Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Subtle aroma of coffee and almonds. Clear brown that’s the approximate shade of spiced dark rum. Tastes of burnt coffee with brown sugar in it, while also bitter and peaty. Decidedly English feeling. Light body with a scratchy bite. Good pick up for $6.
chinchill (2146) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle with a BB date of July 2015.
Pours clear, very dark brown, with a large tan head.
Aroma: mild medium and dark roasted grains with a lighter roast than the appearance suggests. Faint hint of coffee.
Flavor: mild medium and dark roasted grains with a neutral bitter/sweet balance.
Feel: medium-light body; very smooth
O: enjoyable dark ale that straddles the brown ale / light porter categories.
loubar (89) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. So many of the brown ales are on the lighter, washed out side and, hence, not memorable. This one is stronger, porter like, with a nice roasty molasses flavor that hides the alcohol and is only moderated by a rich malt base. No floral hops flavor here. Very drinkable, enjoyable and at $6.69 a six pack a real steal.
Syzzer (596) - Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Dark brown cola color. Good tan head eliminates to thin film but a little gathers in corners. Trader Joes best brew in my oppinion. A very smooth but flavorful ale, with roasted coffee notes, nutty body. Sweet yeasty aroma
crossovert (7977) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle Cola-colored pour, frothy slightly tan head. Aroma is earthy soy with just a hint of spicy coffee. Falvor is a bit roasty, some roasted chicory notes, roasted spices, some yeasty esters. Its definitely not a run of the mill brown ale.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"maybe i’m splitting hairs here, but this is more like a black lager than a porter or brown. solid, roasty tones, in the nose and flavor, if a little thin. nice dry finish. so-so mouthfeel."
ads135 (3078) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pretty decent brown ale. Medium bodied, nice balance, but lacking that assertive roasted character that would distinguish it from the pack.
bpreo (1782) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Who knew that Trader Joe’s brewed their own beer? Kind of random, but I’m interested. I like the tricky name, Josephs Brau. Anyways, it isn’t the greatest Brown Ale you will ever try, but they out in a good effort. For what it’s worth, I would drink it again.
Frank (3045) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a poor attempt at a malty brown ale, I’d say. It is nice looking at least, garnet brown w/ a creamy head. It smells and tastes mostly like old roasted malt and slightly oversweet and thick. It is pretty much wince-worthy at first but after the first aromas waft away it becomes drinkable if a little bland, taking on a bit of roast coffee and milk chocolate. My bottle has a best by date five months from now, I don’t know when this was used but the term "best by" was certainly used in the loosest possible fashion, I think. But, hey, this was brewed for Trader Joe’s and sold at Trader Joe’s. If they are not gonna get it to me fresh, I am going to rate it as is, which is stale. No excuses.
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour from 12oz bottle at home. Nutty oily aroma. Creamy nutty flavor with slight cocoa notes. Something a little off on this but can't put my finger on it. Ok overall
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not terrible. Pours dark brown with OK head and lacing. Some light roast malt aroma. Light bitter finish. Bottle.