Theydon_Bois (12726) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 04/11/12.
Dark mahogony brown approaching light black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge.
Roast malts, chocolate, barley, hints of nut and leather on the nose.
Tastes of roast malts, touch of coffee, toffee, a little choclate.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation, smooth on the palate, roast finish.
bhensonb (12452) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Dark brown/black color with a decent tan head. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Indeed there is a smokey note to the malt. Coffee tends to dominate the finish. There seems to be hop bitter. A very good porter.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown (almost black) with a large frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chcolate, and hints of burnt candy. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Long flavor retention of raosted coffee and chocolate. A yummy treat! Thanks Kevin42!
argo0 (12113) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark porter, stoutish in appearance. Serious coffee aroma -- do a blind smell test and you’d have trouble picking out the Starbucks. Flavor is bitter coffee. Between this and the Java Stout, it’s clear Larry likes his coffee almost as much as he likes his beer.
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark black color with medium head. Aroma was sweet malt and coffee. Flavor was full with stong sweet with good finish. Another good Bells brew.
jcwattsrugger (11557) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-pours a big rich light brown head and black color with red tint. Aroma is mild dark malt-chocolate/molasses. Taste is roasty, dark malt-chocolate/molasses, nice secondary hops bite, some acidity. OK carbonation.
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark clear brown porter with a thin light moka head. Aroma of chocolate and brine, coffee and wet dog. In mouth, a light sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate or coffee, a bit short but still a good porter. Tasted Dec. 2006.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Date: April 02, 1998
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: Hazy dark brown, whispy tan head
Aroma: chocolate malt aroma
Flavor: damaged malt flavor, bitter
Date: November 05, 2004
Aroma: lots of roasted aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of hop bitterness, touch of smokey roasted character, still not porterish
Date: April 28, 2006
Score: i to ii
picking up more chocolate to go with the roasted, this is a porter
Date: May 23, 2007
Score: 3.0 to 3.3
more chocolate than roasted, keeps getting better
Date: May 05, 2012
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, light smoke
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, mostly dry and earthy, touch of sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
jtclockwork (10818) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with light tan head. Nose of roasted chocolate malts, licorice and coffee. Taste of roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, coffee and licorice. Medium body. Smooth.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to jsquire for this brew. Pours jet black with a small light brown head. Dark chocolate malt aroma with toast notes. Deep rich dark chocolate malt flavor with a hoppy finish. Full-bodied and fizzy palate.