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A deliciously creamy stout in the Irish tradition. This deep, coffee-colored beer has the aroma and flavor of chocolate, roasted oats and coffee with a rich tan head. Specially brewed for Trader Joe’s.

Formerly brewed by Goose Island, late 2010/early 2011 saw this beer’s production move to Gordon Biersch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fredis23 (480) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Dark Brown, Almost Black, Tan Head, Lots Of Lacing. Sweet Chocolate and Toasted Coffee, Light Bitter and Light Creamy at the end. Too thin and could be a little more creamier. Easy to drink. Pretty good, keeping in mind that it is brewed just for a food chain. Just that last piece of information usually does not promise anything good. Well, this is exception. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2013
12 oz. bb 09-04-13. Opaque with a lasting quarter inch of creamy topping. Nose is coffee, graham cracker, earthy molasses. Taste is dark chocolate, prickly green herb, espresso, earthy caramel, and a touch of sour berries and cream. Medium body is pretty smooth, but seems to have a tad too much carbonation at times. Well balanced with lots of malt and a lightly acidic, roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Black pour with a khaki head. Sweet creamy nose, roasted malt, and oats. Coffee, dark chocolate, graham cracker, and a bit of dark fruit. The flavor is sweet and creamy as well. Notes of graham cracker, coffee, and dark chocolate. Hints of dark fruit, plenty of roasted malt, and a light bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lightdarknight (1) - - MAY 3, 2013 does not count
Ok brew, was a little to bland/average for my palate, had a wonderful aroma but lacked the smoothness and mouthfeel of other oatmeal stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (722) - California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Quite a nice oatmeal stout. Pours a nice black with a thick tan head. Smells like coffee and milk. Taste is great, oatmeal, milk and vanilla. Has a sweet finish. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle->shaker. Deep brown with small tan head. Aroma: roasted malt, chocolate, molasses. Taste: sweet malt, vanilla, chocolate. Weak and unremarkable for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1217) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013 12 oz bottle from local Trader Joe’s The stout poured a deep black with smallish head. The head stayed with the stout. The initial aroma is of chocolate with some dark roasted malt. The body was medium with soft carbonation. There is nice texture to the beer that is creamy. This stout was surprising to me. The roasted malts do not overpower the bevearge, there is a nice balance. At the finish you get hints of coffee as well as chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a decent tan head that diminishes to a film after a minute. Aroma is an odd mix of chocolate and bitter roast. For some reason it seems to clash in my nose. The flavors are recognizable and easy enough to enjoy, but I keep thinking that something is off an the competing flavors don’t come together. Odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Its Cheap. It tastes okay. Dark brown pour with medium fluffy head that disappears quickly. Slightly roasted malt nose. Roasted malts, hint of coffee. Body is not creamy enough. bittersweet slightly sticky finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle. For a low cost stout this is not bad stuff. Stacked against real competition this falls quickly.

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