hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a small fizzy tan head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, transparent, carbonated, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, chocolate, sweet, and a hint of cocoa. Sweet, malty, caramel, roasty, and some coffee in the flavor. Dry, smooth mouthfeel. Medium body.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is alot like a really full bodied nut brown. some dark roastiness, some chocolate, honey roasted peanuts, hazelnuts, and just the slightest hint of coffee and molasses. Some bready fruit flavors are more present at it warms up. A interesting little beer.
TheBeerGod (5462) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brackish deep brown. Nose is roasty and sweet and smells similar to Bit-O-Honey mixed with caramel. Taste is semi-sweet and has mild roastiness with caramel. Dark fruits, roasted malts, light coffee, roasted nuts, and a bit of molasses. Body is moderate and has some mild carbonation. Sometimes tingly. Finsihes with roasted malts and nuts, light coffee, molasses and cocoa. Not too bad at all.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fruity aroma (prunes, plums). brown color, slight brown head. a nutty flavor with fruity undertoens. surprisingly refreshing beer.
jackamackson (127) - USA - OCT 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark brown pour with a light head. roastymalt aroma. sweet caramel and roasty coffee flavors, not bad but i’m not feeling this one. somewhat sharp mouthfeel.
Tmoney99 (11587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Dark brown color with large head that diminished slowly. Moderate well balanced sweet aroma. Medium body. Moderate malt and nutty flavor with short sweet finish.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A great TJ’s special. Dark nutty flavor, but not overpowering. with the name Black Toad, i was expected something dark and heavy, but this beer is actually very light and goes down smooth.
onelststnd (19) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good beer for the price(about $6-7 for a six pack). Taste actually grows on you the more you drink it. Dark taste and look to it, it is a good beer for parties. Most people who try it are pleasantly surprised.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a pleasant surprize. Expecting it to be a cheap knock-off (done by Goose Island for Trader Joe’s), I was expecting a watery American dark lager or some such. Instead, I was treated to a good session style of brown ale. It poured a clear, nutty brown with a wisp of a white head. The nose was quite fruity (plums & cherries) atop a rich, sweet malt aroma. Smooth to drink, it has that same fruitiness in the flavor, the malt becomes toffee-like, and it has just a touch of almonds. There’s only a very slight hop bitterness in the finish, but this ale stands up just fine as it was.
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ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Pours a reddish brown body with a moderate head. Body is fairly clear. Aroma is more like a stout or porter. Mainly roast with coffee, but also some chocolate in there. The typical nutty aroma for a brown ale is minimal. Flavor is nutty with caramel and a hint of coffee. Finishes fairly bitter. For a $5 6 pack this beer won. It’s kinda funny seeing some other reviews and that some people think this was a schwartz or a porter. Given the name of the beer and it’s aroma I’m not surprised.