Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, roasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Could almost pass for a nicely bittered brown ale...toasty/nutty, and not very roasty or chocolatey. Pleasant and quaffable though.
kaospunk (8) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown almost black. The roasted aroma is very enticing with hints of chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfeel that I would expect from a Bells. Very rich flavor. Just leaves you wanting the next sip.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5245) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 I am a fan of this brewer but tend to gravitate towards stouts more than porters. I have only happened to try this one a couple of times. A bit too dry for my taste +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours black with a large dark brown head. The aroma is bitter and lightly roasty. The flavor is remarkably bitter with a dry, toasty malt flavor. toasted flavor lingers. There is no sweetness to this beer at all.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 Real nice porter. It’s got a full flavor, rich with a long finish of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium body, color is dark brown. I could drink a lot of these.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark brown body with tan frothy head. Aroma of espresso and vanilla and hickory. Bitter roasted coffee flavor. Good stuff.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark, chestnut brown appearance, reddish edges, with a huge, thick fluffy, cocoa-toned head, leaving much lace, softly sizzling down in size. Aroma is rich, full of espresso notes, chocolate, spices, deep, roasty,and rustic, a wonderful complex, though still straightforward nose. Taste: nice bitterness up front, good hop content, starts bold, then mellows and is quite a treat on the tongue and down the throat. Coffee connotations continue through the flavor, but excellent balance provides that that sapect never goes too far, with some sweetness from malt that matches just right. Drinkability, terrific, full-bodied, long-finish, total satisfaction. I'm a porter-lover, and this ranks among my favorites, may even be my very favorite, but we haven't held that contest yet. On tap, utterly excellent!
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma - Rich roasted malt with a slight smoke presence. Appearance is very dark brown with a creamy head. The flavor is extremely creamy and smooth. The smokey flavor stays in the background perfectly letting the coffee flavor prevail. Extremely easy drinking and addictive.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark porter, but unlike their stouts, you can see light through the beer. Very little aroma with a slight roasted malt character. Coffee and malt flavors that are good, just not overwhelming like so many of Bells' other beers.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and smooth malty porter. Rather dark, but not robust like SN or Anchor. This is milder, sort of like Wild Goose. Creamy, easy drinking and damned nice.
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, dark brown amber. Thin whispy beige head. Light malty burnt aroma. Light chocolaty flavour. Light burnt malt flavour. Light carbonated palate. Very very light fruitiness creamy palate.