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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7246) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
[Bottle (12oz) from Trader Joe’s] Pours a dark, deep amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and nuts along with light hops and some vanilla -- smells a bit too sweet but not bad. Flavour: Not bad, maltier and hoppier then expected (not very hoppy, just more then expected), a bit nutty and chocolaty and with a short dry finish. Average bodied. I’ve had worse beers from these guys, this isn’t bad, it’s decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6643) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6557) - 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 (6502) - 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

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (6385) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6312) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (6155) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (6107) - 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.


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