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RATINGS: 1516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.


3.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5959) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Poured a dark amber chestnut color with a medium sized light tan head that left nice lacing. Mild sweet coffee aroma. Roasted bitter malt flavor. Full mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3098) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2003
Dark ruby-brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of dark toffee and roasted coffee. Good, sightly creamy mouthfeel. Malty flavour with notes of coffee and chocolate, and a slightly acidic finish that I've noticed with many of the dark Bell's beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Pours a very dark brown color with about one finger of tan head and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of burned malts and also has a dark coffee smell as well. Fairly average aroma for a porter. The main part of the flavor is the roasted malt and coffee. The flavor was not as strong as expected. There was also a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was pretty good, and it is easily drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Aroma is overwhelming with roasted malts. The beer is a very dark brown in color with little head. Bitter flavor with long finish. A quality beer, though I am not a big fan of porters

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raymow (1370) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
An excellent porter. Flavor is of slightly burnt chocolatey coffee (in a good way). Great dark color, looks and tastes exactly as a porter should.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
The beer pours an opaque brown with mahogany high lights, the head prodigious, frothy and a winsome light tan in color as it slowly fades the lace forms a thick curtain to seal off the glass. Nose is sweet malt, toasted grain, musky, the yeast quite evident, and a treat for the senses; start is ambrosial and rich in malt with the top middling in its feel. Finish as a pesky acidity with the hop pleasurable in their spiciness, quite dry, and a fine representative to the style, how I envy all the people who have Bell’s at their beckon call.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Bottle pours a deep dark garnet seen through back light with a nice off white head and nice lace. This is attractive in my nonic. The aroma has a bit of a smokey effect with some butteriness. The aroma also shows some hops and the coffee and chocolate side. The flavor shows the coffee roastiness and a touch of smokiness. The finish is dry. The palate is moderately rich. Overall, not bad, but IMHO there are better Porters.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Looks black but when held up to the light it is a blood red orange. Tan head, quarter inch. Smells like hops and alcohol. A little bitterness in the taste and something else I can't place. The flavor is tinny, watery and sour. Not bad but doesnt seem dark enough for a porter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2780) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Large tan head, minimal lacing. Dark brown, almost black, some red hues when held up to a light. Roasty, coffeeish slightly buttery nose. Med/full body, creamy textured. Mildly roasty, chocolatey, buttery flavors. Finish is dry and roasty with a decent hop bite. Stout Porter.


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