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RATINGS: 1506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Slight rerate - originally claimed this was my favorite Bellís brew to date. Then I met Expedition. Nevertheless, the original review... Smells robust, chocolatey and dry hopped. Full tasting; slick, oily feel on the palate. Resonating tobacco and roasted - but not yet burnt - chocolate characteristics. Smooth and complex. Smokey aspects, but theyíre subtle. Great interpretation of the style, and my favorite Bells brew to date.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Thanks to jsquire for this brew. Pours jet black with a small light brown head. Dark chocolate malt aroma with toast notes. Deep rich dark chocolate malt flavor with a hoppy finish. Full-bodied and fizzy palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Like liquid UPS, this palatable porter tastes, above all, brown. The respectable tan head emits sniffs of raisins soaked in chianti and dropped into the bottom of a glass of champagne (cuvee, not brut). And, like your best friendís mom growing up, sheís a bit of a tart over the top (and the palate) at the finish. There arenít many porters both tasty and session worthy, but this is one.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Very subdued, roasty aroma. Garnet black pour with no head. Terrific flavor of raisin, burnt berries, sweet cherry and dry chocolate. Slight smoke lingers on the teeth. Finishes with some bitterness. A very nice porter!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Good example of the style, nice chocolate and coffee flavors come through. I missed the "roasty-ness" some other raters have described.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Bottle. Dark black color with medium head. Aroma was sweet malt and coffee. Flavor was full with stong sweet with good finish. Another good Bells brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22752) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown. Roasty coffee aroma. Dry and medium bodied. Hoppy. Salty licorice dominates until the really bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
Black color. Light aroma, some caramel, roasted malt and paperboard. Roasted malt caramel and malt taste; very light coffee presence in the bitter finish. Ordinary.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
On tap at Bells. Poured a small tan head that quickly dissipated, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a black hue. Aroma was malty, chocolate, roasty and coffee. The flavor was malty, sweet, chocolate and mild coffee roastiness. Smooth palate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle. Wow! This is probably one of the best porters Iíve ever had. Opaque black. They use simple flavors of chocolate and coffee with dark malts, but it comes out incredibly well balanced and complex. Hints of sherry as well - drinking this would have made me suspect it was a Bellís beer, it somehow reminds me of the Expedition Stout. Lasting and wonderful finish that makes me with I lived in Michiga...well, not really, but itís damn good stuff.


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