RATINGS: 422   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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hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, light roast, caramel and light smoke. Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee and nutty. Thin body

3.2
j12601 (12639) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle I found at Trader Joes that James’ place for a tasting. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Soft roast with a bit of musky toast and warm grains. Sweet and toasty, long sweet caramel with a very soft bit of bitterness on the end.

3
slowrunner77 (12139) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"maybe i’m splitting hairs here, but this is more like a black lager than a porter or brown. solid, roasty tones, in the nose and flavor, if a little thin. nice dry finish. so-so mouthfeel."

2.9
shrubber85 (11448) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Roasted pecan and chocolate malt aroma. Chestnut brown with large tan head. Sweet pecan, cocoa, and barley grain malt. A bit on the sweet side but not bad.

3.3
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Clear dark brown pour. Tan head. Coffee beans, toffee and some toasty nuts in the nose. Flavor is sweet. I get oxidized apples, caramel, bread and some dark honey. Ok beer.

2.6
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Date: March 14, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ticker Tasting
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and dark caramel aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, light nutty character, earthyness keeps it pretty dry
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.2
BVery (10606) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle. Deep chestnut brown pour with a creamy head that fades quickly. Nice aroma of chocolate, toffee, and molasses. Medium palate. Taste is molasses, caramel, and a touch of coffee. Glad to see Gordon Biersch hit a good one with this.

3.1
jercraigs (10556) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2009
2009-06-26. Ruby tinged brown body with a modest tan head. Mild aroma is grainy. Flavour of sweet muddled malt, very light roast. touches. Average palate. Likely a a bit past its peak but serviceable. Bottle c/o DuctTape

2.4
DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2008
Clear walnut brown with a thin brown head. Grassy, herbal hop aroma that is surprising in the context of its appearance. Rather thin in the malt department, low chocolate, with a dominant grassy hop character and a dry finish. Kind of weird actually.

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GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
[ Bottle ][ DedicatedToFun ][ 12oz ][ Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/10/14 ]
>> Pours a clear black ruby with soda foam. Nose is Twizzlers, tootsie roll, fudge, anise. Taste is water, paper, tootsie roll. Palate is weak, watery.


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