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Black Toad

4/29/10
Audrey and I went down to Charlotte, NC and we visited the Trader Joe's there.  They've got a really interesting beer selection, and I picked up a few things that I'd never tried (or seen) before.

My first was Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer.  It's pretty much as advertised.  It's cheap and it's ordinary.  Actually, I might also call it "inoffensive."  Hipsters, take note. If you don't like beer much, but you want to be seen drinking a beer, this might be the beer for you.  It's super light.  Just a few shades more yellow than tap water.  Very little head, and it doesn't leave any rings on the glass.


Next up is Black Toad Dark Ale.  I poured this one straight into the glass, and it didn't have much head at all. It smells like toast.  No joke.  It's got a pretty nice flavor.  It's nutty and toasty.  It tastes more like a porter than a dark ale.  The after taste is just a little hoppy, and it sticks around for a while on your tongue.

I like it. It's not going to beat out the Shiner Black Lager, but it's nice enough and it's cheap.
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Jeanette said...

If you've not been to the Pipe & Pint you should check it out. They have a ton of imported beers that rock.

Matteson said...

Hi Jeanette,
I'll check that out!
Best,
Mike

Kevin said...

My first Trader Joes experience also included the "Holy crap which beer should I get" moment.

Matteson said...

Did you know you can just make your own 6 pack? All of their beers are individually priced so you can just take them out of other 6 packs and stick them in your own!