tfontana (1184) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2018 carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing too special here, but a perfectly adequate example of the genre ad for cheap at Trader Joe’s locations.
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from TJ's. Appearance is almost opaque black--very dark brown/mahogany with light source directly behind--with light sparkle at the edge of the glass, finger-width light brown head with poor retention and trace lacing. Aroma is roasted malt (like burnt marshmallow), wood, dark fruits, light cocoa. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with smooth, thick texture, average-to-lively carbonation and bittersweet roasted malt finish. Overall, the taste doesn't quite deliver on the aroma and it's a little over carbonated. But, I've had a lot of TJ's beers lately and this is one of the better ones. Rex_Remes (283) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - NOV 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 (12oz bottle) AROMA: soft chocolate, oatmeal, celery, black beans, APPEARANCE: dark dark brown, almost black, opaque, dark coffee head, oily, lingers TASTE: coffee, cream, hint of vanilla, moderately bitter chocolate, light cookie dough PALATE: soft, medium body, not ultra rich, a little creaminess, smooth/slick with a touch of lingering bitterness. OVERALL: a good beer but just an average stout, smooth and drinkable, nice coffee/chocoate notes but otherwise a bit simple. Would make a good starter stout for someone juat getting into heavier beers. Soupordean (97) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2017
It pours a dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is a bit acidic with heavy dark malts. A little coffee-like with some buttered toffee and nuts .The flavor is full bodied and very creamy on the palate. Lots of dark malts with heavy roast in the finish. Overall, it has more of a toasted malt profile except for the finish which borders on burnt. I’m not getting the acidity I picked up in the aroma, which is a good thing in my book. A bit of a simplistic beer, but not bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone gregwilsonstl (2704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2017
Dark black. Foamy tan head. Creamy. Mild chocolate. Not sweet. Really, this is a 3.35? This is a decent, not a 4, but a decent sweet stout. nickel (1263) - UKRAINE - AUG 17, 2017
Aroma: intensive nose of caramel, roasted malt, wood and grape
Taste: mild and balanced roasted malt with caramel, oats and hints of grass.
Creamy body. Great brew
sdhunter (10) - - JUL 13, 2017
Excellent beer from Trader Joe's. Will definitely buy again, if I can find it. Dark stout. Smooth after taste. Glad it was suggested by a Trader Joe's manager.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bergstaden (3324) - Røros, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2017
Black with a brown head - Roasted malt aroma with some coffee notes as well - Roasted malt body with some notes of coffee and chocolate with bitterness - The roasted malt and some nice bitterness goes into the finish - This was good Zymurgeist2 (2434) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 19, 2017
From bottle to glass. Creamy roast aroma. Brown with light brown highlights. Taste is roast and cream. Not bad. mrjaxson (630) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Far more lactose-based than oatmeal-based, to me at least, with a thinner-than-expected body and bittersweet chocolate taste. Poured to an uncommonly huge head with a lot of carbonation. Just OK. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. It pours a dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is a bit acidic with heavy dark malts. A little coffee-like with some buttered toffee and nuts .The flavor is full bodied and very creamy on the palate. Lots of dark malts with heavy roast in the finish. Overall, it has more of a toasted malt profile except for the finish which borders on burnt. I’m not getting the acidity I picked up in the aroma, which is a good thing in my book. A bit of a simplistic beer, but not bad.