KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Bell’s Porter pours a slightly thin looking mahogany brown color with a modest, creamy, off-white cap that is surprisingly resilient and leaves levels of lace down the glass.
The aroma is mostly roasted malt, but there are noticeable traces of prunes and plums in there, as well as a dark chocolate presence.
Each sip starts out with a nice sweetness, which is mostly composed of molasses. A blended dark fruit presence of prunes and plums add to the sweet flavor. Roasted malts, unsweetened dark chocolate, and just a hint of coffee come in to impart a bitter flavor in place of the sweetness toward the end.
The body is right in the middle for the style, with a slightly fuller, creamy carbonation that the usual porter. It is somewhat sticky from the sweetness.
I did not totally connect with this offering from Bells, but it is definitely easy to drink.
Bacchus66 (56) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle @ home. Pours dark, dark brown, almost black with a thin beige head. Nose is all roasted coffee with flavors of espresso and dark chocolate. and a creamy mouthfeel. Great stuff, love this.
Criz (266) - - NOV 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicely done porter. Smokey, charred wood, bitter chocolate. Very robust porter with a complex offering. Well done.
gregwilsonstl (1554) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask. Dark black. Flat. Why did i pick a warm beer on a hot day? Cocoa. Cola. Very nice.
Beerhunter111 (12255) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, nuts, slight roasty, Taste of chocolate, slight coffee, burned malt, caramell, slight sweet, good stuff!
Shark_Pants (497) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with small beige head. Roasty aromas of coffee and dark chocolate with a little licorice. The taste is smooth and subtle - dark chocolate, licorice and charred meat. Light bodied and very easy drinking. Very solid porter.
Hayden512 (35) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with 2 finger tan head. Smell is coffee, roasty. Taste is toasted marshmallow, dark chocolate, dark coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Medium low carb. Tasty
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MIapples (16) - - AUG 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried at same time as Founder’s porter. Comparatively the Bell’s is not as heavy on the coffee flavor. More chocolate notes than coffee in Bells. Not as strong flavored as Founders, I preferred the Bell’s more.
Sevenlee (1618) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, yeast, roasty and coffee. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a roasty finish. Nice
rdixon77 (1691) - Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour. Chocolate, malt, char on the nose. Taste is creamy and balanced...adds a slight licorice taste as well. Just damn good.
IdaKjelldahl (2) - - JUL 20, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sticky, thin feel, fizzy, light body, cereal, leaves, sweet licorice, medium sourness, lightly bitter, light sweetness,