PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (2195) - Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. iím glad i brought back a six of this.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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. Iím not getting the ísmokeyí notes, maybe itís just me. Itís quite good, and Iíd love to drink it again. Thanks, Jeff!
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Benchmark Porter. Bellís makes some pretty decent darker ales and stouts. This is one of them. Pours deep dark brown with a gorgeous tan head retaining a lot of lace. Milky chocolate aroma with only moderate toast. Plenty of roast in the flavour. Fresh coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Malts are even and well blended. Earth. Long malty finish.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful black with a red halo when held to light, excellent tan head rests atop and lends good lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, roasted and slightly spicy. Flavor is long and complex. Starts with some balanced malts and hops, great dark roasted coffe flavor, a bit of grassiness, a moment of roasted dryness, and ends on some really great coffee aftertatse notes. An excellent porter, definitely top-tier beer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Sir Benís Tavern in Duluth. Dark Brown Coloring. Small Head. Some Roasts, and Coffee... Pretty Smooth and Sweet. Good Standard for Porters.
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep coffee brown, slight beige head. loads of coffee and roast barley in the aroma, and a bitter smooth coffee and malt body are really a balanced mix. excellent porter, but anchor is the standard.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark color with a small chocolaty head. Aroma is rich roasted coffee. Flavor is coffee with some decent bitterness, but a strange buttery flavor that Ive had on one other beer that I cant quite recall but did not enjoy. Aside from that it was a very good porter, but that cost it at least half a point.
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 July 2006 - Very dark brown almost black body with a small fluffy tan head. (3+) Lightly acidic mocha and dark malt in the aroma. Flavour is likewise. Average palate is a touch thin for the style. Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5
July 2004 - Black body with smallish tan head. Aroma is phenomenal, it gently caresses your nose with hints of vanilla, caramel and toffee with some malt mixed in. The flavour is lovely, but does not quite live up to the echantment of the aroma. Sweet maltiness with a touch of roastiness in the finish. Palate is on the light side but very smooth. Many thanks to NorthYorkSammy for this one. 9/3/7/3/14 - 3.6