From thefullpint.com – Here is another hidden gem from the shelves of Trader Joe’s. While Trader Joes isn’t exactly a national grocery market, it is popping up in more places. Follow this link http://www.traderjoes.com/locations.asp to see if there is one near by. Black Toad Dark Ale is yet another beer brewed exclusively for Trader Joe’s. This one, like Stock Yard Oatmeal Stout, is brewed by Goose Island, Chicago, IL.
Black Toad Dark Ale – 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Unknown abv. – Purchased at Trader Joe’s, Monrovia, CA. Brewed by Goose Island Brewing Company, exclusively for Trader Joe’s.
Appearance: Guinness black with a 1 inch tan head. Leaves webby lacing behind as you drink.
Aroma: Bready malt, bread crust and hop resin.
Taste: Caramel malts, bitter hops. Reminds me of an English ale in its taste.
Mouthfeel: Heavy with a noticeable bite.
Overall: Suprisingly good. Love the level of hops this beer has, and how easy it goes down.