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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 Joes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
fruity aroma (prunes, plums). brown color, slight brown head. a nutty flavor with fruity undertoens. surprisingly refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - OCT 16, 2005
dark brown pour with a light head. roastymalt aroma. sweet caramel and roasty coffee flavors, not bad but im not feeling this one. somewhat sharp mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Bottle from Trader Joes. Dark brown color with large head that diminished slowly. Moderate well balanced sweet aroma. Medium body. Moderate malt and nutty flavor with short sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2005
A great TJs special. Dark nutty flavor, but not overpowering. with the name Black Toad, i was expected something dark and heavy, but this beer is actually very light and goes down smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
onelststnd (19) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
A good beer for the price(about $6-7 for a six pack). Taste actually grows on you the more you drink it. Dark taste and look to it, it is a good beer for parties. Most people who try it are pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
This was a pleasant surprize. Expecting it to be a cheap knock-off (done by Goose Island for Trader Joes), I was expecting a watery American dark lager or some such. Instead, I was treated to a good session style of brown ale. It poured a clear, nutty brown with a wisp of a white head. The nose was quite fruity (plums & cherries) atop a rich, sweet malt aroma. Smooth to drink, it has that same fruitiness in the flavor, the malt becomes toffee-like, and it has just a touch of almonds. Theres only a very slight hop bitterness in the finish, but this ale stands up just fine as it was.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2489) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Pours a reddish brown body with a moderate head. Body is fairly clear. Aroma is more like a stout or porter. Mainly roast with coffee, but also some chocolate in there. The typical nutty aroma for a brown ale is minimal. Flavor is nutty with caramel and a hint of coffee. Finishes fairly bitter. For a $5 6 pack this beer won. Its kinda funny seeing some other reviews and that some people think this was a schwartz or a porter. Given the name of the beer and its aroma Im not surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 30, 2005
dark body until held up to light,it then changes to a ruby red.nice 1/4 inch head.nice chocolate malty aroma.chocolate,milk,and malts make up the flavor.id say this is along the lines of a sweet stout,instead of a brown ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Poured a light brown with some ruby highlights, average tan head - very bubbly, little lacing. Smelled somewhat skunky. Flavor seemed too light, somewhat nutty, smooth middle, with only mild hops at finish. Drinkable, but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
bottle passed along from the inestimable lou18, sweet malty aroma, not that strong, dark brown, watery looking body, slight tan head., nice roasty flavor, some caramel, a little bit of toast, little bit of nuts, slight bits of chocolate in the tail. very smooth, if thin body, this makes me think of a thinned out schwarzbier or dopplebock. a very nice easy to drink brew, that could easily be one of my everyday drinkers.

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