Scrapersnbeer (1500) - 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.
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
caramel, hay, chocolate, coffee, toast, dough, red, clear, light sweetness, light body, creamy,
rjplumer (588) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted malt with a hint of raisin Black body with a slim coat head. Heavy dark fruit taste. Black bodied. Drinkable dark bodied brew.
Tac (135) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown body with thick brownish head. Nice lacing. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel with hints of some metallic aroma. Taste is sweet caramel, slightly bitter.
PorterPounder (5933) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz bottle. Dark brown pour, quicly fading off-white head. Aroma is nutty with some light chocolate accents. Flavor has some earthy potting soil notes, some light chocolate, a touch of licorice. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Enjoyable.
chinchill (2624) - 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 (140) - 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 (605) - 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 (8592) - 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 (6547) - 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 (3226) - 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.