IndianaRed (4615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Bottle Pours dark brown with a modest light tan head and smooth thin lacing. A few yeasty bits floating around. Aroma is a bit sweet, carmel, vanilla, dark and nutty. Flavor is very mild, sweet, lightly smokey. Feel is a bit thin but very smooth. A lingering charcoal taste. A very easy drinking porter. JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Aromas of butter, nuts, licorice, and coffee. Black, head is tan and thin. Flavor of coffee, dark chocolate, some nuts. A porter can’t get much better. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Looks just amazing in my flute...dark as night with a beautiful tan head atop. Aroma and flavor are dominated by toasted malt and roasted coffee. Bitterness is similar to that of an expresso. But for the style, I think it is quite interesting and the chocolate aftertaste is just great. Very, very good. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
very roasty aroma with strong coffee overtones...roasty and bitter, with coffee showing up yet again...kind of dry and nutty, but full bodied. Not bad, if not a tad overly roasty and overly bitter. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Usual dark porter appearance. Lots of coffee in the flavor and aroma. A very good beer. I finally got my hands on 6 different bells beers that my friend brought from michigan, and I am very impressed by the brewery.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown (almost black) with a large frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chcolate, and hints of burnt candy. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Long flavor retention of raosted coffee and chocolate. A yummy treat! Thanks Kevin42! PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Pour is dark brown with thin head. Rich, sweet licorice, aroma. Good malty, and creamy roasted flavor, with a coffee finish. A very fine porter. A new top ten on my personal favorite list. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Bottle. Smells like malt, coffee, and black licorice. First flavors to come out are coco, raisin, smoke, malt, and black licorice. Finishes very clean for a stout. Good warm flavor. Very, very nice. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - AUG 15, 2004
bottle. pours a dark black with a watery tan head that runs away like a little girl. roasted chocolate aroma. pleasing robust sweetness of chocolate toffee and licorice. a very hearty brew. mouthfeel is a little oily and disconcerting. but the wondeful flavor makes up for that(the flavor is the important part anyway). nice dry finish of roasted malts. i’m glad i brought back a six of this. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2004
08.12.04 12oz bottle courtesy of jsquire. Dark, opaque brown; smallish, lasting head. Semi-sweet chocolate nose with hints of a nutty coffee. Flavors are similar to aromas, bitter from middle to end. The palate is full, but not as malty-chewy-oily-thick as I was ecpecting. I’m not getting the ’smokey’ notes, maybe it’s just me. It’s quite good, and I’d love to drink it again. Thanks, Jeff!