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RATINGS: 468   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.


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2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beerenberger (1559) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma of roasted malts. A dark brown pour with a frothy tan jead and minimal lacing. The taste is roasty, some coffee, and a light bitter finish. Mouth feel is disapointinfly thin with minimal carbonation. Overall, drinkable but won’t purchase again.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
caramel, coffee, toast, floral, resin, dough, licorice, black, clear, tan foam, light sweetness, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, bitter,

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
snick222 (2) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015 does not count
I was surprised that I like this beer as much as I did. It seemed to get everything right, great flavor, great balance, and a real smooth feel as you drink

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eberndt (229) - - JAN 24, 2015
Deep dark hue with a caramel head. Very sweet with notes of chocolate, toffee, and roasted coffee. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Amiable looking old chap on the label. Pitch colored brew with a quickly-disspating light tan head. Aroma has some coffee acidity, lots of roast, some bittersweet chocolate and slight black olive notes. Sweetish, some coffee, roasted bitterness up front. Middle gets a little vacant. Acidic chickory finish, unevenly bitter aftertaste. Slightly heavy body, mouthfeel is initially slippery and then breaks a little fizzy. Fair. TJ’s, Tallahassee.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz bottle. Licorice black pour with a thin beady khaki colored head. Aroma has some licorice accents, a touch of creosote. Solid stout flavor, a touch of licorice, some espresso, a hint of creosote in the finish. Nice, chalky mouthfeell. Pretty decent and a great price at TJ’s ($1.17).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (142) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 12 oz. bottle from TJ’s. Roasty, yeasty nose. Dark chocolate, smoky roasted malt flavor with a smooth slightly bitter finish. Light and dry rather than sweet. Not too rich or bitter with a nice malty undertone. All in all a very tasty, drinkable stout that strikes a good balance on several levels. I like the 5.2% ABV. Also a super value for the price.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4517) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle: Black with a small tan head. Dark chocolate, milk aroma. Taste is mildly burnt chocolate, cream. Pretty roasty......with an ashy/peat bitter. Pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Runningonempty (14) - cucamonga, California, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Not a standout stout but a great value for and enjoyable glass. Good bubbly head with aromas of molasses coffee and straw. A little less distinct on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8526) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Chocolate fudge malt and hay aroma. Dark brown with small tan head. Sweet chocolate oatmeal malt and lightly bitter hay flavor. Nice body. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2014
355ml bottle. Cola dark brown color, light tan head that sticks. The aroma is sweet with notes of milk chocolate, whipped cream, slight diacetyl, metal, herbs, and peat. Flavor is light, some mild peat, fruits, caramel, chocolate, roast. It is on the drier side but I guess can be considered sweet because of the creamy body and brandied milk chocolate flavor that is in the finish.


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