GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby-brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of dark toffee and roasted coffee. Good, sightly creamy mouthfeel. Malty flavour with notes of coffee and chocolate, and a slightly acidic finish that I've noticed with many of the dark Bell's beers.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown color with about one finger of tan head and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of burned malts and also has a dark coffee smell as well. Fairly average aroma for a porter. The main part of the flavor is the roasted malt and coffee. The flavor was not as strong as expected. There was also a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was pretty good, and it is easily drinkable.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is overwhelming with roasted malts. The beer is a very dark brown in color with little head. Bitter flavor with long finish. A quality beer, though I am not a big fan of porters
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent porter. Flavor is of slightly burnt chocolatey coffee (in a good way). Great dark color, looks and tastes exactly as a porter should.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours an opaque brown with mahogany high lights, the head prodigious, frothy and a winsome light tan in color as it slowly fades the lace forms a thick curtain to seal off the glass. Nose is sweet malt, toasted grain, musky, the yeast quite evident, and a treat for the senses; start is ambrosial and rich in malt with the top middling in its feel. Finish as a pesky acidity with the hop pleasurable in their spiciness, quite dry, and a fine representative to the style, how I envy all the people who have Bell’s at their beckon call.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a deep dark garnet seen through back light with a nice off white head and nice lace. This is attractive in my nonic. The aroma has a bit of a smokey effect with some butteriness. The aroma also shows some hops and the coffee and chocolate side. The flavor shows the coffee roastiness and a touch of smokiness. The finish is dry. The palate is moderately rich. Overall, not bad, but IMHO there are better Porters.
thehoff (581) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks black but when held up to the light it is a blood red orange. Tan head, quarter inch. Smells like hops and alcohol. A little bitterness in the taste and something else I can't place. The flavor is tinny, watery and sour. Not bad but doesnt seem dark enough for a porter.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large tan head, minimal lacing. Dark brown, almost black, some red hues when held up to a light. Roasty, coffeeish slightly buttery nose. Med/full body, creamy textured. Mildly roasty, chocolatey, buttery flavors. Finish is dry and roasty with a decent hop bite. Stout Porter.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
So far, Bell's seems to have a good track record, and this porter is no expection.
OldGrowth (2421) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Malty, lite chocolate, smokey ash nose. Great reddish brown color. Roasty,bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Creamy, smokey, dry finish. thought it faded a little quick. Seem to remember it stronger when I was in Ann Arbor, though my taste have grown since then. A good porter. Thanks PsychProf.