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RATINGS: 463   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 (1538) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (88) - 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 (4110) - 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 (10) - 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 (7965) - 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 (7921) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"a highly roasted oatmeal stout bought on the cheap at trader joes. a decent beer, and a great value for the price, but there are surely better oatmeal stouts out there."

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
boozedude (1998) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
bottle into glass shared with pals at club w.. pours black with off shite head, aroma is raisen and light coffe, tasts is similar, would not do again, meh

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TATE (307) - Lubec, Maine, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Molasses aroma. Bitterness up front from chocolate and roasted malt. Not too heavy though. Maybe a bit of a metallic taste in there. Pretty easy drinking for a stout and pretty good overall.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (3526) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Best by 02-11-15. Dark brown color with thin lasting head in my Guinness 16 oz. pint glass. Aroma got me excited, dark chocolate, oats and traces of coffee.

I wish the flavor was as good as the aroma. Still has dry roast, oats, chocolate and a weak hint of vanilla. The body is medium and better then I was first guessing. The texture is creamy with a nice velvet mouthfeel. This is actually better than Goose Island " The Muddy" I sampled yesterday. So for the price this is really good and decent drinkability.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2014
This is not really my favorite style but I think Trader Joes and Gordon Biersch did a good job e/ it. A fine head of brown bubbles sits on black liquid here. There is a nice chocolate character to the roasted malt. This is very much on the sweet side for a regular gravity stout and quite sugary, which seems to bring out that chocolate and a bit of a raisin note. It finishes sticky on the tongue w/ just a small touch of bitterness. I prefer my stouts to be much dryer than this but for those who like it a bit sweet, this should hit the spot.


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