Review – Black Toad Dark Ale

trader-joes-logoFrom thefullpint.comHere 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 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.


  1. Rhys says

    As a former Porter brewer I’m sort of picky but this one hit most of my buttons.
    Bought one to try, will go back for a couple of sixers.

  2. Bear's friend says

    If you add some raw sugar to it, it will taste very close to Mackinson’s Stout!! At a reduced price! – Bear’s friend.

  3. Tom says

    Wow! This is the best new (to me) beer I’ve tasted in several years. I like dark ales… the darker and chewier the better.
    1. The Name… gotta love that
    2. I can taste the yeast. Yeah, like drinkin a loaf of soft chewy bread. I haven’t had this much fun drinking a bear since Tooth’s Sheaf Stout!
    3. Full of classic DARK ale flavor.
    4. Goes down easy.. almost too easy!

    I was trying for years to get Tooth’s Sheaf Stout again from Australia.. virtually unavailable in the U.S. Since I tasted this, I think I’ll quit looking.

Leave a Reply