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RATINGS: 1394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2879) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2003
Dark ruby-brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of dark toffee and roasted coffee. Good, sightly creamy mouthfeel. Malty flavour with notes of coffee and chocolate, and a slightly acidic finish that I've noticed with many of the dark Bell's beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Pours a very dark brown color with about one finger of tan head and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of burned malts and also has a dark coffee smell as well. Fairly average aroma for a porter. The main part of the flavor is the roasted malt and coffee. The flavor was not as strong as expected. There was also a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was pretty good, and it is easily drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Aroma is overwhelming with roasted malts. The beer is a very dark brown in color with little head. Bitter flavor with long finish. A quality beer, though I am not a big fan of porters

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raymow (811) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
An excellent porter. Flavor is of slightly burnt chocolatey coffee (in a good way). Great dark color, looks and tastes exactly as a porter should.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
The beer pours an opaque brown with mahogany high lights, the head prodigious, frothy and a winsome light tan in color as it slowly fades the lace forms a thick curtain to seal off the glass. Nose is sweet malt, toasted grain, musky, the yeast quite evident, and a treat for the senses; start is ambrosial and rich in malt with the top middling in its feel. Finish as a pesky acidity with the hop pleasurable in their spiciness, quite dry, and a fine representative to the style, how I envy all the people who have Bell’s at their beckon call.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Bottle pours a deep dark garnet seen through back light with a nice off white head and nice lace. This is attractive in my nonic. The aroma has a bit of a smokey effect with some butteriness. The aroma also shows some hops and the coffee and chocolate side. The flavor shows the coffee roastiness and a touch of smokiness. The finish is dry. The palate is moderately rich. Overall, not bad, but IMHO there are better Porters.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Looks black but when held up to the light it is a blood red orange. Tan head, quarter inch. Smells like hops and alcohol. A little bitterness in the taste and something else I can't place. The flavor is tinny, watery and sour. Not bad but doesnt seem dark enough for a porter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2464) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Large tan head, minimal lacing. Dark brown, almost black, some red hues when held up to a light. Roasty, coffeeish slightly buttery nose. Med/full body, creamy textured. Mildly roasty, chocolatey, buttery flavors. Finish is dry and roasty with a decent hop bite. Stout Porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2003
So far, Bell's seems to have a good track record, and this porter is no expection.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Bottle: Malty, lite chocolate, smokey ash nose. Great reddish brown color. Roasty,bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Creamy, smokey, dry finish. thought it faded a little quick. Seem to remember it stronger when I was in Ann Arbor, though my taste have grown since then. A good porter. Thanks PsychProf.


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