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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9562) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
Deep black pour. The nose is lightly toasty. A little bit of soft cocoa and chocolate as well. Lightly roasted malt. There is an almost chestnut-like flavour in here. Slightly coffeeish with a bit of light cocoa as well. Lingering sweet chocolate toward the finish. Herbal hopping. It’s light, but pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
[2296-20090626] 341mL bottle. Dirt malt and mild vegetal beans aroma. Clear, dark brown body with a quick foamy light tan head. More dirt roast malt in the flavour. Medium-full body. Nice, drinkable.
(c/o DuctTape, w/ garthicus, jerc)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (8557) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
douglas88 (8450) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joes. Pours a dark brown color, a bit red, with a small white head. A sweet nose of cola and caramel. The flavor is toast, sweet sugars, brown toasted malt. OK. Lots of cola.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8260) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Draft. Pours clear amber with a beige head. Sweet malts, light grainy notes and low bitterness. On the bland side, but not bad.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
mums the word .. . the smell is right putting off .. deep tan .. very light foam .. . metal can and dried up molasses .. . quite horrid, avoid this at all costs .. . . not quite maximum snazz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
12oz bottle into a pint glass. All in all, this beer was pretty boring and almost watery, which is very disappointing for a dark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (7695) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Not terrible. Pours dark brown with OK head and lacing. Some light roast malt aroma. Light bitter finish. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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.

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