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 (3280) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bellís should have the rights to "Perfect Porter" instead of Bert Grantís. This is possibly the best porter Iíve had, which doesnít surprise me coming from the Kings of the Dark. The body is a very dark mahogany-brown. Itís 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 (5187) - 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 (1036) - 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 íem! 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 (9677) - 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 (8593) - 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.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice brown color,small tan head that faded quickly leaving a slight lace behind.Mildly malty aroma with a bigger emphasis on some sweet fruit,possibly lemon,and hops come through nicely.Malty flavor with a mild caramel and fruit coming through as well as the hops but there fairly mild.Not a bad brew but i think i could do with a little less fruit flavor and a little more of a stronger malt presence.Thanks go to Nexxus for sending this brew my way.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep brown, almost black, small frothish light cream colored head, good lacing, with minor yeasty bits residing on the bottom of the glass. † Sweet aroma, chocolately with some mocha notes. † Immediate chocolate flavor up front, but it quickly gives way to a silky hopiness. † Light burnt malts and the continuance of hops on the finish. † Although I wished the intial flavor to last longer, its still quiet a nice Porter. † Great body, good mouthfeel, rather enjoyable this is. † Thanks goes out to hopsrus for the trade!
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep brown black with a decent tan head. Coffee, coffee, and coffee for the taste. A nice roasted flavour. A slight hint of hops on the nose. A beautiful beer all around.
Pailhead (5733) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 Bottle: Aroma is all coffee and hops. Pours a very darke reddish-brown with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing. You can see light thru it barely when held to the light. Taste is coffee and slight chocolate. Kind of a roasted bitter finish. Definite coffee aftertaste. Really great flavor. As it warms, chocolate flavor intensifies. For someone thatís never been a fan of stouts and porters, it seems my taste is changing quite a bit. I now find beers like this rather enjoyable where as a few years ago I couldnít stand them.