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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Quite the drinkable beer! Another beer in the group I brought with me while camping and it was very nice. Aroma was simply roasted malts with some caramel sweetness thrown in the mix. Appearance was coke like in color only, whith minimal bubbles and a thin head. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, with enough bite to let you know you were drinking an ale (surely though not a porter). Flavors were along the same lines as the aroma but it also carried a nice dark chocolate hint and some coffee. If you rated this and added the cost alone, then this is an extremely good find. This beer could sell for a few dollars more, but let’s not tell Trader Joe’s this. I like getting good beer on the cheap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Pours dark brown, not too much head. Very roasty aroma, malty flavor, medium mouthfeel. Nothing to rave about, but well worth drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
This beer was disappointing. It was a lot heavier than I was expecting for a brown ale, a little more like a stout, but the flavor was somehow kind of thin and watery. Go figure. Not bad, I suppose, but I won’t be picking uit up again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pours with nice tan head. Dark brown with red highlights. Fruity aroma with raisin/prune present. Moderately bitter, but fairly well balanced. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5425) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2006
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that was mostly lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated dark caramel brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was malty with very nice chocolate and roasted malt notes. The semi-thick mouth feel was had a malty tingly start that mellowed in the finish. The flavor contained crisp notes of dark malt and roasted malt. A bit on the thin side but still yummy and one I would certainly buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5239) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 I stand by the old rating, good, just boring. A dark brown body with ruby highlights. The head was sligtly khaki. The aroma had smells of walnuts and old caramel candies. The taste was some nice almonds with some warming alcohol, almost like Amaretto. The taste also had a little bit of milk chocolate in the finish. A decent brown but, normal for the style, it is boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2006
12oz bottle from Trader Joes - Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces the glass some. Aromas of light caramel, roasted malts, and even a little brown sugar. Flavor is quite roasty with hints of smoke, tobacco, but also some sweetness with caramel, and nuts. Smooth airy palate makes it quite drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Brown colour with no head, thin almost non-exsitent body, dry finish with little flavour outside soem roasted brown malts. I honestly ended up pouring it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
dark brown body, thin bege ring, roasty and smokey liquor nose, dry tobacco finish, smokey and sweet, like a beer cigar

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankbrewqueen (41) - Morongo Valley, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Excellent choice of beer. Very nutty tasting. Trader Joes always carries the best beers.

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