amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2006 pours black with a chocolaty thick head that dissipates somewhat quickly, aroma is mild coffee-like, tastes light for a porter with notes of dark chocolate and almond, ending with coffee. tingly but smooth mouth.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black color with a thin beige laced head. Aroma is roasty with malts,chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted rich with hints of coffee,malts, chocolate and cream. Lacks the smoke flavor that makes other porters stand out. Other than that, a very enjoyable porter.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Roasty aroma of coffee and chocolate, and on my first whiff I immediately thought of black olives. Strong roastiness in the flavor, combined with caramel and chocolate. Rages on the sweet side, moderately hopped. Creamy, velvety mouth feel. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, chestnut brown appearance, reddish edges, with a huge, thick fluffy, cocoa-toned head, leaving much lace, softly sizzling down in size. Aroma is rich, full of espresso notes, chocolate, spices, deep, roasty,and rustic, a wonderful complex, though still straightforward nose. Creamy, easy drinking and damned nice... great Brewery : ))
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh man, so good. Dark dank black with lots of creamy tan head, just beautiful. Aromas are huge roast, coffee, and chocolate notes. Even smells creamy. Flavor is huge roast, this reminds me somewhat of the Gonzo. Lots of mocha in this one too. Finishes moderately sweet. Medium-thick bodied. Nice and chewy.
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark, dark brown pour with tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Chocolate, toffee and molasses dominate the aroma, while flavor is heavy of roasted malt. The only downside I can find is that it is a bit weak in terms of the aftertaste, which seems to disappear rather quickly. Still, like most Bell’s products, it is nicely balanced and smooth.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brew HaHa - great, smooth Porter that is loaded with sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Rich, comlex and smooth - another great one from Bells.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 6755- Pours dark brown and settles black with smallish tan head. Aroma is full of malt. Strong roasted and chocolate malt. Flavor is roasted and quite malty. Sweetness up front, bit of a fruityness in the middle and a roasted, coffee malt finish that is farily smooth and full. Decent complexity and a nice beer.
lamas (1556) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. No Batch ID #. A black pour with ruby highlights and a thin dark-khaki head that leaves some drooping lace. The slightly roasty aroma is of chocolate, coffee and cocoa. Medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Roasty cocoa flavors dominate the taste. Quite a bit of sour malts in the middle and finish. Some molasses too. Nothing special.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, biscuit, orange aromas blend nicely with some fair coffee-like roastiness in the nose. Opaque darkest brown body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes to cover with some lace. Sweet orange, biscuity malt up front meld with chocolate and floral tones followed by a pleasant roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body is rich and velvety smooth on the tongue with moderate though gentle carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temp. Bottle (Main Street Party Store, Ann Arbor, Jul-05).