sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, creamy head. Nutty aroma. A lighter roasted flavor with a little less body than expected. A very smooth, drinkable porter. Better than most, but on par for Bell’s.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and dark... tan head, just like a Porter should be. Nice malted coffee nose. Very smooth flavor, a nice mix of chocolate, malt, and coffee.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is black with huge ass tan head...smell is roasted malts with chocolate and coffee and is quite lovely...taste is much heavier on the chocolate side of things as opposed to coffee...nice body...definately a great porter!!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
smoky roasted nutty aroma, thin creamy white head; rich toasted coffee flavor; chocolate present...vinegar hints? nice sweet aftertaste; medium palate; a good porter overall
jgb9348 (5432) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown coloured body, almost completely opaque with a medium-sized brown head with large bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, a light bit of chocolate and some fresh caramel. Medium-bodied; Nice full roasted malt flavour with a good coffee twang and some chocolate (a light touch of 50% cacao) in the taste. Aftertaste clean and very fresh-definately a good tasting & finishing porter! Overall, a damn good example of a porter (even over a year & a half old too) showing some dark roasty tastes, but finishing without bitterness or harsh flavours. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 16-October-2004 (but purchased over a year & a half earlier by my mom--THANKS MOM!) on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small tan head. Aroma is of sweet chocolate, nuts, and coffee. Has a sweet chocolate taste that is complimented by roasted coffee notes. The malt character is solid in this brew. The chocolate flavor is pretty pronounced for a porter. Has a slightly bitter finish.
JMerritt (1921) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, bordering on black. Opaque. Head is initially large and light-brown in color, though it drops quickly. Chocolate, pine needles, and coffee bean aroma. Roasty qualities come out in the flavor, along with a slight smokiness and bittersweet chocolates. Finish is bittersweet, slightly metallic (copper) and very short lived. Rather thin body, slightly watery. Moderately carbonated.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. dark brown/opaque. medium tan head. medium lacing. definitely malty with great taste of chocolate and coffee. not my favorite porter but would drink again.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown, near opaque. Tan head fades quickly, good lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Body is thin, smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malts predominate the taste, slight hint of the advertised smoke at the end.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavily aromatic; a truly remarkable bouquet of fudge, coffee beans, chocolate, nutmeg and vanilla.
Lovely, malt accented, rich in flavor with notes of deep roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, a kiss of hops and a hint of dark fruits.
I sampled this next to a bottle of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes and this was much better.