bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark amber-bronze with no head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of spicey hops. Sweet malty flavor and finish.
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. JosephsBrau label. Gift from a neighbor. Thanks, Sid! Pours a clear tea-orange with a finger of off-white head that settles unevenly. Aroma of sweet and toasted malts, crackers, husky grains, and brown sugar. Flavor is pretty much the same. Some bitterness. Light-bodied, with crisp carbonation and a toasty, crisp mouthfeel. Not bad.
blankboy (6313) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow. This is the third Trader Joe’s beer in a row that we tried and I did not like the other two so I was not expecting much. This one was pleasantly better. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Like the other Trader Joe’s beers the aroma is too sweet, like sugary malt, but it’s a little more balanced here. Flavour of caramel malt with a bitter aftertaste. My favourite of the Trader Joe’s beers but still not a personal favourite.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours light amber, tinted orange, medium off-white fizzly head, spotty lacing, with very light carbonation. Subtle aroma of cereal and oats, but also somewhat malty. Fairly decent malt palate, slightly sweet. Cant help but notice the emergence of a grainy/corny aroma as it warms a bit. Body and mouthfeel seem fairly average. At least not bad for a Trader Joe brew. Malty finish, but also somewhat light and quick. Fairly clean however. Not an Eliot Ness, but not bad.
drowland (6259) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fiancee’s mom picked this up for me randomly while traveling in Chicago and I didn’t take good notes.
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
"i could skip this one. it IS smooth, but that’s because there’s not a whole lot going on flavor-wise, which makes it an easy to drink beer, but nothing more."
HogTownHarry (6135) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Tupalev, bottle courtesy of GregCllow. Poured clear amber-yellow with a minimal white head. Aroma is grain, honey, some resiny mild roast malt; ehh. Tastes somewhat of roast malt, lots of grain and hops - not too harsh, a wee bit of alcohol in the average finish. Pretty standard mouthfeel, overall okay, but needs a bit more roast maltiness.
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had as JosephBrau Vienna .. . tan amber .. mild head, pretty nice lacing .. . tin molasses and horse maple hay .. . light distracting mouthfeel .. . has a mild annoying back taste to it but other than that, decent for a vienna .. . . remember, when passing a running chainsaw to your buddy- the knife rule doesn’t apply...
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, obviously. Poured an actually nice shiny orange amber with a tanish head. The aroma is oddly smoky, but not like a rauchbier, but like a smoky cheese. That same essence is in the flavor ... wow, this literally tastes like smoke cheese. There’s a bit of sweet twist on top, but I can’t get past that impression. Quite odd. (#3039, 7/27/2007)
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber pour with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee. The flavor has some caramel, toffee and earth. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.