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.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark murky brown with a foamy head. Aroma is very grainy but surprisingly not all that roasty. Flavor is the same, grains are fairly bitter and just a bit linear. The malt is just not enough to balance out the grain. Tastes yeasty, the sediment at the bottom bears witness to this.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well I dont want to be the bad guy or gal here but I was not impressed by this beer but the appearance. It was watery in taste and lacked aroma.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour with decent tan head. Initial taste of cherries followed by a beautiful roasted malt mouth. Mild finish. Beautiful.
kathouse (1213) - Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark, hazy brown. Head is creamy, but thin. Aroma is malty, some chocolate, somewhat weak as it sets in the glass. Good strong roast flavor with mild bitterness. Good carbonation and body. Mild coffee after taste gets better as it warms. Not as good as their stouts, but would definitely buy again.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: slight soapiness in the aroma. A little roast. Typical porter look. Some chocolate, but mostly roasty flavor. Pretty nice.