Zeswaft (1597) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 Black with dark tan head. Chocolate and caramelly aroma. Flavor lacks hops or any sophistication. Almost no flavor left on palate 3 seconds after swallow. Very smokey flavor. Average porter.
rerate. this thing tastes really hoppy. sweet chocolate and really nutty. a lot like that nutella crap.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head that fades fast. Roasted malt aroma and flavor with a bit of chocolate. A nice porter.
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
POurs a nice dark color from the glass with a nice tan head that fades to a thin whispy head in a few minutes. Bland smell, the slightest hint of chocolate after tasting. I didnít find this to be as impressive as some of the other beers I have been drinking as of late. Good taste overall, I would pick this over some other beers.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to csbosox for sending this. Pours a black color with brown hues and a thick but mostly diminishing light brown head. Interesting aroma and flavor of chocolate and roasted malt. Light to medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark clear brown with a creamy tan head. Strong coffee and cigar aromas. Watery barnyard malt flavors. Backed with plenty of oats. Decent porter, but typical.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, and hops. Flavor is chocolate, hops, roasted malt, and coffee.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. pours dark brown with creamy, foamy light tan head. Smell is of raisins, prunes, dough. mouthfeel is creamy and smooth on the palate. Malty flavor with some slight roastiness and doughyness.
shadey (2055) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Black pour with a big creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Sweet milk chocolate aroma. Smooth Palate. Tangy chocolate flavor. Bells always does a nice job.7/4/8/4/17
RERATE: Black pour with a thin dark cream head. Dark dark chocolate aroma. Chocolatey flavor. A nice porter.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. pours a nice dark brown with slight head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is nice, with prunes, coffee, sweet cherries, tobacco and some other stuff that Iím not good enough to describe. Thin body as I pour some into my wordhole... nice immediate coffee and cocoa flavors with a slight sweetness that stays only for a second, like that hot chickís glance toward you at the bar. Some sweet tobacco flavors in there as well. This is tasty, but not quite what I expected in terms of body. Itís definitely a fine brew. I think that Kalamazoo makes some good stuff.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of csbosox: Dark brown body with a creamy tan head that quickly fades to a small ring. Aroma is roasted malts, butter, coffee, and a hint of sweet molasses or sugar of some kind. Medium-full bodied, tingling carbonation on the tongue, slightly oily. Taste is acidic roasted malt, then roasted chocolate, molasses-covered coffee, light buttery brown sugar, and a hint of earthy hops. Based upon the mild buttery scents itís possible mine was a little bit oxidized (not sure how old the bottle is), or itís possible that mild buttery (diacetyl) flavor was just part of the intended flavor for this beer.