RATINGS: 423   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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3.2
blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
[Bottle (12oz) from Trader Joe’s] Pours a dark, deep amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and nuts along with light hops and some vanilla -- smells a bit too sweet but not bad. Flavour: Not bad, maltier and hoppier then expected (not very hoppy, just more then expected), a bit nutty and chocolaty and with a short dry finish. Average bodied. I’ve had worse beers from these guys, this isn’t bad, it’s decent.

2.9
AirForceHops (7546) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s Portsmouth, NH. Dark brown color. Aroma is a pleasant mix chocolate malt and toffee. Body and flavor is on the thin side. Yet no problems at all. Taste is mild chocolate, hints of nuts and sugar. Well… overall if you what cheap beer that is not harsh, this is ok. This will not get anyone excited but for sure drinkable.

3.3
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle from Trader Joe’s in Chicago. Poured a lovely shade of chestnut brown with a creamy beige head (stuck around for a few minutes). Tasty aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of floral. Light-medium bodied on the palate and smooth. Flavor picked up some nuttiness as well as the aforementioned toasty darker malts. Somewhat tacky, sweet finish with a little bit of coffee. Certainly palatable, but not so exciting.

3.3
Strykzone (7491) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Almost black pour with a short lived head. Red highlights. Aroma is full of malt, nuts, milk, unmalted barley. The barley gives a sorghum molasses flavor. Faint hop presence. Lactic acid. Mild effervescence. Smokey. Medium bodied. Not bad at all.

3.4
HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle (12oz). Shared by garthicus, courtesy of irishboy. Clear deep ruby-mahogany pour, small head. Sweet medium roast caramel aroma, chocolate, with grassy bitterness. The taste followed - more an incredibly light porter than a brown - crisp, light, sweet but not too much so, only mildly carbonated, with a very quick finish. A decent, clean brew, not erring on either the bitter or syrupy side.

3.5
Braudog (6793) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle found at Trader Joe’s Poured pitch black with a pretty big bubbly head. Verrrrry nice roasty aroma, among the roastiest (is that a word?) I remember. Follows thru with a nice smoky, sitting by the fireplace, nutty flavor. Way too light in body, and the excitement wanes after a swallow or two, but this is a nice roasty, toasty beer when you want one for a session.

3.2
mansquito (6722) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Trader Joes Bklyn ($7): Reddish brown with a quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is a huge weak point just because you get very little on the nose at the beginning... but obviously there are some nutty notes. Really malty taste, a tad metallic. Notes of nuts. Bitterness become apparent in the finish and aftertaste.

3
RobertDale (6650) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and chocolate. Taste is malt, caramel, fruit, and chocolate. Average at best.

3.9
ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Location: 12 oz bottle from Trader Joes Short Pump, 9/9/11

Aroma: The nose is sweet and malty, some caramel, chocolate, roast, and dark fruit
Appearance: It pours a clear brownish color with a creamy beige head and good lacing
Flavor: It tastes rich and malty, fairly sweet and roasty, similar components to the nose
Palate: This stuff is medium bodied, with a creamy, smooth, clean, and rich mouthfeel
Overall Impression: I’ve had this beer before, and I remembered enjoying it, but I didn’t remember enough about it to enter a rating. Now that I tried it again, I can say for sure that this is a really nice dark ale. Don’t pre-judge this one because it’s Trader Joes/Gordon Biersch, it is some really good stuff.

3.4
vyvvy (6574) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2006
Purchased at St. Louis Trader Joe’s. Pour very dark brown with a crimson red tint. Nice looking tannish off-white head, but it goes away quickly. Burnt malt aroma that reminds me of nuts and dark chocolate. Medium body with light carbonation. Very roasted / burnt malt taste - charred grains and chocolate. Overall not bad at all. The finish has the burnt aspects along with some sharp hops. At the discount price this sells for it is a very good deal. It is one of the heartiest and most aggresive brown ales I’ve had.


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