knotch IMO

Drinks above average, but started with loads more potential. If I was actuakky interested in this beer, I'd see what the story is on it. Frankly, I'm not interested

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Photo of Pivo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of gotweid
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Spanish Peaks Brewery, founded in Montana and brewed in Montana or Denver is this fine English Style Amber Ale. Got all that ????From a 12oz bottle. Very thick off white head lasted quite a while. This brew has a deep brown color that matches the bottle. Great lacing. Smell is of very strong malt, hops and nuts. The taste is a very prominent malt, kind of nutty, not bitter. Leaves a pleasant malt feel in the mouth and not dry. Finishes nice and easy, not too bitter. The dark malt stays with you quite a while. Highly recommended. Very nice English style amber ale. Goes well with a nice English beef stew.

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Photo of ewright
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly clear, dark red/brown in color with a finger of off-white head that recedes to a fine layer.

S: Faint notes of grain husks and white grape juice.

T: Nice hit of toffee notes up front with a crisp hop bite at the end. Hints of fruit linger in the background.

M: Just a bit thin, but good carbonation levels.

D: Definitely an easy drinking ale ... dangerously easy to put away a 6 pack on a holiday afternoon if you aren't careful.

Note: I found this on sale for $10/case. I have fond memories of this beer as Black Dog and Pete's Wicked Ale were my gateway beers.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper red with a nice thick white pillowy head.

Very light citrus and stone fruit in the nose. Elegant; not real assertive but nice.

Mouthfeel a light to medium body with a light creamy character.

Very delicate and somewhat elegant very light coffee with cream fruit flavors. Hints of milk carmel. All is rather light but some elegant character and some interesting flavor profiles. Finish of light carmel, coffee milk. Seems simple; on reflection has a light pleasant milked coffee, carmel character.

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Photo of jduprey007
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of rebel1771
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with small off-white head that sticks around a bit.

S: Caramel malts with a decent amount of hops.

T: Bready malts of front with a noticeable hop presence in the middle and fading to a biscuity after taste.

Good solid brew, nothing earth shattering but it doesn't need to be.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chug would be proud. This clear brown ale pours a thick head that doesn't quickly dissipate. The smell is a soft mix of hoppy acid and molasses. Taste is English. There's no getting around it nor would you want to. Echoes Boddington's, Newcastle, Harp, etc. Nice and smooth with nicely balanced hops and malts. Very drinkable. I'll buy more. Very good beer.

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Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
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