notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm, very good porter. Do these people make a bad beer? This is a great example of the style, but with slight variations, making it stand out on its own as a unique beer. It has the mild sweetness and coffee presence that many good porters have, but there is also a slight fruitiness to the beer which really makes it an enjoyable experience. Kalamazoo is fast becoming my favorite brewery.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a stout, with a rich, frothy head, and a very opaque, black body. Lactose in the flavor and aroma - some coffee, cream, and it is very similar to their Double Cream Stout, except not as potent. Very good beer - but not really a porter as much as a stout. No hop presence - just malts.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Nice chocolate aroma with a big head.Smooth creamy body. nice finish. one of the better porter's that I have tasted.
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, alcoholly aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Fully opaque in color with a large tan head that is mostly disappating. Deliciously satisfying flavor. Not too sweet, not too dry. The slight chalkiness in the nose is more oaky on the palate. Hints of vanilla. Smooth and creamy. Excellent lace. As it warms it loses some of its robustness and begs for a little more sweetness. However, it nevertheless is a quality brew.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful lasting head, big vanilla aroma, then a pleasant light roasted touch with a creamy body. Sure, their stouts are their money beers, but with a brewer of this skill, I'd buy virtually anything they brew. (on tap, Clark Street Ale House, Chicago, IL)
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, chocolate and malt galore. Very nice and smooth. Blackest hell. An excellent display of a porter.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This beer has a very nice chocolate and coffee aroma. It poured a nice head that lasted a very long time and was filled with small to medium bubbles. It has a strong coffee taste with a mild after bite. It went down very smoothly. It has a dark black all but opaque at the bottom of the glass color.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Replacing an earlier rating. Deep brown body with reddish highlights, thin off-white head. Rich roasted malt aroma. Flavor of strong roasted malts with dark chocolate, finishing quite bitter. Lacks any sense of sweetness to balance out the bitterness, and is a bit thin, but still quite good.
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark out of the bottle with a chocolate milk head that subsided to a ring that lasted the entire way down the glass. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the nose. It reminded me of opening a fresh box of Coco-Puffs as a kid. Lots of bitter coffee in the flavor, with dark chocolate and sweeter, caramel flavors coming out as it warms. Very nice porter.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a wonderfully smooth porter with chocolate, cofee and roasted flavors. Whereas the Bell's stouts are special occasion show-stoppers this Bell's, like the Brown, is a great and satisfying everyday beer.