HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark black with a dense tan head. Has a bread yeasty aroma with some roasted notes. Not much flavor up front but a great back end roastedness that stays with you for awhile afterwards.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jables for this beer.
Poured dark brown with a small off-white fizzy head which dissipated completely. Nice aroma of rich dark fruit with a touch of caramel sweetness. Taste was roasty and lightly sweet, with a touch of chocolate and coffee with dark fruits, with a dry roasty finish. Average body. Iím not a huge fan of this style, but this was a nice example.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark. Light aroma with coffee and carmel scents. Very chocolately and bitter. Good porter but not my favorite.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours about the darkest I have ever seen for a Porter with a creamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. The carbonation is alright but there could be a bit more. The aroma was weak at first and then there was coffee, chocolate and a bit of vanilla and caramel. The taste begins bitter but settles into a very pleasant flavor. Burnt chocolate is the dominant flavor along with caramel. The burnt chocdolate creates a unique bitterness which works quite well. A nice Porter that works well for a session beer.
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown. It has a smallish light brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film. There is some yeast sediment at the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is chocolate and coffee with some vanilla and cream.
The flavor is burnt chocolate malts and coffee. Itís a little acidic and slightly sweet. It has a dry (almost chalky), medium bitter finish. It has a fairly full body, a little light on the carbonation.
Overall, an excellent porter. Coffee-like and bitter, but very pleasing.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 0z bottle. Deep brown in color with a nice tan head. Smoky caramel aroma. Caramel smoky notes. Malty flavor. Well balanced. Full bodied beer. Clean mouthfeel. Nice beer.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown chocolate color with a tan frothy head. Toasted flavor yet not a super heavy brew. Very drinkable and hard not to drink the whole 6 pack.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Deep brown nice tan head. Clean roasty aroma. I can smell the chocolate and black patent malts. Medium bodied roasty flavor. Not very bitter. Seems to be a beer for the style NAZI, for it is a dead nuts on porter. No flaws, easy to drink, but perhaps difficult to distinguish from any other well made porter.
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Falls right around the weak 7/10 part of the grading curve. Smoky aroma, light on the palate, definitely not as heavy as the Edmund Fitzgerald. (Is there a pun hidden somewhere in this?) I didnít pick up any particularly distinct flavor characteristics here.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
this is the first bells product i have not loved. looks nice but there isnt much going on here. i smell a little hops and mabye some chocolate or a faint coffee. mouth feel is thin with not much to taste at first but then you get a bit of coffee and some hop bitterness. not at all impressive. but compared to bud it is awsome.