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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18077) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark, clear ruby-brown with a mild white head that dissipates to a film. Roasted malt aroma with some ripe, dark fruits and light chocolate. Sweet flavor with plenty of malts, chestnut, roasted cocoa. Very faint hops. Medium in body with soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and quite malty. Good beer overall

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14617) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Dark brown pour in glass. Lots of roasted malt and some light chocolates. Rated 9/11/03

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13860) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Aromas of chocolate and (hazel?) nuts? And toasted malts? Rather opaque brown with a beige head that flattened with a wee bit of lacing. Medium bodied, with a carbonation strong enough to bite. Pretty dry, has that roasted/toasted malt flavor that suggests Guinness. There’s some sour in it somewhere. The bitter is really mild, and the finish is ? It really doesn’t fit any category particularly well. It’s about as far from brown ale as could be. A bit thin for a stout. A bit robust for a porter. Pretty tasty though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13259) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2008
(12oz bottle) Small beige head atop clear chestnut body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, caramel, chocolate, light coffee, raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, light coffee. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (12966) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, cocoa and dark fruit. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, toasted malt, light earthiness and a hint of fruittiness with a crisp dry lingering malty finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2013
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear copper body with a small white head. Aroma of raisins, plum, caramel, and toasted coconut. Flavor of raisins, roasted grain, chocolate, caramel, and plum.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a clear brownish red with a medium-large tan head. Good retention and fair lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, slight roast and faint metallic hops. Taste is caramel, nuts, leafy hops, chocolate, sunflower. Medium bodied. Creamy. Fairly nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, light roast, caramel and light smoke. Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee and nutty. Thin body

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Another 77 cent Trader Joe’s beer. This one actually was not too bad. Pours a very dark brown with an ultra-thin light beige head. Very little lacing. Aroma is lightly nutty and malty. Flavor is malty smooth with some hops and a nutty finish. All of these attributes are in small quantities though, and it was on the bland side overall.


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