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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
We begin with a custom mixture of dark and roasted barley malts, then we add the choicest hops. The resulting ale has a dark chestnut color and a deep nutty flavor. Brewed specially for Trader Joe’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
[Bottle (12oz) from Trader Joe’s] Pours a dark, deep amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and nuts along with light hops and some vanilla -- smells a bit too sweet but not bad. Flavour: Not bad, maltier and hoppier then expected (not very hoppy, just more then expected), a bit nutty and chocolaty and with a short dry finish. Average bodied. I’ve had worse beers from these guys, this isn’t bad, it’s decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jerseyjohn71 (297) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
caramel, hay, chocolate, coffee, toast, dough, red, clear, light sweetness, light body, creamy,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rjplumer (1008) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Roasted malt with a hint of raisin Black body with a slim coat head. Heavy dark fruit taste. Black bodied. Drinkable dark bodied brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tac (157) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Pours dark brown body with thick brownish head. Nice lacing. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel with hints of some metallic aroma. Taste is sweet caramel, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7417) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl. - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz bottle. Dark brown pour, quicly fading off-white head. Aroma is nutty with some light chocolate accents. Flavor has some earthy potting soil notes, some light chocolate, a touch of licorice. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
12 oz bottle with a BB date of July 2015. Pours clear, very dark brown, with a large tan head. Aroma: mild medium and dark roasted grains with a lighter roast than the appearance suggests. Faint hint of coffee. Flavor: mild medium and dark roasted grains with a neutral bitter/sweet balance. Feel: medium-light body; very smooth O: enjoyable dark ale that straddles the brown ale / light porter categories.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loubar (157) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. So many of the brown ales are on the lighter, washed out side and, hence, not memorable. This one is stronger, porter like, with a nice roasty molasses flavor that hides the alcohol and is only moderated by a rich malt base. No floral hops flavor here. Very drinkable, enjoyable and at $6.69 a six pack a real steal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Dark brown cola color. Good tan head eliminates to thin film but a little gathers in corners. Trader Joes best brew in my oppinion. A very smooth but flavorful ale, with roasted coffee notes, nutty body. Sweet yeasty aroma

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2014
355ml bottle Cola-colored pour, frothy slightly tan head. Aroma is earthy soy with just a hint of spicy coffee. Falvor is a bit roasty, some roasted chicory notes, roasted spices, some yeasty esters. Its definitely not a run of the mill brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (10242) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"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."

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