richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle passed along from the inestimable lou18, sweet malty aroma, not that strong, dark brown, watery looking body, slight tan head., nice roasty flavor, some caramel, a little bit of toast, little bit of nuts, slight bits of chocolate in the tail. very smooth, if thin body, this makes me think of a thinned out schwarzbier or dopplebock. a very nice easy to drink brew, that could easily be one of my everyday drinkers.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Very dark brown-mahogony with a thin light beige head. Light sweet malt aroma. Roasty flavor that’s not at all overpowering, along with some malt, caramel, and nuttiness. Very drinkable.
ahole (38) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good in every sense...I don’t have anything bad to say about it, execpt that I don’t have any more of it. Easy to drink....very quenching....mild, and no skunky flavor. Good stuff.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut and brown sugar aroma. Fluffy layer of head and dark leather brown. Flavor is brown ale but has a resemblance to a toned down porter to my tastebuds. A tad bit bitter with a decaff coffee taste and hint of roasted malt and sugar.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly decent Brown...with strong roasted malt aroma, nice rich brown pour, lightly carbonated mouthfeel, roasted malt sweetness, caramel and toffee notes, and a bit of a bite at the end (just a "bit"). Mouthfeel seems a little thin. I agree with SDalkoholic, in a blind taste test, I could see myself calling this one a "toned-down porter". All things considered, a pretty drinkable (and inexpensive, for a change) beer.
Reid (1783) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz longneck bought at Trader Joes.
Darkish amber in appearance, almost reddish- brown, with a large light tan bubbly/creamy head.
Quite a malty aroma to this one thats about it.
The flavour is pleasant, mosty roasty malts though there is a tiny bite from the hops near the end.
Quite ok on the palte but nothing special.
Its a drinkable ale
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Not a big fan of the brown ale. Poured ruby brown with a really nice brown head. Nice aromas of caramel and other malts. The head tasted sweet, but the finish was dry. Very mild hop flavor. I didn’t realize this was a Trader Joe brand beer until just now.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better brews from Trader Joe’s. Chocolate malt flavors, slightly hopped, mild, but very smooth and drinkable. Enjoyed this one quite a bit.
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a little off-white head. Roasted aroma with a little chocolatel. Roasted flavor with a little sweetness I couldn’t pick out. Finish was a mix of sweet and sour but, it seemed to be missing something.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brownish red with a medium white head and serious fizzy carbonation. Smells like barley and malts, don’t smell the roasted smell though. Pretty damn good, I can taste the roasted flavor and tastes almost like a light stout with a hint of coffee, malt taste is noticeable but not the barley. Kinda week aftertaste but not a bad one. A nice brown ale.