Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2004 A decent Porter from one the americas best breweries. Pours a deep brown with a minimal off-white head. Flavors of roasted coffee, and chocolate with a decent bitterness to finish it off.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
A very unremarkable beer. Almost no aroma; just a little malt smell is present. Pours brown, but a little thin. Small brown head. Malty, choclatly flavors, that pale in comparison to many other Bells beers. Still, it was a very palatable beer. Overall, I see no reason to have it again.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
quite good. dark pour with thin tan head that is qiuckly discipating but can easily be stirred up. the nose is malty with coffie. the taste is equally malty and coffee ish. medium to full body. very good overall .
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Aroma is all coffee and roasted malts. Really dark- I could totally see people thinking this is a stout. Hell, I did. This is my first porter. Me like! Me like!
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, roasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Could almost pass for a nicely bittered brown ale...toasty/nutty, and not very roasty or chocolatey. Pleasant and quaffable though.
kaospunk (8) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown almost black. The roasted aroma is very enticing with hints of chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfeel that I would expect from a Bells. Very rich flavor. Just leaves you wanting the next sip.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 I am a fan of this brewer but tend to gravitate towards stouts more than porters. I have only happened to try this one a couple of times. A bit too dry for my taste +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours black with a large dark brown head. The aroma is bitter and lightly roasty. The flavor is remarkably bitter with a dry, toasty malt flavor. toasted flavor lingers. There is no sweetness to this beer at all.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 Real nice porter. It’s got a full flavor, rich with a long finish of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium body, color is dark brown. I could drink a lot of these.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark brown body with tan frothy head. Aroma of espresso and vanilla and hickory. Bitter roasted coffee flavor. Good stuff.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark, chestnut brown appearance, reddish edges, with a huge, thick fluffy, cocoa-toned head, leaving much lace, softly sizzling down in size. Aroma is rich, full of espresso notes, chocolate, spices, deep, roasty,and rustic, a wonderful complex, though still straightforward nose. Taste: nice bitterness up front, good hop content, starts bold, then mellows and is quite a treat on the tongue and down the throat. Coffee connotations continue through the flavor, but excellent balance provides that that sapect never goes too far, with some sweetness from malt that matches just right. Drinkability, terrific, full-bodied, long-finish, total satisfaction. I'm a porter-lover, and this ranks among my favorites, may even be my very favorite, but we haven't held that contest yet. On tap, utterly excellent!