3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Tastes a little like cola, fizzles on the tongue, with more carbonation than I care for. Tastes are of ginger and berries, which are very nice. Unlike many others in the category.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown with an off white head. Nice yeasty funk, chocolate, fresh roasted malts, toast, some coffee, and some licorice. Medium bodied with a slight sweet start and a coffee finish (almost dry). I wish there were more assertiveness among the flavors and aromas, but good nonetheless.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For straight up, no fancy additives, this may be America’s best porter. Full, slightly bitter, and of a wonderful nose and flavor. There just aren’t enough days in the week to drink all of the great Bell’s products.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A muddy medium brown color; this doesn’t look like a porter really. Aroma is a little bit of dark coffee and a whole lot of acidic grains and well, pee. Coffee hints with overdone hops dominate the flavor, with just a hint of winsome smoke. Not a very good porter, despite the high rating.
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The nose is of coffee, cocoa, roasted nuts, resin and earth.
It pours very dark, but not black. Deep, dark, crystal clear mohogany hue. Medium-sized khaki head with spots of light brown distributed unevenly. Mostly lasting with good lacing.
The flavor is rich and malty up front with blasts of coffee and cocoa. Perfectly balanced up front and on the backside with a hint of buttermilk.
Full-bodied with fizzy carbonation and a watery mouthfeel. Medium-length, clean, modestly tart finish.
Very good porter!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like chocolate rye bread. I caught a bit of the roasted notes but I was hoping they’d be a bit more dominant.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/19/02: on tap: thick black delicious colour, with a small amount of head. to the palate, lots of chocolate and coffee flavors. wonderful choice for a cold wintry ohio evening.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh how i love this beer, great malty aroma, hints of chocolate and coffee, pretty dark but very palatable and smooth.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost stoutish in character. The aroma was sweet, with coffee, and bready tones. As it warmed, the aroma began to take on a sourness to it...still enjoyable though. The flavor was very robust for a porter...nice coffee taste. Pretty opaque dark brown color with a good sized tan head.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good porter, nice malt aroma, taste is of chocolate and coffee, nice