slowrunner77 (6728) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"maybe i’m splitting hairs here, but this is more like a black lager than a porter or brown. solid, roasty tones, in the nose and flavor, if a little thin. nice dry finish. so-so mouthfeel."
ads135 (3338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pretty decent brown ale. Medium bodied, nice balance, but lacking that assertive roasted character that would distinguish it from the pack.
bpreo (1982) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Who knew that Trader Joe’s brewed their own beer? Kind of random, but I’m interested. I like the tricky name, Josephs Brau. Anyways, it isn’t the greatest Brown Ale you will ever try, but they out in a good effort. For what it’s worth, I would drink it again.
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a poor attempt at a malty brown ale, I’d say. It is nice looking at least, garnet brown w/ a creamy head. It smells and tastes mostly like old roasted malt and slightly oversweet and thick. It is pretty much wince-worthy at first but after the first aromas waft away it becomes drinkable if a little bland, taking on a bit of roast coffee and milk chocolate. My bottle has a best by date five months from now, I don’t know when this was used but the term "best by" was certainly used in the loosest possible fashion, I think. But, hey, this was brewed for Trader Joe’s and sold at Trader Joe’s. If they are not gonna get it to me fresh, I am going to rate it as is, which is stale. No excuses.
kaser (3793) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour from 12oz bottle at home. Nutty oily aroma. Creamy nutty flavor with slight cocoa notes. Something a little off on this but can't put my finger on it. Ok overall
solidfunk (4980) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not terrible. Pours dark brown with OK head and lacing. Some light roast malt aroma. Light bitter finish. Bottle.
boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into glass.. black pour with kacki head .. aroma is a f
xome mLts and raisen..taste is similar...nice creMy finish.. pretty ok stuffs
Idigguns (16) - Davie, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass, 2014 release.
Aroma: malt, bread, hint of vanilla.
Appearance: hazy, dark amber with medium off-white head and little lacing.
Taste: roasted, malty, slightly nutty, hints of hops and vanilla.
Palate: smooth, medium carbonation with a quick finish.
Overall: Not a big brown ale fan, but I’ve had much better than this. It is easy drinking and nothing wrong with it, but I wouldn’t waste my time.
GTAEgeek (1401) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black, with a fair sized, tan head. The aroma is black bread, pecans, light coffee, and some light herbal and peat notes. Nice, earthy sweetness up front, with a light bittering through the finish. Medium body, smooth, lightly effervescent, and fairly clean. Overall, this is a surprisingly nice, well balanced, and approachable beer. This manages to be easy and mellow, without being boring or weak. I’m a little startled myself that I’m complementing a Trader Joe’s beer this much...
DedicatedToFun (3701) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber, no head, espresso nose, pretty watered down, malty finish.