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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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
PorterPounder (6287) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6278) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6245) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (6049) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Dark amber pour with an off-white head. The aroma has some toffee notes, which also come through in the flavor. I also get a little toffee in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Dark brown pour with a thin head. Very nutty aroma with a touch of roast too. Flavor is nice and roasty with buttery nuts, caramel, and more nuts. Drinkable with lingering nuts and roast. A decent brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (5732) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is very malty with cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and light roasted nuts. It pours a dark transparent copper with a two finger khaki head with good retention and nice webbing for lacing. The flavor starts almost tootsie roll-ish with chocolate and caramel. There is a light-moderate fruitiness in the background. The finish has some roasted nuts and coffee notes that sneak through all the maltiness. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. I’m really surprised to see "thin" in some ratings when describing the mouthfeel. This is definitely not the mouthfeel I would expect in a brown ale...maybe an Imperial Brown. A little to malt forward/sweet (I might even say cloying) for my preferences in a brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (5618) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Almost black pour with a short lived head. Red highlights. Aroma is full of malt, nuts, milk, unmalted barley. The barley gives a sorghum molasses flavor. Faint hop presence. Lactic acid. Mild effervescence. Smokey. Medium bodied. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5593) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Brackish deep brown. Nose is roasty and sweet and smells similar to Bit-O-Honey mixed with caramel. Taste is semi-sweet and has mild roastiness with caramel. Dark fruits, roasted malts, light coffee, roasted nuts, and a bit of molasses. Body is moderate and has some mild carbonation. Sometimes tingly. Finsihes with roasted malts and nuts, light coffee, molasses and cocoa. Not too bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Mahogany, with a huge white head. Lots of caramel, toffee, and molasses in the aroma. Smooth palate. Toffee and caramel flavor, plus some rum like notes, as well.

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