bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 26, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well my rating is a generous one, based on Bellís past reputation and the fact that I think I received a tainted bottle. Right off the bat the beer looked as though it was unfiltered as it was hazy and had íparticlesí floating in it. Strange nose of coffee mixed with meat/gamey-notes - almost pungent. Fairly mild flavors, medium palate, fairly short finish. Something doesnít seem quite right about this beer. There are some typical porter notes (coffee), but also an overwhelming strange/pungent taste. Not sure what is going on as I did LOVE the Bellís Stout. Perhaps a bad bottle.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A very nice, thick stout-ish porter (a ístorterí). One of Bellís best. For a brewery thatís released 10 stouts and porters, theyíve gotta hit one out of the park once in awhile and this is a real winner. Roasty coffee flavors and a surprising amount of smokiness - is this from Schlerkerla? Es muy bueno.
olympian (107) - USA - JUN 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good basic porter - and if memory serves, much better now than it was five years ago.
Malt is controlled nicely - there are hints of dark chocolate, coffe, brown sugar and currant, but nothing dominates. Decent hops.
Single thing that I didnít like was the nose, which is reminiscent of
smoky burning rubber!. But that doesnít come through in the taste, which is, to come full circle, ígood basic porterí.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of Bellís better beers, with a nice dark color and more good chocolate malt flavor. A little bit sour towards then end, with some peculiar licorice flavors. A pretty good porter all said and done.
k2 (146) - USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good dark chocolate porter. Clean filter with little aftertaste
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great offering from Bellís but not as good as many British porters
Aggie80 (776) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another hit from Bellís! Nice chocolate background. One of my favorites.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Pretty good Porter. I like the slight, black licorice aftertaste. Nice color.
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad porter. I like a little bit more of a robust flavor though.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rocky-tan head; opaque and deep brown. Freshly roasted coffee nose. Exceptional mouthfeel. Rich and malty with a great carbonation level. Well-balanced and quite flavorful. Has an interesting sourness about it, which I really liked. Some dark fruit notes. Not one of my favorite porters, but def a solid beer.