unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks just amazing in my flute...dark as night with a beautiful tan head atop. Aroma and flavor are dominated by toasted malt and roasted coffee. Bitterness is similar to that of an expresso. But for the style, I think it is quite interesting and the chocolate aftertaste is just great. Very, very good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very roasty aroma with strong coffee overtones...roasty and bitter, with coffee showing up yet again...kind of dry and nutty, but full bodied. Not bad, if not a tad overly roasty and overly bitter.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Usual dark porter appearance. Lots of coffee in the flavor and aroma. A very good beer. I finally got my hands on 6 different bells beers that my friend brought from michigan, and I am very impressed by the brewery.
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown (almost black) with a large frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chcolate, and hints of burnt candy. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Long flavor retention of raosted coffee and chocolate. A yummy treat! Thanks Kevin42!
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark brown with thin head. Rich, sweet licorice, aroma. Good malty, and creamy roasted flavor, with a coffee finish. A very fine porter. A new top ten on my personal favorite list.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Smells like malt, coffee, and black licorice. First flavors to come out are coco, raisin, smoke, malt, and black licorice. Finishes very clean for a stout. Good warm flavor. Very, very nice.
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours a dark black with a watery tan head that runs away like a little girl. roasted chocolate aroma. pleasing robust sweetness of chocolate toffee and licorice. a very hearty brew. mouthfeel is a little oily and disconcerting. but the wondeful flavor makes up for that(the flavor is the important part anyway). nice dry finish of roasted malts. i’m glad i brought back a six of this.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
08.12.04 12oz bottle courtesy of jsquire. Dark, opaque brown; smallish, lasting head. Semi-sweet chocolate nose with hints of a nutty coffee. Flavors are similar to aromas, bitter from middle to end. The palate is full, but not as malty-chewy-oily-thick as I was ecpecting. I’m not getting the ’smokey’ notes, maybe it’s just me. It’s quite good, and I’d love to drink it again. Thanks, Jeff!
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Benchmark Porter. Bell’s makes some pretty decent darker ales and stouts. This is one of them. Pours deep dark brown with a gorgeous tan head retaining a lot of lace. Milky chocolate aroma with only moderate toast. Plenty of roast in the flavour. Fresh coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Malts are even and well blended. Earth. Long malty finish.
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful black with a red halo when held to light, excellent tan head rests atop and lends good lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, roasted and slightly spicy. Flavor is long and complex. Starts with some balanced malts and hops, great dark roasted coffe flavor, a bit of grassiness, a moment of roasted dryness, and ends on some really great coffee aftertatse notes. An excellent porter, definitely top-tier beer.