DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is great. I first tried this in 9th grade and it was the first "dark" beer I ever drank. Very tasty
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richer and fuller on tap. Rocky tan head and nose of dry roasted coffee and bitter baking chocolate. Dark as night. Sweet chocolate overtones, but not as thick as it looks. Ultra satisfying and filling. Alcohol was present as it warmed. Perfect with the Au Jus and cheese smothered Beef Pub Dip at the brewery’s Eccentric Cafe.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Full one-inch cappuccino froth with glue-like stickiness. Eventually turns rocky. The aroma teems with earthy roast, roasted, toasted pie crust, with restrained notes of black coffee, copper, roasted wood, and airy esters. Amazingly soft and lighlty velevety on the palate. Zingy with subtle flavors of roasted malt, charcoal, black pepper, and smoke. Bed of worty, toffee drizzled grains accompanies the brisk burnt wood finish. So solid.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice presentation, dark cola body, and a fizzy tan head that settles into a layer of constant foam. Clean malt front, rather roasty, especially as it warms, coupled with a light hop presence. A bit of brown sugar sweetness too. Very smooth texture. Not that I expected this to be bad by any stretch of the imagination, but this is very good stuff. Reminds me of Anchor Porter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lacey off-white head erupting with sweet roasted aroma. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and slight floral hoppiness. Goes down almost like silk for such a robust beer. A very good porter full of flavor and character.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have had better porters, but not by much. Excellent aromas and mouth-feel, but seemed alittle wanting when tasted. I’ll have to buy some at a later date to see if it was from an old bottle. Nice roasted/toasted flavor, but no hint of cocoa/chocolate...
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow...a nice thick beer. Appropriately dark color, and a large creamy head. Smells of a good coffee. Coffee dominates the taste, although there certainly is chocolate present as well. An enjoyable creamy mouthfeel. A very good beer.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice porter always available from Bells. Great flavor... was picked among the top in our informal tasting of 20 porters. Roasty, malty with nice mild hops.
boomhaur99 (3) - USA - SEP 11, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
another great beer from bells. this is a modestly priced beer and well worth every penny. ive tried it on tap and from the bottle and both were top notch. great flavor, great aroma an overall great beer. i recomend it highly to anyone who enjoys a great beer.