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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (812) - 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 (4874) - 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 (6025) - 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.

   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 i’m not feeling this one. somewhat sharp mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. 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 TJ’s 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 Joe’s), 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. There’s only a very slight hop bitterness in the finish, but this ale stands up just fine as it was.

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