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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 12/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Poured brown, with a huge foamy head. Aroma of sweet malts and actually some roasting involved. The carbonation is a bit much for my liking, but there is a definite nut character. Drinkable, nothing outrageous.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Brown, minimal residual head. Very light roasted malt aroma. Almost a walnut flavor. Rather watery. Finishes nicely with much more flavor (roasted chestnut). One dimensional and out of balance, but drinkable and unoffensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1831) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Red brown, clear, with very little head to speak of. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Roasted flavor with a sweet graininess (hay or straw); finish is lightly sweet and a touch sour at the very end (sour grains). A tad thin. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Another Goose Island beer crafted for Trader Joes. It seems only natural that a beer contract brewed like this is going to stay a hair under par, why would a brewer go all out for another company when their name isn’t even on the bottle (or in very little print - I can’t remember). This is immediately a smokey beer, but strays towards a funky caramel maltiness typical in bocks or dark lagers. I thought the beer was slightly chewy, a bit roasty, and just a touch sweet. Fits within all the typical dark ale categories but doesn’t really fit as a porter, or anything else I can think of. Nondescript.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Bottle from Trader Joes: Ruby amber color with a fast fading light tan head. Aroma of lightly burnt toast. Flavor is lightly sweet, tangy with hints of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Finish is dry, palate kinda thin,. Flavor is mild but it taste pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Brought at Trader Joe’s. This is a well made Porter. I didn’t know what to expect when I bought it under the giez of Dark Ale. Pours brown in color with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, nuts, carmel; a pleasant mix for a porter. English hops come through with some earthy flavor of twigs and old leaves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Bottled via California and Joe: The beer pours a medium reddish brown hue with a small but mostly lasting tan head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of hazelnut and walnut, caramalized malts, mocha, grassy and leafy hops, pipe tobacco, and just a touch of dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a basic malty roast taste with an interesting lemony twang undertone. Leafy hops, light coffee bitter, and burnt smoky character upon the finish. Only slightly nutty despite the commercial description. The feel is lively and overcarbonated. This is a weak porter, but it’s more akin to a brown ale anyway. Arggh, it’s okay I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2230) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
bottle obtained from Trader Joe’s in Phoenix for a rock bottom price of only $0.83! dark mahogany in colour with a small off-white head. aroma of raisins and bittersweet chocolate malt. flavour is somewhat thin and one-dimensional. finish is dry and bitter. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 A decent beer. A bit gassy and acidic, though, which makes the roastiness see too harsh. Some interesting leather and tobacco notes, but a bit sharp and astringent for my tastes. Pretty thin on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours a cola brown (which is not right for the style, in my book) with a tan head that becomes rocky as the beer goes down the glass. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Flavor is very typical for the style, much to my releif. This is fairly standard porter short of the bizarre appearance.

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