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RATINGS: 1530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Color is a dark opaque brown, nearly black, light but deep glowing brown highlights up to the light, a strong pour produced a thin, small tannish head of tight creamy foam, faded fast, some patchy lacing sticks every now and then. Smell is one complexing delicate nose of sourness of fruits, much like lemon-lime and oranges mixed but dulled and kinda dark, very calm, but I can definately detect a sour-like quality. Somewhat like super fresh sourdough bread yeast. I love it, whatever it is. That destinct Bell's quality. Aroma continues into some deeply roasted malts with cocoa hints and hop notes with a very slight coffeeish note as well. The taste is more complexing madness that starts mildly tangy, somewhat dullish fruit and hops, reminded me of mandorine oranges and of oriental salads with sesame, vinegar & soy sauces, but very good and not to sour at all. This is one pleasantly interesting porter. Flavors continue into some slight light and tangy smoothness of roasted malts, subtle in layers, and a really good mix of earthy tangy dryness thats a bit tingly and all in all very luscious and interestingly yummy. The more I drank it the more I absolutley fell in love with it. Feel is a smooth medium body with subtle layers of tangy dryness, damn nice. There seems to be more going on here then I can put a good finger on, but this will be a top pick to keep around at all times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2004
The aroma was chocolatey. The body was black, filled with bubbles with a caramel-colored head. The palate was smoooooth and the flavor was like nutty chocolate. Does the aftertaste remind me of....toast?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2007
I love porter beer and this is a porter thru and thru. The last thing you’ll drink is the head and the first thing you’ll remember when you feel in the mood for the style is this. The taste is smooth and robust. The only thing good about living in the midwest is our great beer; the finest in America.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RED08 (3) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
Pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor was very similar to the aroma with lightly roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate. Fairly smooth with some very light bitterness at the finish. Very dark in color, Love this one. Thanks Dan for turning me on to this one. WD

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (5779) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Does have a basic porter flavor but has something more: everything, including a roasted flavor usually in stouts but still doesn’t take away from this porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raymow (1420) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Dark, chestnut brown appearance, reddish edges, with a huge, thick fluffy, cocoa-toned head, leaving much lace, softly sizzling down in size. Aroma is rich, full of espresso notes, chocolate, spices, deep, roasty,and rustic, a wonderful complex, though still straightforward nose. Taste: nice bitterness up front, good hop content, starts bold, then mellows and is quite a treat on the tongue and down the throat. Coffee connotations continue through the flavor, but excellent balance provides that that sapect never goes too far, with some sweetness from malt that matches just right. Drinkability, terrific, full-bodied, long-finish, total satisfaction. I'm a porter-lover, and this ranks among my favorites, may even be my very favorite, but we haven't held that contest yet. On tap, utterly excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Slight rerate - originally claimed this was my favorite Bell’s brew to date. Then I met Expedition. Nevertheless, the original review... Smells robust, chocolatey and dry hopped. Full tasting; slick, oily feel on the palate. Resonating tobacco and roasted - but not yet burnt - chocolate characteristics. Smooth and complex. Smokey aspects, but they’re subtle. Great interpretation of the style, and my favorite Bells brew to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Nothing is better than a good porter and this is one of them. Nice porterish nose to the brew. Very dark in color with a nice tanish head to it. Great smooth chocolatey taste with a nice smooth finish. I really liked this beer and hope to drink it again some day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Dark brown to black with good, foamy tan head / Roasty, chocolate nose / Medium body with strong hops and good finish / Smokey, chewy flavors of roast coffee, nuts, chocolate, with sherried dark roast coffee finish / Good and complex.

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