StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good example of the style, nice chocolate and coffee flavors come through. I missed the "roasty-ness" some other raters have described.
Tmoney99 (13076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
omhper (22752) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark brown. Roasty coffee aroma. Dry and medium bodied. Hoppy. Salty licorice dominates until the really bitter finish.
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.