argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark porter, stoutish in appearance. Serious coffee aroma -- do a blind smell test and you’d have trouble picking out the Starbucks. Flavor is bitter coffee. Between this and the Java Stout, it’s clear Larry likes his coffee almost as much as he likes his beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark, very stout-ish. Nose has coffee. Flavor, not surprisingly, also has coffee. Roasty with a dry, sweet finish. I hate coffee, and I like this. I don’t know why.
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good porter. Slightly smokey - almost like the flavor of liquid smoke. But it is very subtle. Reminds me of Barrelhouse Brewings porter but a little more robust and well rounded. Easy drinking from the tap.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very straightforward porter that has all the right stuff, like a nice smooth malty flavor that is complimented by good coffee/chocolate undertones. A very good and enjoyable porter that is close to being exceptional.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is great. I first tried this in 9th grade and it was the first "dark" beer I ever drank. Very tasty
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another good effort by Bells. The aroma stood out, and probably my favorite feature of this beer. Chocolate, roasted flavors, wood. Smooth and easy to drink, but not very thick. A good brew, but I’ll take their stout first.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richer and fuller on tap. Rocky tan head and nose of dry roasted coffee and bitter baking chocolate. Dark as night. Sweet chocolate overtones, but not as thick as it looks. Ultra satisfying and filling. Alcohol was present as it warmed. Perfect with the Au Jus and cheese smothered Beef Pub Dip at the brewery’s Eccentric Cafe.
TAR (2385) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Full one-inch cappuccino froth with glue-like stickiness. Eventually turns rocky. The aroma teems with earthy roast, roasted, toasted pie crust, with restrained notes of black coffee, copper, roasted wood, and airy esters. Amazingly soft and lighlty velevety on the palate. Zingy with subtle flavors of roasted malt, charcoal, black pepper, and smoke. Bed of worty, toffee drizzled grains accompanies the brisk burnt wood finish. So solid.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice presentation, dark cola body, and a fizzy tan head that settles into a layer of constant foam. Clean malt front, rather roasty, especially as it warms, coupled with a light hop presence. A bit of brown sugar sweetness too. Very smooth texture. Not that I expected this to be bad by any stretch of the imagination, but this is very good stuff. Reminds me of Anchor Porter.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lacey off-white head erupting with sweet roasted aroma. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and slight floral hoppiness. Goes down almost like silk for such a robust beer. A very good porter full of flavor and character.