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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badlizard (5539) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (5527) - 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 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 14/20
Cornfield (5437) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5414) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - 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
TheBeerGod (5168) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 I stand by the old rating, good, just boring. A dark brown body with ruby highlights. The head was sligtly khaki. The aroma had smells of walnuts and old caramel candies. The taste was some nice almonds with some warming alcohol, almost like Amaretto. The taste also had a little bit of milk chocolate in the finish. A decent brown but, normal for the style, it is boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5013) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Brown color with a hint of ruby when held to the light. Moderate tan head with a tight sheet of lace. Dark caramel, light roasted malts and hints of cocoa and dark cherries in the aromas. Toffee and roasted nut flavors dominate. A light somewhat herbal bitterness mid quaff. Quite dry and a touch astringent in the finish. An average brown ale, whatever that means.

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