SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006
From bottleBraudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Poured dark with ruby highlights. Nice thick off-white foamy head. Aroma roasty. Flavor big on the coffee notes with hints of chocolate in the middle and back. Whoa....I feel like I just took 3 shots of espresso, Nice! Smooth, Velvety mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Great Porter, this has become my go-to beer!
From the bottle: Dark, dark red almost black with a thin tan head. Light coffee nose and a similar hint in the flavor... roasty and sweet. Very good. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
Shaered by MDS at his place, thanks Mike! Much appreciated. We shared this bottle at a regular tasting, that had a few new things. Deep chestnut pour, with a short lived fizzy mocha head, fading to a thin ring. Rusted metal fills the nose. There’s some coffee here, and chocolate too, but there’s leather as well. I can see where this should smell appealing, but something’s off here. A soft coffee flavour is enjoyable, with fruit, some roasty flavours, but the finish seems slightly oxidized, and takes away from what I am sure is something great. Finish is silky, soft and comforting, and I can taste the coffee left behind, but again, a strange funk is present. Oh my word. I’ll have to give this another whirl. Thanks for sharing Mike. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Finally got around to this, Bottle. Excellent drinking porter, nice and robust with roasted malt being the big character. Enough bitterness from hops to bring it around. Nice. SMooth. Smice. jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2006
The color is black with a lasting head and excellent lacing. I smells and tastes a little like coffee. It had a nice smooth finish.
patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
bottle - Pours black and opaque, with a moderate to thick, long lasting head that leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is very noticeable and smells of roasted malts and coffee. It has a taste to match, along with maybe some chocolate notes. It has a moderate body and a mildly bitter and a finish that’s quite crisp for the style. This beer is another winner from Bell’s. Hollywoodt (241) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Batch # 7156. Aroma was sweet malt, and a hint of coffee. Flavor was that and a little chocolate thrown in. A great porter. Get in my belly! RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Unexpectedly bland porter from this great brewer. Some roasted malt notes...brown sugar/molasses/espresso. But these seemed somewhat muted. My bottle seemed a bit overcarbonated, too, which detracted. I will rerate this one. These guys are so much better than this bottle would indicate. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Nice beer from bells again. Poured a dark dark brown head was a nice think tan, great lacing. Aroma was of chocolate. Flavor was sweet chocolate with a hopy finish that was done perfect. Creamy mouthfeel."
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 A disappointment. Slight cardboard smell. Roasted malt was not rich and flavorful. Even worse, this porter had a terrible mouth feel, something I feel is important to a porter. It was over carbonated, with spritzy like dry bubbles. In a porter???? Very strong vodka taste for 6%. For a Bells, I refuse to believe it?s that bad. I will rerate soon.Well I said I rerate this and I am a man of my word. 6 years later. This beer is smooth cocodelicious. What a snob I must have been back then.