ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Had this at Frontera Grill in Chicago which is a higher end Mexican joint. It is nice to see an alternative to Sol, Corona, and Tecate at a place like this. Pours a rich dark brown with a nice off-white head. Nice roasted malts lead the way to cocoa, coffee, and molasses. When it comes to porters and stouts Bells knows what they are doing.
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent Porter, I like Anchor and Gonzo imperial porter better though! Still a good example of the style.
cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is pretty thin for a porter, but the flavor is outstanding. Hard to describe, but "porterish" seems to fit very well. Roasty, chocolately, coffeeish, Iím sure everyone knows what a porter tastes like, and this tastes like a porter. The one thing that strikes me as special about Bellís, however, is itís smoothness. I canít normally drink more than one porter at a time due to the richness of most varieties, but I could see myself drinking several of these at once. A very decent porter from a great brewery, try their Kalamazoo Stout!
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 My 400th beer. Pours near black with a thin foamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, grainy malts, brown sugar, and light roast. Taste of sweet caramel, bready malts, light roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick and oily with smooth carbonation. Pretty nice porter, and my last bottle of this rated a 3.2. This beer benefits from being relatively fresh. Nice mouthfeel, a mellow porter that doesnít disappoint.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark brown with a medium sized tan brown head. First on the nose (and stays dominant throught) is chocolate. Also some roastiness in there. Flavor has more roastiness than the aroma, and maintains a nice bit of the chocolate. Maybe some nice smooth nuttyness in there too. Very nice porter, indeed. Great all around.
Capa (3141) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark. Very Delicious. Some bitterness to be had with this one, not overwheleming. My personal favorite.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a very thin tan head. Smells caramelly with some cream to it (an unsual smell for a porter). Taste is very similar with a coating that stays on your lips. Aftertaste is the same and peters out fairly quickly.
rdawson321 (145) - USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Great during the winter months; thick, creamy, sweet, and still refreshing and clean. Pours a black amber with a lively head with a strong sweet, caramel aroma. Excellent beer, perhaps one of the best beers Iíve had.
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 I was quite suprised that I was able to find this beer in a town where there is no real beer store. Shnucks grocery had some, so now I know where I will be buying all of my beer.
It poured completely opaque with a nice tan head that lasts. It was definitly one of the best porters that I have ever had. The taste wasnít overwhelming so it makes a great session beer.
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one bottled. Dark, milky and nose of chocolate, sligtly bitter. I liked it.