JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown with a small tan head. This is a medium bodied beer that gives a pleasent cocoa and roasted coffee aroma. Taste is smoky, creamy flavor with a hint of caramel and marshmellow. Has a slight bitter hopp finish. This one is top of my list as one of my favorite Porters. Very Good! RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Pretty good. It is a well brewed porter, but it fails to truly wow me. Just not as good as Bells stouts and IPAs. vyvvy (6519) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a dark tan head. Aroma is roasted / burnt malt with hints of dark coffee. Taste has lots of toasty malt with generous smooth creaminess and vanilla hints. Finish has a bit of carbonation and tangy hops mixing in with the roasted malt. Very nice porter. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
Bordering black dark brown pour that does not keep its dark beige head more than a minute or two. Rather straightforward nose. Soft cereals bathing amidst direct cocoa, while more roast than your typical porter brings on beany coffee tones. Little fruitiness or sweet caramel flavors to speak of. Remarkably rounded legendary Bells mouthfeel, fully cerealic and lightly irrigated by bubbles. To its defense, it’ more than a year old and this showed a bit in the flavor department, not fully deploying more than roast derivatives. Still, having had a bottle a year ago, I think I’ve enjoyed this one more, mainly for the absence of any vegetal character. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2006
I enjoyed this with a nice ribeye on the grill. Dark brown qith a tan head that, in a certian light shows some reddish pink. The aroma was primarily roasted malts. The body was kind of thin, but I guess typical for a porter. The flavours was good, with some drying coffee and bitterness. Roasted malts abound. I felt like there should have been some of that burnt flavour I’ve come to expect.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2006
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 it’s beauty as some of Bell’s beers, but full of life and very good. A good example of a porter that stays within style guidlines, but has it’s 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
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
Bottle shared with Jerc and Hogtown Harry, Harry’s 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 (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
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
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.