barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours a very dark brown with a deep beige head. sipped on this one after dinner and noticed hints of chocolate, coffee and maybe toffee as well. Very Nice. wish I had picked up more than just one bottle from the bottle shop.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark clear black body with ruby edges. Very pleasing rocky tan head. Lacing is excellent. The aroma is quite smokey, roasted malt, coffee and generous hops. The flavor is big on coffee and roasted malt. The smokey, almost peaty maltiness comes through towards the end. Medium bitter throughout. Medum body with a bit of alcohol at the end. Nice porter.
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, creamy head. Nutty aroma. A lighter roasted flavor with a little less body than expected. A very smooth, drinkable porter. Better than most, but on par for Bell’s.
Goblincat (386) - Westland, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and dark... tan head, just like a Porter should be. Nice malted coffee nose. Very smooth flavor, a nice mix of chocolate, malt, and coffee.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is black with huge ass tan head...smell is roasted malts with chocolate and coffee and is quite lovely...taste is much heavier on the chocolate side of things as opposed to coffee...nice body...definately a great porter!!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
smoky roasted nutty aroma, thin creamy white head; rich toasted coffee flavor; chocolate present...vinegar hints? nice sweet aftertaste; medium palate; a good porter overall
jgb9348 (4968) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown coloured body, almost completely opaque with a medium-sized brown head with large bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, a light bit of chocolate and some fresh caramel. Medium-bodied; Nice full roasted malt flavour with a good coffee twang and some chocolate (a light touch of 50% cacao) in the taste. Aftertaste clean and very fresh-definately a good tasting & finishing porter! Overall, a damn good example of a porter (even over a year & a half old too) showing some dark roasty tastes, but finishing without bitterness or harsh flavours. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 16-October-2004 (but purchased over a year & a half earlier by my mom--THANKS MOM!) on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small tan head. Aroma is of sweet chocolate, nuts, and coffee. Has a sweet chocolate taste that is complimented by roasted coffee notes. The malt character is solid in this brew. The chocolate flavor is pretty pronounced for a porter. Has a slightly bitter finish.
JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, bordering on black. Opaque. Head is initially large and light-brown in color, though it drops quickly. Chocolate, pine needles, and coffee bean aroma. Roasty qualities come out in the flavor, along with a slight smokiness and bittersweet chocolates. Finish is bittersweet, slightly metallic (copper) and very short lived. Rather thin body, slightly watery. Moderately carbonated.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. dark brown/opaque. medium tan head. medium lacing. definitely malty with great taste of chocolate and coffee. not my favorite porter but would drink again.