HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Pours brown to black with light brown head that is frothy but diminishes quickly. Aromas of dough and light hops, moderate malt aroma with hints of roasted molasses. Flavor is moderately sweet, with tones of chocolate and malts. Medium bodied palate with just the right amount of carbonation. A very good porter.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasty, bitter, cucumber and peanut butter aroma. Roasty flavor on a deep brown pour. Very drinkable, not quite smooth enough for me though to warrant a higher rating among the best porters.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker brown color not much head. Rich and creamy smelling with hints of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is surprising, almost leaping out of the glass. Easy to drink, pretty rich, and just downright pleasing. Perhaps not as good as the Great Lakes I just drank, but its damn good. A very fine example of a porter, most def a cigar beer.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Black pour with a thin film of tan head. Aroma is pretty sweet with nice notes of caramel and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a light coffee bitterness at the end. A little thin, but pretty easy drinking.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth porter that has a coffee and chocolate taste. Very easy to drink, nice java color.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Bellís Eccentric Cafe: Almost opaque brown with a beige head. Coffe grind aroma. Sweet and roasty malt with flavors to match. Light to medium bodied. Tastey porter.
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Could be heavier, but tastes really good all the same. Goes down smooth, but with a mild rusty aftertaste that I havent quite figured out yet.....Will require more field research.....
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as dark as porters pour, charcoal brown-black tinged by cola, with a average loose tan head. Roasted lactic aromas dominate the nose, with peanuts and obvious dark malt present as well. Thin, but not quite watery, this porter could stand a bit more substance, though for the style, this is entirely within the normal spectrum. Also, a bit fizzy. This is a textbook blueprint of a porter. To say this tastes like a porter seems like it should be enough! Anyhow, roasty, a bit of coffee, a smidge of bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of lactose maybe. Thereís some decent acidity to this, and a certain subtle floral hoppiness. I feel like the fizzy CO2 is actually contributing to the flavor somewhat. I think this joins Stone and Rogueís offerings as being among my favorite porters.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks nice- a dark brown/black beer with a tan head. Smells very chocolatey, malty- its a great aroma,I only wish it was a bit stronger! The flavour is very roasty, with coffee. Its a bit thin/watery and also too carbonated, but overall its very good.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very average, I expected more from Bells. Dark mahogany appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma was similiar to some char and roast mixed with tuna fish, Iím serious. Flavor is dominated by some bitter roast and a thin palate. OK beer but I can think of 20 better porters off the top of my head.