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RATINGS: 1385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Great body. Toasted malts and chocolate notes really came through. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Very, very dark. Creamy, light brown head. Chocolate aroma. A fairly heavy beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Aroma is warm and toasty, like a fireplace in January after skiing the Hobacks! The taste is like veggies on the barby -- roasty and not too bitter -- I get red and green peppers and mushrooms.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Dark chestnut color with a smallish tan head. Dark chocolate and black malt aromas. Dark malt and mild coffee flavors. Finishes with the appropriate black malt bite. Just enough malt sweetness to give you something to chew on.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Dark porter, stoutish in appearance. Serious coffee aroma -- do a blind smell test and you’d have trouble picking out the Starbucks. Flavor is bitter coffee. Between this and the Java Stout, it’s clear Larry likes his coffee almost as much as he likes his beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Deep, dark, very stout-ish. Nose has coffee. Flavor, not surprisingly, also has coffee. Roasty with a dry, sweet finish. I hate coffee, and I like this. I don’t know why.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
A very good porter. Slightly smokey - almost like the flavor of liquid smoke. But it is very subtle. Reminds me of Barrelhouse Brewings porter but a little more robust and well rounded. Easy drinking from the tap.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2002
A very straightforward porter that has all the right stuff, like a nice smooth malty flavor that is complimented by good coffee/chocolate undertones. A very good and enjoyable porter that is close to being exceptional.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
This beer is great. I first tried this in 9th grade and it was the first "dark" beer I ever drank. Very tasty

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Another good effort by Bells. The aroma stood out, and probably my favorite feature of this beer. Chocolate, roasted flavors, wood. Smooth and easy to drink, but not very thick. A good brew, but I’ll take their stout first.


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