Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Replacing an earlier rating. Deep brown body with reddish highlights, thin off-white head. Rich roasted malt aroma. Flavor of strong roasted malts with dark chocolate, finishing quite bitter. Lacks any sense of sweetness to balance out the bitterness, and is a bit thin, but still quite good.
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark out of the bottle with a chocolate milk head that subsided to a ring that lasted the entire way down the glass. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the nose. It reminded me of opening a fresh box of Coco-Puffs as a kid. Lots of bitter coffee in the flavor, with dark chocolate and sweeter, caramel flavors coming out as it warms. Very nice porter.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a wonderfully smooth porter with chocolate, cofee and roasted flavors. Whereas the Bell's stouts are special occasion show-stoppers this Bell's, like the Brown, is a great and satisfying everyday beer.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown and opaque with a nice tan head. Strong chocolate flavor. Some trademark Bell's breadiness. Very mild hop presence. Nice!
WisconsinBeer (700) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost black. Alot of sediment. Some sediment was even stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Thick creamy long lasting head. Initial almost sour taste. Then coffee and malt flavors appeared. Very good dark beer. Very slight chocolate and smokey flavors.
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is pretty good, with nice color and flavor. However, it seems as though Bells has taken the same approach with their porter, stout, and java stout, though in slightly different proportions with the coffee and chocolate. From a brewery of this caliber, I would expect a little more innovation.
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Dark and beatiful. Chocolate nose. Flavor is rich and complex. Has a smokey finish.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark, beautiful pour with an average beige head. Wonderful chocolatey aroma and flavorings. Felt a little thinner than the stouts, but still quite good.
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Barley's Smokehouse. If you are going to have "guest taps", make 'em Bell's! Pours deep opaque brown with a medium tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolatey and bready. Flavor is smooth a rich and consists of chocolate, coffee and malt. I detected an ever-so-slight sourness in the finish which was interesting. Overall a good Porter, but I'll still stick with the Stouts from Bell's if given the choice.
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Beer is a deep dark black walnut color with a tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate with hazelnut. Taste is roasted malt with that touch of chocolate/coffee. Noticable sediment at bottom of glass was an unexpected pleasant surprise. A very enjoyable porter.