Trader Joe’s 2019 Vintage Spiced Ale is just as I recall from a few years ago. It doesn’t really have the dark malty sweetness I would hope for. The finish is dry with more spice than I care for. I believe if finish was more sweet the spice may be more appealing.
Some Ho Ho Ho to go. Sweet roasted malts, with a hint of vanilla, up front. Mildly bitter finish…seems more roasty bitterness and not a hop bitterness. Flavor/mouth feel is like a milk stout. At 6% ABV is like a light pastry stout I kept sipping and sipping…until it disappeared. I enjoyed it.
I was quite pleased with Trader Joes 2017 Vintage Ale. I don’t recall enjoying some of the previous years versions as much. Let it warm in the glass a bit to get the most of the sweet malt character. Dangerously smooth and easy to sip for a 9% ABV beverage.
An ok 8% ABV double IPA from Tap 79 Brewing Co., found at Trader Joes. I am only guessing that Golden Road is brewing for them, like they were for the ol’ burro brand that came out a couple years ago. But with the smaller can size, 12oz compared to 16oz, and being […]
Boatswain Chocolate Stout by Rhinelander Brewing Co of Wisconsin, was a great find at Trader Joe’s for $2! Chocolatey, malty, slight hop finish, and easy drinking at 5.4% after breakfast this gloomy rainy day.