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RATINGS: 1389   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2004
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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
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.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2004
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 .

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaospunk (8) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2004 does not count
Pours a deep brown almost black. The roasted aroma is very enticing with hints of chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfeel that I would expect from a Bells. Very rich flavor. Just leaves you wanting the next sip.


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