Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thei beer poured almost black with little head. A small, bubbly tan head. Little lace. Some carbonation. Aroma of burnt malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor of burnt malt, coffee and chocolate. A slight bitter finish to it. Good beer and worth checking out.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
iím just gonna copy someone elseís numbers on this one, so i donít damage the score--my specimen is off, but i still want to log some impressions. itís murky brown, like the deep fat fryer grease after a long day at big moeís chicken shack. there are objects in there. almost enough to make one consider the possibility of sabateurs or disgruntled workers at the brewery. actually a nice lasting, lacy portabello head. nose has the rich roasted tones but also, to concur with bigal96: some raw vennison burger perhaps? bleeding through the wrapper? not good. for all that, it remains drinkable, (we donít waste much beer around here) full bodied, smooth, almost creamy-not sour--and decidedly mocha java. hops were evidently an after thought. must try again from a more reliable retailer.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 2002 bottle (3.6 rating). DARK, BLACK, ROASTED COFFEE, DARK CHOCOLATE. BRACE YOURSELF this is strong stuff(but good). had some burnt/spicey notes on the nose that were very strange and seemed to linger too long. . .
CASK! 2002 had the pleasure to try this on cask. Incredible. The strange bitter/burnt taste is gone and in its place an inviting malty roast flavor that is moderately sweet and ends with a creamy medium full body. Much better. Overall would give the cask somewhere between a 3.9-4.3 probably tending towards the higher end.
2004 bottle from csbosox. Thanks man, this stuff was fantastic! Wonderful thick and chewy chocolate malt mixes with a true coffee flavor, not too heavy, but also no wateriness. Roast, some oiliness and moderate sweetness. Even better than I remembered. I love going back to a beer I havent tried in a while and finding it better than remembered. That dosent seem to happen enough. (8/5/9/5/18)
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, dark brown foamy head, roasted coffee aroma. Creamy porter.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Round malts offer chocolate smoke and roasted coffee beansÖNascent DMS undermines the back roastiness and bitterness...Fruity and well-built, but nowhere near Fullerís or Anchorís in my 2 experiences with it so far...
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown color, little lace. Roasted aroma, touch of fruit. Great, robust roasted flavor in the body. Great hop bite in the palate. Top notch porter, not quite Smuttynose, but good nonetheless.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 26, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well my rating is a generous one, based on Bellís past reputation and the fact that I think I received a tainted bottle. Right off the bat the beer looked as though it was unfiltered as it was hazy and had íparticlesí floating in it. Strange nose of coffee mixed with meat/gamey-notes - almost pungent. Fairly mild flavors, medium palate, fairly short finish. Something doesnít seem quite right about this beer. There are some typical porter notes (coffee), but also an overwhelming strange/pungent taste. Not sure what is going on as I did LOVE the Bellís Stout. Perhaps a bad bottle.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A very nice, thick stout-ish porter (a ístorterí). One of Bellís best. For a brewery thatís released 10 stouts and porters, theyíve gotta hit one out of the park once in awhile and this is a real winner. Roasty coffee flavors and a surprising amount of smokiness - is this from Schlerkerla? Es muy bueno.
olympian (107) - USA - JUN 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good basic porter - and if memory serves, much better now than it was five years ago.
Malt is controlled nicely - there are hints of dark chocolate, coffe, brown sugar and currant, but nothing dominates. Decent hops.
Single thing that I didnít like was the nose, which is reminiscent of
smoky burning rubber!. But that doesnít come through in the taste, which is, to come full circle, ígood basic porterí.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of Bellís better beers, with a nice dark color and more good chocolate malt flavor. A little bit sour towards then end, with some peculiar licorice flavors. A pretty good porter all said and done.