drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark murky brown with a foamy head. Aroma is very grainy but surprisingly not all that roasty. Flavor is the same, grains are fairly bitter and just a bit linear. The malt is just not enough to balance out the grain. Tastes yeasty, the sediment at the bottom bears witness to this.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well I dont want to be the bad guy or gal here but I was not impressed by this beer but the appearance. It was watery in taste and lacked aroma.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour with decent tan head. Initial taste of cherries followed by a beautiful roasted malt mouth. Mild finish. Beautiful.
kathouse (935) - Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark, hazy brown. Head is creamy, but thin. Aroma is malty, some chocolate, somewhat weak as it sets in the glass. Good strong roast flavor with mild bitterness. Good carbonation and body. Mild coffee after taste gets better as it warms. Not as good as their stouts, but would definitely buy again.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: slight soapiness in the aroma. A little roast. Typical porter look. Some chocolate, but mostly roasty flavor. Pretty nice.
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color with a good head that dissipates quickly.
Not much aroma I get some roast chocolate.
Palate a little watery.
Good flavor but not overwhelming.
This good but not great, it doesn't excel in any area, but there's nothing bad either.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bells beer didn't do it for me. It had a nice roasty porter aroma, but the mouthfeel was off a little, and the typical Bells graininess was all over this one. Not really a bad beer, but certainly not up to par with other Bells beers.
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown with a fine tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and Fry's cocoa. Lingering roasted malt on the palate accompanied by a well balanced hop bitterness and latent malt sweetness. Well balanced and enjoyable.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my favorite of the Bell's lineup. My biggest criticism is that it lacks the body to back up the initial impressions based on aroma and appearance.
Frank (2783) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark garnet, very little head and no lace. Nose is chocolaty. Smooth but with zesty carbonation. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Exceedingly smooth and delicious.