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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Very average quality craft ale, I would guess inspired by Sprecher Black or Schell’s Alt. Of the three the Schell’s strikes me as having the best character with a bit more roasty bite than this brew. This beer poured from the bottle well, with a bit too much carbonation for the style, but settled out for a nice cream/tan puffy head. Lighter body and milder flavor than you would think by looking at the mahogany color. Low aroma with a thin caramel/malty note.


3.4
sdhunter (10) - - JUL 13, 2017
Ok beer. Dark. Gives the appearance of a stout. Trader Joe's brew. Not bad, but better choices. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
chadski (146) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Thick head that dissipates quickly. Nose is molasses with sweet dark fruits. Not much character in terms of flavor.

3.2
rumproasts (5427) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Very deep brown with one finger head. Strong roasted malt. Nutty and dry. Slightly bitter finish.

1.6
ffbot (420) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Pour is a big black with a tan head. Mild coffee, toffee and bread smells. Taste is similar, not too strong or anything, but no real depth to it

3.5
bdleedahl (462) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Nothing wrong with this beer. Well brewed and a great example of the style I think. It is how they say.. "Deep nutty flavour". Berkeley Trader Joea ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
nickd717 (4706) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2016
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a lasting light beige head. Aroma is roast, milk chocolate, toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, yielding to only slight bitterness. Chocolatey. Medium-bodied with a smooth, slick feel. Decent.

3.3
bergstaden (3039) - Røros, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2016
Olmost black with a light brown head - Dark malt aroma with some notes of roasted malt - Dark malt body with some roasted malt and some bitterness - The malt goes into the finish with some bitterness - This was nice

3.7
tfontana (1011) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Trader Joe’s. Aroma is strong roasted malts, bordering on burnt, with notes of chocolate. Appearance is clear, dark brown with reddish tinge, fair sparkle, finger-width foamy beige head with fair retention and minimal lacing. Taste is mainly sweet roasted malt, toffee with hint of hazelnut and ash; mild bitter balance. Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture, average carbonation and dry finish. Overall, some decent complexity for a not-so-complex style. Better than expected and at a great price.

3
Ron (3999) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown color. Aroma is a mix chocolate malt and toffee. Body and flavor is on the thin side. Taste is mild chocolate, hints of nuts and sugar. This a cheap beer that is not harsh, this is just ok.

3.4
akoeninger (763) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Surprisingly good brown ale. Good head retention. Nutty aroma and taste with hints of coffee and roasted malts. Smooth and slightly oily body


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