shrubber85 (9464) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Sharp lactic caramel malt aroma. Dark amber with small head. Light sweet-sour milk caramel malt and lightly bitter dry grass flavor. As good as I thought it would be.
BucannonXC5 (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Type: 330-ml. (11.2 oz.) bottle
Glass: 9-oz. plastic cup
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Sept. 23, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 25, 2014
Poured a brown, dark caramel, murky color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki, tan head. Very good foamy circular lacing along the sides of the cup. Above average-to-very good retention of nice foaminess on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.57)
Smelled lager or pilsner notes up front, followed by porter notes. Got corn, skunky malts, cereal, then caramel, toffee, chocolate and some roasty malts. (Smell - 3.70)
Taste wasn’t as nice as the smell, but similar. Got caramel, toffee, roasty chocolate malts, roasted nuts, chocolate milk, earthy malts, boozy corn, cereal and some grassy hay. (Taste - 3.50)
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, slightly roasted itter finish. (Feel - 3.40)
A lot better than I thought it would be. I don’t know what I was expecting, but for this style this was pretty good. (Overall - 3.52)
3.54 80 B
slowrunner77 (7878) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
"Fairly typical (maybe ever so slightly better) mexican style dark lager. A little roast, but still refreshing. Light chocolate, caramel, and hops on the palate. Not a bad deal for .99."
boozedude (2212) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle shared with pals at club w... dark pur into glass with thin brownish head, smooth, easy drinking, surprisingly ok for a TJ’s product
suprchunk (2744) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tawny colored pour. Big off white creamy head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma similar to alt. Minerally. Malty. Taste is watered down malt and roasted notes. Somewhat creamy with a bit of bitterness. A little thin but another decent drinker.
Frank (3601) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This isn’t great but it isn’t bad either. In the glass, it is a transparent garnet brown. It’s head is of fine bubbles and leaves little spots of lace on the glass. This is a solid dark lager w/ nice caramel and toasted grain notes from the malt. There is a hint of cheapo dark beer wierdness going on--never know what to call this, kinda reminds me of the smell of the ocean in a strange way and also Coca Cola--but it’s not too bad and the beer is overall quite pleasant. This is medium to full bodied w/ fine but vigorous carbonation and really a nicely drinkable beer. I would not call this a stellar example of the style but I think it achieves what it is trying to achieve so good enough.
Bulk_Carrier (3018) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a glossy somewhat dark red color with a one finger bubbly white head. There was some indifferent messy lacing stringing itself all over the place.
The smell had a burnt / somewhat dirt-like weird caramel maltiness.
The taste was basically the same with a super dry weird somewhat sweet maltiness.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it - depending upon how one looks at this. The carbonation was there and good for the style and for me.
Overall, decent beer nothing to go bonkers about. Just okay.
ronaldtheriot (1599) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - AUG 28, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Trade José Dark Premium Beer has a thin, cream-colored head, a clear, reddish-brown appearance, some bubble streams on the side of the glass, and almost no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is nonexistent. Taste is of a slightest little sweetness, but also pretty much nothing. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Trade José Dark Premium Beer finishes easy drinking, refreshing, and flavorless. RJT
MWMBeerguy (186) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A fairly good dark lager. Tasty yet still drinkable. Decent find for a trader Joe's beer. Is drink it again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Mareglia (15) - - AUG 16, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice red-copper color, thin beige head. Second the aroma of pennies. Very mild, tastes a little malty, with hint of stone fruit/apricots. Cheap.