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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - APR 9, 2005
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..

   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 (1871) - 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.

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