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RATINGS: 400   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6478) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2013
12oz bottle, just $1 from my local Trader Joe’s. Best before 7/14/13. Clear dark red color, kind of brown. Minimal white head. Little dots of lace. Dark fruit, light chocolate, lightly nutty aroma. Medium body. Not too strong carbonation, nothing special about the texture, more dry carbonation, nothing lingering. Some chocolate syrup type flavor in the aftertaste. Sweeter taste overall, nothing too strong though. Nice sweet chocolaty nutty brown ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle. Deep chestnut brown pour with a creamy head that fades quickly. Nice aroma of chocolate, toffee, and molasses. Medium palate. Taste is molasses, caramel, and a touch of coffee. Glad to see Gordon Biersch hit a good one with this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6125) - Newark, New Jersey, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle (12oz). Shared by garthicus, courtesy of irishboy. Clear deep ruby-mahogany pour, small head. Sweet medium roast caramel aroma, chocolate, with grassy bitterness. The taste followed - more an incredibly light porter than a brown - crisp, light, sweet but not too much so, only mildly carbonated, with a very quick finish. A decent, clean brew, not erring on either the bitter or syrupy side.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (6068) - Valdosta, 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Bottled via California and Joe: The beer pours a medium reddish brown hue with a small but mostly lasting tan head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of hazelnut and walnut, caramalized malts, mocha, grassy and leafy hops, pipe tobacco, and just a touch of dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a basic malty roast taste with an interesting lemony twang undertone. Leafy hops, light coffee bitter, and burnt smoky character upon the finish. Only slightly nutty despite the commercial description. The feel is lively and overcarbonated. This is a weak porter, but it’s more akin to a brown ale anyway. Arggh, it’s okay I guess.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6021) - 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

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
SudsMcDuff (5844) - .....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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5805) - 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)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5758) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle found at Trader Joe’s Poured pitch black with a pretty big bubbly head. Verrrrry nice roasty aroma, among the roastiest (is that a word?) I remember. Follows thru with a nice smoky, sitting by the fireplace, nutty flavor. Way too light in body, and the excitement wanes after a swallow or two, but this is a nice roasty, toasty beer when you want one for a session.


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