Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black/brown with a nice layer of tan head. Intense dry roasted aroma. Molasses and puffed wheat cereal. Something a bit port-like. Strong roast character, lending a prickly mouthfeel. Bitter, but more in a chalky way than a hoppy way. Full and lively mouthfeel, with a bitterness that lingers between sips. Not as subtle in itís beauty as some of Bellís beers, but full of life and very good. A good example of a porter that stays within style guidlines, but has itís own distinctive take on the style. A beer with enough backbone to stand up to some robust food pairing.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown with a tan head. aroma heavy on the chocolate with some coffee. flavor slightly acidic but dominated by sweet chocolate. a bit light bodied and fizzy for a porter. decent but i think bells could have done a better job.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Jerc and Hogtown Harry, Harryís bottle. Dee dark brown/black, coffee like white bubbly head. Subtle aroma, creamy milk chocolate, some coffee roast. Nice creamy, yet carbonated mouthfeel. Decent cold coffee taste - thinnish. Bitterness from coffee beans, not much linger. Decent porter, I was a little let down given how much I enjoy their stouts. Still solid though.
HogTownHarry (6482) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc and tupalev, my bottle. Opaque with a decent off-white head. Roasty, dry, nutty malt, somewhat syrupy. Sophisticated overroast nutty/chocolately, sour fruit, nice. Decent body, astingent, lightly acidic mouthfeel, decently carbonated: nice and roasty.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - rather opaque with tiny light tan head. Aroma is mildly roasty, touch of vanilla, bit ashy. Flavor is malty, bit of maple, vanilla. Finish is well balanced, with just a touch of sweetness.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is coffee with chocolate milks and egg whites. Flavour matched with a lovely roasted blance. Dry finish.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2006 Bottle #7393. Poured into English Pint. Displays huge creamy head with bubbles on top. Smells of roasted malt, some coffee, some smokiness. Wow, they really describe the flavor of this one perfectly on the back of the bottle. Finish is really good, chewy and slightly sour. Wonderful.
Rerate: I keep loving this more and more. I upped my overall by a point because I have had probably 5 bottles in two weeks, and with my beer attention span, that is insane. I still want more. Also, I poured into a wider mouthed glass to get more aroma, so I bumped that up a notch.
Note: This is a quite fresh bottle. I have had this beer before when it was not as fresh, and it was very bad.
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree, not crazy good, but Iíll drink a few. ;) I liked it overall. Its pretty much the commercial description. A-
Hangover (1129) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black with a little bit of light showing through. Coffee and roasted malt aroma. Nice roasty taste. More coffee. Decent body. Above average but not crazy good.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty good porter. Pours almost black with a slight head. A roasted coffee taste with hints of chocolate. Good Stuff.