TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a suitably dark brown-black, forming an incredibly densely-packed creamy-foamy head as if it were nitro-drawn (it wasn’t). Virtually no aroma -- disappointing. A faint whiff of chocolate, nothing else. Flavor is caramel, toffee, medium dry-roast grain bitter, and moderate hop bitterness -- well balanced but flavor needs more intensity. Velvety-smooth palate as it scoots down like chocolate milk. Put some more aroma in there and this rating would have gone from a good score to a great score.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark with ruby highlights. Nice thick off-white foamy head. Aroma roasty. Flavor big on the coffee notes with hints of chocolate in the middle and back. Whoa....I feel like I just took 3 shots of espresso, Nice! Smooth, Velvety mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Great Porter, this has become my go-to beer!
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle: Dark, dark red almost black with a thin tan head. Light coffee nose and a similar hint in the flavor... roasty and sweet. Very good.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shaered by MDS at his place, thanks Mike! Much appreciated. We shared this bottle at a regular tasting, that had a few new things. Deep chestnut pour, with a short lived fizzy mocha head, fading to a thin ring. Rusted metal fills the nose. There’s some coffee here, and chocolate too, but there’s leather as well. I can see where this should smell appealing, but something’s off here. A soft coffee flavour is enjoyable, with fruit, some roasty flavours, but the finish seems slightly oxidized, and takes away from what I am sure is something great. Finish is silky, soft and comforting, and I can taste the coffee left behind, but again, a strange funk is present. Oh my word. I’ll have to give this another whirl. Thanks for sharing Mike.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally got around to this, Bottle. Excellent drinking porter, nice and robust with roasted malt being the big character. Enough bitterness from hops to bring it around. Nice. SMooth. Smice.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color is black with a lasting head and excellent lacing. I smells and tastes a little like coffee. It had a nice smooth finish.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours black and opaque, with a moderate to thick, long lasting head that leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is very noticeable and smells of roasted malts and coffee. It has a taste to match, along with maybe some chocolate notes. It has a moderate body and a mildly bitter and a finish that’s quite crisp for the style. This beer is another winner from Bell’s.
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch # 7156. Aroma was sweet malt, and a hint of coffee. Flavor was that and a little chocolate thrown in. A great porter. Get in my belly!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unexpectedly bland porter from this great brewer. Some roasted malt notes...brown sugar/molasses/espresso. But these seemed somewhat muted. My bottle seemed a bit overcarbonated, too, which detracted. I will rerate this one. These guys are so much better than this bottle would indicate.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Nice beer from bells again. Poured a dark dark brown head was a nice think tan, great lacing. Aroma was of chocolate. Flavor was sweet chocolate with a hopy finish that was done perfect. Creamy mouthfeel."