mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Dark poor with black reddish coloration. Nice even body with hints of chocolate and sweet wine overtones. mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Bell’s Porter opens with plenty of roasted malt aroma with slight chocolate-like sweetness. It pours dark but not opaque, with a medium body and little hop lace. The flavor is a nice balance of dark malts, brewed nearly to dryness, with few apparent hops. The roast dominates the finish. ganache (6035) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle. Light roasty aroma. Rubypitch pour with a light brown head. Mild roasty flavor, nice and dry. Salty and lightly sour. Medium-full body with semi-smooth maltiness, light grit, and light nuttiness. Touch of sweetener in the sprint to the finish. Medium-long aftertaste. Judging by this bottle, you guys are all exaggerating the coffee notes. Really a nice porter, though. marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle, one of the first sold in Iowa at John’s grocery. Strong beer like aroma. Smells like beer if that makes sense. Dark brown color with a frothy head. Bittersweet flavor with taste bouncing back and forth between the two. Slight smoky flavor. Bright palate with good carbonation. Slight acidic citrusy finish. Good. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Dark brown, almost black pour with a small loose tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate malts, hint of coffee and some roasted hops. Lots of chocolate flavor upfront fading to coffee and a slight hop bitterness. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, with a prickley carbonation on the tounge.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2006
12 oz bottle via Monger (thanks james!) Pours black with some ruby accents and a large tan head. Not much aroma to this one, just some subtle vanilla, caramel, chocolate. Taste is the same, the flavors are all pretty subdued. Roastiness is mild. Very smooth with a nice finish. Medium body. Medium to high carbonation. This is very easy drinking and refreshing for a porter. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2006
pours a dark brown with light manilla head. Aroma sweet malts and caramel. Slighty hoppy in taste and aroma. Overall, pretty decent and drinkable. cheap (6016) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Slight aroma of burned wet wood. Very dark beer, couldn’t see the bubbles till they got close to the top. While drinking, there was nothing offensive. A detectable finish of some bitter hops.
blankboy (7792) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma of dark lightly roasted malt and chocolate -- nice! Mild malty flavour with very light roastness and a light bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good, it’s pleasant and easy to drink but it could use more flavour and body. CMUBEERMAN (457) - - OCT 10, 2006
bottle. pours a rich cocoa with a minimal head. aroma is hazelnut and a bit of dark chocolate. flavor is a bit smokey and a bit nutty...not much chocolate though. a bit of bitterness comes from a bit of spice and the sweetness comes from a little fruit. mouthfeel was acutally a little bit heavier than i like in a porter.