RATINGS: 432   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pours with nice tan head. Dark brown with red highlights. Fruity aroma with raisin/prune present. Moderately bitter, but fairly well balanced. Decent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (6043) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2006
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that was mostly lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated dark caramel brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was malty with very nice chocolate and roasted malt notes. The semi-thick mouth feel was had a malty tingly start that mellowed in the finish. The flavor contained crisp notes of dark malt and roasted malt. A bit on the thin side but still yummy and one I would certainly buy again.


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