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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5369) - 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 (690) - 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 (7503) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1712) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Murky dark brown liquid with a beige head that disappears quickly. Nose is malty and just a little creamy with hints of sweet caramel. Thinner than expected but still creamy. Taste is just a little toasty and malty. Nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (808) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
From a twelve ounce bottle purchased at "Trader Joe’s" - It’s a fine, though a tad malty, schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle. Poured a small fizzy tan head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, transparent, carbonated, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, chocolate, sweet, and a hint of cocoa. Sweet, malty, caramel, roasty, and some coffee in the flavor. Dry, smooth mouthfeel. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2006
This is alot like a really full bodied nut brown. some dark roastiness, some chocolate, honey roasted peanuts, hazelnuts, and just the slightest hint of coffee and molasses. Some bready fruit flavors are more present at it warms up. A interesting little beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Brackish deep brown. Nose is roasty and sweet and smells similar to Bit-O-Honey mixed with caramel. Taste is semi-sweet and has mild roastiness with caramel. Dark fruits, roasted malts, light coffee, roasted nuts, and a bit of molasses. Body is moderate and has some mild carbonation. Sometimes tingly. Finsihes with roasted malts and nuts, light coffee, molasses and cocoa. Not too bad at all.

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