kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Sheffields (for $3 a pint!). Pours a dark chocolate-brown color; creamy, textured, mixed-bubbled light tan head with great retention and tight lacing; gorgeous pour. Basic roastiness, nuts, and mineral bitterness in the aroma; slightly reserved nose. Average carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: touches of oily nuttiness throughout, with a core of lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and just a touch of coffee; soft on the palate with some basic balancing mineral bitterness. Solid, tasty porter. Medium finish: oily peanuts, solid roastiness, and dry chocolate.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Deep brown body with reddish highlights, thin cream head. Nose of roasted malts and chocolate. Medium to slightly thin body, roasty, with bitter chocolate, coffee, and very slight sweetness. I would have been interested in trying this side-by-side with the Bell’s Porter.
hombrepalo (1913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Sheffields. Ver dark brown pour with beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, molasses and roasted malts. Taste is soft and subtle, an easy porter to drink, not too much carbonation. Chocolate dominates the palate and finishes with a rosty malty taste, quite good.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I believe that I had this at Cobra Lounge. They poured a Kalamazoo that was deep blackish brown. Taste was nice and roasty with some chocolate and coffee overtones. Nose was of a touch of smoke but mostly bitter malts and fresh hops. Very nice.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Handsome pour, dark brown & nigh unto black body with a sustained beige head. Good lacework. The aroma seemed a bit faint but was okay - roasted malt, Nestle Quick, and a bit of cold coffee. That pretty well describes the flavor, although it had intensified from what the smell delivered. Not bad, but Bell’s really needs to get an IPA back into the Chicago area.
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stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with thin tan head, on tap at Lunar Brewing in Villa Park, IL. Faint trace of malts and coffee in the nose. Same on tongue. A bit of carbonation and middle of the road palate. Very decent porter.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Handlebar in Chicago. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Nice coffee and chocolate flavors. Goes down easy, I thought it was a solid Porter. Glad to see more Kalamazoo in Illinois. If I could only get Two Hearted....
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Jerry’s. Brewed for the Illinois market and, by my notes, distinct from Bell’s Porter / Cloudy milk chocolate color with big, creamy tan head / Funky, chocolate nose / Medium, lush body with equally creamy, long finish / Bold flavors of semisweet chocolate and roast coffee / Spectacular body elevates this very good brew.