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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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.

tatinek's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
tatinek (51) - South Dakota, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours dark and clear. Small head that dissipates a bit too rapidly. Sweet roasted and malty aroma. Medium texture. Pleasant sweet mildly burnt malt flavor. I would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (500) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Trader Joe’s. Aroma is strong roasted malts, bordering on burnt, with notes of chocolate. Appearance is clear, dark brown with reddish tinge, fair sparkle, finger-width foamy beige head with fair retention and minimal lacing. Taste is mainly sweet roasted malt, toffee with hint of hazelnut and ash; mild bitter balance. Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture, average carbonation and dry finish. Overall, some decent complexity for a not-so-complex style. Better than expected and at a great price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3415) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown color. Aroma is a mix chocolate malt and toffee. Body and flavor is on the thin side. Taste is mild chocolate, hints of nuts and sugar. This a cheap beer that is not harsh, this is just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
akoeninger (610) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Surprisingly good brown ale. Good head retention. Nutty aroma and taste with hints of coffee and roasted malts. Smooth and slightly oily body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hauxe (284) - Butzbach, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2015
Rated from old notes. A rich and dark ale that goes down like a black and tan. Very smooth easy-going beer with a slight sherry taste. Quite decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2988) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
Purchased at Trader Joe in Vegas. Pours a dark brown colour with a frothy beige, good retention and creamy lacing. Nutty aromas with coffee notes over mild roasted malts. Smooth oily mouthfeel. The roasted malts are felt more in the taste. Coffee and nuts still present. Quite surprised at how good this dark ale is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (2233) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI. Deep brown, cola appearance. Roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma. Medium body. Slightly bitter long finish. One of their better ones I think.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TATE (400) - Lubec, Maine, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head with nice lacing. Big malty aroma. Big malt flavor with a tinge of metallic flavor finishing with a bit of hop bitterness and some nuttiness. I like malt forward beers but this one is a bit too much and too sweet. The balance isn’t quite right but I’d say it’s okay. I probably wouldn’t buy it again but would drink another one if I had one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
douglas88 (8011) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joes. Pours a dark brown color, a bit red, with a small white head. A sweet nose of cola and caramel. The flavor is toast, sweet sugars, brown toasted malt. OK. Lots of cola.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (1283) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Mahogany color topped by a large rocky beige head. Roasted malt nose has hints of cocoa and nuts. Tangy roasted malt flavor has more cocoa and toasted nuts upfront. Some dark dried fruit and floral hops in finish. Decent brown ale at a bargain price of $1.00 per bottle.

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