BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is rather outstanding! Aroma is very smoky though rather weak. But another side of this subdued aroma is that Bell’s doesn’t have a harsh, burnt bite to its flavor as do many porters in general. Rather, the taste elements of this beer are perfectly balanced: hops show through well, malts take on a complex tone and just the right amount of sweetness and classic porter peatiness are present. Sweet, tootsie roll aftertaste. There’s a lot of carbonation to balance the thick texture, a combination which makes this quite drinkable for an extended setting.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with no head. Light coffee aroma. Flavor is the same. Very smooth full bodied mouthfeel.
beerguy101 (5281) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Small sized foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium to full bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and sweet up front with a big coffee flavored finish. Lots of roasty malts in this one. Lots of coffee flavors as well. It’s a very sweet tasting porter, but that is balanced out by the coffee flavors. Would make a nice session porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of coffee.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of those cloudy porters, not such a dark beer, dark brown color but a hazy edge like aged beer. Nose of a perfect roast & chocolate level, light hops & some sweet smoke. Unspent coffee grounds. Taste has some astringency but maintains that sweet finish and subtle chocolate notes. Finishes lightly dark (smoky) & sweet like lactose. Damn good porter!
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Tasted in NB Worthy Globe. Dark black/brown with a crimson tint. Light tan head subsides after a minute or so and leaves a slight carbonation cover. Roasty nose with coffee, sour and floral notes and a bit of milk chocolate. Nice lacing, nice legs. Taste is roasted malt that morphs into a mildy hoppy, somewhat bitter taste, then into a dry finish. Nice flavorful finish. Tastes kind of like the last cup of coffee in my grandparents cofee pot that had been sitting for an hour or two, which sounds pretty bad (the coffee probably was) but it is a good thing in this beer.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruby-brown with a beige, short lived head and some sticky lacing. Sweet chocolate and subdued coffee aromas with some caramelly fruit present. Not as sharp and bitter of an aroma than in many porters. Chocolate and coffee flavors with a sweet malt backbone. Different than the sharp black malt flavors of a porter like Anchor’s. Has a little molasses to it. But still very good. Different can be good. Has this beer changed? Older reviews talk about all the bitter coffee flavor, but I don’t think it is very pronounced. Has a little saltiness to it. Fairly rich mouthfeel. Smokiness in finish. Pretty good stuff. Drink some.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby light barely shines through when held up. Very roasty burnt nose. I can’t place the hops. Bitter roasted chocolate malt gives way to a lightly milked chocolate finish.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tannish head and stringy lacing. Yes! Just about the perfect example fo a US porter!. Chocolate and mocha comes out strong with coffee backing up the first impressions. There is a sweet milkiness, so much like chocolate milk. I’m so sorry the flavor cannot take after the nose. The bitterness comes out just a touch too much. The perfect balance of the nose is missing here with no chocolate or mocha. The body is thin and the palate is sharply bitter. This started out so well, but let me down so hard.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
120z bottle, no BBD. Dark, opaque, some chunkies adrift. Poured with good head. Chocolate & roasty aroma, hint of smoke, even drinking, nice body...seems flat, but that doesn’t hurt it much, if at all. sweet malty hearty porter but seems too thin, expecially in the finish.
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A porter to be experenced, perfect representation of the old world style porters. Doesn’t compare with the local minibrew porters, which have above average alcohol. A little sparkle is missing here, has the mouthfeel of a stout.