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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
this had a good head.Color dark brown.Aroma was an appealing malt.Taste was a bit sour,due to the heavy malt content.It’s a decent beer,but I have had better stouts.Thanks Trader Joes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2006
This beer is dark red, almost brownish, with a small white head. While the flavor is mostly just very watery (this was the weak point of the beer), its got some roasty and nutty flavours that are pretty nice and I enjoyed, along with some malt. Overall I wish there was more going on, the flavours were very simple and also not strong enough, but its a highly drinkable beer, and the price is definitely right.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Pours a light black brown, in line more with a porter than a brown ale, but hey, who cares what style a beer is if it tastes good... not to say this one does or doesn’t. Minimal, though present head. The aroma is weak, like a watery stout, a bit of roast, but mostly empty, with something like pool water presence. The mouthfeel was a little below average, with high fizziness and wateriness on top of not being creamy or mouthfilling. The flavors were the strong point. Robust roast, without much sweetness, though there was a certain light malt flavor. There was also a floral hop note to this one. The flavor was again however, weak. At $4.50 for a sixer, how the hell can I complain?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1590) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2006
I’m surprised at how good this is. Big mocha aroma and flavor. After taste was lingering nuttiness. This is a pretty great beer. I thought it was a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
bias compelled me to look for reasons not to like this beer. it’s reasonable though. i don’t get how $7 for a 6-pack is that good though. i’ve seen bells, SN, great lakes, for that price. this was quite dark but also pretty light-bodied. i didn’t detect these nutty flavors, but i was approaching it as a sweet stout. and i wasn’t being particularly critical since i thought it was just a throwaway beer. chocolate was definitely in the mouth. good balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2006
A good brown ale. Very dark. Creamy and delicious. And brewed for Trader Joes which means it was cheap. They are good. Really GOOD.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Dark black brownish with a creamy head. Has a great aroma of carmel and brown sugar. Light to medium body with some smooth flavors. Has almost too much sweetness to be a black beer wish it was toned down. I liked the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbomb (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Very dark brown with small slightly tan head. Very roasty, caramelly, chocolatey aroma with some nuttiness. Flavor is about the same with surprisingly big nutty, chocolate background, with sweet caramel and pleasant roastiness and nicely bittersweet palate. Another good deal from Trader Joes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3541) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2006
12 oz bottle-mahogony with a fizzy off-white head. aroma of nuts, toasted malts, tobacco, lightly smokey. This doesnt smell like the regular brown ale that GI puts out. flavors are roasty for the style-some nice chocolate and toasted nuts as well. body holds up well for the style-lush and full. finish is somewhat weak-chocolate and some toasted grains (wheat bread). not a bad brown ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2006
12oz bottle. Dark and deep brown hue with a slight red hint. Bone white head. Toasty, nutty, malt aroma. Sweet, spicy fruit notes as well. Great aroma with a vanilla raisin malt smoothness. Lively and medium palate. Rich and smooth coffee notes. Short lived sweet caramel flavor. Fruity berry notes. Finish is mildly dry with tingling carbonation. Good malt note. Cola like with a sweet finish. I really enjoied this brew and was pleasantly surprised!

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