DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black color, medium head that persists throughout the glass. Aroma of old black coffee, hints of dark chocolate, maybe some tobacco. Between the aroma and initial flavor, this shares a lot of the qualities that I disliked in the Java Stout. This one fortunately improves somewhat as it warms. More black coffee in the aroma, with copious sugar. Medium body, some roast, mildly sticky finish (this is of course a porter). Both the aroma and flavor have this indescribable mildewy funkyness (like canned peas), for lack of a better description, that I have a tough time getting past. Certainly not bad, but there are better porters out there.
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty much opaque black, initially a monstrous, brown head that fades to a small ring; medium lacing. Aroma heavily chocolate and vanilla but also quite roasty. Flavor, not surprisingly, is very roasty, but there is a fair amount of mellow chocolate in there, and a touch of straight coffee bean; barely smokey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, pretty thick, and best of all not horribly sticky; could be just a touch thicker, though. Overall, very good.
IndianaRed (2803) - 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 (4916) - 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 can’t 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 (12147) - 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.