OldGrowth (2699) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Malty, lite chocolate, smokey ash nose. Great reddish brown color. Roasty,bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Creamy, smokey, dry finish. thought it faded a little quick. Seem to remember it stronger when I was in Ann Arbor, though my taste have grown since then. A good porter. Thanks PsychProf.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown hue with a nice creamy head and very good lacing. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, woody and smoky. Quick twang initial taste before setting into a smooth malt roundness, a dry and acidic finish. Medium-bodied with a creamy and soft mouthfeel. It is a very nice porter, well made and drinakable all day long without every becoming boring. Recommended.
MaBeer1972 (1342) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a huge Porter fan, but one in a while is OK. This one is a tad smoky, not too chocolaty or coffee-like. A little hoppier than others, I suppose. Thanks to PsychProf for this midwest brew!
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
choclatey aroma, it looks so good a picture of Bells Porter should be next to porter in the dictionary, medium body, mocha and hoppiness, a little less stout like than the bells porter of old
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown w/ small finger of tan foam. Sweet, roasty, chocolately nose. Smooth, lightly chewy feel. Nice roasted flavour w/ notes of chocolate, fruit, & smoke. This beer also had a slight, refreshing sourness.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, small creamy head. Nicely well roasted malt, some hickory and black coffee. Powerful rich flavour, medium body and nice aftertaste. Another well crafted beer from Kalamazoo.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap at Bell's) Dark brown, almost black with very thin foam, this K'zoo offering has a malty, alcohol nose and a nearly perfect palate. It's hoppy, and malty, with notes of dark chocolate. Dry and not sweet at all, smooth and lightly creamy. Nice.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown with ruby hues and a large tan head; head dissipates, but laces nicely. Mocha, chocolate and roasty aromas dominate initially and also has caramel and toffee notes. Very chocolatey and roasty coffee flavors at first sip with toffee undertones. Bitterness from hop and dark grains balance well with the malty sweetness; balanced to the malty side, but has a dry, even, bitter finish. There is a slight fruitiness, very slight. Full medium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice porter!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a dark opaque brown, nearly black, light but deep glowing brown highlights up to the light, a strong pour produced a thin, small tannish head of tight creamy foam, faded fast, some patchy lacing sticks every now and then. Smell is one complexing delicate nose of sourness of fruits, much like lemon-lime and oranges mixed but dulled and kinda dark, very calm, but I can definately detect a sour-like quality. Somewhat like super fresh sourdough bread yeast. I love it, whatever it is. That destinct Bell's quality. Aroma continues into some deeply roasted malts with cocoa hints and hop notes with a very slight coffeeish note as well. The taste is more complexing madness that starts mildly tangy, somewhat dullish fruit and hops, reminded me of mandorine oranges and of oriental salads with sesame, vinegar & soy sauces, but very good and not to sour at all. This is one pleasantly interesting porter. Flavors continue into some slight light and tangy smoothness of roasted malts, subtle in layers, and a really good mix of earthy tangy dryness thats a bit tingly and all in all very luscious and interestingly yummy. The more I drank it the more I absolutley fell in love with it. Feel is a smooth medium body with subtle layers of tangy dryness, damn nice. There seems to be more going on here then I can put a good finger on, but this will be a top pick to keep around at all times.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have a hard time not believing this one is a brown ale. Tastes good and a person can detect the chocolate undertones. I was searching for the coffee though. A side note to this one was that I bought a sixer of Expedition stout and two of those bottles were porter. Usually I get peeved when that happens but I enjoyed the old switcheroo this time.