RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly decent Brown...with strong roasted malt aroma, nice rich brown pour, lightly carbonated mouthfeel, roasted malt sweetness, caramel and toffee notes, and a bit of a bite at the end (just a "bit"). Mouthfeel seems a little thin. I agree with SDalkoholic, in a blind taste test, I could see myself calling this one a "toned-down porter". All things considered, a pretty drinkable (and inexpensive, for a change) beer.
Reid (2064) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz longneck bought at Trader Joes.
Darkish amber in appearance, almost reddish- brown, with a large light tan bubbly/creamy head.
Quite a malty aroma to this one thats about it.
The flavour is pleasant, mosty roasty malts though there is a tiny bite from the hops near the end.
Quite ok on the palte but nothing special.
Its a drinkable ale
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Not a big fan of the brown ale. Poured ruby brown with a really nice brown head. Nice aromas of caramel and other malts. The head tasted sweet, but the finish was dry. Very mild hop flavor. I didn’t realize this was a Trader Joe brand beer until just now.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better brews from Trader Joe’s. Chocolate malt flavors, slightly hopped, mild, but very smooth and drinkable. Enjoyed this one quite a bit.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a little off-white head. Roasted aroma with a little chocolatel. Roasted flavor with a little sweetness I couldn’t pick out. Finish was a mix of sweet and sour but, it seemed to be missing something.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brownish red with a medium white head and serious fizzy carbonation. Smells like barley and malts, don’t smell the roasted smell though. Pretty damn good, I can taste the roasted flavor and tastes almost like a light stout with a hint of coffee, malt taste is noticeable but not the barley. Kinda week aftertaste but not a bad one. A nice brown ale.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Lou18. Ruddy brown in color with a fair off-white head. Roasted barley seems to be the predominant aroma I am getting. Pleasantly malty, on the lighter side of medium bodied. Fair hops in finish. Fair.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - APR 9, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured dark brown with red tint with a small head. Aroma is sweet malt and some roastiness. Flavor follows suit. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad but not great..
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.