ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark color with a small chocolaty head. Aroma is rich roasted coffee. Flavor is coffee with some decent bitterness, but a strange buttery flavor that Ive had on one other beer that I cant quite recall but did not enjoy. Aside from that it was a very good porter, but that cost it at least half a point.
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 July 2006 - Very dark brown almost black body with a small fluffy tan head. (3+) Lightly acidic mocha and dark malt in the aroma. Flavour is likewise. Average palate is a touch thin for the style. Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5
July 2004 - Black body with smallish tan head. Aroma is phenomenal, it gently caresses your nose with hints of vanilla, caramel and toffee with some malt mixed in. The flavour is lovely, but does not quite live up to the echantment of the aroma. Sweet maltiness with a touch of roastiness in the finish. Palate is on the light side but very smooth. Many thanks to NorthYorkSammy for this one. 9/3/7/3/14 - 3.6
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice and tasty Porter. Very full body and good taste. Smell of roasted choclate and slightly malted. Taste is dark choclate with hints of maple syrup, and cream soda. Not my favorite style, but a damn good beer.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A well done porter.Pours black with a average head. Full body and very smooth taste. Chocolate taste. Good stuff.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma was chocolatey. The body was black, filled with bubbles with a caramel-colored head. The palate was smoooooth and the flavor was like nutty chocolate. Does the aftertaste remind me of....toast?
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bell’s should have the rights to "Perfect Porter" instead of Bert Grant’s. This is possibly the best porter I’ve had, which doesn’t surprise me coming from the Kings of the Dark. The body is a very dark mahogany-brown. It’s almost black, but light pierces through even the center of the beer. The dark beige head is thick and pitted and lasted nicely. The aroma is fully and malty sweet with chocolate malt riding over a hint of roast. The flavor is thick with an almost chocolate cake with mocha icing. Maybe the tiniest bit of smoke. The body is full for a porter, but not a heavy as a stout. A bit velvety.
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 A nice porter. Poured from the bottle with lots of bubbles and a small yellow head. The beer itself has a dark brown color with red highlights on the edges. The smells are vanilla, coffee and brown sugar. The taste is light coffee with a metallic and coppery finish. Moresmoky taste than I remembered the last time. Nice clean finish.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
duvel tulip glass, room temp.: amazing aroma and flavor that match perfectly; chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a bit bitter (cannot pinpoint hops; not citrus), a bit roasty, a bit of smokiness... big and foamy tight tan head, very dark like midnight body, smooth like velvet palate. this is great. i actually drank this while the rest of my 6-pack went into the pot along with some brats. the brats were pretty rich ;o) no condiments except for "bells' porter onions" went on ’em! wow! tasty tasty tasty... (this seems to be different from the previous years? perhaps i purchased an outstanding batch? for some reason i remember it being much sharper, hoppier, and with a larger coffee note; perhaps i have a mellowed sixer...)
Sammy (9992) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Vanilla and wine Aroma and taste like a bit of wine. Top porter. Tan foam on black. Malty with Coffee bean, buttery chocolate
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and lace. Aroma of huge coffee, malt, vanilla, and cognac. Tastes malty, slightly sweet, with a coffee, malt, maple, vanilla, roasty finish. Marvelous complexity and mouthfeel. Well balanced. An excellent porter.