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RATINGS: 1506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11881) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 30, 2016
Bottle, bought@Mikkeller and friends Beershop. Pours deep chestnut brown with a small, creamy off-white head. Aroma has sweet malts, roasted, chocolate, coffee. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has sweet malts, soft astringency, coffee and chocolate. Great balanced malty bitterness. Very elegant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market in Charlottesville. Batch 8750. Pours a deep, dark brown with a huge medium frothy head. Nice lacing and retention. Straightforward roasted malt aroma with some caramel and hop notes. Taste is nutty, coffee, roasted malts and subtle fruity notes. Full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottled: Red/brown coloured. Light brown head. Dense. Chocolate, sweetness, roast and malt in the aroma. A little vague. Flavour is roasted, sweet and has some malt and chocolate. Is a bit thin bodied. Is sweet and roasty in the end. Thanks Springslicker for trading this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (11117) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Pleasant roasty aroma with coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Nice roasty flavor, bittersweet, with some coffee and a bitterish finish, slightly burnt and ashy. Medium-bodied. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, light coffee, and caramel. Tastes of roast, caramel, and a light coffee bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
On draught at Barley's Smokehouse. If you are going to have "guest taps", make 'em Bell's! Pours deep opaque brown with a medium tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolatey and bready. Flavor is smooth a rich and consists of chocolate, coffee and malt. I detected an ever-so-slight sourness in the finish which was interesting. Overall a good Porter, but I'll still stick with the Stouts from Bell's if given the choice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
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
Source: brewpub
Score: i to ii
picking up more chocolate to go with the roasted, this is a porter

Date: May 23, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Score: 3.0 to 3.3
more chocolate than roasted, keeps getting better

Date: May 05, 2012
Mode: cask
Source: bsp
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
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2008
Bottle thanks a great trader Acknud! This is super porter. Nice toast and grain smells with a darkish tan head. Beer is malty wtih a nice hint of hops. Well done again by the Bells brewery.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (10770) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz bottle. It pours a nice dark brown, black in the glass with a rightly foamed tan head that sticks very nicely It recedes with some nice lacing. The smell is classic American porter in every sense of the style. There is a strong roastiness, a little kiss of hops, caramel, and chocolate. The taste is very good, It could use a bit more body but the flavors are great. Tons of chocolate and roastiness dominate the profile but there is also some caramel and hops. The bitterness is at a great level in comparison to the sweetness, especially for the style. It is balanced and drinkable. The guy below me has it right: not quite Edmund Fitz or Blake Butte but this one is one of the supeb examples of the style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-09-2010 00:42:34


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