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RATINGS: 422   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 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 (5120) - 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 (217) - 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 (3407) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5008) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2006
Purchased at St. Louis Trader Joe’s. Pour very dark brown with a crimson red tint. Nice looking tannish off-white head, but it goes away quickly. Burnt malt aroma that reminds me of nuts and dark chocolate. Medium body with light carbonation. Very roasted / burnt malt taste - charred grains and chocolate. Overall not bad at all. The finish has the burnt aspects along with some sharp hops. At the discount price this sells for it is a very good deal. It is one of the heartiest and most aggresive brown ales I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ckaminski (1) - USA - APR 11, 2006 does not count
I found this beer at one of my accounts and once I tried it, I was amazed. This dark beer was lighter in taste and had a toasted malt aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Poured a cola color with silky head and scant lacing. Toasty caramel aroma. Med. bodied, molasses, caramel and coffee flavors with some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brianprentiss (681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Fairly average offering, pours darker than an avg. brown ale so the commercial deScription might be more apt. The hops seems slightly out of balance in bitterness for a brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle from Trader Joe’s in Chicago. Poured a lovely shade of chestnut brown with a creamy beige head (stuck around for a few minutes). Tasty aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of floral. Light-medium bodied on the palate and smooth. Flavor picked up some nuttiness as well as the aforementioned toasty darker malts. Somewhat tacky, sweet finish with a little bit of coffee. Certainly palatable, but not so exciting.

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