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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5876) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (5834) - 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 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.
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5625) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
350 ml bottle from TJs. Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of roasted barley and grain. Cereal and oat taste with a roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
This was a pleasant surprize. Expecting it to be a cheap knock-off (done by Goose Island for Trader Joe’s), I was expecting a watery American dark lager or some such. Instead, I was treated to a good session style of brown ale. It poured a clear, nutty brown with a wisp of a white head. The nose was quite fruity (plums & cherries) atop a rich, sweet malt aroma. Smooth to drink, it has that same fruitiness in the flavor, the malt becomes toffee-like, and it has just a touch of almonds. There’s only a very slight hop bitterness in the finish, but this ale stands up just fine as it was.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle compliments of my sister’s fridge: Pours a darkish brown color with plenty of tan head and a smidgen of lacing. The nose is toasty with lots of coca and nutty notes, some dry cocoa and chocolate. The flavor is dry and robust with a moderate dark toast and coffee notes. Dry and a moderate body, sweet licoricey finish. Decent brown ale, but feels a bit more like a porter or a schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5316) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Dark black color. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. Medium bodied porter. Malts are roasty, with a touch of coffee and toffee. Hops are slightly bitter and spicy. Very easy drinking porter. It’s a touch light in body and a little sweet, but still very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5225) - 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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