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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (811) - Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2004
A dark, hazy brown. Head is creamy, but thin. Aroma is malty, some chocolate, somewhat weak as it sets in the glass. Good strong roast flavor with mild bitterness. Good carbonation and body. Mild coffee after taste gets better as it warms. Not as good as their stouts, but would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Bottle: slight soapiness in the aroma. A little roast. Typical porter look. Some chocolate, but mostly roasty flavor. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Dark color with a good head that dissipates quickly. Not much aroma I get some roast chocolate. Palate a little watery. Good flavor but not overwhelming. This good but not great, it doesn't excel in any area, but there's nothing bad either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
This bells beer didn't do it for me. It had a nice roasty porter aroma, but the mouthfeel was off a little, and the typical Bells graininess was all over this one. Not really a bad beer, but certainly not up to par with other Bells beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2003
Opaque dark brown with a fine tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and Fry's cocoa. Lingering roasted malt on the palate accompanied by a well balanced hop bitterness and latent malt sweetness. Well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Not my favorite of the Bell's lineup. My biggest criticism is that it lacks the body to back up the initial impressions based on aroma and appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2381) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Dark garnet, very little head and no lace. Nose is chocolaty. Smooth but with zesty carbonation. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Exceedingly smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Pours dark brown, almost black. Opaque. Aroma is coffee, chocolate with some vinuous qualities. Some smoke too. Full bodied for a porter. Finish is sweet. Very good porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Weak but pleasant aroma. Weak head, dark brown body. A nice roasted flavor. Sharp and smokey, a little bitter. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown to black liquid that light has trouble penetrating with a small amount of caramel colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film. Aroma is of molasses, hops, black licorice and sugar. Flavor is of ground coffee and a medium hoppiness that isn't dry. A nice, fresh, clean taste to introduce anyone to hops, I suppose. Sampled at 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

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