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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
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...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DedicatedToFun (2122) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber, no head, espresso nose, pretty watered down, malty finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
[ 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobertDale (3270) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnnymusky (168) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2014
pours black with a huge head....great lacing....smells is burnt malt and chocolate....actually a very tasty beer...

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (608) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Dark bronze, light toffee head. Nose is chocolate malt. Sweet. Middle is more chocolate malt, coco, light molasses. Finish is coco and light bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2043) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
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.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cavana40 (21) - - FEB 9, 2014
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Darwenus (527) - Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotchzombie (314) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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