mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 0z bottle. Deep brown in color with a nice tan head. Smoky caramel aroma. Caramel smoky notes. Malty flavor. Well balanced. Full bodied beer. Clean mouthfeel. Nice beer.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown chocolate color with a tan frothy head. Toasted flavor yet not a super heavy brew. Very drinkable and hard not to drink the whole 6 pack.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Deep brown nice tan head. Clean roasty aroma. I can smell the chocolate and black patent malts. Medium bodied roasty flavor. Not very bitter. Seems to be a beer for the style NAZI, for it is a dead nuts on porter. No flaws, easy to drink, but perhaps difficult to distinguish from any other well made porter.
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Falls right around the weak 7/10 part of the grading curve. Smoky aroma, light on the palate, definitely not as heavy as the Edmund Fitzgerald. (Is there a pun hidden somewhere in this?) I didnít pick up any particularly distinct flavor characteristics here.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
this is the first bells product i have not loved. looks nice but there isnt much going on here. i smell a little hops and mabye some chocolate or a faint coffee. mouth feel is thin with not much to taste at first but then you get a bit of coffee and some hop bitterness. not at all impressive. but compared to bud it is awsome.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
as i drink this, i am wondering if i have a bad bottle. virtually no aroma, what little there was was vaguely like coffee. the beer looked nice, a deep brown, barely translucent color with a creamy tan head. the flavor was what baffled me. an astringent bitterness carried all the way through the beer. i only got hints of chocolate and coffee, with the main component of the flavor being HOPS!? the aftertaste is disgustingly bitter, and the body of the beer is thin and watery. i cant believe this is what this beer is supposed to taste like...iíll have to work on getting another one and rerating it, but for now, this is the worst porter ever.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with hints of amber when held to the light with a light wispy tan head. Light smokey aroma. Fine roasty malt flavor with a very light hint of chocolate and coffee. Very good porter.
DrnkMcDermott (3052) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Bottled. So Iím sitting here at home after driving around with the wife and kid and her sisters and their kids to the museum, with my car in the shop, and not finding out until late in the evening that they have to keep it another day because the spark plug that they stripped the threads putting in wrong two years ago would have to be worked out carefully, and it was too late to get a loaner so I could go to work tomorrow, and I say to myself, "Self," I say, "You need to settle down with a nice porter. Whatís in the fridge?"
Well, this, for one. Pours out a nice deep brown body and a thin brown head. Good smell of chocolate malts. More chicory than coffee. Just a touch of astringency that almost pushes it into stout territory. Roasty and slightly smoky. Nice warming alcohol, despite being a mere 6%. Just the thing to lift my mood, and a great beer to have as part of Bellís regular lineup, available in finer stores in the Chicago area, too.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: pours dark brown with little head, slight carbination, malty chocolate/coffee, but more chicory not much to say about it.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Slight rerate - originally claimed this was my favorite Bellís brew to date. Then I met Expedition. Nevertheless, the original review... Smells robust, chocolatey and dry hopped. Full tasting; slick, oily feel on the palate. Resonating tobacco and roasted - but not yet burnt - chocolate characteristics. Smooth and complex. Smokey aspects, but theyíre subtle. Great interpretation of the style, and my favorite Bells brew to date.