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RATINGS: 423   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Very average quality craft ale, I would guess inspired by Sprecher Black or Schell’s Alt. Of the three the Schell’s strikes me as having the best character with a bit more roasty bite than this brew. This beer poured from the bottle well, with a bit too much carbonation for the style, but settled out for a nice cream/tan puffy head. Lighter body and milder flavor than you would think by looking at the mahogany color. Low aroma with a thin caramel/malty note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2724) - 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 (358) - 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 (2088) - 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 (385) - 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 (7588) - 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 (1113) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3991) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2015
I"m really shocked by the low ratings. Perhaps it’s because it’s labeled as a brown ale? Really nice and chocolately. Lots of molasses and tobacco and malt and caramel. Some tar as well. Really earthy and sweet but not cloying. Semi bittersweet chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (1662) - New York, TURKEY - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle. Opaque inky black with small beige foamy head, faint roasted makt aroma, medium carbonation, slightly bitter roasted malt taste, long burnt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1800) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Pours a deep brown color with a small tan head and bit of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, some chocolate and caramel. Taste of toasted malt, dark chocolate with nuts and dark fruit. Malty bitterness that lingers into the finish. Medium body, nice grainy feel that gives this beer some character. Enjoyable beer, much better than expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sailracer (459) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle. Lot’s of un-fermented malt flavors with some toasted flavors and not much in the way of hops. Not very good overall.

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