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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (7948) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2009
2009-06-26. Ruby tinged brown body with a modest tan head. Mild aroma is grainy. Flavour of sweet muddled malt, very light roast. touches. Average palate. Likely a a bit past its peak but serviceable. Bottle c/o DuctTape

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (7244) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7119) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Dark brown pour in glass. Lots of roasted malt and some light chocolates. Rated 9/11/03

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle from Trader Joe’s in Chicago. Poured a lovely shade of chestnut brown with a creamy beige head (stuck around for a few minutes). Tasty aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of floral. Light-medium bodied on the palate and smooth. Flavor picked up some nuttiness as well as the aforementioned toasty darker malts. Somewhat tacky, sweet finish with a little bit of coffee. Certainly palatable, but not so exciting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Roasted pecan and chocolate malt aroma. Chestnut brown with large tan head. Sweet pecan, cocoa, and barley grain malt. A bit on the sweet side but not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Very dark brown-mahogony with a thin light beige head. Light sweet malt aroma. Roasty flavor that’s not at all overpowering, along with some malt, caramel, and nuttiness. Very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle I found at Trader Joes that James’ place for a tasting. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Soft roast with a bit of musky toast and warm grains. Sweet and toasty, long sweet caramel with a very soft bit of bitterness on the end.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (6164) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2008
Clear walnut brown with a thin brown head. Grassy, herbal hop aroma that is surprising in the context of its appearance. Rather thin in the malt department, low chocolate, with a dominant grassy hop character and a dry finish. Kind of weird actually.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle, dark brown with red highlights, no foam, malt and cola aroma, flavor of raisins , licorice and nutshells , dry finish


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