Pailhead (4417) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 Bottle: Aroma is all coffee and hops. Pours a very darke reddish-brown with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing. You can see light thru it barely when held to the light. Taste is coffee and slight chocolate. Kind of a roasted bitter finish. Definite coffee aftertaste. Really great flavor. As it warms, chocolate flavor intensifies. For someone that’s never been a fan of stouts and porters, it seems my taste is changing quite a bit. I now find beers like this rather enjoyable where as a few years ago I couldn’t stand them.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This porter pours with a very dark brwon body topped by a thin, tan head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with slight notes of (what the hell is that?) fruit and weak coffee(?). The flavor is slightly sweet but bitter, roasty and malty. Nice flavor. Full bodied, slightly tingly and slightly warming.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown body with an attractive tan foamy head. Leaves a ton of lacing. Has a chocolate aroma with notes of sour milk. Exessive carbonation stings the tongue a bit. Light coffee flavor with what sharp hop/roast bitterness. Woody, smokey aftertaste. A very servicable porter.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice brown color with off white head got a malty and nuts aroma with coffe and chocolate a slight bitter after taste and a little watery not a bad porter but I have had better
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
really no more than an average beer and not up to par with the quality or outstanding quality of most of the other beers of theirs i've had. a good choice if the surprisingly roasty kalamazoo stout is too much for you, but real seekers of personality must look elsewhere.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2004 A decent Porter from one the americas best breweries. Pours a deep brown with a minimal off-white head. Flavors of roasted coffee, and chocolate with a decent bitterness to finish it off.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
A very unremarkable beer. Almost no aroma; just a little malt smell is present. Pours brown, but a little thin. Small brown head. Malty, choclatly flavors, that pale in comparison to many other Bells beers. Still, it was a very palatable beer. Overall, I see no reason to have it again.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
quite good. dark pour with thin tan head that is qiuckly discipating but can easily be stirred up. the nose is malty with coffie. the taste is equally malty and coffee ish. medium to full body. very good overall .
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Aroma is all coffee and roasted malts. Really dark- I could totally see people thinking this is a stout. Hell, I did. This is my first porter. Me like! Me like!
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, roasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Could almost pass for a nicely bittered brown ale...toasty/nutty, and not very roasty or chocolatey. Pleasant and quaffable though.