hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with two inches of off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts & dark fruit. Tastes of crisp grasses, sweet nutty malts. Wow, I’m impressed. With the exception of the cheap finish, which is a long lasting grass, I like this beer.
GTAEgeek (1141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black, with a fair sized, tan head. The aroma is black bread, pecans, light coffee, and some light herbal and peat notes. Nice, earthy sweetness up front, with a light bittering through the finish. Medium body, smooth, lightly effervescent, and fairly clean. Overall, this is a surprisingly nice, well balanced, and approachable beer. This manages to be easy and mellow, without being boring or weak. I’m a little startled myself that I’m complementing a Trader Joe’s beer this much...
DedicatedToFun (2122) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber, no head, espresso nose, pretty watered down, malty finish.
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[ Bottle ][ DedicatedToFun ][ 12oz ][ Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/10/14 ]
>> Pours a clear black ruby with soda foam. Nose is Twizzlers, tootsie roll, fudge, anise. Taste is water, paper, tootsie roll. Palate is weak, watery.
RobertDale (3270) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and chocolate. Taste is malt, caramel, fruit, and chocolate. Average at best.
johnnymusky (168) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours black with a huge head....great lacing....smells is burnt malt and chocolate....actually a very tasty beer...
ttoadee (608) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark bronze, light toffee head. Nose is chocolate malt. Sweet. Middle is more chocolate malt, coco, light molasses. Finish is coco and light bitterness.
puboflyons (2043) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 355 ml bottle dated 07/20/14-13:47. While it is great when breweries put the expiration or bottling date on their bottles I do get amused that they put the time. So, does this suddenly go stale at 2:00 pm that day? The pour is dark brown with a long lasting cream colored head. Aroma is soapy with cardboard-like malts, and mild nuttiness. Smooth and creamy texture. The taste is fairly ordinary as far as Browns go with the inevitable nutty and malty character. But there is nothing overly distinctive about it. It is very easy to drink.
cavana40 (21) - - FEB 9, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very nice aroma, very little head, and pouring a deep brown almost cola colored. Taste is not bad, but not very distinctive. Leaves a bitter taste on the palate... Good thing I’m eating graham crackers with it.
Darwenus (527) - Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I paid a dollar for a bottle of this in a make-your-own six-pack at Trader Joe’s. I think it was worth that dollar, but I probably won’t buy it again. It pours dark brown with little foam, the aroma is a muted malt, and there is a mild hoppy tingle on the tongue. The taste is a dark-bread, mellow malt. There is a slight hop tingle in the finish and a slightly synthetic aftertaste. All in all this beer isn’t bad, but there are far better beers just as cheap at Trader Joe’s.
scotchzombie (314) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pretty dark brown - a touch of cola color in the light- with a smooth and creamy light tan head. Very good bubbles lacing. Aroma is slight chocolate malts, nutty grain. Taste is a bit unusual: some roast malt upfront and across the palate, but with a hit of bitter hops across the finish line. The aftertaste kluges these flavors together. A decent English-style brown ale for Trader Joe's prices - more crafty and interesting than expected. Pretty sessionable as well.
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