Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Beerhandy for this!! Pours a dark redish color.. almost black with a medium head. Smells of sweet coffee and malts. This tasted heavily of coffee with hints of chocolate and a nice bitter finish. Taste more like a stout to me but very tasty.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Again, I’m comparing this to to Bully Porter because I had it the same night. Dark brown color with off-white head. Roasted smell and a slight coffee taste which turned me off.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a very dark rust color and is opaque in the glass. Has a medium, relatively loose head and a brown sugar/coffe aroma with nice roasted overtones. Very light bitterness; perfectly blended. No overpowering flavors yet gives a balenced but complex profile. There is a distict astringent flavor that I can’t place, striking at first and any stronger and it would be a flaw, but in this context it is very interesting couterpoint to the maltyness. This beer realy goes for the coffee and roasted tones rather than the chocolately and smokey ones in many american porters. This is an introspective shoe gazing porter relative to the punk rock offerings from the likes of Rogue and Stone.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark beer with amber highlights and a nice tight beige head. Dark roasted coffee aromas with a hint of cardboard. Taste is a little dryer than I expected almost like a dry stout, flavor of roasted malts with the bitterness from black malt and hops evident in the swallow. Mouthfeel was thin almost cidery.
pivo (2641) - GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toast and balsamic in the nose, dark opaque brown color, light tan head. Roastedness and smoke in the body with a hint of licorice. A little farty and buttery. Bells is just a great brewery but this one surprised me - not so good. Did I get a bad sample?
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to csbosox for the hook-up on this i was very excited to try this brew.seeing as any kalamazoo i have had is nothing save for exceptional.after popping the top i was treated with an aroma of roasted coffee and malts.when i held the glass up to the light,i found a mixture of black and red.the taste is what really stood out for me.it was like the perfect blend of thickness,chocolate,coffee,and bitterness.this porter is top notch for sure.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is rather outstanding! Aroma is very smoky though rather weak. But another side of this subdued aroma is that Bell’s doesn’t have a harsh, burnt bite to its flavor as do many porters in general. Rather, the taste elements of this beer are perfectly balanced: hops show through well, malts take on a complex tone and just the right amount of sweetness and classic porter peatiness are present. Sweet, tootsie roll aftertaste. There’s a lot of carbonation to balance the thick texture, a combination which makes this quite drinkable for an extended setting.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with no head. Light coffee aroma. Flavor is the same. Very smooth full bodied mouthfeel.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Small sized foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium to full bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and sweet up front with a big coffee flavored finish. Lots of roasty malts in this one. Lots of coffee flavors as well. It’s a very sweet tasting porter, but that is balanced out by the coffee flavors. Would make a nice session porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of coffee.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of those cloudy porters, not such a dark beer, dark brown color but a hazy edge like aged beer. Nose of a perfect roast & chocolate level, light hops & some sweet smoke. Unspent coffee grounds. Taste has some astringency but maintains that sweet finish and subtle chocolate notes. Finishes lightly dark (smoky) & sweet like lactose. Damn good porter!