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RATINGS: 1394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
(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!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2069) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
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. iím glad i brought back a six of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2004
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. Iím not getting the ísmokeyí notes, maybe itís just me. Itís quite good, and Iíd love to drink it again. Thanks, Jeff!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1007) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
Benchmark Porter. Bellís 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Had at Sir Benís Tavern in Duluth. Dark Brown Coloring. Small Head. Some Roasts, and Coffee... Pretty Smooth and Sweet. Good Standard for Porters.


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