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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Nice coffee and chocolate in the nose and mouth. For this one, I like burnt as opposed to roasted, as it seems to be roasted more than most. Smooth and satisfying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2002
Nice roasted aroma. Opens up with more hoppy bitterness than I’d really expect from a porter. The middle is more malty, with the roasted coffee aroma. Finishes malty. Something of a disappointment due to overdone hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Dark brown color with a tan head. Flavor and aroma of roasted malt and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2002
This is a good porter. I think I got a bit spoiled on some of Bell’s finer beers... and this didn’t taste nearly as complex and full... nor is it supposed to. This is a smooth porter in the traditional Bell’s style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tourette (208) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2002
This is a really good porter. Its much much better on tap for some reason though. In the bottle, it lacks some of the complexity and richness. I don’t notice this the same with any other Bells beers, just this one. Still solid in the bottle, but try it on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2002
i’m just gonna copy someone else’s numbers on this one, so i don’t damage the score--my specimen is off, but i still want to log some impressions. it’s murky brown, like the deep fat fryer grease after a long day at big moe’s 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 don’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Pours black, dark brown foamy head, roasted coffee aroma. Creamy porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Round malts offer chocolate smoke and roasted coffee beans…Nascent DMS undermines the back roastiness and bitterness...Fruity and well-built, but nowhere near Fuller’s or Anchor’s in my 2 experiences with it so far...

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