JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour. Creamy white/tan head. The nose has a little bit of caramel and cocoa on the finish. A bit of soft fruitiness and a light dry cocoaish flavour as well. There is a touch of licorice and some light toffee as well. Earthy finish.
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. clear brown with ruby highlights under a small, frothy, beige head. a bit of chocolate in aroma. flavor has a nice bitter chocolate note with nutty caramel sweetness and finishes with a light floral aftertaste that let’s the nutty flavors hang around. bit of mild coffee in there too. palate is on the lighter side. low carbonation. had great time trying these Mission Street gems from Trader Joe’s!
mansquito (4865) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trader Joe’s, Union Square ($2.50): Pours a see through amber brown with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malts. Light bodied for a brown ale, which makes it infinitely sessionable (I could drink a six-pack of these bombers with ease). Taste of caramel malts, with nutty hints. Some sweetness in there. Not a very complex beer, but a well-balanced and drinkable one... oh yeah and it is a great value.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light brown pour, sweet aroma. Flavor is nice, not too sweet, aroma made me think it would be sweeter, but flavor is mild coffee, nuts, slight alcohol, something going on for a brown ale, comes together nice, will drink again. Bomber from Trader Joes, Upland,Cal.
IrishBoy (4062) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 Bomber from Trader Joes. Nose of caramel, and hints of chocolate, coffee, and almonds. Clear rusty brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly lightly sweet chocolate and nutty caramel.
RedSox2004 (1578) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep ruby red/brown with a nice foamy one-finger head and decent lacing. Aromas of choclate, caramel and some burnt sugar. Strong roasted malt taste gives way to a buttery nuttiness with a very subtle hops bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, and the roasted malts linger in the aftertaste.
vyvvy (5303) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany brown with a dense tan head. The aroma has toasted malt, cola flavors, dark caramel, nuttiness and English yeastiness. Medium / full body at first then it thins out a bit and has moderate soft carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of toasted nutty malt along with spice and some bread and light minerals. The finish has light metallic flavors, but they are not too prominent. Nice brown ale.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Medium brown color, light tan head. Flavor of burnt, toasted white bread. Aroma has a nice light roasted barley scent. A touch of soy sauce or the flavor packet from a pack of ramen noodles. Then there is a sweet nutty chocolatey scent. Very nice, extremely complex. Flavor finishes with a sticky sweet malt, a good bit of residual sugar, and a earth / soil flavored hop bitterness.
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean brown auburn color with foamy white head which quickly dissipated. Some chocolate in the aroma with a hint of hops. Nice malty flavor with a bit of smokiness and hint of hops in the finish. Best brown ale you can get considering its like $2.29 for 22oz.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ...uh....Trader Joe’s? Of course. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nice aroma of chocolate and nutty malts. Lighter side of medium bodied with soft to average carbonation. Flavor of wet grains and nutty malts countered by a tame herbal hoppiness, but more citrus comes out as it warms. Tea and more grains on the finish. Not bad for a Brown Ale.