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RATINGS: 461   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guinness4life (37) - USA - AUG 13, 2005
Pretty good, despite poor head and being a little on the thin side for a stout. Nice chocolate and coffee notes, and a great flavor (if not a particularly complex one). It reminds me of Yuengling’s porter, a lot, except it’s thinner and has slightly less bitterness and less aftertaste. If you like Yuengling’s Porter, you’ll probably like this too. If you’re in the mood for something lighterand sweeter than a classic stout, or are just looking for an affordably priced dark beer, you can’t do much better.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Runningonempty (7) - cucamonga, California, USA - OCT 22, 2014 does not count
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 (7758) - 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 (7588) - 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 (5983) - 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 (1861) - 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 (304) - 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 (3308) - 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 (2930) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 8, 2014
A great find from Trader Joes at only $5.99 a six pack chocolate, mocha, tobacco, with with a nice mild bitter bite. real nice lacing and readily available as a Trader Joes staple. Tastes like oat stouts which would command a higher price. Its thinner than a lot of Oat stouts but also easier to drink. Probably could squeeze in a few bottles after dinner with no problem which would be hard to do with a oat stout like Samuel Smith. Definitely a beer buyers best buy boycotting big budget brands.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (668) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Dark pour, hints of amber, thin tan head. Nose is coffee powder. Sweet. Middle is dark roasted grain, hint chocolate. Finish is coffee powder again, slightly dry. Better than decent.


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