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RATINGS: 1525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
This bells beer didn't do it for me. It had a nice roasty porter aroma, but the mouthfeel was off a little, and the typical Bells graininess was all over this one. Not really a bad beer, but certainly not up to par with other Bells beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2003
Opaque dark brown with a fine tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and Fry's cocoa. Lingering roasted malt on the palate accompanied by a well balanced hop bitterness and latent malt sweetness. Well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Not my favorite of the Bell's lineup. My biggest criticism is that it lacks the body to back up the initial impressions based on aroma and appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Dark garnet, very little head and no lace. Nose is chocolaty. Smooth but with zesty carbonation. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Exceedingly smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Pours dark brown, almost black. Opaque. Aroma is coffee, chocolate with some vinuous qualities. Some smoke too. Full bodied for a porter. Finish is sweet. Very good porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Weak but pleasant aroma. Weak head, dark brown body. A nice roasted flavor. Sharp and smokey, a little bitter. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown to black liquid that light has trouble penetrating with a small amount of caramel colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film. Aroma is of molasses, hops, black licorice and sugar. Flavor is of ground coffee and a medium hoppiness that isn't dry. A nice, fresh, clean taste to introduce anyone to hops, I suppose. Sampled at 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Immense thanks to BeanDip for hooking me up with this particular beer; raters like this make this site so very enjoyable!
Pours a nearly opaque body, some amber shines through along the edges; a rich caramel head, leaves behind a strong lacing. The aroma is rather meek, but I pick up on notes of chocolate. The flavor is also rather subdued, deeply kilned barley, nice hints of toffee, a chocolate coffee likeness, a fizzy cola suggestion. This was a rather young specimen, I think the other bottle that was recently given to me by BigBadBear63 is much much older, it has different style labeling and everything; possibly it may have matured and become more full bodied?
Overall, not what I had anticipated. I was wishing for a more complex and pronounced porter; however, this is a damn fine and drinkable beverage!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Dark brown with ruby highlights and a small tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and a hint of acid. Medium-thin palate, almost without carbonation. Flavor is a little too acidic for me. It has some nice roast, coffee and chocolate notes, but they are overwhelmed by the acidic sourness until the finish, when it finally becomes very pleasant. Kalamazoo knows stouts, but their porter is a little off of my taste. I will stick to their stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Dark brown,color of shoe polish. Medium,fluffy,foam. Good lacing. Chocolate,roast, acidic aroma. Light hoppy,and mocha aromas. Full mouthfeel,sharp carbonation. Chocolate,roasty,creamy flavors. Finish is full of dark malt,and slightly smokey. Good porter.

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