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RATINGS: 1568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.

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3.4
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Black pour with a thin film of tan head. Aroma is pretty sweet with nice notes of caramel and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a light coffee bitterness at the end. A little thin, but pretty easy drinking.

3.9
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Smooth porter that has a coffee and chocolate taste. Very easy to drink, nice java color.

3.5
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draft @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe: Almost opaque brown with a beige head. Coffe grind aroma. Sweet and roasty malt with flavors to match. Light to medium bodied. Tastey porter.

3.9
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Could be heavier, but tastes really good all the same. Goes down smooth, but with a mild rusty aftertaste that I havent quite figured out yet.....Will require more field research.....

3.9
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
Pours as dark as porters pour, charcoal brown-black tinged by cola, with a average loose tan head. Roasted lactic aromas dominate the nose, with peanuts and obvious dark malt present as well. Thin, but not quite watery, this porter could stand a bit more substance, though for the style, this is entirely within the normal spectrum. Also, a bit fizzy. This is a textbook blueprint of a porter. To say this tastes like a porter seems like it should be enough! Anyhow, roasty, a bit of coffee, a smidge of bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of lactose maybe. There’s some decent acidity to this, and a certain subtle floral hoppiness. I feel like the fizzy CO2 is actually contributing to the flavor somewhat. I think this joins Stone and Rogue’s offerings as being among my favorite porters.

3.6
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
Looks nice- a dark brown/black beer with a tan head. Smells very chocolatey, malty- its a great aroma,I only wish it was a bit stronger! The flavour is very roasty, with coffee. Its a bit thin/watery and also too carbonated, but overall its very good.

3
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2006
Very average, I expected more from Bells. Dark mahogany appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma was similiar to some char and roast mixed with tuna fish, I’m serious. Flavor is dominated by some bitter roast and a thin palate. OK beer but I can think of 20 better porters off the top of my head.

3.3
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2006
Milk and caramel with slight sourness in aroma. Some chocolate and molasses noticed as well. Bittersweet finish that balances the roasted grain taste. A slight fruity finish. Adequately and not overly carbonated.

3.9
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2006
Poured from bottle into english pont glass. Light brown head with a super dark brown body. Nice lacing and head retention. The aroma reminded me of toasted wheat bread covered in brown sugar. Flavor was rich and deeply roasty. Medium- bodied, but maybe a little short on the finish. Very nice overall.

3.8
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2006
Pours dark dark brown with nice dark tan head that fades quickly. Smoked chocolatey aroma, with some coffee and dark malt. Flavor follows aroma, but is much more pronounced. Clean crisp finish with only minor bitterness. One of the best porters I’ve had thus far.


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