RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We begin with a custom mixture of dark and roasted barley malts, then we add the choicest hops. The resulting ale has a dark chestnut color and a deep nutty flavor. Brewed specially for Trader Joe’s.

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3.4
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Dark brown – stark white thin head – nose of mocha , malt , molasses , and slight milk chocolate – tastes are milk chocolate , nutty , malt , slight smoky / roasted character - creamy , silky body - aftertaste sweet chocolate slightly bitter baking chocolate

2.2
bitterpeanut (15) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Poured from a 12oz bottle with a screw-top. What, this is from Goose Island? Nowhere on this bottle does it mention goose island, it says it is from “Black Toad Brewing Co.” Hmm, always makes me wonder when a brewer “creates” a new “brewing company”. Anyway, onwards... Aroma has a very strong roasted chocolate note that masks other aromas. It pours a dark reddish-brown with an aggressive pour to get a good head on it. The flavor is...hollow...attacks the nose. A fair amount of bitterness is realized after two or three seconds when the nose effect wears off. Disappointed.

2.9
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Black, with a thick tan head. Major caramel aroma. Medium body, with a sweet, sweet taste. Needs some hops.

3.1
locarboy (129) - USA - SEP 16, 2006
Poured without a head...maybe it was my glass. Nice roasted flavor. Well balanced. Not enough mouth feel. Still a good beer and maybe something someone who is starting to get into dark beers might appreciate. Better than any dark or amber something or other from AB. At under $5 it doesn’t disappoint.

3.1
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2006
After paying the princely sum of 83 cents for a beer with "Distinctive" as part of the name, my expectations were calibrated on the low end of the scale, but TJ’s and Goose Island did OK with this. It doesn’t start out very well: not much in the way of aroma, just a few vague maltly notes come through the thin and fading beige head. Then it gets better: The color is a nicely reddish dark amber. The body is lightly creamy, with medium carbonation, and not watery as had been my dread. The taste is lightly sweet, nutty with some coffee and a drop of molasses. Crisp lager-like finish with just a hint of hoppy bitternes. Sessionable?

3.4
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Nice deep brown, with a foamy tan head. The head fizzed out pretty quick. Farily malty aroma. the beer is between medium to light bodied. flavor is a nice blend of roasted malts and molasses. slow but clean finish. Pretty good beer.

2.9
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. This is one malt heavy brew with molasses and some toasty notes. While not a bad brew I found this to be very mediocre.

3.4
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Quite the drinkable beer! Another beer in the group I brought with me while camping and it was very nice. Aroma was simply roasted malts with some caramel sweetness thrown in the mix. Appearance was coke like in color only, whith minimal bubbles and a thin head. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, with enough bite to let you know you were drinking an ale (surely though not a porter). Flavors were along the same lines as the aroma but it also carried a nice dark chocolate hint and some coffee. If you rated this and added the cost alone, then this is an extremely good find. This beer could sell for a few dollars more, but let’s not tell Trader Joe’s this. I like getting good beer on the cheap.

3.4
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Pours dark brown, not too much head. Very roasty aroma, malty flavor, medium mouthfeel. Nothing to rave about, but well worth drinking.

2.8
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
This beer was disappointing. It was a lot heavier than I was expecting for a brown ale, a little more like a stout, but the flavor was somehow kind of thin and watery. Go figure. Not bad, I suppose, but I won’t be picking uit up again.


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