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RATINGS: 1389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


Gurst's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Dark color with very thin head. Light roasted malts dominate, with a faint coffee twinge. Peanut, walnut, wood, and flowery hops. Very creamy texture.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (844) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with ruby glints in the light. A light tan-gray head forms to a size equal to the beer on which it sits. Spider web laces the insides of the glass. Ample coffee on the nose. Mouthfeel is full, but becomes more cottony as the astringency increases. Some sweetness, but not too sweet. In fact, it is bittered well enough at the finish to balance. Coffee, some ripe plum, and fine smokiness comprise the flavors of this well-engineered porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2540) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle pour at the globe. Ack with tan head. Milky and creamy porter. Very good. Slight nut and chocolate taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bell’s porter is deep deep brown with some rubby high lights. When poured it produces about one inch of desent head fading to a wisp ring . Aroma is rich with roasted malt slightly sweet. Hops are present but not much. Smooth and rich roasted, slightly burnt malt taste is present. Hops are there just for balance purposes and are not a major player. Has a rich full taste but I would like to taste some of the flavors we come to associate with a rich and complex malt bill. Variety and difference is just as good. A well made beer I can enjoy time and time again Drink well my friends

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Husky and roasted malts, moderate sweetness, faint bitterness, and a nice quick malty finish. Not too sweet, and a good deal of rich malt character. Spot on.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeydada (1) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2014 does not count
Very dark, slightly nutty, not much head, strong, smooth, easy to drink, affordable, no bubbles

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1628) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 5, 2014
So glad to have found the notes on this one. Most of the time, this was poured into a pint glass but I have also had it in a mug sometimes. There wasn’t any noticeable differences. The appearance was a gentle hazy dark brown color with a slight edge leaning towards black. The head was about a finger’s worth of white to off white level foaminess. There was an ample amount of foaminess. The smell had a nice roasty coffee to a fairly decent dried cocoa powder aroma embracing an eloquent yet light bitter to sweet goodness all around. The taste was mainly sweet but had enough kick from roasted coffee notes. The aftertaste was mildly sweet and enticingly bitter to lead to dry light coffee finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation was right on par for the Porter style. Overall, when I lived in Michigan years ago, this was almost always a go to of having after a nice cool evening salmon fishing trip in Autumn. This more than solid brew makes me miss Michigan and the great fishing I was able to partake in.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (590) - Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very very chocolatey, sweet, rich, lots going on. Taste very very chocolatey, sweet, rich, good roast finish. Really good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (308) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Delicious beer. Poured from a bottle into a wine glass at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg. Small head, rich dark brown color, nice espresso flavoring, creamy and somewhat hoppy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vikingguy (796) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Dark brown, near black. Chocolate malt on the nose. Taste- roasted malt with notes of milk chocolate and brown sugar. Balanced with ample bittering hops. Creamy, well balanced and drinkable porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
4theluvofbeer (90) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
Aroma is very light...nothing really distinct. Flavour is sweet caramel, semi sweet chocolate and espresso.


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