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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFanDan17 (998) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Slightly smoky flavor with notes of malted milk balls and chocolate. Pours dark brown with a very thin head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chadski4 (115) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Weak head with no lacing. Very nice creamy palate. Distinct coffee and chocolate flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours a dark opaque black with a smallish tan head mostly dissipating. Nose is malt and coffee. Fairly creamy on the palate, the taste is a nice combination of dark roasted malt, coffee, a hint of chocolate with a slightly dry finish. A well down stout that pairs well with brats and burgers on the grill.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (798) - New York City, TURKEY - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle. Opaque dark brown with dark tan spongy head, caramel aroma, sweetish coffee beans-caramel taste, low carbonation, bitter long finish. Very nice and creamy. Note: The bottle claims that the producer was JosephsBrau Brewing Co of San Jose, CA.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2445) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2013
12 oz. bottle purchased from Trader Joe’s in Glen Ellyn, IL., and poured to a Czech-pils glass, displaying a darkest brown color with some ruby highlighting, brownish tan, bubbly foam to the head, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The aroma was roasted, malty, with a touch of cardboard, back of the freezer scent, a bit of molasses, baker’s chocolate, and left on the burner/day old coffee. The taste was similar notes, with the light cardboard persisting, some tanniny astringency, medium, earthy hop bitterness, and lively enough carbonation to project these latter notes well enough to tickle the tongue. Medium+ bodied, with some creaminess to the mouthfeel, and a finishing dryness. Highs & lows, with some potential.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TizzleJizzle (621) - Garland, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a thin tan top. Taste or roasted and toasted malts, oats, nutty, and caramel malts. Watery palate.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ScipioA (304) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2013
This beer looks great poured into a mug. Black with a thick tan head and cascading bubbles. There’s something odd to the smell I really don’t like, but other than whatever that aromatic wafting up is it is pretty decent - sweet and roasted, a bit of chocolate. The weird thing is weirding me out, almost urine-like. Whatever that thing I don’t like is continues on into the flavor, but less so thankfully. Sweet, chocolate and roast notes make up the rest of the flavor. Very nice mouthfeel, proper carbonation, decently heavy, and a pleasant chocolate flavor that lingers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5727) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt with some chocolate. The flavor is just about the same. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2285) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
09/28/2013 Sampled at a tasting. Dark brown with a large tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate. Good creamy mouth feel with a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tnkw01 (1121) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color with a small head. Flavor rich mocha flavor. Aroma is oats, coffee.


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