IndianaRed (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours dark brown with a modest light tan head and smooth thin lacing. A few yeasty bits floating around. Aroma is a bit sweet, carmel, vanilla, dark and nutty. Flavor is very mild, sweet, lightly smokey. Feel is a bit thin but very smooth. A lingering charcoal taste. A very easy drinking porter.
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of butter, nuts, licorice, and coffee. Black, head is tan and thin. Flavor of coffee, dark chocolate, some nuts. A porter canít get much better.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks just amazing in my flute...dark as night with a beautiful tan head atop. Aroma and flavor are dominated by toasted malt and roasted coffee. Bitterness is similar to that of an expresso. But for the style, I think it is quite interesting and the chocolate aftertaste is just great. Very, very good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very roasty aroma with strong coffee overtones...roasty and bitter, with coffee showing up yet again...kind of dry and nutty, but full bodied. Not bad, if not a tad overly roasty and overly bitter.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Usual dark porter appearance. Lots of coffee in the flavor and aroma. A very good beer. I finally got my hands on 6 different bells beers that my friend brought from michigan, and I am very impressed by the brewery.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown (almost black) with a large frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chcolate, and hints of burnt candy. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Long flavor retention of raosted coffee and chocolate. A yummy treat! Thanks Kevin42!
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark brown with thin head. Rich, sweet licorice, aroma. Good malty, and creamy roasted flavor, with a coffee finish. A very fine porter. A new top ten on my personal favorite list.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Smells like malt, coffee, and black licorice. First flavors to come out are coco, raisin, smoke, malt, and black licorice. Finishes very clean for a stout. Good warm flavor. Very, very nice.
Kevin (2120) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours a dark black with a watery tan head that runs away like a little girl. roasted chocolate aroma. pleasing robust sweetness of chocolate toffee and licorice. a very hearty brew. mouthfeel is a little oily and disconcerting. but the wondeful flavor makes up for that(the flavor is the important part anyway). nice dry finish of roasted malts. iím glad i brought back a six of this.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
08.12.04 12oz bottle courtesy of jsquire. Dark, opaque brown; smallish, lasting head. Semi-sweet chocolate nose with hints of a nutty coffee. Flavors are similar to aromas, bitter from middle to end. The palate is full, but not as malty-chewy-oily-thick as I was ecpecting. Iím not getting the ísmokeyí notes, maybe itís just me. Itís quite good, and Iíd love to drink it again. Thanks, Jeff!