Black Dog Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Cresant on 05-08-2007

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Ratings:
179
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of T-ruf
1.2/5  rDev -65.7%

Photo of Bendurgin
2.21/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This bottle was given to me from a friend who thought I would like it. So thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Dark amber body on this. No real head just a layer of weak foam. Looks meh.

Smells like burnt biscuit with a little bit of raspberries. Malty and kind of syrupy smelling. This just kind of has a rotten fruit flavor to it. It's like srtawberry shortcake with berries just past there prime. Toasty malts take over with really off flavors.

Feels alright, the body is a bit heavy and the carbonation is good but this doesn't taste good at all. I'm not down with this. Justin can keep his beers next time.

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Photo of deaconoflove
2.26/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ap. Light brown color with small tan head.
Sm. First came a malty, earthy, sweet caramel followed by a little compost pile.
Ta. Choco/caramel with an off bitterness/rottenness.
Mf. Seemed thin at first with low to medium carbonation.
Dr. My first reaction was "GACK!", but the more I drank, the more tolerable it became. It's not as awful as it seemed at first. Drinkable, but probably not by me.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.31/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 120z brown bottle into a pint glass.

A--Black walnut body with a faint tan head.

S-Doughy and floral.

T--Chewy breadlike somewhat toasted. Little hop flavor.

M-Medium

D-Not bad but there are so many others out there to try. Very little here that would bring you back a second time. Nothing unique. Boring.

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Photo of cnally
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Black Dog. Hair of the Dog. No connection.

This is a weird brown/tan color with peaks of red around the edges where light shines through. A fizzy off-white head barely forms and dies quick.

The aroma is focused on its caramel malt aroma, but the quality is very subdued. A little mossy, even, but silent.

The flavor relies heavily on a butterscotch bend but balances poorly with a resounding bitterness. The bitter is quite debilitating, mauling any other flavors in the beer, like caramel, almond, and vanilla, which do settle a bit in the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel, frothy, well carbonated but not overly so. Sticky around the lips.

Not exactly the most appealing beer, a shade away from being too bitter, but why drink a beer with shallow flavor? There are flavors in there, just dying to come out, but can't due to its lack of depth.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Durandal_777
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of gfreed
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What is it about beer and dogs that we see so many dogs on beer labels? Show me a good beer with a cat on the label; *then* I'll sit up and take notice. This particular dog beer is not bad, nor is it anything special. Amber color, bubbles, head, caramel, toffee, bite, etc., etc. Choose your favorite C-level American amber and paste its review here. One *can* do better, definitely.

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Photo of Floydster
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's Family Market in El Segundo a couple months ago for one dollar, split with a friend last night

Poured into my Ballast Point glass with a light golden red color, 1/4 inch white soapy head, and some small amounts of lacing

Smell hints of hoppiness in the aroma but nothing substantial, also faint aromas of citrus and other fruits

Taste was fairly dry but it seemed like a lot of the hops had settled down in this one, some orange and lemon came to the surface as it got warmer, slightly chewy at times and had more of a straw-like flavor, some mild sweetness caused by apples and raisins towards the end of drinking this one, wanted more hops and bitterness out of this one, not a well balanced amber

Not much carbonation and a weak body, taste did not last long, pretty bad mouthfeel

Could not drink too much of this because the taste is tiresome, ABV is low and it is light on the stomach, it just does not go down very easily

One of three Spanish Peaks brews tasted tonight and was not too impressive, cannot say I can recommend this beer

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Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light amber, thin head, vanishes. Aroma was of just toasted malt.

Taste was weak, a little sweet and bitter, couldn't decide if it was a malt liquor or an amber ale. Toffee, well carbonated, almost excessively, harsh bitter aftertaste is the main mouthfeel component, and its not all that hoppy so who knows.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz from Bucket O'Brew for about $1.40.. shared with Brenda, mine from my New Belgium goblet.

Nice head and lacing atop a clear amber red brew.

Aroma is toasty malts and some English hops... fruity yeasty notes... uninspiring .. could use more of everything.

Flavor/body is a watery English pale with a touch more hops. Toasted and a touch of caramel malt.. spicy hops are mid palate.
The body is light medium with a watery finish that could easily benefit from more viscosity and a fresher hop flavor. Yeasty fruitiness is right on par.

This was a much better beer when I last had it on tap in Bozeman in the late '90's... Black Dog is basically a macro pointing its nose toward what it used to be.

Edit: I wasn't going to put this in the review, but if you are ever near Bozeman, check out Bozeman Brewing Company.... If they have BDA (Best Damn Ale) on tap, give it a try and take home a growler and try these two side by side.... no comparison.

Edit2: "Spanish Peaks Brewing" is now brewed in California and still trying to market the "Montana" atmosphere ... Chug is rolling over in his grave.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
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 enfield249
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark brown with amber highlights. Fingers worth of head, some lacing.

S - Spicy smell.

T - Here is a problem, very metallic tasting. Other then that I get some roasty hints. Mostly iron however.

M - Smooth, thick.

D - Meh. Not impressed. I'll drink this one, but that's it.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Very deep copper hue, almost mahogany. A one finger white head settles to a thin cap.

A little bit of caramel along with a little dark fruit (probably shouldn't be there for the style). The hops add a slight minty aroma.

Some more burnt caramel along with a little dark fruit. Toasty grains in the background. The hops maybe what's contributing to that light dark fruit flavor, and adding a bit of bitterness. Full bodied.

Didn't enjoy this one too much, and it seemed like it had some slight off flavors (dark fruit).

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale brown. Raisin, chocolate, sweet malt aroma. Chocolate and biscuit flavors. Velvety carbonation.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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 zaraspook
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a smaller class at the Courtyard Marriott in Culver City, Calif. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Color was a beautiful reddish brown, maybe mahogany. Good-looking film on the sides. Healthy and long lasting.

Smelled dark chocolate up front. Also some toffee malts, caramel and a little biscuit. Seemed pretty fake.

Initially tasted butter, which drops each time I have it. Where did it come from? Some chocolate and caramel in there as well.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Creamy texture. Smooth finish.

Pretty average beer. Stay away.

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Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of kenito799
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of ccozzi
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Mrbseward
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
3.5 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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