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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5106) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 A nice porter. Poured from the bottle with lots of bubbles and a small yellow head. The beer itself has a dark brown color with red highlights on the edges. The smells are vanilla, coffee and brown sugar. The taste is light coffee with a metallic and coppery finish. Moresmoky taste than I remembered the last time. Nice clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
steview (1026) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 13, 2004
duvel tulip glass, room temp.: amazing aroma and flavor that match perfectly; chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a bit bitter (cannot pinpoint hops; not citrus), a bit roasty, a bit of smokiness... big and foamy tight tan head, very dark like midnight body, smooth like velvet palate. this is great. i actually drank this while the rest of my 6-pack went into the pot along with some brats. the brats were pretty rich ;o) no condiments except for "bells' porter onions" went on ’em! wow! tasty tasty tasty... (this seems to be different from the previous years? perhaps i purchased an outstanding batch? for some reason i remember it being much sharper, hoppier, and with a larger coffee note; perhaps i have a mellowed sixer...)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (8850) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
Vanilla and wine Aroma and taste like a bit of wine. Top porter. Tan foam on black. Malty with Coffee bean, buttery chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and lace. Aroma of huge coffee, malt, vanilla, and cognac. Tastes malty, slightly sweet, with a coffee, malt, maple, vanilla, roasty finish. Marvelous complexity and mouthfeel. Well balanced. An excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Nice brown color,small tan head that faded quickly leaving a slight lace behind.Mildly malty aroma with a bigger emphasis on some sweet fruit,possibly lemon,and hops come through nicely.Malty flavor with a mild caramel and fruit coming through as well as the hops but there fairly mild.Not a bad brew but i think i could do with a little less fruit flavor and a little more of a stronger malt presence.Thanks go to Nexxus for sending this brew my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Bottle pours a deep brown, almost black, small frothish light cream colored head, good lacing, with minor yeasty bits residing on the bottom of the glass.   Sweet aroma, chocolately with some mocha notes.   Immediate chocolate flavor up front, but it quickly gives way to a silky hopiness.   Light burnt malts and the continuance of hops on the finish.   Although I wished the intial flavor to last longer, its still quiet a nice Porter.   Great body, good mouthfeel, rather enjoyable this is.   Thanks goes out to hopsrus for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
A deep brown black with a decent tan head. Coffee, coffee, and coffee for the taste. A nice roasted flavour. A slight hint of hops on the nose. A beautiful beer all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5037) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 Bottle: Aroma is all coffee and hops. Pours a very darke reddish-brown with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing. You can see light thru it barely when held to the light. Taste is coffee and slight chocolate. Kind of a roasted bitter finish. Definite coffee aftertaste. Really great flavor. As it warms, chocolate flavor intensifies. For someone that’s never been a fan of stouts and porters, it seems my taste is changing quite a bit. I now find beers like this rather enjoyable where as a few years ago I couldn’t stand them.

   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.

   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.

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